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Cool Gift Ideas for 11 Year Old Boys for 2014

Updated on October 24, 2014

2014 Gift Ideas for 11 Year Old Boy

So you're in need of super cool gift ideas for 11 year old boys and can do with a few suggestions. Let this comprehensive gift guide lead you to the perfect gift.

When you're hunting for a Christmas or birthday present for an 11 year old boy who has very strong views on what's uncool or 'lame', that only adds to the difficultly of finding the right gift; you know, something that will impress.

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Now I don't claim to be an expert on gift buying. I'm just a gal who comes from a large family who's had more than her fair share of experiences when it comes to buying presents for 11 year old boys.

I'm hoping that some of the ideas I share with you here will inspire you to pick out the best holiday or birthday toys for 11 year old boys - transforming you into 'coolest' person in that young man's world... even if it's only for a moment!

Books for 11 Year Old Boys - Good books for 11 year olds

What books do 11 year old boys like? Anything funny. Perhaps a little bit gross even. Something that speaks of mysterious tales or books packed with fun facts or interesting characters. Ultimately it depends on the personality of the 11 year old, and you'd be the best person to judge on what's the most appropriate.

Buying a book as a gift for an 11 year old boy may not seem like an obvious choice, but surprisingly enough a lot of boys that age love receiving books as gifts. Variety is after all the spice of life so if they already have a stack load of electronic type toys, they'd be grateful to get something a little different.

Check out this great selection of good books for 11 year olds below.

The Hunger Games Trilogy
The Hunger Games Trilogy

This boxed set of The Hunger Games has it all - action, betrayal, drama and a whole lot of slaughter. More than enough to keep any 11 year old on the edge of their seat.

The Magic Thief
The Magic Thief

A beautifully written book portraying a magical world and juvenile fantasy.

The Witches
The Witches

You simply can't go wrong with Roald Dahl books and Witches is one of his most popular fantasy books for children.


Gadget Presents for 11 Year Old Boys

11 year old boy birthday gift ideas

What to buy a 11 year old boy for his birthday? It has to be said that most boys like gadgets at any age.

Gadgets are plentiful and range from iPods, tablets, iPhones and super cool spy gadgets for kids to remote controlled cars and helicopters.

While your 11 year old boy might want every latest gadget under the sun, it's not always going to be feasible; unless you have a truckload of money burning a hole in your back pocket. So you have to choose your gadget gift wisely.

Here are a couple of things you may want to consider when choosing gadgets as cool gifts for 11 year old boys is;

a) shelf life - how much real usage can your child get from the gadget before the manufacturers decide to bring out the next shiny new boys toy, making the beloved gift redundant?

b) how long will the gadget last in the hands of your 11 year old? Some kids can make a toy or gadget last a lifetime, while some aren't so great at looking after their stuff and often end up losing pieces or breaking things.

Gadget-y Gifts for an 11 Year Old - Cool gifts for 11 year old boy

Which type of gadget toy will appeal the most to your 11 year old boy?

Gaming Gifts for 11 Year Old Boys

What to get 11 year old boy for birthday

Perhaps your 11 year old gift recipient is mad about gaming and let's face it, which 11 year old boy doesn't enjoy playing on a games console?

The great thing about gaming gifts such as the Xbox, Playstation or Wii is that you can drill down even further to select a gift based on the recipients interests; think interactive sports games for the athletic types, brain teasers and puzzles for the academics and mystery games for the kids who fancy themselves as detectives.

More Gaming Gift Ideas for Boys - Gift for 11 year old boy

Don't forget the countless gaming accessories and addons; these make great gifts for 11 year old boys too.

Building Kits for 11 Year Old Boys

11 year old boy Christmas gift ideas

Still pondering the question: 'what to get an 11 year old boy for birthday'? Is your boy a dab hand at building stuff?

There is such a broad selection of building and construction kits from Lego sets, to model building kits to DIY and electronic kits for kids. All make excellent a birthday gift for 11 year old boys.

Sports Gifts Ideas for 11 Year Old Boys

Gift for eleven year old boy

If you're buying gifts for an 11 year old boy who's a sporty kid, then he'll think you're ace if you get him something that mirrors his sporting or outdoor interests.

Is there a particular sport that he is crazy about? Does he support a certain team? Is he keen to get started with learning a new sport?

The list of sporting gifts for kids are endless and range from apparel to equipment. Below is a hand picked selection of potential gift ideas that your 11 year may appreciate if he is into his sports.

Science Toys for 11 Year Old Boys

Science toy ideas for 11 yr old boys

Kids science toys have certainly evolved since they first brought out the original chemistry set.

And while they may have a geeky edge to them, science toys and gifts have been climbing in popularity for a while.

They're actually some pretty cool gifts to choose from, including several toy rocket gifts, that will keep any science oriented 11 year old boy fascinated for hours.

What suggestions do you have for cool gift ideas for 11 year old boys?

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    • ComfortsOfHome profile image

      ComfortsOfHome 4 years ago

      I do think the Furby is rather off the mark for an 11 year old boy, but you've got all kinds of gift ideas that are really spot-on for the age and gender. If the budget can stretch to it, the Wii U is a great choice - then you can buy accessories and games for it on other gift-giving occasions.

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      ZedReviews 4 years ago

      I'm glad there's at least a few budget ideas on here. Some parents simply don't have the disposable income to buy their kids $300 tablets every other year.

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      2ndparadise 4 years ago

      Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Anything you can build, the metal erector sets to build cars. And I want the air hockey set listed above for me.

    • CoolFool83 profile image

      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Some really nice Christmas gift ideas.

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      mjoonline 4 years ago

      @Lee Hansen: Yes, sometimes it's too easy to just give the usual or typical gifts like video games.

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      I like your gift recommendations for 11 year old boys. They can be tough to buy gifts for, and I don't like to just give computer games or gift cards all the time.