Tween boys can be hard to shop for, because they are changing so quickly. They aren’t exactly kids so many of them have outgrown toys, but they still like to have fun. Tween boys might not be old enough to be teens, but they still like things that teen boys love. It can be challenging finding gifts for tween boys. So we decided to create the Ultimate Tween Boy Gift List.
He probably loves video games and gift cards, but he probably has so many other interests like science, art, and adventure. That’s why we decided to break our list into categories based on popular interests so there is something for everyone on this huge list. Whether you are searching for Christmas gifts for tween boys or Birthday gifts, here are over 250 gift ideas for tween boys.
Video Games For Tween Boys
Video games are popular gifts for tweens. Here are the video games he is going to love.
The Pokemon Go phenomenon has literally taken the world by storm this summer. Pokemon is more popular now than ever before. The latest iterations of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are coming to the Nintendo 3DS and are expected to be in high demand. Gotta catch ’em all!
Super Mario Maker is now making its way to the 3DS. The game is a groundbreaking in terms of design. It’s incredibly simple to generate your own Mario levels and build them. The game allows for an infinite amount of creativity and possibilities.
Who doesn’t love Kirby? This little pink fella is adorable. His latest game on the Nintendo 3DS may be his best one yet. The game introduces mechs to the classic Kirby game play. With the robot suit, Kirby gets copy powers that allow him to absorb the powers of his enemies, which allows him to solve puzzles.
The Nintendo NES Classic Edition brings a sense of nostalgia to gamers of yesteryear. Featuring hit games like Donkey Kong, Zelda, Super Mario and more, the NES Classic will transport you back to the golden era of gaming. Great gift for gamers who have a penchant for mobile games and have not experienced the first-generation of Nintendo software. Experience the gold standard of gaming!
The 3DS is the leading portable gaming system featuing all of your favorite Nintendo characters from Pokemon to Mario to Link and more. Features a large library of top-notch games that will captivate and engage players of all skill levels. The 3D effect adds a new dimension to heighten the sense of immersion and draw you into the game’s worlds like never before!
This unique Pac-Man gift set features 12 classic old-school games that will bring a twinkle to any gamer. Experience arcade-perfect versions of Pac-Man and other great arcade classics. Features a Pac-Man shaped controller, making it great gift for collectors.
The PlayStation 4 is by a wide-margin the best-selling videogame console of this next generation console race. The PS4 delivers a solid multimedia and gaming experience in one entertainment bundle. PS4 offers a variety of gaming experiences from favorite franchises that appeal to core gamers. The PlayStation 4 Pro is designed for those who are ready for the next level of gaming on 4K televisions.
Microsoft has completely redesigned the Xbox One with a slimmer and more attractive design. This year there is a Minecraft bundle pack that includes the game along with the console. It comes in the coolest packaging. The game comes with over 230 character skins and a bunch of other extras. If your tween boy loves Minecraft and Xbox games, this is perfect bundle to upgrade to.
Based on the blockbuster Star Wars film, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens allows fans to relive the movie. Full of fun, humor and all of the cast from the Star Wars flick. Features tons of characters, vehicles and locations to explore.
With Skylanders Imaginators players will experience a brand new epic adventure! Bring your creations to life with Imaginite Creation Crystals. Conquer Kaos and save Skylands!
Who doesn’t like Legos and videogames? With Lego Dimensions, kids build Lego creations that can be transported into the real world using the Lego portal. Available on the consoles, the starter pack contains everything you need to get started. If you already have the starter pack, there are all new story packs out including Ghost Busters and Fantastic Beasts story packs.
Minecraft is unarguably one of the hottest properties in the world of videogame. Gamers of all ages and skill levels have enjoyed the game play and creativity that the game affords. Discover what so many have already discovered!
Terraria is best described as a game like Minecraft. If you love Minecraft games, then you may fall in love with Terarria. The game offers an interesting twist on the Minecraft formula.
NBA 2K17 ups the ante on realism in a videogame. Hands-down this is the most realistic baskeball game in videogame history. Play as your favorite team and guide your team to the NBA playoffs and Finals. Can you take your team all the way? The game features serveral enhancements and game modes that players will love.
Madden NFL 17 brings it’s A-game to the table with a revamped Madden experience. Features new modes, improved 3D stadiums, and player animations. The gameplay stays true to the franchise while making notable improvements to drive the Madden experience to the next level.
MLB The Show 16 captures the essence of America’s sport. Are you up for the challenge of completing a 162-game season, overcoming injuries and making key strategic trades to drive your team to the World Series? The gameplay is solid and the graphics engine is awesome. It features minute details that fans of the game will love.
Anyone who loves FIFA may also love playing FIFA 17. The game features amazing 3D renderings of stadiums in their full glory, realistic player models, and new control enhancements. The gameplay remains solid and the controls are rock-solid.
LEGO Marvel Avengers combines two top franchises for an extravagant experience. LEGO and Marvel fans will love this new game featuring characters and story from the Avengers blockbuster movie. Take control of your favorite Avenger and battle the forces of evil.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 adds to the winning formula from the predecessor. Fans of the original will love the core gameplay and enhancements to the game. Plants vs. Zombies is one of the top real-time strategy games.
Ratchet & Clank is a reboot on the classic Ratchet & Clank previously seen on the PlayStation platform. It features next-gen graphics and animation that drive the story-telling forward. It’s action-packed with tons of great level designs worth exploring. Features engaging gamplay and an interesting storyline that will engage and captivate gamers.
If you are tired of the same formula in racing games … then Trackmania Turbo may be what you need. The game features an arcade-y like twist with jumps and stunts beyond your typical racing experience. The emphasis is on racing with a twist. This is definitely one racing fans don’t want to miss!
Gadgets For Tween Boys
The newest electronics are very popular with this age group. While he may have outgrown toys, he has moved on to a new toy – gadgets. These gadgets make good presents for tweens.
Lights. Camera. Action! With the Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation Studio tweens can be their own director and create cool stop-motion animation effects. Animate in 3 easy steps. Download the free app and begin making Minecraft movies today!
Vtech has designed a stylish smartwatch for kids and tweens. It features more than just time. You can play games and other activities. You can even capture video and photos. Also features a calendar and calculator functionality.
Your tween boy will forget he wants a cellphone with these walkie talkies. The coolest part? The walkie talkies not only feature audio but video also. Featuring video chat, they are not only great for coordinating Nerf Wars but also for going on spy adventures.
Does your tween boy love photography? This retro point and shoot camera from Fuji has become super popular in the last couple of years and is the perfect gift for any tween boy with photography skills. Similar to old school Polaroids, it allows him to instantly take pictures with the press of a button.
The Vtech Kidizoom Action Cam is the equivalent of the GoPro. This is perfect for capturing life as it happens. Strap it on your adventures and capture the moments as they unfold. Great holiday gift for tweens.
Recording 1080p at 30 frames per second, this inexpensive action camera is a great alternative to the Go Pro. With a wide angle shot, it is perfect for capturing all of his adventures no matter how big or small. There is a built in screen but since it uses Wi Fi, you can even connect the camera to your Smartdevice. It even comes with a protective case that is designed to withstand even the most extreme adventures like underwater.
This little stick brings hours of content on the Internet to your living room. It couldn’t be easier to use. Just plug it into your TV’s HDMI port and you will be able to stream content like Netflix, HBO, and Amazon Prime. With better hardware, the new Amazon Stick is faster than ever and even includes the ability to use voice commands.
The Kindle represents the ideal digital e-reader for reading all your favorite books, magazines, and more. A ton of content is available for consumption. It’s all waiting at your fingertips. What will your next great find be?
The Kindle Fire is the perfect entry level tablet for tweens. It features video, music, apps, games, internet and more. Discover an assortment of apps and games on the app store. The device is responsive and a great value for first time tablet users.
Does your tween boy love making silly faces in front of his phone? Then this selfie stick will give him a bigger reason to smile. Using Bluetooth, this selfie stick not only secures his phone but makes it easy to take selfies with a single press. Not only is it great for taking pictures of him alone, it is perfect for family gatherings or taking photos with friends.
