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12 Super Cool Toys & Gifts for Tween Boys

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By the time boys reach their preteen years they have begun to develop their own interests whether that interest is in sports, art, or even science or architecture. However, those interests can seem to change on a whim leaving those of us who are shopping for gifts for tween boys unsure of what toys and gifts they would really like.

In order to help you with that tween boy gift shopping we have compiled a list of the best premium toys and gifts for boys age 10 through 12.

Each toy or gift we have on this list has been evaluated using the following two criteria:

The first thing we look at is the educational value of each gift to determine if the gift aids the child in developing or improving physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. This includes the development of new skills and improving their self esteem.

We also look at the entertainment value of the gifts to determine if a gift will provide the tween with enjoyment, fun or a relaxing activity.

If the tween in your life enjoys building models then this Pirate ship model with LED lights will make a great Christmas or birthday gift. This model is made from foam board and paper, but is still quite durable once put together. Great for introducing early engineering skills and problem solving.

Positives

Clear and concise instructions

Challenging but fun build

Negatives

Pieces can bend easily if not careful

A sleeping bag makes a great gift for any active preteen boy, who can use the bag for sleepovers, camping, or to simply add to the bed when nights are extra cold.

Positives

Double sided zipper

Good quality material

Negatives

Only good for warm weather camping

This punching bag with a stand is a great gift for tweens who want to get fit, increase their stamina, and build muscle. Best of all this punching bag doesn’t take up a lot of space so the teen can use it in their garage, out of doors, or in any other room in the house.

Positives

Easy to use

Can help relieve stress

Negatives

Knobs tend to loosen

If you are looking for a fun birthday gift for a tween who has a spring or summer birthday then this slingball game may do the trick. A step up from playing catch this game requires the tween to shoot the ball in a “sling shot” manner and another person to catch the ball with a net before returning it.

Positives

Portable

Gets kids outdoors and active

Negatives

The straps on the balls break after a while

This Altair remote control speedboat is great fun for kids who enjoy playing in pools or calms lakes. This boat has a safe propeller system and can be righted if capsized by running on the water.

If you’re on the hunt for a teen boy gift this also makes a great option!

Positives

Low battery warning so you can get the boat back to shore before the boat dies

Easy to navigate

Negatives

Some problems that the remote quit recognizing the boat when it is in the water

If the young man in your life is into drawing and painting then this art box with a drawing pad will make a great birthday gift or Christmas present. The set comes with colored pencils, oil paints, water colors brushes, mixing tray, brushes, sanding blocks, an erase and 2 drawing pads.

Positives

Encourages creativity

Variety of supplies so young artists can spread their wings

Negatives

Some sets come missing the sketch pads

A rift on a traditional skateboard this Ripster Castboard makes a great gift for those young tweens who are a bit of a dare-devil. This caster board allows tweens to carve like they do on a snowboard only they are on dry land. We do recommend that you purchase protective gear to go with this gift.

Positives

Great for getting young men to excise

Smaller that the original ripstik making it easier for children to use

Negatives

There are some problems with the wheels breaking

Hoodie sweatshirts for tween boys always make a good gift as it is part of the preteen and teen wardrobe. This wolf hoodie is soft and eye-catching and is sure to become a favorite in a young man’s wardrobe.

Positives

Material feels extra soft

Great looking

Negatives

Some of the hoodies are too small for age indicated

The Catan civilization building game makes a great gift for tweens boys because the game requires a mixture of strategy and luck. It also helps to build communication skills and good sportsmanship as the tween engages in playing with family and friends.

Positives

Requires kids to develop various strategies for playing and winning

Easy to learn, fun to play

Negatives

There are counterfeit version out there

These graffiti sneakers will make the young man in your life feel cool and well dressed. These shoes come in several different colors and designs so you will be able to give the tween a pair of sneakers in their favorite color.

Positives

Comfortable

Good shoes for walking

Negatives

Only fit narrow feet

There are times when a preteen simply has too much stuff to fit anything else in his home or room making giving him a gift almost impossible. If you find yourself in such a situation, here are some alternative gift ideas that the tween will love, but won’t add to his already cluttered room.

Most preteen boys are eager to experience new things so giving them a new experience can make a great gift. The gift can be a cooking class, a wilderness camp, a trip to a museum, aquarium or ziplining or rock climbing. Even taking them to a ball game will make a great gift for a preteen who enjoys sports.

 

  • Take the time to learn what the preteens long term interests are since this will normally give you some great gift ideas.
  • Don’t be afraid to give the young man a gift that may expand his interests. I know preteen boys who have received a gift and haven’t been thrilled with it only to try it weeks later and decide it was something they really liked.
  • Try and buy gifts with the best reviews possibly as this will give some assurance of quality.
  • Don’t feel like you have to stick to traditional toys for boys. Your tween young man may love something like an art set which may be thought of more traditionally as a good gift for a tween girl.

 

We hope that our list of the best toys and gifts for tweens will help make your shopping for boys this age simpler and easier and more enjoyable.

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