Best gifts for 11 year old boys
What gifts to buy 11 year old boys?
The best gifts for 11 year old boys are sometimes difficult to choose as 11 year old boys are at that difficult age where they aren't quite teenagers but are just starting to grow out of some of their boy toys. However there are many great gifts for this age group and some more mature toys too.
The best gift to buy an 11 year old boy depends quite a lot on their interests. Are they heavily into video and computer games? Do they like music? Are they active?
I have tried to cover some great gift ideas for all kinds of 11 year old boys. This article features lots of cool toy and gift ideas including outdoor toys, video games, tech gifts, books, educational gifts and lots more. Even if you don't find what you're looking for, hopefully it will give you an idea of the kinds of gifts that are suitable. Read on to discover the best gifts for 11 year old boys.
11 year old boys quite often like skateboards so think about getting one as a gift. If they've not tried skateboarding before consider looking for an inexpensive beginner board so an 11 year old can try out skating and decide whether it is for them before splashing out on something more expensive.
If you haven't a clue on what you should look for when buying a skateboard, you should check out this skateboard buying guide.
The retro style penny boards are popular with young skaters at the moment and are worth checking out too.
Penny boards are based on the design of skateboards from the 1970s but are extrememly popular today.
A penny board is perfect for cruising (perhaps to and from school) as its small design means its easy to carry and store.
The soft absorbent wheels give a smooth ride over the sidewalks so you don't notice the bumps and cracks while you're skating.
More Outdoor Toys
11 year old boys have tons of energy and many like playing outside or have various sports, hobbies and activities they like doing.
If you are looking for a gift for a sporty 11 year old, check out some ideas below.
If the 11 year old boy you are buying for, is into skating, they will probably love a ripstik caster board. It's a type of skateboard that has been described as a mix between skating and snowboarding. It may take a few days to master but it looks cool and has been described as the next big thrill.
How cool is an electric scooter?
This is the E100 which can go up to 10mph. Zip around the neighborhood, ride to the park or visit a friends on the scooter. It will work for up to 40 minutes of continuous use on one charge, so plenty of fun to be had.
Many 11 year old boys like to play nerf guns. Nerf make a great range of guns.
If you want a nerf gun option that is a little more grown up for an 11 year old, check out the nerf gun tag featured below.
Nerf gun tag is a complete 2 player system that is basically lazer tag. It includes 2 Phoenix LTX taggers that register hits with lights, sounds and vibrations. The rumble pack lets you know when you've been hit, while the recoil feature engages with every shot fired. It's the best lazer tag game out there, kids will love it.
Toys for 11 Year Old Boys
Boys of all ages (even the grown up variety - men) like their toys! And there are some great ones available for 11 year old boys.
Elenco snap circuit lights are another cool toy.
You connect it to your ipod or mp3 player. And you create projects to watch the lights change to the beat of the music. You can use the circuit board to create different light shows. It's a great gift idea for boys who like music and like to create and work things out.
The Anki Overdrive is such a cool toy and is the future of slot car racing.
You control the cars around the track with your smart phone or tablet. Just download the free app to get started onto your iOS or android device. There are a list of compatible devices at the anki website.
It's super easy to lay out the race track and there are 8 different configurations to try. Then start battling against your family or friends. Lots of fun!
Doinkin darts is a fun game for 11 year olds. It's a magnetic dart board so there's no worries that the darts will hurt anybody or make any holes in the wall. It's fun to have in a bedroom or why not play it with family and friends? There's a hook on back to hang wherever you want to play
There are some great lego sets for older kits around at the moment. If they are a legos fan but want some more mature sets, here are a few ideas:
Lego Architecture sets - Lego have an architecture range aimed at older kids with kits which you can use to build the Whitehouse, The Empire State Building and the landmarks around the world such as Big Ben. These kits are great to display once completed.
Minecraft sets - the minecraft sets contain a lot of smaller and more detailed pieces and are a good option for 11 year olds.
Star Wars sets - with the release of the Force Awakens movies just before Christmas, Star wars legos sets are
Lego Architecutre Kit
This is one of the lego architecture kits. There are a wide range of lego architecture sets from the White House to Big Ben to the Eiffel Tower.
They are great to build and once finished you have a beautiful model to display.
Bow and Arrow Sets
Another idea are bow and Arrow or archery sets make a great gift for this age group, These are great toys for outdoors, getting kids away from their screens and using for target practice. There are starter kits you can get which have everything you need to get started such as the Barnett outdoors youth archery set.
This is such a cool toy.
