Unique Gift Ideas for Tween Boys
Tween boys are hard to buy for, especially ones that already own lots of electronic devices and video games. We found some cool gift ideas for tween boys that you will love. We did included a few video game-related items, but there are also some art, science and neat outdoor toys. Whether you are shopping for your own tween boys, nephews or friends, there is something for everyone on this list.
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When your tween has outgrown his basic scooter and wants to venture into trick scooters, check out these cool Lucky Scooters. They are pricey, but they are designed for the cool tricks. From the skate park to the streets, Lucky Pro Scooters’ CREW is an excellent option for entry-level riders looking to advance their freestyle skills and learn new tricks; The CREW complete pro scooter is versatile enough to handle any terrain. They are built with detail-oriented precision, this complete features a reinforced deck, high quality 110mm wheels, and a suite of other premium freestyle scooter components.
Shooting far, flying high, and delivering way more exciting results than expected are the goals of the gadgets in Rubber Band Engineer. Your tweens can discover unexpected ways to turn common materials into crafty contraptions that range from surprisingly simple to curiously complex. In vivid color photos, you’ll be guided on how to create slingshot rockets, unique catapults, and even hydraulic-powered machines. Whether you build one or all 19 of these designs, you’ll feel like an ingenious engineer when you’re through. Best of all, you don’t need to be an experienced tinkerer to make any of the projects! All you need are household tools and materials, such as paper clips, pencils, paint stirrers, and ice pop sticks. Oh, and rubber bands. Lots of rubber bands.
Your tweens will love learning about the exciting hobby of rock tumbling with National Geographic. This set includes all the accessories you’ll need to start polishing dazzling gems. Rock tumbling is tons of fun and a great way to start an extraordinary rock collection. Rock tumbling is a fun activity for children of all ages and promotes an interest in geology and science. Introduce your kid to science the fun way! Join National Geographic as we inspire future generations by showing them the wonders of the natural world. This high-quality tumbling machine has powerful motor that will last for years and comes with a 2-year warranty. It includes an automatic shutoff timer, a noise-reducing, leak-proof barrel and easy-to-follow rock tumbling instructions.
Older tweens will love this History of Video Games Game On book. They will love reading about the fast and furious growth and evolution of video games (including how they are quickly taking over the world!) by looking at some of the most popular, innovative, and influential games ever, from Pong, the very first arcade game ever, to modern hits like Uncharted. They will learn about the creators and inspiration (Mario was named after Nintendo’s landlord after he barged into a staff meeting demanding rent), discover historical trivia and Easter eggs (The developers of Halo 2 drank over 24,000 gallons of soda while making the game), and explore the innovations that make each game special (The ghosts in Pac-Man are the first example of AI in a video game).
Your tweens will love this neat Bulzibucket game – next generation cornhole is bringing hacky sack back to a new level! With 3 tiers of scoring, partner assists, money bags and a collapsible design, bulzi bucket brings gaming experience unlike anything on the market. Your tweens will enjoy this interactive game for the yard, the beach or even in the pool. Bulzibucket’s Bullseye toss game attracts competitive play from gamers of all ages and will keep your family entertained for hours! Why play cornhole, when you got bulzi bucket, a lighter, easier alternative game to take on-the-go. This game is made from high-quality materials and comes with a case for storage.
6. Droid kit
This award winning Droid kit is a super cool gift idea for tween boys. Using the littleBits electronic circuitry blocks plus the free-to-download Droid Inventor app, you can teach your own R2 Unit loads of fun tricks and even send it on over 16 exciting missions. They can set it to Force Drive mode to send the Droid rolling with nothing but a wave of your hand or they can set it to Self-Nav mode to see it detect obstacles and maneuver around them all on its own. They can also record a secret message and then have it delivered by your Droid to someone in another room. There’s even a Draw Mode where you can program your Droid to draw out maps and messages. Everything you need to create and customize straight out of the box is included and, with the step-by-step instructions, setting it all up and jumping straight into the excitement is a cinch. With the littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit, imaginative play, computer programming, and creative experimentation combine into one, endlessly fascinating adventure.
Ninja Squirrels is highly-reviewed and fast-paced game of color matching, nut snatching fun by RoosterFin! Ninja Squirrels received the 2017 Game of the Year Award by Creative Child Magazine and 2017 Tillywig Best Family Fun Award. Players take turns flipping cards. When there is a color match, be the first to grab the correct nut. Collect the most acorns to win! Ninja squirrels is perfect for playing by yourself or with a group with the game supporting 1-4 people!
Brought to life by Kickstarter, the Dribble Up Smart Soccer Ball is the ultimate gift for soccer players of all ages. The smart ball is designed to measure your movements in real time. Just download the app and use the included tripod and ball for your soccer workout. The heavy duty ball feels like kicking a normal ball, not a bundle of batteries. Virtual trainers guide them to the next level with specific, interactive feedback. Your tween’s performance is graded on speed, control, consistency and pattern. This way they will be able to see exactly where you need to improve. You can get this soccer ball in both size 4 and size 5.
