Your 8 - 12 years old is going to love any one of the presents on this list.

Cool Gifts For Tween Boys 2017-2018: For Christmas And Birthdays

Over 27 different ideas for gifts for tween boys. Do you have an active child? a gamer? one who's into robotics? or science? There's a perfect gift for every type of boy.For this year, we feature the coolest gifts for  tween boys. This is a long list, so don’t forget to pin it on Pinterest or bookmark it for later reading!

Making a list like this is not easy. Tweens (from 8 -12 years old) have a very wide range of interests and what my 10-year old would love 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 the perfect  for your growing boy.

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Popular Gifts For 2017

The following gifts for tweens are in many of the list that department stores have for Christmas 2017

Groot Boombox

Boombox. Dances to the music.

Many fans of the Guardians of The Galaxy movie would say that Baby Groot is 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. Click Here To Read Amazon Customer Reviews

ATM Piggy Bank

I guess it's a piggy bank that's not really a piggy. The modern high-tech way to save money at home.

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 “piggy bank” is very high tech — fit for the children of today. This 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 put money in. It accepts both bills and coins, too! It then tracks their savings. What a fun way to save money. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Lego Ninjago Movie Sets

One of the cool Lego sets based on the Ninjago movie. Kids love this.

Many tweens and teens are big fans of the Ninjago series. And with its release of the very funny Ninjago movie this fall, the idea of Ninjago is still very fresh in their minds. As usual, Lego has a collection of toys that cater to the movie fans. This year, there are a few Lego Ninjago movie sets that fans 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. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Hamper Hoops by Wham-O

Putting laundry away just got exciting with this Hamper hoops. And parents are much happier too.

Whoever designed this, must have been 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 laundry into the hoop and straight into the laundry basket. Ingenius. Hopefully, there will be no more laundry lying around the bedroom with this present! Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Helicopter Drone For Kids

Helicopter drone for kids. A drone for beginners  and for kids to learn how to safely operate drones. Can go very far. Very fun for kids and adults.

Drones seem to be everywhere nowadays. So it’s only right that your tween son would want to have 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.  This 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 is most suited to older tweens or teens. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch came out just before the summer season and sold out very quickly after launch. Many kids would surely want to have one for Christmas, too!  It doesn’t come with a starter game, though. 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. If you look around, you’ll most likely find a gift set that includes the Nintendo Switch plus a game. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Ultimate Spy Tools

Ultimate spy gear for kids . I especially like the utility belt. It can double as a belt for ninjas in training too!

Oh how fancy the spy toys are nowadays. And this collection of toys will not disappoint the wannabe spy in your house.  This watch has over 8 high-tech functions. 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! Suits younger tweens. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Gravity Maze

A new toy but an old concept. I remember my kids used to have one of these but it was made of wood with no electronics attached to it. Just as cool though.

This 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 tweens attention. Watch the video below to see exactly how this game is played. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

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 a lot of electronics and robotic kits for beginners nowadays, 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

A basic robotic toy that's great for kids who are just beginning to get into robotics.

If your child has never built a robot before, this is a good introductory kit to building one. It’s 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. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

BB9 Sphero

The new droid from Star Wars who works for the dark side. Cool new robotic toy that can be controlled by an app-

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. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Electronic Snap Circuits

A fantastic way to learn how circuits work. One box with many different things to make.

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. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

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. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot Kit

14 in 1 robotikits. Kids learn more about alternative energy and using the power of the sun to make things go.

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. Click Here to Read Customer Reviews

Osmo Genius Kit

We’ve featured Osmo as one of the best science kits for kids. It’s computer gaming come to real life.  Kids can learn how to code, play tangram even race with hot wheels by actually having something in their hands to “fiddle” with. I know I’m not explaining it very well. 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 (still not doing a good job explaining this!). It’s a very tactile way to learn  something while still using an electronic device. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

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.

 

Fingerlings

The original Monkey fingerlings toys. The 6 monkeys on the top were released first. The Fingerlings in the bottom are the ones that come with playsets and the pink glittery one is an Amazon exclusive.

You may not know about the Wowwee Fingerling toys yet. But prepare for it. Christmas 2017 is all going to be about the Fingerlings robotic toys. These little monkeys that 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). Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Books and Gifts For Learning Something New

There are many things a boys of this age may want to learn, but two things that seem to really interests 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. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Pranklopedia

You know how kids sometimes spend many hours on Youtube watching prank videos? Well, now they  can do it themselves (probably good if you know about them first so you know what’s coming!).

Books

Some great boys for tweens are:

  • Big Tricks for little hands
  • Big Book of Boy stuff
  • Laugh out loud jokes for kids
  • Survival kit handbook

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 thing. 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. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Balance Balls For Kids

Balance balls are no longer just for gym classes. They’re great for young kids 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. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Redmon Fun and Fitness Bike

I like many of these exercise equipment for kids that are just coming out in the market. I would 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.  Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Gifts To Get Your Tween Outdoors

Slackline

If you have the 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. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

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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.

Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Here’s a video on how to play Kanjam

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. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

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. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Non Toy Gifts For Tween Boys 2017

Bean Bag

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?  Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

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 sleep over. 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 need’s that extra space for doing something else. As one kid says, “it’s the coolest thing ever!”  Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

Shark Blanket

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 ever outgrows the fascination with sharks, right? So here it is the perfect blanket for boys. I think this is very nice. It’s like a sleeping bag, only much cooler. Click Here To Read Customer Reviews

 

The Complete List Of Cool Tween Boy Gift Ideas 2017-2018

Popular Tween Boy Toys

  • Groot Speaker boombox
  • Monkey Fingerlings
  • Hamper Hoops
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Ultimate Spy Tools
  • ATM Piggy bank
  • 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
  • Kindle
  • Tablet for kids

Books and For Learning Something New

  • Magic Show showcase
  • Pranklopedia
  • Big Tricks for little hands
  • Big Book of Boy stuff
  • Laugh out loud jokes for kids
  • Survival kit handbook

Gifts For the Active Child

  • Crash pad mat
  • Balance Ball for kids
  • Exercise equipment: bike, treadmill, air walker
  • Folding trampoline
  • razor hovercraft
  • Virtual reality exercise bike

For Playing Outdoors

  • Slackline
  • Kanjam ultimate disc game
  • Star Wars Power Wheels
  • Self Propelling drifting scooter

The Gamer Tween

  • FNAFF Products
  • Zelda Products
  • Minecraft Products
  • Roblox Products

Board Games:

  • The 5 second rule
  • The Game of life game
  • Forbidden Island
  • The family game of visual perception
  • Risk
  • Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Game
  • Think Fun Rush Hour
  • Mindfulness Matters game

Science Kits

  • Microscope kit
  • National Geographic rock tumbler kit

Non Toy Gifts For Tweens

  • Bean bag chair
  • Floor mat lounger
  • Shark blanket
  • Classes
  • Magazine Subscriptions
  • Musical Instrument
  • Pocket Knife
  • Audiobooks
  • Headphone
  • 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
  • Prank

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