I don't know if it still qualifies as a small company because it's taken off pretty quickly, but my kid (age 11) and her friends (a few years in either direction) are all very much into making Rainbow Loom bracelets: www.rainbowloom.com .
Carseat-checking (CPST) and WAH mama to a thirteen-year-old girl.
At that age, they usually have pretty specific interests that make it easier to get gifts for them. Like, are they into puzzles? If so, Ravensburger makes nice ones, and something like the Perplexus ball from cranium is really neat. Most of the things I can think of specifically pertain to my kids' interests, can you give a little hint of what they're into?
Some very general things that most kids that age would enjoy (if you are maybe just looking for stocking stuffers, or a gift for a niece/nephew that you don't know very well) are:
- Gift cards to local places (ice cream, arcades, etc) - if you don't have access to those places, and the family isn't opposed to main stream stuff, then Dairy Queen or Sonic are fun (we never eat at those places, which makes it all the more of a treat if my kids get a gift card there!)
- Sharpies! Seriously. That big pack with all the different colors. I don't know any preteens or young teens who don't love sharpies.
- Cash (duh)
- iTunes gift cards
- Books - if you let us in on the age/gender we could give recommendations!
- Pocket knife
- PVC Cutters, some PVC cut into about 2' lengths (or a gift card to home depot for $5) and a bag of mini-marshmallows. Print up instructions for how to make their own marshmallow shooter.
- Several rolls of colorful or fun print duct tape
- Practical gifts are always great, too - and you can mix it up with something more fun - like if they're in a cold climate this Winter, some Smartwool socks with candy shoved inside.
Hope that helps! And if you can reply with a little more specifics on the kids' interests, I'll be happy to make more suggestions :)
Mama of 3 amazingly sweet kids , living the dream on our urban farm
Not local but I like the idea of quality art supplies for this age - especially some of the super high-end markers they are making these days. Last year I had the goal to hand-make ever.single gift DC gave at birthday parties. We did great but it was crazy time consuming so we're back to the $15 budget.
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great books about strong young people, i.e. Island of the Blue Dolphins for girls, Harry Potter for either gender, many more....
cool bath products
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These are fun and customizable. Recyled and recycleable.
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