10 Christmas gifts for 11-13 year olds

Presents for your tween that aren't embarrassing: emojis, robots, make your own lipbalms and voice-controlled drones, because you know, YOLO

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Emoji Cushion, £11.95

Show your text-mad tween that you’ve got your finger firmly on the pulse with this Crying With Laughter Emoji cushion. It’ll take pride of place in their bedroom and you’ll get guaranteed cool points (even though they won’t admit it).

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Available from: Wicked Uncle

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Star Wars BB-8 Figure, £29.95

Star Wars is going to be big news when the next installment The Force Awakens is finally released in December. Get ahead of the trend with this BB-8 figure that beeps, squeaks, spins and rolls.

Available from: Disney Store

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Burn After Writing, £9.95

Writing a diary is SO 2014. These days it’s all about capturing your YOLO moments in fun listicles. This interactive notebook is just dying to be filled with secrets.

Available from: Amazon

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Boompods Downdraft wireless portable speaker, £29.99

Portable, compact, cool and soft to the touch, these speakers come in 5 pre-teen colours. Perfect for turning up the volume of smartphones.

Available from: Boompods

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Buttonbag Learn How to Sew Suitcase, £19.99

Everything you need to learn how to sew in one adorably vintage suitcase. Make three elephants, a cat and kitten, a drawstring bag, a needlecase, pin cushion and fabric corsage.

Available from: Liberty

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DC Superheroes Origami, £9.67

Keep them quiet with 46 folding projects for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more.

Available from: Amazon

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Make Your Own Lip Balm Kit, £15.75

Everything you need to make five of your very own lip balms out of lovely natural shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter, almond and calendula oil.

Available from: Not On The High Street

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Meccano Tech Meccanoid G15 Personal Robot, £169.99

Age: 10+

The price on this one is steep, but who wouldn’t want to build their own robot? After you’ve constructed the droid, you also get to programme it – teaching it movements and sounds by hooking it up to your smartphone or tablet.

Available from: John Lewis

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Doodle Pillowcase, £14.95

Write down reminders or draw pictures on these pillowcases and then wash to start over again.

Available from: Prezzybox

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X-Voice Quadcopter, £49.99

If you get one of these for a younger sibling, guaranteed your oldest will hog it for most of the day. So cut out the arguments and get one for your biggest baby! Remote control toys are always a hit and this drone is the latest thing – it’s controlled by voice command.

Available from: MenKind

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