Here are the best gifts for 12 year old boys. We’ve enlisted the help of a few 12 year olds for suggestions. See over 300 of the best gifts and toys for 12 year old boys.
When it comes to 12 year old boys, it can be tricky coming up with creative gift ideas. At 12, they are in between a kid and teenager. He’s not a teenager yet, but he is going to want to act like one. While everybody grows at a different rate, here are the common milestones for 12 year old boys.
What are the coolest birthday and Christmas gifts for 12 year old boys? Most 12 year old boys probably aren’t interested in the toys that they played with when they were kids. The majority of 12 year old boys love video games, but blasters, gadgets, science kits, board games, construction sets, outdoor stuff, and remote control cars are great choices too. Here are the best gift ideas for 12 year old boys in 2017.
The Echo Dot is a cool gadget to gift your twelve year old son. He can use it to play music, control smart devices, make calls, and a host of other functions. It’s a fun, smart personal assistant that will change his life forever.
Amazon Echo Spot
What do you get if the Echo Dot and The Echo Show had a baby? The Echo Spot. This compact new gadget does what the Echo Dot does and more. You can have Alexa play music, give news headlines, control your smart devices, and more. With its built-in display, you can do video conferencing, watch Amazon videos, news and more. It even tells time. It’s a stylish and practical gift for your teen’s room.
All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa
If you are looking for the best value in a tablet – look no further than the Fire HD 8 from Amazon. It lets you do practically everything the iPad does for a small fraction of the price. Battery life is now improved to about half a day, rivaling even the new iPad. Now Alexa is integrated into the design, making it even simpler to use. Choose from 16 or 32 GB varieties.
Is your 12 year old son a bookworm? The Paperwhite offers a much better reading experience than a tablet. The Kindle is glare-free plus the e-ink is easy on the eyes. Book lovers will enjoy reading for hours on end. And the battery lasts and lasts without requiring charging for weeks at a time.
GoPro HERO Session
For the 12 year old daredevil that loves skateboarding or going of adrenaline pounding adventures, the GoPro Hero Session is simply a gadget that is hard to live without. The GoPro HERO Session is the perfect compact, budget-friendly action cam for your everyday needs. While there is no built in screen, it shoots incredible 1080P video.
TCL 32S305 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV
The TCL 32″ HDTV is one of the best values in TV land. The picture quality is really good for this price with great color reproduction and clarity. It’s fantastic that Roku is integrated into the design and there’s only one remote control. A fantastic buy that’s really hard to beat!
ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02
This Chromebook is a great value for a basic laptop. Just don’t expect any bells and whistles here. It does what you expect at a great price and it’s designed for your mobile lifestyle. It’s quite rugged and offers great battery life to keep you going.
Canon Selphy CP1200 Wireless Photo Printer
Looking for a great portable photo printer? The Canon Selphy CP1200 is an excellent photo printer. It’s got a nice compact footprint with an LCD screen. It prints from media cards as well as your iPhone or iPad. It speedily prints high quality borderless 4 x 6 photos. The best part? It’s easy to operate and the photo quality is impressive.
Fire TV Stick
This cool gadget is an inexpensive way to watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prme and more on your TV. It simply connects directly to your TV’s HDMI port. With Alexa you can control what you want to watch with your voice.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
The Instax Mini 9 is a great gift idea for photo enthusiasts. It’s a really cool camera that takes nice pictures and it comes in a variety of awesome color schemes. There’s a small learning curve but nothing too complicated here. Best of all? Did we mention you get your pictures instantly?
Apple iPad Mini 4
The iPad is the tablet that every 12 year old boy really wants. 24% of teens want a new iPad. For 12 year olds, we think the smaller iPad Mini is the best option because of its more compact design. While Apple has come out with a brand new one with a better display and processor, the old iPad Mini is more than adequate if you don’t care about the latest and greatest.
The iPad is the tablet every 12 year old boy dreams of having. It’s the cream of the crop. It has a gorgoeus 9.7-inch Retina display with a powerful A9 processor capable of multitasking and gaming. The tablet is ultra responsive and has a stellar library of apps, games, and other content to choose from. Choose from 32 or 128 GB of storage and three color choices. With 10 hours of battery life, that’s perfect for all-day fun!
Apple iPod touch
The iPod touch is the ideal way to carry your music with you. But the touch does even more than just play music. It plays games, shoots video, and even takes photos. If he loves his tunes, this is the perfect gift.
The iPhone 7 is the phone preferred by most for its ease of use and functionality. It features a 4.7 inch screen with fast processing power – twice as fast as last generation. It also has the best battery life of any iPhone so you can talk more, enjoy more videos, play games longer and more. Plus, now it features immersive audio so he can feel the music.
Apple MacBook Pro
The MacBook still stands at the top of the PC food chain in terms of style and quality. MacBooks are among the most reliable computers and they are easy to operate. They come equipped with powerful multi-core processors for multitasking, gaming, entertainment and more. The build quality is really high and they are ultra lightweight, perfect for your mobile lifestyle.
The Oculus Go is the most convenient and comfortable VR headset ever made. It’s mainstream VR because it’s dead simple to use and eliminates the bulk and cables. Think of it as a self-contained version of the Gear VR. Choose from 32 or 64GB of storage. The more memory, the more entertainment you can take with you. Before using the Go, you have to pair it with an iOS or Android phone to connect it to your Wi-Fi. The biggest surprise is how easy it is to use and comfortable it is to wear. Expect around 2.5 hours of battery life with video and roughly 2 hours for games. With a low starting price point, it’s the easiest way for most people to jump into VR.
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES iPhone Case
Millions of people drop their phones. Some of them end up damaging the shell or worse shattering the screen. Enter the Otterbox. Say goodbye to all your worries with the ultimate protection for your iPhone. The Otterbox gives you complete protection. Now all you need is a screen protector and you’re all set.
PopSockets make a cool gift. They’re functional and practical. They give him a firm grip on his phone and even serve as a great stand for your phone when you want to enjoy a show or movie. Select from a cool selection of artsy designs.
Anker PowerCore 10000
Everyone who owns a device hates running out of power when you least expect it. This portable battery charger from Anker will become new best friend especially if watch movies or play games on your cell phone. It has enough of energy to charge your phone between 2 and 3 times. The best part? It can charge just about any USB device.
Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard
Who doesn’t love the clickiness of a mechanical keyboard? The problem is that they are hard to game on until now. Meet the Razer Ornata! Razer has combines the clickiness of a mechanical keyboard with the comfort of a gaming keyboard. The nicest part? It’s backlit. You can save a little money on the monochrome green version or go all out with the RGB version.
Razer DeathAdder Chroma Gaming Mouse
Razer makes some of the most popular gaming mice. The DeathAdder Chroma is not only a comfortable gaming mouse, it adds cool colored lighting. All of the 5 buttons are easy to reach for during the most intense gaming sessions and have a satisfying click. The coolest part? The cool lighting choices, which lets you choose from 16.8 million colors choices.
Jurassic World Alpha Training BlueAges 8+
So you want to be a raptor trainer? It’s not going to be easy but if you have the patience and discipline to learn, it’s a whole lot of fun! Say hello to Mattel’s newest robot – Alpha Training Blue. It’s a fully interactive veloceraptor that you can control and train just like Chris Pratt’s character in the film. This is one advanced toy. In fact, it’s the most complex toy Mattel has ever created. Seven motors provide fluid, realistic animation to the neck and head while also allowing you to walk it around. It’s very responsive to controls and features the same rapor sounds from the movie. Blue loves being petted and she has touch sensors under her jaw and on the top of her nose to bring her to life. Hands-down, it’s the coolest robot toy this year. It’s so fun to play with something so detailed and fluid.
Logitech S120 2.0 Stereo Speakers
If you’re on a budget and are looking for some great quality speakers for your 13 year old teen boy, these Logitech computer speakers are a great choice. It produces clean sound and gives you great bang for your buck. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better value.
Logitech Z623 200 Watt Home Speaker System
The Logitech Z623 Speaker System is an awesome speaker set that sounds great. It produces crisp highs and lows and delivers good bass. These are great inexpensive speakers to immerse you in your game worlds and complete your gaming setup.
Logitech C920 Webcam
The Logitech C920 delivers the best quality high-definition video at 1080p. It’s very easy to use and setup. It captures great video and still shots and even easily uploads to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. It’s even great for streaming on Twitch. It gives you a nice wide angle view and the image clarity is very impressive. Great quality at a great price. You simply can’t beat that!
Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse
The Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse is durable, designed for comfort, and is built for performance so you can game on. This mouse offers incredible precision to move exactly where and when you want to. Are you ready to win?
SanDisk 64GB Ultra SDXC Memory Card
If your teen has a digital camera or video camera, they’ll most likely need an extra memory card to capture video and photos. This 64 GB chip gives you approximately 4,000 photos or 80 minutes worth of HD video and it’s a great value for this capacity card. Sandisk is a reliable brand that you can trust to capture your memories.
KIDdesigns 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive – Star Wars Darth Vader
Here’s a cute stocking stuffer! For 13 year old boys, USB drives are basically a necessity for school. Most flash drives look ordinary, but this one is shaped like Darth Vader, which makes it a great gift for any Stars Wars lover.
WD 2TB My Passport Hard Drive
A portable external hard drive is great for storing all your teens’ files, photos, music, videos and more. In addition, he can backup his computer with this easy to use device. It can also be used as an external drive for saving PS4 and Xbox One games on it. Data transfer is very fast with USB 3.0 support. The hard drive is PC and Mac compatible. The best part? It’s so compact – about the size of a passport – that you can easily travel with it.
Anker Selfie Stick
Does he love taking selfies in front of everything? Then he needs this selfie stick to capture him in all of his glory. It’s got a 2.5 foot telescoping handle which allows you to capture yourself or a group of friends. With built in Bluetooth, it couldn’t be easier to snap photos.
Anker PowerLine 6ft Lightning Cable
Sometimes when I am far away, I can’t use my phone because the charger is too short. I have to always twist my head in the most awkward position just to use my phone. I would love a long charging cord so I don’t have to worry how far away the outlet is. At 6 feet long, this one fits the bill.
Anker Multi-Angle Aluminum Stand
This multi-angle aluminum stand is a great gift idea for your teen boy who loves watching video on their gadgets. It allows you to enjoy your favorite shows and more by setting it at the perfect viewing angle. It’s well constructed and very easy to use with nine viewing angles. The best part? It is compatible with all smartphones, tablets, and e-readers up to 10 inches.
Tablift Tablet Stand
Have you ever tried to watch Netflix in bed? Finally there is a tablet stand that is designed to lie in bed with or on the sofa. Designed to fit just about any tablet, it’s got bendy legs on it that allow you to position your tablet just right.
AboveTEK Long Arm Tablet Stand
It’s hard multitasking when you are carrying your tablet or phone in your hand. This stand from ABoveTek has a rotating arm that allows you to position your tablet or phone in just about any orientation. The arm can swivel around in 360 degrees. Designed to hold both phones and tablets, this heavy duty stand is built so that it can support even a heavy tablet either in landscape or portrait mode.
Apple Smart Keyboard for 10.5″ iPad Pro
Looking for a functional keyboard case for your iPad Pro? This official Apple Smart Keyboard is an excellent choice. It works just as intended. It’s one of the best keyboard cases for your iPad Pro. The case is very durable and provides great protection while the keyboard is very responsive and feels great to the touch. Highly recommended!
Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate
Nobody is more recognized in the world of activity trackers than Fitbit. This nifty watch gives you everything you need to track your fitness from the calories you have burned to how many steps you have taken. It syncs up with the Fitbit app, which allows you to track your progress over time.
TCL Roku Smart 32-Inch TV
Now this is a Smart TV. This inexpensive HDTV has a Roku box built inside it, allowing you not only to watch TV but stream your favorite services on the web like Netflix, Youtube, Hulu, Amazon, and more. Like the Roku box, the simple interface allows you to easily access your content. The best part? It’s dirt cheap.
Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft’s next iteration in the Surface Pro line has dropped the numbers moniker and been redesigned from the ground up. It’s about 2.5 times faster than the Surface Pro 3 and features 50% improved battery life compared to the Surface Pro 4. Battery life can vary from 5 – 13 plus hours, depending on what you’re working on. It’s one of the most versatile laptops on the market with uncompromised mobility. Unlike the iPad it’s a full-fledged laptop and tablet in one. The build quality is really good and it doesn’t disappoint. Great tech gift for your thriteen year old boy.
Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush
With 3 different modes, this rechargeable electric toothbrush from Oral-B gets your teeth much cleaner than an ordinary brush. The simple to use one touch button interface makes it easy to operate. It has a built in pressure sensor and timer to ensure that you are not applying too much pressure or brushing too long.
Best Video Games for 12 Year Old Boys
You can’t go wrong with video games. Video games are probably the most popular gift for a 12 year old boy. Here are the ones he’s looking forward to.
The Nintendo Switch is a fantastic hybrid system for 12 year old boys. The system feels well-built and high quality. The best part? Play all your favorite Nintendo franchises at home or on the go! Zelda, Mario, Mario Kart and a ton more! ‘Nuff said!
Retro gaming is all the rage nowadays. Sony announced it will launch a mini PlayStation Classic in time for the holidays. It will come loaded with 20 PlayStation hits , including Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, and Ridge Racer Type 4 to name a few. All games will be preloaded and the system comes bundled with two wired controllers. Relive the glory days of gaming or experience it for the very first time.
SNES Classic Edition
If you can get your hands on a SNES Classic consider yourself lucky. Other than the Switch, this is another hot ticket in the world of videogames. Gamers are rejoicing over the return of the golden age of gaming. Boys can play some of the 21 of the best SNES games including Super Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart, F-Zero, Street Fighter II Turbo, and Star Fox 2. Super power does come in small packages!
NES Classic Edition
Now you’re playing with power! The NES Classic is heading back to stores this summer in miniature form! Classic retro Nintendo games are what gamers demand. So now fans will be able to experience 30 of the greatest NES classics of all-time from Super Mario Bros. to Zelda to Donkey Kong and more! It;s the perfect gift for gamers or collectors.
All of our favorite retro consoles are getting miniaturized. Back in the day, gamers use to love playing NeoGeo games at the arcade. Now they are shrinking the SNK arcade cabinet and making it fit in the palm of your hand. The coolest part? It actually features a 3.5 inch screen. Additionally, it can also be hooked up to a television using HDMI. The mini console comes with 40 games.
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
Sony’s games console is at the top of most 12 year old boys’ wish lists. Since it launched, the Playstation 4 has been the best selling console. Gamers love its controller, incredible graphics, and the share button. This year Sony has both a Pro and Slim model so it’s more affordable than ever before to join the Playstation Nation.
Sony is promising to take gamers to new virtual worlds with its VR headset for the PlayStation 4. Strap on the helmet and you will get a 360-degree of the environment. The coolest part? When you look around, it actually feels like you are in another world.
Xbox One S
In addition to providing next generation gaming, Microsoft wants its newest games console to be at the center of your living room, allowing users to control all their electronic devices. With a white finish, the Xbox One S looks slimmer and sleeker than the original version. With games like Forza 7 out this year, the Xbox One has the greatest games lineup for 2017. The best part? It can now play Xbox 360 games.
Xbox One X
Microsoft’s Xbox Project Scorpio is the world’s most powerful gaming console ever. It’s the hotly anticipated successor to the Xbox One. It features 6 teraflops of graphical processing power, true high-fidelity 4K gaming, and best of all, it’s fully compatible with Xbox One games and accessories. Microsoft’s next console also marks the beginning of a generationless era of gaming. Play all your favorite Xbox games optimized for 4K HDTVs. Experience silky smooth frame rates and awesome online multiplayer experiences. Are you ready to experience the best in gaming with Project Scorpio? Coming Holiday 2017. Reserve yours today!
New Nintendo 3DS XLRated 7+
Experience a new dimension in gaming with immersive 3D effects without the need for special 3D glasses. The New Nintendo 3DS is one of the best-selling portable handhelds. It plays all your favorite games from Mario and Zelda to Mario Kart, Smash Bros and more! Enjoy games in 2D or 3D and even play original DS games in 2D. A new special Samus Edition is available for Metroid fans.
