Time to buy a gift for your 10-year old boy but what does he want? From books to robotics to games, this list of gift ideas for 10-year old boys will help you find that perfect gift!
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Gifts for 10 Year Old Boys
littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
Marvel fans, make your own gauntlet! Snap together the electronics to build circuits the customize your gauntlet. Videos for over 18 in-app activities, wearable Tech sensors, in-app block coding, customizable LED Matrix light design, and authentic Marvel Avengers sound effects.
Xbox One S 1TB Console
This holiday season, look for the ads to see if you can get a good bundle deal for the xbox and an included game — those will be everywhere. If you don’t have one already, this is a top gift for 10 year old boys.
Ready to start making movies with this touch-screen, waterproof camera? Who do you know that would want this gift? Because I know a bunch of boys who want this for Christmas.
Masterminds by Gordon Korman SCI-FI (series)
This is is a fantastic series that grabs you and blows you away little by little. Eli and his friends discover that their utopian town is all a big science experiment to determine if kids with bad genes, cloned from criminal masterminds, can be “good” when raised in the so-called right environment. The cloned kids know they can’t stay in the town anymore but how can they escape when the minute they reach the border, they experience violent pain and guards surround them? And if they do escape, what next?
Gravitrax Starter Set
It’s an educational marble run like you’ve never before seen! Kids design race tracks to use gravity, magnetism, and kinetics to propel the ball to the finish. 100+ pieces
LEGO City Passenger Train
My kids can’t wait to get their hands on this remote control passenger train set with motorized engine, 2 cars, platform, signals and configurable circular track with this train set and tracks. Includes 4 mini-figures on their journey: 2 passengers, a train conductor and a train attendant.
We’re big fans of Gamewright games like Rat-a-Tat-Cat and Sleeping Queens so I was thrilled to see this newest card game with charming raccoon characters tipping over trash cans and racing to amass the most points.
Anki Overdrive Fast and Furious Edition
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our Anki Overdrive Fast & Furious. Like, my kids are addicted. They like how it’s super interactive with technology (their favorite). They love building and rebuilding the track and racing against each other, friends, dad, or the computer — both literally one of the most fun things they do every day! Download the free app which connects you to your race car. The magnetic track pieces easily fit together and you’ll have tons of possibilities for races and race tracks.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
This series is amazing! Basically, there are really still Greek gods and sometimes they have kids with humans and those kids are half-bloods with unique powers. Unfortunately for these kids, monsters are out to kill them and they are the only ones who can save the world from war between the gods and in a later book, between the Titans and the gods. Boxed set here.
These are addicting and the perfect fidget toy.
LEGO Forest Machine
Build a durable Forest Machine with motorized pneumatic crane boom and grabber with this advanced building set. This is a 2-in-1 model that can be rebuilt into a Log Loader both logging equipment toys are powered up with LEGO Power Functions.
iPad Pro + Apple Pencil
Both the Pro and the Apple Pencil haves been much-used gifts for both my kids. They’re loving the pencil for drawing apps and think the functionality of the Pro rocks.
Foldable Hi-Fi Wireless Headphones
These aren’t just highly-rated, they’re really a good price, too! We also love that they fold up and come in 7 colors! Other features: stereo sound, ear cushion, wireless mode or wired, and a built-in mic.
Harry Potter boxed set of books!
This remains one of my daughter’s most cherished gifts. Get the hardback versions of the Harry Potter series in a beautiful chest that you’ll want to keep forever.
littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
ENGINEERING / TECH
How cool is this, right? Kids get to create and control their own customized droid using electronic blocks and an app. I especially love that this kit allows for kids to be creative as well as teaches them about electronics, creative inventions, and problem-solving.
Young writers — check out this interactive journal with awesome prompts that comes with it’s own lock and key! So cool!
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit
This is National Geographic’s first fictional book series with full-color illustrations that hits the spot with an exciting mix of science, technology, adventure, and mystery. Newly accepted into the prestigious Explorer Academy for science and exploration, Cruz realizes that someone is trying to kill him; someone who doesn’t want him finding out about his mother’s mysterious research and untimely death. There’s tons of cool tech, amazing friendships, plot twists, plus an intriguing premise! It will make a great gift for any child who is reading chapter books.
This is one of the hottest gifts of the 2017 Christmas season — this cool gaming system can be taken on the go for tabletop mode or connect it to your TV. You’ll get two Joy-Con controllers for multiple players. If you have kids who like gaming, this is a top gift choice.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall
878 pieces lets you build Hogwarts Great Hall complete with house banners, movable spiral staircase, potions room, treasure room, and magic items. It features 10 figures, too: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore and Nearly Headless Nick and Professor Quirrell..
Sphero BOLT Robot
This is the latest Sphero app-enabled robot. Isn’t it the coolest looking one yet? Learn to code through hands-on activities to program infrared, compass, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and motor encoders. Drive BOLT and play games. 2+ hours of battery.
LEGO Millenium Falcon
Star Wars fans — Han Solo’s infamous plane is a must own. Now you can build this newest version with 1414 pieces. You’ll also get the figures of Han Solo, Chewbacca, Qi’ra, Lando Calrissian, and Quay Tolsite plus a Kessel droid and DD-BD droid.
Air Hogs Star Wars RC TIE Fighter Drone
You’re the pilot. Time to hit the Death Star (that hoovers!) with your X-wing drone! (Best for inside use until you get the hang of flying.)
