40 Unique Gift Ideas For Tween Boys

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Tween boys are caught between their childhood and that confusing time called becoming a teenager. Some boys mature faster than others, so it can be tricky to know where the boy in your life is at and what he wants most.

You won’t have to guess anymore because below are a variety of gifts that will speak to any tween boy’s remaining boyhood, oncoming teenagedom, and all the things in between that he loves, including games, activities, and loads of cool stuff. Here are the best gift ideas for tween boys they’ll love.


40 Awesome Gift Ideas for Tween Boys

Make the tween boy in your life feel like the coolest guy in the room with these gifts for tween boys.

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Kids Against Maturity Game

  • Family Fun Night

  • $$$$$
  • Games, Funny, Activity

The popular Kids Against Maturity game makes for a super-fun family game night that includes tween boys. The question and answer game is full of offbeat topics, edgy humor, and lots of lighthearted surprises along the way. Tween boys will actually enjoy spending a whole night with family when this party game is on the table.


Burrito Blanket

  • Wrapped Up Like A Burrito

  • $$$$$
  • Funny, Home, Unique

When a tween boy wants a comfy blanket for hanging out at home, he wants one that will keep his buddies laughing (and still keep him warm). Give him this novelty burrito blanket, made from the warmest fleece and appearing as a realistic burrito tortilla. He can do as burritos do and wrap himself up tight for bedtime, naps, gaming, or just chilling out on the couch.


Scooter

  • How To Get Ahead

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Activity, Boys

Scooters and tween boys go hand-in-hand, so get your favorite tween this cool and well-built scooter and watch him as he gains speed down the sidewalk. The manual kick scooter uses the energetic power that youth provides and gets him wherever he needs to go, plus it’s foldable so he can keep it stored once he arrives at his next destination.


Nerf Gun Targets

  • Hit His Targets

  • $$$$$
  • Games, Activity, Boys

This awesome game of targets offers tween boys an opportunity to safely shoot at targets and improve their skills in the most effective way. The game feels like the type of target game they might find at a carnival, so now you can bring the carnival to them to enjoy in their home or yard. The game comes with sound effects and a scorekeeper, so they’ll see how they’re doing at all times.


Space Solar Robot Kit

  • For Robot Creators

  • $$$$$
  • Kit, Activity, Unique

This kit will entertain even the most jaded tween boy once he discovers he can build different solar-powered robots without struggle. The easy-to-use kit will help him create six different solar robots with different functions, including an astronaut and a space rover. He can learn the science of building and have a great time putting together robots to explore the universe with.


LED Light Beanie Hat

  • Light His Way

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing, Boys, Cool

Tween boys get into some strange places, so you can help light their way out with this LED beanie hat. Gifts for tween boys that solve a problem are the best gifts of all. Perfect for Christmas, this hat will keep them warm, create a look they love, and a super-strong LED light that can get them out of the darkest places and safely home to their video games.


Super Magnetic Putty

  • Putty For The Advanced Tween

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Cool, Boys

This isn’t your ordinary putty. This magnetic putty is for the tween boy who wants to learn about the power of magnets while making things stick to his powerful magnetic putty. The putty comes with a magnet that can cause it to stretch and move towards the magnet or when attached to the magnet, will attract any metals to itself. This magnetic toy will make him the coolest guy around to his friends.


Slammo Game Set

  • Slam It Down

  • $$$$$
  • Games, Kit, Activity

Slammo is the ultimate outdoor game for tween boys. The volleyball-like game is a two-on-two game played anywhere using a target net and balls, which the players smack to each other as they would during a volleyball game and by using the net to bounce off of. The game works at the beach, in the park, or in any yard, and comes with a carrying case to get the fun wherever it needs to go.


Gamer T-Shirt

  • Mottos For Gamers

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing, Gaming, Funny

Sometimes you have to honor the spirit of the gaming tween you know with a funny t-shirt. This lightweight t-shirt will feel comfortable enough for him to wear while gaming for hours at a time. When he does leave the house or his room, you’ll know he cares because his shirt says, ”I Paused My Game To Be Here.”