New Nintendo 2DS XL
The 2DS XL gives you great 2D performance without all the bells and whistles. It’s still a great portable machine to play your favorite Nintendo games at a lower price point than the 3DS. It just doesn’t support the 3D effects. The handheld also supports DS games.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical FreezeRated E
DKC: Tropical Freeze is a great platformer with tense sequences and tough levels. Boss battles are a huge highlight. It’s packed with hard to find secrets and collectibles. The new Funky Mode is a welcome addition for Switch. You feel a rewarding sense of accomplishment as you overcome each new challenge, which will drive you to the very end.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4Rated M
There is a new Call Of Duty game out this year and that means your teen boy is going to want it for Christmas. With its simplistic fragging gameplay, anyone can pick this game up and mow down hordes of enemies. The game introduces many big new changes. First, it’s more tactical and features a new health system. The specialists are more refined. Now there’s a team-centric 5-on-5 game and battle royale mode called Blackout. The game is rated M for intense violence and gore, so you decide whether you want your teen playing.
Red Dead Redemption 2Rated M
Red Dead Redemption 2 is an open-world, narrative-driven experience. It’s a prequel set 12 years before the first game. There will be several different versions of the game: Standard, Special, and Ultimate and PlayStation gamers will receive exclusive bonus content not offered on Xbox. The first game featured a multiplayer mode, and this could be the key to keeping players hooked on the game in a similar vein as GTA V. With intense violence, strong language, nudity, strong sexual content, and use of drugs, you decide if he should play.
ASTRO Bot Rescue MissionRated E10+
If you have a Playstation VR, you have to play Astrobot. In this platformer, players step into an amusement park-like world as they guide their little robot friend around. Players must control the little guy with the PS4 controller as the levels unfold all around you. The game constantly surprises you with new perspectives and ideas that would not be possible in an ordinary platformer. It’s a charming game and the best use of VR yet.
Battlefield VRated M
Set during WWII, there are a ton of changes to make Battlefield V the deepest and most immersive in the series. First, Grand Operations is the successor of the Operations game mode in the original Battlefield. The weapons will feature more predictable behavior so you can learn them easily. You can build structures, fortify, and even destroy buildings. Subclasses will be added, player progression will be much deeper, and there will even be a battle royale mode. The game contains intense violence, blood and gore, and strong language and is only intended for mature players.
Shadow of the Tomb RaiderRated M
Shadow of the Tomb Raider sets Lara out on a quest to stop a Mayan apocalypse. The game will feature more tombs that are deadlier than ever, more combat depth, stealth gameplay, new traversal techniques, underwater exploration and survival, and the biggest hub of any Tomb Raider. What’s not to love? Get ready for an action-packed adventure you won’t want to miss.
Hitman 2Rated M
Agent 47 is back in Hitman 2, which is intended for mature audiences with intense violence, strong language, and suggestive themes. Fans can expect more of what they know and love from the series: infiltrations, sniper assassinations, and more huge, intricate levels. This time the game won’t be episodic, so you’ll get to play through the entire game. It will offer a good challenge with a variety of ways to complete missions. We love that it’s a game that rewards you for your creativity. Are you ready to think deadly?
Soul Calibur VIRated T
Does your soul still burn? Soul Calibur VI delivers new battle mechanics that raise the bar on the fighting gameplay. There are strategic counters and diverse fighting styles to suit different players. Now experience jaw-dropping visuals with the Unreal Engine. And Geralt from The Witcher joins the fight!
Super Mario OdysseyRated E
Join Super Mario on an all-new exciting adventure to new worlds and on a mission to rescue Princess Peach. The game will return to the sandbox style gameplay of Mario 64 and he’ll have a host of new moves to add to the gameplay. It’s going to be a massive adventure Mario fans don’t want to miss out on!
Mario Kart 8 DeluxeRated E
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the funnest multiplayer kart racing games on the Switch. The game makes it accessible to all types of players -amateurs to experts alike. The battle mode is a great addition that’s super fun to play with friends. A wonderful addition to his library that every Switch owner should own.
Rocket LeagueRated E
If you are looking for an innovative action sports title – look no further than Rocket League. It’s like a game of soccer with rocket-fueled cars. The Switch version will include exclusive Nintendo-themed cars of Mario and Metroid. It’s the perfect multiplayer game on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. He shoots, he scores … it’s a GOOOAAALLLL!
Pokemon Ultra Moon And SunRated E
Your boy reprises the role of a Pokemon Trainer and he’ll experience an exciting new storyline featuring Pokemon. He can expect the same gameplay he’s come to know and love with some fresh new twists. Get ready for an Ultra adventure with an engaging narrative you don’t want to miss!
LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2Rated E10+
Imagine becoming your favorite Marvel character. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 takes fans on an epic journey. Fans of the first game will love this even more. The best part? You can play as all your favorite Marvel superheroes or villains. It’s an adventure fans don’t want to miss!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildRated E10+
Zelda Breath of the Wild offers a groundbreaking experience on the Switch. It’s the best Zelda game to date with a sprawling overworld. Zelda has been reinvented for a new generation of gamers and it’s a breath of fresh air. From the get-go to the epic conclusion, fans will be glued to their screens. It’s one of the most satisfying and brilliant videogaming experiences totally worth playing if you consider yourself a gamer.
Splatoon 2Rated E10+
If your boy loves things like paintball, he’s almost certain to love the magic of Splatoon 2. Splatoon 2 puts you in two teams of four each. You’ll engage in a turf war to see who can claim the most space. You’ll be splatting the world with your blaster as well as the opposition. The game designers have nailed the game’s mechanics. One match is never enough … it keeps you coming back for more! Wickedly fun!
Pokken Tournament DXRated E10+
Pokken Tournament DX pits twenty-one Pokemon fighters in competitive battles. You’ll have an array of attacks and specials to unleash on your opponent. You’ll need to master the moves in order to stand a chance. Do you have what it takes to be the undisputed Pokemon champ of the world?
Ignite your twelve year old’s creativity with Minecraft. He’ll enjoy crafting his own little world and going on incredible adventures with friends. When nightfall comes build shelter to keep the monsters at bay. Experience one of the best-selling and most popular games in gaming history.
Overwatch – Game of the Year BundleRated T
Overwatch is a T-rated game. It’s a first-person shooter set in battlefields with blood, tobacco use, and violence. Players use pistols, machine guns, and other weapons in realistic combat with blood. This Game of the Edition version contains special extras for fans.
Grand Theft Auto VRated M
Grand Theft Auto V is a mature title with mature themes – like intense violence, strong language, and strong sexual content. However, 12 year old boys love playing this game. It features massive open-world gameplay with a variety of missions and an engaging storyline to experience. There’s even a highly addicitive online mode that keeps gamers coming back. It’s no wonder the game continues to sell to this day.
Super Smash Bros. UltimateRated E10+
Featuring over 60 characters, 8-player battles, online battles and more, get ready to battle with Mario, Link and your other favorite Smash Bros. characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Its robust character roster includes everyone from past games plus Daisy, Ridley, and Inklings plus a variety of stages and graphical improvements to make this the best Smash Bros. to date. This is likely to be the biggest hit title for Switch this year. The game features mild animated violence, but it’s tame compared to other similar games. It makes the perfect gift for any Smash fan.
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
Designed for lengthy gaming sessions, this comfortable pair of headphones feels as light as a cloud even after blasting zombie after zombie for hours. The soft leather band, ear cushions, and overall design make it one of the most comfortable headsets. With an attachable microphone, it’s perfect for communicating with your friends online.
Elgato Game Capture HD60
This streaming video recorder is a must have for gamers sharing videos on Youtube and Twitch. It streams at 1080P at 60 frames per second? Who knows you might be the next big Youtuber!
Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership
If he plans on playing online with friends, he’ll need to renew his subsciption to Xbox Live. This digital code works for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Also, you get access to free games every month! Wait, did somebody say FREE?
1-Year PlayStation Plus Membership
This digital code is good for a 12-month subscription to PlayStation Plus. He can play online with friends and even enjoy free games every month for the PlayStation 4. That means you get at the very least a dozen free games. Who doesn’t like FREE games?! Makes a great gift idea for gamers.
Gamestop Gift Card
Don’t know what to get the video gamer in your life? You can’t go wrong with a gift card to Gamestop. It carries just about every video game related item. With a gift card, he can choose the game that he wants.
ROBLOX $25 Game Card
What’s better than cash? If he can’t stop playing Roblox online, get him a Roblox gift card that allows him to purchase in-game items to upgrade his characters. It is so much better than handing him your credit card or even cash. It’s a great way to reward him on a special occasion.
Minecraft: Minecoins Pack: 3500 Coins
Looking for the perfect gift for your 11 year old Minecraft fan? The Minecraft Minecoins 3500 pack includes 3,500 in-game currency for downloading new skins, textures, and worlds on the Minecraft Marketplace. The best part? This gift card can be used across multiple platforms, including Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Android and Windows 10.
