It can be really challenging to find great gift ideas for tween boys, but if you look outside the box, you can sometimes find something fun and unique. My kids always make a list every year, but I always surprise them with things that they were not expecting. I try and find gifts that are popular and get great reviews from other kids and they are almost always a hit. Our list of fun tween boy gift ideas includes some really cool things that would make great surprise gifts for those hard-to-shop-for tweens.
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If your tween boy has a phone, he will love this brand new, affordable, virtual way to game that will put him in the middle of the action! It’s no secret that augmented reality (AR) has dominated today’s gaming landscape. It’s easy to see why – who doesn’t want to feel like they’re actually a part of the game that they’re playing?
Odyssey Toys introduces the Upshot Bow & Arrow, which puts you right in the middle of the heart-pounding action by turning you into an augmented realty first-person archer! This gaming system sets the stage for gamers to be placed hunting in a jungle, exploring in a fantasy world, in a forest targeting ducks, and various other thrilling scenarios that test your accuracy and skill. Use the free app and attach your smartphone to the bow to turn your device into a virtual arcade. The app lets you download various settings and worlds – hunt ducks in a pond and get points for getting as many as you can, or access the world of tribal warriors and go to war with your opponent. You’ll be able to access various real world maps and locations as the backdrop, sprinkling in colorful creatures, engaging plots and epic quests.
My boys have a ramp like this and so do a few of our friends’ kids and they get so much use. This cool ramp provides hours of outside entertainment. Your tweens will do tricks, jumps and just go up and over with their favorite ride-ons. This mini BMX and skateboard ramp for the home offers novice riders and skaters the perfect platform to hone their skills for doing aerial tricks. Assembles in minutes and made from a hi-impact polymer with non-slip rubber feet and a textured finish.
My boys are just in love with drones and this drone gives a cool spin to flying. Your tweens will love to test their skills with the Air Hogs Extreme Air Board! This 2-in-1 RC flyer easily transforms from stunt board to paraglider. Glide through the air and see what kind of tricks you can pull off! Each mode comes with its own tricks. Lift off in stunt board mode and do 720-degree spins, 360-degree barrel rolls and backside flips. When you’re completing 360-degree barrel rolls and 720-degree cyclones, you need total control of your RC flyer. That’s why the Extreme Air Board is outfitted with flight assist technology. Using auto-launch, auto-hover and auto-land technology, you’ll easily take off into the sky and navigate your flyer through intense stunts.
Your tweens will love this all-new and fun challenging game. Flipslide is an addictive, fast paced puzzle game of skill! Flip to find the color and slide to match the lights. Your tweens can take it anywhere, play it anytime, it’s addictive fun for anyone! It has four different game modes to choose and it can be played alone or in multi-player mode.
STEM toys are hot and this cool gift idea doesn’t require a screen! It is amazing what happens when we trust kids with their own ideas. This Electric Motors Catalyst set was made to inspire young tinkerers to imagine and build their own inventions. Your tweens can create with real wood, real motors and real hardware inspires DIY Robotics for girls & boys. No screen time or programming – just pure hands-on invention. They will love creating electronic builds with their own hands, using the motors, wires, and a battery pack to experiment with electricity and simple circuits. You can combine multiple tinker kits to create bigger and more powerful innovations!
Basketballs just don’t seem to last at our house and we could always use extras! This super cool NBA Street Phantom Basketball’s Soft Grip Technology comes with ultra durable soft grip cover and wide channel design, this ball will provide great grip and improved recognition and is outdoor-rated. It is affordable and comes in a cool black color with a variety of accent colors that tweens will love.
7. Snap Circuits Bric Structures
Now your tweens can combine snap circuits with ordinary building bricks and make endless combinations of construction and circuitry with this Snap Circuits Bric Structures set. With Bric-2-Snap technology, kids can wire up their brick builds with snap circuits lights, sounds, moving parts and 3-D circuits to invent almost anything and make it go! Instead of just building a structure, learn how to build the circuit that makes the lights in a skyscraper illuminate or that makes the gears on a drawbridge move! There’s no limit to what kids can create. These are one of my favorite gift ideas for tweens. Even my kids’ school uses these cool Snap Circuit sets in their curriculum!
