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The All Time Best Best Screen Free Gifts for Boys!

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It was high time I put all our tried and true and very best screen-free gifts for boys all in one place! These are items we have loved and used for years and years, or new items we have discovered and can’t wait to tell you about. There are ideas for every age, from toddler to teen. On this list you will you will find all the classics plus our new favorites that will keep your boys building, moving, playing and creating.

I have organized them by “types” of boys, but these are gifts just about any type of boy would love…lots of cross over here and great options to introduce them to something new! Each item is linked by title for quick and easy shopping. If you have any other suggestions, please add them in the comments for all of us to use!

If you are looking for Stocking Stuffers for Boys, click HERE. If you want gifts for women, click HERE or if you need great gifts for men, click HERE. Otherwise, read on! Lots of great items to choose from!

FOR THE BUILDERS

If you have a son who loves to build, these would make great gifts for him this year!

Magnetic Wooden Building Blocks

I wish I would have had these when all my boys were toddlers! These wooden blocks are magnetic which allows for lots of creative fun and great building time. Easy to bring along anywhere, this is an absolute winner of a gift. (sets between $30-$100)

Brackitz

You guys! These are the coolest new building toy! A bit like LEGOs but bigger and they create the coolest inventions. We just gave them a try and my kids of all ages love them. They also lend themselves to a ton of free play. Sets are anywhere from $20-$100. Try these for your building lovers.

Magnatiles

These magnetic tiles are a parent and child favorite…easy to use, easy to build, endless creativity. and quick clean up. Wonderful for all ages ($30-$100).

Picasso Tiles

These tiles are similar to Magnatiles, but they are significantly cheaper. If you have been wanting to give them a try but can’t take the plunge, this is a less expensive option. ($50)

SQUIGZ

These fun little suction cup builders are great for every age and every surface. Use them in the bathtub, in the car, on the airplane…anywhere. Easy to keep track of and use, these will quickly become a building staple in your home ($25-$50).

Alphabots

These little Alphabots are so much fun for learning and play. They transform from letters you can use for education to little robots that are awesome for interactive time. ($30)

Marble Run

This incredibly sturdy, wooden marble run provides hours of entertainment as kids create their own marble tracks, race them, then rebuild something new. A great toy you can keep and use forever ($120).

Lego Sets

There is not a more classic or loved toy for the builder in your life than LEGOS! So many options from easy to hard and cheap to incredibly pricey. If your kids are anything like mine, the best sets give them something to play with after it is built. We like this set because it isn’t too expensive but builds a car, motorcycle and comes with three guys. That is a winning set in our book. ($32)

                             
Do you have a son who loves video games, electronics, science or figuring out how things work? If so, Snap Circuits are an incredible toy he will absolutely enjoy. In one little box you can build over 300 designs including a doorbell, burglar alarm, and a radio…no tools required. Your kids will be having so much fun, they will hardly realize they are learning in the process. This makes a great family gift too! Learning about electricity and building has never been so easy and exciting! ($40-$140)

OWI 14 in 1 Solar Robot

If you are ready to take building to the next level, this solar powered robot is just right for you. With 14 different options, there is something for the new builder and the advanced builder alike. A great family activity ($25)!

ZOOB Builders

These building balls and joints allow your little engineer to build something they can play with and move after the building is over. Great for young and older kids alike ($20-$100)

Metal Earth Scorpion Laser Cut Model

If you have a teenager who still loves to build and doesn’t mind a challenge, this is a great gift or stocking stuffer! He will love spending quiet hours putting together this intricate scorpion, no glue required ($7).

Tool Set

Real tools are just the coolest. My boys have loved having their own tool sets and we love having a few extra things handy. ($21)

FOR THE SCIENCE LOVERS

Do you have a budding Einstein on your hands? If so, check out these gifts that will keep his mind working!

Microscope

This entry level microscope has a high powered duo lens that allows kids their first real entry into science. It comes with lots of accessories and slides to look at and creates an awesome, curious past time for your little and not so little learners ($27).

Crayola Color Chemistry Set

This chemistry set is so much fun because it is all about color! The kit has everything you need for 15 experiments and then instructions for 50 more. Great for your budding scientist and perfect for that week between Christmas and New Year’s. Makes a great family gift too! ($25)

Break Open Your Own Geodes

There is just something about boys and rocks, they are the perfect pair. This box of geodes would be a great Christmas gift on its own, or open the box, include instructions and win for the coolest stocking stuffer of the year. ($15)

Catapult

Why not learn about science through a little destruction? Nothing a boy enjoys more. This catapult is sturdy and provides endless hours of fun and opportunities for imagination at all ages ($20).

