Buying for a 12-year-old boy can be…tricky to say the least. Most boys this age are wishing they were older and are balancing that fine line between young boy and teenage years. Being that their interests can range so greatly requires more effort on our part to provide the perfect gift that is both age and personality appropriate. This list includes some awesome ideas that will make the gift buying experience much less complex.
Okay although we don’t want our kids having too much screen time, there’s plenty to do on these besides watching videos. They come with kid friendly cases in a few colors for longevity. They can read, play games, watch videos, all the stuff that the other versions boast. You can easily set parental controls as far as time and content, which leads to worry free enjoyment for you both when relaxation is the goal.
Hover Boards are all super fun and keep both kids and adults on the move, both indoors and outdoors. What’s nice about this one specifically is it’s built in safety futures. It has two riding modes for the beginner and the experienced. It also has the ability to balance on its own and adjust to the surface its on. This means your boy can focus more on fun and the ride itself rather than the technicalities that other boards might require.
For a very affordable price you can grab one of these gadgets and create unique and fun to do art pieces. Nothing special is required to use this product, and kids interested in the arts or science will think it’s pretty neat. This really gets the imagination working and can inspire young boys while providing a therapeutic aspect as well.
Hoop star in the family? Grab this Arcade game that is sure to bring out a little friendly competition among friends and family. This game offers 10 different settings to switch it up and is nearly 100% accurate in it’s calculating of points. Another bonus is that the legs adjust so that it will not only adjust to the room that you decide to place it in, but also the height of the kid playing with it.
Some boys have been watching Dad hunt for years are probably ready to get in the woods themselves. Even if they aren’t interested in hunting specifically, archery is a sport that they may have already expressed an interest in it. This set is great for the beginner, has a variety of colors available, and features a doable 15-25 lb draw weight. It’s an affordable option for the beginner prior to learning the ropes and splurging on something more intense.
Nintendo’s 7th major video game console is also it’s fastest selling of all time. It’s a hybrid console that can connect to TV screens or be taken on the go in portable mode. Twelve-year-old boys will love the Legend of Zelda: Breathe of The Wild, the popular adventure game that IGN called a “remarkable achievement.”
If you have a future Picasso on your hands, this set will be a hit. Its wood case provides organization and maturity in comparison to the art kits they’ve received prior. It gives the option of oil pastels, colored pencils, mixing trays, sketch books and more. Give him an outlet to really focus in and explore all the benefits of creating beautiful art pieces.
Since Amazon has nearly EVERYTHING these days, gift cards are a no brainer. Sometimes kids can be really picky. It’s fun for boys to be able to browse and personally pick out what it is they want. Regardless of interests, or if you are truly unsure of interests, then Amazon will not fail you. Another bonus of gifts cards, it’s a way to avoid duplicate gifts. This way whatever he didn’t get, he can still go ahead and grab. Now you’re the hero.
Drones are super popular right now. This one in specific is a double edge sword. Not only can this one fly in the sky, it can also race on the ground. It’ll keep kids outdoors and away from screens for hours. Great for beginners because whichever way the user holds the remote control, will be the direction the drone is heading. It flips, rolls and has neat LED Lights as well. Cool!
Awesome all-around skateboard appropriate for beginners and advanced users alike. Available in a variety of color choices for whatever your dude prefers. Since it is so lightweight it’s easy to take along to a park, friend’s house, or wherever they may be headed. It’s also said to be an extremely smooth ride and can be quick if speed is a priority.
So, you want to give the gift of drums, but maybe not the whole set up and space taker? This drum set gives all the options for music making but takes up a quarter of the amount of space. Kids can play, create and record all sorts of sweet sounds. This set also has the option to connect to other devices including headphones which means he can jam, even when you don’t want to.
The boy that has an interest in robotics will adore this choice. This guy will entertain for hours by not only challenging him, but by providing a sense of companionship as well. Boys can learn to code, and the robot can grow along with the child as his interests expand. Although slightly expensive, it’s an investment that can last a large amount of time. Adults (you the parent!) can have fun here as well.
All seven books by J.K Rowling come together so Harry Potter fans can read and reread the series from start to finish. It’s a great gift idea even for boys that have yet to read the series but love to read. If they aren’t currently a book worm, the wild ride of witches and wizards might just turn them into one. Encouraging reading is never a bad way to go.
Exercise, Outdoors and Adventure? Triple check. Your 12-year-old is probably ready to upgrade his smaller bike and jump on a new mountain bike to hit the streets with. This one has what it needs to provide a smooth ride, reliable and swift gear changes and is lightweight enough to make traveling with an easy task. It also possesses awesome stopping abilities when needed at the last second.
This classic game never gets old. It will entertain your guy and his friends every time your house is the place to chill. You can also use it to spend time with the young man and have a blast with it yourself. If you have space for it, there isn’t much else to say about it. The game speaks for itself, hockey fan or not!
If the 12-year-old boy in your life has a passion for music, why not give him a beginner guitar to learn to make some of his own? This guitar is perfect for the newbie. It comes in several different colors to match his personality, and make it feel like his own. It’s on the smaller side allowing the boy to feel comfortable and in control of his new instrument. You can also find accessories to add on if you’d like to load them up with guitar goodies.
A nice pair of headphones are something that will no doubt be used with kids in this generation. He can use it with his tablet, android or iPhone device. No tangled, broken cords will be holding him back. Also, you can look out for his safety because these ones are Volume Limiting and will not go higher than recommended and damage his young ears. They fold up nicely, so he can take them in the car, in his backpack, wherever he needs to go.
If science is his thing, this kit will be both educational and FUN! By simply getting into the kitchen, and grabbing some household ingredients, he can really start to experiment. On the other hand, even if he isn’t into chemistry, it could be a great way to open his mind about it and get him excited about the topic in general. The equipment in this kit is one of the best, and not low quality like some of the others. If he’s into it, the brand offers additional and more advanced kits to build on.
If he already has a PlayStation 4 system, then consider this awesome add on. Virtual Reality is just plain cool. This headset plugs into their current system to let them experience gaming in a whole new way. It boasts impressive sound quality which ties both the visual and nonvisual experience together seamlessly.
The Baseball player in your life will love to have this machine in their back yard. Regardless of if it’s all for fun, or if their training for tryouts it’s sure to keep them busy and playing outdoors. This machine has different settings which allow for different speeds. You can also practice catching fly balls or grounders as if you’re live and in a real game.