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Best Gifts for Tomboys - My Favorite Ideas!

Updated on September 26, 2014
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My Favorite Gifts for Tomboys

This is a collection of gift ideas for girls who are Tomboys. I was a tomboy and some of these ideas are things I actually got as a kid, or things I would have loved.

I was a girl who liked to do boy things. I didn't like girly things.

Whether the Tomboy that you are buying for likes sports, playing outside, or science, computers, nature, cars, construction, etc, I hope that you'll find the perfect gift on this page...

Gift Ideas by Category

[ Educational ] [ Science ] [ Outdoors ] [ Tech Gifts ] [ Toys ]

Gifts for Girls who Build Things!

Build a Working Catapult - Great Construction Kit for Kids! - I wish this was available when I was a kid!

Pathfinders Medieval Catapult Wooden Kit
Pathfinders Medieval Catapult Wooden Kit

Build this catapult with real wood! The wood is pre-drilled and pre-cut. Have fun putting this together and firing marshmallows, play-dough balls, and other small things across the room!

Tomboys often like doing things with Dad. Construction projects like this one are a good Dad & Daughter activity!

 

Great Gift for Girls who Like Cars! - Build a race car, a crane, and more!

Meccano - Super Construction Set
Meccano - Super Construction Set

These look really cool. I never had too much interest in cars, but for some reason cranes intrigue me. Regardless, this looks like a metal construction set ideal for the pre-teen or teen Tomboy.

 

Build your own Pneumatic Hydraulic Engines! - Great science kit for kids ages 8+

Thames & Kosmos Air + Water Power
Thames & Kosmos Air + Water Power

This set allows you to build 15 models! It looks like a pretty comprehensive set!

I've always liked gears... I think gears are fun for many kids!

 

Build Solar Powered helicopter, car, bike, windmill, or oil derrick. - Put these together with screwdrivers and wrenches... and make things that go!

Eitech Deluxe Solar Powered Construction Set
Eitech Deluxe Solar Powered Construction Set

This is a toy that is suitable for ages 8 to well into the teens. Adults could even have fun with this one!

 

Sporty & Outdoorsy Gifts

Gift Ideas for Tomboys who are Wild or Active Outdoors, or Like Sports

Basketball Hoop for my Driveway - This was on my wish list for many years... Never did get one though.

Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard
Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard

Shooting hoops is fun! It's a great activity for kids. It's an outdoor sport that can be played with just one or two people, or a whole bunch of kids. Great for the long summer days, and for parties. If you'd rather your kids stayed around the house, setting up a basketball hoop is one way to keep the kids busy!

This one is ideal for kids under 12. Amazon has other ones for older kids.

 

My Own Tent - Great for Family Camping Trips - This one person tent appeals to kids and teens because they like privacy!

Eureka! Solitaire - Tent (sleeps 1)
Eureka! Solitaire - Tent (sleeps 1)

Camping outside, whether in the backyard or at an official campground, is a fun activity! I had a one person tent like this one, and my parents allowed me to set it up next to their tent when we went camping. It made me feel so grown-up, and made me much happier about going on family camping trips.

 

All I wanted for my birthday was.... A Pocket Knife! - My Mom said I could have one as long as it "locked" so it wouldn't close on my hand!

*** This gift idea depends on the age and maturity of the kid or teen. ***

Buck Knives 505RWS Knight Pocket Knife
Buck Knives 505RWS Knight Pocket Knife

I got one like this one when I turned 12. It was a very memorable gift. I carved some wood with it, but mostly I just carried it around when I walked in the woods or went bike riding.

I wanted it so bad... I remember picking it out at the hardware shop with my Dad. Of all of the birthday presents I don't remember, this isn't one of them!

Unfortunately, I don't have it anylonger... Just the memory of it. Somewhere between moves, it disappeared.

 

Nerdy or Geeky Gifts

Gift ideas for girls who like science, computers, or gadgets.

Electronics Kit for Kids - No Soldering Needed! - Make over 300 Projects, including a Radio, Doorbell, & Burglar Alarm

Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit
Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit

I had an electronics kit, although not as clever as this one appears to be. This one is for ages 8+. This is a great gift idea for a nerdy or geeky Tomboy, or any girl that loves electronics.

