100 Gifts for 12 Year Old Boys

Our Best 3 Picks

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Capture the Flag Ignited Kit

A twist on the classic game, it comes with 17 brightly colored LED game pieces.

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EpochAir Wall Climbing Remote Control Car

With 360-degree rotation, it can climb smooth surfaces and even ride on the ceiling.

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Marvin’s Magic – Fifty Greatest Card Tricks Set

Good on a Budget

Marvin’s Magic – Fifty Greatest Card Tricks Set

Perform 50 magic card tricks like United Nations and Psychic Vision.

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Mind-Glowing 3D Galaxy Moon Lamp

An LED calming night light with 16 vivid colors and working modes.

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Mega Cyborg Hand STEM Experiment Kit

Mega Cyborg Hand STEM Experiment Kit

Wearable robotic hand that uses the power of air pressure and water.

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Robotics Catapult

Robotics Catapult

It has 2 alternate builds and launches balls more than 10 feet.

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Star Wars Droid Toy

Features button-activated droid sounds and has light-up functions.

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TrueBalance Coordination Game

TrueBalance Coordination Game

Helps kids improve their fine motor skills and increase concentration.

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Marvin’s Magic – Fifty Greatest Card Tricks Set

Marvin’s Magic – Fifty Greatest Card Tricks Set

Perform 50 magic card tricks like United Nations and Psychic Vision.

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Tin Can Robot

Tin Can Robot

No special tools or knowledge required, all you need is a soda can.

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The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

150 easy-to-make "Harry Potter" inspired recipes, tips and techniques.

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The Comfy Original Jr.

The Comfy Original Jr.

This microfiber and sherpa blanket is available in 13 colors.

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The gaming gift that keeps on giving.

Xbox Game Pass

Get 3-month memberships for hundreds of games on console.

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Indoor and Outdoor Moving Basketball Hoop

The moving hoop is rechargeable by USB cable and 1 charge lasts 2 hrs.

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Buddha Board Art Set

Buddha Board Art Set

This inkless drawing board allows for mindful meditation.

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Capture the Flag Ignited Kit

A twist on the classic game, it comes with 17 brightly colored LED game pieces.

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Lego Imperial Light Cruiser Building Kit

Features a bridge that doubles as a handle and spring-loaded shooters.

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Magneto Kids Skateboard

Features a 27.5-inch-long deck and 60 mm Shore 78A wheels.

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Lap Desk

Suited for a 15.6" laptop with a 6.25” x 0.75” slot to hold a phone.

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Gross Factopia

Learn facts about smelly sports, weird world records, and more.

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100 PICS Optical Illusions Travel Game

Study the anagram, read the question, guess and reveal the answer.

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Waboba Moonshine Ball

It’s made of zero-gravity foam — bounce it to activate the moonlight.

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Vans Old Skool Sneakers

Made of 56% leather and 43% textile with a rubber sole.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Build your community from scratch and customize your surroundings.

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Flipslide Electronic Handheld Game

Match the colored blocks to the lights — 4 game modes are available.

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“What Do You Meme?” Family Edition

Use a dealt caption card to caption the photo card in each round.

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LEGO “Star Wars: The Mandalorian & The Child” Building Set

The Baby Yoda figure has adjustable ears for different expressions.

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Ultimate Skip Ball Pack of 2

As seen on TV, they’re 3x more durable than competitor products.

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“Interesting Facts For Curious Minds” Book

It’s divided into 63 chapters that each contain 25 engaging factoids.

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KLASK: An Epic Magnetic Battle!

An award-winning game that’s half foosball and half air hockey.

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Birthday Gifts for 12 Year Old Boys

Fuzion X-3 Pro Scooter

Lightweight, durable, and easy to assemble — only 3 bolts to tighten.

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National Geographic Dual LED Student Microscope Set

Includes 50 accessories and 10 biological specimens to examine.

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Spikeball 3 Ball Kit

Weighs ‎7 lbs and has foldable legs for easier set-up and storage.

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Marvel Body Wash Pack

Made from plant-based ingredients, with a subtle refreshing scent.

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Fidget Pen

Create countless shapes and figures with this finger magic gadget.

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Henoda Programmable Robot

It comes with over 468 pieces and blocks as well as cool stickers.

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Valor Kick Scooter

It’s foldable with vibration-dampening grips and high-rebound wheels.

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Remote Control Double-Sided Driving Car

It can tumble in place at 360 degrees and drive on just one side.

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Donner Electronic Drum Set

A 7-pad drum set with 12 demonstration songs and 9 accompaniments.

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Sunset Lamp

Sunset Lamp

Casts a sunset-colored circular light on the wall, ceiling, or floor.

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5-in-1 Touch Control Night Light Bluetooth Speaker

A speaker, 48-color LED lamp, MP3 player, and alarm clock, all in one.

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Sedzofan Multifunctional Smartwatch for Kids

With a camera, MP3 player, games, calculator, flashlight, and more.

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Acoustic Guitar For Dummies Starter Pack

It has a 120 page manual, a digital tuner, picks, and steel strings.

