Teen & Tween

  1. 5 Gift Ideas to Celebrate Women's History Month

    5 Gift Ideas to Celebrate Women's History Month

    In the 1980's, a Presidential Proclamation was issued declaring March to be National Women's History Month. Finally, history making women would be brought to the forefront and nationally recognized for their achievements in making our world a better place to live. The importance of educating our children about these amazing females cannot be stressed enough...they are our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters. So it's time to celebrate those brave wonderful women who came before us, to teach our growing girls to never stop dreaming, and to know that they can make a difference in any field they choose to study. 
    Every single day of National Women's History Month is an opportunity for teachable moments. We can encourage our daughters and grand-daughters, from toddlers to teens, by our own example. There are board games, books, and other items we can give to encourage and educate the future generation of females Here are a few gift ideas to help prove that girls do indeed rock.
    Books-We all know books are magical, and books that are fun to read as well as educational is a parent's dream come true. My recent favorite is Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls Vol. 1 & 2. Beautifully illustrated, each volume highlights the lives of 100 extraordinary women in a fairy tale format. Perfect for bedtime, Goodnight Stories will send our daughters into their own sweet dreams. For younger girls, Amelia Who Could Fly is a visually stunning storybook about the life and adventures of a young Amelia Earhart. This book proves that dreams can come true, and to believe in yourself!
    Board Games-Growing up, girls are often told to play "nice" while boys are allowed to be boys. Teaching our girls strategy, tactile maneuvers, cooperation, and critical thinking are crucial in the real world, and board games are a great way to teach those skills. Games like Pandemic, Evolution, and Outfoxed depend on team mates working together, solving puzzles and maybe even finding the cure for an out of control virus! Let your voice be heard, and take your team to victory.
    STEM Toys-In 2017, women made up only 15-25% of the STEM workforce worldwide. Some research suggests that gender role stereotyping is to blame, and we can help those numbers by sparking interest in our girls with STEM toys and activities. Build a Green Rocket with recycled objects, collect and study backyard bugs with a Bug Vacuum, or learn how circuits work with a Snap Circuits 3D set! Girls of all ages can be future forces in the ever growing STEM field, all they need is encouragement and the right tools.
    Role Play Costumes-Dressing up is always a favorite around here, and I would never discourage it. When little girls play dress-up, they are actually role playing, emulating those grown-ups they see around them. Usually an adult's go to costume is a princess or a fairy, those were certainly favorites of my daughters when they were young. How about Introducing a fireman's costume into that dress up trunk? Or a policeman? Male dominated fields are soon becoming a thing of the past, with women finally finding the courage to go after their dream jobs like never before. Jobs our Grandmothers didn't know women could do, because they were told they couldn't.
    Express Yourself-In the past decade, more accomplishments from women have been uncovered and brought to light like never before. Our history is one to be proud of, so yell it from the rooftops if you are feeling so inclined. If not, fearless girls can still express who they are with something so simple as a trendy fierce clutch that announces her arrival in a room, or a pair of socks that matches her inner thoughts without ever having to say a word!
    When females support each other, with love and self awareness, along with education and information about the women who came before us...that is the key to changing Women's History Month into a year round celebration for us all. We owe it to our daughters.
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  2. 7 Surefire Steps to the Perfect Easter Basket

    7 Surefire Steps to the Perfect Easter Basket

    We can all agree candy is awesome. No one is disputing the gloriousness of binging on sweets; that tummy ache later is 100% worth it. But no matter what rules are in place to encourage kids to pace themselves, all that candy will be gone sooner rather than later. Why not make the magic of the holiday last with some non-consumable, fun all year round, toyriffic springtime treats?

    Of course no basket is complete without at least a few confectionary delights - jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, and sweetly silly lollipops are always welcome. But after that initial sugar rush, these special gifts will continue to bring joy to your little snuggle bunnies all year long:

    1. Jelly Cat: This one is a bit literal. Jelly Cat makes the world’s softest bunnies. Call up an image in your mind of the classic lovable, huggable, floppy little bunny toy - that’s exactly what a Jelly Cat bunny looks like. These cozy critters would be perfectly at home in Pooh Corner with Piglet and Roo and Eeyore too. And most importantly, they are unbelievably soft. Think dandelion fluff meets eiderdown and multiply by 100. Jelly Cat’s creative team has been working overtime lately, as they’ve expanded their offerings to include unicorns, lambs, flamingos, and funky pom pom critters that are out of this world. There’s truly something for everyone, a perfect plush pal to carry with them all year long.

    2. Pikmi Pops: These blind box plush pops are just too sweet to eat! Pikmi Pops are perfectly at home in any Easter basket, no matter how much candy you pile in. But you won't have to worry about cavities with these suckers - inside every Pikmi Pop is one plush pet! These soft, scented plush are the sweetest surprise of the season! The ultimate blind box surprise, you won't know what fuzzy friend you've adopted til you've opened your pop. Collect them all and trade with your friends! We’re currently on series 2 of these popular pops, so chances are your little collector has already encountered Pikmi Pops and can’t wait to build a pop menagerie. Who knew the Easter bunny was so hip to current trends?

    3. Squishy Squad: We’re back in plush land with the silliest, squishiest stuffed animals around. Squishy Squad critters squish like a beanbag animal and feature soft, fleecy fabric perfect for snuggling. Use as a portable pillow, sensory soother, or as a new plush pal! Tailor-made for the goofiest kid on your Easter list.

    3. LOL Surprise: Just a little something special to throw into the mix. Blind box collectors know all about these little cuties - we’re already on series 3! Keeping track of all these mystery blind box trends might be overwhelming for us mortal adult humans, but kids and Easter Bunnies know what’s up! LOL Surprise Little Sisters are just the right size for Easter baskets, and fun for collectors and all lovers of cute tiny things in cute tiny boxes!

    4. Thinking Putty: This amazing sensory putty has become our go-to gift for Easter baskets, stocking stuffers, restless hands, present toppers, or a small reward for good behavior or thoughtfulness. There are so many cool options - color changing, magnetic, glow in the dark, shimmering chromatic effects, totally transparent liquid glass...the hits keep coming! All Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty is stretchy, squishy, and bouncy. The sensory applications are phenomenal for both neurodevelopment and soothing those on the autism spectrum, or just keeping your hands busy so your brain can focus at work and at school. Thinking Putty is non-toxic, latex-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, and phthalate-free. It never dries out and is easy to remove from most fabrics. Crazy Aaron manufactures 100% of his products in the USA and is a leading employer of special needs individuals in his community. It is truly the toy for everyone - kids, teens, and adults!

    5. Feeling Smitten Bath Bombs: Treat yourself with these deletable bath bombs made in Asheville, NC! These gorgeous bath and body treats are sulfate, paraben and phtalate free, making them safe and gentle for any skin type and age - so you can throw these bombs in any Easter basket! Each bath bomb is beautifully designed and looks good enough to eat - delight in tantalizing realistic cupcakes, donuts, and truffles. Looks great, feels great, and blends in perfectly with that springtime basket of goodies.

    6. Stemless Corkcicle: Moms need treats too! These ingenious insulating glasses from Corkcicle keep your favorite adult beverages cool for over 9 hours (or hot for up to 3). Perfect for sipping on Sangria, white wine, and a host of chilled cocktails! Corkcicle’s other insulating offerings are already a hit for all ages (teens are all about the stylish canteens, and coffee lovers of all ages are abuzz for their colorful tumblers). Corkcicle is the perfect Easter basket centerpiece for tweens, teens, and adults who appreciate a gift that’s as beautiful as it is practical.

    There’s truly something for everyone when you think outside the candy aisle! This year, let’s take those baskets to the next level with treats for today, tomorrow, and all year long!

    We love the idea of getting everyone in on the fun. Babies and toddlers can enjoy a basket full of toys and plush. Older kids and teens may think they’re too old for the Easter bunny, but the right gift can rekindle that spark of holiday wonder. And after all, mom and dad work hard to make holidays magical for their families, and they should have a little treat to look forward to on Easter morning too!

    Speaking of treats for mom and dad, we have just the thing to ensure your holiday is all about fun and not about stress. Sidestep trying to schedule a shopping trip while the kids aren’t around and order online for delivery straight to your home (free shipping for orders over $99 and free gift wrap every time)! For Charleston locals, place an order with FREE in-store pickup and your Easter gifts will be waiting for you at your local Wonder Works (gift wrapped if you so desire)! And for the fully immersive holiday shopping experience, stop by your local store and get a FREE Easter basket when you purchase $25 of Easter goodies! It’s a Bunny Bonanza, and everyone’s invited!

    Bunny Bonanza

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  3. More Ways to Shop Local and Join the Fun!

    More Ways to Shop Local and Join the Fun!

    The Wonder Works Spring Catalog is here!!

    Do you and your family love flipping through bright, colorful pages filled with fun? Check your mailbox and your local Wonder Works store for our amazing new Spring Catalog! Get inspired with brilliant ideas for the coolest gifts and games for all ages!

    Not on our mailing list? Passionate about going paperless? Well, good news! You can still enjoy that classic browsing experience with our dynamically digitized eCatalog!

    Navigation is simple - just like a real catalog! Use the arrows on the left and right of each page to flip through (you'll even hear that satisfying flippy sound as you turn each page). Click the top or bottom of each page for options to save, bookmark, or share. Get inspired to visit your local store, browse our site for more creative gift ideas, or scroll down to the bottom of this post for a shoppable selection of our favorite catalog items!

    Don't forget to read through to the back cover for a special surprise! (Hint: It's a number that starts with 2, ends with 5, and saves you money on one fabulous gift!)

    We can't wait for spring - we're more than ready to get outside and play! Not to mention, it's almost time to start decorating eggs, building baskets, and looking out for our favorite magical bunny to come hippity hopping down the lane! Candy is dandy, but for lasting fun, check out some of this year's hottest gifts with a spring theme to surprise and delight on Easter morning!


    Get ready to fill that Easter basket, stock up for spring break, or just start getting some fabulously fun ideas for birthdays and special treats! Spring has sprung, and we're ready to play!

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  4. The Year of the Unique

    The Year of the Unique

    Anyone in your house yearning for a unicorn? Staring wistfully at sloths? Longing for a llama, perhaps?

    Well if so, you are in luck! You see, it's becoming more and more apparent that 2018 is truly the Year of the Unique. These three examples are just the tip of the iceberg, but they are this writer's personal faves so that's what I'm going to write about. Teddy bears and baby dolls are still at the top of the list of our most loved toys, but it's time to broaden our horizons when it comes to shopping for our children. Embrace the uniqueness of those you love, celebrate the quirkiness, and remember that if you can think it, you can be it. Forget the Year of the Dog...the Year of the Unique is coming in strong!

    Let's start with the fabled unicorn, the subject of many a bedtime story in my house. Honestly, you can't swing a fairy in a store without hitting a unicorn. Whether you're in the market for a cuddly plush, a pillow (with or without sequins, your choice), books, journals, slippers, etc., etc., you'll find it. Why the sudden shift to these unique mythical beasts? Maybe because these fabulous creatures, with their silky manes and mysterious horns, beckon our babies into a fantasy land...encouraging little minds to never stop believing in the magic that surrounds us. Even teens and adults have continued their love affair with unicorns, and I'm betting dollars to donuts this fascination started at a young age.

    Sloths have recently been in the spotlight for a number of reasons. These fascinating creatures sleep 21 hours a day, love to be held, and bath time usually lasts for hours. I like to believe that sloths are becoming popular because we humans are always moving at such a fast pace. These furry guys with the permanent grin remind us that cuddle time should have its own symbol on every kitchen clock. Relax, have a snack, regroup, and hang out with friends. Now that's a life lesson I, and especially my teens, can believe in.

    The scientific name for llamas is 'Lama Glama', which is actually my inner nickname for myself. Amazing, but true. If I see a llama in a photograph or stitched on a sock, it make me smile. This not so majestic animal, with its huge overbite, tangled wooly fur, and huge eyes is the epitome of the word "unique". Kind of like me, my family, and at least a handful of friends. Boring is blase, and introducing the weird and wonderful to kids is our job as parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Embrace the inner you, and be the uncommon one in the crowd. Be YOU.

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  5. Top Spring Treats for Teens

    Top Spring Treats for Teens

    Bath Bombs - A warm, relaxing soak in the tub after a long day at school, or especially, a long night on the sports field, is often just what the doctor ordered! Long considered a luxury item, bath bombs are now an affordable, fun gift to give friends and family. With so many to choose from, bath bombs make a fantastic, thoughtful treat to give to that teen in your life who could use a little pampering.


    • Let's Be Mermaids Bath Bomb - My 14 year old's favorite! Delicious smelling and absolutely gorgeous, this mermaid bomb is the size of an actual cupcake!
    • Fortune Telling Bath Bomb Set - This set includes 3 fabulous, fizzy bombs...one yummy, mini cupcake, and two wonderfully scented bombs with secret fortunes inside!
    • DaBomb Treasure - Invented by two teen sisters, this coconut-scented bath treasure bomb includes a real, metal pirate doubloon that appears in water as bomb dissolves! What a treat!
    • Unicorn Dreams Bath Bomb - Brightly colored unicorn cupcake softens water and moisturizes skin, creating the ultimate bath experience!
    • DaBomb Earth - Designed with swirly blues and greens, this bath bomb looks like our own mother Earth! Here's the best part...all proceeds go to saving our world's oceans!


    Corkcicles - Staying hydrated is often a challenge for busy teens, and a cause for concern for parents like me who worry their growing kids aren't drinking enough fluids. Corkcicle canteens and tumblers are the perfect solution! Available in a variety of colors, textures, and sizes, these beauties keep cold drinks cold for up to 25 hours, or hot for up to 12 hours. All day refreshment for an active teen is certainly a treat!


    • Lemonade Canteen - This sunny 9oz canteen is perfect for the biking teen, and fits into the side of any backpack! Crafted of stainless steel with a screw on top, this canteen is sure to be a favorite all year round!
    • Pixie Dust Tumbler - This stunning 24oz tumbler sparkles in the sun on those long, hot summer days! Slip proof bottom and easy grip sides make this tumbler the perfect teen beach accessory!
    • Waterman Biscay Bay Canteen - Beautiful blue, textured, powder-coated finish canteen holds a whopping 60oz of your favorite beverage. Teens who love to camp, or spend the day on the water with friends, will appreciate this thirst quenching treat!
    • Tumbler Straws - Set of 2 stainless steel straws are great for the eco-friendly teen, and they fit any size Corkcicle tumbler!


    Fun Socks - Sassy and smart, socks with fun graphics and sayings are a top teen trend this year! A great fashion accessory that allows a peek into a teen's personality and sense of humor! Sure to be a conversation starter, these few favorite pairs of my own teens are sure to be a hit!


    • Video Game - We all know that kid, the one who dreams of becoming a professional gamer, who plugs in to relieve stress! Game on!
    • Stop Talking - Could this be a secret message that only adults can read? Bright flowers and vines adorn this pair, and let teens express themselves in a very unique way!
    • Runnin' the World and Stuff - Teens are our future leaders...encourage them with these awesome, hot pink and brown socks! When worn, images on each foot match up for a fun graphic!
    • Dogs - A teen's best friend, everyone loves those furry, four-legged friends and family members!

    Find all of these teen treats and much, much more at Wonder Works! One of our awesome toy experts will be happy to show you all of our brand new teen (and tween) items! More arriving everyday, and I know you'll find something for every kid on your list!
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  6. Always and Forever FUN!

    Always and Forever FUN!

    The Wonder Works Spring Catalog is here!!

    There's something special about flipping through a catalog - seeing all the brightly colored toys laid out side by side, imagining EVERYTHING from that one page wrapped up neatly for you to tear into, hearing the satisfying swoosh of the page turning - it just builds anticipation like nothing else can. But in today's digital world, it can be hard to keep track of physical info. That's why we've created special digital versions of the catalogs we love!

    Discover the perfect gift as you browse the latest and greatest toys and gifts for the whole family, from picky tweens to scientists, superheros, and creative masterminds!

    Navigation is simple - just like a real catalog! Use the arrows on the left and right of each page to flip through (you'll even hear that satisfying flippy sound as you turn each page). Click the top or bottom of each page for options to save, bookmark, or share. Get inspired to visit your local store, browse our site for more creative gift ideas, or scroll down to the bottom of this post for a shoppable selection of our favorite catalog items!

    Don't forget to read through to the back cover for a special surprise! (Hint: It's a number that starts with 2, ends with 0, and saves you money on one fabulous gift!)

    There's still plenty of time to find the perfect gift for your Valentine - just select FREE in-store pickup at checkout, and we'll have your gift ready and waiting at your nearest Wonder Works within 2 business days! FREE gift wrap also available - just leave a note at checkout and we'll do the rest!

    Click to Shop our Spring Catalog

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