Gift Ideas Your Tween Will Love

Buying gifts for an 8-12 year old can be a tricky thing. They are too old for baby dolls and toy trucks, but not quite old enough to want just clothes and gift cards. I’ve put together a tween gift guide filled with things my own tweens would enjoy. Hopefully it will help cross a few names off your list!

Tween Gift Guide - Gift Ideas Your Tween Will Love

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Lego mug

If you know a Lego fan, they will get a kick out of this Build-On Brick Mug. They might also enjoy one of these Lego minifig alarm clocks.

Organizer tote

The Rainbow Loom was a hot item last year, so chances are your tween already has one. A Grab N’ Go Organizer is a great way to corral all of those little pieces. It also comes in blue or magenta. My daugher displays her creations on a Loom Boom – a simple tower that holds up to 40 bracelets. I recommend this loom band refill set. The colors are vivid and the bands are high quality.

firevision football

All of my kids like to play Nerf Firevision Football, which is played at night. Each player wears a pair of Firevision frames (2 are included). The frames have a red or green light that bounces off of the reflective stripes on the football. The cool part is that only the person wearing the glasses can see the glowing ball.  There is also a Firevision basketball set and flyer disc, and you can order additional frames.

sticker maker

Most tweens have outgrown playing with stickers, but not when they can create their own! The Xyron Create-a-Sticker Machine turns any piece of paper into a sticker. It is perfect for adding a personal touch to everything from notebooks to skateboards. It also comes in a 5-inch version. Don’t forget the refills – available in permanent or repositionable.drone runner

My son got this Syma Sky Thunder Drone Runner for his birthday and now eveyone wants one. It is very durable! The cage protects it when running into the ceiling or wall. If you have a Costco nearby, I bought ours there for $20.

bean boozled

This wacky Bean Boozled game is our go-to birthday gift for friends. It is filled with Jelly Belly jelly beans – some tasty and some weird – each color has one of each. Spin the spinner and pick a jelly bean. Will it be licorice or skunk? No matter what, it WILL be hilarious!

enchanted forest coloring

The problem with buying this gorgeous Enchanted Forest coloring book is refraining from keeping it for yourself! (Maybe you better go ahead and order two.)  A set of Prismacolor pencils would make a perfect pairing.

Take Taco Tuesday to the next level with these funky taco trucks. How can you look at those and not smile?

nose gel dispenser

Leave it to a tween to find the humor in something this disgusting. I predict that the Runny Nose Shower Gel Dispenser will motivate more than one preteen boy to take a shower.funk pop hulk

Has your tween discovered the Funko Pop Figures? My kids collect them, and I am a bit smitten with them myself – especially the Peanuts set. There are hundreds of characters available from Disney, Marvel, and popular TV shows & movies.

astronaut ice cream

Astronaut Ice Cream reminds me of the crunchy lump of cotton candy that always gets left in the bottom of the bag after a trip to the fair, but my kids think it is so cool. It is fun to experience at least once!

wreck this journal

A Wreck This Journal gives its owner permission to go a little crazy. Each page has an assignment like painting with coffee, filling a page with doodles, or even tearing the page out and using it as a cup. It comes in a variety of covers.

flingshot monkey

Slingshot these Flingshot Monkeys across the room and listen to them howl (the kids and the monkeys) as they go flying through the air.

So tell me, what is on your Tween’s Christmas list this year?

My other gift guides:

Doctor Who Gift Guide
Doctor Who Gift Guide

Minecraft Gift Guide

100 Free Printable Gifts for Kids
100 Free Printable Gifts for Kids

Gifts Ideas for a Pretend Play Home
Pretend Play Home Gift Guide

Need more gift ideas? This guide is part of the KBN 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. There you will find fantastic gift ideas for all ages!



How this Mom of 5 Saves for Christmas

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How this Mom of 5 Saves for Christmas

As a stay-at-home mom of 5 kiddos, I have to get creative with our finances. There are multiple ways I save for Christmas throughout the year. Many of these tips will help you save money on items you already buy, and some will even earn you a few bucks. Every little bit helps!

I have several tips for Target. I promise I am not affiliated with them, just a loyal customer. Not a Target shopper? Scroll on down for more money saving tips!