If your tween is has an Xbox, Nintendo Switch or Playstation 4, they will love this new Starlink Battle for Atlas Game. In this game, you are part of a group of heroic interstellar pilots, dedicated to free the Atlas Star System from Grad and the Forgotten Legion. It is super cool to build your own modular starship model, mount it to your controller, and take part in epic space combat. Plus you can swap the parts on your model and your in-game starship changes in real time. This starter pack includes: 1 Star link video game 1 Zenith starship 1 Mason Rana Pilot 1 Shredder Weapon 1 Flamethrower Weapon 1 Frost Barrage Weapon 1 Controller Mount 1 Poster. Be sure to order the correct game for your tween’s console.
If your tweens love Forbidden Desert and Forbidden Island games, they will love the newest Forbidden Sky Game by Gamewright. I love these strategy games for older kids. They really encourage critical thinking.
Players soar to dizzying heights in this electrifying adventure and work as a team to uncover a mystical power platform that floats at the center of a savage lightning Storm. Connect a circuit of cables to launch a secret rocket – all before you are electrocuted or blown off the bridge and plummet below. Its a high-wire balancing act that will test your team’s capacity for courage and cooperation. One false step and you all could be grounded…permanently!
What is cooler than building your own motorized Nerf-like gun? The K’NEX Flash Fire Motorized Blaster Building Set comes with 288 parts and pieces that can be clicked together to build a rapid-fire blaster. Children ages 8 and up will love playing with this battery-powered and motorized building set. The motorized feature will allow them to fire 10 foam darts as fast as they can pull the trigger and as far as 75 feet. Included are easy-to-follow building instructions for 7 unique buildable blaster and target combinations. Unleash your kids’ creativity and imagination as they make their own designs for open-ended fun! As children play with this motorized building set, they strengthen their hand and eye coordination, fine motor and problem-solving skills, and spatial awareness.
These hilarious and heartfelt novels from Gordon Korman are aimed at middle school boys and how they navigate the life of a middle-schooler. Korman is a #1 Best New York Times Best Selling Author and your tweens will love these funny and insightful books. They can be found individually: Restart, Slacker, Ungifted and the sequel Super Gifted.
This Laser X Laser Tag Set is a hit when we have other tween boys over at our house. My kids have a blast having their own laser tag war at home. With this highly-reviewed set, your kids can blast their opponent’s Receiver Vest from up to 200 feet away and the Full Color Lighting Effects let you keep track of shots and hits. This set is great for active boys. Be sure to purchase two or more guns, so your kids can play with their friends!
If you’re tween is rushing to meet with pals down the block or feeling like they are not cut out for core-focused activities, then the Swagtron Swagboard Twist’s got you covered. This hoverboard is priced well and is a quality product. When powered on, this scooter board’s user-friendly self-balancing automatically stands the hoverboard at the perfect position for you to hop on or off. Not only does this make it easier to mount, but you can ride with confidence everywhere you go. To take security up a notch, a patented lithium-free SentryShield Quantum multilayer battery protection ensures effective power distribution and security throughout every adventure your tween embarks on. I love that Swagtron is a known name in hoverboards, so you know they have experience in creating great products.
Tweens also love something soft and cuddle and this Ty Peek A Boos Tablet Holder is both functional and cute. This cute ball of fur will not only hold your tween’s favorite ipad or 15-inch tablet, but you can also use his bottom to clean the screen. Choose from a cute dog, fox, panda and more! If your tween has a phone or smaller ipod, there is also a smaller Peek A Boos that fits a phone!
15. Simon Optix
The classic Simon memory game takes on a modern twist with the all-new Simon Optix. Put on the headset and get ready to follow the lights, repeat the pattern, and master the levels. Simon Optix senses your moves with touch-free technology and the most immersive experience yet! Players can choose to play solo and beat their high score or switch to sync mode, and compete head to head with friends (must purchase an additional headset). Switch from solo mode to sync mode on the headset to start the same gameplay sequence and challenge opponents.
Your tweens will love these highly-reviewed, adventure-packed Story Thieves books. Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores. There are four books in this series and you can get just one or buy all four. These books make a great, affordable gift idea for tween boys.
17. DIY Slime Kit
What kid doesn’t like glow-in-the-dark slime? This incredible DIY Slime Making Kit comes complete with everything you need to make 4 different types of slime! This kit contains two 4 ounce bottles of Elmer’s School Glue, 4 air-tight containers, 4 colors of fluorescent neon paint, 3 types of glitter, Glow in the Dark Pigment Powder, styrofoam craft beads, 4 stir sticks, and 4 spoons. It also includes two different types of slime activator to experiment with. Simply use the baking soda w/ saline solution activator or the Tide Free and Gentle laundry detergent activator. Each option provides kid and eco-friendly alternatives to Borax Powder or Liquid Starch. Our collection of supplies were compiled by parents and teachers, with the help and guidance of many children. Now your kids can make their own gooey Glow in the Dark Slime, similar to Nickelodeon Slime and Ghostbuster Slime. Create stretchy foam slime, comparable to Floam or Playfoam as well as glittery galaxy mud or putty. Finally, put your scientific skills to work to invent your own kind of slime. Don’t forget the extra Elmer’s Glue so the fun can continue!
