Best Gift Ideas for Boys (2021)

Oh boy! This gift guide for boys is full of toys, games and more the little fellas in your life will love. ( … And things you won’t hate having around your house either. 😉 )

These gift ideas have been sourced with the help of the boys in my life. (Hi nephew!) Let me tell you, I got quite the education on what a BeyBlade, Bakagun and more were in my research.

And as a note, many of the items below are also included in my gift guide for girls. These aren’t gender specific, just ideas I’ve heard from boys in my life!

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36 of the Best Gift Ideas for Boys

36 of the Best Gift Ideas for Boys

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36 of the Best Gift Ideas for Boys

1. Razor A Kick Scooter // 2. Yoga Mat // 3. Ice Cool Board Game // 4. Walkie Talkies // 5. STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys // 6. Dinosaur Tea Party // 7. Remote Control Car // 8. PlasmaCar // 9. Kinetic Sand // 10. Slime Kit // 11. Magna-Tiles // 12. Mini Golf // 13. Bakugan Action Figures // 14. Blokus // 15. Star War 5 Minute Stories // 16. Lap Desk // 17. NightBall Football // 18. Apple AirPods, Apple // 19. Airpods Case, Amazon // 20. Cardboard Castle // 21. Hoverboard // 22. Nerf Elite Digital Target // 23. Animal Encyclopedia // 24. Jurassic World Velociraptor Chomp ‘N Roar Mask // 25. NFL Team Hoodie Sweatshirt // 26. Binoculars // 27. BeyBlade Set // 28. LEGO Super Mario Adventures Starter Course // 29. LEGO Technic Dragster // 30. Pokémon Trading Card Game // 31. Pokemon Carry Case Playset // 32. Soccer Ball // 33. Nerf N Strike Elite Strongarm Toy, Nerf // 34. Marvel Avengers Action Figures // 35. Mini Stunt Drone // 36. Handheld Games

1. For the Speedster: Razor A Kick Scooter

If your boy doesn’t have a scooter, trust me when I say you gotta get him one. Kids will use this well into late elementary and even early middle school. If your neighborhood is anything like ours, there’s always groups of kids scootering around on these!

Razor Scooter

Razor Scooter

  • Includes rear fender brake and folding mechanism designs
  • This razor scooter has adjustable handlebars to fit young riders of all sizes
  • Folding mechanism for easier storage and transportation

2. For the Flexible One: Yoga Mat

Yoga is great for kids of all ages. It helps them get out energy, builds muscles and calms their minds. Get them their own mat so you can do yoga together!

Yoga mat

Yoga Mat

  • 24″ x 60″
  • 13 pattern options
  • Non-slip texture
  • Non-toxic and 6P free

3. For the (Board) Gamer: Ice Cool Board Game

This board game is different from any game you have ever played. Kids love flicking the penguin through the different doorways while trying to get fish! Get the whole gang involved; this is a game the entire family will enjoy playing.

Ice cool

Ice Cool Board Game

  • First flicking board game with pieces that curve and jump
  • 3D box-in-a-box concept
  • Everybody loves it, from kids (6+) to adults
  • Theme of penguins running through a school and trying to get fish

4. For the One on a Mission: Walkie Talkies

Whether they’re just in different rooms of the house or camping in the woods, kids of all ages get a kick out of walkie talkies. This pair can connect up to 3 miles apart!

Walkie Talkies

Walkie Talkies

  • 3-mile limit in open field
  • 0.5-mile to 1-mile limit in residential area
  • 22 channels
  • Built-in flashlight

5. For the Engineer: STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys 

For the little engineers on your list, go straight for STEM toys. I love that you can build 12 different kinds of robots from this one kit, so your son, nephew or whoever you’re buying for will never get bored!

STEM Solar Robot Toys

Solar Robot Toys

  • Build 12 different types of robots
  • Powered by the sun – no batteries needed!
  • Great for developing manual dexterity, problem solving skills and STEM knowledge

6. For the One Who Can’t Get Enough Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Tea Party

If you have a kid who loves dinosaurs, games and funny pictures, this will be right up their alley. It’s Guess Who but with fancy dinosaurs. The drawings are beautiful and detailed, and it builds their deductive reasoning!

The company recommends it for ages 7 and up, but younger kids can play it too if you adjust some of the rules!

