Best Gifts for 12 Year Old Boys

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Looking for the best gifts for 12 year old boys. There are lots of fab gifts for tween boys this age. Here is a quick round up

Fun toys and games - Lazer Tag, a drone, Hoverboards, Pictionary Air. Throw Throw Burrito, Pindaloo and Lego technic.

Gaming toys and gifts - Gaming chair, novelty gaming socks and t-shirt, gaming monitor, gaming mouse and gaming themed lights and posters for his room.

Stuff for his room - bean bag chair, fun laundry basketball hamper, LED strip lights, color changing light bulb, mini indoor basketball hoop

Outdoor toys and games - basketball, reaction ball, table tennis set, archery set, electric scooter, Ripstik Razor board

Stem toys - build your own hydraulic arm, build a solar powered robot, Gravity Maze, water rocket

Other ideas - fun books, Jelly bean boozled game and a money maze.

Lazer Tag


Lazer tag is so much fun.

The Lazer tag is a complete system that features four Lazer tag blasters and four vests for fun, action-packed Lazer battles.

It can be played indoors or outdoors, anywhere there is space.

It's a great game for adults and kids to play together too.

Portable Table Tennis Set

Hoverboard with Go Kart

Hoverboards are super fun! Of course they don't really hover - another description is a self balancing scooter but they are great all the same!

Reviewers report the hoverboard featured is easy to balance on and fun to use.

As an added bonus there is a built in wireless speaker which can connect via bluetooth to your device so kids can listen to music, audiobooks and podcasts as they go.

The maximum weight limit is 260lbs, so adults will be queuing up to have a go on this as well!

Mini Basketball Hoop


The over the door basketball hoop can be fitted onto the door of an 12 year old's bedroom.

Great to destress when having a break for homework. Or have some fun when friends come around.

The basketball hoop featured is glow in the dark and features a 5” glow in the dark basketball.

Throw Throw Burrito


Throw Throw Burrito is the world’s first dodgeball card game.

It’s fun and easy to play. Collect matching sets of cards faster than your opponents while simultaneously ducking, dodging and throwing squishy airborne burritos.

Great to play with kids, teens and adults of all ages.

Gaming Socks


This is the perfect gift for any young gamer.

The socks are super comfortable and can be worn while playing his favorite video game.

As soon as he starts gaming, he can put his feet up and show the message "do not disturb".

Perfect for a birthday gift, Christmas gift or stocking filler.

Reaction Ball

Are you looking for the perfect stocking filler for a tween? If so check out the reaction ball. It's ideal to prepare for any sport. The unique shape of the ball means that when you throw it against a surface, you can't predict where it will bounce to. Using it helps improve reaction accuracy and times. It also improves alertness, and enhance agility.

Train solo by throwing the reaction ball against a wall or work with a partner to create drills with extreme and unexpected flight paths.

SANROCK U52 Drone with 1080P HD Camera

A drone is  a fun gadget for most 12 year olds. The drone featured has a built-in 1080P HD Camera with 90° adjustable angle and FPV Real-Time transmission. This allows him to see real time first-person-view on the app. The video clips are automatically saved to the Micro SD card. You edit HD footage and directly upload it to social media from your iPhone or iPad.

It really is fun to fly and can perform 360° flips and rolls. It's also a good choice for beginners.  He can press the “One Key Start/Landing” button so the drone will take-off or land automatically. There are 2 speed switches. The low speed drone suitable for kids and beginners. The high speed drone suitable for adults and profession operation.  It also features One Key Return, press the button in emergency situations and get it returned to you, so it can't be lost.

LED Gamepad Shaped Neon Sign Light


This game pad shaped Neon light will look super cool in an 12 year old gamer’s bedroom.

It’s powered by USB and easy to set up.

It’s compatible with a power bank / phone charger / computer or other USB socket. Additionally, it uses a low voltage LED energy tube.

The light is easy to hang on a wall. It’s also very lightweight.

I Paused My Game To Be here


If he's difficult to drag away from his video games, this is the t-shirt to get.

It comes in different sizes.

There are lots of different color options.

​It's made of 100% cotton and printed in the USA.

Pictionary Air

Pictonary Air is a fun game for the whole family!

Download the free Pictionary Air app and take turns drawing clues in the air while your teammates guess the images that appear on the screen. The team with the most points wins!

Gaming Desk


A desk is a great gift for an 12 year old boy. He can use it to do his homework or draw but if he has a dedicated gaming desk, it's perfect for gaming too.