There are tons of over-the-door basketball hoops out there, but this is the most heavy duty one out there. The extra large size makes this set! The SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop XL is equipped with a shatterproof backboard, an ultra-durable, 8 loop net that can handle the swoosh of powerful athletes, and the rough and tumble play of kids. Set it up in your bedroom, basement or playroom. With pre-installed over the door hooks, you can guarantee easy set up for fun, no hassle shots. With foam installed behind the shatterproof polymer backboard and metal brackets to reduce noise pollution, you can shoot hoops anytime of the day or night without the worry of bothering your sibling or parents in the room next door.
Your tween boys will love learning to program their own video game. Bloxels is an innovative video game development platform that allows you to create your own video games. With easy-to-use physical and digital tools, the imaginative gaming worlds of young gamer’s come to life in a cool retro arcade style. You decide what the game looks like and configure how it is played. You tell the story of the characters and design their looks. You create the obstacles and the power-ups. And then not only can you play, but you can share your game with fellow gamer’s for both game play and content remixing.
Your tweens can take their drumming skills on the road with the RockJam Portable Electronic Roll Up Drum Kit. Included in the Super Kit is a thick padded rollup drum kit that features 9 drums and cymbal pads with many different sounds, two pedals that emulate a real drum kit, power supply that saves money with batteries, and drum sticks. It features an output for headphones so the musician will not distract his surroundings, a record function so your best beats can be remembered, and an option to use AAA batteries just in case you are not by an outlet. Unlike many electronic drum sets, the Rock Jam drum kit can be rolled up so you can easily take it with you on the road. The Rock Jam Portable Rolling Drum Kit is a great first drum set as it emulates a real drum set, nearly takes up no space, and lets you practice in private. Tweens will love creating their own music with this cool set.
If your tween has been asking for one of the more expensive sports cameras, check out this super affordable (under $80!) AKASO Sports Action Camera. This small wifi sports camera has an ultra 170 degree wide-angled lens and is waterproof when it is placed in the case below 30 meters. This cool action camera enables you to take incredible photos and ultra HD videos, clearly recording the beauty and wonders in life! It has a built-In WIFI & HDMI and your tweens can edit and share their action in minutes. Just download App on your phone or tablet and connect with this action camera. Wi-Fi signal ranges up to 10 meters. This underwater camera comes with 2 rechargeable 1050mAh batteries, remote control wristband and a 19-accessory kit. Your tweens will love shooting their own skateboarding videos or attaching it right to their bike. What a great gift for tween boys.
Tween boys will love all five books in the Heroes of Olympus series — in a paperback boxed set of heroic proportions. From The Lost Hero to the long awaited Blood of Olympus, this collection will thrill loyal readers and be a go-to gift for new fans of the bestselling series. With five books in one package, no one will miss a minute of the excitement. Includes a stunning poster of the Greek and Roman demigods.
Tweens will have so much fun putting their skills to the test with this cool Hyper Toss Action Game. The ultimate toy for fast, fun interactive play that really gets you moving. Kids will love trying to beat their scores by catching the ball quickly in one of the three colored cups- all by following audio instructions! Hyper Toss includes 4 game modes: Hyper Toss, Memory Toss, Free Style and Super Toss!
Your tweens will love snuggling on the couch with these cool Blankie Tails Shark Blankets. Blankie Tails™ are perfect for movie nights, sleepover, camping, road trips and just hanging out with friends and family. They come in kid size or adult and teen size.
Your tween boys will think this Code Master Programming Logic Game is super cool. The Ultimate Coding Adventure! In Code Master, your Avatar will travel to an exotic world in search of power Crystals. For all 60 levels, you’ll have to use programming logic to help your Avatar collect the Crystals and land at the Portal. Think carefully, in each level, only one specific sequence of actions will lead to success. This neat game is perfect for tween boys ages 8 and up.
Artistic tween boys will love these cool grown up Harry Potter coloring books. The designs are very intricate and fun to color. These books will keep them busy for hours, especially on rainy or snowy days, when they are stuck inside.
