36 Cool Gifts for 11 Year Old Boys They Will Totally Love

By Laura Fiebert | Updated: September 18, 2023

    Buying gifts for 11-year-old boys could seem impossible. They are not quite a kid but not quite a teen yet, so it can be tough to know what they are really into. We understand the struggle of trying to figure out what to get the tween in your life. Get them something cool they will love – go beyond a typical gift card.

    Jump straight to the gifts

    What are 11-year-old boys into these days?

    Well, it really depends on the kid! Some are about sports, video games, and tech gadgets, while others might prefer books, music, or artsy stuff like drawing or building cool things. Basically, it’s best to get to know the boy you’re shopping for and find out what he’s into. But as a general rule, gifts that let him be creative, learn something new or get moving and active can be awesome choices for this age range.

    What are some great gift ideas for 11-year-old boys?

    Some boys are into STEM toys, while others are into gaming and some more into sports. As they get old they are getting into more grown-up tech products. So we found all types of great gift ideas, no matter what he’s into (this week). Some examples might include a new video game, a musical instrument, a science kit, a skateboard, or a cool piece of tech. Ultimately, the best gift is one that is tailored to the individual and shows that you understand and support their passions.

    So whether you are looking for a birthday gift or a Christmas gift, we have the best gifts for 11-year-old boys in our gift guide, filled with all types of fun games, gadgets, and toys that are just the right amount of cool.

  1. Gaming Chair
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    If he is sitting in front of a gaming system, he will love this chair. So kick back in this comfy chair before you press ‘play.’ Compatible with your favorite hand-held and desktop electronic devices, this rocking chair with built-in speakers is necessary for gaming parties, movie viewing, and more.

  3. Jet Heels
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    Give your plain old sneakers a big boost by strapping on these Razor® Jetts™ adjustable skates! They provide ultra-cool sparking action, and the spark pads are a cinch to remove and replace. They also feature a heavy-duty polymer quick-click frame, while a hook-and-loop strap promises the perfect fit.

  5. Coding Robot


    This little robot is so much more than a toy! He’s a fun way for kids to learn coding. They design the code, and Artie 3000 draws the lines. Pre-programmed designs make it easy for beginners to get started coding right away. 

  7. Telescope
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    Point. Look. We love recommending this telescope for kids because it is a snap to put together and use. It’s excellent for looking at the Moon; you’ll get a good look at the prominent craters and features of the lunar surface. You can add a lunar map to help identify specific locations. With Jupiter, you should be able to pick up at least 4 of the main Jovian moons and possibly more. Rings of Saturn should be visible, as well as binary stars (like the one in the Big Dipper) and star clusters.

  9. Minecraft Lego Set
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    Minecraft fans will love mining, crafting, and challenging themselves to create an iron golem with The Iron Golem. This set inspires hands-on Minecraft adventures like smelting iron ingots in the furnace, crafting iron blocks on the crafting table, and creating an iron golem to spring as a surprise on a roaming zombie. This set makes a great addition to a LEGO Minecraft collection or an excellent reward for your Minecraft fan.

  11. Money Bank
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    This money bank for kids is more fun than regular piggy banks and, most importantly, teaches him the importance of money-saving. So, put a couple of bucks in to get him started!

  13. Nintendo Switch
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    You will be on his favorite list if you get him to list one. Nintendo Switch Lite is a compact, lightweight addition to the Nintendo Switch family with integrated controls. It’s great for gamers with many opportunities to play alone and anyone who wants to play online or local wireless multiplayer with friends or family who already own a flagship Nintendo Switch console.

  15. Kan Jam
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    Kanjam is the perfect game to play with his buddies or your family in the backyard. An excellent match for all ages. Easy to pack and even easier to set up. Great for camping and tailgating. This best-seller includes two portable official goals, a custom-designed official kan jam flying disc, and instructions on playing—made to last with top-quality, durable, lightweight, and weather-proof materials. 

  17. Metal Detector
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    This is a unique gift for a young treasure hunter. The educational gift is perfect for 11-year-old boys. It can be used in the park, the beach, and on any terrain. This premium treasure seeker can easily help your kid find gold, silver, brass, aluminum, iron, and steel.

  19. Portable Table Tennis Set
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    This Table Tennis To Go is the perfect combination of sporty and versatile. This unique design instantly turns any standard table measuring up to 6 feet in length into the ultimate ping pong arena.

  21. Capture The Flag
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    Cut his screen time and get him outside. Play Capture the Flag in the Dark using futuristic glow-in-the-dark lights—an exciting nighttime activity — without TVs, computers, or tablets. Physical exercise becomes part of the fun as players run, hide, and chase each other to win! If you’re looking for an excellent gift idea, a game for parties, or just a fun activity — this is an exciting alternative to laser tag, flashlight tag, light-up LED balls, lawn games, or even airsoft or paintball. It’s a gift any teen boy would love.

