Age Range: 12-16

Looking for a good gift for an twelve-year-old or up to an sixteen-year-old? Something that isn't a car? Below are some ideas.

Fender Guitar set for kids

Good Guitar Starter Set for Teens – Fender Squier Acoustic Bundle

The approachability of an acoustic guitar makes it a great gift idea for teens no matter if they’ve ever had a music lesson, and no matter what kinds of music they are interested in. At $200, the Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar Bundle is a superb deal for a quality product. Everything needed to get started […]

Jacquard Tie Dye Kit

Tie Dye Kit

When was the last time a kid thought a plain white t-shirt would be a fun? With the Jacquard Tie Dye Kit ($16), that t-shirt is a blank canvas just waiting for a bright and striking display of color to be applied. The Jacquard Tie Dye Kit comes with an instructional video, color dyes, gloves, […]

lock pick set for beginners

Lock Pick Set for Kids

For older kids who might benefit from the challenge of a more grown-up brain teaser, you may try introducing the hobby of lock picking. Believe it or not, this is a legitimate hobby that many enthusiasts enjoy and find fun to do. For the curious tinker type, lock-picking can be an engaging hobby with a […]

personal finance for teens book

Personal Finance for Teens

Not a single adult has ever looked back at their handling of money and thought, “Yep, I did it just right – there is no room for improvement.” Instead, there is likely a strong desire to magically return to your teenage self and drop the wisdom to start saving more, spending less, staying debt-free, and […]

Book Safe

Even if there isn’t much to hide, there is certainly a novel (ahem) coolness with owning a Book Safe ($14) from Southwest Specialty Products. Made from a real hardback book (title would vary), it’s a pretty inconspicuous spot for the built-in hidden compartment. Likely kids wouldn’t hide anything at all, as it would be hard […]

Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat

Teens Cook

As a parent, you may have been waiting for this book your child’s entire life. Capture the interest of your young chef with Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat ($14), written by teens for teens. This well-written book features easy-to-follow recipes with great illustrations. Enjoy wide range of tasty meals for […]

Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits

For the inquisitive child who would appreciate a concrete hands-on education on how electronics work, the Snap Circuits SC-300 ($40) offers 305 do-it-yourself projects from a 60-piece set of components. Snap Circuits is the award-winning product for kids to build a radio, doorbell, burglar alarm, and much more from a clearly illustrated manual and without […]

Here Comes Science - They Might Be Giants

Here Comes Science (Audio CD)

Kids love singing along to catchy, toe-tapping songs, and would love to do so with Here Comes Science ($15) audio CD from They Might Be Giants. Songs like “Science Is Real” and “Why Does the Sun Really Shine?” introduce the concepts of science, the scientific method, and being inquisitive about the world they live in, […]