Getting a cool gift that is sure to impress a 12-year old is sure to give you a headache. They are at that age where they are no longer kids, and their interests when it comes to playthings vary widely. Of course, what they consider cool may be quite baffling to you.
So, how do you go about selecting a gift for a 12-year-old boy for whatever occasion? If you have no idea, or if you just want to get another cool gift to add to his collections toys, we have got you covered. Here are 35 suggestions for the best gifts for 12 year old boy.
Top Gift Ideas & Toys For 12 Year Old Boys
1. Veeko Hoverboard UL2272
For 12-year-old boys who love some difference, this hoverboard will set them apart from their friends. Designed for boys weighing between 44 and 225 pounds, your boy could achieve a speed of up to 9 miles an hour, and speed is something every boy their age loves.
The hoverboard comes with aluminum rubber wheels that allow him to ride on any surface. It also has a non-slip finish and LED lights that will help him see where he is going even at night. One cool feature that is bound to wow him is the Blu-ray system. Through this, he is able to listen to his favorite music as he rides on his board.
2. SpikeBall Game Set
For boys who love being outside or those that love being sporty, this gift is certainly a great idea. It is a fun and competitive 2 on 2 games that can be set up either indoors or outdoors. The rules are very similar to those of volleyball, but the players get to decide how competitive or relaxing they want the game to be. The set, including the balls and the net, can easily fold up and be put into a storage bag. This makes it easy for them to carry the set wherever they want. With the Spikeball app, they can also find nearby players and make new friends in the same way.
3. 6-in-1 Whistle- Six Different Functions
Gifting a 12-year old boy does not have to be a big deal. Boys get fascinated by the smallest of things, and this is going to do the trick. Disguised as a whistle, this little gadget can be used in six different ways.
By separating the different parts, you can easily tell the temperature and use it as a compass. You even get a magnifier and a mirror by unscrewing the middle part. The gadget also has a torch to light up a path in the dark. This gift is great for any 12-year old boy, whether they like adventure or not. They will bring it with them wherever they go.
4. FortNite Season 5 Blue Backpack
Fortnite is quite a big deal for many kids, and if your 12-year old boy is one of them, then this gift is perfect for them. With a cool blue color, the backpack has two characters from FortNite, and your boy is going to love it.
Other than being cool, this backpack is easy to carry thanks to the padded adjustable straps. It also has large compartments that will allow him to carry around his books, stationery and whatever else he wants without worry. It is also made of durable materials and is easy to wash without leaving any bad smell.
5. 40 Trick Magic Show Kit
This kit contains everything an aspiring magician needs to put on a show. It includes over 40 tricks and comes with props to help pull off an amazing show. Its instruction sheet is easy to follow with little assistance. The set includes fuzzy balls, cups, levitation tools and not forgetting a mystery deck of cards. A tween will enjoy learning and performing magic tricks and will be a pro in no time.
6. Elite Hookey Ring Toss Game
This game is quite similar to darts, only that it is much safer given that there are no sharp darts to throw around. You will, therefore, not have to keep an eye on the boys as they play because you fear that they will hurt each other.
The game comes in a set that includes a board and 6 black and 6 red rings. The aim of the game is to toss the rings onto the board. This game can be played both indoors and outside. It also comes with an instructional guide that highlights 5 different games that the boys can play. They can even come up with their own games to add to the fun. The game can be a great hit at parties and for playing indoors when the weather is not so favorable.
7. Walking Dead Zombie Inside Mug
If you are considering to get him this mug, then you have to be absolutely sure that he is a fan of The Walking Dead. However, that shouldn’t be a problem as most boys his age love zombies and such creatures. This mug is cool with a zombie protruding from the center. As they take their beverage, more of the zombie is revealed from this ceramic mug. It is a great way for them to start their days off with their favorite beverages from their favorite mug.
