Making a list of the coolest gifts for tween boys is not easy. Tweens (from 8 -12 years old) have a very wide range of interests and what my 11-year old loves to get may not necessarily what your boy wants.
I’ve grouped this list of ideas depending on interests. I hope you find one that is perfect for a tween boy.
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Popular Gifts For Tween Boys 2019-2020
Are you looking for the bestselling gifts for tweens for 2019? Here are the ones that are in many bestselling lists online (that we also love!)
1. Gravity Maze
Gravity Maze is a logic puzzle that helps kids develop spatial and reasoning skills in a fun way.
It’s a great present for kids who like to build things. In this game, the player builds a tower that carries a marble from the starting position to the target tower.
It sounds easy but it’s not. and it’s challenging enough to hold a tween’s attention.
Do you want to know more about Gravity Maze? Watch the video below
2. Kanjam Ultimate Disc Game
Are outdoor games becoming a bit too boring and samey for your family?
In comes the Kanjam Ultimate disc game – a game that you can easily set up in the backyard, at the park, at the beach or when out somewhere for a picnic.
Here’s a video about Kanjam and how to play it.
3. ATM Piggy Bank
It’s never too early to teach kids about the value of saving money. And how about teaching them this in a fun way with their very own ATM bank at home.
This ATM “piggy bank” is very high tech — fit for the children of today. It works just like a real ATM machine: it looks like one and it functions like one. Your child makes his own 4 digit code to operate it. It accepts both bills and coins, too! Then, it tracks their savings. What a fun way to save money.
Here’s a video review by Music and Magic (the video review starts at .13 seconds)
4. Hamper Hoops by Wham-O
Whoever designed this, must be a parent.
The Hamper Hoops is a basketball hoop and a laundry hamper in one! Who would have thought? The hoop has a laundry bag in it so that your child can just throw the laundry into the hoop and straight into the laundry basket. Ingenious.
Hopefully, there will be no more laundry lying around the bedroom with this present!
Here’s a video review of the hamper hoops by Nick and Shane from the As Seen on TV Blog
5. Gamer Kid T-Shirt For Christmas
Do you have a tween who loves to play video games? Why not give him a funny Christmas shirt?
This one says, “I just want to play video games all day, eat lots of chocolate and wait for Santa to give me presents”!
So forget about ugly Christmas shirts. This holiday, he can wear this shirt instead — and one that he would very much like to wear! Check it out Here
6. Ultimate Spy Tools
Oh, how fancy the spy toys are nowadays. And this Ultimate Spy tools will not disappoint the wannabe spy in your house.
This spy set includes a micro ear light (for seeing in the dark), invisible ink pen (for writing secret messages), motion alarm (detects any motion), micro listener (for listening from a distance) and an adjustable utility belt for all these tools.
With all these, your child should be able to practice his spying skills well! I think this fits a younger tween the best.
7. Helicopter Drone For Kids
Drones seem to be everywhere nowadays. And many tweens want a little practice on it, too.
The good thing is that there are beginner drone sets that your child can use without the steep price tag.
The Predator helicopter drone is simple enough for a child to use and gives him the full experience of flying a drone. It can fly for about 6-8 minutes at a time.
Note: This drone is a suitable present for older tweens or teens.
8. Groot Boombox
Many fans of the Guardians of The Galaxy movie regard Baby Groot as one of the beautiful things in Volume 2. And you can bet that many Groot-related toys and merchandise are going to be on top of the list of things fans would like to get for Christmas.
So first on the list is this speaker with a dancing Groot sitting on top of it. As your son plays his music, Groot dances with it too. It’s pretty cool.
9. Lego Ninjago Movie Sets
Many tweens and teens are big fans of the Ninjago series. And with its release of the very funny Ninjago movie, the idea of Ninjago is still very fresh in their minds.
As usual, Lego has a collection of toys that cater to the fans of the movie. This year, there are a few Lego Ninjago movie sets that kids would surely want to get
their hands on.
For example, there’s the Spinjitzu training building kit with 109 pieces or the more elaborate Temple building kit with 1403 pieces.
10. Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch came out just before the summer season and sold out very quickly after launch.
And you can imagine that many kids want one for Christmas or their birthday, too! It is a great present for kids who are into their games, but as expected, it is more pricey than your usual present.
If you do buy this, remember that it doesn’t come with a starter game. So you will need to buy a game to go with it as well. We got the Zelda Breath of the Wild for the first game, and that’s a good game that many tween boys easily get into.
They’ve also just recently released Fortnite for Switch — much to my son’s extreme happiness.
