Before they hit the teens, boys are surprisingly easy to shop for at any time of the year. There are just so many gadgets and gizmos developed for children of this age. And, there are a lot of options in every single price range – and for every age group.
We’ve covered a few gifts for boys, but mostly we’ve waded into the waters of the older kids. Some are larger ticket items and some will make a great stocking stuffer. And, while we've focused on gifts for boys, many could also appeal to your pre-teen girls too.
Want to know the best part?
We've included alternative or add-on ideas for each and every gift on this list, so you can take it to the next level with an additional stocking stuffer or find a more age-appropriate gift for your little guy.
Looking for ideas for your teenage boys? We’ve got you covered with this article. And, you’ll want to take a look, especially if your lads are on that tween cusp. Enjoy shopping these gifts for boys– and then enjoy the smile!
Available as a traditional CD or a digital download. Contains a compilation of popular hits from previous Kidz Bop CDs.
There aren’t many complaints, although we did find an angry reviewer who stated that one of the songs says “Oh my God” instead of “Oh my gosh.”
Get your mini music fan moving and grooving with this collection of the greatest hits from Kidz Bop. He’ll love rocking out to hits like “Shake it Off,” “Party Rock Anthem,” and “Call Me Maybe.”
Kidz Bop provides a fun way for your kiddo to enjoy Top-40 hits without sexual innuendos or profanity. This G-rated CD contains 14 tunes to keep him entertained on the road or in his room, and many parents say they love the songs just as much as their kids do.
This particular trampoline features strong safety features and non-stop fun with a basketball hoop.
Double check that all parts have arrived before gifting so there’s no disappointed children.
We love the safety features on this trampoline. It has a reinforced T-bracket design to go with the netting. The jump mat makes use of heavy-duty UV protected polypropylene to stop slips – and then there’s the basketball hoop. Oh wait, that has nothing to do with safety, but it will provide plenty of hours of enjoyment.
Now, we do realize that this is an expensive gift that can’t necessarily be used until spring, so perhaps you’ll make it a group gift. You could always consider this indoor gym set to relieve all that energy. And Just Dance will make the whole family smile – and tired – every time.
Simple assembly process - many kids can put this Droid together without adult assistance. A built-in sensor detects obstacles so the Droid avoids crashing into them.
The control panel requires an app, which means he needs a smartphone or tablet to drive the Droid.
This Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit makes it a cinch for your gift recipient to build his own working Droid. Once assembled, the Droid embarks on missions and follows simple commands. Several reviewers praise the Droid’s design, explaining that it looks and sounds like a real Droid from the movies.
An included battery ensures the fun starts right away, and the kit also comes with stickers for a custom design. This Droid is on Amazon’s Holiday Toy List, and it’s also an awardee of the Toy Insider STEM 10.
Includes classic gags and new pranks for hours of laughter. Less than $1 per prank.
Some of the pieces are cheaply made, and they might not fool grownups.
When’s the last time you had a bug in your ice cube? Get ready to get pranked over and over again with the hilarious gags from this kid-friendly prank kit. It includes a mix of familiar pranks and new gags that are sure to keep your boy’s friends and family on their toes.
Pranks include the beloved Whoopee cushion, fake cockroaches, Chinese finger handcuffs, fake poop, and fake lottery tickets. Hours of fun!
Perfect for restless boys who need a distraction that won’t disrupt classmates or siblings. Fun to twist and turn.
Sometimes it’s hard to put the pieces back together after you take apart one of these fidget toys.
Keep restless hands busy with this set of Tangle Jr. fidget toys. They’re resilient yet flexible, so your son can tug, twist, and take apart the pieces over and over with no issues. Kids love the bold colors and smooth plastic, and adults love the long-lasting design and affordable price.
Looking for different fidget toys? Check out our list of the best fidget spinners to find one that’s just right for little hands.
Lets your Minecraft fan fend off Creepers and dig for tools. Transforms from a sword to a pickaxe in mere moments.
Hard and heavy. This is good news if you want something that’s built to last, but bad news if you’ve got energetic boys who want to attack each other.
Creepers are no match for your Minecraft fan when he’s got this awesome 2-in-1 sword. It quickly transforms into a pickaxe, making it a cinch for your special boy to get the resources he needs. The sword is heavy and resilient; numerous reviewers are impressed by how well-made it is.
For just $25, you can keep a Minecraft fan entertained for hours at a time, day after day. Consider this foam Minecraft sword set instead if you want something that won’t pack a powerful punch when your junior swordsman starts swinging.
Custom kit for a real computer that he can build all by himself. Kid-friendly design and bold colors make it fun to build and use the computer.