8. Faux Bow 3 Archery Set
This is an amazing lightweight alternative to a regular archery set. It comes with six arrows with foam tips that can shoot to over 100 feet. The bow is easy to use and durable enough to withstand great pull. It has easy assembly and safer than the traditional bow and arrow. A tween can use it to play with friends or shoot at targets in the backyard.
9. How to Code: A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Coding
There’s no better way to introduce your little one to the world of coding than by using this book. If he has already shown some interest in computers. With this book, he gets to learn all the basics of computer coding. From loops, selection, and variables, this book is going to equip him with all the basic coding skills. The book further advances the skills, teaching him how to build his own games as well as make interactive web pages. By the time he is done with the book, he might just have created a website.
10. Snap Circuits Jnr. Electronic Exploration Kit
Electronic devices are always a fascination for kids and especially boys. With this STEM kit, your boy could have his fascinations come to life as he explores the wonderful world of science and technology. This electronic set comes with an instructional guide that shows how to build 100 projects. With the 30 parts included in the set, your 12-year old boy gets to build and design electrical circuit models. These can include photo-sensors and adjustable volume sirens. The parts are all circuit safe, so you do not have to worry about their safety.
11. Stomp Rocket
Young boys have way too much energy and tend to be destructive when left indoors for too long. A stomp rocket solves this by giving you an outdoor activity that also wears out all that excessive energy. This set has been designed with rockets that can shoot up to 4000 feet in the air. This game is great for space exploration for young voyagers and has a lightweight and durable design. It’s all foam structure is safe for even younger kids.
12. Outdoor Exploration Kit
Do you want your 12-year old boy to spend more time outdoors? Why not get him this exploration kit then? This outdoor exploration kit comes with a variety of items that are needed for any outdoor adventures. The kit includes kids’ binoculars, a flashlight, a compass, a whistle, a magnifying glass, and a backpack to put all those items.
With these items, your boy gets to be a little explorer. He may use the magnifying glass to study some very small animals in the backyard or the compass to navigate in the neighborhood. The whole set is also great for camping and hiking, and it may just become his new hobby.
13. Waterproof Digital Action Camera
There’s no better way for you 12-year old boy to capture all the memories of his adventures than by using a good camera. He can take this camera just about anywhere he goes and takes lovely quality photos in 12 megapixels. This camera is waterproof up to 10 feet under water. Your son can, therefore, bring it with him to record his underwater fun. It might even be great for capturing amazing underwater life when on vacation. With these photos, he will have a great time looking back at all the fun he had.
14. Electric Go-Kart
Boys around 12 are into active outdoor sports like cycling and skating. If the boy you have in mind likes his thrill and spending time outdoors, then an electric go-kart is the gift for you. It’s easy to use and well balanced to use on fun zones or even pro-tracks. At a maximum of 12 miles per hour, this go-kart is fast enough to pull a thrill but not enough to be dangerous. This go-karts rechargeable battery doesn’t need fuel and can last up to 40 minutes on run time before it needs recharging. Any 12-year-old who loves racing will love this cool and sleek racer.
14. LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309 Building Kit
If you are looking for something that is going to keep him occupied for hours, this LEGO building set is the way to go. No matter how much of an expert he is when it comes to building sets, this one will take him close to 5 hours to finish.
The set comes with 1969 pieces and is designed to allow builders to come up with the iconic Apollo Saturn rocket. The instruction manual includes lots of information about the space rocket that was used between 1969-1972. For the little astronomer, this gift will not only be a source of fun but of information as well.
15. Nintendo Switch
If your 12-year old is a gamer, the Nintendo Switch game console is the best way to make him happy. It is the latest game console from Nintendo and has been taking fans and critics alike by storm.
The game console is unique making it the new craze in the gaming world. It can be used in two ways; one being as the traditional tabletop game console. It can also be detached, and your 12-year old can take it with him wherever he goes. This can make long journeys and trips so much shorter. It also comes with a variety of cool games that will keep him occupied for hours on end.
