What To Buy A 12 Year Old Boy For Christmas?
Twelve is a hard age when it comes to buying Christmas gifts.
Most boys aren’t really into your typical toys anymore (although there are some exceptions) but they aren’t quite into that teen age were they are mature enough for older aged gifts. Plus, we all know how picky tweens can be!
Luckily, I’ve done all the research for you and came up with a complete guide of Christmas gifts that 12 year old boys will love this year. These gift ideas are perfect for boys between the ages of 11-13 years old.
Of course not every preteen boy is the same, so this is a pretty extensive list of gift ideas. You’ll find sports gifts, tech gifts, educational items, outdoor gifts, and even some cool stocking stuffers.
Be sure to check out the whole guide below to find the perfect Christmas presents for your 12 year old son, grandson, nephew, or whatever he may be to you.
**These gift ideas for 12 year old boys also make great birthday presents as well**
Ultimate Guide Of The Top Christmas Gifts For 12 Year Old Boys – 2017 Version
If you are in a hurry, here are the top 5 Christmas gifts for 12 year old boys.
Cool Gadget Gifts For 12 Year Old Boys
Gadgets and tech gifts are big for a preteen. The thing to be aware of though is some cool tech toys are just over-priced trash. You want to pick a gift that will keep his attention for more than a few days and one that won’t break within the first 24 hours either.
The Cozmo Robot (seen above in the best gifts) is a great option that allows kids to interact with the robot and play all sorts of cool things like Keepaway or Quick Tap. It is more of a grown-up robot toy rather than some of the more childish robots that are made for younger children.
If you are looking for some other gadget gifts check out some of the options below as well.
Kindle Fire – The Ultimate Tech Gift For A Twelve Year Old
I know that some people swear by Apple products and would recommend an iPad over a Kindle Fire for a tablet for a pre-teen boy, but there are a few reasons why I like the Fore better.
First, a Kindle Fire is a lot cheaper than buying a new iPad. Even with buying a cover for the Kindle Fire you can still pay less than $100 especially when Amazon has then on sale around Christmas time.
Secondly, I like the parental controls on the Fire better than on the iPad as 12 is still pretty young to be surfing the web freely and playing certain games.
Last, since I have Amazon Prime, (which you can also gift with the Kindle) my kids are able to enjoy all sorts of free books and videos that they can easily watch on their Fires.
A Kindle Fire can be a great gift that isn’t super expensive but is something that most 12 year olds would love to have if they don’t already have a tablet or other device.
Of course, if you do have the extra money and you are looking for things like Face Time and other Apple features you can give the ultimate gift of a new Apple iPad .
Educational Gifts For A 12 Year Old
Although some preteen boys may not think it, educational gifts can be a lot of fun. Especially ones that allow kids to learn and experiment on their own. And especially the ones that allow kids to make a bit of a mess while learning.
For a great gift idea for this age range you pick something like a science experiment kit (like the one seen here to side).
Another great educational gift idea is Snap Circuits which allow kids to have hands-on experience with electrical currents to make fun and interesting projects from making a light flash to even playing a song.
Teach Your Pre-teen Year Old How To Code
Another big thing nowadays when it comes to educational gifts for older kids is teaching kids how to code. There are games, kits, and books that all teach kids the basis of coding.
This would be a wonderful gift for any 12 year old who may be interesting in developing their own games or apps. In fact you may just find it inspires them to go into this technology field when they are an adult.
Here are a few different options for Christmas gifts that will help teach him how to code.
Sports Gifts For 12 Year Old Boy
If the tech gadgets and educational items aren’t really his thing and he is more of an active, outdoor, sports kind of kid, I have plenty of gift ideas for that type of 12 year old boy as well.
Lately, my son has been obsessed with watching Dude Perfect videos. If you haven’t heard of them before it’s basically a group of guys who do a bunch of sports tricks and stunts. Well, I just found out that now Nerf makes a few different Dude Perfect games for kids. They are actually top on my son’s Christmas list this year.
The one shown to the side here is the Perfect Vortex game in which you have to hit the targets with the football in order to score the most points to win the game.
The cool thing about sports gifts is that it gets your child active instead of just sitting indoors or on the couch all day. As children get older, this gets harder and harder to do.
