Gift Ideas for Tween Boys
My eleven year old boy has deemed this THE gift list for boys around his age. It has ideas for gifts related to technology as well as activity and creativity.
1. Ipod Touch
The ipod touch is a good learning tool for tweens. Not ready for a cell phone yet this is a step in that direction. It has a texting option that only works with wifi. So, it's like texting light. We monitor the texts and talk about good and bad choices with texting.
The ipod touch also features music and a lot of apps to play, which is nice for the car.
If you purchase an ipod touch you can also buy an itunes gift card or a case. My son is hoping to get a case with his favorite college on it, Mizzou.
Legos seem to be popular for boys, no matter the age. Lord of Rings Lego's came out recently so they are all the rage right now. Ninjago Lego's are also popular.
The toys are so popular there are now stores and even themeparks dedicated to them.
For number 3, we have to go with the Nintendo 3DS. This is a hand held video game system. 3DS is the newer version of the DS. It is playable in 3D mode or regular mode but 3D mode sucks up more energy. Only some of the video games are capable of being played in 3D mode. They will specify on the case whether they are capable of this function. If your child already has DS games, the 3DS is capable of playing those also.
We love having the 3DS for long car rides. We as parents have even played it a time or two.
4. Kid Icarus for 3DS
Kid Icarus: Uprising is a new game for Nintendo 3DS. In fact, it just came out on March 23, 2012. The game is about a flightless angel who is battling to save humanity. The game is enteraining with funny dialogue and beautiful graphics. The game is rated E for Everyone.
5. Under Armour Clothing
My son would dress in Under Armour everyday if he could. Under Armour is one of the most popular athletic apparel brands in America, if not the world. They have great graphic shirts with light, moisture wicking, and anti-odor technology. Now that I think about it, I wish my son wore these everyday too!
5. Diary of Wimpy Kid Book Series & Movie
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a book series about a boy named Greg who has a rough time in middle school. The book is written in Greg's voice with lots of drawings throughout the book. My son has read every one of of the books in the series multiple times. They are a popular choice and so are the movies based on the series.
6. Tech Decks
Tech Decks are tiny little skateboards (or finger boards) with tiny little ramps. They are almost like matchbox cars for older kids. Kids can replace the wheels on one skateboard and put them on another skateboard and skate around their own little mini skatepark. For those boys who skateboard, the Tech Decks can help them learn new tricks by visualizing them on a smaller scale.
My son loves to skateboard. He loves learning new tricks. He would be happy with a collection of 50 skateboards so buying a new skateboard to add to the collection is always an option.
8. Calvin & Hobbes Comics
Calvin & Hobbes comics have been entertaining us since 1985 and they never seem to get old. Calvin is a boy with quite the imagination. He believes his stuffed tiger to be real and imagines all sorts of adventures for the two of them. My son spends more time reading the Calvin & Hobbes comic books then any other reading material.
9. Practice Net
For the baseball player, or the baseball player at heart. The practice net allows kids to work on their pitching and catching. Pitch to the net and it will bounce back in three possible directions: line drive, ground ball, or a fly ball.
10. Nerf Guns
And finally, the Nerf Gun. A long time favorite of most boys, this has been around forever with new additions each year.The mark of a good sleep over is at least one good nerf gun battle.