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EpochAir Wall Climbing Remote Control Car

With 360-degree rotation, it can climb smooth surfaces and even ride on the ceiling.

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Virtual Reality Headset

Enhance your gaming with free virtual content and adjustable lenses.

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The Ultimate Brain Games And Puzzles Book For Teens

120 puzzles, pop quizzes, logic games, word challenges, and more.

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Toy Foam Axe Throwing Game

Develop improved hand-eye coordination with this safe and fun item!

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Glow-in-the-dark Shooting Game

Features 5 glowing tip targets and an easy-to-use foam dart gun toy.

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Edible Chemistry Kit

Eat 16+ experiments like polymer pudding or color-changing foam jelly.

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WaveRunner Glow-in-the-dark Basketball

This luminescent ball comes complete with a pump and batteries.

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Ultra Bionic Blaster

Build your own powerful robotic glove that shoots foam darts.

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National Geographic Kids Pottery Wheel

Make air-dry pottery with a pottery wheel, 2 pounds of clay, and more.

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16-inch Screen Magnifier for Cell Phone

Watch movies off your phone in HD quality with double the screen size.

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Mini Drone

Take a spin in this 6.3-inch drone with 10 minutes of flight time.

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Rechargeable Lightsabers

Features 15 colors, a double-click switch, and 5 sound modes.

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Razor Jetts DLX Heel Wheels

They’re made of polycarbonate material and have “quick click” straps.

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Artie 3000 Coding Robot

Artie 3000 Coding Robot

Use pre-programmed designs or create your codes — Artie will draw.

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Cool Gifts for 12 Year Old Boys

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Magic Chemistry Set

Perform 10 easy-to-learn magic tricks using science experiments.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab

Learn the science behind the slime and putty with the learning guide.

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Caliber Games TowerBall Bundle

A 4-sided 360° toss game — throw balls into the holes and score.

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Kids Camera Waterproof

Kids Camera Waterproof

Shoots HD videos and 5MP photos up to 95 ft under water.

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American Ninja Warrior Competition Obstacle Course

American Ninja Warrior Competition Obstacle Course

This 33-piece set allows for dozens of different set-ups.

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Table Tennis to Go

Table Tennis To Go

With 2 paddles, 2 balls, and a net that fits securely on any table.

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Escape Room: The Game Family Edition

With a 60-min Chrono Decoder, 16 keys, hint cards, and 3 adventures.

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Not Parent Approved Card Game

Family-friendly, adult-party-game inspired; for 4-10 players, ages 8+.

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The Don’t Laugh Challenge – 12 Year Old Edition

A 2-player game with jokes and scenarios to make the opponent laugh.

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Green Science Solar Rover

Kids learn how sunlight is converted to energy with this STEM project.

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Wicked Big Sports Tipping Point

You get an easy-to-carry tipping point board and 6 bean bags.

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Unique Gifts for 12 Year Old Boys

Anime Hoodies and Sweatpants

Made from 100% polyester and the sweatpants come with 2 deep pockets.

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Astro Boy Building Kit

1,258 pieces set of creative collectible build-and-display models.

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KidzRobotix Hover Racer

It skims across the floor’s surface, supported by its cushion of air.

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Funkoverse Strategy Game

Funkoverse Strategy Game

A 20-60 minute playtime, for 2-4 players, ages 10 and up.

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The Mind Card Game

The Mind Card Game

It won many board game awards and is perfect for 2-4 players, aged 8+.

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Robotikits 14-in-1 Solar Robot

Robotikits 14-in-1 Solar Robot

A robot kit that can change shapes and is powered by the sun.

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Magnetic-Rings-Fidget-Toy-Set

Magnetic Rings Fidget Toy Set

1.2-inch, 3-piece ABS plastic fidget spinner rings for anxiety.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Stunning Chemistry Set

Try 45 experiments including making a volcano and launching a rocket.

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Ezyroller Drifter Pro-X

Larger frame with improved padding, back support, and holds 200 Ibs.

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4-pack Fidget Cubes

Comprised of 8 small cubes, these pocket-sized cubes help with anxiety.

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How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students

Start with easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings.

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LLMoose Hover Soccer Ball

Has flashing LEDs, foam bumpers, and glides smoothly over surfaces.

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Spy X Night Mission Goggles

Has twin LED beams to see 25 ft away and a magnified flip-out scope.

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Stop Motion Animation Kit

Includes the HUE HD USB camera with integrated microphone and more.

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Arcade Machine

A 4-player coinless arcade cabinet with 3 arcade games and much more.

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Temporary Tattoo Pens

Features water-based, non-toxic, non-allergenic, cosmetic-grade ink.

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MONOPOLY_ Fortnite Edition

MONOPOLY: Fortnite Edition

Comes with 27 Fortnite outfits — players can choose their favorite.

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LEGO Creator Expert Gingerbread House

1,477 piece set that includes frosted roofs and candy buttons.

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4M Potato Clock Chemistry Engineering Lab

This green science kit includes a digital clock, wires, and prongs.

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Growing Bacteria Experiment Kit

Includes an easy-to-make nutrient agar and step-by-step guide.