LED Neon Sign

  • Neon Gaming Art

  • $$$$$
  • Gaming, Home, Cool

Get the tween gamer you know this stunning neon sign for his gaming universe (aka his bedroom or rec room). The large neon sign runs on LED lights and is designed to look like the most abstract Playstation 5 controller. He can switch the lights on or off depending on his mood or just keep it on all the time to bring him the best luck when playing with his friends.

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Wearable Blanket

  • Warm While He Plays

  • $$$$$
  • Home, Gaming, Unique

When getting presents for tween boys, function is just as important as form. This unique wearable blanket has both—he can cozy up for an entire afternoon at home or in his room with this toasty fleece blanket and can also play his video games because the blanket has open sleeves and closed foot pockets. He may appear strange wearing his blanket when taking a break for snacks, but he may never take it off again.


Marvel Comics Suitcase

  • Weekend Trip With Superheros

  • $$$$$
  • Boys, Cool, Unique

Get the tween fan of Marvel comics a cool suitcase that he can use for weekends away, vacations, school trips, and more. This carry-on roller suitcase is loaded with a vivid and colorful collage of Marvel comic book covers, such as Thor, Spider Man, and Iron Man. All his favorites are represented and he will be too when this distinct traveling companion comes down the luggage carousel at the airport.


Gaming Headset

  • Gamer Prepared

  • $$$$$
  • Gaming, Cool, Activity

Your tween gamer is getting good, and it’s about time you got him the best type of gaming headset he can use. This headset is for pros and will keep the surround sound bass booming and his head super-comfortable while he takes himself on a video game journey that might not have a foreseeable end. It’s ok since he’s got all he needs to succeed on the other side of the digital world.


Flying Ball Toy

  • Drone Control

  • $$$$$
  • Games, Activity, Cool

This LED-lit drone is the ideal size and simplicity for tween boys to confidently operate and have fun with. The easy operation works when he holds it up for a few seconds and guides it with his hand. He can enjoy the mini helicopter drone outside and even make it move in a 360-degree direction. Master of his drone universe, he may be.


Secret Puzzle Box

  • Treasure Seekers Unite

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Games, Unique

Give the best kind of puzzle gift for tween boys to solve when they have to maneuver into this puzzle box where you’ve stashed some cash or any other secret item you want them to work for. A creative way to give money for a birthday, this box will activate the problem-solving part of their brain and become a cool-looking keepsake that they can continue to use or display in their room.


Hoverboard

  • Hover With Well-Lit Tunes

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Cool, Boys

When you want to get your favorite tween boy his first hoverboard, this hoverboard will be your top choice and not just because it has Bluetooth speakers and a colorful light display. Yes, he can hover while listening to cool tunes and glow as he goes, but he’ll learn his skills easily with the system made for beginners and he’ll stay put on the non-slip surface.


Playstation Alarm Clock

  • Wake Up For Gaming

  • $$$$$
  • Home, Gaming, Boys

When tween boys want gaming to be included in all parts of their day, cram it in early for them with this official Playstation alarm clock. It looks like a real controller (the buttons even function for setting/adjusting the alarm clock) and sits on their bedside table, ready to wake them up bright and early for all the video games they want to start playing at the crack of dawn.


Zombie Coloring Book

  • Art With Zombies

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Unique, Cool

Tweens will want to calm down with a relaxing afternoon at home with this coloring book, precisely because the coloring book is full of dead, rotting, awesome zombies. The detailed illustrations fill 36 pages of gore-filled fun for boys of a certain age. They can focus their attention, find some peace, and enjoy the sweet art that only zombies can fulfill for them along the way.


Hanes Moccasin Slipper

  • Tween Comforts Of Home

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing, Boys, Home

Enter the most practical gift ideas for tween boys yet—these comfy Hanes moccasin slippers. They work perfectly because 1) tween boys will keep them on for hours at a time while studying (gaming) so the memory foam insoles come in handy, 2) growing boys could always do with some extra-odor protection, and 3) they work indoors or outdoors and let’s be honest…tween boys will walk outside and not think about putting “real” shoes on!


