The Top Christmas Gifts for 10, 11 and 12 Year Old Boys in 2018

by Donna Fogarty |

Are you on the lookout for the coolest Christmas gifts for 10, 11 and 12 year old boys?  There are so many cool products out there, with new ones being added all the time, that it can be hard to sift through them all.

Well, don’t worry, I’ve done the hard work for you!  So read on, get some inspiration and grab that gift that will WOW your special boy on Christmas morning.  Be sure to keep in mind your boy’s personality and interests to make sure it’s something he would really enjoy.

Best Christmas Gifts for 10 year old boys

Emoji Shirt Legendary Since 2008

The fun part about this shirt is that it’s true forever…  It works now when they’re 10 and it’ll be just as true 20 years from now.  It’s the perfect gift to start off the Christmas unwrapping.  Plus, who doesn’t love Emojis?

Hardy Boys Starter Set

Image of the Hardy Boys Starter Set - Books 1-5 (The Hardy Boys)

Do you have a budding detective at home?  If you don’t already own these books, get him started on the right foot with a starter set of the classic Hardy Boys Series.  He’ll spend Christmas break reading fun detective stories and exercising his logic.

DIMY Walkie Talkies for Kids

I know my boys love to play with their Walkie Talkies, it’s hours of entertainment and it gets them involved in something other than watching TV or playing video games.  Ergonomic grip, belt clip, 2 mile range and 3 channels will keep the fun going for the kids.

Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets

Image of the Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets, 4 Rockets [Packaging May Vary]

I couldn’t believe it, but these rockets can go up to 200 feet in the air!  They are probably not the best for an indoor activity, but would be great outside.  This set includes 4 rockets and comes with a dueling base where kids can go head to head in rocket competition.  Best of all, no batteries are required 🙂

AmazonBasics Pop Up Goal

Image of the AmazonBasics Pop-Up Goal Set with Carrying Case - 2.5-Foot

Keep them active during the winter months with these pop up soccer goals.  They can practice their shooting and goalie skills and get ready for spring soccer.  An upside is that these goals can also go outside once the weather gets nicer or if you’re in a warm climate already.

Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 Electronics Discovery Kit

Image of the Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 Electronics Discovery Kit

For the boy who is into taking things apart and putting them back together, this discovery set will get their minds engaged.  It’s a great way to teach kids about electricity and get their minds working.  I know my boys picked up Snap Circuits in no time and even improvised their own ideas.  There are so many cool parts in this set, like the solar cell, switches, sliders, and power meter.

FullyLoaded Tactical Vest for kids for Nerf Guns

Ok, how sweet is this set?  Everything a boy would ever need to be fully equipped for a Nerf battle.  It comes with 20 extra bullets, a tactical vest for storing said bullets, a quick reload clip and a sling that clips onto the vest.  It also comes with safety glasses and has many clips and loops to carry their Nerf guns.  You might even get an extra one for yourself!

National Geographic Hobby Rock Tumbler Kit

If your boy has any interest in gems or cool looking rocks, this rock tumbler is a great way to get them involved.  This kit comes with 1/2 lb of gemstones, 9 different types.  The machine uses different grits on different stones, and there is a guide that explains in detail which to use with what.

This tumbler is also more insulated than the typical one so it’s a little quieter, which is great because it needs to run for a while to polish the gems.  Plus you can always buy refills of stones to polish or even use ones you find in the river, ocean, or your own backyard.

Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear

Image of the Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear, Hi-Fi Stereo Wireless Headset, Foldable, Soft Memory-Protein Earmuffs, w/Built-in Mic and Wired Mode for PC/Cell Phones/TV

At this age, my boys love to listen to their own music and a nice set of over the ear headphones makes a great gift.  These are wireless, foldable and comfortable, as well as having a great track record for quality.  Plus they come in a variety of cool colors.  This would be at the top of my list for a boy if they don’t already have one.


Image of the Can You Imagine Airzooka Toy (Black/Silver)

This cool little thing is an air cannon, and blows a ball of air at the chosen target.  Harmless, but still great fun to play with and pretty powerful as well.  If your boys love to shoot things, but you’re tired of getting pelted with those things, this would be a great alternative although I suppose air “balls” could still get annoying.

