The 20 Best Gifts for an 11 Year Old Boy in 2019

by Donna Fogarty |

As a mom of three boys, I’m always on the lookout for cool and unique gifts that will bring that wow factor to a birthday celebration or Christmas.  Eleven year old boys are at an age where they still enjoy silly and fun presents while at the same time growing into some more complex categories of gifts.  Here is my roundup of the Best Gifts for your 11 year old boy who already has everything!

Top 20 Gifts for 11 Year Old Boys

Level 11 Unlocked T-Shirt 11th Video Gamer Birthday Gift

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What better way to celebrate an 11 year old than with a cool tshirt?  Your 11 year old boy will be proud to show off his age with this cool gamer shirt.

Square Root of 121: 11th Birthday 11 Years Old T-Shirt

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Here is another cool shirt for 11 year olds, but with a math twist.  It might make some people stop in their tracks and think about the solution to this problem.

Laser Tag Set Toys and Carrying Case Multiplayer 4 Pack

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This reasonably priced laser tag set is a great way to celebrate your 11 year old’s birthday!  He and his friends will have a great time indoors or out.  The set can be programmed for team or PVP mode.

In this set, there is no vest required because the blaster is the target, which keeps it nice and simple.  Plus there is no limit to team sizes so it can be expanded indefinitely.

Handheld Mini Walkie Talkies

Image of the Outdoor Toys for Kids, Selieve 22 Channel 2 Way Radio 3 Miles Handheld Mini Walkie Talkies, Toys for 3-8 year old Boys and Girls (1 Pair, Camouflage)

My boys love their walkie talkies and they are a definite favorite for most boys.  These walkie talkies come in a cool camo motif and work up to 3 miles.

In my experience, the ones that claim to work up to 25 miles usually don’t live up to that, so why bother with the extra expense?  Three miles should be plenty of range for playing around with friends or biking around town.

Outdoor Exploration Kit

Image of the Adventure Kidz - Outdoor Exploration Kit, Children’s Toy Binoculars, Flashlight, Compass, Whistle, Magnifying Glass, Backpack. Great Kids Gift Set for Camping, Hiking, Educational and Pretend Play.

Want some cool stuff to go along with walkie talkies? How about this cool Outdoor exploration kit?  It comes with everything you need to go on a nature hike outdoors and have all the tools at hand.  The kit includes binoculars, flashlight, compass, whistle and backpack to carry it all around.  Perfect for any boy who is into exploring.

The Boys’ Book Of Survival

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Along the same lines, this book is a great gift for any boy who loves the outdoors.  Full of great tips that should be taught to everyone for basic survival skills.  This book should be a right of passage for boys, but also would be great skills for girls to learn as well.

Some of the skills are how to make a compass using the sun, how to survive quicksand, or how to carry someone with a foot injury.  There are even instructions of how to survive a zombie apocalypse, just in case.  Right up my 11 year old’s alley lol!

The Dangerous Book for Boys

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Another great book for boys is this Dangerous Book for Boys.  Don’t let the title scare you, I think it’s more to lure in the boy readers.  This book has great topics, among which are:

  • The Five knots every boy should know
  • Building a treehouse
  • Making a bow and arrow
  • How to fish
  • How to make a tripwire
  • Navajo Code Talkers’ Dictionary
  • How to navigate
  • How to skim stones

And many more!  If your boy has any interest in these things, this book will bring countless hours of reading and trying these activities.

The Boy’s Book of Adventure: The Little Guidebook for Smart and Resourceful Boys

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Another great little adventure book, this one is a nice compilation of all the best advice.  This book has everything from camping instructions, protecting against the elements and studying the night sky.  It also teaches how to use a compass, navigate using a map, and so much more.

This would be a perfect book to use as a guide for exploring the outdoors with your son, nephew, etc.  In fact, we are using it for inspiration and guidance for weekly summer activities.

Toysmith Giant Rocket Balloon Set

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Rocket baloons are baloons that you blow up and they fly into the sky as the air releases.  They also make a fun noise as they go up!  These baloons are reusable so you can keep blowing them up and launching them.

Eventually, they will wear out and pop but people say they have been able to reuse them many times over.  So for the price, it’s a very economical, fun little activity.

Explosive Combustion Science Lab Kit – 25+ STEM Experiments

Image of the Playz Kaboom! Explosive Combustion Science Lab Kit - 25+ STEM Experiments - DIY Make Your Own Rockets, Helium Balloons, Fizzy Bombs, Color Explosions and more with Fun Chemical Reactions!