Dinosaur Tea Party

Dinosaur Tea Party

  • 3 to 5 players
  • 20 dinosaur characters
  • 20-30 minutes
  • Ages 7+

7. For the One Who Likes to Go Fast: Remote Control Car

Can’t get around it: boys (almost always) love remote control cars, no matter their age. (Drones, anyone?) This car works both indoors and outdoors, perfect no matter the season.

Remote control car

Remote Control Car

  • Double sides running, moving forward, backward, turning left, right and doing 360 degree tumbling flips
  • Comes with two motors and LED lights
  • Great for both indoor and outdoor play
  • High speed!

8. For the Easy Rider: PlasmaCar

No batteries and easy enough for preschoolers to scoot around on? A total winner in my book. Bonus: It holds up to 220 pounds so even adults can give it a try.

Plasma car

PlasmaCar

  • No batteries, gears or pedals
  • Max weight: 220 lbs
  • Ages 3+
  • Can reach speeds up to 6 mph

9. For the Summer Lover: Kinetic Sand

Sand castles…without the beach. Kinetic sand is such a fun gift, both for creative kiddos and for their parents who enjoy an easy clean-up.

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic Sand

  • Magic sand that sticks to itself and not you
  • Larger grains of sand feels like wet beach sand
  • Non toxic

10. For the One Who Likes Messy Hands: Slime Kit

Be the cool mom, and allow the slime in your house (or the favorite aunt/uncle/grandparent, and don’t ask permission)! This kit comes with 50 items, including 18 different colored slimes. 

Slime kit

Slime Kit

  • 18 slimes
  • 12 types of glitter
  • 6 bags of foam balls
  • Glow-in-the-dark powder

11. For the Architect: Magna-Tiles

My nephew loves to play with Magna-Tiles at the local library on a light table, which make the magna tiles glow! Consider this as a family gift, as it’s perfect for all ages, from toddler to elementary-age.

Magna tiles

Magna-Tiles

  • Each piece of tile is designed to look like stained glass
  • Build 2D or 3D structures
  • Great for all ages

12. For the Golf Lover: Mini Golf

This mini golf game can be set up in any number of arrangements and played inside or outside, alone or with a group! Perfect for a golf-loving family to practice putting or just a fun activity to set up on a rainy day or for a party.

cosmic mini golf

Cosmic Mini Golf

  • Green felt mat with plastic border
  • 5 obstacles, 5 holes, 5 tee mats
  • 2 LED golf balls
  • 1 steel putter with rubberized head

13. For the Battle Brawlers: Bakugan Action Figures

I just learned about this toy recently, as my nephew promises me that this is his current favorite toy. These fun action figures fold up into little balls and then unfold when tossed on the ground. These figures guarantee hours of fun and fit perfectly in a pocket to bring along on a car ride!

Bakugan action figures

Bakugan Action Figures

  • Ages 6+
  • Includes one Bakugan Ultra, two Bakugan, six BakuCores, three ability cards, three character cards, one Gate-Card, one instruction sheet, one Bakugan toy battling rules sheet

14. For the Strategic Thinker: Blokus

Easy to learn but fun to play over and over, Blokus is a strategy game that kids and parents will both enjoy. This game promotes spacial reasoning and problem-solving — and good old-fashioned competitive spirit!

Blokus

Blokus

  • Age 7+
  • 2-4 players
  • 30 minute play time
  • Game board and 84 game pieces in four colors

15. For the Little Rebel: Star War 5-Minute Stories

Got a Star Wars fan on your hands? Look no further.

Star wars 5 minute stories

Star War 5Minute Stories

  • 11 action packed Star Wars tales
  • Ideal length for reading aloud
  • Feature fun illustrations
  • Durable, padded cover

16. For the One Who Works Best When Comfortable: Lap Desk

You’ve got to get comfortable when doing homework, and after sitting up at a desk all day at school, sitting at a desk at home just isn’t going to do the trick! Give him the option to sit wherever he wants with a lap desk.

If your kid likes drawing, add a sketchpad and nice drawing supplies to sweeten the package!

lap desk

Lap Desk

  • 17″x13.2″
  • Fabric is 100% cotton with reinforced stitching
  • Durable handle
  • Shark design with pop-out felt details

17. For the One With Late Night Energy: NightBall Football

What kid doesn’t feel like they’re getting away with something when they get to play outside after dark? This ball lights up when you throw, kick or bounce it, keeping the fun going all the way till bedtime.

night ball football

NightBall Football

  • LED technology
  • Ages 3 and up
  • 8″ long, 4.5″ diameter
  • Takes LR44 batteries, included

18. For the Musical One: Apple AirPods

For an older, responsible boy on your gift list, consider a set of AirPods so they can listen to their music – which, let’s be honest, may not be your favorite music – in peace.