According to customers, it’s difficult to reach a representative from the company when a problem arises.
If a computer is on his wishlist this Christmas, why not let him build his own? This Kano kit includes everything he needs to build his own computer from scratch, plus simple step-by-step instructions. It’s recommended for kids age 8 and up, but some parents say their kindergarteners were able to assemble this with minimal assistance.
Oh, and it’s not just for show - this computer really works! He can hack Minecraft, create music, and watch YouTube videos on his Kano computer.
A fun yet affordable way for boys to pass the time. Squishy formula is easy to squeeze and pull.
Some parents complain that this Flarp is too dry, while others gripe that it’s too sticky. Flarp feels different than other types of slime, so it might feel weird if you’re expecting it to be just like another brand.
What boy doesn’t get a kick out of fart noises? With Flarp Noise Putty, he gets the joy of pretending someone tooted while squishing this ooey-gooey slime between his fingers. Multiple colors are included, so he can combine several hues or share them with his buddies.
Make sure he keeps the lids sealed tightly on each container so his Flarp doesn’t dry out quickly!
Perfect for woodworking projects and general building. Includes 9 pieces for your junior craftsman.
These aren’t toy tools, so supervise younger kids to make sure they’re using them safely.
Now your little guy can help with home-improvement projects instead of watching from the sidelines! This 9-piece tool kit includes everything he needs for basic building, from a kid-sized hammer to a sturdy pair of pliers. There’s even a carrying pouch so he can transport his tools to different locations.
Watch out for the scissors - they’re sharp! Several parents admit they took them away from their kids, so keep an eye on your kiddo when he uses them.
Impressive kit is popular with parents and kids alike and the recipient of 4 different awards. Contains 12 pieces to let your kiddo safely perform science experiments.
Some adults complain that this kit requires adult supervision and/or assistance. Younger kids can’t perform experiments alone.
Prepare for the science fair or simply encourage an interest in chemistry with this 12-piece science lab activity kit. It contains real pieces that can be used in simple experiments, such as combining baking soda and vinegar. Helpful cards detail how to perform 10 basic experiments.
This activity kit is for kids ages 4 and older, but younger kids might need some help with experiments.
Contains enough pieces for 72 planes, so it keeps your favorite kiddo busy for a while. Comes with plenty of stickers for customization.
Sometimes the kits arrive damaged due to the shipping process. It’s unclear whether this is an issue caused by the company itself or the delivery service.
Sure, he can easily make paper airplanes from notebook paper, but those aren’t nearly as cool as the ones he can make with this kit. It includes thick, sturdy paper in a variety of colors and designs so your gift recipient can make up to 72 airplanes.
Printed lines make it easy for younger kids and paper-plane newbies to easily assemble the airplanes. Colorful stickers let your favorite boy customize the look of his planes.
Long battery life - reviewers say that kids usually get 30 to 40 minutes of uninterrupted riding. Detachable trailer is perfect for transporting sticks or hay.
Some adults say assembly is tricky, even with the included instructions.
If he’s too young to drive a real tractor but wants to still help out on the farm - or just cruise around the neighborhood - this Peg Perego John Deere tractor is just what he needs. It effectively glides over different terrains, whether your driver is on a rocky road or in a muddy yard. He can cruise as fast as 4.5 miles per hour, and there’s a working FM radio to keep him entertained while he hauls debris in his own trailer.
This is one of the most expensive gifts on our list, but it’s also one of the best. Boys between the ages of 3 and 7 love it.
Available in baby, toddler, boys’, and adult sizes, so you can easily pull off a matching look with your family. Sturdy constructions means these shoes are built to last.
Numerous reviewers warn that Converse run big, and the seller even advises going down half a size if you buy the navy Converse.
Converse never seem to go out of style; they’re popular with both kids and adults. These Converse sneakers fit comfortably, even over braces, and they’re perfect for everything from hanging out on the sofa to shooting some hoops with friends.
They hold up well, and numerous reviewers rave about how long they last. The resilient toes are perfect for kids who lean forward as they walk or who drag their toes while riding bikes or scooters. He can wear them with jeans, khakis, or even formal attire - we’ve seen quite a few brides and grooms rocking them at weddings as well.
Includes 5 different costumes for hours of make-believe fun. One size fits all.
One reviewer claims these costumes are cheaply made, but most other customers rave about how well made they are.
Unleash a special boy’s inner superhero with this set of capes and masks. The capes are soft and silky, and they’re easy to secure and remove. The masks conceal his identity without restricting air flow or vision.
Each brightly colored costume has a different superhero design, and the costumes are great for parties, Halloween, or everyday play. These are one-size-fits-all costumes designed for kids age 18 months to 8 years old.