The Osmo Genius Kit is an award-winning game featuring five different games: 1. Numbers, 2. Tangram, 3. Words, 4. Masterpiece, 5. Newton. Designed for ages 5 -12.
Our lives revolve around electronics these days. The only problem? There is nothing worse than when your battery dies. This portable USB charger is the perfect gift for charging iPhones, iPad, or any other usb powered SmartDevice. With enough power to charge a phone twice, it’s compact enough for your tween boy to carry just about anywhere.
If he’s already got an iPhone, he is going to need a sturdy case to protect it. Available in many styles, Otterbox cases are known for their great durability and protection. With a thin attractive design, this 3 layered case offers great protection against accidental drops so you don’t have to worry about the screen shattering.
A smartphone is probably the gift he dreams of the most. He probably tells you that all his classmates have a cell phone, so it’s his dream to have one too. Just like adults, tweens boys want to play games, talk to their friends, and text their friends. The latest and greatest iPhone is out. If he gets the iPhone 7, it will be a dream come true for any tween boy.
Gifts For The Adventurous Tween Boy
Except when it is cool outside, does he love spending most of his time outside? If you have an adventure lover on your Christmas gift list, here are fun gifts for tweens that will delight anyone who is looking for a thrill.
The Razor Hovertrax is one of the hottest self-balancing boards. Hoverboards are still popular and have taken the world by storm last year.
The Razor E100 Electric Scooter is one of the top rides. Ride in style and be proud on your Razor. The scooters are well-built and durable.
Is he asking for a new skateboard? The Spooner board makes learning to ride a skateboard or any board so much easier by helping to improve your posture and balance. You can do all sorts of tricks on it from twisting to full 360s. The best part? It can be used both outdoors and indoors.
While this looks like a skateboard, the front and back of the board is connected by a flexible rod. By twisting back and forth on the board, the front and back move in different directions. This action allows the board to move. Once you master the footwork, it’s a lot like surfing on the street.
The Rip Surf is all new. It combines the thrills of skateboarding and surfing into one convenient package. The feeling you get when you ride the Rip Stik is one of pure adrenaline. It gets your heart racing and quite honestly it is quite addictive indeed.
Now the RipStick puts electric power in your hands. Delivering exhilarating speeds up to 10 MPH, the RipStick Electric is powered by a powerful 100 watt motor. Includes a wireless hand controller and battery charger.
Long boards are easier to ride than skateboards because of their longer decks. Made out of bamboo and maple wood, this 44 inch board from Quest is perfect for beginners. With durable trucks and 70 mm wheels, it’s got great maneuverability. With a stylish kick tail, you will never look better as you cruise your way around town.
The Pennyboard Skateboard comes fully assembled. Gear up for good times with this Pennyboard skateboard. Features a 22-inch long by 6-inch wide deck. High quality construction with high speed bearings, allowing for a fantastic skating experience.
Going to a skate park is cool but having one in your own front yard is even cooler. How cool would it be to get create your own ramp at home? This kit comes with 2 ramps that can be used to perform stunts with a skateboard, bike, scooters or even RC vehicles. The entire neighborhood is going to want to come over.
Who wouldn’t want a Razor scooter? All the neighborhood kids probably have their own Razor Kick Scooter, so he probably wants one too. Designed to withstand abuse with a sturdy metal construction, the Razor A3 Kick Scooter is built for tween boys. The larger wheels means that will roll over even cracks in the pavement, resulting in a smoother and safer rider.
What would happen if you combined a bike with a scooter? You would get this cool ride. The best part? With adjustable rods, this unique four wheeled ride grows with your child. Unlike other ride ons, it’s all kid powered so kids get great exercise. By moving your feet back and forth, it propels the vehicle forward.
Ordinary helmets just got a whole lot more boring with this cool helmet. Not only does it have a cool Mohawk design, it’s designed to keep your son safe whether he is riding a bike, skateboard, or scooter. With thick padding all throughout the inside, it minimizes any impact. The best part? It will be the first thing he puts on.
Who doesn’t love riding their bicycle? Here’s an easy to make your ride even cooler. These colorful LED lights wrap around your bike wheel with mounting ties, making your wheels look awesome. This kit includes lights for both wheels. It’s the closest thing to Christmas lights for your wheels.
Be bad to the bone with the Razor RSF Street Bike. For a tween, this is the next best thing to a Harley Davidson. Clearly a ton of love and attention went into designing this Street Bike. It’s one ride you won’t want to miss!
If he’s ready to upgrade to a more grownup bike, this sleek looking road bike from Diamondback makes the perfect gift. With a heavy duty frame, it is built with safety in mind. It rolls on 24 inch wheels which makes it perfect for tween boys. With a mix of BMX and motocross styling, this ride is sure to keep up with his cool quota.
Remember his first steps? Now that he is older, he can learn to walk on stilts. These stilts grow with your child and can be adjusted from 12 to 17 inches off the ground. Once he learns to walk around the house on the lowest setting, increase the height for even more fun.
What happens when you combine a sled with a scooter? You get the Ski Scooter from Geospace. It’s essentially a Razor Scooter that is designed to work on snow or wet grass. Simply push off and you are ready to ride. The coolest part? It’s got a flip out handle that makes it easy to carry up a hill.
The Swurfer is a new concept tying in with the world of extreme sports. You get a board and rope and swing around performing tricks. It’s quite thrilling indeed and would make a perfect holiday present under the tree.
This might be the world’s coolest swing. While it is fun to ride on your own, it is even more fun to ride with others. It comes with everything you need to hang it from a tree. Kids will love twisting the rope and letting go. The entire swing spins around like a ride in an amusement park. Supporting up to 600 pounds, even mom and dad might want to get on it.
What boy wouldn’t want his own zipline? Designed to be setup between 2 trees, this kit from Brand44 comes with everything you need to set up a zipline in your backyard including the seat and trolley. With steel bearings, this 70 foot zipline is built with safety in mind. Supporting up to 250 pounds, even mom and dad will want to try.
If you have space in your backyard, just about every boy needs a trampoline. It’s a great way to burn off extra energy. Not only are trampolines fun, they are good for you. Jumping around not only works your muscles but is great cardio vascular exercise. Supporting 200 lbs, this 12 inch one from Skywalker is perfect for the entire family.
Sports Gifts For Tween Boys
When it comes time for picking gifts for your sports obsessed tween or athlete, these gifts have got you covered.
Suit up and bring your A-game to the table. Do you have what it takes to outwit the competition and standout among your teammates? It’s going to be a combination of teamwork and skill that will determine victory. Remember, practice makes perfect! Will you be the next Stephen Curry?
Are you ready for some football? Who wants to watch Monday Night Football, when you can play football at night. Grab a group of friends and launch the this glow in the dark football into the air for some high flying fun. Provides great grip and authentic NFL action.
Many people love the game of basketball that they wish they could play everyday. Well now you can with the Lifetime Pro Court Basketball System. Allows you to play the hoops experience anyday and anytime. Practice those 3-pointers and free throws to show them what you got! Your challenge is to see if you can slam dunk!
No matter what the weather is outside, this miniature hoop brings the game of basketball to his room. When it is rainy outside, invite some friends over so he can show off his basketball skills. Simply mount it over the door and you are ready for game time. With a shatterproof board and a breakaway rim, this gift is a sure to be a slam dunk with your tween boy.
If he’s into school sports, he’s going to need something to toss all his equipment in. Made of polyester, this drawstring sackpack from Adidas is large enough to fit all of his gym clothing and a few toiletries. Available in several colors, it’s the perfect bag to carry PE clothes in.
With plenty of pockets to keep everything organized, this small duffel bag is perfect for carrying all of his gear to the baseball game or for overnight sleepovers. It’s got carry straps and shoulder straps. Finished with a water resistant material on the underneath, you don’t have to worry about it getting soaked. Not only does it have space for all his gym equipment, but it has a separate vented compartment for dirty shoes.
