Preteens are 9 thru 12 year olds going on 30.
They are very independent, but are still young children at heart (as well
as emotionally). These are the years when a child's parents begin to
drop their protective shield and they begins to develop the skills they
need to fully cope with the real world. Keeping this in mind, the
gifts that you should purchase for a pre-teen should be
"grown-up" in some ways (e.g., real makeup for girls instead of
that pretend stuff you have been getting them), provide some protection
for the outside world (subscription to pre-teen magazines so they could
read about other kids their age), and things that will begin to give them
real responsibility (like a pet that they are fully responsible for), but
also remember the child in them, so it is okay to get something fun, as
long as it is not "baby-ish."
Gift Ideas for a Pre-Teen:
Items that they need to take
care of, have responsibility for, or items that you have told them in
the past that they were not old enough for yet to own.
Adult Makeup/Beauty Kit that
they could use on special occasions
A small TV for their own
Computer of their own
Pets that they are fully
responsible for (e.g., Hamster, fish, lizard, etc.)
Designer clothing & accessories
Subscription to Pre-teen
magazines. This is the age where they begin to not listen to
what adults have to say. However, they might listen to the
advise in some of these magazines - just look at the magazines first
to ensure that the type of information is appropriate for the recipient.
Trip to Disney or other