Parenting boys is always an adventure. They are courageous and bold. Boys crave toys & tools that will aid them on their quest to slay the dragon, sail the pirate ship, to create, to build, and to enjoy life while learning valuable lessons. But, what are the best gifts for boys? Each year I spend hours & hours researching and purchasing my 4 sons’ presents.
That’s tiring! Every year, as I begin to search for their Christmas and birthday gifts, I wish that there was an easier way to pick out presents that I know they’ll love…
…so I’ve created this simple gift guide for boys age 2-12. Now you can put your feet up and enjoy a cup of coffee instead of spending hours searching for the best gifts for boys 😉
Mamas of lads, rest assured that these have been tested by my gaggle of four young men. Each of these toys has gotten a big thumbs up from this crowd.
I hope that this list of gifts for boys helps you to provide your young adventurer with valuable tools that will help them to grow into exceptional men.
Best Gifts for Boys (age 6-12)
These amazing little bits and pieces teach electronics in a way that no other tool can. Essentially oversized circuit boards, this tool is perhaps the most beloved gift my kids have ever received. Boys that lean towards construction will love creating experiments and inventions with this kit. My 7 year old began using these when he was six. He LOVES this toy and has since added on many kits. He just recently saved up money and upgraded to their largest kit.
Paper Jamz Guitar
If you can’t play a real guitar, this is the next best thing. Lightweight, yet durable, these cool guitars have many options that let kids play songs in no time. Create your own music, or load songs onto the instrument with your computer.
I do play a little guitar and have enjoyed messing around on this fun toy. This company also produces a microphone kit (very well priced) that has also gotten tons of use at our house.
This Tinker Cub Scout knife is a great starter knife. We bought one for my son when he was 6. He promptly cut his thumb twice in the first day, but then learned to be more careful. This classic boy scout knife is also a great option (we have one of these too!)
Along the same lines, this Gerber Dime Multi-Tool is a great option for adventurous boys. This handy tool comes with 10 components: pliers, wire cutter, fine edge blade, retail package opener, scissors, medium flat and crosshead drivers, bottle opener, tweezers, file. Bonus: your dude won’t need his nails clipped anymore when he discovers the file.
My oldest boy really enjoys this classic gift. He can spend hours creating a myriad of designs. I love the spirograph because I’m not great at drawing, but I can still create cool designs. Hey, some of us just don’t have the “artsy” gene, people.
Daisy Buck BB Gun
This is the perfect starter bb gun. Depending on maturity, we’ll have them try out the Daisy buck at age 5 or 6 (with careful supervision, of course). The buck outperforms other starter bb guns that we’ve found in that it has a much shorter stock that accommodates the shorter reach of a young child.
I get it, kids need paper books. There’s something about a physical book that seems to make a better connection with new readers. Once great reading habits are established, I’ve found it enormously helpful to utilize kindles. Studying German history? Load history books for kids straight to their device. Have a voracious reader that chows his way through books in no time? Easily keep their kindle full with great reads. And… because I know you’re wondering… using a kindle really is like reading a book. The screen technology is completely different than your phone’s LCD screen. My husband could regale you with the technical details, but I’m not qualified. All I know is that when I read on a kindle, I get the same experience as reading on paper.
Easily keep their kindle full with great reads. And… because I know you’re wondering… using a kindle really is like reading a book. The screen technology is completely different than your phone’s LCD screen. My husband could regale you with the technical details, but I’m not qualified. All I know is that when I read on a kindle, I get the same experience as reading on paper.
The classic potato clock is back! I can tell you that this clock will run F-O-R-E-V-E-R on a couple of potatoes. Leave it too long and you’ll have a really fun mess to clean up 😉 We’ve also successfully run it off of apples and are going to try out sweet potatoes today.
You just might be surprised at the affordability of this awesome little helicopter. My 7-year-old can zoom this around the house with no problem.
A step up from the average helicopter, this quadcopter with an included video camera is just too cool. We purchased one for my oldest just before he turned nine. After a winter of indoor practice, he was able to create some really neat videos looking out over our house.
Here’s are a couple of videos (not my house) that show this awesome little quadcopter in action:
Gifts for Younger Boys (age 2-6)
Little Tikes Cash Register
This first cash register is adorable! It’s the perfect size for any toddlers at home.
Learning Essentials Cash Register
Used by both the younger and older kids in our house, this realistic toy gets plenty of use as a drive-thru cash register, lemonade stand accessory, store register, and more.
Even the 20-month-old loves using these sturdy magnetic pieces to create shapes and pictures. My 5 year old really enjoys these Mindware Imaginets, a step up from the basic shapes offered on the Tangoes Jr. Bonus: both of these games are very portable and great for traveling.
Just thinking about some of the things my boys do with this tunnel (we have two) cracks me up! From amazing tunnel-connected forts in the living room to an “elevator” up their bunkbed, there is no end to the imaginative adventures that can be encouraged with this simple gift. Watch out for the bunkbed elevator, that’s an arm-breaker for sure 😉
Gears! Gears! Gears!
My guys love these multi-purpose gears. It cracks me up that the box and demo show these awesome landscapes and building creations (that’s how I used them as a kid!) but my boys inevitably create moving vehicles and weaponry. To each their own 😉
Wooden Stacking Blocks
I’m pretty sure none of my kids have learned a thing from the pretty painted pictures, numbers, and letters on these blocks, but they get a ton of use as forts, buildings, and other constructs.
If your boys are like mine, they’re experts at dreaming big and creating adventures. I hope this selection of the best gifts for boys will inspire your own young men in their epic quests.
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