50 Popular Gift Ideas For 11-Year-Old Boys

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If you’re shopping for 11-year-old boy gifts, we have tons of ideas for boys who love robots, bikes, books, and so much more!

Shopping for gifts for 11-year-old boys is so much fun! If it lights up, makes obnoxious noises, or looks like it could kill you, they’ll love it.

However, you do have a few things to consider. For starters, you don’t want anything that will actually kill them…and their parents may have some opinions on the noise and general messiness of gifts.

So what can you get that you’re sure they (and their parents!) will love? We’ve got you covered! There are so many toys for 11-year-old boys that are age-appropriate, appeal to their senses with lights and noises, and even teach them valuable STEM and other educational skills without them even realizing it. Browse our list of 11-year-old boy gifts for everything from books to robots to skateboards and much, much more!


50 Cool Gift Ideas for 11-Year-Old Boys

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Snap Circuits Electronics Exploration Kit

  • Light It Up

  • $$$$$
  • STEM

He can build more than 200 projects with the 30 snap modules in this kit! If he loves building and coding robots and other toys, he’ll have a blast setting up the circuits for various games with this set. An illustrated manual has easy-to-follow instructions so he can do the suggested projects, or he can design his own.


Waterproof Boys Sports Watch

  • Cool First Watch

  • $$$$$
  • Outdoors

This is a fully functional sports watch that tracks the time and date, and has a blacklight so he can check time in the dark. It’s waterproof to 50M. The sturdy protective cover protects it from scratches, bumps, and the general banging around that tweens do to their stuff. It also comes in several cool colors so you can pick his favorite!


Rubik's Cube

  • Solve The Cube

  • $$$$$
  • Games

Give him the puzzle kids have been solving for generations! The Rubik’s Cube premise is simple – get the cube so that each side has only one color. However, the execution is much trickier than it looks! Once he figures it out, he can time himself to get faster.


LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon

  • Ultimate Star Wars Vehicle

  • $$$$$
  • STEM

The Millennium Falcon is a whole lot of fun to build and awesome to play with afterward! It comes with 7 figures, including Finn, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, C-3PO, and more. It also has 1,351 pieces, so it makes a challenging but doable LEGO build for older kids. It has rotating top and bottom gun turrets, along with spring-loaded shooters, a lowering ramp, and an opening cockpit for the pilot.


National Geographic Kids Why?

  • But Why?

  • $$$$$
  • Books

Anyone with kids can tell you they’re great at asking questions – a LOT of questions! This book answers 1,111 of those questions. If he wants to know about the deepest part of the ocean, or what’s on the inside of a turtle shell, or why Earth doesn’t just float off into space, this book will answer those questions and a whole lot more! Instead of getting an endless stream of questions, you’ll now get an endless stream of sentences beginning with “Did you know…?”


Nerf N Strike Elite Strongarm Toy Blaster

  • Target Practice

  • $$$$$
  • Outdoors

This Strongarm blaster lets him fire 6 darts in a row, and they’ll fly up to 90 feet. The blaster comes with 6 darts for him to slam-fire at moving targets (hopefully not his siblings unless they’re willing)! The dart barrel also flips open for easy dart loading, and it’s hand-powered, so this toy doesn’t require any batteries.


Fire HD 10 Tablet

  • Variety of Fun

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment, Books

He’ll love doing a variety of things on this tablet! He can download books to read or audiobooks to listen to. He can watch Disney+. He can play games or video chat with his best friend or his grandparents. The Fire FD 10 has a 12-hour battery and is brighter than previous generations of this tablet.


Holes Book

  • Award-Winning Adventure

  • $$$$$
  • Books

“Holes” is a kids’ classic and a thrilling adventure featuring poor Stanley Yelnats. Stanley’s entire life has been full of astonishing bad luck…but hopefully, in this book, things turn around for him. Of course, to get to a better place, he has to get rid of the curse that has plagued his family since his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather brought it on all of them.


