Are you looking for cool gifts for your 9-12 year old boy? I’ve round up over 16 Christmas Gift ideas for Tween Boys!

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Tween Boys in 2021

The other day, I was talking to my son about Christmas gifts and what his age group wants for Christmas and we realized he is a tween! Funny how I categorized my daughter in the ‘tween’ stage when she was his age. However, I hadn’t really thought about my son as a tween. He and I laughed about the tween term and then I asked him to help me come up with some fun gifts for tween boys. Let’s face it, most tween boys when you ask them will say they want video games, money or something sporty. So, I asked my son to dig a little deeper and think about some gifts that would be FUN to open on Christmas morning. Even though tween boys age out of the toy department, it is still fun to find them some unique and playful gifts for Christmas.

The older kids get, the smaller the size of the Christmas gift piles! Everything tweens and teens want for Christmas can be so expensive.

Most of the tween boy gift ideas we came up with are very reasonable. We have something in every price category. Take a look at let me know what your Tween Boy would like for Christmas.

Top Christmas Gifts for Tween Boys

Whether your tween boys is into sports, games, math or science,  there are fun gifts out there for Christmas! If you are wondering what your tween boy wants for Christmas, check out out this Gift Guide!

For Tweens Who Like to Read

Each of my kids always gets a few books for Christmas. One of the most popular book series for tween boys is Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The latest book, Big Shot is coming out this Fall and you can pre-order now.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid New Book

Do your kids love Harry Potter? My oldest two both love the series and we have enjoyed reading the books aloud to the kids. There is a beautiful Harry Potter Illustrated Book set and each year we add to the kids’ collection. These are gorgeous books that will be keepsakes for years to come.

Harry Potter Illustrated Book Set 

Gifts for Tweens Who Like Video Games

If you can’t beat them, join them right? My boys are pretty much obsessed with their video game time. These fun socks would make any gamer a happy!

Do Not Disturb Gaming Socks

My two sons got these Gaming Chairs last year and they use them all the time. It is nice to have a set of chairs when one of the boys has a friend visiting.

Gaming Chair with Speakers

If you have a series gaming boy on your hands, you could really wow him with this Countertop Pac-Man Game. This counter top Pac-Man game stands at 18 inches tall and it would make a great addition to a game or rec room!

Pac Man Counter Arcade Game

Or, if you are looking for a less expensive Pac-Man option, check out this small Pac-Man Arcade. My seven year old has this version and he loves it!

Let your tween boy’s music  and games play in his ears and not your entire house when he wears these wireless headphones! These headphones come with a built in microphone too (good for gaming).

Science and Techie Tweens

What do you get a tween who likes science and technology? There are a lot of gift ideas for tween boys who like STEM.

When it is time to turn the video games but it is too cold to play outside, we get out our favorite STEM toys. All of my kids have loved this Snap Circuit Set.  The instructions are very easy to follow and this is a great independant play activity.

Snap Circuit Set

It is probably one of the most used toys in our entire family and every single one of our kids has enjoyed it.

While technically, this next gift is still an electronic gadget, at least it does not involve a screen. My ten year old bought himself an Echo during the Prime sale. He uses the Echo multiple times of day including listening to music, asking Alexa to tell jokes, playing bedtime tunes and checking the weather. I already ordered my tween girl an Echo.

Amazon Echo Dot

One way to get the kids to do a little science without even realizing it is to make some Gummy Bears! This Gummy Bear Making Kit has been fun for the whole family. My son does not spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so this Gummy Bear kit has been a good lesson in measuring and learning to be detailed with cooking instructions.

Gummy Bear Making Kit

It is a very fun set!

For the science loving tween boy, this telescope kit would make a great Christmas gift! My son has the perfect window to look out into the sky and he has been asking for a good telescope. These telescopes can be very expensive, but this reasonable one has a solid 4 star rating from Amazon.

Telescope Kit

Tween Boy Christmas Gifts
Toys and Games for Tween Boys

I’ll be honest that I have a love hate relationship with Legos. I love them because they occupy the kids for HOURS (especially over a long winter break). But, as a mom who loves a clutter free home, Legos can be a bit of a challenge:) Good thing my ten year old loves to keep his Lego sets intact and display them on shelves.

He is all into Mindcraft this year, so he has several Lego sets on his wish list.

Minecraft Lego Set

My ten year old loves to play board games with me. Usually before bed, we decide on a quick game to play. We got Exploding Kittens last year for Christmas and it has been a favorite.

Exploding Kittens Card Game

The game does take a minute to figure out but once you get the hang of the rules, it is a lot of fun! A nice and usually pretty fast moving game!

If your family does not have the classic Simon game, consider adding it to your Christmas list. This is a great game that can be played solo or with a friend. It is great to work on concentration and memory!

Classic Simon Game

christmas gifts for tween boys

We have had Simon for years and it is still a top game in our rotation.

Outdoor Play for Tween Boys

One more area to explore in gift ideas for tween boys is the outdoors!

Our new favorite outdoor game is this Capture the Flag. It is by the same company as the Laser X game (which the boys also LOVE). Capture the Flag is a great game to do with a group of friends or neighbors.  The kids divide up in teams and wear color coded bracelets to designate sides. The teams race to capture each other’s light sensors.

Very fun to do when it is dark outside!

Capture the Flag Game

You can take your boy’s outdoor play up a notch with an Electric Razor Scooter. My kids have gotten a ton of play out of the regular Razor Scooters, so I know they would love one of these. This particular version has near perfect ratings and is a good price point for electric scooters.

Mega Nerf Blaster

Seriously, you can not go wrong with a Nerf Blaster for a boy of any age! My boys always check out every single Nerf blaster every time we go to Target.

I have to say that I love  how much energy the kids burn off when they run around with there Nerf toys!

More Tween Boy Gift Ideas

My son shared a few more gift ideas for tween boys. These are gifts that he would like for Christmas.

Wireless Bluetooth Beanie Hat ($19.99)

Professional Metal Detector ($149.99)

Karaoke Machine ($69.99)

Nintendo Switch Lite ($199.99)

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  1. Andrea Nine on November 13, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I think some of my…just out of their teens boys would LOVE these ideas!!

  2. Dara on November 13, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Awesome suggestions! We got both of the boys a copy of Wrecking Ball since otherwise they will fight over it! I really want the illustrated Harry Potter books for myself! All of my kids want Google Home minis or Echos for their rooms too. We have had snap circuits for awhile and I think they are a great toy!

  3. Tanya on November 13, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I also love using Ebates! Sometimes the rebate percentages are so high! I’m having a gift guide link up on December 10th – hope you’ll come join in!

    • Jaclyn on November 14, 2019 at 6:18 am

      Yes! I always like finding out what the percentage is when I’m shopping-it is a fun surprise.

  4. Mother of 3 on November 13, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Great ideas! My boys (aged 12-15) have quite a few of these items and really enjoy them.

    • Jaclyn on November 14, 2019 at 6:17 am

      Thank you Joanne! It was good I had a tween helper to come up with this list:)

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