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Are you on a quest to find the ultimate gift for a 12-year-old boy gamer that will make his eyes light up like the glow of a new high score? Navigating the gaming galaxy for the perfect present can be as tricky as the final level in his favorite video game.

From the latest in gaming tech to accessories that will have him geared up for victory, our carefully curated gift guide is your cheat code to winning the ‘Best Gift Giver’ title.

So, ready your controllers, set your sights on fun, and let’s dive into a world of gaming gifts that are sure to score big with your favorite tween gamer. Let the games begin!

Best Gifts For Tween Boy Gamers

There’s a broad range of gamer interests here, so if you know your 12-year-old gamer boy is into a particular game, you may also want to check out:

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Gamer Gifts For Tween Boys Under $15

A great collection of simple stocking stuffers, clothing, and novelty items that may appeal to your twelve-year-old boy gamer.

Gamers Socks

Blue Light Glasses for Kids

Concerned about eye strain from hours of blue light thrown off by screens? One solution (other than frequent screen breaks) is to wear blue light-blocking glasses, a simple but practical stocking stuffer idea for boy gamers.

Storage Case for 24 Nintendo Switch Games

A super handy addition for a Nintendo Switch fan. Keep your game cartridges safe and organized with this carry case, which fits up to 24 Nintendo Switch game cards.

Minecraft Creeper Pop Up Hamper 

Finding the right gift for a choosy tween can be tough! Why not go with a super practical and inexpensive addition to your 12-year-old boy’s bedroom?

There is no guarantee that the hamper gets used for said purpose daily, but it’s certainly a start and could be a great addition if you already have Minecraft bedding in your boys’ bedroom.

Top Trumps Sonic

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Top Trumps never fails as a quick and easy stocking stuffer gift for tweens. A fun game that’s super easy to learn; they can geek out on their favorite Sonic facts while the whole family can get involved in this take-anywhere card game.

Gamer Gifts For Tween Boys Under $30

Gaming Keyboard and Mouse

A fun and practical addition for junior gamers who want to get a little more serious. Ergonomically designed to fit small hands with a super responsive mouse and light-up LED background, this is the perfect gift for a tween gamer that will last into the teenage years.

Minecraft: Construction Handbook: an Official Mojang Book

Any new Minecrafter would find this official guide from Mojang the appropriate first step to upping their skills and learning the tricks of the game.

Once they have the basics down pat, there is a great series

If you have an avid Minecrafter, make sure you check out our complete collection of Minecraft gifts appropriate for tweens

GIZORI Xbox One Headset 

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A great and surprisingly affordable gaming headset choice for tweens, this noise-canceling headset is compatible with PS4, PS3 (Adapter needed), PS vita, PSP, Xbox One, Switch (audio), 3DS LL/3DS (audio), 3DS LL/3DS (audio), PC, Mac OS, iOS device and Android device.

Gaming Headphone Stand

A popular gift for any gamer. Super practical and handy, this stand is a great option for keeping your tween’s headphones neatly stored and extra charging points for your other electronic devices.

Memory Card

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Always a super handy stocking stuffer idea no matter the device that your gamer boy is using, you’ll find having a few extra memory cards on hand a practical birthday gift for a 12-year-old.

Ps Icons LED Light

Works great as a nightlight for your gamer boy, this fun light in the shape of the PlayStation icon (unofficial) has both USB power and 3xAAA batteries to create a comforting night glow in your tween boy’s room.

Builders & Biomes Strategy Board Game 

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Perfect for your older tween, this strategy board game from Ravensberg has been developed in conjunction with Mojang.

Ideal for playing with Minecraft-loving friends, this will engage their problem-solving skills, as well as their social skills, making it a great option for a tween who enjoys their off-screen time as much as being on it.

Minecraft Boys Long sleeve hoodie t-shirt

The latest in Minecraft fashion, a super soft long-sleeve hoodie option perfect for 12-year-old boys.

