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Your not-so-little drummer boy (or girl!) will love scribbling on this cool chalkboard wall decal. We love that the adhesive board is easy to put up and remove -- without ruining the walls.
Easy Bake Cupcakes
Budding chefs can start out small with this Mini Cupcake Maker. She can bake up seven mini treats at a time (in five minutes, no less!) and then get to the fun part: decorating.
Budding fashionistas can create miniature paper dresses, shoes, and more with this chic fashion origami set. The kit comes with 120 sheets of colored paper and a 28-page instruction book.
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Time to Shine
Your tween can tell time and make a fashion statement with this large-face watch from CROW. Each watch has a comfy, soft silicone strap and comes in 11 eye-catching colors.
This Star Wars gadget is the coolest thing this side of the galaxy. It's a lamp, alarm clock, and MP3 speaker all in one, encased in two of the space epic's favorite characters -- choose from super villain Boba Fett or the Dark Lord himself, Darth Vader.
Scrabble might be too old-school for kids, but Dabble? The fun and fast game has players mixing and matching letters to see who can make the most words. It’ll keep them thinking and entertained.
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Is she so over Twilight? Written by Lisi Harrison, Monster High follows Frankie Stein (granddaughter of, you guess it, Frankenstein) as she struggles to find her place in her new high school, where teen monsters secretly mix in with the "normie" student body. The result? Hilarious, spooky tween fun.
Got a family of football fanatics? Pile onto the couch during any live game on TV with Armchair Quarterback -- players compete to win by correctly predicting touchdowns, passes, and other game plays.
Step aside, Wii. Playstation's got a motion-controlled gaming system of its own -- and it is awesome. Packaged for those who already have a Playstation 3, the Move Starter Bundle includes a wireless controller, a motion-detecting Eye camera, and the super-fun Sports Champions video game (rated E for Everyone 10+).
The posterboard collage goes chic! Your kid can put her favorite pictures, notes, and magazine clippings on display with this cute clothesline and bird clip set.
When it's too cold to hit the playground courts, he can still practice his skills with this mini indoor hoop. Modeled after professional b-ball baskets, the SKLZ hoop has a spring-action rim, a shatterproof backboard, and a foam-padded backing to protect your doors from damage -- no matter how many times he slam dunks.
No guitar? No problem! He can play his favorite rock riffs with this musical shirt based on real electric guitar chords. To rock out in style, he'll need to clip the mini amp to his pocket or belt, and strum away using the magnetic pick.
This mini box of questions is a must-have for any sleepover. Each card has a quirky question (Which TV character would you like to be your real life best friend? What would you ask your pet if it could answer you?) that'll help her get to know and bond with her besties. Innocent fun -- no dares here!
Have a Ball!
Help them burn off some that energy with these cool, lightweight hand trampolines from Ogosport. Your kiddo can bounce the koosh ball back and forth with a partner or play solo -- either way he'll get a great workout and boost hand-eye coordination. Bonus points: the disks double as Frisbees!
Gifts with Heart
This sweet handmade necklace features a dainty butterfly charm on an 18-in thin chain, and an inspiring message card. Profits from purchase will go to Girls Learn International, a nonprofit organization supporting universal girls' education. (Also available in sterling silver.)