 

Do they love computers? Maybe they'd like to program! - Learning to program is a lot of fun, and this book will get them started!

Programming for the Absolute Beginner
Programming for the Absolute Beginner

There is something very rewarding about writing a program that works. Programming is a great skill to learn. I was really into it when I was about 14, and having them learn to program is one of the better ways for them to spend their computer time.

 

Update

This gift guide has become so popular that I'm creating a whole site dedicated to tomboy gifts... I'd be honored if you checked it out: TomboyGifts.com

2014 Top Gift Ideas for 8-11 Year Old Tomboys - Older Kids & Pre-Teens Love This Stuff!

Looking at the bestselling gift ideas is one way to find a gift that they'll love. Here are things I would have loved!

Clue The Classic Edition
Clue The Classic Edition

Fun family game for mystery lovers.

 

Let them personalize their bedroom!

All I wanted for Christmas was.... - To paint my room a different color!

My room was bright pink. It seemed OK age age 6... and very much NOT OK at age 10. I wanted to paint my room myself. I wanted camouflage or some other boy themed bed set... Anything besides pink!

Camouflage Army Boy Twin Kids Childrens Bedding Set 5 pcsDeal Specal !
Camouflage Army Boy Twin Kids Childrens Bedding Set 5 pcsDeal Specal !

I wanted sheets like this one. I wanted to paint my walls. I wanted to get rid of all the girly decoration and pink color in my room!

 

BAD Gift Ideas for Tomboys*

Perfume

Bath & Body Soap or Lotion

Girly Clothes

Dolls

* These are generalizations. Use your own judgement.

Do you have any comments on Tomboy Gifts? - I'd love to hear from you!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Some awesome ideas here for gifts for tomboys.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great topic! Love your stories about the gifts that you got, and those that you didn't. Fabulous lens!

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      This is a great list of ideas. I don't have a tomboy but I do have a 10-yr-old boy who would absolutely love all of these. Angel blessed for all the new things I haven't found yet. Christmas shopping is done but he has a birthday in January and I find several items here that I will have to check into.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I love this lens! When I was growing up, we didn't have money for lots of toys. But I had a doll or two, and some paper dolls. I was not "into" "pretending" with my dolls. My little sister imagined all kinds of adventures for her paper dolls - I just wanted to cut out the clothes - DO something. My brother was the one who got the Erector set. Boys had the fun toys, which I always coveted. What I would have given for a set of Lincoln Logs! Thank you for helping little girls who want to DO things!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I would have loved the tire swing too. :) Great suggestions on tomboy gifts!

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      I think that tire swing is my favorite, but you have great gifts! Our granddaughter would have a wonderful time with your selections!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great gift ideas for the tomboys out there. Well done.

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      I'd love to get these gifts!

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      TrentAdamsCA 5 years ago

      Great idea! Glad you posted this lens. So many girls would rather have gifts that suit their adventurous spirits instead of stereotypical "girl gifts."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I actually bought my niece a pair of knee and elbow pads a while back. She likes to clime trees.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Me too, I was a tomboy and if I had to do it all over I would be even more so. Any of these gifts would be great, especially the helicopter.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I was a tomby who played in the dirt with my brother, built camps in the woods, collected bugs and I would have loved the gifts on this list - great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love your product recommendations here and what a great gift lens for Tomboys...your Buck Knife story made me smile, I had a 505 too!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Im a tom boy and Im nine years old and I kinda like some of the gifts here but maybe add some more gun things or video games-make'em voilent

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm a tomboy and I'm turning 13 soon and look for some good birthday present ideas for my family to get me really stuck and I'm really sporty and like being outside but I just got a new basketball hoop any other great ideas

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this is stuff i have to buy i ment that i can make and lol nerdy stuff

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why would you suggest PERFUME and GIRLY STUFF for tomboys? Fail.

