Children aged 12 are too old for little-kid toys, but do not have quite the same interests as teenagers. Good gifts for 12-year-olds are unusual. An unusual gift is something the young recipient would never expect or something not easily found in retail stores.
A Custom Pair of Shoes
Leading canvas shoe companies offer young people the chance to custom-design their own shoes. With this gift, the 12-year-old can choose the type of shoes to customise--high-tops, low tops, slip-ons or extra-high tops. He can choose a design or colour for the outside body, tongue and eyestay of the shoe. The 12-year-old can even choose a custom lining, rubber sidewall, racing stripe and a stitch colour for the shoe. Customising a pair of shoes is easy to do online once you have determined the proper fit.
A 12-year-old can design a clock with a kit that comes with a central clock dial and 12 picture frames. The recipient can insert pictures of her friends and family or numbers into the frames and arrange them on a wall, around the clock dial, in any manner she chooses. When the 12-year-old is tired of the arrangement, she can change it. Instead of arranging the frames and central clock on a wall, she can mount them onto a chalkboard or dry erase board so she can write herself important reminders next to each hour.
If the 12-year-old gift recipient has ever wanted to move things with his mind, now he can with a mind-control game, the Mindflex by Mattel. The game comes with a headset that connects to sensors that measure real brainwave activity. The sensors recognise when a user is concentrating hard, allowing a small ball to rise with a stream of air that shoots out of the game. With a mix of mental and physical coordination, the user navigates a ball through nine interchangeable obstacle course pieces that can be made into hundreds of games with up to three difficulty settings. The 12-year-old recipient of this gift can play with the Mindflex with up to three of his friends for the ultimate interactive game that no video game console can provide.
A digital notepad that transfers what a 12-year-old has written on paper onto a computer is a perfect gift for a serious student or budding artist. This notepad does not require the use of special paper and does not need to be hooked up to a computer to digitally capture what the user has written or drawn. When the preteen is ready to view her work, she simply hooks the digital notepad to her computer so she can edit and organise her work.
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