The desk featured has some nifty features including a hook for gaming headphones (to keep them tidy).

The desk has a durable & easy to clean carbon fiber texture surface.

Pindaloo Skill Game Toy

Want to get your 12 year old away from his screen?

Tempt him away with a Pindaloo skill toy. This is a great toy for kids, teens and adults to have a go at.

Essentially it's a juggling toy. You have to make the yellow balls travel through the blue tube and keep catching them.

See how high you can get the balls to travel, how fast, how slow and swap hands.

Once you've mastered the basics, you can have a go at some cool tricks.

Be warned Pindaloo is addictive!

LED Strip Lights for Bedroom

The LED strip lights make a fantastic gift for 12 year old boys who want to jazz up their bedroom.

They look great behind a TV or computer screen, by the bed or around a desk.

The light strips featured have a music sync function, built-in sensitivity adjustable mic so the Led light color will change with the rhythm of the sound and music.

They are easy to attach.  Just stick the led strips on a clean, dry surface and start enjoying the strip lighting

Bow and arrow set


This is a good beginner archery set for an 12 year old boy.

The bow and arrow adopts the left and right hand riser design, which can be used for left and right hand shooters.

It’s easy for beginners to practice, event for those that aren’t familiar with archery.

It’s made of fibreglass and riser which is strong and durable.

Gaming Posters

Framed gaming posters look amazing in a gaming themed bedroom.

The gaming posters featured measure 8" by 10". You'll need to buy frames separately if  you want to frame them.

Catapult Wars


Build two catapults with the easy to read instructions.

Load a mini beanbag and knock down the mini targets which are included.

As there are two catapults you can compete with your friends.

The kit includes 20 wooden pieces, 2 wooden dowels, 2 rubber bands, 8 mini bean bags, 2 braided ropes, 1 sticker sheet and 1 glue tube.

Gaming Headphones


If he plays a lot of video games he may appreciate some gaming headphones.

Headphones are great for hearing every detail of the sound in your games (like enemy footsteps or the click of a weapon in the distance).

They cancel out environmental noise so they are also great to use when playing video games with friends.

3D Printing Pen

Creative boys will love a 3D Pen.

They are great for art and making all kinds of creations.

Easy to use, draw, create animals, shapes and lots more.

You can make your creations into keyrings or hang them on the wall.

Gaming Chair


A gaming chair is a great gift for a pre teen who loves gaming.

It's not just great for gaming but also TV, listening to music, reading and relaxing. Many gaming chairs offer full back support and a head rest for comfort.

The chair featured is adjustable and  wipes clean for easy cleaning.

Mini Portable Compact Personal Fridge

12 year old boys can spend a lot of time in their bedrooms while they are studying, gaming or just chilling! The portable fridge is perfect to keep his drinks and snacks. They are especially great to dip into when he needs a study break from revising for exams. It’s also great to keep drinks cool for when his friends come around to visit.

Hydrobot Arm Kit

The hydroarm kit is a fantastic for 12 year olds to put together, especially if they like building kits and robotics.

The arm is powered by water, so no motor is needed.

Once complete, the arm can move and grip. You can even use a suction cup to grab objects.


Solar Powered Robot

This clever kit builds 12 different robots which are solar powered and can move on land and water.

The kit includes a solar power panel that collects solar heat energy into an electric energy drive motor, which drives the gears to make the machine run smoothly.

It's a great way to give children experience of working with green technology

New Generation Echo Dot with Clock 2022

The new generation Echo dot is a cool gadget to have in a bedroom bedroom. He can use it to listen to his favorite music with a subscription to Amazon music or Spotify.

The clock display allows him to keep track of the time. An alarm features a snooze function on the alarm. Just tap the Echo to have a few more minutes in bed. The display also shows the weather and song titles. Additionally, use the Echo to control smart bulbs, He won’t have to get out of bed to turn the lights on and off.

On top of this, the Echo is great for setting timers, listening to audiobooks, checking the news headlines and weather.

Lego Technic

Don't rule out legos for 12 year olds!

There are some great lego sets for older kids which are challenging and fun.

Lego Technic Mclaren Senna is a stunning build - great for supercar and lego fans.

It makes a great choice for older kids who would like to build and display their own supercar.

If cars aren't his thing, there are many other sets kids this age would like including Star Wars sets and Lego Architecture sets.

Basketball - or other sports ball

If he loves basketball, a new basketball may be something he wants. Likewise, he may appreciate a soccer ball or football.

In fact equipment for any sport he plays is always a good gift option, whether that be a ball, clothing, training or other equipment.

