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    31 Of The Best Toys And Gifts To Impress The 12-Year-Old In Your Life

    Whether you're looking for a prezzie for a Lego fan or an aspiring rock star, we've got you covered.

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    1. A National Geographic crystal-growing kit for a science experiment that's anything but boring. Bonus: Kids will love showing off their stunning crystal collection with the included light board.

    multi-colored lit-up crystals
    an illuminated clear crystal

    The kit comes with materials to grow crystals in eight colors, four silicone growing chambers, and a light display for five crystals. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

    Promising review: "Nice!! My 12-year-old loved it!! She was able to do everything all by herself. No problems getting crystal out of silicone cups... Helped a little with removing crystal from seed rock. She broke one trying to do on her own, but was able to get two out on her own. But to avoid frustration, I assisted. Definitely worth the money." —Lexus1

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    2. A wireless karaoke mic so pint-sized rock stars can put up *epic* performances in the living room. Parents be warned: you might need to invest in noise-cancelling headphones.

    The karaoke microphone in pink
    reviewer holding the mic in rose gold

    Promising review: "This was a gift for my 12-year-old daughter for Christmas. She LOVES it, but what surprised me was how much all of my boys and all the cousins, grandparents and older teens also had fun with it. We did karaoke after Christmas dinner and everyone had a blast. This pairs with your phone or Bluetooth device. I played music through Amazon music and turned on the lyrics, we were able to do karaoke using just this mic and an iPad. My kids also now use this to announce meals, let me know when they’re going to the bathroom, and constantly play their same favorite five songs over and over and over again  — while singing along with the remix turned all the way up. Basically, it’s wonderful and makes them really happy. 🤗." —Natalie

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in five colors).

    3. Light saber chopsticks perfect for the Star Wars fanatics in your life. These emanate a glow that'll turn a sushi or noodle dinner into an out-of-this-galaxy experience.

    Green lightsaber chopsticks on top of tray filled with spicy crab sushi rolls
    BuzzFeed Editor Emma Lord picks up piece of sushi with blue lightsaber chopsticks
    www.amazon.com, Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I bought these for my 12-year-old daughter, as part of her Christmas, as she was absolutely thrilled with them. The lights are super bright and the overall look of them is very fun. I would give them 5 stars for fun." —Amazon Customer

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97+ (available in seven colors and also in two-packs, three-packs, and four-packs).

    4. A hilariously adorable Shrek-shaped toothpaste cap that'll actually have your kiddo begging to brush their teeth. 😂

    a gif of toothpaste coming out shrek's butt
    a still image of the 3d printed green ogre with toothpaste coming out of its butt
    Casual Chicken / Etsy

    Casual Chicken is a small business based in Irvine, California, that sells an array of unique 3D-printed items.

    Promising review: "I highly recommend. I gave it to my little brother and he loved it!" —Country Pickle

    Shipping Info: Ships 3–8 business days after ordering. Shipping is free. 

    Get it from Casual Chicken on Etsy for $9.99.

    5. A flying orb with flashing lights that'll cure cabin fever while the kids make it float in the air and boomerang back, leaving them wondering "what is this sorcery?"

    Reviewer's video showing the lit up ball doing a boomerang
    Reviewer holding the lit up ball

    Promising review: "Bought this toy for my 12-year-son and he loves it. He was really into the drone toys a few years back and this toy is similar but with a bunch of different features. It keeps his attention for a while as it kind of takes some time to learn and master all the different tricks. Learning how to do it is part of the fun though! Pretty durable, he has dropped it several times and nothing broken yet. The cage is light and kind of bendy so it bounces when it drops and avoids breaks that way. Overall entertaining and a great way to spend a little down time! Would buy again!" —Valerie

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99+ (available in five colors).

    6. A Gravity Maze game to challenge kids to use spatial reasoning to solve the puzzles and figure out how to construct pathways to get the marble to drop to the final cube.

    a model placing a marble into the top of clear stacked cubes on the board of the game
    Reviewer's video showing the marble falling through a maze of stacked cubes

    The game comes with 60 challenges that range from beginner to expert so it will hold their interest as they work their way up to the trickier ones.