This Thames & Kosmos Mechanical Engineering Robotic Arms is a fun project for tweens. They can build six mechanical models of the types of arms, grabber claws, and legs found on robotic machines. They can explore mechanical engineering principles firsthand as they assemble and play with these working models. This kit comes with everything they will need and a 36-page, full-color manual will guide them through model building with step-by-step illustrated instructions.
10. Gubs Game
Tweens, teens and adults love this unique Gubs game. Welcome to the enchanted world of the Gubs! Brothers Cole and Alex Medeiros crafted this unique card game that perfectly captures the essence of our company motto: “Games for the Infinitely Imaginative”. From the richly detailed illustrations, to the whimsical array of cards, to the simple but compelling game play, Cole and Alex came up with a game that has all the trappings of a Gamewright classic. We’re proud to shed light into the Gubs wildly fantastic world and introduce them to a whole new audience!
The LittleBits Rule Your Room Kit comes with instructions and parts for 8 inventions such as a Burglar Buzzer, Domain Defender, Top Secret Safe and inspiration for thousands more! Your tween boys will love developing engineering and problem-solving skills by creating interactive inventions. Little Bits has lots of other great kits like the Smart Home Kit, Coding Kit, Giszmos and Gadgets Kit and More.
Kan Jam is the Ultimate Outdoor Game and it is a great gift idea for active tween boys. It is great for taking camping, to the beach or right in your own backyard. Your kids will love the challenge of throwing and deflecting the Kan Jam Disc to score points up to 21 or by throwing an exciting Instant win. The Kan Jam Game Set Includes: 2 Durable Highly Portable Official Kan Jam Goals, 2 Official Kan Jam Labels, Custom Designed Official Kan Jam Flying Disc and Instructions.
Your tweens will love this cool Passback Jr. Football. It is a great training tool or just a fun activity to do outside. Just throw it against a hard surface and it comes spiraling back. Your tween can either play with friends or solo.
The Power Core E90 Electric Scooter is upping the ante for electric scooters once again, rolling out a ridiculous 80 minutes of continuous ride time and fifty-percent more muscle power. Its innovative hub motor delivers a more efficient, maintenance free ride, while the steel frame, lighter weight and increased torque take performance to the next level. Your tweens will love this cool ride.
Your tweens will have so much fun with this small gadget! This Mini Wall Driving Car is an utterly astonishing, gravity defying, remote controlled Stunt Car that does just what its name implies, it really does climb up walls. Thanks to industrial fans and an advanced air system, this tiny remote control car pulls air in under itself which holds it to the wall. Drive it straight at the wall, and when it gets there it starts to tilt upwards and at 45 degrees the monster gravity defying Traction Technology kicks in literally sucking the thing to the wall, where you drive it around just as if it was on the floor. The ultra lightweight car body coupled with a powerful suction fan, lets you zip along walls and ceilings at full throttle, leaving regular floor racers in the dust.
Your kids will love this introduction to coding with this cool Ozobot 2.0 Bit Starter Pack. Control Bit with colors! Draw OzoCode color codes on paper or a tablet and Bit uses optical sensors to respond—spinning, speeding up and more at your command. The Starter Pack comes with an OzoCode chart and over 20 games and activities. Color coding masters can move on with free Ozobot apps and the OzoBlockly editor, which introduces block-based programming. Bit is teacher-recommended and is used in coding and STEM curricula in 2,000 schools nationwide.
When the sun goes down, the outdoor fun doesn’t have to stop and your tweens will love this cool and affordable light-up rocket. The Firetek Light-up Rocket is a bungee-powered, fire-glow LED rocket that flies over 250 feet! Play all day and continue into the evening to watch the blazing trail of burning-red light streak across the night sky. Listen as the Zonic Whistle screams into the distance, creating a Firework-like effect that is sure to astound the eyes and dazzle the mind.
Harry Potter fans everywhere will love the newly-released Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book by J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series with all new characters. Whether your tween is an existing Harry Potter fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.
Your tweens will love the all new Rip surf – designed in Southern California. The ripsurf’s patented design allows riders to carve and cut like a real surfboard, but on dry land. Riding on two high-performance caster wheels and an authentically styled polypropylene deck, this is one ride-on that’s ready to make waves! features a lightweight one-piece fiber-reinforced industrial-grade polymer construction, textured traction pad deck with kick tail and inclined 360-degree urethane caster wheels.
Your tweens will love creating their own frozen drinks with this Zoku Slush and Milkshake Maker in as little as 7 minutes. They can watch almost any type of beverage magically freeze before your eyes in minutes. To use, remove the frozen inner core from the freezer and place it into the outer sleeve, pour in your ingredients, mix and scrape the cup with the included spoon, and watch as the slush freezes before your eyes!
21. 3D Printing Pen
3D printing became very popular over the last year or so and what a cool way for your tween to explore art. The 3D Printing Pen allows you to build 3D objects from the ground up; build any and everything you can imagine with ultimate ease and precision. You can create 3 dimensional shapes, create your own logos, TV figures, superheroes and more! You will have full control over your designs. Parents will love the safety features-3D pen will automatically shut down when not in use for over 6 minutes. The adjustable feed lets you regulate speed & flow for optimal control of material while you’re drawing.
