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Gifts for Tweens: Boy Ideas and Inspiration

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Looking to buy the perfect gift for a pre-teen boy? It can be a wonderful and amazing age of discovery for your young tween lads finding their independence in the world and growing their own unique tastes and interests.

This list is a comprehensive guide covering a wide range of interests. If you know your tween boy is in to particular hobbies and interests, or you want to hone in on a particular age group, you may also want to check out:

Best gifts for Tween Boys

We’ve broken this bumper tween boy gift guide into a few sections to make it easier to navigate to their ages and interests.

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Gifts for tween boys – books and toys

A major transition age for your young boys, this batch of all-rounder gifts will appeal to most.

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 2

Awesome for the tween who loves to know it all, get ready for 5000 more brilliant facts from this beautiful hardback book from National Geographic – ideally suited from tweens in the 8 to 12 year old reading skills group.


Magnetic Dart Board 

Ideal introduction to the game of darts, this makes every play room complete! The magnetic ends bring a safe start to this hobby sport for beginners.


Paper Airplane Kit

Hone your paper airplane building techniques with this complete kit to get you started. Coming with a hardback book and 100 colored paper sheets to get you started, a perfect introduction to the laws of physics and aerodynamics.


Mega Crystal Growing Lab

The ideal gift for your scientifically curious tween, this National Geographic activity set comes with 5 specimens to get you started, plus a display case that lights up.


365 things to do with Lego Bricks

Moving beyond Lego set building to creativity, here are 365 ideas to keep you going! A wonderful hardback resource for your tween Lego builder, ideal from 7 to 11 years.


Tween boys gaming gifts & electronics

Gaming is highly popular amongst tweens and there are just so many options to consider, whether its the hardware and gaming console systems they need, or the merch and accessories to enhance their experience. Here’s an introduction to the different gaming systems and gift ideas related to their favorites.

Switch Lite

A smaller version of the popular Nintendo gaming console, Switch Lite is ideal to use for tweens on the move. Take it to your friends house or on your next family vacation its super portable and includes two controllers for game play.


Gaming Store Gift Card

Not sure what games your tween recipient has? As long as you know what console they’ve got then a gift card gives them the freedom to choose exactly what they need. All digital codes so a great gift for when you can’t be there in person for gift-giving.


Among Us School Pack

Among Us has been the highly-addictive phone app game that’s seen many of our tweens through long days at home through the pandemic. Now with their own line of Merch, pretty much anything Among Us will please a gaming-crazy tween boy. Let’s start with a school kit that includes backpack, pencil case, cross body bag & face masks – you can’t get much more 2021 tween than this!

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


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 This is the perfect introductory guide for your new Minecrafter looking to brush up their skills and unlock some of the key construction techniques to make amazing creations in creative mode.

Find all our gift ideas for Minecraft fans here.


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 super responsive mouse.


Monopoly Gamer Mario Kart

A board game classic to engage your tween gamer, 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, activate extra abilities with power-ups.

Minecraft Youth Pullover Sweatshirt

Perfect for any Minecraft-lover, these 3D print hoody’s won’t crack or fade; they’re machine washable, come in a variety of designs and sizes ranging from 4 to adult you’ll find something for every shape and size of Minecraft fan.


Wireless Headphones

Tune in to tablets or games without disturbing the whole household, its well worth investing for your tween in a great reliable set of wireless headphones. Make sure they have a built-in mic too if you want them to chat with their friends or do online schooling.


Tween Boy Gifts For Travel

Heading off on sleepovers, or even greater family adventures with your tweens? As their need for independence grows, it’s the perfect age for introducing them to their own luggage and comfort items to take on journeys away from home.

Rolling suitcase

Available in several fun and playful designs, American Tourist is a reliable sturdy brand for your tweens first personalized suitcase. Look for cases that are overhead cabin complaint if the plan is to take them on a plane one day and having 4 independent swivel wheels is a great feature for ease of use.


Boys Toiletry Bag

Keep them organized on sleepovers or when you travel with their very own toiletry kit.


Gifts for Outdoorsy Tween Boys

Tween boys are at a magical age when it comes to exploration and outdoor adventures. Curiosity and pushing their own limits, here are some fun toys and gadgets that your tween boy may enjoy for outside and active time.

PROGRACE Kids Underwater Camera

Tweens love to capture the action whether its on their skateboards, on their bikes or at the beach. A waterproof kids action cam will help them on their way to YouTube stardom. Easy to use functions, several mounting clips included and up to 2 hours of recording time, a great introductory model while they learn the ropes.


Metal cutlery set

A great personalized gift for tweens, whether its camping weekends or meals on the move, no more plastic waste when they have their own cutlery set including reusable metal straws in an awesome little carry case.


Ecovessel Waterbottle

Hydration wherever your tween goes is essential. You’ll find quite the evolution in the tweens between any personal items insistently needing to be based on their favorite character or hobby, though to more subtle colors and designs. We’re personally big fans of Ecovessel bottles being robust enough for our boys.


Kids fitness watch tracker

The perfect gift for a tween that loves their outdoor fitness – be it hiking, biking or playing sports. Far more than just telling the time, a fitness tracker watch can count distance and calories, syncing with a ‘smart fit’ app.


Pocketknife

Tweens are the perfect age to be introduced to the good care and functions of a pocket knife (of course, under good supervision). Learn bush craft, emergency bottle opening and more! Stick with quality brands like Victorinox so you know it’s a good quality gadget.


Emergency Paracord Bracelets

Perfect for your outdoor adventurers, this small but handy little contraption for boys comes with a built in compass, saw tooth, flint and whistle built into the design.


Wise Owl Outfitters Kids Hammock

Ideal for your tweens outdoor adventures, these super camping hammocks can be your tweens perfect retreat in the trees, or even a quiet corner of the garden. Made of ultralight 210T parachute nylon they’re super strong, suitable up to about 4.5″ in height.


Boogie Board

Kids never outgrow the fun of Boogie boards! In fact, the older they get the better the skill level and ability to tackle bigger boards and waves. Investing in a proper tween/teen boogie board will last them for years of fun in the sun.


Boys Snorkel Set

A really fun way to enhance their water experience, a snorkel set is just as fun in the swimming pool as it is on beach vacation. Learn the basics of underwater breathing and exploring a whole new world beneath.


Cruiser Skateboard

Brilliant for your beginners, a cruiser skateboard will allow your tween to work on their basics and start learning some tricks with a lightweight, compact but durable board.


Stunt Scooter

Scooters certainly don’t go out of trend once your boys starting hitting the tweens, though they will want something a little higher spec than the little kid ones. The design depends if they’re looking to do tricks or for longer journeys on their two wheels. Either way, we’re talking tween boys, you need something seriously tough and durable.

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