Gifts for 11-Year Old Boys
The hottest gift 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.
The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger’s Apprentice book 1 by John A. Flanagan
Will is apprenticed to become a Ranger, a job he’s unsure about. But as he develops a relationship with his master and learns what being a Ranger is all about (spying for the kingdom), and comes to embrace his new life. When an old enemy of the kingdom sends out dangerous beasts to attack Will’s master, Will is instrumental in getting help and killing the creatures. Action, fantasy, adventure, friendship, excellent writing — this book has it all! Ranger’s Apprentice is a must-read, mesmerizing epic fantasy.
Harry Potter Artefact Box
Perfect for kids who have just read and loved Harry Potter! Set includes Hogwarts acceptance letter, Sirius Black Wanted Poster, Quidditch World Cup Ticket, Lily Potter letter to Sirius, Hogwarts Express luggage tag, Order of the Phoenix lenticular photo and Dumbledore’s Army signature list.
LEGO Technic Extreme Adventure
How cool is this? Build this cool vehicle using the over 2,000 pieces to make a vehicle that can go on all sorts of terrains. it has a working suspension, front steering, and a v9 engine. But, it includes so much more — this is a great gift choice for builders who like to play.
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.)
LEGO Star Wars First Order Destroyer
The elaborate destroyer has so many intricate and authentic details including a working elevator, transparent-element engine, and a bridge with seating for the crew! Kids will have endless role play opportunities and the set makes an impressive display.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman FANTASY
This book is so well-written, it’s a modern children’s book classic. Bod lives in the graveyard with an assortment of ghosts and other cemetery creatures who raise him after his parents are killed when Bod is only a baby. Bod’s main guardian is Silas who cares for him, feeds, him, and teaches him about the human world. The ending is bittersweet (my daughter yelled at me for making her read a sad story) but perfect. Despite the scary sounding title, the scariest part is in the first chapter when Bod’s parents get murdered and I suspect most 5th graders can handle that part.
Tangle Nightball Glow in the Dark Basketball
Motion-activated LED lights will encourage kids to hit the court even at night.
LEGO Chain Reactions Design & Build Amazing Moving Machines KLUTZ
Make machines that spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop and do these functions IN CHAIN REACTIONS! You’ll receive a 78 page book, 33 LEGO elements, 6 LEGO balls, 6 feet of string, 8 paper ramps, 2 paper pop-up signs, 1 paper funnel ramp, 1 paper flag, 1 paper bucket, and 1 platform.
We LOVE this game — it’s such a blast!! Players call out the the actions shown on the card (such as high-five or pound it) and if two players match with each other, you both do the action and discard the cards. First one out of cards WINS.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
On his way to visit his dad, 13-year-old Brian’s plan crashes in the Canadian wild. All alone with only a hatchet, he’s forced to grow up quickly in order to survive each harrowing day. Readers will quickly imagine themselves in Brian’s perilous situation. Award-winning, compelling narrative.
NFL Tabletops Game
Small 2″ plastic footballs with instructions for how to play tabletop football.
Laser Maze Logic Game
In this one player game, you’ll select one of 60 challenges that will spark your reasoning and planning skills in order to direct and split the laser beam to hit the right targets.
Magic Penny Magnet Kit (updated)
You’ll be able to perform astounding feats of magnetism (44 activities included) as you playfully explore magnetic forces, motion and stability. Fun!
How cool is this puzzle with six interlocking pieces. Learn deductive reasoning and problem solving.
Edge of Extinction The Ark Plan by Laura Martin
Action from the first page! This is a crazy good story about a dangerous world where cloned dinosaurs have taken over the world.
Take on the roles of ancient Egyptian architects and transport stone blocks on ships from your quarry to different construction sites — requires strategy and planning.
littleBit Electronics Synth Kit
An easy to use modular synthesizer that helps you unleash your inner rockstar. I love the combination of music and science.
The Settlers of Catan
Players must roll and trade for resources to build roads, settlements, and cities for points. The first to ten points wins. It’s easy to learn but strategy requires some practice but 11 year olds can master this no problem.
The Monster Book of Sudoku for Kids by Will Shortz
Easy (number-based) sudoku puzzles for kids starting with 4 x 4 grids. These will keep your kids brains working hard — and maybe you, too if you want!
Two players. Strategy. Logic. Enthralling! (And was one of my favorites as a kid, too.)
Playoff Soccer Table
This quality built, action packed foosball table is constructed from CARB certified MDF. Soccer balls glide easily across the smooth, life like green grass playing surface. The table features dual manual slide scoring systems, goal boxes with built in automatic end ball return, 1/2 in. chrome plated tubular steel rods, ergonomic handles, and ABS molded durable players. Also see: Compact foosball table.
Collect sets of adventurer cards to earn dice, which you will use to roll against your foes. Stomp on some fire ants, shriek at a grumpy troll, or strike the menacing orange dragon with a magical silver sword. Choose your strategy carefully because the landscape of Dragonwood is ever-changing. Only the bravest will overcome the odds to emerge victorious! It may be hard to imagine, but Dragonwood, with its vast array of richly illustrated cards, started out looking much different than where it ended.
Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
In historical London, dangerous ghosts and spirits aren’t just stories — they’re real and murderous. But, only kids can see and fight these sectors. We follow the perilous adventures Anthony Lockwood who owns his own agency (with no adults in sight) to combat the supernatural with his teen team of Lucy and George. Creepy and exciting!
The Greatest Dot to Dot Book in the World by David Kalvitis
Want a challenge? Be warned — these are HARD dot to dot puzzles so it’s best for older kids. Also, they are fantastic for coloring in after you complete the puzzle.
Gift Guides by Age
Download my "Can't Put 'Em Down" book lists for your kids ages 3 - 13.
Also, I'll send you a bonus "23 Reasons to Read" printable poster!