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Ah, 12-year-olds: They're not quite teenagers, no longer kids. Now they're in that tweenage phase, they may enjoy developing new and more sophisticated interests, playing games with friends, learning new skills (like coding or skating) and following trends. This is great for their personal growth — but it makes it hard to shop for presents for them.
Good Housekeeping takes the guesswork out of gift shopping for your favorite 12-year-olds. The Good Housekeeping Institute tests cool toys and buzzy items each year, looking for things like safety, quality, and functionality. Then, they send out the items to real parents and tweens to find out what kids actually like (and what parents can tolerate). While tweens can be notoriously fickle, these picks will give you the best shot of them leaving with a smile.
In addition to our award-winning toys, you'll also find more kid- and parent-approved suggestions below, including best-sellers and top-rated products on Amazon that reviewers swear their own tweens love. You can also check out all of Good Housekeeping's gift guides anyone else on your holiday shopping lists. Here are the best toys and gifts for 12-year-olds in 2020: