Are you racking your brain trying to think of gift ideas for boys age 10, 11, or 12? Tween boy gifts can be really hard to come up with especially as they get older. They aren’t playing with little kid toys anymore so what do you buy them?
Let’s make your life easier with this awesome gift guide for boys filled with tons of the best gift ideas for the boys who have everything or just want the coolest gifts. No need to go out to shop to find awesome presents which will save you tons of time.
All the gifts will make great Christmas gifts and birthday gift ideas. You’ll be set for the whole year. Plus you can pass on some ideas to the grandparents and family who keep asking you to tell them what your son wants.
The gift guide is broken up into games for boys, STEM ideas, Nerf guns, books, and electronic gifts. So you’re sure to find something they’ll love. Check out this complete gift guide with 20 gift ideas for boys and stop stressing!
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Cool Gifts Ideas for Boys Age 10, 11 and 12 Years Old
Awesome Games for Boys
Spike Ball Game Set
I saw this Spike Ball Game set on Shark Tank and instantly knew this game would be hours of fun for our kids.
It’s an active game that is played kind of like volleyball and can be played in the backyard or even in a basement during the winter months.
If your looking for an energetic game this is it.
Battle Buckets Pong
This is an easy indoor game to play on a table with 2-4 players. For Battle Buckets Pong Kids bounce the balls in the buckets and see who can get all the buckets first.
Easily customize the game by changing the bucket location to add more playing time to the game. It’s a fast-paced and super fun game for family game nights or just playing with friends.
Hoover Ball Soccer Set –
This fun hoover ball soccer set keeps your child active when indoors. The ball hovers over any smooth surface and glides into the nets. My kids have had a blast chasing this around the house to score a goal.
This set includes bumpers on the soccer ball to keep from marking up your walls and two goals.
Mini Basketball Hoop
For kids who love basketball try an over-the-door mini basketball hoop. We like the SKLZ Pro min hoop because it has a spring to let the kids dunk. Which you know they love to do!
Plus it’s shatterproof and has foam padding slide on door mounts to save your door from marks.
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We gave this game table to our son for his birthday this year and it’s been a huge hit. The table has 10 games with Pool, push hockey, ping pong, and foosball.
Their friends will now come over and play this rather than video games. Well, at least for a while but hey that’s a win nowadays. Even their older teenage cousins will play with them.
12 in 1 Game Table – We also purchase this table for Christmas several years ago and really liked that it came with 12 different games.
Both tables are similar in size but this one doesn’t come with pool which is why we also purchased the table above.
The basketball game is a fun addition to the 12 in 1 table too.
We have both tables set up in our basement and they get played with more than anything else we own. It’s great for family game nights too!
Sports Subscription Boxes – Your sports-loving kid will be so excited to receive these cool sport-themed subscription boxes. Each month kids will get fun items to encourage them to go out and play their favorite sport.
Parents & Grandparents can choose from box themes of Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Baseball, Football, and Hockey. Or choose a mystery box with all sports. Inside kids will find training aids, gear, accessories, collectibles, swag, and snacks.
Boxes are based on your child’s age so they’re sure to receive the right gifts each month. This is really a fun way to keep their birthday going all year long.
Otrio Board Game
The Otrio Board Game is a fun strategy game that is a cross between Tic Tac Toe and chess. Two to four kids can play at a time and try to be the first to get three in a row.
This is a great game to play as a family that even older teens would enjoy playing. Our kids play it with their friends all the time and love it.
Hookey Ring Toss Game
The Hookey Ring Toss Game is a fun version of darts without the sharp darts. Great to hang up in a kid’s bedroom, basement, or garage to play with their friends.
Emoj’nks Emoji Card Game
Fun, fast-paced Emoj’nks Emoi card game is perfect for your emoji-loving kids. The game has beginner and advanced levels of play to adjust for your child’s age.
This is a great game for the whole family to play or to play with their friends. It would be great to take on a family vacation, too!
Marvel Villainous Game
A super fun game for all those Marvel Fans is Marvel Villainous. It’s an asymmetric card game with each player choosing a marvel role of one of the 5 Marvel Villains. A fun and challenging game for older kids.
Does your son still love playing Fortnite? Get them off their device with this fun Fortnite version of Monopoly. It’s something they can play with friends or the whole family
STEM Gift Ideas
Does your child enjoy building Legos? Challenge them with building Technic Legos. These Legos are a little harder to build and are for older children. This one actually moves, too!
There are tons of different versions so click around and find the one that your child would like best.
Does your son love Science and Stem projects? Try out this cool Stem Science Kit they can build at home. Learn to be an engineer creating 16 different working models such as a seesaw, catapult, and parking gate.
I love that it has more than one type to build so your son always has something new to create.
Creation Crate STEM Projects
Creation Crate – A fun monthly STEM subscription box to help kids learn with hands-on projects that will teach them coding and electronics.
The Creation Crate includes all the components needed to create and program projects like light-emitting diodes (LED), Ultrasonic Sensors, Breadboard, Circuits, and more. It’s pretty cool for your techy kids.
Our kids can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail each month! The one above is a Go-Kart we made that pulls back and races.
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Best Nerf Guns for Boys
Nerf Guns – If you have a Nerf gun lover, you can never go wrong with another Nerf Gun. You will find a huge variety of Nerf Guns to choose from at the stores.
I will give you a couple of favorites but check out our Nerf Gun Review for more ideas.
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Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster
Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike
The Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike is fun because you buy the base and then can add on different parts based on what your child likes best. The Nerf gun works great at the base level so don’t feel you have to get the add ons.
I see it as a good option for future birthdays or if more than one person wants to go in on a gift.
If you don’t want to deal with all the Nerf bullets, try these fun laser guns. We have these and the kids love them! They can run around the house and there is no mess or pain of being hit by a Nerf bullet.
They work great outside, too. Plus they hold up to the wear and tear of boys.
Gaming for Kids
Fun Gaming Socks for Kids
Kids will love these fun gaming socks to wear while playing.
Kids all want a cool chair to sit in while they are gaming on a computer or playing Xbox. Here are two that we like.
This GTPlayer Gaming chair has adjustable height for kids who are still growing and lumbar support. But what they’ll really love is the retractable footrest.
This is a great chair for kids who play games on a desk computer or laptop.
For kids playing games like Xbox, a floor gaming rocker is a great option. The X Rocker eclipse has 2 built-in Bluetooth speakers for a better gaming experience. But my favorite part is it folds so when you need it out of the way you can store it easily.
Head Phones for Xbox, Game Counsels, and iPad – We searched for headphones my son could use on the Xbox and his iPad and these have worked great. They are reasonably priced, have a microphone, and have soft memory earmuffs. Plus they light up which is my son’s favorite feature.
Wireless Headphones for Xbox – If your child is a real gamer, they will love these wireless Xbox headphones. These are more pricey than the wired headphones but they have a great sound and a microphone for games.
Nintendo Switch Lite
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a smaller strictly handheld version of the Nintendo Switch. Parents will like the lower price point and kids will like the smaller feel and access to tons of games.
The only downside is you can only play games that support the handheld mode.
To keep it safe you might want to also get a case or screen protector.
Nintendo LABO VR Kit
Kids can create their own Virtual Reality game with the Nintendo LABO. The kit has all the components to make a Toy-Con VR goggles and Toy-Con Blaster out of cardboard components. Kids use this with their Nintendo Switch.
Virtual Reality Goggles
Give your kids a total immersion into games and movies with these VR headsets. Attach either your iPhone or Android phone to play and watch. It has a comfortable fit with an adjustable head strap and cushioned face.
There are more expensive VR goggles that do more but this is the perfect place to start with younger kids.
Electronics for Kids
Hoover Boards are hugely popular with kids right now. It’s a great way to get them outside and off electronics.
But for those kids that love their phones, they can connect this Hoover board to a Bluetooth speaker.
Make sure to look for hoover boards that have self-balancing to make it easier to ride for beginners.
Let the kids project movies and their gaming to any blank wall in your house with the ELEPHAS 2020 Mini Movie Projector. Kids will love this for sleepovers and playdates with friends. You can even use it to have an outdoor movie night.
The Elephas can be hooked up to your iPhone, Android, laptop, XBox, Roku, Chromecast, and more. Check it out it’s pretty cool.
The Echo Dot is a perfect gift for the music-loving kid. It also has Alexa and a clock. Kids will love yelling out what they want and have Alexa find it for them.
If you want more parental controls try the Echo Dot Kids. This version has parent setting to set daily time limits, filter explicit songs, and review activity in the Amazon Parent Dashboard.
Another gift for music lovers is a Bluetooth speaker. This one hooks up to pretty much any music-playing device you may have at home. It’s portable so they can use it in their room, outside, or wherever they may be.
Drones for Kids
Drones are all the rage right now with kids. It’s fun to fly them around the yard or a nearby park. They can be a little tricky to figure out but once you do it’s a blast.
When deciding on a drone think about how easy is it to fly, your level of experience, do you want a camera, and how long the batteries will last.
Check out these Drones and see if there is one your child will like.
The Force1 mini drone for kids is easy to control with a four channel remote control and two speeds. The drone does not have video but kids can do barrel rolls, hold the altitude level and play with the LED lights.
It is much simpler to fly then the bigger drones making it a great starter drone.
The Spacekey Drone has a camera and connects to your iPhone & Android phones. Kids can capture sharp high-resolution photos and videos of things they fly over.
There are beginner functions and advance functions so as the kids get better at navigating the drone they can use the more advance areas. I like that it can grow with your kids.
A great indoor drone for kids is the Force 1 Hand Operated Drone. I love this for wintertime and rainy days when you’re stuck indoors. The webbed shell around it keeps fingers from getting hurt and protects your walls and furniture.
Kids just toss the drone up in the air and use their hands to guide it around the room. My kids have this drone and used it all last winter when we were stuck indoors.
Did you find some great gift ideas for boys? Finding gifts for 10-year-old boys and tween boy gifts can be difficult but I hope this gives you some new ideas. All of these would make great Christmas gifts or birthday presents for boys in 2021.
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