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Best gift ideas for 12 year old boys

In need of gift ideas for 12 year old boys? Perhaps for a birthday or Christmas present? 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 and toys for 12 year old boys.

And note, that while this list of ideas is tailored to shoppers specifically searching for boy gifts, they all make pretty awesome gifts for girls too. So let's get to it!

Gadget Gift Ideas for 12 Year Old Boys

GoPro Hero+

1. GoPro Hero+

The ultimate gift for a 12 year old boy with a passion for outdoor adventure. He'll be able to forever capture his crazy biking and boarding stunts in photo or video mode, giving him something cool to share with his friends. If the GoPro too budget busting there is an alternative - the AKASO EK7000. It's a good entry level action camera with a price tag that won't completely turn you off

Check out this comparison between the two models. It will help you decide which camera is the best for you.  

Drones totally kicked it as one of the most popular gifts for Christmas last year. And in 2020, the trend for drones is even stronger. If you've thought about gifting a drone to a 12 year old, but have been dazzled by the choice, take a look at the Syma X5C Explorers.

mini projector as a gift for 12 year old boys

Bringing the wide screen to the home.

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.

Engineering & Construction for 12 Year Old Boys

1. LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313

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.

LEGO Star Wars BB-8 building kit

This LEGO version of BB-8 will be adored by any Star Wars fan. The fact you can wobble it's head with the twist of a dial, and pop out a torch by twisting another dial makes this character true to its on screen persona (and just that bit more fun to build). Also, as a collectors piece, this is going to hold some serious value one day. So it's a gift that's also an investment. Coolness.

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.

LEGO The DeLorean Time Machine Building Set

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 birthday 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. 

Board Games for 12 Year Old Boys

Loaded Questions board game for kids

1. Loaded Questions

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.

Outdoor and Sporty Gifts for 12 Year Old Boys

Razor SX500 McGrath Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike

1. Razor SX500 Electric Motocross Bike

I know you may be thinking that this Razor electric motorcross bike looks a little scary, but that's what will be the draw for most 12 year olds when it comes to something as cool as this.

Now admit it, this ride would make a pretty fly gift idea for a 12 year old boy. It's a dual suspension 16V electric bike with a speed of up to 15 mph (see, not all that scary).

The manufacturers say the recommended age is 14 years and up, but really, that depends on the confidence and skill of the child you're buying for. If you're considering this for your nephew or grandchild, just check with the parents first. 

2. Portable Basketball System

Shooting hoops in your own backyard? Now we're talking. This height adjustable basketball system is a popular pick on account of its regulation sized hoop, 50 inch shatterproof backboard and all round sturdiness. Of course you're going to have to assemble this beast, but once you're playing ball with your 12 year old, it'll be all worth it.

Gifts for 12 Year Old Boys Who Have it All

Gift Card in a Black Gift Box

1. The Gift Card Gift

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.

Video Games for 12 Year Old Boys

If they have a video games console, and let's face it most 12 year old boys do, then getting a new game is a quick win. If you're not sure which games they're into or have already you can either ask their parents, or ask them. The only thing you have to watch for is making sure you're buying the correct game for their console. Here are some hot video games for 12 year olds:

Available on Switch

Mario Odyssey - 2017 video game for 12 year old boys

Available on Switch, XBox One, Wii, PS4

Available on Switch

Available on Switch, XBox One, PS4

Yooka-Laylee vido game for 12 year old boys

Available on Switch

Bookworm Gifts 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 all year round gifts for 12 year old boys.

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

The Big Book of Boy Stuff

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

Ripley's Special Edition

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

For 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.

So that's my list of gift ideas for 12 year old boys, but it's in no way an exhaustive list. I'll be adding more gift ideas for birthdays and Christmases over the coming months, so stay tuned.

Remember to check out the other guides for gift inspiration, especially the gift guide for 11 year olds. You'll find great gift ideas for 12 year old boys there too.

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About the author 

Mena Joseph

Editor, publisher, big kid, auntie to several munchkins and finder of cool stuff for little people. Her first ever 'job' was working in a children's toy store after school. She's been hooked on all things child related ever since. Mena volunteers at a local school, holds two degrees in psychology and has an interest in child development.

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