    Promising review: "Brilliant game. I didn't know what to expect when I purchased this game for my 12-year-old son. He enjoys science in the experiments so I thought I would try it. This game did not disappoint. The beginning cards are quite easy but once you start going through the deck of cards moving up in difficulty they become increasingly hard to figure out even for adults. It will definitely get everyone in the family working together!" —Amelia Flynn

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    7. A self-balancing hoverboard with LED lights and Bluetooth speakers so they can vibe to their fave tunes while cruising around looking like the ~epitome of coolness.~

    Reviewer image of pink hoverboard
    Reviewer photo of a child riding the hoverboard

    Promising review: "Our 11-year old loves this hoverboard so much! She was able to learn how to ride it fairly quickly. The next day, she had her [hand-me-down] iPhone connected to it via bluetooth. She was playing Pandora music through the hoverboard speakers and was dancing around on the driveway with it. After almost two months of a lot of use, it’s still going strong. It seems to be made of good quality material and strong construction, because she’s riding it all over outside, even at the park, and it still looks great." —Barry Isenhart

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $169.99 (available in three colors).

    8. A Nintendo Switch Lite that'll definitely become their new fave thing EVER. (Especially after they play Animal Crossing!)

    nintendo switch lite in yellow, gray, blue, and pink
    Nintendo

    Promising review: "Brought this for my 12-year-old daughter. She was so excited, waited all day, and was in tears of joy when it arrived. I already had ordered Minecraft for her and got a bunch of other games for her. Great handheld device with good graphics and wonderful downloadable games. Shipping was on time and came carefully packaged and you can tell it was handled with care… so happy with this!" —berrymomm

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $199 (available in four storage options and seven styles).

    9. Otrio, a twist on the classic tic-tac-toe that'll become a game night fave with all ages — from your 10-year-old nephew to Grandpa Joe.

    concentric circle pieces on otrio's wooden board
    Amazon

    To win, players must get three circular pieces of their color in a row in either ascending or descending order; get the same sized pieces in a row; or get three concentric pieces in the same space, but beware of other players attempting to block you! 

    Recommended for two to four players ages 8+.

    Promising review: "This was a Christmas gift for my 12-year-old grandson, who is very selective in what kinds of games he plays. He loves games using logic, strategy and critical thinking. He LOVES this game." —Arnold R Ness

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (also available in plastic).

    10. giant bubble wands kit to keep kids enthralled thanks to the two-handle wand designed to help 'em make the most ~ginormous bubbles~ they've ever seen.

    Reviewer using the bubble wand to blow giant bubbles on the beach
    Reviewer's child using the bubble wand to blow a giant bubble

    The kit comes with the giant bubble wand, two pouches of bubble concentrate, and a booklet to help you become a skilled bubble creator!

    Promising review: "My 12-year-old daughter loves it! She can make really huge bubbles for her siblings and friends. Makes for great entertainment."—Amazon Customer

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six styles).

    11. A cat-shaped night light because every kiddo deserves a *purrfectly* cute bedside pet. Bonus: This one won't throw shade — quite the opposite.

    Reviewer photo of cat-shaped lamp on table
    Gif of reviewer holding cat-shaped light switching colors

    Promising review: "This cute night light is amazing. The lights are responsive to simple pats on the soft surface. The fact that it is wireless makes it easy to move around. I purchased it for my friend's baby but my 12 year old girl wants one for herself. I'm amazed at how it lights up the area when we took it outside. The colors vary and change. So darn cute!" —aloha stamper

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two styles and with or without remote).

    12. Pokemon 25th Anniversary Celebrations Elite Trainer Box — featuring a variety of Pokemon cards and booster packs that'll basically cement your role as *elite* gift-giver.

    the elite trainer box that has pikachu logo on the font and the number 25
    Amazon

    The box includes: 10 Pokémon TCG: Celebrations fourf-card booster packs, five additional Pokémon TCG booster packs, one special foil card featuring Greninja, 65 card sleeves featuring the Pokémon 25 logo and lightning tail design, 45 Pokémon TCG Energy cards, a player’s guide to the Celebrations expansion, and a Pokémon TCG rulebook.

    Promising review: "My 12-year-old was thrilled with this box! He got lots of good cards and loved the protective sleeves it came with. The box arrived on time and untampered with." —lovebeingmom87

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $92.98.

    13. A pack of Mini Brands mystery balls with five mystery compartments that open up to reveal mini replicas of your fave brands like Kool-Aid, Jell-O, Heinz ketchup and more! I mean, these are literally a TikTok phenomenon with 3 billion+ views and counting.

    Two individually wrapped mystery balls in packaging
    Reviewer's photo showing the mini brand name replicas inside the ball

    Promising review: "Buy it Now!!! If you have a little girl in your life [my daughter is 12] these are truly an awesome gift! Can't even lie, I myself love them too. Literally miniature items of our favorite brands. Way too cute!!! Love this item!" —Andria

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99 (also available in series 1 and series 3).

    14. A positive affirmation mirror decal that'll provide the sweetest daily reminders to your child that they are ✨worthy✨.

    The decal on a mirror
    Interior Niche / Etsy

    Interior Niche is a small biz based in Appleton, Wisconsin, owned by a mamapreneur, who specializes in affirmation stickers, doormats, and tags.

    Promising review: "I ordered this for my daughter who is starting middle school, so she could start the day with positive affirmations. It was easy to put up, looks great, and the shipping was fast. I’d order from this shop again or recommend to someone looking to make a purchase." —Amber Cruz

    Shipping Info: Ships 8 business days after ordering. Shipping is free. 

    Get it from Interior Niche from Etsy for $9.88 (available in two styles).

    15. A screaming goat figurine because any kid will think it's absolutely hysterical to express themselves via this bleating sidekick. Just press the button and it lets out an "AAAHHHHHHHH!"

    The goat figurine, plus the box it comes in and the booklet
    Amazon

    It also comes with a 32-page illustrated booklet all about goats. Not gonna lie, you're probably going to regret this purchase after listening to a few hundred bleats 😂.

    Promising review: "So cute. Bought this for my 12-year-old granddaughter as little gift when her sister had a birthday. The 12-year-old "gets annoyed" at most everything nowadays. This actually made her laugh! Worth the price for that alone." —K. T.

    Promising review: "Bought this as a stocking stuffer for my 12-year-old sister and we love it 😂 sounds like the goats on YouTube! Comes with batteries in it." —Anna R

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $8.09.

    16. A pair of waterproof wireless earbuds with 150,000+ 5-star reviews (!!!) that are a total AirPod dupe at a fraction of the cost. Now, you don't have to listen to Taylor Swift's Shake it Off on repeat all day long.

    Black earbuds
    Black earbuds in water
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought these for my 12-year-old son who’s been begging for AirPods but these seemed like a more sensible buy... he’s absolutely happy with these. They are just what he was wanting and sweat proof for while he’s playing sports." —Kaitlyn Rogers

    Promising review: "Bought these for my 12-year-old daughter for Christmas and she loves them, said they were way better than Apple ones she had, a lot better sound quality (stereo sound) and don’t have to charge as often." —darryl moore

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in seven colors).

    17. A solar-powered DIY robot kit so young STEM enthusiasts can get the *gears* in their head turning as they build 12 different types of moving robots.

    The kit includes 190 pieces, a solar panel, and detailed instructions.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my 12-year-old nephew and he loved it. Easy to assemble, well built, and there's actually some great STEM skills that can be learned from this. Highly recommend!." —QAJ

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    18. A Snap Circuits kit to give young engineers a hands-on intro to how electrical circuits work while they figure out how to assemble over 100 ~working~ circuit projects with 30+ electronic parts that snap together easily on the included plastic grid. (No tools needed!)

    The packaging and the electronic parts on a plastic grid
    reviewer's photo of their child tinkering with the parts on a plastic grid

    The kit comes with over 32 electrical components including snap wires, slide switches, an alarm circuit, a music integrated circuit, and a speaker. (Each piece is numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy.) Plus, a plastic grid and a project manual with 101 different electronic projects.

    Recommended for ages 8+. Adult supervision advised.

    Promising review: "Great gift. I purchased this for my 12-year-old son who loves science and building things. This book gives step by step instructions with pictures on how to put each experiment together. This kept him occupied for hours at a time. He has completed each experiment several times and has also started making a few experiments on his own. This is such a cool kit for an electronics lover to learn and have fun." —Lisa

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get a set from Amazon for $19.59.