What is it about tweens? They really do not want to write a gift list. I am just supposed to know what they want, but I know that I am not alone on this as Master Frugal is the same. So I have been researching what gifts tween Boys really want and there really is something special about giving and receiving just the right gift.
First off, what is a tween, well I guess from around 9-12. The traditional “in-between” and “pre-teen” years and most kids this age alternate between wanting everything they see and next to nothing!
The ultimate gift guide for tween boys aged 9 – 12. It’s hard to read the minds of pre teen boys but here are the coolest gifts this season.
I have tried to think outside of the box and not just look at the standard gifts that 12-year-old boys would love as nothing can replace the thought and personal attention that goes into giving a great gift.
Ultimate Gift Guide for tween Boys
If you are looking at phones for your tween, The IMO Q4 Pro which is an android phone and perfectly pitched as a starter phone for our technically minded tweens. It comes with face unlock and lots of details that you would expect from a more expensive phone. This is currently being used by my best friends 9 years old (he has three older brothers and has been desperate for his own phone)! So far so goo, he is really enjoying having his own phone and being android means that it is very intuitive to use. Once I have more feedback I will update.
Now they are at Senior school and doing sports it seems that they develop an interest in underwear and it has to be Calvin Kleins, well at least it was for my youngest at this age. We have been using Mainline Menswear, an independent menswear rather than the chain stores and their pricing is great, plus their delivery is ace.
Star Wars jigsaws and game
Maxi used to love jigsaws when he was younger but became a little disillusioned that they were either to easier or to hard for him. He absolutely loves the star wars jigsaws we were recently sent from Ravensburger.
The Ravensburger Star Wars Episode VII XXL Jigsaw Puzzle (200-Piece) puzzle was great to do in one sitting and is only £7.99 on Amazon UK right now (Affiliate link).
The 1000 Star Wars The Force Awakens jigsaw is more challenging and will take quite a few sittings, but is perfect for screen free time. I love that it has really engaged the boys and their friends, so have all been adding pieces as they pass the puzzle on the table.
My boys also love the Ravensburger Star Wars Episode VII Galaxy Rebellion Game. We had 5 boys sat round the dining table playing it over the weekend and they came back for more the following day. This is sure to be an even bigger hit once the new movie is out and they are all in full on star wars mode again. At under £20 it is also great value.
I love the idea of Junior Travelling Reader – you can either opt for a monthly subscription or a one-off and your child will receive a specially-chosen fiction book set in a different area around the British Isles every month! And, included in the box, will be book-related or place-related items, too!
Pie Face or Splat
Pie face will be an eternally perfect game for tweens (UK Link/US Link) and Splat which is a cheaper version. There is something fabulously funny about being splatted with cream that boys love. We have had lots of fun family games nights with it!
We are big fans of Exploding Kittens (UK Link/US Link) and this pinball game Game of cat n mouth is by the same people. The kitty paw flickers to fling balls through the cat’s mouth and onto your opponent’s side. To win, either hit all eight balls over, knock out the three cat “teeth,” or pop out the single nose ball (UK Link/US Link)
We have gift rules and I love the idea of having a gift of giving in the and this is an ace way. Yes, tween boys will really appreciate this pile of poo card donation which is from Oxfam and costs £12.
Football kits and footballs
Both of my boys love football (soccer) and have team kits. Christmas is a great time for buying a new kit of even team-themed goodies. We have bought Mini a Boro Annual and calendar and Maxi has the Reading Training top. it is also a great time to get a Premiership football as they are often much lusted after (both are on the boys lists).
Whilst we are talking about football, how about this smart ball that glows and counts keepy ups to 100 – great fun at under £20.
What we love about this National Geographic Mega Crystal Growing Lab is that yes you grow six crystals in 3 to 4 days but you also get a Light-Up Display so you can keep them on show in your bedroom. (UK Link/US Link)
My boys got so much play out of their Hoverboards, but this
HITWAY 6.5” Self Balancing Scooter with Go-kart takes it one step further allowing you to convert your hoverboard to a go-kart and get twice the play out of it. (UK Link/US Link)
Kurio are often seen as a provider of tablets aimed at younger kids, but I can assure you the Kurio Student 9-Inch QC Tablet (UK link/US Link) is perfect for older children. This is a windows based tablet with keyboard and comes with a years subscription to Microsoft Office meaning that it is perfect for homework. My boys have used theirs for powerpoint presentations and then printed them off on our network printer. They have played Minecraft on it and love it. It is the perfect combination of a tablet and a laptop. In fact it is like a mini version of a Microsoft Surface, only more rugged and able to survive my children better! I really can not recommend this enough. No more arguing over who is going on the PC, it is portable and great value for what it is.
If you are looking for a great value android tablet then really look no further. The Asus ZenPad 8 (UK Link/US Link) is a beautiful looking tablet, but that isn’t what matters when it comes to tweens, well not my boys. It is also a great size for their hands and has amazing battery life when you add the innovative powercase, which will expand the battery life to upto 16 hours without making the tablet bulky and heavy,
If you have a girl, then they might like the Zen Clutch, which is stylish and I love (yes I pinched it for a train journey I had to do)! The picture quality is ace and it is great for watching movies and I am assured perfect for catching up on match of the day on iplayer!
Air Hogs Zero Gravity Drive Toy
These have been on the boys wish list for around four months and at one point was ALL that was on Maxi’s list. I have bought a red one and a blue Air Hogs Zero Gravity Drive Toy Car (UK Link/US Link) so that the boys have one each.
I am reliably informed by the men of the house that if you are getting an Xbox One (UK Link/US Link) this year that you need to get the 1 terabyte one. The reason for this is that all the games are stored on the hard drive unlike the Xbox 360 where this is optional. Or check out our teen guide for the Xbox Series X details
XBox One Droid Controller
On our boys wish list are gaming chairs. We have purchased ones that fold and managed to get a great deal on them earlier in the year. Make sure that you look at one that is compatible with your tech. The ones we have work with both apple, Xbox and android.
Other gift ideas for tweens:
- Ultimate comics for tweens
- Star Wars books
- YFliker Lift Scooter
- Gift experiences for families
- Save the Children’s Club
Do you have tweens. What is on their wish list?
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