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Gifts for Tween Boys : Ages 9 to 12

Updated: Mar 14

Maybe you're a parent, a grandparent, or a guardian thinking of what to get their child or grandchild for their birthday or the holidays. Perhaps you're an aunt or uncle trying to get something special for their nephew. I've noticed that as kids grow older, it gets harder to think of what to gift them for Christmas or their birthday. When they are younger, it can be pretty simple since everything is exciting and new to them. In order to help you come up with the perfect gift, I have created a list of all the things a tween boy would love, gifts that are educational, fun, practical, great for children with siblings, and more!

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Gifts for Playing Outside: Gift Ideas for Active Boys

Gifts for the Budding Engineer

Gifts for the Gamers

Gifts Boys Who Like to Code

Gifts for Boys Who Like to Read

Gifts for Boys Who Love Pokemon

Gift Ideas for Active Boys:

Here you'll find gift ideas to get your kids out of the house and playing outside. Gift ideas for boys who like being outdoors, who can't seem to sit still, and who physically are active.

Magneto Kids Complete Skateboard

The perfect first skateboard was designed by real skateboarders. Made with kids in mind, this board is sized to meet the needs of children. Children learn faster to skateboard using boards that are designed specifically for kids, such as this one. It is durable and stylish!

Bow and Arrow

Cool gift alert! A safe and durable bow and arrow set will make an exciting gift for a tween boy.

LET'S GO! Binocular for Kids

A fully functional compact binocular perfect for the adventurer! It would be awesome to bring the binoculars during a hike, a camping trip, or just exploring their own backyard. The Let's Go! binoculars are well made, they have a multi-green coated lens that protects your eyes, and have 8x magnification.

NARMAY Play Tent

Big kid's play tent! What kid wouldn't want their very own tent? It is waterproof and protects from UV light. Contains a breathable mesh top with a roof cover. Overall, it is a strong and durable tent.

Walkie Talkies for Kids

A popular boy's toy perfect for ages 4 to 12. Walkies are a great choice for families with multiple children, as you need more than one person to have fun with the walkies.

Gifts for the Budding Engineer:

Here are some of the most popular gift ideas for boys who like to build things, are creative, and innovative, and like to use their problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and analytical abilities.

STEM Toys 6-in-1 Solar Robot

An educational STEM toy that teaches children about renewable energy and helps them build a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, and robotics. With this kit, children will be able to create six different working models such as a Space Station, Explorer, Mars Rover, and more.

Elenco Snap Circuits Jr.

A wonderful STEM kit for kids who are really into robots and "how things work". Kids can assemble over 100 different electronic circuit projects with just 30+ electronic parts. They will be able to construct working models of flashing lights, a siren, a photosensor, and much more. It provides a clear and easy-to-understand illustrated instruction manual.

LEGO Minecraft The Crafting Box

Bring Minecraft players’ creative adventures to life with The Crafting Box 3.0. It includes 564 bricks and pieces, in addition to the popular characters from Minecraft (Steve, Alex, Creeper, pig, and zombie). It even has its own TNT launcher! It is the perfect present for Minecraft players aged 8 and older.

ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run

Gravity Maze is a combination logic game, marble run, and STEM toy. It helps develop your child's critical skills through fun. A perfect game for kids who want to be engineers!

Gifts for the Gamers:

In this section, you will find some fantastic ideas for the young gamer in your life. From gaming accessories to gift cards, your tween will love these gifts!

Gaming Gift Cards

Nowadays, it seems most tweens are into Minecraft and Roblox. Chances are they play Minecraft and/or Roblox, so why not gift them some Roebucks or Minetokens? A gift card makes an excellent gift for kids who have everything or that have too many toys. Gift cards are also easy to send through the mail and make for a great stocking stuffer. You can't go wrong with a gift card!

VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2

The smartest watch for kids. It has a 4" color touch screen and a built-in rechargeable battery. Dual camera for taking awesome pictures and selfies. Additionally, your child will be able to apply cool effects, stamps, and frames to the pictures. It has a splashproof design with a motion sensor, pedometer, alarm clock, timer, stopwatch, voice recorder, and more!

