Best new toys for tweens and teens under $50

Whether lovers of art, music or just hanging with their friends, there are toys enough for kids who think they’re too old for them. Check out the toys below and find more gift ideas for other ages in our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide.


My Audio Pet, $24.99

This little stereo can hang on a backpack and produces a sound quality and volume three times its size. The personality traits of each one are teen and tween friendly.


Available at: *play


Tumbling Hedgehog by Thames & Kosmos, $39.99

First, build the hedgehog pet using the instructions, then program it to move, roll, walk and stop using your own claps. The science and technology winner of best toy from the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is a big hit this season.


Available at: Becky & Me Toys, Building Blocks Toy StoreMoore Toys & Gadgets and *play


Escape Puzzle by Ravensburger, $19.99

In order to solve the 759-piece puzzle, players have to answer questions and examine clues.


Available at: Becky & Me Toys, Building Blocks Toy StoreMoore Toys & Gadgets and *play


Beauty Dust by STMT, $29.99

A science kit helps kids learn to make and use their own cosmetics.


Available at: Building Blocks Toy Store


Mini Boom Box by Boom Box Culture, $50

For music fans of all ages, this boom box blinks, plays sound and is Bluetooth compatible. It also comes in lots of colors and designs to fit all styles.


Available at: Building Blocks Toy Store


Hacker by Think Fun, $24.99

Computer fans will love the game that requires on-board coding and line fixing.


Available at: Building Blocks Toy StoreMoore Toys & Gadgets and *play


Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle by USAOPOLY, $25.99

Harry Potter fans can create their own characters in a deck-building game.


Available at: Building Blocks Toy Store and Moore Toys & Gadgets


Splurge! Microlite by Odyssey, .99

A great drone for first-time uses with LED lights. It can also fly to 200 feet.

Available at: Building Blocks Toys


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This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue.


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