Eleven-year-old boys are so much fun to buy gifts for! They’re at that age where you can start giving them gifts that more advanced, but at the same time, they still appreciate ‘cool’ toys and gross slimy things. When shopping for this age, there may be some concern about getting them something that’s too childish or that they may find insulting. However, when you go to ask them for ideas, they may ask for the flashiest thing out there, which you know will inevitably end up in the donation pile not long from now. Whether it’s for birthdays, holidays, special occasions, or just for fun, it’s always good to have some ideas of the best gifts and toys for eleven year old boys ready so that you aren’t running down the toy aisle ten minutes before the store closes. Hopelessly looking for something, and grabbing the first thing you see.
Instead of choosing something out of desperation, you’ll want to choose a gift that shows you’ve put thought into activities he likes to do and things he’s interested in. To give you a few suggestions, here’s a list of the best gifts and toys for eleven year old boys, with a mix of items that are just for fun and items that encourage creativity and critical thinking.
10 Best Gift Ideas & Toys For 11 Year Old Boys – Reviewed
To start things off, I absolutely love the Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst STEM Kit. It’s a kit that comes with over 50 pieces, including wooden and metal building pieces, safety goggles, a screwdriver, cards with challenges, and markers to be used for some of the challenges. That’s one of the things I love so much about this. It isn’t just a kit where they build one item once and then it sits on a shelf collecting dust for a while until it gets thrown away; the kit can be taken apart and created into something else again and again.
It comes with challenge cards that present different ideas of things to make and ways the motor can be used to have the creation do various tasks. It’s an excellent way for kids to learn how motors work and how they can be used to operate devices, while at the same time providing a fun outlet for them to get creative and use their imaginations to come up with different things to build. This would also be a great activity for kids to work on with their parents! This is a fantastic gift that can be utilized again and again.
If you want to give the gift of cash, but make it a little more interesting, a great gift is the aGreatLife Money Maze Puzzle Box. This is great whether you’re giving the money as a birthday gift or maybe for doing well in school or some other accomplishment! It’s challenging enough to make retrieving the gift interesting, while not being so difficult that it becomes a source of frustration. Once they’ve solved the puzzle and retrieved the cold hard cash they’ve work so tirelessly to obtain, they can use it to store small possessions in, keeping them safe from others. It’s also a good way for them to save a little money, as it isn’t as easy to just grab and spend as opening a piggy bank might be.
Once they’ve mastered the puzzle, another fun idea for it is for kids to time themselves when using it to see how fast they can solve it, keeping it interesting! If you’re looking for a way to give money as a gift but don’t want to just stick it in a card, this is may be a good option to go with.
If you want to go with something that’s fun and promotes activity, the Diggin Slimeball Flinger Darts Toy is a great way to go! The concept of the game is similar to darts, but much safer. The sticky slime balls will adhere to the target when thrown but won’t leave marks or residue on your hands or anywhere else the balls may land and won’t stick to anything but the target. If the target or balls become dirty with regular use, they can be easily cleaned with damp cloth or by being washed in soapy water. The balls come with shooters that can help launch the balls from a good distance, but they can be thrown by hand as well.
A fun challenge to do with these is to increase the distance from which the balls are thrown with each turn to keep the game engaging. These are great for indoor use but can also be set up outdoors if kids want more throwing space or if there is concern about any fragile items being broken. In addition, this game can be played independently or with a group of friends, making it great for parties or just a rainy afternoon indoors. If you’re in search of a fun and safe alternative to darts, this gift is a fun option.
If you were a child of the nineties, you’ve most certainly seen the Bop It! game with its bright purple, yellow, turquoise, and black colors and screaming sound effects with a beatbox background. After the original came out, a series of different versions appeared, each with its own unique twist. To make this a great gift for kids nowadays, however, they’ve taken an old idea and put it into a new package, redesigning it to make it smaller and giving it a Star Wars theme, and thus creating the Bop It! Star Wars BB-8 Edition Game.