This is a winner of Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Products Award, and it has everything needed to play spy for hours on end.
A few more gadgets would go over well – and don’t expect serious quality or durability for the price.
This case includes folding binoculars, magnifying glass, secret marker set, and an undercover flashlight. Best of all, however, has to be the fingerprint powder and brush. That’s a lot of fun for anyone excited by spy movies or just looking to solve mysteries in the home.
This is best when you set up some scenarios for your kids to cover, but it’s great on its own. If you really want to take the spy theme to the next level, you should consider this kit with camera and spy glasses. And then, you know walkie-talkies are always a hit for young gents.
Details reflect Jeremy McGrath’s bike and kids can ride at speeds of 15 miles per hour for up to 40 minutes.
It is electric and should only be operated by older kids. And, some users report an issue with this bike holding a charge.
Even if they love riding their bike around, there is nothing like the thrill of an electric scooter. Although this is recommended for older kids, you can use your judgment (and state laws) to determine when your son is ready. It has large tires, a retractable kickstand, dual-disk brakes, and dual suspension.
Given the price, you’ll need to think hard about this gift, though you’ll definitely get the reaction you desire from it. A classic bicycle (with or without training wheels) remains a popular Christmas present. If your son is too small for a bike, don’t forget about the classic Big Wheel. (How could you ever?)
This book makes reading as practical as it can be, while making it seem a lot more fun than work. It’s available in hardcover and as a Kindle book.
Some buyers were surprised that it wasn’t as thick as expected.
You can keep pressing the fiction angle, but there are some guys that would rather get stuck into something practical. This book covers that, but also how to land an airplane in an emergency and how to turn bones into pretzels. Hopefully, there won’t be much call for that, but it’s super fun to let the imagination run wild, isn’t it?
This book is for older boys that have solid reading skills. You could also try this book of jokes that will have your kids (and you) laughing out loud. And, boys instantly enjoy reading whenever they pick up a copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid; the latest release offers no less.
This is the classic toy updated to include 360-degree environments with View-Master VR apps used with your Smartphone.
Some users are a little disappointed with the way this toy works with phones.
Remember how the classic View-Master inspired your imagination with 3-D scenes you could only imagine? There are loads of free experience packs that you can download from Google Play and other sources, so this toy can always be revitalized and fun. But really, it’s all about the 360-degree views that will allow any kid to experience the same level of awe that you had as a kid with a mix of classic and contemporary features.
Go ahead and start picking up stocking stuffers with the experience packs such as this one which takes kids underwater. Or, perhaps world travel is in the cards for your little adverturer. Or, maybe you want to take a look at the Google cardboard glasses; they’re a terrific gift on their own.
This board carries up to 220 pounds for 11 miles at a top speed of eight miles per hour. It includes LED headlights, rubber bumpers, and battery indicators.
Some users report issues with calibration. And, it’s not exactly the cheapest present, is it?
This self-balancing scooter is nothing but fun for young lads. No really. They will stop, stare, and drool every time they see one. And, somehow, today’s kids instinctively manage to get going on these scooters (or hoverboards in the making). Now, it doesn’t go all that fast and it does have plenty of safety features, but you’ll still want to think about such an expensive purchase.
If you are going to go all out for your older boy, you may want to spend the extra money for a waterproof carrying case to make it easy to transport (when it can’t be ridden). And, you’ll probably want to start younger kids on the traditional, manual, handle-bar scooter.
You get three selectable frequencies so you can fly three helicopters at the same time (well, three people can each fly one). It’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, plus you can use the multi-colored LED lights to fly at night.
It’s nowhere close to the drones that your kid really wants to fly.
Every little guy should have the opportunity to fly a remote control helicopter. At the very least, it’s terrific practice for the days when he will have a drone in his hands. Sure, this isn’t the most advanced helicopter out there, but the price means you won’t cry if it breaks. The young boy in your life might, so a spare isn’t a bad idea.
If you want to go the full-drone route, this quadcopter drone is rather inexpensive (though it doesn’t have a lot of features either). And, the littlest tykes will totally enjoy this toy helicopter until they can begin working remote controls better.
This basketball hoop can withstand extreme weather so you can leave it out, even if it’s not permanently placed anywhere. The base can take sand or water – depending on where you live.
The product itself is great, but be prepared to figure out the assembly on your own; the instructions are baffling.
There’s always time to shoot some hoops. And this makes a terrific gift for the boy that can’t get enough practice in at the park. Though you don’t need to install this into the ground, it is designed to be as weather resistant as possible. The backboard claims to be virtually unbreakable and you can raise or lower it according to the skills of your child. The rim is solid steel and the braces are steel too. The base can be filled with sand or water – and the whole thing is covered by a five-year warranty.