This ultra cool Ultimate Diabolo Set is a cross between a yoyo and a juggling set. Kids can learn neat tricks and perfect their Diabolo skills. This set is the perfect size and weight for kids and beginners. Soft rubber that wont break if it falls on the ground. Professional aluminum sticks and all stored in a beautiful tin can. This fun set makes a great, affordable gift idea for tween boys.
If your tween enjoys a pick-up game with his friends, he will love this super compact SKLZ 10 Man Flag Football New Deluxe Set It includes strong nylon webbed belts for up to 10 players with a D-ring closure and 2 Velcro flags per belt, 4 goal line cones and a rulebook. It all fits in this super compact zippered bag. Just add your favorite football. This would be great for cousins of all ages at family gatherings or for football players that love to play on the off-season or at the beach. This set works for both older kids, teens and adults so players of all ages can join in.
24. Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Discovery Kit and Snap Circuits Motion Electronics Discovery Kit
My boys love these Snap Circuit kits and now, there are cool new sets to build! Add to your collection with the super fun Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Discovery Kit and the Snap Circuits Motion Electronics Discovery Kit. Enjoy completing projects using a programmable Word Fan, Dual LED Display and a pre-programmed PICAXE Micro-ControllerClear. The illustrated manual includes explanations for different Snap Modules and concepts needed to build Arcade projects. The Motion kit is focused on physics and things that “move” like pulleys, fans and motion detectors. Like the other sets, Snap Circuits gives your child a hands-on education in how electrical circuits work to run the everyday devices that they’re familiar with. Your tween boys will spend hours working on these cool Snap Circuits kits.
I love this really neat Paracord Planet Paracord Bracelet Crafting Kits with Buckles and making these colorful bracelets will help beat the tween boredom. I love these kits as they include different colors of paracord and buckles, all at one low price. If your tween boy wants to get started with making these cool bracelets, you may want to check out the book, Paracord Project Inspirations: Classic and Original Knots and Ties. It gives lots of instructions and helpful tips.
This Learn to Draw Comic Book Figures book will be a priceless tool for beginners through intermediate artists. Learn to Draw Comic Book Figures has over 300 drawings with step-by-step instructions to teach you how to draw the human body – comic book style. This superhero drawing guidebook covers how to draw faces, hands, feet, gesture, proportions and anatomy. If you have a tween that would love to learn to draw, he will love this book and it would make a great Easter basket idea.
I am a fan of any outdoor toys that give my kids exercise. This Mini Ogodisk Super Disk Set is like a 12″ mini-trampoline for a ball. It can be used to paddle it’s own ball up to 150 feet. It also works great in the pool, at the beach, with other types of balls like volleyballs, soccer, tennis balls and more. The soft, durable paddles also work similar to a frisbee. If you think your boys would like the larger paddles, the OGOSPORT LLC Super Sports Disk Pack has larger, 18″ paddles.
My boys received some of these Minecraft Lego Sets as gifts last year and they loved them. They love playing Minecraft and I think it’s cool that their favorite game is re-created in Lego form. There are lots of new Minecraft Lego sets available this year and these sets will be very popular with your tween boys.
These cool Kendama wooden skill toys are so popular in my area. My local boutique store sells the Kendama games in many different colors, patterns and they have huge Kendama tournaments at the store too. YouTube is full of videos to learn new tricks and skills. Most Kendamas are priced under $20, which is a great deal for this nicely-made wooden toy.
These Origami Yoda series of books are funny tales about real-life situations and for boys that are not-yet adults. While they look like just another craft book, they are so much more. The author uses Star Wars characters in his humorous tales to engage boys into reading. There are several highly-reviewed books in the Origami Yoda Book series for your tween boys to enjoy. There are 6 books in the series: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee (Origami Yoda), Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling: An Origami Yoda Activity Book, Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book, Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue: An Origami Yoda Book, and the newest book Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book.
Hook it, launch it and catch it with this cool Djubi Classic game. It’s a fun twist on the classic game of throw and catch and a really fun tween boy gift idea. The raquet is a cross between a launcher, a net and a scoop, which makes this highly-reviewed game different. If you head to the park with younger siblings, then this game is fun to bring along for your tween boys. It’s fun at the beach, at the park and in your own backyard.
If you have a builder in your house, check out these cool MindWare KEVA Contraptions sets. By stacking wooden planks, create funnels, shoots, ramps and more for your perfectly weighted ball without connectors or glue. This set has over 200 planks and almost endless building possibilities. Besides the Keva Contraptions 200-piece set, there are other Keva Contraption sets to choose from and if you have a little engineer at home, these would make a great tween boy gift idea.
This cute My Audio Pet mini Bluetooth wireless speaker was one of Oprah’s favorite things this year and it will be a hit with the tweens. It has a 3W audio driver and will connect easily to a Bluetooth enabled tablet, smartphone or MP3 player. It has a hands-free mic built-in and it less than 2 inches tall. Choose from 6 fun animal designs!
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