Huffy Kids Hardtail Mountain Bike

  • My First Mountain Bike

  • $$$$$
  • Outdoors

This 21-speed mountain bike is a gorgeous, glossy red that makes it extra-cool. He can have great outdoor adventures, with speeds that are designed for uphill climbing, downhill coasting, or riding on flat paths. The knobby tires will grip mountain bike trails and get him over small rocks and other obstacles.


K'Nex Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster

  • Coaster Engineer

  • $$$$$
  • STEM

He can build a roller coaster that’s over 2 feet tall, using the 649 pieces of track that come in this set. The car moves thanks to a motorized chain lift (this gift needs 2 AA batteries), so when he’s finished, he can watch the car ride to the end and start again!

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Large Dart Board With Sticky Balls

  • Hand-Eye Coordination

  • $$$$$
  • Games

This game of darts is fun to play with friends or for him to take a short brain break while doing homework. The dart board comes with 12 sticky balls – simply toss them at the targets and they’ll stick! You can even work on math skills by having him add up his points, or by multiplying certain targets to make them worth more.


Raddish Kids Cooking Subscription Box

  • Junior Chef

  • $$$$$
  • STEM, Create

If he loves to cook (or if you want him to learn to cook), Radish Kids subscription boxes make a great present! Each month, he’ll get a box with 3 illustrated, laminated recipe cards that are easy to follow. He’ll also get a kitchen tool to use on his dishes. He’ll also get a grocery list that can be modified if he has dietary restrictions, so he can plan a meal from start to finish.


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Slime Science Lab

  • Slime Time

  • $$$$$
  • STEM

He can make glowing slime with this kit! He’ll learn all about slime, its properties, and how to make it with the full-color information guide that comes with the kit. Once he’s conducted his messy experiment, he’ll have plenty of slime to play with – day or night!


Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books

  • For Reluctant Readers

  • $$$$$
  • Books

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books are great for reluctant readers because they feature a combination of text and comic-style drawings, which he may find easier to read than a whole page of typed text. Greg Heffley’s adventures – or, more accurately, misadventures – will make him laugh and keep him hooked.


12-in-1 STEM Solar Robot Kit

  • Build Your Own Robot

  • $$$$$
  • STEM

He can make more than 12 types of robots with this kit! Each time he builds one, he can easily take it apart and try another. The robots are powered by the sun and don’t require any batteries. Some of the models can crawl, roll, float, and more.


Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing

  • Gamer’s Delight

  • $$$$$
  • Games

He’ll love gaming with the Nintendo Switch! It’s small enough to bring on a long road trip or plane ride, and there are tons of games to play on the handheld console. This Switch comes decorated with images of Animal Crossing characters, including Tom Nook and the Nooklings Timmy and Tommy. The set comes with a Switch console, a Switch dock, left and right Joy-Cons, two Joy-Con straps, a grip, and a Nintendo AC Adapter.

You should note that games are not included, so for him to enjoy the console right away, you’ll need to buy some games as well.


LED Light Up Flying Disc

  • Catch In The Dark

  • $$$$$
  • Outdoors

This Frisbee-like disc lights up and floats on water, so it makes a fun after-dark game outside. He can bring it when camping or to a local park and toss the disc around. The disc has an on/off switch that lights it up, and batteries should last 20 hours before they need to be changed.


Bluetooth Headset

  • Light-Up Headphones

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

He’ll get a kick out of these headphones with LED lights that follow the music ups and downs. The headset folds up, so it’s easy to pack up or carry around. He can use them for listening to music or audiobooks or for playing video or computer games.


Harry Potter Box Set

  • Wizarding World

  • $$$$$
  • Books

Eleven is the right age to start the Harry Potter books, and these will keep him busy for quite a while! The 7 books start geared towards a little younger age, and they grow along with Harry Potter so the scariest books are the last ones. He’ll get lost in the quirky, sometimes silly, sometimes frightening wizarding world of Hogwarts and other magical places.


Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets Launcher

  • Launch Time

  • $$$$$
  • Outdoors

This rocket launcher operates quite simply – he just steps on the launch pad and sends his rocket soaring! This set features a dueling base so he can challenge a friend. They both launch rockets at the same time and see which rocket goes higher. Along with the launchpad, 4 rockets are included in this set as well.

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Hover Soccer Ball

  • Hover Ball

  • $$$$$
  • Games

This “soccer ball” uses air pushed out the bottom to hover above the ground. Kids can use their hands or legs to kick the ball around the room. It has a foam bumper to protect the walls and furniture. The ball also lights up for extra fun.


142 Pc Art Set With Wood Carrying Case

  • Make Art

  • $$$$$
  • Create

If he loves painting, drawing, coloring, and other art forms, he’ll appreciate this beautiful wood art set! It has 142 pieces total – 24 colored pencils, plus crayons, oil pastels, and watercolors. It comes in a wood carrying case that has a special spot for each piece.


ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run

  • Marble Fun

  • $$$$$
  • STEM

This maze toy for 11-year-old boys is both a game and a marble run! It comes with a game grid, 9 towers, a target piece, and 3 marbles. It also comes with 60 challenge cards that range from beginner to expert. He can pick up a card and must build a marble run that meets the challenge. Once he does, he’ll have the fun of watching his marbles make their way through the maze.


The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook

  • Dinner’s On Him

  • $$$$$
  • Create

This cookbook from Food Network Magazine features more than 150 recipes that kids can make! He can make dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, or dessert (we can guess which he’ll pick!) The cookbook also has tips from cooking pros, color pictures for each recipe, and even some coloring book pages. Put him in charge in the kitchen and put your feet up while he makes a meal (ok, you might want to supervise a little…).


Homall Gaming Chair

  • Good Gamer Chair

  • $$$$$
  • Games

He’ll sit comfy while gaming in this chair! It has shaping foam to make it a pleasant place to sit while playing. It’s also nice and sturdy and can stand up to an 11-year-old boy and his excited gaming gestures. The chair swivels 360 degrees and has multi-directional wheels, and it reclines. This would also be a good desk chair for doing homework or online school.


LEGO Creator 3in1 Space Shuttle

  • Blast Off

  • $$$$$
  • STEM

This is 3 models in 1 – he can build a space shuttle, a rocket, and a lunar lander in the same kit. It comes with an astronaut minifigure who has a helmet and multi-tool for solving any space disasters. The astronaut can fit in any of the 3 vehicles to fly them.


Holo Rare Pokemon Card Bundle

  • Catch ‘Em All

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

If you know he collects Pokemon cards, give him a nice big bunch! This bundle comes with some ultra-rare cards, as well as some more common ones he might be willing to part with in a trade. There’s no guarantee exactly which cards will come in the pack – part of the fun is discovering what he gets! These would be a great stocking stuffer at Christmas or a fun birthday treat.


Exploding Kittens

  • Magical Enchiladas

  • $$$$$
  • Games

Exploding Kittens is perfect for tweens and teens, with it’s quirky, slightly demented but still family-friendly humor. Play Exploding Kitten cards and find creatures like Jack-A-Nopes and Pig-A-Corns while avoiding the Attack of the Thousand-Year Back Hair. He’ll be delighted.


Percy Jackson and the Olympians Boxed Set

  • Greek Gods In Modern Times

  • $$$$$
  • Books

The Percy Jackson series is a great blend of adventure that will make him want to keep reading, along with the sarcastic humor of a teen boy. Percy discovers he’s the son of a Greek god and has plenty of adventures battling villains and trying to save the world. Readers will also pick up an extensive knowledge of Greek mythology without even trying.


Oculus Quest 2

  • Immerse Yourself

  • $$$$$
  • Games, Entertainment

This VR headset will make him feel like he’s right in the middle of his video game. The graphics are incredibly lifelike, and he can play games alone or with other users. He can also visit spots around the globe and bring geography to life. He can even visit the International Space Station and experience in a small way what life is like for the scientists and people living there.

