No big surprise that ipods, iphones, laptops and video games top the Christmas lists of the tweens and teens in our lives. We all know none of those items are to be found manufactured in America, but here are some great gift ideas that are. Now I’m not saying that you will get the same reactions to these gifts as you would the iPhone6 on Christmas morning, but hey, they’re made in the USA (and tweens/teenagers are too cool to react much anyhow).
Cool Christmas Gifts for Teens and Tweens: Made in the USA
For the sports minded tween/teen on your list
Louisville Slugger wooden baseball bats and Wilson footballs are both American made. Fun fact: According to the Wilson website, the NFL is the only sports league that uses balls manufactured in the USA.
Stand up paddle boarding is the cool teen summer activity. Tower Stand Up Paddle Boards are American made. In the winter, snowboarding is the popular active teen activity. Unity snowboards are handcrafted in Colorado.
For the artsy and crafty tweens and teens
Earth Oil Paint Kit is nontoxic, made from natural clay colors and is professional artist quality paint. The Paint with Wool Portrait Kit and the Wire and Bead Art Kit are just a few of the Eco-friendly creative art kits assembled in the USA by Artterro. They use as many USA-made components as possible and the kits are assembled through Goodwill.
For the beauty conscious tweens and teens
For the tweens on your list, Good For You Girls is a product line of non-toxic, vegan, gluten free skin and body care items. Piggy Paint, non toxic nail polish, is LOVED by us here at USA Love list (and is on my shopping list!).
Accessories for Tech Gadgets
We have found American made accessories to go with your tween or teens tech gadgets. DecalGirl and Bodacious Cases both manufacture protective gear for phones, tablets and laptops. The IZZI Gadgets lens case for smart phones is the perfect gift for the budding photographer.
Tweens and teens like making their bedroom their own personal space, so how about getting them a gift for their room?
The Wake Up Frankie website is THE place to go find items to GLAM the bedroom of the tween/teen on your list. Almost every item on their website is manufactured in the USA, except for the lighting, and some of the seating items. The Wake Up Frankie Team is easy to reach via Message on Facebook and will answer you back with any questions you have about their products. American Made Dorm and Home is also a great site to check out for American made bedding and curtains. They even carry college themed rugs for the sports enthusiast.
Roommates wall decals are made in the USA and really stay in place! There are sports themed decals, quote decals and more.
You can never go wrong with a gift card!
And last, but not least, you can never go wrong with supporting local businesses and purchasing gift cards or gift certificates. Gift cards to the local movie theater, and a popular diner or cafe hang out would make a great gift for the ever cash strapped kiddos of this age group. A gift certificate for voice or music lessons, one on one coaching, or art classes could also be welcomed gifts. Tweens and teens love gift cards. This allows them to make their own choices. We all know that teens and tweens love to have a little freedom of choice!