These Are the Gifts Your Middle Schooler Really Wants for the Holidays

These Are the Gifts Your Middle Schooler Really Wants for the Holidays

We found gifts so great, your favorite tweens will forget all about getting braces. 

By Patricia Cunningham

Not kids anymore, but not really teens, middle schoolers can be a tricky set to buy for. There is so much going on in their worlds — earth-shattering crushes, voice changes, braces, boobs! The last thing you want is to get the wrong present and embarrass them, and then spend the rest of the day coaxing them back out of their room like a feral kitty down from a tree.

Well, we happen to know a few middle schoolers who were kind enough to fill us in on just what they’d be happy to see under the tree or around the Hanukkah lights. So rest assured, any one of these items will definitely get a like.

Nintendo Switch

This is definitely the most popular option—the Nintendo Switch takes the home console gaming experience on the go. Single and multiplayer features are included.


STATE Kane Metallic Backpack

The colorful metallic detailing on this backpack is just too cute. Plus, it has loads of exterior pockets and a seven-pocket interior for holding school supplies.


SENSO Bluetooth Headphones

Great sound, secure fit, long battery life, a nice price, and a gazillion happy Amazon buyers — these Bluetooth headphones are a win in every way.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Because what the world needs right now is for badass girls to know their history. This book will inspire, empower, and educate any middle schooler, regardless of gender.


Sunburst Electric Guitar Set with Amp, Case, and Starter Package

For the jukebox hero in your life, or rather the streaming MP3 hero (not as cool a ring to that one, sadly… ).


Unicorn Necklace

“Being a person is too difficult. Time to be a unicorn.” How super special is this necklace?! It's so sweet for a young girl blossoming in the world. Designer Mary Steratore, I love you.


Essential Skin Solutions - Face and Body Brush Cleansing System

It’s never too early to get a good skin regime going. This kit includes attachments for soft, firm, and exfoliating cleansing as well as a pumice stone for feet!


Yarn Tree

This immensely popular yarn kit lets you craft your own colorful yarn tree that can be used to hold jewelry or be displayed as art.


Yeti Baclava

A beanie with a dash of Yeti charm. This cozy hat will keep your little guy warm while also doubling as a super fun mask.


Kids Sherpa Fleece Bootie Slippers

These warm, thick, sherpa-lined slippers are oozing with softness and have a nice durable sole. They're perfect for padding around the house all winter long.


Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone

A drone will always go over extremely well, regardless of who the giftee is. I promise. Just keep it outside and don’t let Dad lose it in the neighbor’s tree.


Patagonia Boys Retro Pile 1/4-Zip

This super soft and handsome fleece is going to be his favorite layer. Whether your middle schooler is going on an adventure or simply walking to school, this fleece is essential.


UGGS Classic II Genuine Shearling Lined Short Boot

UGGS are THE must have footwear for the tween set. This updated comfier, sturdier version will get you at least two smiley emojis. Plus, it comes in an array of fun colors.


Echo Dot

The Echo Dot lets you add Alexa to any room in the house —  so, uh oh, you might never see them again. Still, you'll probably end up being the coolest adult they know?


High Bounce Complete 22

This classically styled skateboard is great for cruising the nabe or getting some air. Be sure to include a helmet and pads!

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