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu / EeveeRated E
Designed for newcomers, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are new mainline Pokemon RPGs for Nintendo Switch. Although the mobile game is not required to play, you can connect the Let’s Go games with Pokemon Go on your smartdevice. The game will feature the familiar turn-based battles of prior Pokemon games and will be set in the Kanto region. Start collecting, trading, and battling this Holiday season.
Sonic Mania PlusRated E
Sonic Mania Plus harkens back to the golden age of gaming. While there are many retro games making a comeback, this is classic done right. The game is a must-have for new and old Sonic fans alike. The Plus version features new characters along with a new competition mode for 2-4 players. If you missed the first game, it’s worth picking up.
Captain Toad: Treasure TrackerRated E
Captain Toad is a Mario spinoff game starting Captain Toad. Because Toad can’t jump, this is a very different game from the Mario series. Each level is a puzzle area where players must locate all the gold stars. Players will have to spin the camera around to search the world’s nooks and crannies for secrets. It’s a relaxing and fun experience that offers something different than Mario. This little puzzle game is perfectly suited for the Nintendo Switch or Nintendo 3DS.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom BattleRated E10+
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the game that caught everyone by surprise at E3, earning critical-acclaim and praise from industry experts. The game has been described as Mario meets XCOM. A comment like that shouldn’t be taken lightly because that’s a big deal. Even Nintendo’s legendary game designer endorsed this game, which takes Mario on an all-new adventure unlike any before. The graphics and unique gameplay make this a must-play turn-based combat game starring your favorite Nintendo characters and those hilarious rabbids for an all-out fun time! And there will be new DLC featuring a Donkey Kong adventure.
Become the embodiment of Spider-Man and experience an original story with state-of-the-art visuals. Players will be equipped with his Spider-Sense, acrobatic abilities, and, more to make your superhero adventure more satisfying and thrilling. It’s literally like playing out a blockbuster action flick. Spidey fans can’t wait to play this game!
Madden NFL 19Rated E
Launching this summer, Madden NFL 19 will feature Terryl Owens as the cover star for the Hall of Fame edition. The game will feature enhanced player animations as well as Connected Franchises updates. The game will be available for both the PS4 and Xbox One consoles.
NBA 2K19Rated E10+
LeBron James returns as the cover star of NBA 2K19. The king of the videogame basketball world returns this September with the latest installment for PS4, Xbox One and Switch. Celebrating its 20th year, NBA 2K19 will redefine what a sports game can be with best-in-class graphics, gameplay, and presentation. Who’s ready to play some ball?
FIFA 19Rated E
FIFA 19 takes the game of soccer to a whole new unprecedented level of realism. It redefines what a soccer videogame can be. Expect The Journey to continue the narrative. The graphics, animation, and presentation have never looked better. The big question: Can EA deliver a more realistic sim that more accurately captures the essence of the game?
LEGO Disney Pixar The IncrediblesRated E10+
Collaborate and use the family’s abilities and powers to construct massive LEGO structures in LEGO Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles. The game offers an open-world experience and you’ll tackle iconic villains and action-packed side missions along your adventure. What’s cool? Players can even customize their look and abilities in the game. The game will be available on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
LEGO DC Super VillainsRated E10+
LEGO DC Super Villains now allows players to play as the villians. How cool is that?! There are over 100 villains included in this game, and you’ll even be able to create your own villain to play with and level-up in the game. Players can expect a first-rate story written with DC that’s funny and engaging. The story revolves around the bad guys trying to be the good guys. Kids will have a blast reprising the role of the villain.
Super Mario PartyRated E
Looking for a fun new party game for Switch? Look no further than Super Mario Party. Explore new boards and discover oodles of fun with over 80 minigames and mechanics sure to jump-start your next party. What’s cool? You can even pair up two Switches for unexpected fun. Do you have what it takes to be the Champ?!
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane TrilogyRated E10+
Crash is back for a new generation of fans! Crash Bandicoot has returned with glorious HD visuals in this remake of the original games in the series. This 3-game bundle is a fantastic value and will take you on an exciting adventure with Crash Bandicoot. Be prepared for classic thrilling platforming gameplay with amped up challenge to put your platforming skills to the ultimate test. Now this is how to remaster a classic.
Spyro Reignited TrilogyRated E
Spyro is being remastered in full high-definition for the PS4 and Xbox One so a whole new generation of players can discover the wonderful worlds of Spyro. The first three original Spyro games will be included on one disc packed with over 100 levels. In addition to graphical enhancements, the game will also feature improved game controls for a better experience.
Luigi’s MansionRated E
Luigi’s back in the limelight! This new updated version includes new visuals, quality of life improvements, and a few new surprises. The game has Luigi fighting off ghouls with his vacuum. It’s a heavily updated version of the game with new and old assets. Overall, the game looks fantastic on 3DS. It’s a solid option for newcomers or for those looking to revisit this Gamecube classic. The 3D mode is recommended for ages 7 and up.
Mega Man 11Rated E10+
Blending classic 2.5D platforming with a fresh new style, Mega Man makes his triumphant return in Mega Man 11! The new double Gear system gives you a speed and power advantage for this latest challenge. Tackle eight bosses to save the day! Can Mega Man restore peace to the universe?
Forza Horizon 4Rated E
Set in beautiful Britain, Forza Horizon 4 amps up the fun with dynamic seasons in a shared open-world experience. Seasons change everything and actually impact gameplay. Paths previously blocked off can be opened during different seasons. The game allows you to play with other people in the community. The visuals and gameplay couldn’t be different. It’s a completely new take on Horizon. Fans have been asking for 60 FPS mode, and the developer has delivered. The game will also be available on Xbox Game Pass.
Stardew ValleyRated E10+
Stardew Valley delivers comfort rarely found in other games. Players will farm, fish, craft, mine, fight monsters, make friendships, and more. This farming adventure has plenty to offer. It beautifully combines farm simulation with RPG elements to create an intriguing, absorbing world. Although the game plays well on other platforms, it feels even better on the Switch thanks to the ability to play on the go.
Overcooked 2Rated E
Overcooked 2 ups the ante with new recipes, chefs, kitchens, and levels. The game will now feature an online multiplayer mode. In addition to the original cast, there will be a handful of new characters to choose from. Cook everything from pasta and sushi to cake, pancakes, and more. A new fun twist is that you can throw raw ingredients while plates can’t be throw, adding new strategy to the game as you quickly scramble to ready orders. Even the order in which you complete orders matters for scoring combos. The game supports 1 to 4 players. Grab a couple friends and get ready for some insane cooking fun!
Snipperclips PlusRated E
Loved the first Snipperclips? The hit puzzle game returns in Snipperclips Plus with 40 additional stages and worlds and more than 100 unique levels. There will be a host of new challenges to solve that will stretch your imagination to new levels. Additionally, there will be new stages to cooperate and compete in. Plus, there are new random shapes everytime you play.
Tiny Arcade Pac-Man Miniature Arcade Game Rated 8+
Love arcade classics like Pac-Man? Now you can bring home the classic Pac-Man arcade experience to your tabletop with this mini arcade Pac-Man cabinet. What’s cool? They feature authentic retro-styled arcade cabinets complete with working joysticks, buttons, and full color-screens to bring the classics to life. Choose from Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaxian.
Arcade 1Up Street Fighter II ArcadeRated 13+
If you’re in the market for a retro arcade experience that doesn’t break the bank, Arcade1Up’s new arcade cabinet fits the bill. You’ll save hundreds to thousands compared to the original arcade machines. Standing 4-feet tall, the company offers 5 custom cabinets with 3 to 5 games. The game library ranges from Street Fighter II, Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command, among others. This Street Fighter arcade includes Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Super Street Fighter II, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
Xbox Game Pass, 6 Months
Featuring over 100 games, one low monthly price, and fast launches, Xbox Game Pass makes a great Christmas gift. Microsoft will be adding top-tier first-party titles like Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3 and more, making it an excellent value for Xbox gamers. Think of it as a Netflix-like buffet of games.