If you don’t have space outdoors, you could always try this indoor hanging basketball game. It’s easy to assemble for play before packing away. Of course, basketball isn’t everyone’s sport and it’s hard to go wrong with a football at this time of the year.
You get 15 pieces and “recipes” for 12 projects, but you’re only limited by your imagination. Get other littleBits kits and you can mix and match and create even more.
This isn’t cheap, but it is good value.
You will wish you had this as a kid. LittleBits comes with wheels, switches, and electronic building blocks. Snap them together to create doorbells, buzzers, flashlights, and more. You really want to check out this video from littleBits before you scoff at the price. It’s that cool, though recommended for kids over eight.
If you can’t justify $200 on a single gadget kit, you could start with this smaller, Rule Your Room Kit from littleBits. Or, check out this similar invention kit from Makey Makey. They are all awesome.
This classic game is as challenging as you remember and this one even comes with a display stand.
A few people have found it difficult to move the pieces.
Were you ever able to solve a Rubik’s Cube? It’s all in the formula, apparently. And, thanks to YouTube, it’s easier than ever to figure it out, but no less addictive. There’s nothing like watching your kid trying to beat the clock; it’s almost as amusing as doing it yourself.
This particular Rubik’s Cube comes with a display stand, which you’ll need because there are a lot of different Rubik’s to play with these days. You may want to add this pyramid to the mix. Or, if Rubik’s isn’t your thing at all, why not try out the classic Simon game. So much fun!
The concave desk is slip-resistant and the wheels are super high-grade urethane. All in, it’s well made.
It can be a little difficult to ride if you’re used to larger models, but younger kids will get the hang of it in no time.
If you’ve never watched your kids on one of these boards, you have no idea what you’re missing. Your kiddo may have a difficult time trying to get on it, but they’ll be ripping up the pavement in no time. It’s a lot of fun, great exercise (it strengthens the core besides balance and leg development), and it feels like hover board practice.
It’s a shame to wait until spring to give this a go, but it’s definitely worth it. You should, however, probably get some knee and elbow pads – especially for younger kids. And, a helmet isn’t the worst idea either.
With this starter kit, all you need is a compatible mobile device to race cars on up to eight battlefields. These robotic supercars are wild fun for boys of all ages.
Check compatibility with phones and operating systems before purchasing.
Just check out the videos from Anki before you say cars are only for little guys or the garage. These babies are worlds of fun for all ages, enhanced by the integration with technology. It takes track building to the next level. But, it’s the battles that will attract boys aged eight and over.
You can expand the game with new track extensions and super truck. You know you want to see this under the tree. Why not top it up with this Nuke Expansion Car and Expansion Track add-ons. They’ll just add to the hours of fun.
With this tablet, children have access to a lot of free, kid-friendly content with Amazon FreeTime for one year. And parents have further controls to manage usage.
Battery life isn’t great, but then again, your kid shouldn’t spend all their time on a tablet.
We love this tablet for a lot of reasons. It’s got a 7” display, 16 GB of storage, and connects via Wi-Fi. But, it’s really the kid-proof case and the no questions asked two-year guarantee that puts this product at #2 on our list. Additionally, it comes in a variety of color options. Really, it’s just a Fire tablet with parental controls already set, but it comes with a year of FreeTime at no charge. C’mon, you know everyone loves that.
Eliminates the need to constantly stop and pick up ammo during a Nerf gun war. Makes your gift recipient look like a serious competitor.
A couple reviewers say the vest is cheaply made, but kids don’t seem to mind!
Nerf gun wars become serious business when your favorite boy slips into this tactical vest. It’s loaded with extra ammo, plus it includes a spot for his Nerf gun. Comfortable safety goggles protect his eyes while making him look like a super-cool dude, and a breathable face mask lets competitors know he’s ready for battle.
The kit includes 20 refill bullets, so he doesn’t have to stop and grab ammo from the ground after every hit.
Posable dragon makes it easy to act out scenes from the LEGO Ninjago movie. Can be assembled quickly compared to some other LEGO kits.
This is geared toward kids age 8 to 14, so younger kids might struggle with assembly. Consider a fun Duplo set instead if you’re shopping for a young boy.
Bring the action and suspense of LEGO Ninjago to a special boy’s home with this Green Ninja Mech Dragon kit. It comes with 4 mini figures (boys love these!) for realistic roleplaying. There are 544 pieces, so this kit will keep him busy building for a while - but not to the point where he loses interest.
The fierce dragon really moves! The jaws snap, and it boasts a wheel-powered swooshing tail. Prepare for battle!