Who needs a table tennis table when you can turn the dining table into a ping pong table? Along with 2 paddles and balls, this set comes with a spring loaded net that expands to fit any table up to 6 feet in width. You can set it up in a minute but the fun lasts a long time. For tween boys, it’s the perfect distraction away from video games.
Not many of us can have an ice rink in our backyard. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could play hockey in your backyard? Now you can play street hockey with this cool set that includes an easy to assemble foldable net, 2 hockey sticks, and one ball.
Everybody needs a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on an expensive water bottle from S’well. With stylish design similar to a S’well bottle, this one from Mira is double insulated so it keeps water or drinks hot and cold for hours.
Ready, Set, Hike! Watching football on television is fun but playing it is even more fun. With this kit, your son can play a game of flag football with his friends. This kit includes the belts, velcro flags, and goal line cones. All you need is your favorite football. Family gatherings just got a lot more interesting.
What do you get when you combine a mini trampoline with a Frisbee? You get a cool twist on the game of catch. Instead of catching the ball, you bounce the ball back and forth using the hand trampoline that doubles as Frisbee.
Camping Tools For Tween Boys
Do you have a curious tween who loves camping? Then he will love taking these gifts on his next camping adventure.
Every boy dreams about getting a Swiss Army knife. For many boys, a pocket knife has become a rite of passage. Depending if your son is mature enough, now might be the perfect time to introduce him to one. It’s got 5 different features for his everyday adventures including a knife, nail filer, screwdriver, scissors, and key ring. Available in different patterns, we like this one with the American flag.
Who needs a tool box? With a Leatherman Wingman multi tool, you will always be ready to tackle any job. With 14 different tools, this mid-sized multi-tool is versatile enough for any job. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket or go camping with you so you will always be prepared. Please note this is not a toy and he might not be ready for it.
Who doesn’t like looking for treasures? With this metal detector, your tween boy will spend hours in the backyard or at camp looking for lost treasures. With built in discrimination circuitry, it can even filter out unwanted stuff. This metal detector can detect coins up to 6 inches deep and larger objects up to 2 feet deep. Who needs a treasure map?
A good sleeping bag can make the difference between a comfortable night and a very long night. Rated -25F and filled with synthetic insulation, this sleeping bag from Teton will keep you warm on the coldest nighst. With a mummy style hood and a roomy design, it has plenty of space to roll around.
When you want to get closer to nature, there is nothing more fun than backpacking. Available both in 20 and 33 Liters, this backpack is perfect for taking on the trail. With 3 main compartments and 2 side compartments, this backpack has enough space for your tween boy to carry his essentials. The lightweight material and adjustable straps make it comfortable to carry on his back. The coolest part? It collapsible and folds into a small pocket.
Whether you are going to camp or working on something in the dark, nothing is better than a hands free headlamp. With three levels of brightness, this headlamp is extremely bright at 168 lumens on its brightest setting. Most of the time, the dimmest setting is bright enough. With a good quality headband, it’s perfect for navigating a trail in the dark.
Here’s is a portable lighting solution like no other. With its amazing portability, the USB powered Luminoodle LED Light Rope is a 5 foot lighting strip that you can take with you. All you need is a USB battery to power it. Thanks to its amazing versatility, this rope can be hung or be used bunched together like a lantern.
Why use a headlamp, when you can use this beanie with a built in headlamp? This beanie integrates a 48 lumen headlamp in the front of the beanie. Not only does it look cooler, you don’t have to worry about elastic straps. It’s the perfect gift for any boy that loves camping, hiking, or going outdoors. The best part? You may never need a headlamp again.
This is no ordinary lantern. It’s not only solar powered, but also inflatable. It’s perfect for using in any place that you don’t have electricity like around the campsite or when the lights go out. To recharge it, you simply place under direct sunlight for 7 hours, and it will last up to 12 hours on a single charge.
Who needs fuel? This compact stove boils water using only twigs and leaves for fuel. It is perfect for heating freeze dried meals. Because you don’t have to carry any fuel, it is perfect for backpacking trips.
After spending almost all year at school, going camping is a great way to relax in the outdoors. There is something that never gets old about telling scary stories by the campfire. This easy to set up 4 person tent from Coleman has a lot of great features. Inside it has enough of space for gear and a queen size mattress, making it perfect for 2 people.
For the boy who loves the outdoors, is there anything better than spending a night outside in a hammock? Made of parachute nylon with triple stitching at the seams , this affordable Hammock is comparable to more expensive hammocks. Your tween boy will love setting it up outside in the backyard or at a campsite.
Blasters For Tween Boys
There is one toy that still brings tween boys together – Nerf guns. There is nothing like having an epic Nerf war with friends in the backyard. If he loves blasters, he will love these gifts.
The Tri-Strike will allow you to dominate the battlefield. Brace yourself for an all out battle like no other. With its 3 in 1 ability, the Modulus Tri-Strike is one of the hottest new Nerf blasters for 2016.
The HyperFire blaster is ready to rock ‘n roll. Lay it down, take aim, and fire at will. Have no mercy with the HyperFire.
One word comes to mind when seeing the Mastodon in action: WOW! Fans will agree once they get their hands on this magnificent piece of machinery. Blow away the competition with the Mastodon. Your opponents won’t know what hit them!
Lazer Tag can be an extremely fun experience. You need to find a good location with hiding places so you can catch your opponent off guard – stealth style. This Nerf 2-Pack is one of the best selling laser tag packages and for good reason.
Who doesn’t love target practice? This Nerf gun set is designed to test his sharp shooting skills. It comes with a target and small dart gun that has a laser light on it. The fun part? He will love competing with friends. For the Nerf lover, this gift hits the bullseye.
Are you ready for marshmallow wars? With four classic straight shooters, kids will have fun blasting each other with marshmallows. Simply load and blow the mini marshmallows out at targets before they eat all the ammo. It’s fast and frantic fun as marshmallows zip everywhere through the air.
The Z-Curve Bow is probably our favorite toy bow. What makes it so fun? It shoots whistling darts at a distance of over 125 feet. The further back you can pull the elastic back, the further it shoots. Since the arrows are made of foam, moms don’t have to worry about safety too much.
What’s better than sending one rocket flying over 200 feet in the air? What about sending 2 rockets simultaneously in the air? Simply jump and stomp on the launch pad to send the rockets soaring to another planet. The coolest part? With 2 rockets, you will have to stomp on the competition.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could throw a boomerang back to you? This gorgeous boomerang is made of high quality aircraft Birchwood with the perfect amount of heft and weight. While it takes some practice, part of the fun is learning how to throw it. Even if you crash it bunch of times, it will be able to withstand any abuse thrown at it.
If your son is in love with bows, why not get him a real bow? While this is not a toy, The Lil Banshee comes with everything boys need to start shooting. With a light 18 pound draw, it’s the perfect starter bow.
The Daisy Red Ryder BB gun is the perfect starter gun for any tween boy. While it is not a toy and should always be supervised, it is a great way to teach gun safety. It comes with everything you need to start shooting targets in the backyard right away including safety goggles.
Gifts For The Music Lover
From killer headphones to musical instruments, these are the perfect presents for the music lover in your life.
These lightweight, modern, and trendy headphones make a bold fashion statement without a hefty price tag. With great bass and frequency, they bring both music and movies to life. They even fold up for easy storage. It’s perfect for the Kindle Fire, iPad, or just about any smart device with a headphone jack.
Headphones are not only great for kids, but also they are great for parents who don’t want to hear the same song over and over. The LilGadgets headphones are one of the most popular headphones for kids. Available in several cool colors, these hip head phones not only look and sound great but are completely wireless so you don’t have to worry about the cord getting tangled.
Super affordable for wireless headphones, the SkullCandy Uproar headphones sport a simple and lightweight design that kids will love. The buttons on it allow kids to easily control the volume, skip music, pause, and resume their music. The best part? There are no wires that can get tangled.
