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Best Gifts for a Ten Year Old Boy

by April Driver -

As children leave the little kid stage and head into their tween years, gift buying becomes more challenging. However, as a mom of an almost ten year old boy, I am constantly buying birthday or other holiday gifts for my son and his friends.

As the gift giver, we want to purchase a present that will be valued. Today’s kids have so many options, and trends change quickly. Staying on top of the hottest gifts feels impossible. I like to stick with gifts not tied to a specific character and choose items that work regardless of whether Pokemon or Minecraft are the current cool brand or not.

I find that a budget of around $60 offers a wide range of quality and fun gift options for tween boys. I also like to include a gift receipt when possible so that duplicate gifts may be easily returned. If you are the parent of a 10 year old boy, consider adding these gift options to your Amazon wishlist.

Best Gifts for Future Programmers

The Sphero Mini – The App-Controlled Robot Ball

The Sphero Mini is a great option for all kids and adults ages eight and up. But, ten year old boys will love the Sphero Mini, especially boys that love to practice coding. With the Sphero Mini priced around $50, you can include an Organizer Storage Case for Sphero Mini and still stay under $60 total.

The Sphero Mini includes many types of play options including: drive, face drive, gaming and coding. Another cool feature is the Sphero Mini offers interchangeable outer shells. Many schools now use the larger Sphero model as part of their technology curriculum. The Sphero Mini is a great option to continue the fun and learning at home.

Image of the Sphero Mini Green: The App-Controlled Robot Ball

Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set

The Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set offers a screen free option to learn coding. This is a great gift option for future programmers that may need a break from screen time. The Robot Mouse Activity Set is recommended by teachers up through middle school. Even though the age range for this toy starts at age four, it is absolutely still a great choose for ten year olds.

Help children learn critical thinking skills with the Code & Go Robot Mouse. This 83 piece set includes 30 coding cards, 25 maze pieces, 16 grid pieces, 10 activity cards, 1 robot mouse, 1 cheese wedge and activity guide.

Image of the Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set, 83 Pieces

Best Gifts for Sports Fans

Spalding NBA Slam Jam Mini Basketball Hoop

My son loves his over the door basketball hoop. Of all the gifts he’s received over the last few years, this gift has gotten the most play. Not only that, but the whole family gets involved in nightly, hallway basketball games. The set includes door mounts and two basketballs. The mounts make installation easy.

Get your family off the couch and having fun together with the Spalding NBA Slam Jam Mini Basketball Hoop.

Image of the Spalding NBA Slam Jam Over-The-Door Mini Basketball Hoop

Mainstreet Classics  20-Inch Table Top Foosball Game

For those days when your boy can’t get outside for sports, the Mainstreet Classics 20-Inch Table Top Foosball Game is perfect to meet his need for competition. Smaller than a traditional foosball table, this set can be easily stored. This set includes the game and two balls.

Foosball offers classic fun and will be enjoyed by the entire family. This Mainstreet Classics Table Top Foosball Game is a great gift option for the boy who has it all.

Image of the Mainstreet Classics 20-Inch Table Top Foosball/Soccer Game

2017 Topps Baseball Complete Retail Factory Set

My son loves sports and he loves collecting the sports cards for all of his favorite players. The2017 Topps Baseball Complete Retail Factory Set is a great gift option for your sports loving boy. The set includes 700 cards.

Add a Sport Card Collection Kit that includes a binder and sheets to round out this gift. Also, complete factory sets are available in other sports like basketball and football to match whichever sport your boy loves.

Image of the 2017 Topps Baseball Complete Retail Factory Set (705 Cards) with 2 Aaron Judge Rookies

Best Gifts for Young Artist

ALEX Toys Artist Studio Traveler’s Sketch and Draw Easel Case

If you have a boy in your life that loves to create art, this ALEX Toys Artist Studio Set is the perfect gift. As a mom, I love when toys and crafts pack neatly away for storage. This sets offers that solution. This 124 piece set includes everything your boy needs for his next creation.

Image of the ALEX Toys Artist Studio Traveler's Sketch and Draw Easel Case

Quercetti Pixel Photo 9 Image

My son recently discovered pixel art. This Quercetti Pixel Photo 9 Image set allows kids to create a custom portrait with colorful pegs. This aids in kids’ understanding of how pixels make up a pictures. This set includes grid, nine peg boards and over 14,000 pegs. This is an excellent gift option for creative and artist kids.

Image of the Quercetti Pixel Photo 9 Image

Best Gifts for Car Lovers

Distianert 1:16 Scale Electric RC Car Off Road Vehicle

The top-rated Distianert 1:16 Scale Electric RC Car Off Road Vehicle is the perfect gift for a car loving ten year old boy. This remote control car is designed for both indoor and outdoor use. The batteries are made to run around 15 minutes, but the set includes two rechargeable batteries.

You do need to purchase three AA batteries for the pistol style transmitter. This remote control vehicle is designed to go eight to ten miles per hour. Car loving boys will adore this desert buggy style remote control vehicle.

