Fun Gifts for 12 year old boys

These gifts for 12 year old boys are sure to please!

Action- In this in between stage of kid and young man, 12 year olds still have lots of energy to be used up. Flag football with his friends, a pickup game of basketball, some skateboard tricks in the driveway, practicing some jumps with his bike. All this spells action. In today’s world of Instagram and Snapchat, being able to record yourself makes sharing with their friends so much easier. A GoPro to take action shots would be a big plus.

Technology- We all know by this age, they are going to want the latest technological gadget. For many that may be a new phone but for others that may look like a r/c drone or a hoverboard. Got someone that’s computer minded? What about giving them the tools to learn about robotics? Starting with some simple and fun robots and learning some kid friendly coding, they can be having fun and setting themselves up for the future as well.

Creativity- With all the video games pulling at their attention, anything that a 12 year old can get involved in that’s not a video game is a great thing. Being able to not stifle their brain, keeps the brain moving which of course is of great importance for keeping that schoolwork up. There are plenty of ideas. It’s just a matter of finding one that they like and going with it. 1. Lego: Lego has tons of sets meant for this age group especially if they are a Star Wars or Minecraft lover. 2. Robotics: program your robot to do all kinds of things and impress your family with your skill level. 3. Science Kit/Magic tricks: Whichever they are more inclined to, both allow for exploration and increase in knowledge and skill level. 4. Stop Motion Animation: Get them involved in beginning video editing. Using clay or minifigures from lego or minecraft, they can create their own stop motion video using an app on their phone or tablet or software on their computer.

Fun- r/c helicopters, r/c cars, Nerf, Laser Tag, etc. Seasonal fun is an idea as well- Summer (water park tickets, theme park tickets) Fall (favorite sports team tickets)

Do you have an 12 year old boy? Feel free to comment below and share with the community- What are some other great suggestions for this age?  Thanks for helping out!


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In Charge of the Party? Here’s some great group games:

Laser Tag (at home)

Now this one would require having a smaller party unless you’re willing to invest in lots of laser tag guns. An awesome idea though if you know it’s only going to be a few guys.  Can play every man for himself or team play! If budget won’t allow this, just go for the Nerf guns!

The Amazing Race

Send the kids out on the town with adults or have the race in your own backyard! Basically you get a clue which tells you what to do. After task is completed you get the info on where to find the next clue until all the tasks are complete. The first team to make it to finish line are the winners! It’s helpful to watch an episode of the Amazing Race on youtube to give you some great ideas on how you can set yours up. Julie planned a party for her daughter’s 13th bday and you may be able to glean some ideas from her over at .

American Ninja Warrior

12 year olds will love having an obstacle course to test their skills against their friends. Create an age appropriate obstacle course. Watching an episode on youtube of the popular show will you give you some ideas but some you could include are the quintuplet steps, ropes course, scaling wall, tight rope, etc.

Man Hunt 

Evening party so everyone can hide in the dark during this game. Kids divide into teams. One team counts while other team hides. “Base” is decided beforehand. Hiding team tries to get to base before finding team tags them.


  1. Bobby said:

    What a perfect site with great ideas.
    There are so many ideas on this site for gift ideas. I have 5 children three of which are older, one just now 12 years old and one on the way at 10.
    I have used some of what you mentioned in the past and most of them that we used, worked great.
    My current 12 year old is now wanting to do some archery and hunting. I think hunting teaches as well. What do you think of hunting and archery as a hobby and gift ideas?

    November 22, 2017
    • Jen said:

      Absolutely. Archery and Hunting are great hobbies and skill sports.  With parental oversight, the Genesis Bow might be a good option. It has lots of good reviews.

      November 24, 2017
  2. Win Bill said:

    American ninja warrior sounds like a great party game. I have a baby daughter in her diapers right now. However, whenever I think about the types of parties I have to decide for her in the future, I began to have a bit of a headache. Your idea is great because it sounds like a lot of fun. Of course, I would also make it more age and ability appropriate. I might even create course and obstacles and require teamwork to be able to cross it. Like for example, walk climbing with two people instead of one person so that one can help the other.

    November 22, 2017
  3. Andrew said:

    Hi there. I just finished reading your article about gifts for 12 year old boys and thought I would just drop you a quick comment to say thanks.

    As it turns out, I found this article at just the right time. I have a 12 year old son and I think it’s quite a difficult age to buy gifts for. I think you have given some great advice here though.

    I have gone down the same thought path as you for Christmas this year. We have been looking at stunt scooters for outside use. And video games for fun indoors. Not sure whether to go with Xbox One or Playstation 4, but I’m sure he will enjoy it no matter what.

    Who knows what next year will bring, but 12 year olds are quite difficult and expensive to buy for!

    November 22, 2017
    • Jen said:

      Expensive for sure. Maybe go for 1-2 physical gifts and then tickets to something such as a Monster Truck Rally or a favorite sports team game or even a gift certificate to a local paintball field.

      November 24, 2017

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