Beats headphones have become super popular and it’s sort of every boy’s dream to own a pair. While they sound pretty good with their bass heavy sound, it is their styling that takes these headphones over the top. Now the company has taken its popular headphones and made them completely wireless.
There is nothing worse than tangled ear buds. Now you don’t have to worry about your headphones getting tangled with these inexpensive wireless ear buds. Because they work with any Bluetooth device, they work great with the latest iPhone. With a battery that lasts 5 hours, these headphones are great for when you are on the move.
There are ton of wireless Bluetooth speakers but how many of them are shaped like the Star Wars Millennium Falcon? This wireless Bluetooth speaker looks like it flew straight out of the latest Star Wars Movie with its light up effects. The force is finally with you.
If your tween boy wants to jam his music at home, check out this little Bluetooth speaker from Anker. The crisp treble and booming bass will blow you away given the speaker’s size. With a sleek and compact design, it supports up to 15 hours of playback on a single charge.
Record players will never die and are suddenly becoming popular again. If your tween boy is ready to start his own vinyl collection, he will love this retro looking vinyl player that is a throwback to the original designs. With a built in speaker and easy playback, it will transport him back in time.
No guitar? Now he can play his favorite riffs in the air with this app enable guitar pick. Kids simply hold the pick in their hand and rock out by pretending to strum in the air. The motions trigger real notes on the app. Who said playing the guitar was difficult?
Does he want to play the drums? This portable drum kit has 4 pads and a ton of preset sounds to choose from. It comes with 2 drumsticks and a foot pedal. The best part? While he is learning, he can plug in some headphones so you can save your sanity.
For the budding musician, this little inexpensive portable piano from Casio is a great way to start. Because it is lightweight and portable, it can be set up anywhere in the house. While it uses 6 AA batteries, you can also use an AC adapter to power it. Parents will love that it has a headphone jack.
One of the best instruments to first learn for the budding musician is the Ukulele. Compared to other instruments, you don’t have to spend a lot on one. With four strings and its portable size, it is one of the easiest instruments to pick up. This starter package from Kala has everything you need to get started playing.
Gifts For The Scientist
Science is the new cool. We’ve rounded up our favorite science themed gift ideas for tween boys.
For future engineers, learning about electrical engineering just got a little easier. With easy to snap together circuits, this kit allows boys to make all sorts of gadgets and games from a light detector to room alarm. It comes with a 48 page manual with easy to follow step by step directions to build 50 different projects.
Does he have little sisters or brothers that always touch his stuff? Then he will love the LittleBit Rule Your Room Kit. LittleBits are little magnetic circuit components that form a circuit when connected together. This kit allows him to launch a projectile at little thieves that break into his room.
This big bag of stuff is filled with over 70 different science activities. It includes all the equipment and some of the chemicals needed to perform the experiments. In addition, you will need some common household supplies. It is the perfect gift for the young scientist in your life. Our favorite experiment? Turning a 2 liter bottle of soda into an explosive 30 foot Geyser.
Who wouldn’t want to send a rocket into space? Now you don’t need to be a NASA scientist to send a rocket through the air. This science kit allows boys to turn a soda bottle into a water rocket that can fly up to 30 feet in the air. All you need is water and a bike pump. It’s the perfect physics experiment.
Does your son love building his own stuff? Then he will love experimenting with this science kit that allows him to turn ordinary household items into input devices for the computer. He can build a piano out of bananas or remote control out of playdough.
Now even kids can build their own computer and even program it. The Kano computer is actually powered by the Raspberry Pi, a small credit sized chip. Building the computer doesn’t require any technical knowledge as all the components snap together like Legos. It was created so that kids can learn how to code.
Does he love Minecraft? Following simple blueprints and a Raspberry Pi, kids can build their own computer with this kit. Not only that, but you can play Minecraft on it. The coolest part? It teaches kids how to build all sorts of electrical components through a Minecraft storyline. As kids build stuff, they will advance in the Minecraft world.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could bring your Lego toys to life? Powered by Arduino, kids can stack these little microcontrollers together to power their Lego creations. You can turn your Lego car into a remote controlled car or your Lego helicopter into a quad copter. Using a drag and drop programming language called Scratch, even young kids can learn to code the various modules and sensors.
Packaged in a cool Magic School bus, this Chemistry set has over 51 different experiments that young chemists can perform. All the experiments come printed on index cards. Kids will create everything from slime to fungus.
Is your child into engineering and electronics? Snap Circuits may be just for them. With easy to snap to electronic components and no soldering required even kids can build their own circuits. This discovery kit allows kids to build over 300 exciting projects. It is a valuable component to STEM learning and has garnered numerous awards.
Snap Circuits allow even kids to build electronic circuits using simple snap together modules. The latest set allows kids to build 3 dimensional circuits, which adds a whole new dimension to Snap Circuits. With over 150 projects to build, boys will build everything from a light tunnel to a projector.
For boys interested in electronics, there is no better toy than Snap Circuits. Snap Circuits introduces boys to electronics at an early age, using color coded snap together modules. This kit allows kids to build over 165 projects that focus on movement like an air fountain, fan, and even car.
Boys love experimenting with Snap Circuits. The circuits allow even beginners to build circuits using simple Snap together modules. The Sound kit focuses on experiments and projects that explore sound. The illustrated manual walks you through over 40 fun projects. You’ll create everything from a voice changer to a color changing light.
What kid doesn’t want to make his own video game? With Bloxels, it couldn’t be simpler! Kids use physical blocks to layout a level on a grid. Kids then scan their creation into the app using the camera on their Smartdevice. They can even create their character out of blocks. Kids can then play through the level they created with their character. It’s involved but very rewarding.
Every budding scientist needs a microscope. With decent quality optics, this inexpensive beginner microscope is perfect for young boys. Made mostly of plastic, it has a built in light source that is powered by batteries. He will love zooming on that icky dead bug he found. All he needs is a lab coat and safety goggles and he might become the next Galileo.
If your tween boy loves electronics, give him a head start with this learn to solder kit, created by the same folks as Snap Circuits. In order to fix stuff or create your own DIY electronics, it is essential to have strong soldering skills. This kit walks you through the whole process, giving you the soldering skills that you need.
Does he love looking at stars? With this telescope, he will love learning about the sky. The whole family will enjoy looking at the stars, moon, and planets. With a built in stand and with up to 145X magnification, this is perfect first telescope for budding astronomers.
Is he addicted to Minecraft? Now he can create his own MOD with this cool instructional course. Using Java code, he will learn to add his own items, blocks, enemies, and more. It’s the best way to learn how to code. Even if he has never coded before, each module walks you through the whole process.
Has he been begging for a new pet? Get him the EcoSphere instead. It’s a miniature version of the Earth’s ecosystem. This enclosed glass ecosystem has the perfect balance of shrimp, algae, and bacteria. The best part? He doesn’t have to take care of it. All it needs is sunlight to be able to generate oxygen, which allows the system to survive up to 3 years.
The Butterfly Garden combines learning with the fun of great outdoors. With this kit, kids get to learn about the amazing process of metamorphosis as they grow their own butterfly. Kids get a little cup with larvae that go through the whole process before they become beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies.
Boys interested in electronics will love putting together this DIY Bluetooth speaker from Bose. With step by step directions, it walks kids through putting the whole kit together. With no soldering or complicated parts, anybody can put it together. Once it’s complete, it’s a real working Bluetooth speaker.
Gifts For The Builder
He’s never too old for building toys. These building toys are perfect for your young engineer.
The Advent Calendar is one of the most popular lines of the LEGO Star Wars sets. Year after year fans flock to pickup these popular sets. This year is expected to be no different. Open a door every day to reveal one of 24 LEGO Star Wars gifts.
The Millennium Falcon is an incredible model that no Star Wars fan can be without! Featuring stunning, intricate detailing and 6 minifigures. This is the perfect addition to your LEGO Star Wars collection.