Target Red Card – Save 5% off of every purchase at Target when you pay with a Target Red Card. We don’t use credit credit cards, so I have the debit card. Any purchase made on the Target website will ship free if you pay with your Target Red Card. There is no annual fee, and the 5% even applies to gift card purchases.

Target Cartwheel – Load the Target Cartwheel app to your phone and browse through the discounts. Some of them are 50% off or more. Click on the items you want and hit the red Add button to save them to your account. To use your discounts, find your barcode in the drop down menu and show it to your cashier before paying. They will scan your barcode and the discount will be deducted from your total. 

Target Coupons – The Target website has a section for printable coupons. (Hover over each coupon to see if it is a manufacturer coupon or a Target coupon.) These are valid only at Target, unless you have a nearby store that price matches stores coupons. They can be used along with a manufacturer coupon for the same item, as well as a Cartwheel discount.

Target Gift cards w/Purchase – Each weekly ad contains deals that will earn you Target gift cards with a qualifying purchase. You can also use 1 manufacturer coupon, 1 Target coupon, and a Cartwheel discount on these purchases. These gift cards do not expire, so I save them up to buy Christmas gifts.

For example, I purchased two big bottles of Tide laundry detergent on sale for $11.99 each – a product I would be buying anyway. I used two $3 manufacturer coupons, and received a $5 gift card because I purchased the required two bottles. The deals are easy to spot in the store due to their bright red shelf tags.

Target Toy Clearance – Target has a huge 50-70% off toy clearance sale every year at the end of July. The first day of the sale varies from year to year, but it is usually somewhere around the 28th. They start marking down the toys earlier in the summer at 30% off, so I like to browse them in advance. Once the sale starts, I can walk in as soon as the doors open and (hopefully) grab the items on my list.

Walmart Savings Catcher – Load the Walmart Savings Catcher app onto your phone and use it to scan the barcode at the bottom of your Walmart  or Neighborhood Market receipt. Walmart will compare the prices with several local competitors and give you the price difference in the form of an eGift card.

I didn’t think I would really save much with this program because we buy very few processed foods. I went ahead and signed up because it only takes a few seconds to use, and I figured every little bit helps. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I’ve earned. My current year-to-date total (in October) is $34.83. I will request my eGift card in December to use for gifts or holiday baking ingredients.

Ebates – If you ever shop online, you need to sign up for Ebates. You can earn a rebate for up to 20% of your purchase when you buy through the Ebates site. I’ve been a member for years, but I recently read a tip that has been a huge game changer for me! There is an Ebates toolbar button available for Chrome users. Once installed, a small pop-up will alert you every time you visit a site that has a rebate available.

I had no idea that so many sites were included, because most of the time I would completely forget to check for Ebates. Even Groupon is included! I like to order items online, qualify for the Ebates, and pick them up at the store to avoid shipping costs.

Daily Deal Sites – These sites either have new items for sale each day, or offer big discounts on gift certificates for restaurants and activities. You can also earn credits to spend on the sites by sharing your referral links with your friends. You will find your referral link in your account info on each site.

Gift Cards w/Freebies – Around the major holidays, some restaurants and stores will offer a free gift card with the purchase of a gift card. For example, purchase a $50 gift card and get a $10 gift card for free. Check the websites for all of your favorite restaurants and stores to see if they have any special deals. If you are going to be spending money there anyway, you might as well get more bang for your buck! These offers are most often available near Christmas, but can also be found before Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

MyPoints – I usually earn enough MyPoints throughout the year for a $25 gift certificate. I like to redeem my points for a Bath and Body Works gift certificate to use on Black Friday. We get to enjoy some seasonal pampering for no money out of pocket. The main way I earn through MyPoints is by opening emails and visiting the websites inside. This literally takes a few seconds of my times each day. I also print manufacturer grocery coupons and earn 10 points for each coupon I redeem. You can earn even more points by shopping through MyPoints links, using online coupons, and watching videos.

Swagbucks – You can get free gift cards by earning Swagbucks as you do online searches and complete simple tasks like playing games and watching videos. Redeem your points for gift cards for a big list of major retailers – a $5 Amazon gift card is only 500 Swagbucks. A few years ago, I paid for much of my kids’ Christmas with free Amazon gift cards earned through Swagbucks.

