Gift Guide: Tween Boys (9-12ish)

By Polly Conner

Tween boy–roughly the ages of 9-12–is the age of maturing kid and not yet teen. Two of my sons fall in this range, so they helped me quite a bit with this list. We tried to think of a high quality gift for all of kinds of boys. Whether your tween likes the outdoors, sports, reading, science, or games, we’ve got a variety of ideas.

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Gift guide for tween boys (ages 9-12)

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Tween Boy: Ages 9-12 Gift Guide

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1. Spikeball Game Set – My 12-year-old son got hooked on this indoor or outdoor group game at church camp this summer.

Spikeball Set

2. Echo Dot with Mandalorian Holder – My kids LOVE their echo dots. They use it for music and audiobooks primarily. The Echo Dots also have games on them that the kids have fun with. What I learned after I bought them is that they can also be used as kind of a walkie talky. From my phone, I can drop into their room, make announcements, block certain songs, set time limits, and turn on the explicit filter. Now truth be told, they still find songs that you may not approve of but all you have to say is, “Alexa, never play that song again.” I love these!

Echo Dot in Mandalorian Holder

3. Fitness Tracker – When I asked moms of tween boys what they recommended, a fitness tracker was a common response. “He loves competing with who got more steps per day (he always wins!)” While I have previously used a Garmin Vevofit Jr., this fitness tracker looks like a great option for older kids.

Kids fitness tracker

4. Electric Scooter – I have seen kids zooming around on these in our neighborhood and think this age group is ideal for an electric scooter. This one has great reviews and is a reasonable price.

Razor Scooter

5. Nerf Football – This exact football gets a lot of play action in our backyard and is taken on almost every road trip. Super affordable and something every family of young boys needs!

Nerf Football

6. Hoverboard – Built-in wireless speaker can be easily connected to portable devices, just enjoy your favorite music or books without wearing headphones. Easy to learn for beginners and amateurs.


7. Flint and Steel – My almost 11-year-old son prides himself on his survival skills. He loves the woods and the idea of being able to start his own fire. Now this gift isn’t for young kids or every kid. But, if you have a fairly responsible one who is an adventurer, he/she will love this flint and steel set. I let my son start all of our fires in our fire pit with it, while all the neighbor friends look on in awe. 

Flit and Steel fire starter

8. Bow & Arrow SetThis puppy shoots over 100 feet! “My ten-year-old son loves this bow and now we are thinking of buying a second one for our seven-year-old son who loves it, too. It shoots really far and was simple to put together. We like that it’s safer than a traditional bow & arrow and easier for a child to use. We are happy with our purchase and it was a great price.”

Bow and Arrow Set

9.Bike Wheel Lights – These look so fun and have GREAT reviews. Not only do they make evening bike riding much safer but kids love being able to customize their look! I read that installation is easy but to watch the video provided to better understand how. Could be a great stocking stuffer too!

Bike Wheel Lights

10. Headlamp – Such a staple for young boys. They will find so many ways to use this!

Head Lamp

11. Illustrated Harry Potter Collection – These are amazing! The illustrations and creative touch on every page helps keep those busy boy’s attention. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, these are a must. I have found so much joy in reading these with my kids.

Illustrated Harry Potter Series

12. Swiss Army Knife – All three of my kids, girl included, have a pocket knife like this. They like to whittle wood with it, take it on hikes, and pretend to “survive”. For There are so many colors and patterns to choose from.

Swiss Army Knife

13. Electronic Snap Circuits – Designed for young engineers ages 8+. Build over 300 experiments with 60+ parts, including photosensitive electronic organ, a Lie detector, an AM radio, and a two-finger touch lamp and much more!

Snap Circuits

14. Ogosport – I think these look SO fun and they have come highly recommended by trusted sources. The more outdoor games the better in my opinion!


15. Throw Throw Burrito – I’ve heard great things about this game. I did read that it works best with around 4 player so keep that mind. Here is what reviewer said: “We have had this game for roughly three days now and have played Throw Throw Burrito every night since receiving it in the mail. My family has multiple closets full of games and this is our favorite, hands down.”

Throw Throw Burrito

16. 3×3 Rubik’s Speed Cube – The Rubik’s Cube is back but it’s even faster. Speed cubing has now become popularized. My oldest son spent a few years learning the speed cubing method and investing a lot of his money and research time into cubes. He quickly learned that not all cubes are made equal. The one I linked to is one of the best 3×3 cubes on the market for your up-and-coming speed cuber or recreational cuber.

Rubiks Speek Cube

17. Wireless Headphones – Kids will love the freedom of wireless headphones! Here is what reviewer said: “I bought these on Prime Day because I needed some less expensive headphones to use while mowing the lawn. Right out of the box, it took only seconds to connect to my iPhone. The sound quality wasn’t quite what you would get with an expensive set, but I didn’t expect that. Still, the sound quality was great and they were powerful enough that I was concerned that my very loud lawnmower wasn’t working correctly.”

Wireless Headphones

18. Exploding Kittens Card Game – This hilarious card game for all ages especially connects with tween boys because of the quirky comedy involved. Fun family game that is easy to learn.

Exploding Kittens

19. Ripstick – Our whole street of boy and girl tweens ride up and down the sidewalks and driveways after school on their Ripsticks. Such great exercise and reason to get outside! The mom in me has to suggest investing in a helmet and pads, too. 😉


20. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series – When asking moms of tween boys about gift ideas, these books came up over and over again. All the main books are the journals of the main character, Greg Heffley. Befitting a teen’s diary, the books are filled with simple drawings of Greg’s daily adventures.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

21. Slack LineA friend of ours had this in his backyard and boys of all ages used and loved it. Set it up and take it down fairly easily. Great for exercise, getting outside, and fully family fun.

Slack Line

22. Fathead Wall Decals (so many options!) – These decals are easy to install, easily removable (and even reusable) and serve as a great way for your tween to express himself. They have all types of decals: sports, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, Comics, and more.

Fathead Wall Decal

23. Cup Stacking Set with Pro Timer Mat – Kids at our church play this fast-paced activity by themselves or in groups. There are amazing YouTube videos of kids going at lightening speed.

Cub Stacking Set

More Ideas:

The Dangerous Book for BoysThe classic bestselling book for every boy from eight to eighty, covering essential boyhood skills such as building tree houses*, learning how to fish, finding true north, and even answering the age-old question of what the big deal with girls is. In this digital age, there is still a place for knots, skimming stones and stories of incredible courage. This book recaptures Sunday afternoons, stimulates curiosity, and makes for great father-son activities. 

Dangerous Book for Boys

Younger Tween Books: Here are a few great book ideas for 9 and 10 year old boys.

Older Tween Books: Here are some favorites in our house for older tweens.

Legos: Lego City is currently the most popular Lego set on our street for younger tween boys (ages 9-10).

Lego City Lego Sets

Code Names: A really fun group game that all ages and genders will love. I often give this as a birthday gift to older tween boys.


Bible: Snag my 9-year-old’s favorite children’s Bible, The Action Bible. Find more excellent Bible options on this list of Children’s Bibles or this list of Tween and Teen Bibles.

The Action Bible

Advent Resources for the Whole Family

It’s never too late to invest in some great resources to use during the Advent season in December. This curated list of Advent resources will help your family, individuals of all ages, to remember and celebrate the coming of Jesus.

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