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Gift Ideas for Tween Boys

Gift ideas for tween boys was one of the most popular requests when I polled y’all for which guides you needed this year. I did lots of research and digging and am feeling really good about this round-up.

In this guide, you’ll find 32 gift ideas and Thomas has or wants every single item on this list.

Gift Ideas for Tween Boys

1. Mini Basketball Hoop

Thomas and his friends are constantly playing with this mini hoop! It slides right over the door and has a shatterproof backboard.

2. Flag Football Set

This set includes 8 adjustable length belts (4 home, and 4 away).

*Belts available for all NFL teams.

3. Speed & Agility Ladder

This 20-foot training ladder comes with 12 durable plastic rungs, a carrying bag, and is fully adjustable.

Perfect for lots of drills and a great tool for improving quickness.

4. Glow In The Dark Basketball

This light-up LED basketball handles like a regulation ball (official size and weight of a no. 7 basketball) and is perfect for playing after dark. One bounce activates the two bright LED lights and it turns itself off after playing. Batteries included.

5. Boys Cross Necklace

This stainless steel football cross necklace is on Thomas’s wish list this year! It’s waterproof and hypoallergenic, and you can select from 10 text options, including a custom message with 30 characters. Also available in 3 colors — black, gold, and silver.

6. Crocs

Why are all the kids so obsessed with these slip-on shoes these days?! My kids wear them year-round (with socks, yes, socks, during the winter months). Available in tons of colors.

7. Capture The Flag Set

A best-seller from last year that I wanted to include again!

Light up the field with this hi-tech version of a classic game. Includes light-up flags, jail markers, territory barriers, and team bracelets.

8. Hoverboard

This hoverboard has multi-color LED wheels, a 6 mile range and a 7 mph top speed. Rider modes from beginner to expert.

9. NBA2K2023

One of Thomas’s favorite games to play. Available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

10. Spikeball Game

A competitive beach or lawn game that includes 3 balls, a net, and a bag.

11. Glow In The Dark Football

Thomas loves his basketball so much (see #4) so we are getting him the football for Christmas!

This light-up LED basketball handles is perfect for playing after dark. One tap activates the LED lights and it turns itself off after playing. Batteries included.

12. Laser Tag Set

A best-seller last year I had to include again and one of the MOST USED toys for Thomas. He hosts friends for laser tag almost every weekend and always packs this set for sleepovers.

This rechargeable set includes 4 guns and vest sensors. Features two weapon modes and 150-reach. NOTE: We’ve purchased several cheaper sets and they have all broken quickly. This set is worth splurging on and has held up well.

13. Messi Uniform

For the Lionel Messi fans, this No. 10 dark blue away jersey comes with matching shorts, socks, a pen box, and wristband.

14. Neon Basketball Wall Decor

Yellow and red neon light basketball wall decor for your tween’s bedroom!

15. Nautica Cologne

Fresh, long-lasting, masculine scent with aquatic notes of apple, water lotus, cedar wood, amber, and musk.

16. Inflatable Gaming Chair

A comfortable and versatile inflatable gaming chair that is light enough to take everywhere. Features include a side pocket, cup holders, and is washable. Holds up to 220 pounds.

More Gift Ideas for Tween Boys

Need more ideas? I’ve updated last year’s gift guide with some new items!

Gift Ideas for Tween Boys

1. Blaster Gun Target Game

Load it, pump it, pop it! Comes with 2 blaster guns and 18 foam balls.

2. Mini Drone

Features a 1080 HD camera with real-time images available in the app, and 3 speed settings for different flying skill levels.

3. Night Light Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth speaker with touch sensor LED lamp (3 levels for adjustable brightness), alarm clock, and MP3 player.

4. Magnetic Dart Board

Hang indoor or outdoor. Comes with 12 magnetic tipped darts and dual-sided board for different skill levels.

5. Gizmo Smartwatch

The waterproof smartwatch that fosters independence while helping to provide parents a little peace of mind. Includes interactive features like a step tracker to encourage healthy habits, GPS locator, to-do lists with rewards, and you can set up to 10 trusted contacts that kids can send voice notes to, call, or text.

6. Walkie Talkie Set

Features 22 channels, 3-mile transmission distance, flashlight, VOX hands-free and lock screen function.

7. LED Strip Lights

Color-changing strip lights for your tween’s bedroom. Set includes 2 rolls of 30 ft LED lights and a remote controller for choosing between 16 multicolored options.

8. Ninja Obstacle Course

Includes 10 accessories with the 4 most favorable obstacles for your training fortress: climbing net, climbing ladder, 360 spinning wheel, & freestyle rings.

9. Wall Climbing Remote Control Car

This novel remote control car with aerodynamic design has “Wall/Floor” Dual Modes, it can climb steadily on the ground, smooth walls, mirrors, windows, and even on the ceiling!

10. Table Tennis Set

All-in-one portable ping pong set. Includes paddles, 3 balls, storage case, and 72″ wide retractable net.

11. Hover Soccer Ball

Includes two LED light soccer balls with foam bumpers. Balls hover on a cushion of air for smooth gliding on hardwood, tile, asphalt, and short carpets.

12. Laser Tag Set

Rechargeable set includes 4 guns and vest sensors. Features two weapon modes and 150-reach.

13. Electronic Bank ATM

Electronic bank can store 600 coins or 100 paper bills — protected with a 4 digit password. Available in 12 colors.

14. Double Shot Basketball Game

Includes 4 basketballs, two hoops and an electronic scoreboard. Assemble in 3 minutes!

15. Fishing Rod

Slingshot spincast reel and fiberglass fishing rod two-piece combo. The reel features a patented no-tangle design and simple push-button mechanics for ease of use making this reel great for both beginners and experienced anglers.

16. Sling Puck Table

A fast-track dexterity game. Includes wooden board, 10 pucks, and 2 spring ropes.

Need some additional gift ideas for slightly younger boys? You may like my Little Boys Gift Guide!

Boys Gift Guide

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What’s a good experience gift for a tween boy?

A few of my favorite non-toy & experience gift ideas:
A guinea pig! But read this post first.
Trip to Great Wolf Lodge
Trip to the Zoo (Check out Lazy 5 Ranch for the locals)
Dance Classes
Trip to the Aquarium
Movie Tickets
Science Center membership (Discovery Place membership for the locals)
Magazine subscriptions (National Geographic Kids / Sports Illustrated Kids / Highlights For Children)
Cooking Classes (Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio or Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen for the locals)
Carowinds season pass
Music lessons (guitar, piano, etc.)
Gift card or dinner at a Hibachi Steak House (we like Nakato)

Do you have gift ideas for younger boys?

Yes! Check out my Gift Guide for Little Boys (Ages 5-7)

Stocking stuffer ideas for tween boys?

I will post this one closer to Christmas! In the meantime, check out my Stocking Stuffers for Everyone post.

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Friday 11th of November 2022

I'm sure it will be more work for you , but I am really impressed with the new layout of the gift guide- with links next to the image of the product instead of having the link as a list beneath the grid photos. These are fantastic ideas. I am in love with the idea of playing ping-pong. I'm trying to figure out what my nephew and me could arrange this game to play. Thank you for sharing these! ! Billyroberts witer on service.

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Friday 21st of October 2022

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Wednesday 12th of October 2022

Loving the new format! Thank you for taking the extra time to figure it out! ☺️


Tuesday 11th of October 2022

LOVE THIS NEW FORMAT! And thank you for these ideas! My son is a teen (13yo) but there were still a couple of things on this list that I added to my cart! This is so helpful.


Tuesday 11th of October 2022

yay! that makes me so happy! :)