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Outdoor Gifts for 12 Year Old Boys

Trampoline Water Sprinkler

Trampoline Water Sprinkler

With a water flow switch to control the flow onto the trampoline.

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Fitbit Ace 3 Activity Tracker

Fitbit Ace 3 Activity Tracker

You get 8 days of battery use and a 50m water-resistant feature.

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Slackline

Slackline

A 57 ft line with a ratchet, 3 tree protectors, and a handy carry bag.

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The Boys’ Book of Survival

The Boys’ Book of Survival

Tips on how to survive any situation including zombie attacks.

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National Geographic Rocket Launcher

It soars up to 200 feet with up to 20 flights on a single charge.

Buy Now for $39.99

Djubi: Slingball Night Fight

With 2 rackets, used to catch and launch the Djubi balls up to 100 ft.

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Flybar Pogo Ball

Features a pump and heavy-duty grip tape for maximum traction.

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Mongoose Legion Freestyle Kids BMX Bike

Mongoose Legion Freestyle Kids BMX Bike

It’s durable with a Hi-Ten steel frame and aluminum mag wheels.

Buy Now for $299.99

Gskyer Refracting Telescope for Kids

Great for amateurs, it has 400 mm focal length and 70 mm aperture.

Buy Now for $96.99

36 LEDs Flying Disc

Weighs 175 grams and a 30-minute charge lasts up to 1,000 throws.

Buy Now for $35.99

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LED Strip Lights

LED Strip Lights

Transform any room with this 20 multi-color and 8-mode strip tape.

Buy Now for $19.99 ($0.61 / Foot)

Space Warship Toy

Rotate a button to adjust the wings, which can move up and down.

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Difficult Riddles For Smart Kids

300 brain teasers and riddles for kids who like to problem-solve.

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Life Skills for Tweens

Teaches kids how to build friendships and handle difficult emotions.

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Clean Water Science Kit

Extract salt from sea water, and clean and reuse dirty water.

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12-year­-old boys are at a sensitive age when they are discovering their preferences and are open to new and exciting ideas. And because every boy is different, there’s no formula when it comes to picking the right gift. We’ve tried to make this easier for you by outlining gift ideas that’ll get his nod of approval.

Choosing gifts for 12-year-old boys

Child development experts will tell you that at 12 years old, boys are not yet fully in the throes of teenagehood but are standing right at the precipice of it. As a result, you will find it is no longer so easy to buy them things since they are quite opinionated about their likes and dislikes.

Experts suggest that you try as much as possible to keep up-to-date with all their emerging interests so you remain confident in knowing what they like. Doing this will make your shopping experience easier and more fruitful.

According to human development markers, boys between the ages of 10 and 12 become more independent and start to feel the need to belong which puts them at risk of peer pressure. They suggest getting them gifts that are trendy yet honor their individuality. That way, you meet their need to fit in while helping them preserve their sense of self.

How we identified gifts for 12-year-old boys

We considered toys that will help boys this age use up their increasing energy levels such as a big-boy bicycle, a kickball, or a splash slide. We also factored in age-appropriate board games to help them further develop their growing capacity to think logically, and engage in abstract thinking as well as problem-solving.

We looked at gifts that’ll speak to their individual personality and also appeal to their peers. So tech gadgets like a mini-drone with a camera or anything that brings on the laughs like a hilarious board game or gizmos related to the latest in the gaming world are some gift ideas we chose. We also factored in that these types of toys will help boys this age develop their social skills as they interact with others.

Tips for getting gifts for 12-year-old boys

  1. Ask for help
    Your 12-year-old’s world is diabolically different from the one you knew at his age so do your best to step into his world. You could ask his peers or parents who have children his age what toys are popular for a boy his age and then use this information to help you make the right decision.
  2. Make it a teaching experience
    Consider a gift that will have a permanent, positive impact on your 12-year-old boy such as a puppy. Child development experts have constantly outlined the important life lessons that having a pet can teach your child. From patience to compassion to responsibility, a pet is the type of gift that’ll teach your boy lessons that’ll stay with him for life.
  3. Know his interests
    Is your 12-year-old boy into the arts or sports, an avid reader, a gamer, a gifted chess player, or into rock climbing?  What does he truly enjoy doing? Get the answer to this question and you are well on your way to getting him a gift that’s perfect for him.

FAQs

What do I buy a 12 year old boy for his birthday?

Every 12-year-old boy is unique! That being said, they also love fun, entertaining gifts and experiences that will challenge them. You can gift anything from thrilling magic card trick sets and Nerf blasters to Apple’s latest AirPods, mini drones, and robot building toys.

What’s the best gift for a 12 year old boy?

Your options are endless when it comes to gift ideas for a 12-year-old boy! They love toys, games (especially video games), and all things tech, as well as creative gifts. Even educational gifts suited to their age group will be a hit.

What are cool gifts for a 12 year old boy?

Most 12-year-old boys are at a social age and love spending time with their friends and being active. The coolest gifts you can get for them are ones that can be played with their friends or that can get them off the couch and moving!