Image of the Distianert 1:16 Scale Electric RC Car Off Road Vehicle 2.4GHz Radio Remote Control Car 2W High Speed Racing Monster Truck

Hot Wheels Ai Starter Set Street Racing Edition

Ten year old boys still love race track sets, and this Hot Wheels Ai Starter Set Street Racing Edition is sure to thrill. The set includes 2 smart cars, 2 gaming controllers, 22 piece track and racing guide. The toy includes three games modes: Practice, Championship and Freeplay. Give boys the option to have the experience of their favorite race car console game with a real tactile toy.

Image of the Hot Wheels Ai Starter Set Street Racing Edition

Kid Galaxy Remote Control Bumper Cars

The Kid Galaxy Remote Control Bumper Cars set your house up to be the best place for a playdate. These fun remote control bumper cars offer hours of entertainment for your boy. The set includes 2 vehicles with figures and two radio controllers. To add extra fun, this set glows in the dark and the figures are ejected with the hit of a button.The set requires 10 AAA batteries that are not included.

Image of the Kid Galaxy Remote Control Bumper Cars. RC 2 Player Game. 2 Cars and 2 Controllers Included

Best Gifts for Little Musicians

Donner Soprano Ukulele Spruce DUS-3

The ukulele is a fun and affordable instrument for musically creative kids. Whether the 10 year old in your life is a master piano player or just likes to tinker with music, the ukulele is the perfect gift.

The Donner Soprano Ukulele Spruce DUS-3 is priced in the middle range. It is better quality than the lowest end models but won’t make you panic if it gets left on his bedroom floor. This set includes the ukulele, storage case, strap and tuner.

Image of the Donner Soprano Ukulele Spruce DUS-3 21 inch with Ukulele Set Strap Nylon String Tuner

PAXCESS Electronic Drum Set

The PAXCESS Electronic Drum Set is the perfect gift for boys that love music. As a mom, one of my favorite features of this set is that it rolls up for easy storage. Also, your child can attach earphones while they play so that only they can hear their music.

The set includes: drum pad, eight demo songs, rechargeable battery, earphone jack and build-in speakers. A jack is also included to connect the set to your computer to produce music or play games.

Image of the PAXCESS Electronic Drum Set, Roll Up Drum Practice Pad Midi Drum Kit with Headphone Jack Built-in Speaker Drum Pedals Drum Sticks 10 Hours Playtime, Great Holiday Birthday Gift for Kids

Best Gifts for Avid Readers

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set by J.K. Rowling

The young reader in your life needs the Harry Potter Paperback Box Set. Even if they have already read the books, this is a series that people come back to over the years. This timeless gift will be treasured by the avid reader. The set includes books 1-7 in paperback.

Image of the Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

Big Nate Series Collection by Lincoln Peirce 6 Book Box Set

Big Nate is a fun and entertaining series for ten year old boys. These creative books are full of young boy humor and struggles. This six book Book Nate Series Collection by Lincoln Peirce includes the titles:  Boy With the Biggest Head in the World, Big Nate Strikes Again, Big Nate on a Roll, Big Nate Goes for Broke, Big Nate Flips Out and Big Nate in the Zone. Get ready for hours of laughs with this book gift set.

Image of the Big Nate Series Collection Lincoln Peirce 6 Books Box Set Gift Pack (Big Nate on a Roll, Goes for Broke, the Boy with the Biggest Head in the World, Strikes Again, Flips Out, in the Zone)

Roald Dahl Collections – 15 Paperback Book Boxed Set

Roald Dahl’s classic humor fits like a glove for 10 year old boys. Great tales like The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Boy Tales of Childhood are included in this gift set. My son was introduced to Dahl’s books by this classroom teacher and fell in love with the outlandish stories. Your avid reader is sure to enjoy this 15 book set.

Image of the Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Paperback Book Boxed Set 2016 Edition

Best Gifts for Outdoor Explorers

STOTOY Kids Walkie Talkies Camo

The STOTOY Kids Walkie Talkies in Camo are a great option for a boy that loves to be outdoors. These work well for family camping, playing in the woods or pretend top-secret neighborhood missions.

The STOTOY Kids Walkie Talkies are easy to use. Also, since these are below $30 for a set of two, you can hit your $60 budget by purchasing two sets. This allows the boy in your life to have four walkie talkies for an even bigger adventure with his friends.

Image of the STOTOY Kids Walkie Talkies 22 Channel FRS VOX 2 Way 6KM Long Range Radio for Kids(1 Pair) (Camo)

Slackline Kit with Training Line

Slackline kits are fun for the entire family and work for both adults and children. For boys that love to be outdoors, this is a great activity to keep them in the yard. The kit includes: Main line, Training line, Ratchet for main line, Ratchet for training line, Arm Trainer, Ratchet protector, Tree protectors, Carry bag, Instruction manual and Gift box packing.