Monopoly Deal


Monopoly Deal is a face paced and fun card game with the opportunity to use lots of strategy to win the game.

It's simple to play. The object of the game is to collect 3 full property sets of different colors.

Put up cards when it's your turn and play action cards to charge players rent, steal their cards or demand money for your birthday.

It's a great game that adults and kids of all ages (from 8 plus) will enjoy.

How to Survive Anything: Shark Attack, Lightning, Embarrassing Parents, Pop Quizzes, and Other Perilous Situations

This book is a funny and informative read on how to survive unexpected things that could happen to you outside in natural world. In addition, there's also pages on more likely events such as surviving embarrassing parents, gossip and embarrassing situations at school.

It's a great book to dip in and out off and you never know when you may face a swarm of bees or a crocodile and a need this information.

Electric Scooter


This electric scooter is a great gift for 12 year old thrill seekers.

It goes up to 15mph which is the fastest electric scooter Razor make. A slightly slower electric scooter and another good option is the Razor E200 which goes up to 12mph.

Get up to 40 minutes of continuous use on one charge.

The scooter also features twist-grip acceleration control, a hand operated rear brake, extra wide 10-inch pneumatic tires
and a retractable kickstand.

Color Changing Light Bulb


This inexpensive light bulb is excellent to have in a tween bedroom.

Swap a boring light bulb with a color changing one. You can amend the brightness too.

You will need to download an app to a phone to control the color.

It also works with Alexa and Google home, so if he has one of these devices he can turn off his lights or change the color with a voice command.

Razor RipStik Ripster


Using the Ripstick board feels like mixing surfing, skateboard and snowboarding but of course it takes place on concrete. Its unique twisting motion moves you forward without pushing off. The Ripstick can be used to get from a to b or on skateparks to do tricks.
Lots of fun and great for kids who perhaps like using their scooter or bike and want to try something a bit different.

Gravity Maze


Gravity Maze is a super fun puzzle game. It can get quite addictive and is a good option to drag a 12 year old away from his screen and video games.

​It's a marble game with towers. There are 60 cards with different challenges to complete (beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert). The towers in the game can be arranged in a variety of structures but, for each challenge, you'll have to to build a path that will carry your marble to its target.

You can work on the cards individually or do it as part of a group. You'll probably find many family members want to have a go.

It's also fun to build your own marble structures with the game too. ​

Occulus Quest 2



Occulus Quest is an amazing virtual reality headset.

There are some fantastic games you can buy to play on this. My son has fun playing table tennis and crazy golf in particular.

Some other fun things to do includes exploring different places you've never been to before with Google Earth. Or experience the thrill of a rollercoaster ride.

Bear in mind that you will need to link the Occulus Quest headset with an adult's Facebook account to use it.

4M Water Rocket Kit


12 year old scan construct their own rocket.

Then see how the rocket flies.

It blasts over 30 feet!

​The kit contains all the parts and instructions needed.

Basketball Laundry Hamper

Make a boring chore more enjoyable!

Help boys keep their dirty clothes off the floor by giving them a fun way to dunk and shoot their way to a cleaner room with this basketball laundry hamper.

The Dangerous Book For Boys


There's tons of projects and lots of information in the Dangerous Book for Boys

Try fishing, discover insects, learn the rules of soccer, build a bow an arrow, make a water bomb, discover trees, learn geography, make paper airplanes skim stones, build a treehouse, make a periscope,  and lots more!

​It's a good book to have over the school holidays so there is lots of time to try out all the suggested activities.

Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Jelly Beans Game

The Bean Boozled Challenge is so much fun for kids.

Spin the spinner and choose the color bean you are going to eat. Is it going to be a nice or a nasty flavour?

"Pomegranate Or Old Bandage" and "Cappuccino OR Liver & Onions"

The game also has tailored cards. Each card contains the instructions for a game designed to enhance the jelly beans bean boozled experience even more, allowing you to play and have even more fun with your family and friends.

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World

This is a great book that was very popular with my eldest son.
There are numerous stories of boys and men who have done something different and amazing in their lives, Some of them are quite famous such as Barack Obama and others you won't have heard of.
Each story is a page long and accompanied with an illustration. It's a fun book to dip in and out of. And it will inspire kids and adults alike.

Money Maze

If all else fails, 12 year old boys will appreciate money or a voucher.

The only downside is that sometimes money can make a boring gift.

Why not make it a little more interesting with a money maze. Make teens work for their gift, they only get the money when they have solved the puzzle!