Nyko PixelQuest Arcade Kit
Nyko has a cool Labo-inspired PixelQuest Arcade Kit coming this fall. It builds a cardboard mini arcade cabinet using your Switch. You can play supported games like Mario Kart 8, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, Metal Slug 3, and more. The pixel art looks fantastic. What’s cool? There’s a joystick and two buttons to create a six button layout.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is the best way to play your Switch games. If you plan on playing for extended periods, the Pro Controller is much more comfortable to use. It just feels right and it’s very responsive and includes HD rumble functionality to immerse you in your games.
Xbox Wireless Controller
So you have got your new console? The only thing worse than having to update it is not having spare controllers lying around. When friends come over, you are going to need some extra controllers for multiplayer fun. If you need an extra controller, you can’t go wrong with the official Xbox controller.
PS4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
A lot of people nowadays play multiplayer games online, but there is something about having friends in the same room that you don’t get online. If you want to play locally with friends, pick up another official Dualshock 4 controller. It’s Bluetooth and has a rechargeable battery, so you don’t have to worry about burning through batteries when the power runs out. Simply plug it in to the PS4 to charge it.
GameCube Controller Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition
Nintendo knows Super Smash Bros. fans love the GameCube controller best for playing Smash. That’s why they are re-releasing a special Super Smash Bros. Ultimate edition of the original GameCube controller. Without question it’s the best way to play Smash. The controller is super responsive and feels great to play on. Don’t forget your GameCube Controller Adapter so you can play on the Switch.
Logitech Driving Force G29 Racing Wheel
If your teen loves racing games, this wheel from Logitech delivers an authentic racing experience for PS4. Start saving up because it’s gonna cost you – but man is it worth it! The sheer joy and exhilaration that comes from this wheel is beyond belief good. The feel of the wheel and pedals coupled with force feedback make you feel immersed in the racing action like never before. It’s perfect for games like Gran Turismo Sport, Dirt 4 and more.
Sandisk SD Micro SDXC Memory Card
The Nintendo Switch only has 32GB of built-in memory, so if you plan on installing more digital games you’ll need a memory expansion card for additional storage. This 128GB card is compatible with Nintendo Switch and allows you to conveniently store all your games in one place. Also, with digital games, you don’t have to worry about lost cartridges or swapping out cartridges.
Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition
Looking to get more battery life while using your Switch on the go? Meet the Anker PowerCore 20100. It’s officially licensed by Nintendo meaning it’s safe to use with your Switch and it delivers up to 15 hours of additional playtime. Mama mia! With power delivery, you can recharge your Switch in as little as 3.5 hours and you get about 2.5 full charges. What’s great is that you can use it for your iPhone X/8 and MacBook Pro, and other devices as well.
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
Designed for lengthy gaming sessions, this comfortable pair of headphones feels as light as a cloud even after blasting zombie after zombie for hours. The soft leather band, ear cushions, and overall design make it one of the most comfortable headsets. With an attachable microphone, it’s perfect for communicating with your friends online.
DXRacer Gaming Chair
Does he spend most of his time sitting down to play videogames? If he games on a daily basis, he should be comfortable. Upgrade his chair to this stylish racing gaming chair with a built in hydraulics system. That way he can keep playing his favorite games without getting feeling fatigued.
PlayStation Store Gift Card
If you don’t know what game to get your PlayStation gamer, just get them a PlayStation Store gift card. That way they can download their favorite game.
Xbox Gift Card
Don’t know what to get your 13 year old Xbox One gamer? With an Xbox One Store gift card, your Xbox One gamer can download their favorite game online.
Nintendo eShop Gift Card
Run out of ideas for your Nintendo gamer or not sure which game to get him? Consider the Nintendo eShop Card which can be used for a range of Nintendo systems from Nintendo Switch to 3DS to Wii U. Choose a value from $10 to $70 and you’re ready to gift. It’s essentially digital cash to use on games, downloadable content, and other goodies available through Nintendo’s eShop. What’s not to love? Now he can choose the perfect game.
Xbox LIVE Gold Membership
Does he love playing Xbox online? A subscription to Xbox LIVE the perfect stocking stuffer for any Xbox gamer. This service allows him to play online multiplayer with his friends. There are other perks too like discounts and free downloadable games every month. The subscription stacks on the old one, extending the service.
PlayStation Plus Membership
With a number of perks, every Playstation Gamer would love a Playstation Plus Subscription. This service allows gamers to play multiplayer online on the PS4, get backup game saves, and receive free games every month. Even if he already has a subscription, the new subscription will stack on the old one, extending the service.
Nintendo Switch Online Service
Want to play your favorite Switch games online? Launching this September, the Nintendo Switch Online service allows you to play your games online for 12 months. In addition to allowing you to play online with friends, you also get access to classic NES games with online play. Lastly, you benefit from cloud backup for your save data.
EA Access 12-Month Subscription
Love EA games? Get a 12-month all-access pass to EA’s library of games with EA Access. PLay everything from Madden to FIFA to Battlefield and more! There are over 50 games to experience on EA’s service. What’s cool? You even can try out new games before they’re released and you benefit from special member discounts! PLay the best of EA for less. Makes a great gift for Xbox gamers.
Steam Gift Card
For the PC gamer in your life, there is nothing better than a STEAM gift card. STEAM is a popular eshop for digitally delivered PC games. Every now and then STEAM runs promotions on the eshop. None of us have unlimited cash so it’s always handy to have a STEAM gift card lying around.
Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Lego Batman MovieRated PG
Lego Batman is an awesome movie. It’s one of our favorite Batman movies of all-time. It’s packed with adult humor, Easter eggs, and the plot is quite intriguing. A movie that’s sure to satisfy!
Star Wars: The Complete SagaRated PG
Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a must-own for any true Star Wars fan. This is one of the biggest sci-fi blockbuster franchises in history and no movie collection would be complete without it. The Blu-ray set is loaded with tons of extras for fans to enjoy.
Star Wars: The Force AwakensRated PG-13
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an important story in the Star Wars saga. The movie introduces the rise of a new hero named Rey. She’ll have to overcome Kylo Ren and the First Order if she has any chance of bringing peace back to the galaxy. The movie features special bonuses, including the making of the movie.
Star Wars: The Last JediRated PG-13
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a really entertaining Star Wars movie with a unique voice and vision. It’s a very funny movie like The Force Awakens. The fan service doesn’t come at the expense of the characters or story. The action sequences are among the best in a Star Wars movie. Overall, it’s an enjoyable movie. It has some of the best performances in the entire saga, a compelling and conflicted villain, and tons of surprises.
Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film CollectionRated PG-13
If he’s a Potter head who loved reading the books, he’s gotta see this complete 8-film collection of Harry Potter. Fans absolutely love this movie collection. This gift set is a great value and a must-have for any Harry Potter fan.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Rated PG-13
Marvel’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy 2 is a worthy successor to the blockbuster original. Twelve year old boys who loved the first one will enjoy this one. It answers your questions from the first one while creating a fantastic and enjoyable storyline. A truly fun and entertaining experience.
Spider-Man HomecomingRated PG-13
Spider-Man Homecoming features Tom Holland as Spider-Man and he does a fantastic job playing the role. Now Spidey’s being mentored by none other than Tony Stark. Will the Vulture crush his plans to show he’s more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?
Transformers: The Last KnightRated PG-13
Transformers: The Last Knight by Michael Bay continues with the successful formula of the past films. Epic action, great characters, and amazing special effects are sure to thrill fans of the series. The two hour movie has a great cast led by Mark Wahlberg.
The Fate of the FuriousRated PG-13
Directed by F. Gary Gray, The Fate of the Furious is the latest installment in the popular Fast and the Furious franchise. This version includes a digital-only extended director’s cut of the film. Everything seems to be peaceful and they are living normal lives until a mystery woman attracts Dom back into the crime world. If he loves action-packed movies, he’s not going to want to miss this epic action flick.
Finding DoryRated PG
Finding Dory manages to get better than the critically-acclaimed predecessor, Finding Nemo. Join Dory and Nemo on an unforgettable journey. It’s bursting with creativity and has characters that draw you in and make you genuinely care about them.
Avengers: Infinity WarRated PG-13
Marvel and the Russo Brothers have done a great job of understanding what these characters are to so many fans. It’s a very fun, exciting, and enjoyable movie. Thanos feels like a real badass villain. Every scene feels huge and the humor is on point and it’s funny when it needs to be. It’s packed with action scenes, memorable characters, and some shocking moments. The biggest praise we can give it is that we can’t wait to see what happens next!