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MalloMe Camping Mess Kit

  • Ready To Eat

  • $$$$$
  • Outdoors

Mess kits have come a long way from the easily dented aluminum kits we all used as scouts! This kit is still aluminum, but it’s anodized and a great, sturdy thickness that won’t easily get damaged. It conducts heat quickly so he can have a hot meal after hiking all day. If he’s a Boy Scout or simply loves camping, this set will serve him well through adulthood. It comes with a pot, pot cover, pan, 2 bowls, spork, soup spoon, wooden spoon, cleaning sponge, and a nylon travel bag.


LED Bike Wheel Lights

  • Light Night

  • $$$$$
  • Outdoors

He’ll have a blast riding after dark with these wheel lights! The set comes with 2 strings of lights, for the front and back wheels. They use AA batteries to power the lights. These would be a lot of fun while he rides in a bike parade or rides (safely!) around the neighborhood or a campground. They come in a variety of light colors, so you can pick his favorite.


Artie Max the Coding, Drawing Robot

  • Draw With Artie

  • $$$$$
  • STEM

Learn coding with Artie! He can use Blockly, Snap!, JavaScript, Python, C++, or Artie’s own codes to program the robot. When he’s finished, Artie will translate the code into artwork. He’ll need a WiFi-enabled tablet or computer and can use that to communicate with Artie. Artie does not connect to the Internet, however, so parents don’t need to worry about privacy concerns.


Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

  • Say Cheese!

  • $$$$$
  • Create

He can take pictures and print them immediately with this fun instant camera! The camera has a built-in flash for low light, plus modes and settings for different environments. It comes with a matching case, a photo album, 4 color lens filters, 10 frames with clips and string to hang them, 5 plastic frames, frame stickers, and more. It would be a great gift for 11-year-old boys to take to summer camp or on family trips.


Jumbo Pop Bubble Toy

  • Pop Pop!

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

Pop bubble toys have replaced fidget spinners as the fidget toy of choice right now! They’re all the fun of bubble wrap, minus the noise and the garbage at the end. When he’s popped all the bubbles on one side, he can simply flip it over and start again! This is one of those inexpensive toys for 11-year-old boys that will still entertain him for hours.


Guinness World Records 2022

  • Record Holders

  • $$$$$
  • Books

Kids love obscure facts, and this book is full of them! He’ll learn about plenty of strange record holders, but he’ll also learn about environmental heroes who are working to make the world a better place. He’ll learn about different animals and the wonders of the natural world. He’ll even learn about the kids under 16 who are breaking records and making a difference in the world.


Nerf Pro Grip Football

  • Toss The Ball

  • $$$$$
  • Games, Outdoors

This foam football is a good way for younger kids to get started playing. The ball is smaller and squishy, so it’s easier for smaller hands to grasp. It also doesn’t hurt as much if they miss while catching it and it hits them! He can practice throwing a perfect spiral to his friends with this ball.


LEGO Star Wars: The Mandalorian The Child

  • Build Baby Yoda

  • $$$$$
  • STEM

If he’s as obsessed with The Child (more commonly known as “Baby Yoda”) as many people are, he’ll love this LEGO build! The Child has a posable head, movable ears, and an adjustable mouth so he can do a lot to make this creation his own. It comes with a toy for The Child, an information sign, and a cute Baby Yoda minifigure as well. The kit is 1,073 pieces – enough to be a challenge without being completely overwhelming.


Uno Original and Uno Flip Card Games

  • An Updated Classic

  • $$$$$
  • Games

Uno is a great card game to have on hand because it can be played with almost any number of people. It’s easy and a whole lot of fun when things get going. This set comes with an original card game, plus a flip-the-deck game if kids want a new challenge.