  23. Bike Lights
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    Light up your wheels with these fun LED lights for your bike. Activ Lites are one of the coolest gifts for boys and girls, men and women of all ages! They provide excellent safety in low light conditions, but they show off your unique style and fun! Choose from six popular color options— white, blue, green, pink, red, and multi-color. He will love cruising around town with the most superb bike around!

  25. Marble Run Stem Toy
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    STEM toys encourage kids to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math; they’re fun for the whole family! For example, this gravity maze game has 60 challenges to develop critical skills as she plays through challenges that build spatial reasoning and planning skills. 

  27. Beginners Guitar
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    The Steel String Acoustic Guitar has a loud, bright, ringing tone that projects to the listener. This type of guitar is the backbone of most country and bluegrass bands. It’s perfect for backing a singer, and its stylistic palette encompasses everything from New Age and Country Blues to hot Bluegrass flat picking, jazz fusion, and ‘unplugged’ rock. It’s a super fun gift for music lovers.

  29. Snap Circuits
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    Give your child an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100. This innovative electronics discovery kit contains over 30 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Recommended for children eight and older, this set offers 101 do-it-yourself projects to give your child an entertaining, concrete education on electronics.

  31. Wood Building Set
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    Imagine it, then build it! Kids create project after project using smooth pine pieces in various shapes. We’ve also included a lightweight hammer, nails, a guide with instructions for multiple projects, and more—all in a handy 7 3/4″ x 12″ box. This building set includes a total of over 80 pieces.

  33. Nerdy Tee Shirt
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    His classmates, especially his math teacher, got a kick out of this unique tee! So if you have a real little Math genius on your hands, who is about to celebrate his 11th birthday, why not have them wear this awesome Math 11th Birthday Shirt to their party? He will look super cool in his/her Square Root Of 121 T-shirt, the ultimate 11-Year-Old Tee, perfect for kids who adore Math. Made of lightweight with a classic fit. 

  35. STEM Remote Control Building Set
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    This is a great DIY birthday gift for a budding engineer. This kit lets nine-year-old boys build a tracked, remote control car, tank, and robot. 

  37. Kids Against Maturatiy Card Game
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    Kids Against Maturity combines the tried and tested fill-in-the-blank game-play, a perfectly enjoyable, hilarious way to bring your family together. The card game set includes 600 question-and-answer cards and a handy box to store it all. It’s portable and a take-anywhere size game. Become an instant champion while camping, sleepovers, game nights, family gatherings, summer camp, plane trips, and more!

  39. Skate Board
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    The Merkapa 31 inches pro skateboard is designed and shaped for getting air and performing tricks. There’s nothing quite like a weekend spent at the skate park, and whether you’re still in that mode or harking back to your youth, the skateboard is perfect for cultivating your passion. A skateboard is a perfect gift for tween boys.

  41. Magic Set
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    This set is designed to give him a successful first journey into the world of magic. With this 12 piece set, you can do 350 tricks! Beginners will be able to perform the tricks contained in the kit right from the start. Very detailed and easy-to-understand instructions are provided in the companion magic guide. It also includes a “secret magic club” code inside the box for access to our personal website, so even first-time magicians will be able to persuade audiences of their magical abilities with minimal practice.

  43. Over the Door Basketball Hoop
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    Get them away from the video games and outside into the actual games. This NBA Slam Jam is made at a 1/4″ scale replica of the authentic NBA game backboard, keeping the proportions the same as the professional level backboards, and the design features a color NBA Logoman. With this set, he can get as close as possible to the real NBA experience without having to leave his room.

  45. Moving Mechanical Safe Kit
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    We Googled “parts of a safe” to research this design, and the FBI visited us. Once we talked out of that, we found that this amazingly engineered building kit forms a fully functional, three-digit combination safe. Before you crack it, you have to build it: assemble 179 laser-cut, numbered Baltic birch parts to create a desktop secure to hold small essentials or diminutive dossiers. The customizable combination will keep aspiring safecrackers guessing. No hatchets or hand saw shortcuts, please. The all-wood kit requires no glue or hardware.

  47. Dart Board
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    All the fun of darts, but with magnets enclosed safely inside that are powerful holding darts in place but won’t harm walls (or hurt children), Great for all ages and skill levels. Learn the game of darts, play alone, with a friend or the family, in a safe way that’s safe for the house. Improve coordination & encourage sportsmanship—a fun way to spend a family game night.

  49. Crystal Growing Science Kit For Kids
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    This is not magic. This is science! This fun and educational crystal growing kit is for kids and adults who like chemical experiments. So if you want to feel like a scientist and create your very own crystal rock collection, these are the crystal growing supplies you need! 