Best Christmas Gifts for 11 year old boys

4K Sports Action Video Camera + 11 Accessories

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)

Much cheaper than a GoPro, but almost the same thing.  This Sports Action Video is perfect for the kid who enjoys doing tricks of any sort outside (parkour anyone?).  Take it skiing, snowboarding, swimming, or just along with you wherever you go to make a vlog.  It’s waterproof, high definition and easy to upload to your YouTube with Wifi capability.

Stereo Gaming Headset

Image of the BENGOO G9000 Stereo Gaming Headset for PS4, PC, Xbox One Controller, Noise Cancelling Over Ear Headphones with Mic, LED Light, Bass Surround, Soft Memory Earmuffs for Laptop Mac Nintendo Switch Games

Many boys this age love to game and nothing to step up their gaming game like a gaming headset.  Ha!  All puns aside, this is a big item on my son’s wish list this year as he’s trying to be cool like his friends and every serious gamer has a gaming headset.

This one has cool LED lights, and it’s comfortable and compatible with every system.  They are also noise canceling and have bass surround because Fortnite is so much funner to play with bass surround.

Mylec Deluxe Folding Hockey Goal Set

Image of the Mylec Deluxe Hockey Goal Set

 Beat the winter blues and keep everyone active with some indoor Hockey.  Maybe your special boy already plays hockey, in which case this will only help him practice more.  Or maybe this would be a great way to introduce him to the game.  Or at the very least, it would be a great outlet for pent up energy.

Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes

Image of the Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes, 3 Planes

This kit includes 3 different planes – looper, glider and Wildcat.  The looper does giant loops, the glider can glide for up to 100 feet and the Wildcat does crazy tricks.  Fun set to get them outside and having fun.  Designed by aeronautical engineers and does not require any batteries.  Just run and stomp to send them soaring up into the sky.

Simple Machines Mechanisms That Multiply Force Construction Kit

Image of the Engino Discovering STEM Simple Machines Mechanisms That Multiply Force Construction Kit

This cool kit helps your child learn STEM while building various simple machines and exploring “multiplying forces”.  This kit explores pulleys, levers, inclined planes and much more.  Your child can build a windmill, catapult, vise, and lots more cool projects.  It’s the perfect way to introduce them to forces and the concepts of physics and engineering while having fun.

Nerf Sports Dude Perfect Signature Bow

Image of the Nerf Sports Dude Perfect Signature Bow  (Amazon Exclusive)

One of the challenges for me is finding things to do in the winter time that doesn’t involve electronics.  That’s why I love products like this bow.  It teaches them hand-eye coordination while keeping them active and engaged.  It includes 2 arrows that whistle and a target to shoot at.  The ergonomic design makes this easy to use for just about anyone in the family.

National Geographic Mega Construction Engineering Set

This mega construction set lets you build everything from race cars to dinosaurs to bulldozers.  It includes a battery-powered motor part that will power the creation.  This is sure to keep them busy during Christmas vacation and beyond.

Lanaak Kids Fishing Pole and Tackle Box

Image of the Lanaak Kids Fishing Pole and Tackle Box - with Net, Travel Bag, Spincast Reel and Beginner’s Guide | Collapsible Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Kit for Boys, Girls, and Adults

What a great bonding activity for your special boy to do with his dad or granddad.  Most boys I know are fascinated by fishing and this kit has everything you need to get started.  It comes with a net, a travel bag, collapsible fishing rod and a beginner’s guide.

Playz Kaboom! Explosive Combustion Science Lab Kit

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!

Most boys love things that go “boom”, so why not channel that love into a safe (as possible) and educational activity?  This kit is full of fun experiments that will teach them about chemistry all the while having fun with combustion.  You can make over 25 different experiments, such as rockets, helium balloons, fizzy bombs and much more!

Playz Edible Candy! Food Science STEM Chemistry Kit

Image of the Playz Edible Candy! Food Science STEM Chemistry Kit - 40+ DIY Make Your Own Chocolates and Candy Experiments for Boy, Girls, Teenagers, & Kids Ages 8+

My boys love watching YouTubers make their own candy and this set will help them accomplish just that.  Plus they will be learning chemistry as they play and they can actually eat their creations afterwards.  Win win!