If your boy is anything like mine, he is very interested in cool science experiments.  The more explosive, the better.  Safety first though, of course!  I love this combustion science kit which has over 25 experiments for them to get their hands dirty.

They can make rockets, helium baloons, fizzy bombs, color explosions and other chemical reactions.  You will need additional supplies though, such as vinegar, etc. so be sure to keep that in mind.

Edible Candy! Food Science STEM Chemistry Kit

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My boys love to watch crazy YouTubers have fun with candy experiments and then recreate it themselves.  This kit is perfect to have chemistry fun, learn something and eat it afterwards!  You can make over 40 experiments with candy and chocolate.

I love that it comes with an easy to follow guide and 27 tools for the experiments.  However, as with any other kit, you will need some household supplies to complete the experiments.

40-Trick Magic Show Kit

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My sons love magic trick, and this Magic Show kit is perfect to have a lot of magic fun with!  It has plenty of supplies to pull off 40 different tricks, so it’ll keep your boy busy showing off all his magic tricks.  It has a good balance of card tricks, disappearing items tricks and even levitating things.

Pranklopedia: The Funniest, Grossest, Craziest, Not-Mean Pranks on the Planet!

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What sold me on this book is the “Not-Mean” part of the title.  I am okay with pranks, but they have to be “not mean”.  Boys this age love this kind of stuff, so give them plenty of inspiration with this book.  Most of the pranks can be done by the kid themselves, without any help from others.

Most of the pranks will be very good, harmless fun.  I don’t know about you, but I would much rather my kids be into doing practical things with their hands than wasting away in front of a video game.  This book is sure to capture their attention for weeks to come.

Jokelopedia: The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke Book Ever!

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A nice companion book to the prank book would be this Jokelopedia, full of fun and silly jokes to keep them cracking up.  It has knock-knock jokes, riddles, tongue-twisters, as well as some humor history tidbits.

4M Tin Can Robot

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If your birthday boy is mechanically inclined, he might love this economical Tin Can Robot project.  The kit re-purposes an aluminum can into a fun, silly robot and includes all the necessary materials to do it.  And I love that this project uses hands on recycling without breaking the bank.

LEGO Creator Robo Explorer 31062 Robot Toy

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Is your boy into robots?  This cool Lego build can be transformed into three different creatures – a main robot, a robot dog and a robot bird.  This set includes a light brick to bring the creatures to life and features real treads that can roll the robots around.

Just add a little imagination and this inexpensive set can bring hours of entertainment.  If your boy is anything like mine, this will get taken apart and evolved into many different creatures for years to come.

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Building and Coding Kit

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If price is not an issue, you could up your Lego Robot game with this Lego Building and Coding Toolbox.  It includes everything to make at least 5 different models – Robot, cat, rover, guitar and an Auto Builder.  It’s linked to an app which is used to code behaviors into each build.  You will need a smart device to use with this kit due to the app functionality.

Sports Action Video Camera + 11 Accessories – Waterproof Ultra HD

Image of the [Bonus Case] Simbans Okomax 4K Sports Action Video Camera + 11 Accessories - Waterproof Ultra HD WiFi 12MP 170° Wide-Angle- Best gift Cam for Kids, Teenagers (Boys, Girls Age 10-18 years old)

Has your boy been asking for a GoPro but you haven’t wanted to spend hundreds of dollars?  Here is a great low-cost alternative that will still satisfy and is high quality.  This sports action camera is waterproof and takes high definition footage of all their parkour tricks and practice stunts.

It also features Wifi connectivity so when it’s time to upload it to YouTube, you don’t even need to plug this camera into a computer to do so.  That is even better than our edition of GoPro, which is still “old school” in that respect.

Sports Watch Waterproof Boys Multi-Function Analog Digital Wristwatch

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Boys love watches and this one is a great choice.  It’s waterproof, has an alarm function and LED lights.  And it just plain looks cool and technical.

Frisbee Rings

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Get your guy outdoors with these Frisbee rings that are easier to fly straight than regular Frisbees.  They are also much lighter, so easier and more comfortable to catch.

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Donna Fogarty
I'm a mom of three boys and enjoy researching just about everything, especially when it comes to picking the best anything to buy for my babies.

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  1. Very helpful for Grandma trying to send unique and a bit educational gifts to Grandchildren! Thank you for helping me!

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