Finding the right Christmas gifts for children is not easy, especially if you are not familiar with what children are hoping to receive these days. However, if you do know what gifts are the most wanted then the choices become a great deal easier. Whether you are choosing a gift for your own children or for your relatives or friends, there are a number of great gift ideas for children that will have them thanking you while not draining your pocketbook.

The problem with 'tweens is that they are at the beginning of the stage where they become picky about what they want to receive as gifts. This makes gift buying diffucult. You as parents will need all of the help that you can get.

Here are a few of the popular Christmas gifts for pre-teens that are reasonably priced and ones that they will enjoy. When selecting from these gifts, be sure to take into account their interests if you are their parents or if you are purchasing Christmas gifts for your nieces, nephews, cousins or friends, then ask their parents what their interests are so you can find the gift that best matches them.  

These ideas are the result of raising quite a few children through their tween years. I thing I do recommend staying away from is clothes. If your tween is insisting upon clothes, I would recommend giving them some money, taking them to a clothing store and allowing them to pick out their own clothes.

Friendship bracelet kits: One of the best Christmas gifts for pre-teen girls are friendship bracelets. Girls at this age love to create. The act of creating and then turning around and giving their creation to someone else as a gift is even better. This is a gift that is guaranteed to lite up the eyes of any tween girl that you give it to. Friendship bracelet kits are inexpensive and make for great birthday gifts as well.

Lego Ninjagos: This is simply one of the most popular gifts for pre-teen boys. Lego Ninjagos are not just fun, they also satisfy the creative minds of little boys who can build their own worlds complete with ninjas. There are so many Ninjago kits, your boy will be able to build on the kit you buy him for years to come. This is a fun, exciting gift that can be combined with other lego products to make a little boy very happy for Christmas.

Nintendo DS game system: Small, compact and chock full of exciting games, this Nintendo DS game system is perfect for girls and boys who love to play puzzle games and the like. It’s not only portable, but discreet as they can carry it with them anywhere. There are hundreds of different games that you can choose from once you buy this gaming system.

Mini-Helicopter: A mini-helicopter makes for a great gift a little boy will love. Battery powered and easy to control, a mini-helicopter is fun both indoors and outdoors as well. You might think that you cannot possibly afford one of these. You might be suprised because the entry level mini-helicopter kits are very reasonably priced. This makes for a  great gift that helps spark the imagination and well as providing hours of entertainment.

Slumber Party Box: Pre-teen girls love slumber parties. Slumber parties are a very important part of the whole girl tween social experience and having this kit will help them tremendously in planning their next party. Full of great stuff that all slumber parties need, this makes for a wonderful gift that little girls will use long after Christmas is over.

Spot-It: This is a fun, great little game for boys and girls as well as the rest of us. This simple, two player game of cards features prominent symbols that must be matched, simply hold a card in each hand and when you spot one that has an identical symbol, then put your card in their hand. This fast, fun game for all ages is perfect on car trips or when you just want to play a fun game.

Drawing books: If your child loves to draw, then you’ll want to get them plenty of drawing books to let their creativity run wild. Drawing books are inexpensive, fun and can help foster their imaginations.

These are just a few great Christmas gifts for children that they will enjoy, be sure to stock a few of them as Christmas gifts this year.