Are you tired of being ruled by electronics? Check out this guide to electronic-free gifts for tween girls for lots of great gift ideas that don’t require any batteries!
I can’t believe it’s already time to talk about Christmas gifts! But as of today, there are only 8 more weekends before Christmas! And you know those 8 weekends will fly by faster than the rest of the year!
I am so excited to be a part of this year’s gift guide for tweens and teens at Reviews and List of the Best. You can find lots of different gift ideas for teen and tweens on this gift guide!
Electronic-Free Gifts for Tween Girls? Really?
I have a love/hate relationship with electronics. I obviously have to use a computer to write, and my kids take classes on our online co-op. But I really hate to see my kids spend the whole day buried in electronic gadgets. I don’t like the way they (or I) behave after having too much exposure to electronics.
So, this year, I have decided to make Christmas a gadget-free gift zone. That means no batteries or chargers. So what is there to buy then, if we can’t buy the latest IPad or Xbox? Stick around and I’ll share my ideas for electronic-free gifts for tween girls.
You had to know this was going to be on my list! When I was a kid, my favorite gifts were books. Some of my favorite Christmas memories are snuggling up after Christmas dinner in my big pink bean bag in front of the fireplace with my brand new book and a fuzzy Tweety Bird blanket. Every kid should get a big pile of books for Christmas! Here are a few of my favorite series for tweens, but if you need more book ideas, be sure and check out all of my book recommendations!
Letter-writing has kind of become a thing of the past with the advent of email and text messaging. But my tween girl loves sending a real letter in a real envelope to her friends a few towns over. And it’s good handwriting practice… win/win, in my book. So I try to encourage her to send letters by getting her some really cute stationary and stickers.
Cute Notebooks and Planner Supplies
On a related note, I like to buy my girls really beautiful school supplies for Christmas. When I am shopping for back to school, I usually buy only plain notebooks and pencils. If they want the fancy things, they have to buy it themselves. Christmas is a good time to buy those coveted supplies that they might not have been able to get yet. Pens, pencils, and stickers are great stocking stuffers that will actually get used, and not add to the clutter!
My teen daughter is now really getting into “glam planning.” That’s where you have a cute planner like a Happy Planner or Recollections Planner and decorate it each week with washi tape and stickers. She usually prints free stickers she finds online, but I’m sure her stocking will include some washi tape and maybe a special sticker set or two.
My tween daughter is an American Girl fan. She has three AG dolls and tons of accessories, most of which she has bought or crafted herself. Last year for Christmas I was able to find a cute table for her dolls for less than $25. Etsy shops have an abundance of doll clothes and food, and you can find some great deals at the AG store around Thanksgiving too.
As I have mentioned before, Princess makes many of her doll accessories herself. So she always needs more craft foam, glue and glitter. This year, I think she might be getting a big basket of craft supplies as one of her Christmas gifts.
My girls are not the most athletic of kids, but they enjoy bouncing on the trampoline and riding bikes. These are both items that have been Christmas gifts for my kids in the past. Maybe this would be a good year to introduce your tween to a new sport like soccer, tennis or horseback riding. This is a good time to grab a sled for the family, too!
If your kiddo has a hard time sitting still, Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures has some great ideas for sensory gifts for tweens!
It’s the gift that keeps on giving all through the year. These days there are subscriptions for almost anything you can think of, from the classic magazine subscription to STEM kit subscriptions. Princess is begging for a subscription to the Odyssey Adventure Club this year!
The great thing about these subscriptions is that you can hide some great learning in these gifts that come every month! For more educational gift ideas, be sure and check out this STEM Gift Guide for Tweens and Teens from my friend Shelly!
My tween still loves to get down on the floor and build awesome houses and other accessories for her Lego Friends. They will work together for hours while listening to an audio book.
Princess is really starting to be interested in cooking on her own. She made dinner the other night all by herself, and she is becoming a pretty awesome cookie baker. I plan to make her a cute apron (with matching apron for her dolls, of course!) And I might grab some cute kitchen gadgets to go along with it.
Board and Card Games
We love playing games together as a family! What a great electronic-free way to get the family playing together. If you need more board game ideas, check out my list of sneaky learning games.
I have had such a blast dreaming of Christmas the past few days! I hope you have enjoyed this battery-free guide to electronic-free gifts for tween girls! What is your favorite gift for tween girls?