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25 Gifts for Tween Boys That Are Cool and Unusual

Having a hard time finding the perfect present for the tween boy in your life? We’re about to make your life a whole lot easier!

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The ultimate tween wish list

If you’re shopping for a tween boy this year, you might be wondering when finding the perfect gifts for boys got so hard. Spoiler alert: It’s not you—it’s them! Kids between the ages of 8 and 12 are in that twilight phase between their childhood and teen years, and they’re moving away from playing with cars, LEGO, and stuffed animals and growing into the world of tech, trends, and hanging out with friends. That said, many of the best gifts for teens aren’t quite right for them yet, so you might be scratching your head. Don’t worry! We’re here to the rescue with the best gifts for tween boys.

From fascinating STEM toys to cool scooters that light up, these new-to-the-market gifts for kids are among the best Christmas toys you’ll find this year, but of course, they’re also perfect for birthdays, other holidays, and “just because” gift-giving occasions. And your tween will actually love and use these presents instead of throwing them in the closet and forgetting about them the next day. This is the ultimate tween wish list—and when he opens his present, he’ll think you read his mind. For other shopping challenges for little (and not-so-little) ones, check out our guides on the best gifts for toddlers and tween girls and all our very best gift ideas.

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Ravensburger Taco Bell Party Pack Card GameVia

Ravensburger Taco Bell Party Pack Card Game

Ravensburger has been making games and puzzles for well over 100 years, so it’s safe to say that they know what they’re doing when it comes to entertainment. Their new Taco Bell game is the perfect gift for tween boys who love snacking on chalupas, nachos, and the like from their favorite fast food spot. The point of the game is to earn “crave chips.” When all the crave chips are gone, the player with the most points wins! You also can never go wrong with a classic board game that the whole family can play.

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Lifetime 50 All Star Portable Basketball HoopVia

Lifetime 50″ All Star Portable Basketball Hoop

Your kid will love having his very own basketball hoop to shoot b-ball with his friends anytime he wants. This 50-inch portable hoop has a steel-framed, shatterproof backboard with an adjustable height mechanism that can effortlessly go from eight to ten feet high in seconds, making this the perfect gift for adult men, too!

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Razor Sonic Glow Electric ScooterVia

Razor Sonic Glow Electric Scooter

He’ll roll around like his very own traveling concert on this electric scooter, which boasts LED lights and built-in speakers. The Bluetooth-enabled speakers can play whatever songs are on your kid’s playlist, while the LED lights on the steering column pulse along to the beat of the music. It can reach speeds up to 10 mph and hold a charge for about 55 minutes.

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Kidpik Subscription Gift BoxVia

Kidpik Subscription Gift Box

Give the gift of style to the favorite boy in your life. Each personalized subscription clothing box comes with seven mix-and-match items, including shoes.

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Razor Flashback Kick ScooterVia

Razor Flashback Kick Scooter

Razor is flashing back to the ’80s, when BMX bikes were all the rage. This retro-styled scooter from Razor is made with handlebars that resemble a BMX bike, but its front and rear hand brakes make it easier to stop and its big wheels ensure a smoother ride. Even better? If you’re pressed for time, this Amazon Prime gift can be delivered quickly.

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Nike Brasilia Xl Training BackpackVia

Nike Brasilia XL Training Backpack

Whether your child is headed to class or sports practice, this backpack’s adjustable shoulder straps and padded back will help make even the heaviest load more comfortable. There’s also an inside sleeve that’s perfect for storing a laptop. For the ultimate gift, pair it with these affordable laptops under $500.

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4fun Ultimate Kickball SetVia

4Fun Ultimate Kickball Set

Keep your tween outside, off screens, and active with this ultimate kickball game. It includes everything he’ll need for a day of fun—a kickball, an inflatable pump, bases, and a convenient mesh carrying bag. Just add friends or family members for an awesome afternoon with a classic outdoor kids’ game.

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Multicolored Led Strip LightsVia

Multicolored LED Strip Lights

This gift for tween boys is a great stocking stuffer, especially for kids who want to personalize their bedrooms. These LED strip lights come in ten different colors, so he can drape his favorites along his headboard, walls, and windows.

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Mad Mattr Super PackVia

Mad Mattr Super Pack

This super-soft modeling compound can be easily shaped, molded, kneaded, sculpted, and stretched—stretching your kid’s creativity along the way. You won’t mind it either, since it’s virtually mess-free. It doesn’t stick to anything but itself! Plus, it’s incredibly relaxing to play with as you watch your child craft all sorts of cool things. Got an older kid, too? You can’t go wrong with these stocking stuffers for teens.

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Kodak Ultra Mini Portable ProjectorVia

Kodak Ultra Mini Portable Projector

He’ll have his very own movie theater in his pocket if you give him this palm-sized pocket projector from Kodak. Compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Androids, it will project your tween’s favorite content in HD, whether it’s the big game or his favorite YouTube videos. Here are more tech gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself.

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Ravensburger Gravitrax Pro Vertical Starter SetVia

Ravensburger GraviTrax PRO Vertical Starter Set

This STEM toy from Ravensburger has a bit of a cult following. GraviTrax is an interactive track system that helps kids learn about gravity, magnetism, and kinetics. Watch as they build their own vertical action-packed track systems with walls, pillars, and balconies. This is the perfect gift for tween boys because the possibilities are endless!