There are some other really cool sports gifts for preteen boys that I came across as well.
Outdoor Gift Ideas For 12 Year Old Boys
Still looking for some great outdoor gifts for your 12 year old that will get him outdoors and active?
Here are a few different outdoor toys that are different than your basic sports items above and may interest even boys who aren’t really into team sports.
The Stomp Rocket has been a hit now for a few years as all it takes is some power from the child to launch the rockets up in the air. Now, they even have a dueling Stomp Rocket that lets two people launch the rockets at the same time to see who can make it go furthest.
Video Game Gift Ideas For 12 Year Olds
Let’s face it, video games are one of the most popular gifts for 12 year old boys. You’ll find most boys have some sort of gaming device or system that they play at least a few times a week. And if your child is anything like the boys I know, they probably play it just about every day.
If the boy doesn’t have a gaming system, then I would start there. Do keep in mind that most gaming systems are quite expensive, but you can usually find some for less than $100 like a Nintendo 2DS or less than $200 like an XBox 360 on sale.
If you are looking for the newest and greatest gaming systems you’ll want something like the Nintendo Switch (seen here) or Sony Playstation 4.
Engage His Imagination With Building Sets
Although twelve years old is getting into the start of teen years, most boys are still interested in building, especially unique and cool things that they can play with and control.
One of my 12 year old nephew’s favorite building sets right now is the K-NEX KForce Batttle Sets. With these sets you can build your own blasters and bows. They sort of resemble your basic Nerf guns but they are actually made from the K’NEX rods and connectors.
The fun thing about these types of building sets is that not only do you get to build them but then you get to actually use the blasters and bows as well. It gives a sense of accomplishment but also helps them use their imagination still.
There is also an awesome roller coaster set from K’NEX that would be great for this age as well.
Books Can Make Great Gifts For Twelve Year Olds
Books can be great cheap gifts for 12 year old boys as long as you find ones that really interest them. I know that I have a reluctant reader at home, but have been able to find him some good books on topics he likes and he is then willing to read all the time.
Here are a few of the best selling books for twelve year olds.
The Manual to Manhood: How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to SurviveHarry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)Pokémon Deluxe Essential Handbook: The Need-to-Know Stats and Facts on Over 700 Pokémon
Learn To Draw Books Offer Something Different
For something a bit different and to encourage the artistic side of the boy, check out learn to draw books.
You can usually find some great drawing books that are quite inexpensive that you can even pair with a drawing pad and colored pencils as a complete Christmas gift.
Make Cleaning His Room Fun With A Hamper Hoop
Do you have a problem with your son’s or grandson’s room always being messy with clothes on the ground?
Then, make cleaning up his clothes a slam dunk with a Hamper Hoop.
It’s a mini basketball hoop with a backboard that has a detachable laundry basket. This means that your child can make actual baskets in the hoop when tossing his dirty laundry in the hamper.
You can’t get any funner than that, can you?
To get the laundry out of the bag, simply unzip right into a laundry basket.
This makes a great gift for a pre-teen boy because they will actually continue to use well into their teen years. In fact you may find he even wants to take it to college with him!
Stocking Gifts For A 12 Year Old Boy
A lot of stocking stuffer gifts tend to be junk and often get tossed a day or two after Christmas. I’ve come up with several different stocking stuffer gifts for 12 year old boys that are sure to be a hit and aren’t a complete waste of money.
These are the best stocking stuffers for 12 year old boys that won’t cost you a fortune, will actually fit in the stocking and will actually be played with for more than a day or two.
The Cube Easy Turning Puzzle GameLED Water Resistant Tactical FlashlightWireless Water Resistant Shower SpeakerLaugh-Out-Loud Jokes for KidsGlow In The Dark Crazy Aaron’s Thinking PuttyTangle Jr. Original Fidget Toy
So, what is the best Christmas gift for a 12 year old boy?
The best gift you can buy the 12 year old boy in your life is one that you know he will have interest in and will enjoy for years to come. For some boys that may be one of the sports gifts while other boys may absolutely love one of the gadgets or building sets. But, truthfully you really can’t go wrong with just about any of these items listed in this Christmas gift guide.