Holiday Gift Guide 2015: The best gifts for tweens

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … that is, if you relish tracking every cent that’s being spent on holiday gifts for each person on your too-long list. But if you’re like most of us, finding gifts that won’t break the bank (or make you lose your mind) is a task that’s dreaded each and every holiday season.

That’s why we’ve taken some of the pain out of holiday gift-giving with our annual list. Here are gifts under $50 for tweens, 10 and older.

All of them are guaranteed to produce smiles, for gift giver and receiver alike.

You’ll gain major cool points with these gifts.

If theyre just going to ignore you in favor of their music, they might as well have some stylin earbuds. These bedazzled versions come in fresh styles like Owl, Skull and Buddha, so you know their accessories game, if not their musical tastes, will always be on fleek. Find this toy locally at Moore Toys & Gadgets in Wheaton. $20, 6+.

Jewel Buds

Tweens are the perfect age to join the coloring book trend without having to coordinate Hello Kittys outfits. This beautiful adult coloring book is intricate without being intimidating, and the thick paper stock pages keep ink from bleeding through. Find this toy locally at Building Blocks Toy Store in Lakeview and Wicker Park. $15.95, 8+.

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book

Word nerds (guilty as charged) will love the challenge of spying words before their opponents, while Anglophiles (again, guilty as charged) wont be able to resist the cards that are reminiscent of the London Underground. With a portable size, its great for killing time while you wait for your entrée to arrive. FInd this toy locally at Becky & Me Toys in Evanston. $12.99, 10+.


Weve heard of fractured fairy tales, but fractured masterpieces? These two-sided puzzles take famous works of art and slice them into pieces, letting you feel just a bit more like one of the greats when you put them back together. Find this toy locally at Moore Toys & Gadgets in Wheaton. $35, 12+.


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