Apple airpods

Apple AirPods 

  • Automatically on, automatically connected
  • Easy setup for all your Apple devices
  • Quick access to Siri
  • New Apple H1 headphone chip delivers faster wireless connection to your devices

19. For the Musical One Who Loses Things: Airpods Case

If you gift a set of AirPods, it’s in both of your best interests to gift a case too. That way they’ll stay in good condition and *fingers crossed* won’t get lost.

Airpods case

Airpods Case

  • Made of Safe Food Grade silicone,
  • Provide anti-scratch protection against daily wear and tear
  • Stains and dirt can be easily wiped and cleaned

20. For the Best Imaginations: Cardboard Castle

Give him a secret hideout for Christmas! He can draw all over it, hang out inside, and then fold it up when it needs to be out of the way.

Cardboard castle

Cardboard Castle

  • 32″x32″x42.5″
  • Cardboard
  • 5.8 pounds
  • Fold-out doors

21. For the Mover and Shaker: Hoverboard

My nephew loves riding his sister’s hoverboard and has one on his Christmas list this year! This hoverboard has three speeds and the battery will last for miles.

Hoverboard

Hoverboard

  • Front LED lights with LED lights on wheels
  • 6.5″ rubber wheels for smooth ride
  • Self-balancing control system easy for beginners
  • Maximum weight: 260 lbs

22. For the Foam Dart Enthusiast: Nerf Elite Digital Target

Sick of being the recipient of your kids’ Nerf practice? This light-up target will take the heat off you. It lights up and has single or multiplayer games.

Nerf elite digital target

Nerf Elite Digital Target

  • Standalone or wall mount
  • Uses 3 AA batteries, not included
  • Digital score display
  • Ages 8+

23. For the Animal Lover: Animal Encyclopedia

National Geographic has some of the best books around and this animal encyclopedia is one of them! The whole family will love learning about the different animals in this book.

Animal encycopedia

Animal Encyclopedia

  • Features 2,500 species
  • Stunning color photographs
  • Animal facts, maps, and more
  • The most comprehensive animal encyclopedia on the market today

24. For the One Who’s Always Stomping Around: Jurassic World Velociraptor Chomp ‘N Roar Mask

This fancy mask will impress even the most picky dinosaur experts. The eyes move, the mouth opens, and there are three volume levels for scary sound effects!

Jurassic World Velociraptor Chomp 'N Roar Mask

Jurassic World Velociraptor Chomp ‘N Roar Mask

  • 12″ H, 10″ W
  • 3 LR44 batteries included
  • Plastic
  • Realistic details

25. For the Football Fan: NFL Team Hoodie Sweatshirt

A no fail: a hoodie of his favorite sports team. Whether for game day, spirit day or any ol’ day, good luck getting your boy to take this off for laundry day.

NFL team hoodie sweatshirt

NFL Team Hoodie Sweatshirt

  • Officially licensed by the NFL
  • Decorated in team colors and logo
  • Embroidered team primary logo on chest
  • Pouch pocket
  • Premium cotton/polyester blend (70%/30%)

26. For the Adventurer: Binoculars

Every adventurer needs some binoculars! These kid-sized functioning binoculars come in a ton of colors and make every outing a little more fascinating.

Binoculars

Binoculars

  • 13 color options
  • Soft rubber-surrounded eyepieces
  • 8 times magnification
  • Shockproof

27. For the Top Guy: BeyBlade Burst Rise Hypersphere Vertical Drop Battle Set

If you aren’t familiar with BeyBlades, get familiar. They are essentially like fancy metal tops that can “fight” each other in a stadium. Whichever Beyblade stops spinning first loses!

This is another toy that’s new to me. Ny nephew looked at me like I was crazy when I asked him to explain it to me!

BeyBlade Burst Rise Hypersphere Vertical Drop Battle Set

BeyBlade Burst Rise Hypersphere Vertical Drop Battle Set

  • Includes BeyBlade Burst Hypersphere Vertical Drop Beystadium, two right/left-spin launchers and two right-spin tops
  • Consists of three sections specially designed for exciting BeyBlade Burst battles
  • Climb and attack: hypersphere tops have performance tips specially designed to climb the vertical wall of the vertical drop stadium and battle on the brink
  • Compete in digital battles

28. For the Problem Solver: LEGO Super Mario Adventures Starter Course

The perfect combination of video games and LEGOs! This LEGO Super Mario Adventures starter course is like building a video game level and then getting to play it in real life.