The beauty of this is that it can be played independently or with a group, and it becomes more challenging as the game progresses. Instead of the typical music and sounds associated with the traditional Bop It!, this game features BB-8 sound effects, in keeping with the Star Wars theme. This is a great game to have for road trips as well when kids need something to keep their hands busy and minds active. With its smaller size, it’s easy to take along without taking up space. Due to it becoming increasingly challenging, this is fun for adults as well, making it great as a family activity.
If your kid is really into the great outdoors and learning about entomology, a really fun, unique gift is the Insect Lore Ladybug Growing Kit. The kit includes a diorama style habitat for the ladybugs, an instructional booklet, a lid with magnifying capabilities so that your kid can get up close and personal with their ladybugs, a cool water reservoir shaped like a volcano so that the ladybugs can get a refreshing drink, and a voucher to send away for ladybug larvae and special food to keep them well fed and happy.
In addition to providing a way for kids to see these insects grow from larvae to thriving adult ladybugs, it’s also a good way to introduce them to pet ownership and teach them responsibility with an easy-to-care-for creature. This a unique, fun gift that kids may not be expecting, giving them something to work with and raise up until the adults are released. If your child has a science fair coming up, this is works well as a way for them to do presentations on natural habitats and the life cycles of insects.
If the boy you’re looking to purchase a gift for loves building and creating things, look no further than the Red Tool Box Birdhouse. This is a classic, timeless gift that really allows kids to be hands-on and have control over what they’re creating and the outcome. It comes complete with a guide that covers assembly, gluing, hammering, filing, bolting, painting, and decorating, as well as all of the materials needed to complete the project. If your kid is interested in carpentry or construction, this is a great gift to encourage and grow their skill level.
This item may require more adult involvement, especially when working with tools, so it is a good choice if you’re looking for something that the two of you can work on together. Some fun features of this birdhouse, once completed, are that it has a hinged roof that can be easily opening for cleaning once the birds have left their nest, and it includes a chimney for a fun little decoration on top. The wood is easy to paint as well, so it can be customized and decorated to the kid’s liking. Once completed, this is a project that will continue to bring enjoyment for years to come.
For a gift that’s fun, challenging, and educational all included in one, the Ravensburger XXL Children’s Globe 180 Piece Puzzleball is a great puzzle to check out! If the kid you’re buying for thinks they’ve seen it all when it comes to puzzles, this will provide a whole new challenge that they mave not have encountered before. This also presents an opportunity for the puzzler to put their geography lessens to practice, as knowledge of the glove will help it get put together more efficiently. It also may provide a way for them to learn about new places that they may not be as familiar with as well as their locations.
When you’re looking for a gift for your budding scientist who also happens to be a candy fanatic, the Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit is the best of both worlds. With things like ingredients, recipes, activity cards, and a test tubes, this gives kids a way to learn about the science behind foods like gummies, while finishing with a tasty treat. They can get creative with what they make and having something to enjoy while learning at the same time, and if they’re feeling generous, they may have some goodies to share with you as well!
When looking for an active, outdoorsy gift, the Himal Collapsible Portable Corn Hole Boards With 8 Cornhole Bean Bags is an excellent choice the whole family will love! With the two different colors, you can split up into teams and have some good, competitive fun playing this classic yard game! When finished, it’s also light and easy to pack up and store for future use, or to take along to family gatherings. This is one present that your boy will love that’s still family friendly for all ages.
Last, but definitely not least, is the Brightz, Ltd. Wheel Brightz LED Bicycle Accessory Light. It’s an LED light that changes colors, and comes in a two-pack so each wheel can show off it’s multitide of shades. If your kid’s primary mode of transportation is via bicycle, these will allow them to get around with flash and style.
Whether you’re looking for something educational, creative, for outdoors, or indoors, hopefully this list gives you a few new creative ideas for that cool kid in your life.