  51. Book of Pranks
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    Written by longtime Nickelodeon Magazine editor-in-chief Julie Winterbottom, Pranklopedia is a complete prank encyclopedia. It includes over 70 pranks, step-by-step directions, a full-color, sixteen-page insert of supplementary materials, including a “tasty” soup can label, a “winning” lottery ticket, and recipes for such essential prank-stuff as fake snot, fake vomit, fake ice cream. It also includes tips on pulling an intelligent prank, profiles of famous jokes, and even a trick woven right into the book-spot of fraudulent entries in the Prankster Hall of Fame. Pair it with a brain teaser book for a great gift.

  53. Scratch off Movie Poster
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    Don’t want to get him another toy gift? From Casablanca to Jaws, you’ve already seen some of the classics and blockbusters. Grab the popcorn and take a deeper dive into movie magic with this poster that invites you to screen 100 iconic films. As you do, use a coin to scratch off each title and reveal surprise, movie-related artwork underneath. It’s an interactive way to enjoy essential viewing for any film buff. It is made in the UK, which gave us Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ridley Scott.

  55. Blast Off Duvet
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    Reach for the stars in your very own spaceship! Let your little one live an astronaut’s dream as bedtime blasts them off from home into the zero-gravity adventures of space. Even the stars aren’t the limit with this duvet cover and pillowcase set. Made with 100% natural, high-quality cotton, this super-soft printed duvet cover makes every dream sweeter. Sleeping once bedtime has never been easier, comfier, or more fun.

  57. Handbook of Codes
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    Pssst! Do you know the difference between a code and a cipher? Can you tell a St. Cyr slide from a Cardano grille? Did you know that the discovery of a substitution cipher caused Mary Queen of Scots to lose her head? Don’t look now, but packed into this practical field guide is everything a young person needs to know about the art of concealment – making and breaking codes, mastering cipher systems, and experimenting with secret writing. 

  59. Settlers of Catan
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    Picture yourself in the era of discoveries: After a long voyage of significant deprivation, your ships have finally reached the coast of an uncharted island. Its name shall be Catan! But you are not the only discoverer. Other fearless seafarers have also landed on the shores of Catan: The race to settle the island has begun! Board games have made the best gifts ideas for years, and this classic game he will love.

  61. Star Wars Imperial Death Trooper Deluxe Blaster
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    This is just as cool as it sounds. Launch into galactic adventures like an elite stormtrooper with this pump-action blaster that fires glow in the dark darts. This NERF gun features GlowStrike technology that creates glowing light effects and charges the darts to make them glow when fired. Fire 3 darts in a row with pump-action blasting accompanied by electronic laser blast sound effects.

  63. Star Wars Rebel Classic Tee
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    This fantastic Star Wars Rebel Classic Graphic T-shirt makes a great gift for that teenage Star Wars fan in your life! Graphic tees are all the rage right now, and a classic retro Star Wars t-shirt will quickly become his favorite shirt! It’s available in four colors and sizes, small-5XL making it a fun stocking stuffer this holiday season!!

  65. Headphones
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    The all-new Harry Potter Headphones are here! Listen to whatever you like by plugging in your audio device. Enjoy quality sound from the makers of iHome and enter into a world of your own. These Harry Potter headphones offer a sleek and contemporary design perfect for anyone. Get a phone call while listening? Not a problem, the built-in microphone allows for answering and ending calls with ease. The adjustable headband and padded cushions ensure a comfortable and custom fit. These will make the perfect gift or birthday present for any Harry Potter or music fan.

  67. National Geographic Chemistry Science Kit
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    Your kids will have hours of fun as they explore the fizzy and bubbly reactions they create, just like a real scientist in a lab! Build and erupt a volcano, create a geyser, launch a rocket, and cause some awesome chemical reactions! Each experiment is easy to conduct and a lot of fun for the whole family! The experiment guide in this kit has kid-friendly instructions with illustrations for each step and fascinating insight into the chemical reactions. Learning toys are
    the best toys.

  69. Razor Scooter
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    Razor is the hot scooter brand. This model has a rear fender brake, folds up for easy portability, and holds up to 143 pounds. he front wheel is equipped with shock-absorbing suspension to help smooth out your ride. The aircraft-grade aluminum construction includes folding handlebars, rear fender brake, and a wheelie bar for tricks.

  71. Marvel Infinity Gauntlet Oven Glove 
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    Handle hot pots like an Avenger with the power of the Infinity Stones. The oven glove is just like the iconic gauntlet worn by Thanos except this one’s made from flexible, heat-resistant silicone. Perfect for the Marvel fan who likes to bake.