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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 into particular hobbies and interests, or you want to hone in on a particular age group, you may also want to check out the following:

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

Best Gifts for Tween Boys

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

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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 for tweens in the 8 to 12-year-old reading skills group.


Magnetic Dart Board

An ideal introduction to the game of darts, this makes every playroom 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 five 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 for 7 to 11 years.


Tween boys gaming gifts & electronics

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

Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite - Blue

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


Gaming Store Gift Card

Not sure what games your tween recipient has? As long as you know what console they’ve got, 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

MAUKEN DAOLEN Among in Us Backpack with Lunch Box Lunch Bag Set for School

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 a 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 a 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, and activate extra abilities with power-ups.

Minecraft Youth Pullover Sweatshirt

Minecraft Boys Glow Creeper Pullover Hoodie (Small)

Perfect for any Minecraft-lover, these 3D print hoodies won’t crack or fade; they’re machine washable and 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

JBL Tune 510BT: Wireless On-Ear Headphones with Purebass Sound - Black

Tune in to tablets or games without disturbing the whole household. It’s well worth investing for your tween in a great reliable set of wireless headphones. Make sure they have a built-in mic 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

American Tourister Moonlight Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels, Black Marble, Checked-Medium 24-Inch

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 compliant if the plan is to take them on a plane one day, and having four 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 it’s 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 it’s 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

EcoVessel Boulder 24 oz - TriMax® Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Reflecta™ Insulated Dual Lid, Strainer and Silicone Bottle Bumper - Slate Gray

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

Amazfit Band 5 Activity Fitness Tracker with Alexa Built-in, 15-Day Battery Life, Blood Oxygen, Heart Rate, Sleep & Stress Monitoring, 5 ATM Water Resistant, Fitness Watch for Men Women Kids, Black

The perfect gift for a tween that loves 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.


Pocket Knife

Swiss Eagle Classic Multi-Tool Army Knife - Packs 30 Tools In Your Pocket

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


Emergency Paracord Bracelets

Paracord Survival Bracelet Loud Whistle Emergency Compass Survival Fire Starter Scraper Accessories for Hiking, Camping, Fishing and Hunting (2 Pack)

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


Wise Owl Outfitters Kids Hammock

Ideal for your tween’s outdoor adventures, these super camping hammocks can be your tween’s perfect retreat in the trees or even a quiet corner of the garden. Made of ultralight 210T parachute nylon, they’re super strong, and 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 their skill level and ability to tackle bigger boards and waves. Investing in a proper tween/teen boogie board will last them 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 a beach vacation. Learn the basics of underwater breathing and exploring a whole new world beneath.


Cruiser Skateboard

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


Stunt Scooter

Scooters certainly don’t go out of trend once your boys start 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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