We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the preteen years are so hard when it comes to gift giving! At 11, your son isn’t quite a teenager yet but is far removed from their earlier childhood years. It’s definitely a difficult time for gift giving, and that’s where we come in. We have a list of gifts that are appropriate for 11-year-old boys.
Things To Consider
Before you buy a gift for your 11-year-old, here are a few things you should think about.
What are my child’s interests? You may think that you know what their interests are, but there is a lot you need to consider. For example, what you think your kid is interested in may not be the case anymore. Your kid’s interests evolve at this age as they are trying to discover themselves more, and that’s okay. Think about the interests that are best suitable for your kids and then run with them.
Would your kid prefer money or a gift card? At 11, they are at the age where they may want to buy their own thing. They know what they want and plus, it shows independence. A gift card can be good for some supervised online purchases.
Would your kid prefer toys or electronics? At 11, your son may be mature enough for a laptop or for their own tablet. It can be great for schoolwork and expression. Plus, laptops allow for the expression of gaming and computer skills.
Finally, what is your budget? You obviously want to buy something within your budget.
Now, let’s look at a few toys your 11 years old may like.
ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game
Marbles sound like an outdated toy of the past, but not when you have this. This is a set that has many challenges and requires logic? You play a game of marbles on a grid and try to make the marbles hit the targets. It’s a great way to help your 11-year-old flex their critical thinking skills. With over 60 challenges to pick from, it’s also a game your child should love for a very long time. Anything that has STEM properties is always good, and it’s a toy that you don’t need to be a boy genius to figure out. There are all levels of challenge available.
We’re not going to pick a certain drone because there are tons of drones out there. There are plenty of drones for kids that allow for easy flying and for durability as well. If your child likes RC drones, drones are the next step. They can look at places undiscovered, take photos, and do tricks. Drones should be flown supervised so your kid doesn’t go into a place they shouldn’t. However, if your kid follows the rules, a drone can be great for future job opportunities
Many 11-year-old boys like video games. Video games are not a mindless toy like some claim to be. They have great stories, can teach hand-eye coordination, and are perfectly fine in moderation. With all that said, a Switch is a great console for your 11-year-old because of its portability. You can play it on your TV or carry it around and play it. At 11, your boy should be old enough so that he can handle it with care and that he knows to play it only when it’s appropriate to do so. Try buying him a Switch, and it can guarantee hours of fun.
Doinkit Darts – Magnetic Dart Board
Darts are a fun game for all ages. At 11, your kid’s skills are growing and they may have many friends. A game of darts is great for socializing. Plus, it can improve hand-eye coordination, which is always a plus. This is a magnetic dart board, meaning your kid won’t poke his eye out while trying to throw. Save traditional darts for the adults for the time being.
It has all the function of a traditional dart board, but with that said, a magnetic board can be a bit more slippery than a traditional one, so beware.
Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit by Elenco
This is another great toy for a boy who is discovering STEM. This kit allows someone to make many electronic gadgets that they can use. Sirens, photo sensors, you name it. Your kid can be a little mechanic, and this can be either a cool hobby or a slippery slope to a career. There are over 30 electronic parts and your kid doesn’t need any unique tools, either. It’s one set that your kid, and yourself, will love for a long time.
At 11, your kid may want to be more extreme. If your kid likes biking, and can bike safely, consider buying a skateboard. If your kid collects toy skateboards and plays skateboarding video games, then you know what to do. A skateboard can allow your son to express himself, and with the proper safety equipment, can be a fun way to enjoy the day. With a skateboard, you’ll want to start with one appropriate for his age and skill level and move on up. If there is a skatepark, consider going there for a bit of supervised fun. Your kid can skate and enjoy his day with ease. We say a skateboard is definitely worth checking out.
These are just a few gifts that are appropriate for an 11-year-old. You must remember that at 11, interests can change, so buy them a gift that can evolve with their interests. A drone may be good for a child who is interested in RC vehicles as well as photography. Many of these toys have multiple uses, which is great if your kid is always changing their mind. Try these gifts out today and see if they’re right for your son.
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