The Jungle Tree House is one of the best new LEGO Minecraft sets for 2016. It is well-designed and interesting to play with and it includes 2 minifugures plus more. Recreate your own creations with the set and allow your imagination to run wild.
The LEGO AT-ST Walker set is nicely designed. It features an opening cockpit and hatch and dual spring loaded shooters. The set includes 3 minifigs: AT-ST driver, Baze Malbus, and Rebel Trooper.
LEGO Mindstorms is one of the coolest robotic Legos. Fans will be able to build a variety of programmable robots. You can even build your own robots with the included pieces. This is by far one of the most popular sets in this series.
Clay’s Rumble Blade is an awesome set that NexoKnights fans will appreciate. Push a button and watch the Break Bike launch. Set includes 5 minifigs.
The Meccano Meccanoid 2.0 is the newest iteration of the Meccanoid robot from last year. With nearly 400 pieces, you can construct your own robot that comes to life before your very eyes. It stands 2-feet tall and is programmable. It’s new and improved compared to last year’s version.
Minecraft is one of the most popular games amongst boys 8 to 12. When you pair it with Legos, you get a match made in heaven. With 518 pieces, the open ended Lego Minecraft Crafting Box is the closest thing to playing the videogame in real life.
Watch out for the skeleton army! With close to 1000 pieces, the Lego Minecraft the Fortress is one of the coolest and biggest Minecraft sets out. This set allows kids to build little modular sections that can be rearranged in different ways, giving you the freedom to use your imagination just like in the game. If you have a Minecraft lover, this is the set to own this year.
This 470 piece building kit from K’Nex lets kids build a cool little amusement park swing. The instructions walk you through how to build the entire set with pictorial diagrams. The coolest part? Once it’s built, you can use the motor to make it swing around just like a real ride.
Get ready to scream! Lego sets are cool but how many of them let you build a working roller coaster? With 639 pieces, this challenging set will keep him busy for awhile. The finished roller coster rises almost 3 feet into the air with 14 feet of track. The fun doesn’t stop there as you can make the roller coaster take the motorized chain lift up the track and watch it twist, loop, and zip around the track.
What happens when you mix Legos with Ghostbusters? You get something strange in the neighborhood and it is not ghosts! It’s the 508 piece Ecto vehicle from the original Ghostbusters movie. Featuring Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston, it comes with awesome minfigures complete with all the equipment from the movie.
Gifts For The Artist
Does he love making stuff with his hands? Is he an artist? Then these crafty gifts are made for him.
3Doodler is the coolest 3D printing pen. The product is innovative and relatively easy to use. Bring your creations to life and let you imagination run wild!
This is the original spirograph design set. It’s great for designers and creative kids. It’s a 15 piece set with precision parts and pens that allow you easily create wonderful spiral masterpieces of art.
The Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium is creativity in a jar. You can nurture and grow your own terraium plants. Glow in the dark stickers will help light up the jar to see your plants in the night. Experience the joy of growing your own terrarium!
This cool electric powered airbrush system from Crayola turns ordinary markers into an airbrush spray. You simply insert the marker into the sprayer and pull the trigger. The motorized brush delivers a nice even spray. The kit includes 5 washable markers to get started. With the 2 included stencils, you can create your own airbrush art.
Seedling is founded by Soleil Moon Frye, the former Punky Brewster star. The company makes all sorts of fun craft kits for kids. Boys won’t be afraid to get their hands messy with this extremely cool craft kit that lets them design their own headphones. It comes with a pair of white headphones that you can decorate. It’s a great project to do together or alone.
Emoji Maker makes lets kids create emoji stamps using 16 DIY markers. Kids can come up with their own custom colors by mixing the various pigments included with the kit. If your tween boy can’t get enough of Emojis, he will love stamping the emjois on everything.
You can decorate this cool 17 inch wooden skateboard deck with the included markers. Simply color in the graffiti designs with your favorite colors. Then display it on walls in your room using the wall bracket for a cool DIY decoration.
He’s probably a big comic fan! If he loves drawing, he can create his own comic with this craft kit from Lulu Jr. The kit includes everything he needs including markers and a blank book. All kids have to do is draw out their comic and send it in to get it professionally printed.
If your outdoorsy tween boy has always wanted to make a paracord bracelet, this kit is the perfect gift for him. Rated for holding 550 lbs, paracord bracelets are invaluable in survival situations. This kit comes with a in a variety of different colors and buckles so you can find the perfect match for him. Each cord measures 10 feet long, which is just the perfect amount for making a paracord bracelet.
There aren’t too many craft kits for boys. You wouldn’t believe how fun it is to craft with duct tape. With this kit, he can create his own DIY wallet and decorate it with 5 different rolls of duct tape, stencils, and fabric. When he is done, he can use the wallet to hold his cash and school ID.
If he’s a fan of Star Wars, he will love this craft kit that allows him to fold and make 30 paper planes from the Star Wars Universe. He will create everything from the Millennium Falcon to the Jedi Starfighter. After the planes are built, your tween boy will love piloting them through the air.
Puzzles are a ton of fun but this 3D puzzle is out of this world. With 540 pieces, it challenges your child to make an actual 3D globe that sits on a stand when finished. The best part? All of the pieces form a smooth surface and interlock with each other without the need for glue.
What tween boy wouldn’t want to build a catapult? Based on a real life catapult during the Renaissance era, this rubber band powered catapult is a lot of fun to put together. It simply snaps together without the need for any additional supplies. The fun part? Launching marshmallows, M&Ms, and small balls out of it.
This little gadget allows kids to punch out guitar picks out of old credit cards and anything plastic. Next time, you lose your guitar pick, you don’t have to worry.
Minecraft is all about building stuff out of blocks. This craft kit beautifully captures the fun of the game, allowing kids to build their own Minecraft overworld out of paper. You simply fold the paper into blocks and can secure them with a little scotch tape. While it makes a nice decoration, the fun part is putting it together.
Now even Minecraft fans can get in on the coloring craze with this Minecraft coloring book. Inside it has a ton a mobs to color. Unlike other coloring books, the pages are single sided so you don’t have to worry about the colors bleeding through the other side of the page. It’s the perfect gift for any Minecraft fan.
Everybody has gone crazy for Pokemon and now he can draw his favorite characters with this how to draw book. Including pencils and erasers, it comes with everything you need to draw 14 popular characters from the game. Finally you can “draw em’ all.”
What do you get when you combine coloring books with Harry Potter? A Harry Potter Coloring book! There a 4 different coloring books, each with a different theme. When you color them, they bring the magical world of Harry Potter to life in a whole new way. Coloring books are cool but there is something magical about a coloring book featuring Harry Potter.
The best way to color coloring books is with these soft cored colored pencils. Unlike markers, they don’t bleed through the pages, ruining your whole coloring book. Primacolor pencils are known for their great pigment and great blending properties.
Is he looking to try a new art form? Scratch art is sort of the reverse of drawing. Instead of adding, you are subtracting from the paper to create a drawing. As you scratch away the coating on the paper, it reveals the patterned backing. This kit includes 16 sheets of scratch paper along with a wooden stylus to create your scratch art.
Boys love it when their room is a reflection of themselves. Get a cool poster or calendar to hang on the wall. Here are some great gift ideas to give his room an update.
This Star Wars clock comes straight from the dark side. Shaped like a giant 9.5 inch Darth Vader minifig, it’s got a digital clock display on its body. When you press down on the helmet, the backlight glows. Available in other characters, it is the perfect way to wake any Lego fan up
If he loves video games, this cool PacMan ghost light is the perfect gift idea for him. When you turn it on, it cycles through different colors. In party mode, it lights up with the beat of the music. Pacman fans will love using it as a decoration in their room.
This is no ordinary light bulb. It’s a Smartbulb. That means you can use your phone to connect to it and customize it. You can do all sorts of thing like make it turn off and on at different times, but the coolest part is changing its color to just about any color that you can think of.
These Emoji pillows are super popular at the moment. Of course, since he is a boy he will love flinging this poop emoji pillow at his friends. What could be better than a bunch of boys throwing poop around?
