Top Gifts For 11-Year-Old Boys

There are a lot of different toys to watch out for, it seems like they’re part of a never-ending whirlwind of fads. The variety of options out there, plus the added difficulty of a child moving from the stage of little kid to pre-teen, can make picking out practical gifts for 11 year old boys feel nearly impossible.


But, going back to the basics and thinking of toys that get a boy’s mind develop and his body moving is a great way to decide on gifts for boys this age. There are a few basic categories of gifts to guide you that will never fail you if you manage to tie in a few of their interests:

Outdoor Toys

Thinking outside the house is the best place to start when thinking of an appropriate gift ideas. Many kids at this age have started to be interested in video games and mobile device applications with long screen time, which can keep them inactive. A gift that encourages running around and spending some energy will make for a prized gift for 11 year old boys and their parents, too.


He’ll also enjoy winning sports and are usually familiar with soccer, basketball, football and baseball, but they may not have as much experience with racket sports. Kids this age tend to love ping pong when they’re introduced to it, and if they haven’t already tried it, then that could be the best birthday gift. If they have, try a tennis or pickleball kit to encourage him to a new sport.

Board Games

Board games also make the best gift for 11-year-old boys. Oftentimes, they are into a certain video game or type of cool characters, like pirates or zombies. Try to pick out a fun board game that incorporates those interests so you can get him hooked on the game.

some of the best gifts for 11 year old boys


If you’re not sure that the boy you’re buying a present for will love the collaborative nature of board games, then a paper back book is another best option. Like with board games, you can choose a book that aligns with his other interests, like perhaps a certain open-world video game series or a kind of character.

Kids that might have an interest in history could also benefit from this kind of perfect present. Don’t forget that some people love non-fiction as much as they love fiction.

Books like the Percy Jackson series and the Ranger’s Apprentice series are very popular among this age group.

Robots, Coding And Science Kits

Not everyone likes to read, and that OK, too. If that’s the case for the 11 year old boy you’re trying to buy a present for, but you’d still like to gift him something educational, boys this age are often starting to become interested in robots with batteries, coding and science.

There are many kits out there made for this age group and they can make great gifts for boys this age. From shop monthly subscription kits like Kiwi Co to one-time kits, like this Smithsonian Mega Science Lab Kit, there are lots of options out there.

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Musical Instruments Or Art Supplies

Buying gifts for children this age can be hard, and if nothing so far has sounded like something the boy you’re buying for might like, another option to consider is musical instruments or creative art supplies. Small, relatively easy-to-learn instruments like a recorder or even a ukulele can be an exciting present, while kids that already enjoy art will always appreciate new fill paints or pencils.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):


Where can I take my 11 YO for his birthday?

11 year olds will love any activities they can do with their new friends. From arcades to laser tag to go karting, group activities that involve running around and playing are excellent choices fo adventure.

It’s a good idea to take your 11 year old somewhere with a specific activity involved, though, and not just a playground or restaurant, because their energy levels are probably high with their school friends around, so it’s best to have an outlet for it.

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Do 11 years old boys play with toys?

Many 11 years old do still play with toys, from action figures to legos, but it is possible that they are starting to grow out of that stage. These kinds of toys can still make the best gifts, but aiming for something with a little more longevity is a good idea, since kids this age really is on the cusp of becoming a big kid and eventually a young adult.

What does an 11 years old boy like to do?

Many 11 years old kids are just starting to be interested in tech/electronics that they use independently like cell phones with a waterproof case and video games made for older kids, but they also still likely enjoy toys like action figures and legos. In general,  you don’t need to worry, they still are gaining independence, so they usually enjoy both kinds of activities as long as they have some control and choice over what they’re doing.

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What age range is considered a tween?

Yes! Boys, girls alike are tweens at age 11. A tween typically refers to a kid who is between the ages of 10 and 13 – not still a little kid, but also not quite a teenager yet.

Is an 11 year old a little kid?

An independent 11 year old is no longer one of those baby boys that you might remember. Now he’s growing up and entering the preteen years, where most kids start to make the transition from little kid to big kid and eventually young adult.

In this time period, their interests and attitudes change a lot, and they can change quickly, leaving their loved ones a little bit surprised from seeing them grow up so fast.

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Last Updated on April 12, 2023 by Harold Chan

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