If you look around, you’ll most likely find a gift set that includes the Nintendo Switch plus a game.
Tech/Electronics/Robotics Gifts For Tween Boys
At about this age, kids start to be interested in robotics and electronics. They’re also mentally prepared to learn about the many things involved in building robots. There are now a lot of electronics and robotic kits for beginners, that your main problem is choosing which one to get your kid.
Here are some of the popular kits right now.
4M Tin Can Robot
If your child has never built a robot before, the 4M tin can robot is a good introductory kit for building one.
It’s a very basic robot building that a 9-year-old can easily do. It also teaches them how to make robots by using trash.
The kit includes everything you need to hold the tin can in place and a motor with gear. You will need to provide the batteries (1AA) and the tin can.
This December is when Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released.
And with it is the new Droid, BB-9E – a droid that fights on the side of the First Order. And with it, comes this new Droid toy.
Like BB-8, it has a round ball body that makes it move around. However, it’s black (of course!) and has red eyes. BB-9E Sphero is controlled with a smart device.
It’s a great toy that both kids and adults can appreciate. And one that any Star Wars fan would like to get their hands on.
Electronic Snap Circuits
Many boys at this age love to tinker with electronic things. And the electronic snap circuits is one of the best toys where they can fully explore this hunger to learn more about electronics.
This is an award-winning toy where kids learn about circuits by following a lot of fun projects. All the parts snap on very easily together and it has an instruction manual that a child can easily follow.
littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
littleBits makes some of the best electronic toys to help kids learn in a hands-on fun way. And their new toy, the Star Wars Droid inventor kit is one that many tweens could so easily do without adults help.
All the parts to making the Droid snaps together very easily and kids can easily follow them by themselves. They can even customize their own Droid to make it truly theirs.
OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot Kit
This robot kit is a fun and easy way for kids to learn about robotics.
Like many electronic toys aimed at this demographic, many of the pieces easily snap together. One unique thing about this toy is that it also teaches kids about alternative energy.
The robots can be transformed into 14 different projects which work on both land and water.
Osmo Genius Kit
Kids can learn how to code, play tangram even race with hot wheels by actually having something in their hands to “fiddle” with.
Basically, a physical (real?) toy is connected to an iPad or iPhone. So for example, if your child wants to learn how to code, she will have some actual physical blocks on her hand to “code” and these are all connected to the Osmo. It’s a very tactile way to learn something while still using an electronic device. The best of both worlds for the children of today.
Here’s a video of one of the games to help you understand this kit, as I’m obviously doing a bad job at writing about it.
The three games featured on this ad is best for younger tweens. For older tweens, I suggest getting Coding Jam, Coding Awbie or the hot wheels racers game.
These little monkeys can hang on to bags, computers, fingers and more. It’s an animatronic toy that responds to touch, sound and movement.
So what can it do? It can sing, blow a kiss, even fart!
The WowWee website says it can do over 50 different responses. They’re affordable at about $15 (although expect this price to go up this December).
Books and Gifts For Learning Something New
There are many things a boy of this age may want to learn, but two things that seem to really interest them are learning how to do magic and doing pranks.
Magic Show Showcase
There are over 100 magic tricks that a child can learn using the Ideal 100-trick magic show suitcase. It’s a suitcase full of magic tricks that kids can easily take with them to mesmerize family, classmates and friends.
It includes instructions in DVD form on how to do the magic tricks. Also, the storage suitcase can also double as a table. This is everything your new magician needs.
Sure it’s great to encourage kids to read classic books that develop their love for literature and life — but we know that at this age, many tween boys love to learn things they are interested in like electronics, magic, pranks and making life absolutely fun! Here are some books that my son loves which should make a great birthday present too!
If you have any suggestions to this list, please add it in the comments section below.
Some great boys for tweens are:
- Big Magic for little hands
- Big Book of Boy stuff
- Laugh out loud jokes for kids
- Survival kit handbook
- Pranklopedia books
- Robot Wars Build Your Own Robot Manual
Gifts For the Active child
Crash Pad Mat
If you have the space in your house, a crash pad mat is great for active boys and girls. Kids love this crash pad mat. Finally, something that they can just jump into and get rid of all that energy.
If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a bag full of different sizes of foam that kids can just jump into. It’s amazing. And any boy who can’t settle down will love this, too.
Bounce Chairs For Kids
Bounce balls are no longer just for gym classes. They’re great for young kids at home, too. It’s especially useful for very active kids.
It keeps them moving and it’s also a way to exercise as they’re sitting while doing their homework or even when playing video games. My 10-year-old son likes it a lot.