Black PantherRated PG-13
Although Black Panther is not a flawless film, it’s a real blast. Instead of making another superhero movie, there’s actually a relevant message in this movie. My favorite part is how the characters get to the point where they are looking at themselves and looking at how they can make their lives, friendships, and the world better as a result. Killmonger is a great villain. It starts out as a regular superhero movie then kicks it into high gear towards the middle. But what’s really amazing about this film is you’re not thinking about the action, you’re thinking about the things that shape these characters into who they become.
Thor: RagnarokRated PG-13
This film does what Winter Soldier did for Captain America. This movie gives Thor a major boost, likability, and a great sense of freshness. What’s so great is that it takes everything we know about Thor and dismantles it. But the heart of his character is still intact. Everyone in the movie steals the movie. This is easily one of my favorite Marvel movies. It’s everything I want to see in a superhero movie. It’s extremely fun and likable and the action scenes are like an adrenaline-rush. This is easily the best of the Thor movies and it’s extremely funny. It’s one of those movies that’s so satisfying to experience that you forget you’re watching a movie because you’re so wrapped up in it. Get ready to have a blast; it’s a great superhero movie.
Justice LeagueRated PG-13
Justice League feels like a consistent movie even though it was directed by two people. It’s a surprisingly light-hearted movie. It’s an easy, enjoyable watch. It was a delight to see The Flash brought to life on the silver screen. It’s a step in the right direction, but it feels a bit rushed perhaps due to Warner’s 2-hour movie limit mandate. There wasn’t as much depth in the team as there could have been. Hard-core comics fans will appreciate the film more than general audiences. It’s self-aware and entertaining but disposable.
Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomRated PG-13
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom didn’t have many memorable sequences. Surprisingly, it makes a choice halfway through to become a different type of film. It becomes a monster movie in a big house. Although the CGI is impressive and they’ve done some incredible work, the movie fails to live up to the high expectations of Jurassic Park.
Tomb RaiderRated PG-13
Tomb Raider is based on the 2013 reboot game and it follows it very closely. This is one of the most visually faithful videogame adaptations ever made. Fans of the game will be happy to see it faithfully translated onto the big screen. The character of Lara Croft has never been more realistically portrayed in a movie. Alicia Vikander does an excellent job of portraying Lara. Tomb Raider fans will mostly be happy with this adaptation. It’s a fun action thriller.
Ready Player OneRated PG-13
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One excels in its dazzling action sequences. However, the characters don’t have as much staying power as the awe-inspiring visuals. There’s joy in seeing video game and anime character references. Spielberg’s razor-sharp command of stunning action sequences and his unique sensibilities for sustained awe are unmatched. It’s enjoyably diverting and speaks to the nerd in us in some way, shape, or form. The film’s message could have been better with more scrutiny around why Wade and his friends feel disenchanted with the real world as they do.
Disney Pixar The Incredibles 2Rated PG
The Incredibles 2 is a fantastic movie. It’s extremely exciting and fun to watch. It understands what a superhero movie needs and has great messages underneath. The animation is stunning and has improved as has the depth and clarity of the images. The action sequences are enthralling. The lighting is impressive and represents Pixar’s best work. The characters feel fresh with intelligent conversation. The movie was epic and exhilarating. Brad Bird wrote a compelling story true to the original while also creating an exciting movie.
Solo: A Star Wars StoryRated PG-13
Have you ever wondered how Hans Solo met Chewbacca or how he got his last name? Solo is a standalone movie in the Star Wars universe that gives us a back story to Hans Solo. Alden Ehrenreich does a great job filling Harrison Ford’s shoes, but it’s Donald Glover’s portrayal of Lando that manages to steal the show.
Netflix Gift Card
This Netflix gift card makes it easy to give a Netflix subscription as a gift. It’s so much more personal than just cash and lets him binge watch his favorite shows.
Deadpool 2Rated R
Deadpool 2 is a blast to watch with no shortage of epic action scenes. Most jokes are very funny, although not all land. Surprisingly, this movie brings Deadpool down to Earth. It explores more of Wade Wilson and less of Deadpool. This movie does a great job of subverting expectations while also being a little bit of the same. Certain portions of the plot felt recycled. Brolin’s character adds so much to this movie. The action scenes are phenomenal and it’s a very funny movie. It’s fun and satisfying for Deadpool fans.
Fast & Furious 8-Movie CollectionRated PG-13
Love The Fast and The Furious? Then you’ll love this adrenaline-fueled Fast & Furious 8-Movie Collection, which includes The Fate of the Furious. Buckle up for non-stop action and mind-blowing speed as the all-star cast pursues justice and survival as they race from LA to Tokyo, Rio to London, and Cuba to New York City. This explosive, high-octane franchise is jam-packed with action and stunts. Bonus content includes hours of bonus features like deleted scenes, outtakes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, feature commentaries, and much more. It’s the perfect gift for Fast and the Furious fans.
Movie Gift Card
Who doesn’t love a night out at the movies? For the 13 year old that loves the movies, this movie gift card makes the perfect stocking stuffer.
Gift Ideas for The 12 Year Old Music Lover
These gifts for music lovers are sure to get his blood pumping with every beat.
Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones
The Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones look great and feature great build quality. They sound great but admittedly they’re a tad on the pricier side. They are very comfortable to wear and not too bulky. The best part? The battery life on these bad boys is insane – up to 40 hours of operation!
Creative Sound Blaster Jam Ultra-Light Bluetooth Headset
They are not Beats, but these wireless Bluetooth headphones from Creative deliver great sound for the price. With a simple design and plush ear cups, these lightweight headphones are designed to be comfortable even when you wear them for a long time. With built-in Bluetooth, they allow you to take your music wherever you go.
Wouldn’t it be cool be play the role of the DJ? With DropMix, you are the DJ and can mix all types of music. Get creative with your mixes. Play modes include freestyle, clash, and party. What are you waiting for? Let’s get this party started!
Casio 61-Key Portable Keyboard
Looking for a quality portable keyboard for your twelve year old son? The Casio CTK2400 piano bundle with headphones, a stand, and power supply offers a complete package. If he’s new to playing, there’s a great training mode built-in. The quality of the keyboard is amazing and it sounds great. Super fun keyboard!
Alesis CompactKit 4
The Alesis CompactKit 4 is an awesome drum set for 12 year old boys. It produces realistic sound, is very responsive, and it’s a great portable set. If he’s just learning for the first time, it makes learning fun with a cool game feature.
Kala Learn To Play Ukulele Starter Kit
Have you ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele? These Kala Ukulele Starter Kits receive glowing reviews from users. It sounds great and you can start playing right away! Online lessons are included as part of the kit.
Sony XB10 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
This hip looking speaker from Sony wirelessly beams music from your smart device for 16 hours of wireless play. The sound quality is fantastic for its size. He may be surprised by how small it is given how much sound it lets out.
JBL Flip 4
The Flip 4 from JBL is an amazing choice for your 12 year old boy. It delivers great sound quality that’s clean and loud. The sound is quite big for its size. Only wish it had a bit more bass to the sound. It gives you an impressive 12 hours of operation on a single charge.
UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker
The UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker produces big sound in a compact size. The amazing thing is it engulfs you in awesome sound with a nice touch of bass. Its battery lasts about 15 hours per charge. The best part? Bring your music anywhere and party up!
JBL Charge 3
With a waterproof design and great sound quality, the Charge 3 is a definite winner. The midrange and vocals come through cleanly and this bad boy can get quite loud with not much distortion. It’s a nice compact size operating for about 20 hours on a charge.
JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Clip on the JBL Clip 2 and take your music with you. The sound coming from this small guy will surprise you. It packs quite the power and even when you crank it up it sounds loud and clear. The waterproof functionality is a welcome addition.
VicTsing Shower Speaker
With six hours of battery life, the VicTsing Shower Speaker is great for listening to your tunes in the shower or outdoors. It gets reasonably loud and the quality is quite amazing for a small speaker. Who said you can’t sing in the shower?
The Apple Airpods are the most popular Bluetooth headsets for iPhones. They provide up to 4-5 hours of battery life on a full charge. It’s surprising that nobody thought of this design before – it’s pure genius! What’s cool is that they are so intuitive to use. When you place them in your ears they start working and automatically pause when you remove them. If you want to change the volume or change the song, simply double tap the headset to bring up Siri. Note this headset is only compatible with iOS 10 or later. And a handy charging case is also included. A quick-charge option is also available. Perfect gift for your 13 year old boy with an iPhone. They’re sure to become his new favorite pair.