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is hands down one of the best, if not the best, gaming consoles for kids. Packed with games geared towards kids of all ages, but fun enough for the whole family, it can be all you need for awesome family game nights! Most Nintendo games are challenging but intuitive enough for kids to play on their own with little to no help, however, it's still simple enough for younger kids to learn to use and join the fun. One of my favorite features is the multiplayer option for many of its games, which can be enjoyed with all players sharing a screen or playing online to connect with other players. We have a lot of fun playing games together as a family of four, including our 4-year-old. The Nintendo Switch console is also extremely durable and well-made. Kids (and adults) will be able to play using the TV screen or play with it as a handheld portable console (which comes in handy when there is only one TV in the house).

Gaming Headset

A headset is a fantastic gift for young gamers! They will freak out when they open their gift. The headset will allow them to shut out extra noise when they are playing or learning online. Plus they will feel like their favorite youtube gamer!

Busy Gaming Sign

A funny gaming sign for your child to decorate their play or gaming area makes a fantastic inexpensive gift!

Gifts for Boys Who Like Coding:

Coding is a fantastic tool to strengthen mathematics and writing. It can also give them valuable skills that will eventually help them when they join the workforce as a software engineer or computer programmer. Maybe your kid already knows they like coding or maybe they want to try it, here are some fantastic gift ideas for kids who are into coding:

Coding Robot

Learn to code with Dash! Kids will learn how to make Dash move using loops, events, conditions, and sequences. Dash is not just playing, it's real-world problem-solving! dash can be transformed into an animal, delivery truck, and even catapult LEGOs!

Coding Subscription Box

Getting your child a subscription box that teaches them coding in fun ways is a great idea for those looking for educational gifts that can enrich their child's learning and future. This Bitsbox Coding Subscription Box is perfect for kids 6 to 12 years old. Each kit comes with helpful grown-up guides and unlimited email support.

Each kit builds from the previous kit, encouraging kids to build more complex and exciting apps! Kids will be able to make video games, greeting cards, simulations, and more!

Code Lab: All-Inclusive Coding Kit

With Code Lab, kids will learn real hands-on coding with over 100 projects. It includes everything a kid needs to learn to code!

Code Rocket

Designed for kids with no coding experience, but who want to learn real electronic circuits. Includes over 20 projects!

Gifts for Boys Who Like to Read:

As Margaret Fuller said "Today's reader, tomorrow's leader". If your tween loves to read, then he will love these gifts. If he doesn't like to read, then these gifts may get him excited to read and help encourage him to become a lifelong reader.

A New Book or Book Series

Kids who love to read may have run out of things to read and would love to get new books, or even better, a whole new book series!

Mark-My-Time Digital Bookmark

Help your child keep track of their daily reading assignment, with this one-of-a-kind bookmark!

Reading Light

Your child will be so excited to use his reading light to read before bed. What a fun way to create a healthy reading habit!

Kindle Paperwhite

Your young reader will be delighted to carry his own library in his hands, wherever he goes! It is a tablet designed just for reading. The kindle paperwhite is a fantastic choice that helps keep book clutter at bay, and saves money on books!

Gift Ideas for Boys Who Love Pokemon

Almost everyone likes Pokemon, and it's a pretty safe bet that your tween likes Pokemon too. Here is a list of Pokemon gifts your tween will love!

Pokemon Cards

Pokemon trading cards are a fantastic choice! Kids love collecting and trading their pokemon cards with their friends. If your child already has tons of trading cards, think about getting them a nice binder for their cards.

Pokemon Plush

Gotta catch'em all! Who wouldn't love a pokemon to cuddle with? Give your child a Pokemon best friend with this adorable Pokemon Plush!

Pokemon Toys

Bring to life the pokemon work with a Pokemon figure set. There are so many to collect, your child will feel like a real Pokemon Trainer!

Pokemon Stickers

High-quality vinyl stickers are a fantastic simple gift idea for boys who love pokemon. They can decorate their lockers, water bottles, and more with their favorite pokemon!

Happy Gifting!

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