LEGO Super Mario Adventures Starter Course

LEGO Super Mario Adventures Starter Course

  • 7 action bricks for different interactions with Mario figure
  • LCD screens on Mario figure give more than 100 reactions
  • 231 pieces
  • Requires 2 AAA batteries, not included

29. For the Master Builder: LEGO Technic Dragster

LEGOS are a classic for a reason. My nephew got one of these LEGO sets that lets you build an actual car and was immediately begging for more. They think they’re playing with cars; you know they’re learning problem solving skills.

LEGO Technic Dragster

LEGO Technic Dragster

  • A two-in-one LEGO set pack
  • Building a Dragster, then rebuild it into a Hot Rod with an exhaust flame
  • Pull back and release to get the cars going and pop in the wheelie bar for Hot Rod tricks

30. For the Pokemon Trainer: Pokémon Trading Card Game: Battle Academy

I may not understand Pokemon, but the boys in your life likely do. These trading cards, great for elementary-age boys, also includes a game board.

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Battle Academy

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Battle Academy

  • Includes three complete Pokémon Trading Card Game decks (60 cards each)
  • Includes one two-player game board
  • Two tutorial guides
  • Contains a code to redeem your new cards in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

31. For the Younger Pokemon Expert: Pokemon Carry Case Playset

If a card game isn’t the right fit for your kid, they can still join in the Pokemon fun with this playset. In this little Pokemon world, there are lots of places to hide, launch, battle, and imagine whatever scenarios you want!

Pokemon Carry Case Playset

Pokemon Carry Case Playset

  • Comes with 2-inch Pikachu
  • Folds into backpack
  • Ages 4+
  • 7 different play features

32. For the Sports Fan: Soccer Ball (or football, baseball, etc.)

For your Energizer Bunny boys, a brand new ball is a must. They get energy out. You get a tired kiddo at the end of the day.

Soccer ball

Soccer Ball

  • For soccer purists, The Traditional is the first choice for the backyard, street or pitch
  • Machine sewn ball with classic black and white panel design
  • Synthetic leather cover for increased durability

33. For the Competitive Boy: Nerf N Strike Elite Strongarm Toy 

Nerf guns, the gift that boys have loved for decades! There’s a reason these have never gone out of style. Consider gifting two Nerf guns at once, because what’s a Nerf gun without a proper Nerf gun fight?

Nerf N Strike Elite Strongarm Toy

Nerf N Strike Elite Strongarm Toy 

  • Fire six darts in a row
  • Rotating six dart barrel that flips open for easy dart loading
  • Slam fire all 6 darts in a rapid blasting wave

34. For the Marvel Obsessed: Marvel Avengers Action Figures

For the ones who marvel at Marvel. This set of eight action figures will ignite imagination play for hours and hours.

Marvel Avengers Action Figures

Marvel Avengers Action Figures

  • Includes eight action figures of Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Daredevil, War Machine, the Incredible Hulk and Falcon
  • 6″ tall action figures
  • Includes character-inspired accessories

35. For the Pilot in Training: Mini Stunt Drone

Even if they’ve outgrown the remote control cars, they’ll still flip over a drone. This little drone does stunts, looks awesome in the dark with its LED lights, and lands gently even if you’re a beginner.

Sharper Image Glow-Up Mini Stunt Drone

Sharper Image Glow-Up Mini Stunt Drone

  • Ages 14+
  • Max speed: 10 mph
  • Max operating range: 150 feet
  • Rechargeable lithium battery in drone; 3 AAA batteries required for remote

36. For the One Who Always Wins: Handheld Games

Entertain for hours with this handheld game, which includes 100 new education (yes, educational!) games. If you have a road trip coming up, consider this the perfect gift to ensure a quiet back seat.

Handheld Games

Handheld Games

  • Built-in 100 new educational games
  • 3.0-inch high-definition display
  • Casing is made of a strong and environmentally friendly plastic
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium battery

And there you go! A gift guide for boys with 36 different gift ideas. I hope you were able to find something new and fun to give to any boy on your list!

Don’t forget to check out all of my other gift guides, like gifts for her (think MIL, sister, wife), him (husband, brother, dad), fair trade, toddlers and more here!

About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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