2013 Holiday Toy Guide

Here are our favorite new toys for Tweens

Don't forget to check out our lists for Baby and Toddlers, Preschool and Early Elementary kids, plus great stocking stuffers

Divoom’s Bluetune Solo speaker lets you take big sound along in a very small package. The sturdy little speaker can withstand backpack travel and the battery lasts about eight hours. It can also connect to other speakers for maximum sound and has wireless operation to go wherever you want to take it. The design reminds us of a mini soda can – cute, but it packs a punch! Ages 10 and older. At amazon.com. $39.95

Wipeout Dry Erase Helmet lets kids personalize their bicycle or skateboarding gear and create a custom helmet. Helmets come in a variety of colors, in three sizes, and each kit has five dry erase non-toxic markers in neon and stencils. Helmets certified for ages 3-11. At major retailers. $24.99-$36.

Headbanz Act Up! from SpinMaster is a fast-paced acting game – no verbal cues allowed. This game gets your family thinking creatively and puts your communication skills to the test. You have 20 seconds to guess the card on your head, or by “acting up” to help another player guess their card. 2-6 players. Ages 8-14. At amazon.com. $19.99

Spikeletz products from Optari are covered in small flexible spikes with just enough texture to feel wonderful in your hand or on your wrist. At optari.com and major retailers. Pens, $8.99; journals, $14.99; bracelets, $2.50

The perfect gift for the kid that likes to continue playtime well after dinner – the NightZone football by Toysmith. This football is battery operated and lights up. Our testers enjoyed playing at dusk where you could really see the glow and still see where you are running. Ages 6 and older. At local specialty toy stores. $14.99

Get ready to feel like Katniss with the NERF Rebelle Guardian Crossbow from Hasbro. One of the (few or first) NERF toys with the non-traditional colors, this is sure to be a hit for the active girl. Our tester loved that her favorite color was incorporated into the design. Having the extra dart refill is a must for this launcher. Ages 8 and older. At major retailers. $24.99

The Pillow Text Kit by Alex Toys lets your child stitch and knot a cute fleece throw pillow with text talk embroidered sayings. Even a novice to stitching or sewing can follow the pre-punched holes for their bedroom.  Ages 8 and older.  At Bean Head Toys Atlanta. $14.30

Careful or Mom will snag this super cool gift from under the tree! Satechi’s Touch USB LED Lamp is a sure way to bring some light to your desk, computer or work space in a really neat way. Turns any glass bottle into a great light source. No power cord needed – just a USB port! At satechi.net. $24.99