This self-balancing electric scooter can go 8 mph for up to 60 minutes. This is a HOT gift right now!
Laser X Two Player Laser Gaming Set
Play as a team or solo, now kids can play laser tag at home. Blast your opponents Receiver Vest from up to 200′ away and even plug in headphones to hear the sound effects and soundtrack.
Get five different DIY toy and game projects like making a music simulator, a fishing game, or motorbike. This kit is meant to accompany Nintendo Switch. This kit makes technology hands-on & is very highly rated for 2018.
Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, illustrated by Karl Kwasny FANTASY ADVENTURE
Charlie’s dad has remarried and moved Charlie and his younger brother into the stepmother’s frightening purple mansion. There, Charlie begins to have the most horrible nightmares — nightmares that blur between reality and dream. When witches steal Charlie’s brother into the nightmare world, Charlie and his friends must learn to face their fears in order to save his little brother and the awake world.
Snap Circuits Arcade Discovery Kit
Practice problem solving and following directions while you learn all about electronics. 30 modules with more than 200 projects!
Code your own personality-filled robot, play games, and explore Cozmo’s world. Sure to become a favorite toy for your young STEM learners.
Garmin Vivofit Fitbit
My daughter LOVES her Fitbit! Get one for your kids that will tell time and help you calculate steps, calories, distance, and sleep. It’s a great way to motivate healthy living.
This continues to be a hot gift idea for many, many kids!
Piper is a computer kit for kids to learn engineering through Minecraft using laser cut wooden parts, a Raspberry Pi computer and electronic equipment.
Mad Libs The Game
We play this game frequently — it’s fun and funny! Use your word cards to fill in the blanks on the Sentence Card. Players vote for the silliest sentence.
Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation Studio
Make your own stop-motion Minecraft movies using the characters, stage, and backgrounds provided. Fun hands-on, creative technology.
Trivial Pursuit World of Harry Potter
600 questions based on the Harry Potter movies. First player to answer 12 questions correctly wins the game.
I Survived Box Set
10 I Survived titles that will take you back in time to live the history — these are action-packed and well-written and great for getting 10 year old boys into books.
If your 10 year old enjoys art, blank sketchpads and drawing supplies are always good gifts!
Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs MYSTERY / HUMOR
Was the FunJungle’s hippo murdered? Teddy and Summer think so. Mystery, adventure, and humor will keep your readers on the edge of their seats in this unique story with quirky characters perfect for 10 year old readers.
Razer Ripstik Ripster
Lightweight, great for tricks, this is unlike a traditional skateboard allowing riders more foot control and snowboard-like abilities.
NFL Tabletops Game
Small 2″ plastic footballs with instructions for how to play tabletop football.
Each player chooses the funniest caption from his or her cards. The judge picks the winner – and that winner keeps the funny card. Take turns being the judge. HILARIOUS!
LEGO Minecraft Snow Hideout
You’re on an icy mining expedition. Build a snow hideout with Steve minifigure, a Creeper with explode function, and a Snow Golem with snowball-shooting function, and lots more.
V-tech Kidizoom Actioncam
Your kids will love this action waterproof camera with 2 mounts so kids can attach it to bikes, skateboards and more. Takes photos and videos in up to 6 feet underwater! Features 1.4-inch color video camera LCD screen and the ability to take videos, photos, stop-motion videos and time-lapse photos. Way cool tech gift for kids!
The Iron Trial (Magisterium) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (3 book series)
Even though Callum tries to fail the entrance trials, he is admitted the the school his dad says is evil. But the Magisterium school is not as bad as he expect. Call learns about his elemental powers, he forges bonds of friendship with his teammates, and rescues a wolf puppy who is infused with the evil magic of Chaos. I couldn’t put this book down — especially after the surprise twist of who Callum really is!!
An elephant, a scorpion, and a penguin, a rabbit, a crab! Learn about animal locomotion and biomechanics as you build each remote-control animal robot model.
New Wii U GamePad controller removes the traditional barriers between you, your games, and your TV by creating a second window into the video game world. It incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analog sticks. Plus, in this bundle, you’ll get Super Mario Bros. U and the New Super Luigi U, where it’s finally Luigi’s turn in the limelight. We don’t own this but my kids really want it – it’s a very popular tech gift for not just 10 year olds but kids of all ages.
Treasure Hunters by James Petterson and Chris Grabenstein, illustrated by Juliana Neufeld ADVENTURE (series)
The life of the four Kidd siblings isn’t typical — they live on a boat and their parents are treasure hunters. Unfortunately, not only is their mom missing but their father went overboard in a bad storm. Now their own their own and need money to survive. The only way they know is to find a treasure and sell it. But danger is around every wave; they’re not sure who to trust. This is a fast, action-packed adventure that sets the tone for more books to come.
WordARound is a super fun word game for kids. The cards have three rings, black, red, and blue, with words written around each ring. To play, start by looking at the black ring.
The slackline stretches between two trees like a tightrope but is stretchy and bouncy. You can ratchet the line so it fits the distance. We also use the guided teaching line above so the kids can hold on when they lose their balance.
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Building and Coding Kit
I love how this cool gift combines coding with LEGO blocks. Build any of five robots then control them by coding using the coding blocks on the free app. Includes a playmat for specific activities.
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