Great Birthday Gift Ideas for 12-Year-Olds

When choosing a gift for a 12-year-old, take the time to really consider what the child will enjoy. It is easy to picture the birthday boy or girl as much younger than the child's actual age. Twelve-year-olds don't like the same gifts that a 10-year-old would enjoy, and they dislike feeling that others view them as a "baby." Take all of these factors into account, plus what the child's interests are, and you'll have the perfect birthday present.


Boys and girls alike enjoy the grown up feeling of having their own fragrance. Since 12-year-olds are still figuring out their own personal sense of style, you may want to buy a sampler kit with a number of different perfumes or colognes. The child can then try the different scents to discover the one that is perfect for him.

Concert Tickets

Tweens love music, although the variety of music styles they enjoy can vary from child to child. Talk to parents and the tween to find out what bands and songs she likes. Offer to take the child to a concert if you are a close friend or family member. Since tweens also love to spend time with friends, you may want to offer to let her take a friend or two along as well. Get Mom and Dad's OK before offering this as a present.

Clothing The Kid Chooses

Tweens also begin to develop a personal fashion sense at this age. Offer to take him shopping at his favourite stores. Give him a budget that you'd like to spend and let him choose his own outfits. Finish the day with lunch or dinner out. Not only will he remember your kindness every time he wears the outfit he loves, but you will build memories of time spent together. This is another area where you'll want to talk to parents about preferences beforehand and find out what types of clothing are acceptable to the parent.

Night Out with Friends

Gift tokens to the local theatre or a party reservation where she can take her friends along will be appreciated by most teenagers. Tweens also enjoy activities like bowling, roller skating, ice skating, paintball and pool parties.

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Lori Soard has been a writer since 1995, covering a variety of topics for local newspapers and magazines such as "Woman's World." For five years, she served as a site editor for a large online information portal. Soard is also the author of several published books, both fiction and nonfiction.