10 Best Toys And Gifts For 11 Year Old Boys – 2022 Guide

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. There are always safe bets such as Nerf guns and blasters or a scooter/skateboard if they don’t have one. But it pays to get a little creative. To give you a few suggestions, here’s a list of the best toys and gifts for 11 year old boys, with a mix of items that are just for fun and items that encourage creativity and critical thinking.


10 Best Toys And Gifts For 11 Year Old Boys – Reviewed

Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst STEM Kit

To start things off, I absolutely love the Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst STEM Kit. It’s a science 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 gadget 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, fresh gadgets again and again.

This STEM toy 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 a great gift and 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 high quality educational toy that can be utilized again and again.




aGreatLife Money Maze Puzzle Box

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. The logic game element of this gift encourages young boys to engage their problem solving and fine motor skills.

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. They might always lean toward favoring video games, but video games don’t give you cold hard cash when you play!




Illuminated Apparel Interactive Glow in The Dark T-Shirt Black Glow

These Glow In The Dark T-Shirts from Illuminated Apparel are lots of fun for all ages. You can draw on the front panel of the t-shirt with a variety of different light sources. Torchlight from a mobile, a blue laser pen or the included UV Glow Torch. Your boy can fill the blank canvas with whatever they want, or their friends can do it for them. They might draw something funny, inspiring or cheeky, whatever they want! These t-shirts come in a variety of sizes from preschool right up to adulthood and make a great, imaginative gift for any tween.



Bop It! Star Wars BB-8 Edition

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.




LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down 75810 Building Kit, New 2019 (2,287 Pieces)

If your 11 year old boy is a LEGO fan they will love this. If they are a Stranger Things fan, they will love this. In the event that they are a fan of  both, they might well explode if you present them with what I can only describe as the most current, satisfying and coolest LEGO building set released so far. Stranger Things brings the perfect balance of 80’s retro to a toy brand that excels at creating fan favorite scenarios. This really is the perfect gift idea for real fans.

With this LEGO DIY building kit, you get a hell of a lot of detail and cool points. For a start, this a 2287 piece set. That’s massive. For the scenario, you get all the pieces to build the Byers home in both the real world and the ‘upside down’. This is a level of cool that only Stranger Things can bring. You also get all the pieces to build Hopper’s police truck, and a total of 8 iconic minifigures. The minifigures included in this LEGO set include:

  • Eleven
  • Mike Wheeler
  • Chief Jim Hopper
  • The Demogorgon
  • Lucas Sinclair
  • Dustin Henderson
  • Will Byers
  • Joyce Byers

This is one LEGO set that brings a lot of bang for the buck. It is a homage to one of the most exciting shows out there for kids from 11 year old boys to those at 40 or 50 years old that remember the 80’s first time round.




Dungeons Dragons Starter Set 5th Edition Starter Kit – Beginner Popular Pack Die Book

At 11 years old, your boy is at a good age to start putting that imagination to work, particularly if they have an interest in sci-fi or fantasy role play. At this age, kids have usually aligned themselves into groups of friends that have similar tastes and interests. For those that like RPG’s and geeky things (like myself) this is a great age to start playing Dungeons and Dragons. One of the original tabletop games from the 80’s that is having a bit of a renaissance with the current retro trend. It’s not quite a board game, but it is the definitive table top game. The one that paved the way for so many more.

This D&D Starter Kit comes with everything your boy needs to create their own adventures and play them with friends. There are also a whole host of extras that come in the box, and some that you can print out at home.

The set includes:

  • An e-book game guide
  • 6 Sets of game dice, 7 dice in each set
  • 6 Dice Bags
  • Rule book and easy to follow material
  • Printable 1″ grid blank map sheets
  • Dungeon Master’s screen
  • 1000 printable pre-generated characters
  • 30 paper figures and blank characters sheets

Your pre-teen is ready to turn their imaginations into something awesome and see the benefit of their efforts unfold in epic games with their friends. Give them a real treat this Christmas. Give them adventure, creativity and wonder.




OWI Hydraulic Arm Edge Kit

For the budding engineer in the family, this Hydraulic Arm Edge Kit from OWI is an awesome gift. It teaches the principals of robotics and also hydraulics. As the robotic arm is controlled by a lever system and hydraulics, there is no need for batteries or any electrical power. It’s not only a really fun kit to build, it has serious educational value and it’s just as much fun to use once it’s built. The arm has a comprehensive range of movement and functions and your kid can have their very own ‘Jarvis’ with this!



Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit

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!




Himal Collapsible Portable Corn Hole Boards With 8 Cornhole Bean Bags

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.




Brightz, Ltd. Wheel Brightz LED Bicycle Accessory Light

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.



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