Image of the flybold Slackline Kit with Training Line Tree Protectors Ratchet Protectors Arm Trainer 57 feet Easy Set up Instruction Booklet and Carry Bag Complete Set Outdoor fun for Family Adults Children Kids

Best Gifts for the Lego Lover

LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698

Kids love LEGOs! But, buying LEGOs for the kid that has everything is tough. I never know which sets a child already has or what kind of LEGO theme they want. My solution is purchasing the LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick sets. These include various types of your standard LEGOs for imaginative play. These sets also make a great resource to replace lost pieces from other sets.

Image of the LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698

LEGO Creator 31038 Changing Seasons Building Set

I also like the LEGO Creator 3 in 1 sets. This Changing Seasons Building Set is a good example of the types of themes available. What I like is the option to build more than one set with the same bricks. These sets are also less popular than the character themed sets so you are less likely to purchase a gift that the child already owns.

Image of the LEGO Creator 31038 Changing Seasons Building Kit

Other Fun Options for Any Ten Year Old Boy

Razor A3 Kick Scooter

Boys love Razor scooters. It does not matter whether they are five years old or 14 years old. The fun of the Razor scooter keeps on giving. The Razor A3 Scooter is a great gift option for a ten year old boy. It comes in a variety of colors and has adjustable handlebars for varying heights.

Image of the Razor A3 Kick Scooter, Green, Frustration Free Packaging

Shifu Orboot: The Educational, Augmented Reality Based Globe

Boys love to know where things are on the map. This interactive Shifu Orboot Educational, Augmented Reality Based Globe will be a big hit with any 10 year old boy. The set includes a 10 inch globe, passport, stamp, country flag stickers, and a detailed help guide.

The Orboot app is free on iOS, Kindle and Android and is compatible with iPad 3 & above, iPad mini 2 & above, iPhone 6 & above; Kindle 8 and above; Android 3GB RAM and above. Curious boys will love this interactive geography toy.

Image of the Shifu Orboot: The Educational, Augmented Reality Based Globe | STEM Toy for Boys & Girls Age 4 to 10 years | Ideal Gift for Kids (No Borders or Names on Globe)

Magna-Tiles 32 Piece Set

Magna-Tiles provide hours of fun for kids of all ages. While this toy is recommended for ages three and up, ten year old boys will still enjoy this toy. The pieces have magnets along the edge so that they stick together for building.

A great addition to this set is the Magna-Tiles 16022 Cars 2 Piece Expansion Set. The set includes extra pieces that allow builders to create vehicles with the Magna-Tiles.

Image of the Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 32 Piece Set

Marble Genius Marble Run Extreme Set

Another toy that has gotten years of play at our house is the Marble Genius Marble Run Extreme Set. This marble set includes 125 pieces that work together to build marble runs designed by your child. The set also includes 20 glass marbles. The pieces fit together and aid in developing creative and engineering skills in your child.

Image of the Marble Genius Marble Run Extreme Set - 125 Translucent Marbulous Pieces + 20 Glass Marbles

National Geographic Dual Microscope Complete Science Kit

If you are looking for a unique, educational gift, the National Geographic Dual Microscope Complete Science Kit is a great option for all types of children. The kit includes a dual microscope and over 50 accessories. The kit offers prepared slides and blank slides giving the child the option to view existing slides or create their own. This gift will not only be a fun play activity but also can be used as an educational resource for years to come.

Image of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dual Microscope Complete Science Kit Includes Set of Prepared Slides, Lab Shrimp Experiment and Much More (Silver)

Conclusion

Purchasing the best present for a 10 year old boy is not easy. Their tastes and trends change regularly. However, I hope this list of more general themed toys will help you find the perfect gift for the boy on your list. Whether you know the child well and understand their specific interests, or if you just need a general gift idea, these gift options are sure to please.

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April Driver
April Driver is a wife and mother of two school-aged children. She is a professional copywriter and content marketer. She loves using her writing skills and experience as a mom to provide helpful information to others. She enjoys lazy days with her family, reading, and exploring the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

Comments 2

  1. I think the same can be said I have the experience of being a tween boy, so the things you”re mentioning are familiar territory. I agree moms do bring something to the table when it comes to tween boys. Hygiene is KEY, as I”m sure you”re experiencing.

  2. You touched my heart with the boy toys; yesterday I was looking around at the chaos of strewn toys, I was thinking “How could I ever get rid of the matchbox cars and legos? These are such fun hand-me-down items (as are other toys too). My boys” first legos were ones that my mom saved from my brother”s and my stash. (She had a hard time giving those up; made me wonder if she had secret building sessions with them, lol). I loved matchbox cars as a little girl, but I only kept one, a little horse trailer (it used to have two tiny white horses). I let the boys play with it now and then, but find myself scooping it up and tucking back away. Back when I was getting rid of my toys, I wish that I could have foreseen that toys in the future would be cheaply made, I probably wouldn”t have gotten rid of any of them. I can”t imagine what they will be like when (and if) I have grandkids. Thanks for the fun post!

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