Best Christmas Gifts for 12 year old boys

Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector

Image of the Bounty Hunter Gold Digger Metal Detector

Does your boy love to find treasures in the backyard?  Help them out with this Junior Metal Detector, and they will be finding even cooler treasures in no time.  They might even find that wedding band that got accidentally lost in the backyard decades ago or some other cool treasure.

USA Toyz Laser Tag Sets – 4 Pack

Image of the USA Toyz Laser Tag Sets - “Battle Box” 4 Pack Multiplayer Laser Tag Guns for Kids w/ Lazer Tag Games Laser Tag Spider Training Bot + Lazer Tag Gun Set Case

Ok, this one is probably the most expensive item on this list, but it’s so worth it.  Keep your boy active all winter long with his friends or siblings (or parents!).  Generally, with a laser tag system, you get what you pay for.  In this set, you get a handy case to keep it all together and organized and a training bot to boot.  The set is expandable too so it’s easy to add more players if you have a big family.

Marky Sparky Faux Bow Pro Archery Set

Image of the Marky Sparky Faux Bow Pro – Shoots Over 200 Feet – Bow and Patented Arrow Archery Set

This durable fiberglass bow has a range of over 200 feet thanks to the lightweight arrows included.  This bow has the look and feel of a real bow, it’s slender and elegant.  It keeps its accuracy pretty well for the range too.

SkateXS Beginner Panda Street Kids Personalized Skateboard

Image of the SkateXS Personalized Beginner Pirate Street Skateboard

If your boy loves skateboarding or is looking to start, nothing beats this personalized skateboard that has users raving.  Cool design with their own name and comfortable ride, not much more you can ask for.  It’s high quality construction and design will last them for years to come.

Kan Jam Ultimate Disc Game

Image of the Kan-Jam Ultimate Disc Game

This frisbee game steps it up a notch.  Played in 2 vs 2 teams, it requires teamwork and would be a great indoor or outdoor activity.  It comes with 2 official goals or “kans” and also comes in a glow in the dark version which looks really cool.

Force1 Bright LED Quadcopter Drone

Do you want to introduce your boy to drones without spending tons of cash?  This drone is easy to fly, has cool LED lights and a battery with a decent life for a lot of fun.  It has high/low speeds which would make it a great drone for kids and adults alike.  Capable of doing tricks, like the 360 flip and comes with an extra battery for extended fly time.

The Boys’ Book Of Survival

Image of the The Boys' Book Of Survival (How To Survive Anything, Anywhere)

Give your boy this right of passage by teaching him all he’ll ever need to know.  From basic (to advanced) survival skills out in the wild, to surviving a zombie apocalypse, he is sure to learn some new tips and tricks.  If your boy is into survival strategies, he would probably read this from cover to cover!  He can learn how to escape from a car that’s underwater, escape quicksand or survive a school dance.

Doinkit Darts – Magnetic Dart Board

This magnetic dartboard is great for improving hand eye coordination all while avoiding holes in the walls from actual sharp darts.  These darts are lightweight and durable and great for individual play or family fun.  The magnet is strong enough to keep the dart attached to the board, so there is less likelihood of them falling off and getting lost and makes it easier to keep score.

Tabletop Air Hockey Table

Have your gift stand out with this awesome tabletop Air Hockey game!  It’s 40 inches long, so plenty of space for play but also not so big that it can’t be stowed away underneath the bed or in the closet.  It comes with an electronic blower and is built to last with sturdy legs and construction.

Finish Line Gift Card

Image of the Finish Line Gift Card $25

Having trouble choosing a gift?  When in doubt, get a gift card!  This Finish Line gift card would be a great stocking stuffer or a way for your boy to pick out exactly what they want.  From the latest shoe styles to clothing and accessories, you can’t go wrong.

Or you could always get them an Amazon Gift card so they could pick out literally anything they want.

Did you find a gift for your special boy?  You know him best, so consider their interests and personality when choosing a gift.

Do you have a favorite gift of the items above?  Let us know in the comments below which gifts were a big hit!

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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