It's a race track with no slots or tracks for the cars. This makes the race more authentic. You can overtake, undertake and maneuver past other cars just like on a real race track. There are remotes to control the cars and the artificial intelligence of the cars helps you stay on the track.
The track itself has over 40 layouts so you will never get bored of racing on the same track. It's really quick to set up and get going.
Books for 11 Year Old Boys
There are some great non fiction books that make perfect gifts for 11 year old boys.
If the 11 year old you know likes reading check out this article on good books for 11 year olds which has lots of ideas of fiction books too.
Another cool gift idea for a boy who likes to read is an e-reader such as an amazon kindle. Even if they have a tablet which they read on, a kindle is a better device to read books on. Unlike a tablet you can read books on the Kindle in direct sunlight so are great for reading in the park or outdoors when you need to. They are also really lightweight and easy to hold.
The Dangerous Book for Boys is the bestselling book for every boy from eight to eighty, covering essential boyhood skills such as building tree houses*, learning how to fish, finding true north, and even answering the age old question of what the big deal with girls is.
A cool book that 11 year old boys is the Encyclopedia of Immaturity. It really is a boys book full of practical jokes and fascinating and humorous facts. Great for boys or for adults who still haven't grown up yet.
Tech and Gadget Gifts
A tablet would make a really cool gift for any 11 year old boy.
Browse the web, play games, watch videos and films, read books, use different apps and lots more. They are portable so great for entertaining kids in the car, at restaurants, at friend's houses, on vacation and lots more.
A Kindle fire is a good choice as it won't break the bank.
The Kindle Fire with 7 inch screen is a great value tablet which is just $49. The small sizes makes it super portable for using in the car or taking to friend's or family's houses.
It features a rear and front facing camera too.
This robot toy features new technology so you can control it in 3 different ways.
Control it with either hand gestures, a track ball and a free app which you can download on iOS or Android devices.
Miposaur is a fun little creature to deal with. He has different moods and will respond to commands he is given differently depending on which mood he is in. Train him, tame him and game with him.
Games and Gaming gifts.
If an 11 year old boy hasn't already got a games console this would definitely make a great gift for many boys. XBox 360s and PS3s are popular but it's worth checking what they want and it will probably be the same console as most of their friends.
Many 11 year old boys have a games console (Wii, playstation, Xbox) and so video games often make the best gifts. When buying a video game make sure you buy the right version for the games console they have.
Some ideas of gifts for gamers include:
A set of gaming headphones, a gaming chair, a Microsoft Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership, Star Wars Battlefront video game or a gaming book such as The Guinness World Book of Records for Gamers.
This is the perfect gift for any young gamer when you don't know what else to get him.
There's lots to enjoy including word records, top 10 roundups, quick-fire facts and stats, and hundreds of amazing new images from all your favorite games.
There's even a section dedicated to Minecraft for die hard fans. Brilliant!
Digital cameras for 11 year olds
Another great gift for 11 year old boys is their first digital camera.
You probably don't want to spend too much money on a camera for 11 year old boys as there is always a huge danger they may loose or damage it.
However, there are lots of great cameras on the market for under or around $100 which are easy to use like the Canon Powershot below.
The Go Pro camera is designed to take high quality footage of action and sport. It is a small camera and you can wear it using a head mount or mount it to a piece of equipment and shoot footage as you go. So for 11 year olds it would be great to film when they are cycling, skateboarding or on their scooter. It's also waterproof so you can film when you are swimming or snorkelling. Take it on a water slide or in the sea. You can also wear it when playing sports. Take it skiing, rope climbing, on a boat or whatever activity you participate in.
Of course you can use it when for filming everyday stuff or special occasions too.
It's small and lightweight so easy to take anywhere.
Lots of fun.
More Cool Gifts for 11 Year Olds
Still not found what you're looking for? Here are a few more ideas.
11 year olds are starting to want their own space a bit more so you could also look for items that could go in their bedroom as these quite often make good gifts. One idea is a mini drinks fridge that they can put in their room. They can cool their drinks in it for when their friends come around or when the want a cold drink for themselves.
Other ideas for their room include posters, an alarm clock or a bean bag chair.
Other gift ideas is a telescope. Many boys around 11 years have a huge fascination with space so why not get them a telescope so that they can explore outer space with their own eyes at night.
11 year old boys enjoy.exploring the world around them so why not get them some binoculars which they can use either to look at the wildlife in the area.
The over the door basketball hoop can be fitted onto the door of an 11 year old's bedroom. The back of the board is padded on the top and the bottom to prevent scratching. Easy to set up too.
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