Magnetic Dart Board

  • For Tween Boy Caves

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Games, Home

When tween boys congregate in their homes, they need activities to keep them going. Keep their tactile skills sharp with this fun and entertaining magnetic dart board game that hangs up wherever they call home. The double-sided board includes 16 darts and fear not—the tips are blunted so they can’t actually do harm to one another, other than slaying each other with their high score.

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Murder Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle

  • Solve The Mystery Piece By Piece

  • $$$$$
  • Games, Activity, Unique

Give your special tween detective-in-training his own set of jigsaw puzzles that will also assist him in solving two murder scenarios. A challenging yet joyful activity, the puzzles each come with a story set-up that the detective, aka your tween boy, has to solve. He can only find out the details of what happens as he puts all the pieces together, literally. He’ll reign supreme as the best mystery-solver around.


Coding Kit

  • Future Coders Of The World

  • $$$$$
  • Games, Activity, Cool

Give the gift of a bright future to a smart and talented tween boy with this awesome coding kit. The kit includes online software that can guide him through learning C++ coding via items like a microcontroller, LCD screen, and a speaker. The learning will be super-engaging and hands-on, causing loads of useful knowledge to descend into his brain where it’ll stay for a lifetime.


Glow-In-The-Dark Game

  • Make The Team

  • $$$$$
  • Games, Activity, Boys

Transform an ordinary game of capture the flag into a futuristic glow-in-the-dark experience for as little as 4 players and as many as 20. The fun will come out to play when everyone has a glowing piece to identify themselves with and are after an equally glowing orb instead of just a flag. Perfect for parties, birthdays, or family events, this game will stay in the family and among good friends into their teen years and beyond.


Crunch Bowl Set

  • Spill-Proof Snacking

  • $$$$$
  • Home, Unique, Boys

The tween boys in your life will thank you for this cereal bowl set. What looks like an ordinary cereal bowl is actually designed to fit into the grooves of their hands as they sit on the couch watching TV, grabbing the remote, or even the gaming controller if they’re really flexible. There is a notch for them to also hold the bowl from the sides and go on with life as if nothing ever happened.


Retro Gamer Hoodie

  • Hooded Gamer For Life

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing, Boys, Cool

There’s only one way to let your favorite gamer know how much he means to you. Get him this ultra-comfortable hoodie featuring a retro-style design of a game controller. The word “GAMER” is stamped onto the hoodie as if it is his name and he will love it. So whether he wears the hoodie out in the world or just indoors while gaming, he’ll call his own and keep it with pride.


Adidas Backpack

  • Packed For Anything

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Boys, Cool

Chances are, the tween boy in your life has a lot on his plate schedule-wise, so he’ll need a backpack that won’t let him down. In between school, sports, other extra-curricular activities, and hanging out with friends, this Adidas backpack will keep everything he carries with him safe and sound. The organization of the pack will keep school and after-school items separate and he’ll be comfortable the whole day through.


Fortune Telling Ball

  • Mr. Wizard

  • $$$$$
  • Funny, Games, Cool

Give curious tween boys the kind of toys that they want at their age…toys that tell the future! This Mr. Predicto fortune-telling ball is a lot of fun for any tween because it speaks back to them with 30 different fortunes to any of their questions about life. A great gift for sleepovers or any event where tweens fill the space, the ball will find its way into the hands of boys who want to be entertained the supernatural way.


Candy Dispenser Building Kit

  • Build His Own Candy Store

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Kit, Unique

What better activity for a tween could there be than to give him his own candy dispenser that he must build himself? This DIY candy dispenser builder kit will offer all the tools he needs to sharpen his building skills while producing an end result (candy machine!) that will prove a sentimental keepsake for any little guy just leaving his early boyhood. A worthwhile activity that even comes with some candy to get him started.


4WD STEM Science Kit

  • Rough Roading

  • $$$$$
  • Kit, Activity, Cool

This science kit consists of a four-wheel-drive climbing vehicle that is a great way for tween boys to work on their building skills. Give a tween boy a reason to build, and he will love it. The process will invigorate his brain and produce a cool vehicle that can climb over different surfaces, depending on the position at which he sets it. Science = a good time when he’s making a toy that’s fun for all.