There a ton of decorative pillows out there but how many of them are shaped like a video game controller? The best part? He will love resting on it while playing video games or watching TV. If he’s a gamer, you can’t go wrong with this gift.
With twine and clothespins, this photo display from Umbra is super chic and modern. The coolest part? Your son can hang just about anything up on it from ticket stubs to key chains.
Every Minecraft fan needs this light up torch in his room to keep the monsters from spawning in his bedroom. It easily mounts to the wall. He can even walk around with it, using it as a night light.
Now that it is a new year, he is going to need a new calendar. If he can’t wait to read the next Diary Of a Wimpy Kid book, he will love this calendar that features hilarious illustrations. It comes with stickers so he can mark important days.
If your tween boy is obsessed with Minecraft, he will love seeing this custom name decal on the wall. The letters are all written in the Minecraft font. Simply stick it up on the wall and it will turn his room into a Minecraft shrine.
Is he addicted to Minecraft? Then this wall decal sticker that says Eat, Sleep, and Mine couldn’t be more appropriate. It’s the perfect way to celebrate his addiction to Minecraft.
The Pokemon Go phenomenon has brought Pokemon back into the spotlight. This large plush Pokemon figure is of Pikachu one of the most beloved characters. Pikachu is so cute and cuddly. Gotta catch ’em all!
How awesome is this? It might look like a regular Pokemon poster but you can actually customize it with any name. He will freak out when he sees his name on it.
Who isn’t crazy about Pikachu right now? Everybody loves Pokemon. Made out of 100% polyester, this comforter is the perfect gift for any Pokemon fan. This lightweight comforter will brighten up any room. Not only is a big Pikachu printed on the comforter, but Pikachu is printed all over the included 2 shams.
If you are looking for a light and airy feeling in his room, this beautiful comforter will create the perfect look. With a subtle color and different sized stripes, it comes with the matching 2 shams. Made of 100% cotton, this striped comforter is perfect for any tween boy’s room.
Shaped like a racing seat, this is one of the coolest gaming chairs. With styling similar to the DXRacer gaming chair but a little more affordable, it looks just as cool. With great ergonomics, it’s perfect for the gamer who spends hours at a time sitting down.
Got a baseball addict? This game manages to turn the game of baseball into a pinball-like arcade game. Forget videogames! This is so much more fun. It’s so cool. As the pitcher you can throw different pitches including a fastball, slider, and curve ball. Magnets under the surface of the board change the ball’s movement. Batting is similar to a pinball machine. Swing for the fences.
It’s a GOAAAAAAAAL! This foosball table will provide fun for the whole family during the holidays. With arcade style action, he will love competing with others to kick the ball in the goal. Measuring 40 inches, this foosball table is portable enough to use on the floor or on the table. When you are done, it stores just as easily.
Vehicles For Tween Boys
Most tween boys love anything with wheels or propellers. From cool remote cars to flying drones, these are great gifts for tween boys.
Anki Overdrive paved the way for AI based track racing. It is like a videogame version of Mario Kart with AI controlled bots. Now Hot Wheels has created a similar version to capture part of Anki’s market share.
Tyco’s Terra Climber caught us by surprise due to its innovation. There is literally nothing that can get in the way of the Terra Climber. Steps – no problem – it is actually designed to claw up stairs. Amazing but absolutely true. There is no other RC on the market that can do that!
The Star Wars BB-8 Droid is one of the most popular droids on the market. Last year it took the world by storm and legions of fans posted videos with their beloved BB-8 featured in mini featurettes on YouTube and other social media sites. In fact, BB-8 was among the TOP 10 toys of last year.
The Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash set is action-packed and full of mayhem. The set features four intersecting crash zones for immense thrills! Watch in delight as you witness near misses and total wipeouts. The track even features a twist hairpin turn for that real WOW factor!
The Hot Wheels track builder sets let you create cool stunt tracks with crazy loops. The Power Booster Kit is one of the best Hot Wheels sets in a long time. The coolest part? It has a duel booster for even more insane stunt action. What’s even cooler is that the boosters don’t even have to be placed near each other, allowing your cars to get 2 separate bursts of speed.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could control a pet robotic dinosaur? The Miposaur can dance, play games, chase, and roar. Kids will love controlling this menacing dinosaur robot’s movement in 3 different ways. The robot will move with the swipe of your hand, with a trackball controller, and with a smart phone app.
With 5 Hot Wheels cars and a helicopter, this massive garage set is the perfect gift for any Hot Wheels love. Not only does it store his giant Hot Wheels collection with space for 36 cars, but it has plenty of nonstop action like a spiral ramp that leads into a chomping shark’s mouth.
You can’t go wrong with Hot Wheels! For Hot Wheels lover, this massive gift pack with 20 Hot Wheels cars is the ultimate gift. With 20 different cars, it contains a great mix of all types of Hot Wheels cars.
Lionel has been making train tracks for year but this is something completely different. This track system takes the trains off the floor into dizzying twists and spirals. The coolest part? With the flexible tracks and the clamping system, you can build the tracks in just about any direction.
Does your tween boy love videogames? Now he can play them in the real world. Powered by artificial intelligence, these battling cars allow kids to battle against each other or with a AI controlled car in an epic laser battle. With games like team battles, evade, and capture the flag, kids use virtual weapons to destroy their opponents.
There is something about quad copters that boys love. With a built in camera, this quad copter from Syma is the perfect starter drone for tween boys. With a durable frame, this one is built for the many inevitable crash landings.
This is no ordinary motorcycle. It has a built in action camera so it can capture all your crazy jumps and stunts. Kids will enjoy sharing their videos. If you have a large spacious area to drive it, this is one of the coolest RC toys. About a foot high, this RC motorcycle is fairly large. With built self stabilizing gyroscopic technology, it is designed so it rarely flips over or falls down even when you perform the craziest stunts.
Action Figures For Tween Boys
These action figures are to get his imagination going as he creates his own stories with his favorite characters.
The Marvel Titan Hero Series features 3 incredibly detailed and articulate action figures. The set include Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America. The figures stand 12-inches tall and are titan sized for extra fun.
Batman and Superman fans will enjoy this 2 figure set of their favorite superheroes. They can reenact scenes from the motion picture and duke it out to see who is the victor of the matchup. No holds barred action!
Transformers are a hot property for Hasbro. This year is no different. Transformers fans will love the new Generations Combiner Wars collection pack. It has enough Transformers fun packed in one package.
What happens if you combine Shopkins with trash? You get Groccery Gang. Developed by the same company that created Shopkins, Grossery Gang collectibles are designed to target boys. Why? Because they are gross. The collectible figures are in the shape of food that has gone moldy. The Yucky Mart contains 2 characters along with the playset.
With the brand new Rogue One Star Wars movie coming out, we are getting these premium Black series figures. This 6 inch Dark Topper features great articulated movement with great details from the movie. With so many articulation points, he can be posed in just about any pose from the movie.
With an unmistakable blond hairdo, the handsome American body builder hero has been around since the Seventies. Now Stretch Armstrong has come out of retirement for a whole new generation of kids. The coolest part? When kids pull his arms and legs, he can be stretched to four times his original size.
Board Games For Tween Boys
There is nothing better to bring a group of tween boys together like a good board game. He will never be bored again with these board games.
Simon Air takes the game of Simon into the 21st century. With new advancements, now you can play the game of Simon with air controls. You no longer have to press a button to activate a color. The game is fast-paced and fun for all ages. Join in the fun!
Watch Ya’ Mouth is a hillarious game where players place a mouth guard in their mouth. Other players need to gues what that player is saying. It’s great family fun and a fantastic party game.
This magic set captures 100 amazing tricks in one box set. There is enough to capture the hearts and minds of children. Delightful fun for kids who love magic and all its wonders.
Filled with potty humor, Not Parent Approved is the kid equivalent to Cards Against Humanity. The game is played just like Cards Against Humanity. A question is asked and kids have to put down the best card from their hand to answer it. It’s filled with silly topics that will have kids laughing, but won’t cause parents to raise both eyebrows.