16. Gravity Maze Marble Run
Acting both as an educational and fun toy, this classic set has up to 60 challenges that increase with difficulty. This game appeals to the young boys scientific and engineering mindset and puts them through science lesson without them realizing it. Included in the set are clear and easy to follow instructions on how to play. It helps in developing critical thinking skills and spatial reasoning.
17. Volcano Puzzle- Wooden Brain Teaser
This is a simple and yet challenging puzzle game at the same time. It is a very simple toy and comes as a 5 cm wooden volcano that has red lava inside. To play, place the volcano on a flat surface. The challenge of the puzzle is trying to get the red lava out of the volcano. However, you are not allowed to touch the volcano. There is no way of finding the answer unless you search for it online. Your 12-year old will have quite the teaser trying to solve this without the volcano erupting on him.
18. Magnetic Dartboard
This is a game that improves hand-eye coordination and aim. It’s a non-aggressive sport made even safer by the use flat headed darts. The magnetic board is child safe and family oriented as everyone can have a go at it. It also builds competitive play among friends and comes with an easily hung hook for optimum placement. Playing darts is a fun pastime and a great way for your son, nephew or grandson to relate to his peers. It is an indoor game that can jeep your tween occupied when they are in the house and help them earn to focus on one thing that is not a screen.
19. Fire 7 Tablet With Alexa
There’s no denying that kids nowadays get hooked onto technology from a really young age. At 12 years old, your boy will probably be a master at some of the technology you own in the house.
You might spike his interest a bit with the Fire 7 tablet. Designed especially for kids, this tablet will be a great way for him to learn a lot of cool things. With the Amazon assistant, your kid gets to listen to as much music as h wants as well as get access to all the TV shows and books he would love to. You can create a profile for him and choose what shows books, and information he will get access to.
20. Profect Sports Pro Agility Ladder and Cones
This ladder is a great gift to challenge and develop his athletic nature. It stretches to about fifteen-foot in length, comes with four metal ground anchors, an equipment bag and 12 disc cones. Two bonus eBooks will be gifted to your kid with this awesome ladder. They are known as “Speed and Agility Cones Drills.” This set is built to be sturdy and durable.
The ladder offers your teen the ultimate challenge to grow in speed, develop endurance, build strength, keep fit and improve his footwork. This is the best present to enhance his athletic prowess and prepare him for future rigorous games.
21. Best Kid’s Frisbee Rings
Kids do not require much to have fun. You can simply bring along some Frisbee rings and have so much fun with them.
Your 12- year old boy will have so much fun tossing these around with his friends. These rings are uniquely designed and they’re are completely safe. The aerodynamics used in their design makes it easy for even small kids to handle them. Your 12-year old boy can even bring these along on the next trip to the beach and make some new friends.
22. Zuru-X Shot Bug Attack
Disgusting things often fascinate 12-year old boys, and most of them seem to like hunting bugs. If you are not so comfortable with him getting dirty in the backyard, then this gift will give you all a piece of mind.
The set allows him to hunt bugs right from his room. It comes with a shotgun-esque gun and a 6-revolver shot. It also includes 5 creepers which when thrown against the wall become moving targets. Your 12-year-old then gets to shoot them down with the 24 foam darts included in the package. He will be playing with this for hours.
23. LittleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
The kit is based on the Avengers’ superhero franchise, and it’s a great way for the kids to develop STEM skills. The kit allows them to gain an early understanding of computer codes which is an essential skill in our automated world. It contains every piece for building a functional superhero arm. The arm is made of the variety of electrical building blocks which enables the kids to know how electrical circuits work.
24. Ten Toes Broad Emporium Longboard
If you live near the beach, your 12-year old boy may want to pick up surfing. If he has already shown some interest, why not get him this longboard. This board is perfect for beginners. It has a rustic and rugged look that gives the board a vintage California look. It is made of durable bamboo that will withstand even the strongest waves. It is also very light allowing you boy to learn surfing at ease. Within no time, he will be quite a skilled surfer.
