Shopping for tweens can be a struggle. They may have outgrown a lot of children’s toys, but they aren’t quite ready for the same gifts that a teenager would like. This holiday season, consider global gifts for tweens in your life. From intriguing recipe books to geography board games for family game night, we’ve compiled gift ideas that combine cultural education and fun!
Here are our picks for the best global gifts for tweens ages 9 to 12:
🎁 The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras
Encourage their curiosity with fun facts about 100 extraordinary places off-the-beaten-path! From the world’s largest cave in Vietnam to a spacecraft cemetery in New Zealand, your tween will embark on a journey of a lifetime while flipping through the colorfully illustrated pages of this book.
🎁 Cooking Class Global Feast!: 44 Recipes That Celebrate the World’s Cultures by Deanna F. Cook
This fun cookbook will help your tween gain skills in the kitchen while also learning about cuisine from around the world. Recipes include Anzac biscuits from Australia and New Zealand, Irish soda bread, and mango lassi from India. Plus, the book features a pop-out food passport, world language flashcards and flag stickers for even more fun!
🎁 The World Game
Adults and tweens alike benefit from this educational game! The World Game is an easy-to-learn geography board game designed for 2-5 players. Make family game night a global learning experience. Learn the flags, capital cities and locations of 194 countries while competing with family and friends to race around the world.
🎁 Treasury of Magical Tales From Around the World by Donna Jo Napoli
Your tween will love this anthology of global stories from the National Geographic Treasury Collection! Featuring beloved stories from 29 places around the world, this anthology contains stunning illustrations as well as notes regarding the cultural significance of the stories.
🎁 The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in The World by Lonely Planet Kids
Filled with colorful maps, infographics and photos, this book presents easily-digestible facts about every country. Your tweens will love reading about the food, wildlife and fun trivia around the world.
Other holiday gift guides:
- Global Gifts for Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0-4)
- Global Gifts for Kids (Ages 5-8)
- Global Gifts for Teens (Ages 13-18)