2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Ages 11 and Up: Top Gear, Games, Books

Gg 11& Up

Making a holiday list and checking it twice? We're here to help with some great gift ideas for everyone who's nice. This month, we bring you the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide with some of the top toys, games, gear and more. Look below for our picks of gifts for kids ages 11 and up. Also see our gift guide for babies through age 5 and our picks for top gift ideas for ages 6-10.

Carolina Parent editors carefully reviewed products during the last several weeks in collaboration with our sister publications, Piedmont Parent and Charlotte Parent, choosing our picks from top product lists, recommendations and product samples.

As you browse the list, keep in mind that most items are included in the youngest appropriate age group, but several of the products will bring a happy smile to older kids, too.


RumbaTime Watch – Keep kids on time and in style with Rumba watches. The Orchard is perfect for girls and comes in several fashion colors. Many styles to please all tastes. Shown in Sweet Lilac. $30; rumbatime.com.

Penny 22" Skateboard – Find fun and fast skateboard freedom in a mini package that packs a punch. Funky color combos and portability make this durable plastic board a hot ticket for boys and girls who love to skate. $100; pennyskateboards.com; ages 11 and up.

BeatsbyDre.jpgSkull Candy – These earbuds are the standard for MP3 players. They come in a variety of colors with microphones or without. Sport Orange shown. Skullcandy.com; $39.99.

Beats by Dr. Dre – For over-the-ear headphones, try the popular solo line. These high-quality phones are lighter and compact enough to fit in a purse or backpack, with the signature sound that makes Beats so popular. Get them in black, white and six other colors. Beats Electronics, $199.95; beatsbydre.com.


Madden NFL 13 Football -? The classic NFL football experience for sports fans and gamers. New Connected Career mode allows users to assume the career of a current player or coach. For PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. $59.99; easports.com; rated E for everyone.

Harry Potter for Kinect Xbox ?Become a wizard and experience all the iconic moments from Harry Potter films. Cast spells, soar in Quidditch, brew potions and battle in exciting duels. With Kinect technology, players can scan their faces to create unique characters. Xbox 360 Kinect. Warner Brothers Home Video, $49.99; rated E for ages 10 and up.

Augmented Reality Puzzles ? Make a puzzle come alive! This interactive update from Ravensburger puzzles takes the jigsaw to a new level. Download the free app and complete the puzzle to unlock activities, facts and games, like a rooftop view of Paris with a 360-degree virtual tour. Four puzzles available. Compatible for iPhone or iPad; $20; ravensburger.com; ages 14 and up.Rolick-game.jpg

Rollick! – Pull out an award-winning party game when family and friends come together this holiday season. Rollick!is a fast-paced reverse-charades game where the team acts out clues for one or more players to guess. Includes words for younger children, suggestions for large and small groups, and variations so no game is ever the same. $24.99; thegamechef.com; ages 10 and up.


One Direction Anything – This British boy band's debut album, which entered the U.S. music charts at No. 1, stole the hearts of girls everywhere. If you want to see a smile, give your tween girl One Direction's new release, Take Me Home, available Nov. 13. If she's already downloaded the tracks, try the book Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction (May 2012, Harper Collins). One Direction Music, $11-12 album, $12.99 book.

dodger-Jacket_Large.jpgDodger by Sir Terry Pratchett – The best-selling author combines comedy with deep wisdom in this tale of an unexpected coming-of-age and one remarkable boy in the streets of London finding his way in a complex and fascinating world. Dodger may be a thief, but his heart is in the right place. Harper Collins, $17.99; ages 13 and up.

Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn – Sixteen-year old Violet has teen appeal for any teen interested in manga and art. Young readers will learn a lot about Japanese culture, people and art. Viking Juvenile, $17.99; ages 12 and up.

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