25 cool gift ideas for tween boys 9-12 (and yes, girls will like them too)

 

We not really fans of gendered gifts…so why are we putting together a list of cool gifts for tween boys? Well for one, tween boys can be hard to shop for. And two, our readers ask (a lot) for gifts especially for the tween boys in their life.

With that, take a look at some of these cool gift ideas — which, OF COURSE, girls will totally love too. Speaking of which, check our recommendations for cool gifts for tween girls. You may find just what you’re looking for there, as well.

25 cool gift ideas for tween boys 9-12 (and yes, girls will like them too)

 

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Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Fortnite edition Monopoly

Fortnite edition Monopoly

Hey, at least they won’t be playing Fortnite?

$15.89, Target

Pssst…don’t miss our entire category of cool gifts for Fortnite fans!

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Kano's Harry Potter coding kit

Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit

Turns any kid into a coding wizard. (Had to do it.)

$99, Amazon

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Razor A5 Lux Scooter

Razor A5 Lux Scooter

Several colors, but the red is so zippy!

$79.99, Target

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): A Series of Unfortunate Events box set, vols 1-3

Series of Unfortunate Events Box Set, Vols 1-3

If they love the Netflix series but haven’t yet indulged in the books…start at the beginning.

$24.53, Amazon

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Space Oddity Bowie limited edition handmade sound machine from Brand New Noise

Limited edition handmade Bowie sound machine

We visited the dad-run company’s Brooklyn workshop and our kids completely fell in love with all of his homemade recording gadgets.

$85, Brand New Noise

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Polar Bear snow tube

Giant polar bear snow tube

You might need a few of these. 

$25, Maisonette

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): King LeBron baseball cap

King LeBron James cap

Sipping tea, as it should be.

$24.95, Hype Threads

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Superfight card game

Superfight card game

Do your tweens love to argue? Perfect! This is the game for them!

$28.99 for 500-card core deck at Amazon,
expansion packs available starting at $11

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Komodo dragon adopt-a-species package supporting the National Zoo

Komodo Dragon Adopt a Species Kit

It’s not just cute, it supports the conservation efforts of the DC Smithsonian National Zoo.

$75, DC National Zoo Gift Shop

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Marvel Spiderman for rPS4

Marvel’s Spiderman for PS4

Yes it’s a cool tween boy gift but believe us, our girls want it too.

$59.99, GameStop

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): MARCH Journal inspired by Rep John Lewis's graphic novel trilogy

March Journal

Adapted from Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s graphic novel trilogy,
it’s the perfect way to dream, plan, and fight for the causes they’re passionate about.

$14.95, Amazon or your local indie bookseller

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Vans Kids Sk8 High tops

$45, Zappos

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): littleBits Marvel Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

littleBits Marvel Avengers Hero Inventors Kit

Help keep the stones safe on earth with earth’s mightiest heroes. Like Kevin Bacon.

$99 on sale, Amazon

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Kidstirr Taco Truck special edition cooking kit

Kidstir Happy Cooking Taco Truck Subscription Box

A taco truck in every kitchen. Sounds good to us.

$19.95, Kidstir, or monthly subscription available

Learn more about our favorite subscription cooking boxes for kids here

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Miles Morales Spiderverse fan art print from Paints by Ocasio

Miles Morales Spiderverse fan art poster

And if they haven’t read it yet, the Miles Morales: Spiderman YA novel byJason Reynolds and Kadir Nelso is pretty awesome too. 

$20, Paints by Ocasio; book $14 hardcover on Amazon

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Black light thinking putty

$15/ea, Uncommon Goods

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Cookie Do's Cookie dough four-pack for the holidays

Cookie Do cookie dough four-pack

If you’re buying this, you’re probably not the parents — you’re probably the coolest aunt, uncle, grandparent or godparent around.

$50, shipped by Goldbelly

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Appaman leather bomber jacket

Boys leather bomber jacket

This Appaman jacket is a perennial tween gift favorite and holds up through hand-me-downs.

$102, Appaman

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Klutz LEGO make your own movie kit

Klutz LEGO make your own movie kit

Add onto the LEGOs he already owns and…we bet that can be one long movie. 

$20 on sale, Amazon

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): MoMA-Uniqlo Jean-Michele Basquiat gold dino tee

$14.90, MoMA store with discounts for members

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Handmade Swurfer backyard swing

Handmade Swurfer backyard swing

Great for tweens, teens, and teen-at-heart adults

$129.99, Swurfer

Use code COOL for 15% off site wide

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Illustory book-making kit for kids

Lulu Jr. Illustory Book Making Kit

For the next Shakespeare, or the next David Sedaris. Either way.

$29.99, Amazon

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Penn and Teller Fool Everyone Magic Kit

Penn and Teller Fool Everyone Magic Kit

For tweens who promise not to give away the secrets. Unless they’re on TV, getting paid to give away the secrets. 

$39.99, Amazon or local toy shops

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): Star Wars Otterbox protective phone cases

Star Wars Otterbox Phone Case

Extra protection for their phones from dark forces. Like gravity. 

$22 and up, Otterbox

Cool gifts for tween boys (and girls): NBA mini rocker speaker chair from PB Teen

$199, PB Teen

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