Redmon Fun and Fitness Bike
I like many of these exercise equipment for kids that are just coming out in the market.
I prefer for my child to go outside and play and run like we used to do when we were kids. But I know that sometimes, this is not always feasible. So what do you do? You get them an exercise machine.
The balance ball above is an affordable way to get them to move their body. But if you want to take it a bit further, check out this Fitness bike for kids. And if you prefer, you can them an air walker or a treadmill instead.
Gifts To Get Your Tween Outdoors
If you have space and the trees for it, a slackline is another toy that helps kids exercise and practice their balance.
It’s very fun! This even benefits adults, too. With a slackline, the whole family can go outside and do a simple activity in the outdoors with the whole family.
Star Wars Power Wheels
If you plan to splurge on your gift for a tween boy this Christmas, have a look at Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder. Made by Radio Flyer, it’s a very cool power wheel that looks very similar to the one in the movie.
It has an interactive dashboard for kids to feel like it’s just like the one in the movie, too. This is made for kids 4+ and has a maximum weight capacity of 130 lbs.
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Self Propelling Drifting Scooter
The Star wars power wheels is pretty cool, but admittedly your tween will most likely not be making full use of it. However, he will like this self-propelling drifting scooter and will be using it a lot more when out and about with friends.
Made for kids 9+ (and adults can use it too!), this air push scooter can make them go at higher and faster speeds (oh dear me!) than the scooters they used to have when they were younger. This is a proper fun ride for adventurous kids.
Non-Toy Gifts For Tween Boys 2019
At about this age, kids want to have a space of their own.
A place where they can be by themselves, get lost in their thoughts and sometimes, hang out with friends.
Why not add another relaxing area in his room by gifting him a bean bag to lounge on?
Floor Mat Lounger
Kids love these mat loungers. They’re big enough to relax and lie down on.
It’s also useful when friends visit for a play or a sleepover. Much like a bean bag, these are also great for when they play video games.
This folds up nicely so you can easily put it inside a cupboard or in a corner if your child needs that extra space for doing something else. As one kid says, “it’s the coolest thing ever!”
My tween son is at that stage where he doesn’t want anything “babyish”.
No one is allowed to mention that he used to like the Octonauts (oh I miss the Octonauts), or Toy Story or Peppa Pig!
But sharks! No one outgrows the fascination with sharks, right? So here it is. The Shark blanket– the perfect blanket for boys. I think this is very nice. It’s like a sleeping bag, only much cooler.
The Complete List Of Cool Tween Boy Gift Ideas 2019
Popular Tween Boy Toys
- Groot Speaker boombox
- Monkey Fingerlings
- Hamper Hoops
- Nintendo Switch
- Ultimate Spy Tools
- ATM Piggybank
- Helicopter Drone
- Lego Ninjago Movie sets
- Gravity Maze
- Star Wars merchandise
Tech/Robotics/ Electronics Gifts
- 4m Tin Can Robot
- BB9 Sphero
- Electronic Snap Circuits
- Little Bits Star Wars Droid Inventor kit
- OWI 14-in 1 Solar Robot Kit
- Osmo genius kit
- Tablet for kids
Books and For Learning Something New
- Magic Show showcase
- Big Tricks for little hands
- Big Book of Boy stuff
- Laugh out loud jokes for kids
- Survival kit handbook
Gifts For the Active Child
- Crashpad mat
- Balance Ball for kids
- Exercise equipment: bike, treadmill, air walker
- Folding Trampoline
- razor hovercraft
- Virtual reality exercise bike
For Playing Outdoors
- Kanjam ultimate disc game
- Star Wars Power Wheels
- Self Propelling drifting scooter
The Gamer Tween
- FNAFF Products
- Zelda Products
- Minecraft Products
- Roblox Products
- The 5-second rule
- The Game of life game
- Forbidden Island
- The family game of visual perception
- Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Game
- Think Fun Rush Hour
- Mindfulness Matters game
- Microscope Kit
- National Geographic rock tumbler kit
Non-Toy Gifts For Tweens
- Bean bag chair
- Floor mat lounger
- Shark blanket
- Magazine Subscriptions
- Musical Instrument
- Pocket Knife
- Action Camera
- Video camera recorder
- Action camera
Books For Tweens
- Big Tricks For Little Hands
- Big Book Of Boy Stuff
- Laugh Out Loud Jokes for kids
Still Looking For the Perfect Gift Idea For Your Tween?
Here are more gift guides you might want to have a look at.
- Learning toys and science kits for 8 – 10-year-olds
- Gifts for 10-year-old boys (just as great for girls!)
- Cool Gifts for 10-year-old girls