Gamer Door Sign

a personalised sign for a boys bedroom door from etsy boy gamer gifts

Gift ideas for gamers can go beyond just games and console accessories; Your tween gamer boy is going to love marking out his favorite space with this personalized door sign.

Have it inscribed with XBox or PlayStation logos, and add their name for that special touch.

Among Us School Pack

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Among Us merch that’s still cool for school! Your 12-year-old would still be happy to be seen with this school combo pack, including a backpack, lunch box, and pencil case.

We have a huge guide to Among Us gift ideas you might also like over here.

Gamer Gifts For Tween Boys Under $60

Most actual games for any of your consoles come in around the $30 to $60 range, though you’ll need to consult with your tween boy on what the most wanted titles currently are!

Some of the best-ranking games so far in 2023 have been:

If you’re unsure though, some of these great gift ideas may help your 12-year-old gamer boy purchase their own choice of games.

Gaming Store Gift Card

As long as you know what console they’ve got, gifts for 12-year-old gamers don’t get easier than a gaming store gift card.

This gives your tween boy gamer the freedom to choose exactly what they need. All use digital codes, so they are a great gift for when you can’t be there in person for gift-giving.

PlayStation Plus 12-month Membership

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Not entirely sure what games or add-ons your tween boy will want? A 12-month PlayStation membership neatly comes in at $62.99 – get access to new games every month, online game-play with friends, exclusive discounts in the PlayStation store, and 100GB Cloud Storage.

Gamer Figurines

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The popularity of collectible gamer figurines never ceases to amaze me! Once you’ve found their favorite game, this is a great gift idea for your tween boy

Jay Franco Fortnite Full Bed Set

Officially licensed bedsheet sets from Jay Franco include a comforter, fitted sheet, flat sheets, and pillowcases. Several sizes and designs meet the subtle needs of a 12-year-old passionate about Fortnite.

Monopoly Gamer Mario Kart

Classic board games with a gamer’s twist can be the perfect gift for your tween boy. Enjoy some of the basic concepts of Monopoly, blended with the familiar features of Mario Kart.

Race your way around the board in favorite character cars, watch for banana peels, and activate extra abilities with power-ups, perfect for family game night.

Gamer Gifts for tween boys over $60

Once you creep into the $60+ category, you’re looking into some serious gamer gear. We’re talking about actual consoles, chairs, and equipment to up their game.

Switch Lite

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A smaller version of the popular Nintendo gaming console, Switch Lite is ideal for use on the mover. They have slightly less functionality than the full console, but still work great for solo and pairs play.

RESPAWN 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair

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One of the more affordable and highly-rated gaming chairs that would suit boys as young as 12. This racer-style gaming chair provides ergonomic comfort and comes with a lifetime warranty, sure to grow with your tween through the teens, up to a weight of 275 lbs.

PlayStation 5 Console

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Not got any gear yet? You can’t go wrong with PlayStation 4 as a starting point for your tween gamer. Comes with one DualShock 4 wireless controller.

Nintendo Switch

A Nintendo Switch will make your tween boy’s Christmas. This is a sensational top-of-the-range gaming console (though look out for package deals with games included). We love the ability to switch from handheld to home console mode, catering to both solo and group play sessions.

XBox Series X

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The zenith of current gaming consoles, Xbox Series X offers offering incredibly fast load times and stunningly realistic graphics that bring virtual worlds to life like never before.

This console doesn’t just play games; it immerses players in them, with performance that’s designed to make the most of 4K TVs and support for high-frame-rate gameplay.

With the addition of parental controls to tailor his playing environment, it’s a gift that would utterly thrill any 12-year-old boy gamer, offering endless entertainment.

Found this Tween Gift Guide helpful?

Full tween-approved by our own gang of tween boys, dive into our full collection of curated Tween Gift guides, including:

Boy Gifts 9-years-old
Boy Gifts 10-years-old
Boy Gifts 11-years-old
Boy Gifts 12-years-old
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