Gifts for 11-Year-Old Boys

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Gifts for 11-Year-Old Boys

Explosive Combustion Science Lab
Make a colorful explosion, fizzy bombs, and plenty more with this exciting, hands-on science kit made for kids who want to discover more about STEM!

Lego City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control
This extra inventive LEGO set, complete with interactive play experience and tiny astronauts to get creative with, lets kids build a giant rocket aimed for the skies!

Brick x Brick by Adam Ward
I highly recommend this engaging book for any LEGO loving kid! Adam Ward of YouTube fame writes with so much personality and pizazz. Not only does this book show you cool, step-by-step builds, but it’s also filled with facts, tips, history, stories, & more.

LEGO Star Wars The Child

This is a detailed rendering of The Child from The Mandalorian with 1,073 pieces!

Lego Star Wars: The Mandalorian The Razor Crest
Any kid who’s into Star Wars will be full of excitement when they get a chance to step into the role of The Mandalorian and build their very own action-packed spaceship!

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.

gift books for 11 year old boys
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.

XBox One S

Get the latest in disc-free gaming with digital games. This newly-released bundle includes your Xbox One S plus Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Fortnight.

GoPro Hero
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.

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Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret
by Trudi Trueit
This is National Geographic’s first fictional STEM 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.

Apple AirPods

These are sure to be a hit with any tween!

gifts for 11 year old boys
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.

Awesome Achievers in Technology
by Alan Katz, illustrated by Chris Judge
Kids will zip through this excellent middle-grade biography because the author makes the information relevant and relatable.   The writing is conversational, the author is totally hilarious (especially when he talks about his own ridiculous inventions or the questions he asks Siri) plus there are illustrations, quizzes, fast facts, activities, and a wealth of fascinating information about each inventor’s life. Read about the inventors of video games, the television remote control, the cell phone, windshield wipers, the first web browser, and the microwave oven.

Crystal Growing Experimental Kit
Put those science skills to use by growing these amazing, eye-catching crystals that come with their own display cases!

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.
gifts for 11 year old boys

Code your own personality-filled robot, play games, and explore Cozmo’s world. Sure to become a favorite toy for your young STEM learners.

Gaming Chair
Leather game chair compatible with a control panel for playing video games and more.

XBox One S

Get the latest in disc-free gaming with digital games. This newly-released bundle includes your Xbox One S plus Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Fortnight. If you don’t have one already, this is a top gift.

Blank Comic Book – Draw Your Own!
Kids can come up with their own comic-book style stories with this exciting blank journal, where they can take their imagination to new heights!

by Alan Gratz
Written from many different voices about one day in history, readers easily can see the massive amount of cooperation, planning. and troops from different countries involved in D-Day (when the Allies invaded France at Normandy.) We hear from an American teenager soldier who was born in Germany, a French Algerian girl whose mom is a recently captured spy,  a Canadian paratrooper who lands in the wrong spot, and an American black medic. It’s violent and disheartening yet despite terrible losses, racism, and injuries, the fighters persist despite everything to accomplish their goal — to take back the area for the Allies. What an incredible retelling of this day, appropriate for middle grade readers.

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iPad Pro + Apple Pencil

Both the Pro and the Apple Pencil have been much-used gifts for both my kids. They’re loving the pencil for drawing apps and think the functionality of the Pro rocks.

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker
My kids LOVE their portable mini-speakers and so will yours. Something about kids — they need their music, right? This Bose provides amazingly high-quality sound in a waterproof, silicone exterior. Charge up to give yourself 8 hours of play time on the go. (It’s compatible with Google Now and Siri.)

Get ready for an exciting adventure filled with Latin American and Spanish mythology! (Which the author calls Hispanic mythology.) This story is immediately engaging with the perfect balance of action, dialogue, & description interspersed with Spanish words and phrases. Charlie Hernández’s house burns down, his parents go missing, and he is sent to a foster home. But it’s when he grows HORNS, the WINGS, and meets the MYTHS in real life — like calacas, mukis, and El Justo Juez — that he’s really freaked out. Fortunately, a  persistent classmate Violet Rey (also his crush) helps Charlie follow the clues to find out what happened to his parents — and what it has to do with La Mano Peluda and the prophesied Morphling who is meant to save the world.

NFL Jersey
Wear your favorite player’s jersey– this is a popular gift for boys who love football.


If you like cooperative card games, give this 2019 choice a whirl. You’ll be working on a team to complete a series of goals matching colors or numbers during a timed session of play.

gifts for 11 year old boys
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 BEST BOOKS FOR 11 YEAR OLDS
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
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.

good gifts for 11 year old boys
Tangle Nightball Glow in the Dark Basketball

Motion-activated LED lights will encourage kids to hit the court even at night.

Swipe Clean (Screen Cleaner)
This might seem like a weird gift but trust me, your kids need it. It’s a very cool antimicrobial cleaner for screens. Because have you read how germy kids’ tablets and phones get? Talk about gross. One side of it swipes the cleaner; the other side wipes it up. Simple. Easy. NO GERMS!

gifts for 11 year old boys
LEGO Chain Reactions Design & Build Amazing Moving Machines
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.


Almanac 2021
National Geographic Kids
All-new content and interviews with renowned National Geographic explorers will help you learn about what’s going on in the world! Filled with photos, facts, crafts, features on animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, plus games, activities, jokes, quizzes, comics. This is an exciting, fun-to-read tome of information.

good gift books for 11 year old boys
by Gary Paulsen
On his way to visit his dad, 13-year-old Brian’s plane 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.

gifts for 11 year old boys
NFL Tabletops Game

Small 2″ plastic footballs with instructions for how to play tabletop football.

gifts for 11 year old boys
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!

Gordian’s Knot
How cool is this puzzle with six interlocking pieces? Learn deductive reasoning and problem solving.

Edge of Extinction The Ark Plan gifts for 11 year old boys
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.

Gifts for 11-Year Old Boys
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 the strategy requires some practice but 11 year olds can master this no problem. A very popular game for families and friend groups!

activity book gifts for 11 year old boys
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!

Mastermind review - gifts for kids

Two players. Strategy. Logic. Enthralling! (And was one of my favorites as a kid, too.)

gifts for 11 year old boys
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.

gifts for 11 year olds
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 Best STEM Toys and Gifts for Kids 2020
Lego Star Wars Droid Commander
These exciting interactive droids teach kids how to code with over 40 possible interactive Star Wars missions for them to explore!

gifts ideas for 11 year old boys
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.

Razer Ripstik Ripster
Lightweight, great for tricks, this is unlike a traditional skateboard allowing riders more foot control and snowboard-like abilities.

Slackers Slackline
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.

One by Wacom Digital Drawing Tablet

The original Wacom tablets cost $500+ so this is a more affordable option at $60 for kids who want to get started with digital art. Plug into your computer and start drawing!

best gifts for 11 year old boys


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2 Responses

  1. Totally agree with your genius tips.And the images are so colourful.
    anyway, thank you for your hard work! I have a son and a daughter.Hope it will be working for my sweet daughter.Thanks again!!

  2. Lawrence Cohen says:

    I would like to upload to you an ebook written by me for kids ages 10 and up.

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