25. 4M Doodling Robot
For a 12-year-old that love to draw, you can appeal to their artistic sides with this gift. The doodling robot is quite fascinating, especially for little scientists. It is also very easy to use and requires no skills. All you have to do is adjust the colored pencils and the height and watch as the robot gets to work.
26. Tune Out Musical Sleep Mask
If you have ever been on the road for long with kids, you know how frustrating they can get. Simply get your 12-year-old this sleeping mask, and you can all enjoy some peace. The mask allows them to sleep peacefully by blocking out all the light. It also comes with some headphones so they can listen to whatever songs they like as they sleep.
27. Extreme X Rocker
12-year old boys that are always gaming can have developed some back pains due to the bad posture for long. Well, with this rocker, your kids are sure going to thank you for it. This chair is made from mesh that makes it extremely comfortable. It also has two inbuilt speakers making it perfect for enhancing the game sounds. They can even use it to watch movies and listen to their music. Because it topples backward quite easily, your 12-year old can use this to simply stare at the ceiling from his room.
28. Waterproof Sports Camera
Boys love swimming, and this camera doubles the fun. The waterproof sports camera will enable your thirteen-year-old boy capture his underwater moments. It’s made with an ultra-wide fish angle fish eye lens which captures up to 170 degrees angle. Further to that, he can creatively record a video under water. You must be thinking that this device must be very pricy? You would be surprised at how pocket-friendly it actually easy. Spice up his swimming time with this wonderful gift.
There are so many books that you can get your 12-year old at this point. The best thing to do is identify his interests and get him some books that are in line with that. The best thing about books is that they are educational and entertaining at the same time. This makes them the best way to get them away from the screens and keep them happy as well.
30. Monster Moto MM-B80 Youth Mini Bike
Biking hardly goes out fashion for boys, and at twelve, he just got started. He is stronger, has better control and is more creative about where or what to do with his bike. That is why you will hardly go wrong by gifting him this Monster Moto MM-B80 Youth mini bike. This is cool, sleek, stylish two wheels ride. Its build with well-designed reinforced steel frame suitable for most places. The extra wide tires will handle most terrain gracefully. Built with a large comfy seat, he will not mind being on it at all. This is a brilliant gift to usher him into his teen years.
31. Electronic Drum Set
If you have a 12-year old who has some love for music and drumming, this drum set may be a great idea for him to practice. This set is small and portable so he can bring it with him when he is going to his friends’ house. If you are worried about all the noise, then simply have him use the earphone jack. The set also has inbuilt speakers, and he can use this at night as well. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours giving him hours of fun.
32. Game Tickets
Do the two of you love a certain game? Another great idea is to get him some tickets to his favorite game. This will even give you a chance to spend some time with him. If not, get him a couple of tickets and let him and his friends spend some time together.
If you have run out of ideas, simply slip a couple of dollars in an envelope. The best thing about gifting him with some money is that he gets to choose what gift to buy if you have no idea what he likes. Don’t worry; he will be just as grateful.
34. LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon
LEGOs are one of the most use toys by young boys. This Star Wars millennium falcon is very impressive with its cool and thought-out designs that are bound to impress a 12-year-old. Such features like a rotating laser turrets with a hatch, a fully hinged ramp, and entrance hatch, among others set it apart and make it a unique gift that will be well appreciated. It also includes many mini-figures like Kanjiklub Gang Member, Tasu Leech, Finn and Rey totaling up to 1329 pieces of the set.
35. Holystone HS190 Foldable Mini Nano RC Drone
Make your son happy with Holy stone HS190 foldable Nano RC drone. These drones are cool and foldable which makes them epic to watch. The kid will be eager to know what takes place with the drone which will improve his eye coordination and internalize the physical set up of the drone which is a good thing for the kid.
We certainly hope that this list will help you get a gift that will suit your boy’s interests and make him happy.