Zaycon – Unless you have a foodie in the family, you aren’t going to cross many gifts off your list by shopping through Zaycon. You are, however, going to buy the most delicious boneless, skinless chicken breasts for only $1.89 a pound. This hormone-free, natural chicken comes in a 40 lb box and is only available every few months. I have to make sure we don’t run out because my family will no longer eat chicken from the grocery store! It’s that good!! The applewood smoked ham is delicous too.

Sign up to see all of the available products, locations, and dates. I pick my order up straight off the back of the truck in the parking lot of a nearby church – I don’t even have to get out of the car. You can earn credits by sharing your referral link with friends. Saving money on food is a great way to add to your Christmas budget!

Newsletter Freebies – Check out the websites for your favorite stores and see if they offer coupons for signing up for their newsletters. Restaurants often have a Birthday Club and email a free treat offer the week before your birthday. My kids LOVE Grimaldi’s Pizzeria but it is too expensive for this family of 7 to eat there regularly. Our whole family is signed up for their Birthday Club – a FREE pizza! – plus they have a deal going on right now where I can buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 gift card free. Gotta love gourmet pizza for the price of hot & ready!

Bank Rewards – Check your bank website to see if they offer any kind of rewards. For those of you who use credit cards, make sure they are earning you cash back or some kind of points or miles. We use Bank of America and they offer BankAmeriDeals. I choose the offers I want, and I get cash back when I make a purchase at those retailers using my Bank of America debit card.

Thrift Stores and Consignment Sales  I’ve bought new and like-new toys at thrift stores and kids’consignment sales, especially when my kids were little bitty. Use this site to search for current consignment sales like Just Between Friends. You can make extra money by SELLING at consignment sales. Oh, and don’t forget about garage sales!

I am aware of several other ways to save or earn money, but I only want to share the ones that I have actually used. I will update this list as I try more opportunities.

How do you save money for Christmas? Do you use a site that is not listed here? Leave a link and I will check it out – referral links are ok, but affiliate links will be deleted.

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$5 Dayspring Flash Christmas Sale

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Dayspring is having a $5 Christmas Flash Sale from Friday 9/25 to Sunday 9/27. Free shipping on orders over $50. Those Lyrics for Life Christmas Prints in the second row … they are already in my cart. Looooooove them!

These would make fantastic gifts for teachers, coaches, co-workers, family, & friends. Click on each pic below to go directly to that item’s page, or see them all on one page HERE.

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Amazon Prime on Sale for $67 Friday ONLY

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Starting tonight at 12:01 EST, a 1-year Amazon Prime Membership is on sale for 24-hours for only $67 (reg. $99)! We love our Prime membership.

I like being able to make deeply discounted small purchases without having to meet the free shipping threshold or wait a week and a half to get the item. It is how I do most of my Christmas shopping.

I follow several deal bloggers who post great toy clearance sales during the holiday season. Amazon Prime gives me the ability to race over and snag the item before it sells out.

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Homeschool Freebies & Sales {12/16}

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This week’s Homeschool Freebies & Sales will bring some Christmas cheer! 

FREE 12 Days of Christmas Coloring Pages

FREE Christmas Printables for Preschoolers
(I added these to my Christmas Mad Libs page.)

FREE Random Acts of Christmas Kindness Printables

FREE Christmas Coloring Tracing Printables

Amazon has some deeply discounted deals that your family might enjoy:

If you have Amazon Prime, there are six days left to order from Amazon and get it before Christmas. A frugal hint: sign up for a FREE 30-day Amazon Prime Trial, take advantage of the crazy Christmas Daily Deals, and then cancel your subscription before your trial is over. Be sure to leave yourself a reminder before the last day!! It is super easy to cancel by simply going to your account and changing your plan. You might end up loving it as much as I do and extend your subscription!

games deal of day

TODAY ONLY! Save up to 50% off select Family & Strategy Board Games. These don’t don’t go on sale very often, so snag one today!

snap circuits
Electronic Snap Circuits Jr. Kit  $32.99  $20.99

crayola paint maker
Crayola Paint Maker  $24.99  $12.00

Frozen Anna Dress
Disney Frozen Anna Dress  $19.99  $9.84

nerf walkie talkies
Nerf Walkie Talkies  $24.99  $12.49

rosetta stone
Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America)  $499.00  $199.00

(Prices can quickly change, so check before you buy!)

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