Beats is known for its popular headphones, but the company also makes a Bluetooth speaker that is available in many colors. Bring life to your next party with the beautiful looking Beats Pill+. Shaped like pill, this speaker delivers great sound whether you are listening to R&B or bass-heavy hip hop. Sporting 12 hours of battery life, it’s worthy of the Beats name. Don’t throw a party without it!
Google Chromecast Audio
Want to play your favorite music wirelessly on your speakers? This audio receiver transmits a good distance away and connects via Bluetooth. You can even stream music from your favorite services to your speaker system. And it’s hard to beat at that price.
iTunes Gift Card
He probably wouldn’t mind an iTunes gift card. That way he can buy his favorite music, games, and apps.
Spotify Gift Card
Teens love streaming services like Spotify. This $30 gift card gives you an all-access pass to Spotify Premium services for 3 months. The service allows your teen to play millions of songs on their smartphone, tablet, or computer. The best part? You can listen to what you want or let Spotify recommend something new. Perfect gift for the music lover.
UE Wonderboom Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Featuring up to a 10 hour battery life, the UE Wonderboom Portable Bluetooth Speakers may be small but feature surprisingly big sound. It produces awesome sound quality and your mind will be blown away by the bass produced by this little beast. Plus, it’s waterproof so you play your tunes in the pool or shower.
Sony XB10 Portable Wireless Speaker
Available in five stylish colors, the Sony XB10 Portable Wireless Speaker is one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers. It produces great sound that is loud and clear. It offers up to 16 hours of battery life. It’s a nice size and the sound is well-balanced and performs best on mid-range and vocals. The bass is awesome on this set and it’s water-resistant. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better speaker in this class.
Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bluetooth Speaker
Isn’t this coolest Bluetooth speaker in the galaxy? While it looks like the Millennium Falcon spaceship, this is a pretty slick Bluetooth speaker. Not only does it play your music over Bluetooth from 30 feet away, with the touch of a button it plays the Star Wars theme. The coolest part? The back of the spaceship lights up when it is in use. You can even route your phone calls through it.
iTunes Gift Card
He probably wouldn’t mind an iTunes gift card. That way he can buy his favorite music, games, and apps.
New Music Album
Vinyl is a great retro way to enjoy music. There are millions of records from classics or contemporary albums. An album featuring hisfavorite band or artist makes a great gift. You could also get him his favorite artist on Vinyl or CD.
Spotify Premium Subscription
Spotify is the best streaming service for music. It’s got a great selection of music to choose from. With Discover Weekly, it is so easy to find new songs and artists. The free version is great if you don’t mind ads, but the Premium version of Spotify removes ads, allows you to listen to music anywhere, and gives you unlimited skips for a very reasonable price. It’s the perfect gift for any music lover.
Educational Gifts for Boys Age 12
In seventh grade, he no longer has to worry about entering middle school for the first time. Your 12 year old boy will be making great strides in reading, comprehension, and writing. In math, he should have a firm grasp on the concepts of pre algebra by the end of the year. Here are some great educational gifts for 12 year old boys that reinforce the concepts he is learning in school.
Brain Quest Grade 7Ages 12-13
Designed for 12 and 13 year old boys and girls, the Brain Quest Game makes learning fun. The game presents 1,500 questions and answers to challenge kids and help them learn the fundamentals to be successful heading into the 7th grade.
Summer Bridge Activities Grades 7 – 8Ages 12-13
Sooner or later your 12 year old boy is going to be an eighth grader. What better way to give him a headstart than with Summer Bridge Activities? Eliminate the cobwebs from typical of summer inactivity and he’ll be sharp heading into the 8th grade.
Illuminated World Globe for Kids With Stand
This is a fun gift that’s also very educational. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, as he’ll be able to reference this globe throughout his life. He’ll love that it lights up!
State Quarter MapAges 12+
Is one of his hobbies coin collecting? This state quarter map is made just for holding his entire coin collection. It will teach him the important life skill of perseverance when he’s attemping to complete his collection.
Best Science Kits for a 12 Year Old Boy
Does he have an engineering mind? As he learns how to apply the scientific method, he will conduct experiments in science class. Science kits make great Christmas or birthday presents for 12 year old boys interested in math or science.
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit
This amazing set includes Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit. It’s a fascinating kit for learning about computers and even coding. It’s really fun to tinker with it. Who would think you could pack so much power into a credit card sized chip? Simply amazing! The best part? Since it can be programmed, the creative possibilities are virtually endless. It’s the perfect gift for budding creators.
Kintaro SNES inspired Raspberry Pi Case
Looking for an awesome SNES case for your Raspberry Pi 3B+? This Kintaro SNES-inspired Raspberry Pi Case is easily the best choice for form and function. Not only does it look amazing, but it has functional power and reset switches plus LED power light for an authentic retro building experience. It also comes with a heatsink to keep your Pi cool.
Elegoo EL-KIT-003 UNO Project Super Starter Kit
For the 13 year old boy who dreams of making his own electronics one day, the Arduino Starter Kit is the best way to get started. You get a ton of electrical components along with Arduino Uno R3 board. The best part? It comes with a PDF tutorial with diagrams and explanations that walks you through 22 lessons. Anybody 13 and up will have no problem creating their own projects.
Piper Computer KitAges 8+
Piper allows your twelve year old boy to build his own computer. The set includes a wooden enclosure case and all the parts necessary to build a computer. The computer is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3 board. The coolest part? He’ll experience a unique Minecraft adventure via assembling and programming various modules.
Snap Circuits SC-750Ages 8+
Winner of a number of prestigious awards, Electronic Snap Circuits lets your aspiring engineer dabble in the fascinating world of engineering and electronics with more than 700 hands-on, fun projects. Snap the parts together to create your circuit. Some of our favorites include the motion detection light project as well as the flying saucer project. Fantastic educational value and nurtures a real love for electronics.
Snap Circuits Light is a fantastic set generating oohs and ahhs with more than 175 unique projects. Snap the circuits together to make the lights illuminate. The coolest part is you can sync your favorite music to the lights to create a cool light show. The best part? These experiments are really fun to do! Sure to provide endless hours of fun.
Snap Circuits Arcade is a cool set that allows your boys to build 200 fun projects. He’ll have a ton of fun creating over twenty playable games. Boys will gain a better appreciation for the world of electronics and engineering. The coolest part? He can venture into creating his own projects once he masters the fundamentals.
Cozmo is one smart robot. He’s no ordinary robot – he has a vibrant personality, learns more about you the more you play with him, and he’s powered by artifical intelligence. 12 year old boys will love experimenting with the Cozmo development kit to program new actions. The best part? No assembly is required – he’s ready to play right out of the box!
4M Water Rocket KitAges 14-15
This Water Rocket Kit is one of our favorite STEM kits. Boys can make their own launching rocket with the plastic bottle, water, and their own pump. He’ll be amazed when it actually takes off 100 feet into the air. Cool kit exposing boys to the fundamentals of rocketry and space flight!
Thames & Kosmos CHEM C3000 (V 2.0)Ages 12-15
In this second edition of CHEM C3000, 12 year olds can run over 300 amazing chemistry experiments. This hands-on set includes many of the tools and chemicals you need but you’ll still need to get some stuff. He’ll even be exposed to chemical equations, atomic structures, and the periodic table. The instructions are pretty straightforward to follow.
EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem
This aquatic ecosystem enclosed in a glass sphere is a great introduction to the fascinating world of science and ecosystems. This small sphere houses between three to four marine shrimp, algae and microorganisms. Just place in a lighted area in room temperature and watch the magic of science unfold before your eyes.
This microscope makes a great gift for budding scientists. This is not a toy microscope. With a 10X eyepiece and 4 different lenses, it’s something that you would find in a high school classroom. This one is powerful enough to even see cells up close. Just sticking stuff under the lenses opens up a whole new world in science that most kids don’t even know exists.
Have you ever wonder what is out there? 12 year olds will love exploring what is up in space with this telescope on a sturdy stand. It’s fun just looking up at objects in the sky. With it kids can see Mercury, Mars, and even the moon. For budding astronomers, the entire universe will light up.