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Those were a list of BAD gift ideas!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I reckon that Tom-boys rule because girly girls are quite posh sometimes and they just have to get lots of makeup or fake tans. They love manicures and pedicures. Aaaannnoooyyyiiinnnggg!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      sadie they didn't suggest perfume and girly stuff open your eyes it will say bad stuff for tomboys -.-

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a 11 year old tomboy turning 12 on October 12 and i luv all the suggestions that u gave me. I have already put like about 5 or so on my B-day list. thanks 4 all these supplies!!!!!!! :D

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am 11 almost 12 and i'm a TomBoy and pretty much all the things on your list are on my b-day list!!! You did a good job! :)

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Thanks, that really pleases me! :)

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Glad I could help! Making wish lists are fun!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      a good tomboy gift idea is karate themed or anime books

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a tomboy turning 12 and I would love a gokart or new Moter bike or a new snowboard maybe you should think of those things

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Im a tomboy turning 12 three days after christmas but i don't know what i want for ether and my family dosnt have a lot of money what are some ideas you think i could use

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      im a tomboy turning 12 in january and really want another 4wheeler or another dirt bike or a pocket knife

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: I wanted a dirt bike when I was a kid too!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This year I am just asking for money toward a bow and arrow the cheapest bow is $400. plus arrows.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a 14 year old tomboy and I really want a pocket knife or an xbox.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @hotbrain: how on earth would you like that knife? you can HURT someone!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you, HOTBRAIN! You have saved a desparate grandmother of a 9-year-old tom-girl. I was at a total lose as to what to get her. But, I have found many of your suggestions are great ideas. I plan to purchase several for Christmas presents and I am sure she will be delighted. Thank you, again for this very useful site. Happy Holidays!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a tomboy and I really want a skateboard for christmas and a pair of skateboarding shoes called osiris a knife would be cool to.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've always wanted a swiss knife and video camera but is it illegal to carry a swiss knife in the UK?

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Here's a link to the law: https://www.gov.uk/find-out-if-i-can-buy-or-carry-...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      just stumbled on this post and say a lot of things on this list is what i wanted as a present. Barbie dolls did not last very long before heads were pulled off! I would say having a knife is not only for a tomboy, but should be had for about anyone, for emergencies.

      I would say my favorite toy was Tonka Trucks. My mom told me that she had at times had to take them out of my bed, because i went to sleep with them.

      I think a perfect gift is finding role models that are tomboys they can associate with.

      Now only if they came out with more female characters that are tomboys and not dressed off to show off. i would like to see that. As well clothes that would appeal to us, then all the pink and feminine ideas they always have.

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      rosiembanks 4 years ago

      Great lens! I didn't know there were NASA Lego sets, that's awesome! I'd have loved those as a kid.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really enjoyed reading your lens. I was a tomboy - still don't like dresses very much :-).

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow that's amazing. Perfect ideas for my birthday. ðThanks.

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      I was a tomboy but times were different harder to buy a girl boy toys. Great lens the gift ideas are fantastic I would have loved them as a child.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My friend is a tomboy and I am a girly girl I don't know what to get her for her b-day!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm a tomboy and I don't know what I want for my b-day which is soon any ideas?

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Nothing on this page strike your fancy?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: i think you should get a phone or a pet ok

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      GamerGurl29 3 years ago

      I'm a tomboy/ gamer and of course they gave me perfume anyway.They also got me boy stuff, like Spiderman and the Avengers, but I didn't like that. I'm not really an outdoor person, so could yo give me tips? My b-day is in 1 week.

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      kamella10 3 years ago

      im a tomboy and my dad and mom keep presuring me what i want for christmas cuz everyone got a christmas present in my family already but i don't know what i WANT!

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      kamella10 3 years ago

      i hate it that i don't know i hate i hate i hate it

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      AquaFerret 19 months ago

      Visit vat19 on YouTube they have funny videos and good toys. The Ty's are very fun, they also created the worlds largest gunny worm and gummy bear. I hope I help you :)

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      CeCe 18 months ago

      I am a Tom boy you have a great website its cool dude. I'm wondering how you think of stuff like that. So I guess I should be done bye.

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      Anonymous 11 months ago

      I love a real Pistol Ak47 sniper ps4 knife (ps i have guns )age 8 and I want art supliys

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