The list author says: "Tween is a hard age to shop for. What do the parents permit? What does the child already have? How do you move out of toys and into adulthood? I find that kitchen items can be very popular gifts. You may replace a gadget the family already has, you may come up with something original, but most kids love making their own snacks with friends."
"Kids are eating more rice - maybe they like anime, maybe they like burritos, but I find rice has replaced chips as a go to food for the kids in our neighborhood. This is so easy I let the first grader use it."
"A huge fad a few years ago - but still a great cooking option for kids. A few slices of bread, a handful of filling - they can make their own hot pockets. Mine use pizza dough or just mix some eggs together for a fast lunch. For dessert it's a jiffy cake or fruit cut up in a bit of pie crust - sometimes just sliced sugared apples in bread."