Makey MakeyAges 8+
Makey Makey is an innovative STEM kit that makes learning about circuits, user interface design, and physical computing fun. Boys will love how much creative potential this kit offers. Whether he makes a musical instrument, game controller, or a new and inventive design – it’s just bursting full of creativity and he’s only limited by his imagination.
littleBits Rule Your Room KitAges 8+
This Rule Your Room Kit from littleBits empowers the next generation of inventors. The company has been awarded with more than 150 awards for its contributions to the world of STEM. With the included pieces, there are quite many possibilities to unleash your inner creativity. Boys will have endless fun experimenting with different designs and creating booby traps for their siblings.
BOSEbuild Speaker CubeAges 8+
Wouldn’t it be cool to create your own wireless speaker? Here’s a fascinating hands-on set that will teach him how to design his own wireless speaker. The coolest part? It’s a real working speaker that sounds great! Are you ready to build your own speaker?
Elenco Learn to SolderAges 10-15
Do you want to learn to solder? This kit from Elenco has everything you need to get started including the soder and soldering iron. The instruction manual is laid out like a course with instructions and even little quizzes to test your knowledge. If your 12 year old is serious about electronics, this kit is a must have.
Ozobot 2.0 Bit Starter PackAges 8+
This quirky, cool, and inexpensive robot is a great way to introduce 12 year olds to the basics of programming. Kids program the robot by using a simple drag and drop commands to create an instruction set for the robot to follow.
Be Amazing Insta-Snow PowderAges 4+
Love playing with snow? You don’t need to wait for winter snow to play with snow with Insta-Snow Powder. How does it work? Simply add water and watch the magic take place right before your very eyes. The coolest part? It looks just like real snow and makes 2 gallons.
Kano Computer Kit TouchAges 6+
Want to make a touchscreen computer? The Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids make their own tablet. What’s cool is that you can build it yourself with the included step-by-step guide. There are over 100 creative challenges and you’ll even learn to code. You can make art, games, music, and even hack Minecraft. It’s the perfect gift for budding techies.
Sphero BoltAges 8+
Experience endless creative fun and possibilites with Sphero Bolt. It’s a next-generation app-enabled robotic ball. Featuring advanced sensors, an LED matrix, and infrared communication, kids can create and customize games, discover a range of activities, or simply drive and play. The best part? Kids will have so much fun they’ll forget their learning.
Nintendo Labo Vehicle KitAges 6+
Want a fun new way to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? The upcoming Labo Vehicle Kit will allow kids to build their own Toy-Con Car steering wheel and control their kart of choice in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The included pedal can be used for drifting and revving up your engine at the beginning of races to get a boost start. Honking the horn will allow players to throw an item. If that wasn’t enough fun, you can also build a Toy-Con submarine and plane.
Nintendo Labo Variety KitAges 6+
The Labo Variety Kit allows kids to create 5 creative projects from an RC car, fishing rod, working piano and more. It encourages kids to make, play, and discover. The coolest part? Once you master how it works, you can explore creating your own Labo projects. The Labo kit requires a Nintendo Switch console.
Nintendo Labo Robot KitAges 6+
The Labo Robot Kit allows kids to get creative and make their very own Toy-Con robot suit. What’s cool? After building it, you can wear it and play as the robot in the game. You can demolish anything in your path and tackle various challenges to gain new abilities. Creators can explore new ways to play with their robot and even create their own projects.
Kano Harry Potter Coding KitAges 6+
Want your kids to learn coding in a fun, magical way? The Harry Potter Coding Kit from Kano lets kids build a wand, learn to code, and make magic! There are over 70 creative challenges for kids to engage with. Make feathers fly, goblets multiply, fire flow, pumpkins grow, and more. What’s cool? Wave your coding wand to see the magical effects on-screen. Play on tablets and computers. Who’s ready for fun?
Experience the power of gravity with GraviTrax. It takes your marble run experience to a whole new level. What’s cool? You can build your own tracks and experiment with gravity, magnetism and kinetics. With an optional app, you can test your runs in a digital AR world. It’s endless fun with limitless track building possibilities.
Snap Circuits Bric: StructuresAges 8+
Snap Circuits Bric: Structures is a culmination of what kids have been asking for for a long time. It takes ordinary bricks and you can mount your Snap Circuits onto them. The Bric-2-Snap adapters enable you to connect your Snap Circuits to the bricks so you can light up any structure you build. You can make your structure light up with a circuit or you can build something that moves like a racecar with ordinary bricks and a Snap Circuits photo transistor and watch it go by adding a light source. The set comes with 140 regular building bricks, 20 Snap Circuit pieces, and 75 Bric to Snap adapters.
HEXBUG BattleBots Build Your Own BotAges 8+
Are you ready to create your own BattleBots?! Everybody’s been asking for it, and now you can finally build your own BattleBot. When you buy the kit, it comes with a basic chassis with armor and weapon attachment points. So choose your armor blades, choose your wheels, and choose from 1 of 3 weapons to attach on the top. Every weapon will be able to spin and move like its real-life counterpart.
HEXBUG VEX Robotics Boxing BotsAges 8+
Step into the ring for epic bot battle action! The Vex Boxing Bots are a cross between Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Segway. These buildable, self-balancing, boxing bots play to win. Your objective is to knock off your opponent’s bot’s head before they knock yours off using jabs and uppercuts. Control your bot with your smartphone and smash and bash your opponent until you’ve knocked their lights out. It’s win or go home with no-holds-barred action. What will it be? When you win, celebrate in style with an epic victory celebration. What’s not to love?
VEX Robotics Gatling Rapid Fire Motorized Dart ShooterAges 14+
Bet your Nerf gun can’t do this! Unlike traditional Nerf blasters, kids can have fun learning engineering skills with the VEX Robotics Gatling Rapid Fire Motorized Dart Shooter. Not only can you build it, but you can actually blast away. How cool is that?! Assemble it with over 800 pieces and watch in amazement as you see your Gatling blaster come to life. The barrel actually rotates and it fires 8 rubber-tipped darts.
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3Ages 10-15
Lego Mindstorms Ev 3 is amazing. It lets kids create and program their own robots. When you first open the box, it can be overwhelming but the step by step instructions make it easy for any 12 year old to follow along. In the box, it comes with instructions to build the track3r, but there are 5 other robots to build.
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Best Toys for 12 Year Old Boys
Even though he’s getting to be a little older, these top toys for 12 year old boys are sure to make him feel like a kid again.
Building Toys for 12 Year Old Boys
These cool building toys make wonderful gift ideas for a 12 year old boy.
LEGO Star Wars BB-8Ages 10-16
Based on Star Wars: Episode VIII, the LEGO Star Wars BB-8 75187 set comprised of 1,106 pieces builds a large detailed model of the lovable BB-8 droid from the Star Wars film. This set will also feature a display stand for your large-scale BB-8 droid. This is expected to be a hot Lego Star Wars set with fans and it looks epic!
LEGO Minecraft The Crafting Box 2.0Ages 8+
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could freely create just about anything you could imagine? This set allows you to do just that! If your twelve year old boy loves Minecraft, the Crafting Box 2.0 is a must-have addition to his collection. This 717-piece set is just bursting with creativity. Just like in the game, you can build large structures and there are so many different possible configurations. Combine this set with your other Minecraft sets for even more creative fun.
LEGO Star Wars Yoda’s Jedi StarfighterAges 8-12
Wasn’t it cool to see Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter in the movie? Now you can take your Yoda Jedi Starfighter on an all-new adventure. This 262-piece set offers a fun build and includes detailed Yoda and R2-D2 minifigs. The folding wings and working cockpit are a cool addition. He’ll love adding this to his collection.
LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-Wing FighterAges 6-12
Blast off into adventure! The Lego Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter is a fun gift for Lego lovers. Although it features a minimalist design, the folding wings and working cockpit are awesome details fans will appreciate. One Resistance X-Wing pilot minifig is included to pilot the starfighter on its missions. The set offers an easy build and there are six different models to collect in all.
LEGO Star Wars AT-ST WalkerAges 8-14
Spring into action with the AT-ST Walker. Featuring a functional cockpit as well as articulated legs, the AT-ST Walker looks absolutely incredible. Imagine it stomping and blasting anything and everything in its path. This 449-piece set includes an AT-ST Driver, Rebel Trooper, and Baze Malbus figures.
LEGO Star Wars Y-Wing StarfighterAges 8-12
Do you remember the Y-Wing Starfighter from the Clone Wars? Prepare for intense intergalactic adventures with the Y-Wing Starfighter. The model features excellent details like a working cockpit and retracting landing gear, capturing the essence of this fighter from the motion picture. Fans will be delighted to add this top-rated set to their collection.