Great Christmas Gift Ideas for 12 Year Old Boys

In need of Christmas gift ideas for 12 year old boys?  I know this age group are not the easiest to buy for.

I mean what do you get someone who’s not quite a kid, but isn’t an adult either?

You need all the ideas you can get, right? So sit back and browse through these cool gift finds for the 12 year old boy in your life.

And note, that while this list of ideas is tailored for shoppers searching specifically for boy gifts, there’s nothing in the rule book that says you can’t consider these for girls too. :)

So let’s get to it!

Looking for a gift for an 11 year old boy? Find more gift ideas here. Or go here if your 12 year old likes soccer. Or here if you want to cool stocking stuffer ideas.

Christmas Gift Ideas for 12 Year Old Boys

#1 Robonica Roboni

Gift ideas for 12 year old boys - Robonica Roboni

Wondering what gift to buy a 12 year old boy who loves gaming and technology? You might want to consider this dynamic Robonica Roboni.

It’s a pretty cool hi-tech gadget that’s part programmable robot and part game. Right out of the box the Robonica comes pre-programmed with 3 games.

The cool factor thing about the Robotica is that it develops a personality of its own, actively responding to its gaming environment.

It can be configured further to interact remotely too. It’s a fun gift that anyone interested in robotics and gaming would love to find under the Christmas tree.

#2 LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313

LEGO Mindstorms makes an awesome 12 year old boy brithday or Christmas gift.

I can’t have a top gifts ideas list for kids and not include LEGO Mindstorms.

Especially since this year we have the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 release which has already featuring high on the Amazon best sellers list.

These sets are incredibly popular Christmas gift choices for big kids and truly live up to their reputation as the most intelligent LEGO-robotics kits to date.

This set contains instructions to create up to 5 different robots. It features a  powerful ARM9 processor, various sensors and 550+ LEGO Technic parts. This really is every budding engineers dream!

If money is no object and you’re stuck wondering what to buy a 12 year old boy for Christmas, then treat them to an extra special gift this year.

#3 Razor A2 Kick Scooter

Think he'll get a kick out of a Razor Kick Scooter for his 12th birthday?

If you remember when Razor Scooters first came onto the market, you’ll remember how popular they were.

People were saying that scooters where just a passing fad and they didn’t expect them to stay around for very long.

Fast forward to 2013 and the scooter trend is still going strong.

What’s great about Razor Kick Scooters is that they’ve gone down in price over the years, making them not only an attractive gift idea for 12 year old boys, but a gift option that offers good value for money.

#4 OWI Robotic Arm Edge

If robotics is his thing check out this Robotic Arm - a cool gift idea for a 12 year old

Another cool Christmas gift idea for 12 year old boys is this OWI Robotic Arm.

I like this robotic arm because it allows kids to learn about robotics on two levels.

First they learn the mechanics that goes into building a robust robot. Then they exercise total control over their robot arm, programming it so that it follows a number of specific tasks.

You’ve got to love this, or rather your child will love this.

You’ll love the fact that they’ll get to learn the basics of electronics and mechanical engineering. This is one very popular and highly educational gift for 12 year olds that also comes with a very reasonable price tag.

#5 LEGO The DeLorean Time Machine Building Set

Back to the Future LEGO as a 12 year old boy gift idea

This is a really cool set for LEGO enthusiasts and fans of all things futuristic.

It’s the Delorean in all it’s fine Back to the Future glory.

Because this set is more of a model building kit than a toy, this makes a good Christmas present for a 12 year old boy who’s interested in something with a grown up feel to it.

The LEGO DeLorean Time Machine Building Set is an Amazon top seller which will go down pretty well with child you’re buying for.

#6 Loaded Questions

Loaded Questions is a cool board game for preteen kids

Board games make great 12 year old boys gifts. Kids that age are starting to spend more time hanging out with friends, so they’ll appreciate receiving a gift that they can enjoy in a group setting.

Loaded Questions stands out for me because of it’s investigative nature.

The object of the game is to figure out the opinions of your opponents and you do so by using clever questioning tactics. It’s fast paced, witty and actively promotes creative thinking.

It’s also one of the most popular board games with a massive 76% of reviewers giving is a 5 out of 5 star rating (at time of writing).

#7 The Gift Card Gift

If all else fails, you can always get your birtday boy an Amazon gift card - they come boxed too!

If all else falls, there’s always the trusty gift card. Kids appreciate receiving money gifts way more than you think – it means they can spend it on the gifts they really want.

The Amazon gift card comes in a stylish decorative box as well as a choice of designs.

Books As Gift Ideas for 12 Year Old Boys

Ahh, let’s not forget about good old fashioned books!

If you think a 12 year old boy won’t sit down to read a book, I’ll have to say don’t rule out that thought until you’ve checked out this awesome of selection of books.

Yes, it’s true we live in the age of electronic gadgetry, but books offer something magical that no flash bang whizzy toy will ever offer.

Seriously, books make great Christmas gifts for 12 year old boys.

Take a look at these popular reads for 12 year olds:

 Book ideas for 12 year old boysThe Big Book of Boys Stuff

Yes this book relies heavily on juvenile humor, but if you’re Christmas gift shopping for a 12 year old boy for enjoys silliness and dastardly gags, then this win them over. Buy from

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Special EditionRipley’s Believe It Or Not Special Edition, 2013

It’s mind boggling, quirky… the perfect Christmas gift for a 12 year old boy who loves learning about interesting facts. Buy from

For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book EverFor Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever

Just as the title suggests, this book is jam packed with baddest, biggest and best stuff on a wide range of fascinating topics. Buy from

So that’s my list of Christmas gift ideas for 12 year old boys, but it’s in no way an exhaustive list. I’ll be adding more ideas the closer we get to Christmas, so stay tuned.

Also, do check out this other guide: Gift Ideas for 11 Year Old Boys, as you’ll find a few suggestions there that will be suitable for your 12 year old.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you found this guide useful. If you have any additional gift ideas feel free to share them too.

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