Popcorn On The Cob

  • Instant Snacking

  • $$$$$
  • Kit, Unique, Cool

When they want popcorn for movie night, your favorite tween will think this popcorn on the cob is the coolest version of popcorn they’ve ever had. The corn kernels on the cob are placed in the enclosed bag and then into the microwave, where the popping commences. Before they know it, tweens and their buddies will have the tastiest popcorn around.

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Nightlight Bedside Lamp

  • Glowing From AM To PM

  • $$$$$
  • Home, Cool, Unique

This nightlight and alarm clock combo will fit nicely into the room of a growing tween boy. The alarm clock is also a touch control night light, a Bluetooth speaker and an MP3 player. He’ll have everything he needs, whether listening to tunes at night or needing to wake up in the morning. He’ll love the cube-like modern look of the light as well, whether kept on or off.


Amphibious Remote Control Car

  • The Ultimate Toy Car

  • $$$$$
  • Boys, Activity, Cool

When just any remote control car won’t do, you can surprise the tween boy in your life with this massive, powerful remote control car. The all-terrain vehicle can roll over mud, sand, and even through water. It can power through every place he might not be able to and he’ll love that unstoppable fun the car provides.


Geode Puzzle

  • A Crystalline Challenge

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Cool, Unique

The brainteaser that this geode puzzle provides for the tween mind is like no other. The gorgeous and intricate design is as vivid as the real thing and will mesmerize his brain as he tries to put the pieces together. Once he does, he can display the geode beauty in his room for all to see.


Tween Hygiene Kit

  • From Tween To Teen

  • $$$$$
  • Kit, Boys, Unique

Give your tween the means to get a head start on becoming a teenage boy with a hygiene kit made just for him. This kit includes an organic and paraben-free trio of products, from body wash to facial cleanser and deodorant…all the things he needs as his body is in the early stages of becoming a teenager. He’ll love both the fresh, clean scents and having his own set of personal items too.


Hover Soccer Ball

  • Indoor Soccer For All

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Boys, Games

Take the soccer game indoors without breaking anything along the way. This awesome pair of soccer balls are hover balls with LED lights so they can always be spotted during play. They will have hours of fun and your living room won’t suffer because of it. Everyone wins this hover ball soccer game.


Spicy Hangry Kit

  • Snacks With Fire

  • $$$$$
  • Kit, Cool, Unique

This spicy hangry kit of snacks was made for the palette of tween boys who love hot foods. This spicy gift box includes everything from ramen noodle soup and chili-flavored corn nuts to Sriracha popcorn and more. He won’t be bored with this snack set, but be warned—he may likely demand that he receive a hangry kit every month to regularly satisfy his need for spicy snacks.


Karaoke Machine

  • Modern Day Disco

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Cool, Boys

Let the superstar tween-in-training practice his skills with this all-out karaoke machine. The LED disco lights will set the mood for any party or event, while the Bluetooth connection will make it easy for him and his friends to locate their favorite songs to practice singing along to. The machine will make any tween gathering more fun (and more loud), so make sure to choose a few songs for yourself as well.


Fishing Pole Campfire Roaster

  • Gone Camping (And Fishing)

  • $$$$$
  • Funny, Activity, Unique

Now, the tween you care most about can take his fishing pole on a camping trip with him, thanks to your thoughtful gift. This fishing pole is also a campfire roaster, so he can cast away at any firepit or campfire and use the hooks to bait the fire (and to roast hot dogs, marshmallows, and more). He’ll be the coolest fisherman at the campfire for sure.


LED Waterproof Watch

  • Not His Dad’s Watch

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Unique, Boys

Get a special gift for the tween boy in your life when you give him this impressive LED waterproof watch. He’ll feel as important as the adults while wearing the stylish design and be ready for anything while armed with an alarm clock, stopwatch, and calendar date functions. The watch is also waterproof and shock absorbent so it will survive any antics that a fun-loving tween can throw it’s way.


Heat Changing Planet Mug

  • The Solar System Beckons

  • $$$$$
  • Home, Unique, Cool

Let the heat of a hot beverage warm up the mind of your favorite tween boy with this mug. The mug features a solar system design that transforms into a science class once a hot beverage is poured into the mug. The mug is then covered with interesting and unique facts and figures about our universe that he will love to learn about while sipping his favorite hot drink.

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