Outdoorsy tweens will love these super cool Ultra Light Hammocks. This affordable and portable hammock is made of super strong woven nylon material, so you don’t have to worry about its durability and tested strength. Comes with the innovative attached stuff bag which makes it easy and convenient for storage and travel. Using the easy-to-follow directions, your tween can set this hammock up themselves in the yard, at the park or at your campsite. They come in tons of fun colors.
Your tween boys will love making your backyard into an adventure with this super cool Slackers Slackline Classic Set. If you have two trees in your yard or at the local park, your tweens can easily set up the adjustable nylon webbing slackline that will challenge their balance and strengthen their core. This fun kit comes with two lines, one is the slack line and one is the teaching line, plus it includes a storage bag for easy set-up and clean-up. Your boys will spend hours trying to improve their skills!
If you have an older tween that loves Sci-fi, check out this highly-reviewed and highly addictive Star Wars: The Force Awakens X-Wing Miniatures Game Core Set. In this two-player game of dramatic, high-speed dogfights, your tweens can battle head-to-head for the fate of the galaxy. Fantasy Flight Games has built a great continuation of the Star Wars Miniatures game to include The Force Awakens. The detail on the new X-Wing and Tie fighters is nothing short of remarkable. If you already know how to play the other Star Wars miniature games, this is the same game with new pieces. It can be combined with the other core set as if it was an expansion of three more fighters.
30. Krash Helmet
My boys love these cool mohawk Krash Helmets for scootering and skateboarding. They look cool and they make it fun to be safe! They have an inner shock absorbing shell and nylon straps for a great fit, plus they are both CPSC and ASTM certified. They come in larger sizes for tweens or if your tween has a younger brother or sister, they might like the smaller version. Check out all of the fun color combinations!
If you have a curious tween, they will love this really fun Bounty Hunter Junior Metal Detector. Your tween will spend hours either in your backyard, at the local creek or beach searching for “treasures” and this is one of my favorite tween boy gift ideas. This fun metal detector would be a really fun activity to take camping or on your summer beach vacation. This junior version is smaller for kids and detects smaller objects up to five inches deep and larger objects up to three feet deep. It has a discrimination control feature that won’t detect iron or other unwanted items.
Spark your tween’s creativity with these cool Dude! undiaries. These books are a cross between a diary and a quiz book and your boys will love filling out the outrageous what-if scenarios. Questions like: Who is cooler, Wolverine or Batman?, What’s better Coke or Pepsi, and so much more. Check out all of the cool versions of these undiaries! They are both affordable and fun!
Fuel your creativity with LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me and build yourself, friends and family or colleagues with this fun set. Create two BrickHeadz toy figures using the specially selected LEGO bricks for different hairstyles and skin color, plus there are two kinds of glasses, a sticker sheet to personalize your builds, and a brick separator. Display your creations on the buildable baseplates in your home, office or anywhere you like.
If video games are your tween’s thing, you might want to check out some gaming headsets like this Turtle Beach XO Three Gaming Headset – Xbox One. This cool headset amplifies sounds for a more immersive experience and adds bass to your tween’s gaming experience. This headset also works great for streaming movies, tv shows and for music. If you have another game console, be sure to find the headset that works with your system. These cool gaming headsets come in both wired and wireless.
The Penny Complete Skateboard is a throw back design referencing skate boarding’s beginnings in the 1970’s. It’s classic design and construction is a retro replication of where the skateboard came from. The small design makes this board a perfect cruiser to get you any where you need to go. Whether it is going to check the surf, or kicking to school the Penny complete will get you where you want to go in style. This complete features soft wheels perfect for sucking up all those sidewalk cracks and giving you that smooth ride you want. These cool Penny Skateboards some in so many fun colors and patterns.
Your tween scientist will love checking out a piece of hair or zooming in on a tiny bug with this My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope. This battery operated microscope looks like a very serious piece of equipment, but it’s easy enough for tweens to operate. It features glass optics and a 6 hole diapragm and it comes with a 50 piece accessory set.
37. Skill Games – Ticket To Ride and The Settlers of Catan
These skill games are geared for tweens and tweens. The Ticket To Ride and The Settlers of Catan are both highly-reviewed skill board games. These are not your typical Monopoly-type games and are hard to find at a discount, but they are the type of game that will last for years, in your household. Tear those tweens away from their screens and devices for some engaging, board-game fun!
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