Sometimes the simplest idea can be fun. Quick Cups is a fast moving skill game that will test your reflexes. In this racing game, you have to be the first to stack or line up your colored cups to the cups on the card. The first person to hit their bell with the correct order wins the round.
While there isn’t much to this game, it will definitely be good for a few laughs. First, you load up the hand with whip cream. Players then spin the wheel. Then the fun begins. Players stick their head in the Pie Face machine and have to turn the crank the same amount of time as they spun. Watch out! You may end up with pie in your face. In Pie Face Showdown, now 2 players can battle with each other.
Created by the Bop It inventor, Hypertoss is a modern spin on the classic cup and ball game. To make things challenging it comes with 3 different colored cups and one ball. To play, the game calls out a color and kids have to toss the ball up and catch it in the appropriate cup. If they fail, they lose.
What do you get when you mix Trivial Pursuit with Harry Potter? You get this fun trivial game. With a great variety of questions, it will really test how much you know about Harry Potter. ““What type of sweets does Bertie Botts make?” Jellybeans! If you answer the question right, you get to keep the card. The player that reaches 12 cards first wins the game.
While it has been around for 30 years, Ravensburger’s Labyrinth is still popular today. Players have to make their way through the maze to collect all their treasures. The only problem? The maze can shift on each turn, causing players to rethink their strategy.
Exploding Kittens combines the classic game of Russian roulette with cats. These aren’t your usual cats. They have equipped themselves with explosives. Part of the fun is the comical artwork. Players take turns drawing from the deck and if they draw the exploding kitten – BOOM! There are special cards that allow you to do dodge the exploding kitten, which keeps the game interesting.
This vision altering game is sure to draw a lot of laughs and good times. In Googly eyes, players wear goofy kaleidoscope goggles and are tasked with drawing objects. The resulting drawing is guaranteed to look hilarious. The hard part? Your teammates have to try and guess what you have drawn before the time runs out.
Who knew that gravity could be so fun? Gravity Maze is a fun logic game from the creative minds of Thinkfun. With 60 different challenges, the object is to get the marble ball to fall from its starting point to the end point by rearranging the towers.
Perplexus is maze enclosed in a large clear sphere. The object is to guide the ball through the maze on the track by flipping, twisting, and manipulating the sphere. The latest one has combines the fun of Perplexus with Star Wars. To succeed, kids must make their way through the obstacles in the Death Star maze.
Similar to Pie Face, Wet Head is sort of like Russian roulette only this time kids strap a helmet filled with water on their head. The helmet has 8 pins sticking out of it. Kids take turns pulling out one pin before passing the helmet to their friends. If kids pull the wrong pin, they are left with a very wet head.
Are you ready to Bounce Off? In this fun head to head competition, you have to race to recreate the pattern on your challenge card by bouncing balls into the grid. It’s harder than it looks. The first player who succeeds wins the card. It is even more chaotic with teams of 2.
Kanjam takes the game of Frisbee to a whole new level of fun. Invented in Buffalo in 1990, KanJam has become a popular competitive sport but is just as fun to play at the beach, at the park, or at a picnic. In KanJam, players have to try to throw a disc in a can. Their teammate can deflect the frisbee into the can. The team to make it to 21 first wins.
Settlers of Catan is a classic board game. Full of strategy, players must build out their settlement using resources to build roads, settlements, and cities. To get these resources, players will have to trade with other players. If you don’t own this classic, it is a must play.
Books For Tween Boys
He probably has so many interests. A book about something that he is interested in makes a wonderful gift for any tween boy. Here are books that he is going to love.
Did you know that the world largest domesticated cat measures 46.6 inches from head to toe? That’s over 3 feet! With so many astounding, weird, and odd records, the Guinness Book of World Records will keep your tween boy entertained whether he looks at it for a few minutes or reads through it.
Did you know that the most views for a dedicated Minecraft Youtube video channel is 6,284,997,560 on TheDiamondMinecraft channel. Filled with all sorts of gaming records, the Guinness Book Of World Records Gamer’s Edition is the perfect gift for the gamer in your life.
Does your tween boy ask a lot of questions? This book has over 1001 answers to some of his biggest questions like “Why are dog’s noses wet? This is a great gift. You can never believe how much of stuff is in here.
With 5,000 facts on just about everything from animals to space, this book is the perfect pick up and read book. With beautiful illustrations and tons of informative facts filled on each page, this is the perfect gift for any tween boy even if he doesn’t like reading.
Does your tween boy like playing pranks on everybody? Then he will love this book that is filled with over 400 pages of immature and mischievous things to do like making a marshmallow blowgun and wiggling your ears.
Have you ever wanted to get closer to your son? This mother-son journal is like no other. By writing back and forth to each other on various topics, it’s a great way for mothers and sons to deepen their relationships. It’s sort of like passing notes back and forth with your best friend. You will get a deeper understanding for the other side.
With so many weird facts, this book will make your eyes pop. This is a great book to have on the coffee table so you can pick it up and read it whenever you have nothing to do. It’s fun to read before going to school or before you go to bed. He will love sharing the crazy facts with his friends. With so many fun topics, incredible photos, and strange stories, it is impossible to get bored.
There aren’t many books that your tween boy would like to read more than the Percy Jackson series. Written by Rick Riordan, this Greek myth series follows to adventures of Percy Jackson, who is half mortal and half Greek God. Your tween boy won’t be able to stop reading this boxed set that includes all 5 Percy Jackson books in the Heroes of Olympus series.
Does your tween boy love seeing domino effects? This kit requires a lot of Legos but the results are amazing. It teaches kids how to make 10 different wacky chain reaction machines like a gum wrapper tosser and battle top spinner.
Every Pokemon lover has to own this book. Not only does it contain facts about the characters in Pokemon Go, it contains over 700 jam packed facts about almost every Pokemon from the Mythical Pokemon to the Legendary Pokemon. Everything is arranged in alphabetical order, which makes it easy to find a specific Pokemon. You will learn how to pronounce each Pokemon’s name, a description about it, its type, and even its weight.
Just about every tween boy loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. With so many laughs, every tween boy can identify with Greg. Part of the fun is seeing the story come to life with hilarious illustrations. The latest book is out and Greg will have to live without video games. Will he be able to do it?
The Harry Potter stories are amazing, but this illustrated version is even more amazing. With gorgeous artwork by award winning artist, Jim Kay, this illustrated book turns the Harry Potter stories into a work of art. The Chamber Of Secrets is the second book in the illustrated series.
The Dangerous Book for Boys is one of the most popular and beloved books. It contains tons of projects and projects that most boys will love. It encourages boys to go outside and make a bow and arrow, build a tree house, and even advice about girls. It’s a book he won’t be able to resist.
J.K. Rowling knows how to tell a good story. Her Harry Potter series has managed captured the imaginations of so many people. At its heart, it is the story of a regular kid who finds his power. It shows us that we are all gifted in our own way. If he has never read the series, the collection contains all the books in the magical Harry Potter story.
Harry Potter fans are anxiously awaiting J.K. Rowling’s next big story called Fantastic Beast And Where To Find Them. With the same magical charm as the Harry Potter stories, this time the story follows the life of Newt Scamander, who unleashes magical creatures in New York City.
Movies For Tween Boys
Chances are that you have a tween boy on your list that loves movies. Browse through these gift ideas for your favorite movie lover.
Everybody can relate to Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione. For most of us, it is the first book series that we fell in love with. It’s the story of a boy who finds himself all alone and recognizes his place in the wizarding world. The best part? The movies are just as good as the books. Now you can catch them all on DVD.
With everybody falling in love with Pokemon all over this year, this DVD set is a great way to relive the last season of the original Pokemon series. It is a must have for any die hard Pokemon fan.
This touching story about a forgetful fish named Dory is just as touching as the original, Finding Nemo. When Dory remembers her family, she decides to go looking for them. Luckily, her friends accompany her. With a great cast of characters, it really is an unforgettable journey.