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Casio 61 Key Portable KeyboardVia

Casio 61-Key Portable Keyboard

Encourage your tween hit maker to play his own tunes anytime and anywhere with a Casio keyboard. This brand-new model, which comes in three colors, is a great electric piano for beginners and seasoned players.

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Madden Nfl 22Via

Madden NFL 22

If there’s one thing tween boys love, it’s their video games. Well, the new Madden 22 is here, and the graphics are so real that you’ll wonder if you’re actually watching a live NFL game. Your tween will love the new “home field advantage” feature, which gives their home team some extra momentum. Of course, a video game obsession doesn’t magically stop when boys are no longer tweens, so this could be a great gift for your brother, too.

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Dugout Mugs Baseball Bat Drinking MugVia

Dugout Mugs: Baseball Bat Drinking Mug

This is the perfect gift for tween boys who love baseball—it’s a mug handcrafted from an actual wooden baseball bat. Order it plain or have your favorite team etched on the side for a cool personalized gift and sip from it on game day or just keep it on display.

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Sony Wireless Compact SpeakerVia

Sony Wireless Compact Speaker

He’ll bring the party with him wherever he goes, whether it’s to the beach or his bud’s backyard. This Bluetooth-enabled Sony speaker is waterproof, dust-proof, has more than 16 hours of battery life, and is small enough to fit into a backpack.

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Beats Flex Wireless HeadphonesVia

Beats Flex Wireless Headphones

Perfect for remote learning or listening to his favorite tunes, these Beats headphones offer a great sound at an affordable price. The earbuds are magnetic, and they play music automatically when they’re in your ears and stop playing it when they’re taken out. How well do they work? Pretty darn well, according to the 16,000-plus glowing five-star reviews on Amazon!

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Dumpling LightVia

Dumpling light

How cute is this little guy? Almost as cute as your not-so-little guy. The light fits right in the palm of your hand and gives off the perfect glow in your tween’s room. Just watch out—your college kid might steal it for their dorm room!

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Carpool Karaoke The MicVia

Carpool Karaoke The Mic

Your tween can sing his heart out in the car, just like the celebs in the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden. All you have to do is pair the Carpool Karaoke microphone with your car’s audio system and your child is ready for his moment. This would also make the perfect best friend gift for the right person.

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Roku UltraVia

Roku Ultra

This is the perfect gift for the tween boy who loves his shows. With the Roku Ultra streaming player, he can watch paid and free content on the TV, streaming Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, AppleTV, and more. He won’t even have to move a finger to switch channels, since this handy device comes with a voice-activated remote. Talk about the ultimate lazy gift! You’ll definitely want to steal it for yourself, so you might just want to get two.

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Fast & Furious Highway HeistVia

Fast & Furious: Highway Heist

With this board game, he’ll set out on a high-speed chase that will make him feel like he’s in the Fast & Furious movies. It includes three different adrenaline-pumping scenarios that put him in the driver’s seat as he plays his favorite character. If he’s a movie buff, you’ll also want to check out these Star Wars gifts.

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National Geographic Earth Science KitVia

National Geographic Earth Science Kit

The best gifts for tweens are the ones where he’ll have fun while learning. (Shhhh, don’t tell him!) This National Geographic kit is packed with more than 15 scientific experiments. He’ll get to make a volcano erupt, grow crystals, generate a water tornado, and more.

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Coleman Telescope With Portable Tripod & Carrying CaseVia

Coleman Telescope with Portable Tripod & Carrying Case

This telescope is the perfect gift for any budding astronomer. It’s easy to use and can give your tween some great views of other galaxies, the moon, planets, and maybe even some extraterrestrials? It comes with its own carrying case and software to guide you through your sightings. You can also look to the stars for shopping inspiration with these astrology gifts that will seem tailor-made for everyone in your life.

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Bearpaw Drew Youth HickoryVia

BearPaw Drew Youth Hickory

Trust us: These suede boots will be his new favorite shoes, whether he’s chilling out at home or heading to school. And they’re not only super comfy—they also have NeverWet technology to repel water and keep his feet nice and dry.

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Nixon Light Wave WatchVia

Nixon Light-Wave Watch

Buy a cool gift and reduce his carbon footprint in the process with this unique, eco-friendly watch. It’s totally powered by the sun and constructed from tide ocean plastics. It comes in four different colors and also makes a great gift for dad!

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Schwinn Signature Thrasher Mountain BikeVia

Schwinn Signature Thrasher Mountain Bike

If you’re a kid, one of the best sights you’ll ever see is a brand-new bike topped with a big red bow under the tree. And this cool Schwinn mountain bike is even better on the trails. It provides a super smooth ride due to its front suspension, and the seven-speed shifter helps out when tackling hills. While you’re at it, buy a bike for yourself, too, and you can explore the great outdoors together.

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Carey Reilly
Carey Reilly is a writer for and a contributing editor for Family Traveller magazine. She is a regular on-air product expert for Fox and Friends, Wpix11 and Cheddar News. She was named in 2017 as a Top 50 Influencer and Brand Ambassador for O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine. She hosted over 80 episodes of the daily talk show, The Daily Glow on Littlethings. She's a stand up comedian and has been seen on Today Show, CNN, The Joy Behar Show, Food Network, Cooking Channel. HLN and The Wendy Williams Show.