The Ramshackle Glam Gift Guide For Tween People 2023

MAN are tweens hard to shop for.

“So what do you want?”


“…You have…no opinions?”

[Shrugs, goes back to playing Roblox.]

OK, so we’re on our own, here. I suspect the reticence comes from a very sweet place – kids this age are sort of in limbo between still wanting toys (they’re still kids, after all), while also wanting to at least *appear* more grown-up.

Honestly? I think they really do want the toys. They’re just kind of embarrassed to want them. So the trick is finding stuff that feels a bit more adult, but still lets them…you know…play.

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Woom Ergonomic Bike

My daughter has this bike, which is lightweight and ergonomically designed specifically for children, and it’s both showstoppingly gorgeous and a game-changer for mid-level riders. It comes packed flat, is easy to put together, and is available in sizes

(They’re having a special right now where you can save 10% by bundling a bike and three accessories, FYI.)


Two Million Dollar Puzzle

This 500-piece puzzle turns into a scannable code…which you then unlock to reveal whether you’ve won between $1 and $1 MILLION. (Everyone, apparently, wins something.) I am beyond excited to give this to my 12-year-old – and as a bonus, it’ll be a fun thing for us to do together on Christmas Day.


Bubble Skincare

My daughter and her friends are obsessed with this cruelty-free, vegan brand – it’s not just effective, it’s also adorable (the packaging! So cute. And there are sweet little extras – the moisturizer, for example, comes out of the bottle in a flower shape).


Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

This is the best family game – easy to play, and guaranteed to have everyone gasping laughing. If you don’t have it, get it. Good for younger kids, too.


Draw-On Tattoo Pens

You know, to get ’em thinking about their future designs. (Kidding, kidding – besides, my kids would never get real tattoos anyway because their mom has so many, thereby rendering them deeply uncool). These are skin-safe and water-resistant (but wash off with soap), and the kit comes with 8 colors and a bunch of stencils.


How To Draw Awesome Stuff

Designed for those who “dare to explore the darker and more unconventional side of drawing,” this step-by-step book teaches kids how to create all sorts of spooky images…beautifully.


The Everybody Gets Anxious Activity Book

This is my favorite of our books; I think the artwork is spectacular and the take-home is meaningful and enduring (speaking from personal experience). Plus, it’s just FUN.


Rolife DIY Miniature Houses

I am utterly obsessed with this entire line of miniature DIY dollhouses – there’s a greenhouse, a bookstore, a bakery, and so much more, all with fantastic attention to detail. I would have died for one of these (…and still would, tbh).


Kikkerland Mini Microphone

As seen on Tiktok (allegedly), this teeny-tiny mic attaches to your cellphone and lets you sing along and record.


Kitsch Airpod Case

I mean, these are pretty cute. I’ve seen them in the shape of Skittles, Doritos, Boba-drinking cats, Cheez-Its, Hubba Bubba, and so much more.


Freeze-Dried Cosmic Crunchies

The word on the street is that all the kids are super into these. Don’t ask me; I just work here.

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