Adjustable Portable Basketball System

  • Play Ball

  • $$$$$
  • Outdoors

If he loves shooting hoops, get him a setup that can go right in his driveway! This hoop has a telescoping height adjustment that can go from 7.5 to 10 feet, so it will grow with him. The backboard has a shatterproof design for safety, and the set is all-weather resistant for years of fun.

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PlayStation Store Gift Card

  • Gaming Card

  • Games, Entertainment

He can use this for anything in the PlayStation Store, from games to add-ons to subscriptions. If he loves playing on his PlayStation, he’s sure to find something in the store that he’ll love! He’ll be able to download purchases remotely and start playing as soon as he loads his card.


Wooden Ferris Wheel DIY Model Kits

  • Build The Wheel

  • $$$$$
  • Create, STEM

These wooden build kits are great for also building STEM and engineering skills. At the end, he’ll have a wooden Ferris wheel that actually runs. The set is basically a 3D puzzle he’s putting together. He’ll also be working on the motor to power the wheel. The kit includes paint as well so he can decorate his creation and make it his own.


Night Lights Bluetooth Speaker Clock

  • Rise & Shine

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

A multifunctional alarm clock is a good present for an 11-year-old because he’s beginning to develop self-reliance and other skills he’ll need as an adult. An alarm clock is one way he can begin to be responsible for himself in the mornings instead of relying on others to wake him up. The clock also comes with a Bluetooth speaker, an LED lamp, and an MP3 player. He can adjust the light from the lamp to be brighter during the day and softer as bedtime draws near.


Dickies Beanie

  • Stay Warm

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

11-year-old boys may, notoriously, never wear their jackets…but occasionally, you can get them to toss on a beanie and keep at least a little bit warm! This Dickies beanie is a solid color, and there are a rainbow of color choices, so you can pick one he’d like. It’s just the right amount of slouchy to be cool for a tween who’s starting to worry about these things.


LEGO Make Your Own Movie Kit

  • Movie Maker

  • $$$$$
  • Create

Stop-motion movies are fun to watch, and he can now make his own! Download a stop-motion app onto a tablet or phone, and he can use the LEGO figures and backdrops in this kit to make his own movie. An 80-page book will explain how stop-motion works and give him tips for recording his movies.


DAYBETTER LED Strip Lights

  • Light Up A Room

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

He’ll have a whole new set of options for room decor when he installs these strip lights! The lights can go around the top or bottom of his room, and he can choose from a variety of colors and lighting modes, depending on his mood and what he’s doing. Set soft lighting for right before bedtime or pulsing multicolored lights for a dance party or gaming time.


Standard Trick Skateboard for Beginners

  • Skater Boy

  • $$$$$
  • Outdoors

He’s at an age when skateboarding may be starting to get popular with his friends. If he wants to try it himself, this skateboard has a wide deck and is a great beginner board…although it’s suitable for more advanced skateboarders as well. The maple deck will hold up well, and it’s coated in a non-slip surface so his feet will stay put. It can support up to 220 lbs, so it can grow with him.


TMY WiFi Projector with 100″ Screen

  • Movie Night

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

Movie projectors make a really fun 11-year-old boy gift! Whether he uses it in his room to play games or movies, or it stays in the family area for family movie nights – or even outside in summer for a fun outdoor movie – this will be a present he’ll love!


Razor A3 Kick Scooter for Kids

  • Scooter Time!

  • $$$$$
  • Outdoors

Razor scooters are a classic, and it’s easy to see why! They’re durable, sturdy, and streamlined. They come in several colors so you can choose his favorite. This one folds up for easy storage. It also has an adjustable handle so it will fit him now and can be extended as he grows.


Tello - Mini Drone Quadcopter

  • Drone Show

  • $$$$$
  • Outdoors, Create

This drone is on the inexpensive side, but still shoots amazing photos and video, making it a great first drone! He can take photos and video during a maximum flight time of 13 minutes – plenty of time to see what his house looks like from above. Two antennas mean even better transmission quality, and tech like a flight controller means he can even do tricks.

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