Set in s colorful city, Zootopia is the story of an aspiring police officer named Judy Hopps. The film’s antagonist uses fear to turn the animals against each other so that he can rise to power. Judy must stop him. With great characters and a powerful message, this Disney movie tackles important social issues that are relevant even today.
Somehow Disney has taken the story of the Jungle Book and made it even more beautiful with this live action release. In this classic story about good vs. evil, Disney has managed to bring the entire jungle to life even the animals. The special effects are so astounding that you don’t even realize they are special effects.
Gifts For Foodies
Treats make great gifts on special occasions. Is there a special treat that he can’t get enough of? Does he love cooking? Then these gifts are perfect for the foodie in your life.
These Japanese candy kits are extremely fun to make. With this kit you get 9 different kits. Some of them are sweet, but some of them taste more like real food. The instructions are in Japanese but it is easy to follow along with the pictures. Since these are so popular, there are ton of videos on Youtube videos that show you how to make them.
Have you ever wondered what they eat in space? Whether it is true or not, legend has it that the astronauts eat freeze dried food.This freeze dried ice cream called Astronaut ice cream doesn’t have to be refrigerated so you can take it anywhere. When it hits your mouth, it begins to melt like real ice cream. This set includes 5 different types of freeze dried ice cream,
What would happen if you took 1000 gummy bears and melted them all together? You would get this Frankenstein gummy bear that measures 5 pounds. Huge is an understatement. It’s a monster sized gummy bear that eats all other gummy bears for lunch.
Take the chocolately goodness of a Hershey bar and multiply it and you get chocolate overload with this 5 pound bar. This giant sized Hershey bar makes a great gift for any tween boy. It’s a gift that lasts a long time.
How awesome is this? This gumball machine is not a toy. It’s an actual replica of a real retro gumball machine. With bright colors and sturdy legs, you can fill it up with gumballs. It even dispenses them with or without a coin. It looks so much better than just a tray of candy.
Pizza is cool. Do you know what would be cooler? A pizza made out of chocolate and crunchy candy toppings. Packaged in a pizza box, this delicious treat is the perfect dessert.
Everybody loves Lindt Lindor Chocolate Truffles especially around the holidays. With a creamy filling and a crispy chocolate shell, they are the ultimate gift for any foodie. You can get them in a variety of flavors or his favorite flavor.
If he is a batman fan, he is going to love this mug. With a unique shape and a Batman logo on it, this 12 oz mug is the perfect gift for any caped crusader. Even Batman needs one of these.
Is he a little chef in training? Then he will love this 24 inch apron with hat that makes him look even more professional. He will love teaming up with mom and dad to cook in kitchen now that he has an adorable apron to wear.
Is he begging for a new oven for Christmas? Forget the Easy Bake oven! This cupcake maker is so much better. Baking cupcakes in this cupcake maker may spark his interest to one day become a professional chef. This one bakes up 6 delicious treats to perfection.
Making s’mores around the campfire is a lot of fun, but now you can make them on the kitchen counter with this s’mores Maker. You get everything you need to make s’mores at anytime. It’s never been so easy to roast marshmallows and put them in graham crackers to make yummy treats.
For The Fashion Lover
Clothes and accessories are some of the hardest gifts to give a tween boy. Every boy has his own tastes, but these gifts are practically fool proof for the fashion lover in your life.
Cozying up in matching pajamas adds a special touch to Christmas day. Your tween boy will love rocking these 100% striped cotton pajamas that not only make it fun to open Christmas gifts, but make for some cute family photos.
Everybody needs a cute winter beanie to keep him warm during the colder months. With a cute pom pom on top and ear flaps, this beanie will not only keep him warm but is pretty cute too. The chin strap keeps it in place.
During the winter time, there is really nothing better than cuddling up with a soft fleece robe on the couch. Made of 100% Polyester fleece, this hooded plush robe is perfect for boys. He won’t be able to go a day without it and you won’t be able to stop hugging him since he feels as soft as a stuffed animal.
This might sound weird but your tween boy probably wouldn’t mind socks for Christmas. Athletic socks are so in style right now. These comfortable and supportive athletic socks come in a variety of different colors. Even if he has a bunch, he can never have too many socks.
Is he a huge football fan? He will love this leather trifold wallet with his favorite NFL team’s logo embossed on the front of it. The wallet comes in a beautiful tin case, which makes it perfect for gift giving.
Built to withstand any abuse, this ruggedly built G-Shock watch makes a great gift for any tween boy. This watch is built for active boys. With an easy to read digital display, timer, stop watch, and more, it has all the features that he will need.
He might be at the age where he is starting to care about the way he smells. These gift sets from Axe are inexpensive and will go a long way to help him feel more confident. This 3 piece set contains a fragrance, shower gel, and antiperspirant stick.
When he is not playing Minecraft, he will love wearing this Creeper hoodie everywhere. The coolest part? When you zip it up, it forms a creeper face on the hood. Made of cotton and polyester, it’s a great gift for any Minecraft fan.
If he loves playing Minecraft, he will probably love anything related to Minecraft. Made out of thick plastic, these pixilated glasses look like they came straight out of Minecraft. They definitely scream “I Love Minecraft.” Too bad he can’t wear them while he plays Minecraft, but they are great for outside
Gag Gifts For Tween Boys
Everybody needs a little laughter in their lives. These white elephant gifts will have him laughing for a long time.
Does he love doing chores around the house? There is a completely new video game console out this year that he will love. This amazing video game machine uses motion controls to simulate all sorts of chores. After he is done playing, he can do chores in real life. Unfortunately, this is just a prank box that will bring plenty of laughs.
He was expecting a new videogame, but surprise him with this prank sleeve. Slip the real videogame he wanted inside the sleeve and watch the look of disappointment on his face when he sees he got a video game about doing chores.
If you are thinking about giving him money or a gift card, why not make him work for it with this unique gift? Simply slip money or a gift card in and lock it with a 5 letter code. Then give him clues to figure out each letter. You could even make him do the dishes. It’s all up to your creativity how you reveal each letter.
If you are planning on giving him money in an envelope, STOP! Here is a much more creative way to give money. Stick it inside this Money Maze box. In order for him to claim his gift, he will have to try to make it through the money maze. It will probably be worth the wait unless you stick fake money inside.
This jelly bean game is nasty as heck but one of the funniest games you can play with a group of friends. In the box there are colored jelly beans, but each colored jellybean can either taste like a regular jelly bean of something nasty like grass clippings or rotten eggs. Kids spin the wheel and have to test their luck. Warning: He might never eat jellybeans again.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could have a snowball fight anywhere? Don’t wait for it to snow outside. These pom pom snowballs allow you to have an indoor snowball fight. If you live somewhere where it doesn’t snow, Christmas day will never be the same.
Have you ever wanted to know what lies in your future? This mystical Emoji ball can predict the future. Simple ask it a question like “Is Santa going to get me the video game that I want?” It will give you a funny response like “Not a Prayer.”
Gift Cards For Tween Boys
Most tween boys love having cash or gift cards. Get him a gift card to a place that your know he loves. He can use it to get what he has always wanted. These gift cards make good gifts for tween boys.
If you don’t know what to get him, an Amazon gift card is a great idea. Amazon carries just about every product that he could ever want from video games to electronics.
Who wouldn’t want a Target gift card? With great bargains and deals, the company carries all of the coolest electronics, toys, and video games.
During the holidays, most of us just want to relax and watch a movie under some warm sheets. The easiest way to do that is with Netflix subscription. This gift card makes it easy for anybody to get a subscription even if they don’t have a credit card.
Who wouldn’t want an all expense paid meal to their favorite restaurant? A gift card to Subway is great because its sandwiches and food are affordable and relatively healthy compared to other fast food restaurants.
Just about everybody likes going to the movies. If you run out of ideas, this gift card is such an easy Christmas gift. You can get the gift card for the theater closest to his house.
Tickets to Concert or Sporting Event