Tinker Crates

We are huge fans of Tinker Crates at our house. They allow me to be the creative, scientific mom I have always wanted to be without all the prep and work. These science boxes are absolutely amazing for boys ages 9 and up. The instructions are thorough and the product is superb. You can subscribe and get them on a regular delivery or purchase one box at a time. Love these at our house ($15-$30 per box).

FOR THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST

Is there anything better than watching a boy appreciate and enjoy nature? If you have one who can’t wait to get outdoors, these gift options will be perfect for him!

                                                    
What little boy hasn’t dreamed of shooting a bow and arrow? This is one of our all time favorite gifts! The bow is great quality and perfect for little and big archers. Works great for kids 6 and older and even adults have a fun time with it. Make sure you order the extra arrows as they seem to disappear quickly! This gift can be used when the weather is nice out or also works great in the snow. (Bow set $23 and target $39)

Slackline Kit

Adults and kids of all ages will love adding this slackline kit to their outdoor fun. Perfect for an easy afternoon, a weekend camping or exciting as a balance challenge trainer, this outdoor toy will be used time and time again ($50).

Hammock

Hammocking is all the rage, and these easy to use, store, and hang hammocks are the perfect gift for an outdoor loving teen (or kid, or dad). Hammocks are the perfect place to camp, sleep, read and relax. If you have two trees, you can have your own personal space, and this hammock is a great one ($50). We have tried multiple brands and this Nature’s Hang Out is by far our favorite! Sturdy, comfy, extra long straps and easy to use. Worth the money for sure.

Kid’s Kayak

You will never regret the purchase of one of these Kid’s Kayaks. They are so easy to paddle, store and transport, and perfect for kids who love to be on the water. They hold up to 130 pounds or you can go one size up for 150 pounds, and are a great addition to any beach or lake day. Such a fun Christmas surprise ($100).

FOR THE ATHLETES

Most boys love nothing more than a good, physical game, and these gifts will keep them playing all year long.

SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop 

Do not waste your time with other over the door basketball hoops! Buy this one and you won’t ever need another. The backboard is strong and shatterproof and the hoop has a breakaway steel rim for slam dunks. Any age kid (or adult:) can play on this and will love it. It can be mounted on the wall of a playroom or bedroom or can hang over a door. We have moved it around to the back of a chair for the baby to play on or on our highest door frame for the big boys. It will be loved forever. If you buy it, definitely grab the extra balls! ($30)

RAMGOAL Adjustable Height, Breakaway Mini Hoop

This is not your average over the door basketball hoop. This adjustable, break away mini hoop is wall mounted and perfect for creating an amazing athletic play space in your home. It can be dunked on by even the biggest teenage boys. Be prepared for hours of shooting and dunking and non-stop activity. Great for a basement, game room, or even a bedroom. Sturdier than you can imagine! ($150).

Football Gloves

Slide these gloves on and immediately feel like a pro. Perfect for any size football player ($20).

Flag Football Set

Make backyard football safe and fun with this durable flag football set ($20). A family or group gift hit.

Pickleball Equipment

Has your family given pickleball a try? It is the greatest game for the entire family to get in to…a mix of tennis and ping pong and just good fun all around. Grab the paddlesballs, and net and you can play just about anywhere!

Putting Green

Do you have a little golfer in your home who can’t wait for his next tee time? This putting green just might help shorten the winter months and keep his shot on par. Great for kids and adults alike ($40).

Spikeball

Spikeball is the perfect indoor/outdoor game. This portable, easy to play ball game will keep your kids occupied all year long while doing something that is crazy fun for the entire family. Great as a lawn or beach game or played in the basement during cold weather ($60). Best for kids 10 and older.

Mini Double Shot/Hockey/Soccer Goal

If you have a smaller space or younger kids who love playing sports but don’t have a ton of room, this 3-1 game is a great idea! It folds up for easy storage but gives lots of options for indoor play. Would be best for kids who are 10 and under! This is a Christmas show stopper. ($90)

Kan Jam

A bit like a fast paced ultimate frisbee for four, this fun and portable game is great for the backyard or  beach. This game is easy to play, portable, and keeps the whole family active.  We have LOVED ours! A great idea for a family who loves to be on the go ($40). Best for ages 8 and up.

Fitness Jump Rope

One of the best ways to get in shape is jumping rope, and if you are young enough, you might think it is fun too! This gift works for all ages but especially great for boys wanting to stay in shape! ($10)

Pull Up Bar

As kids get older, Christmas gifts become harder and harder. This Pull Up bar fits on a door frame and is a great idea for a teenage boy who is looking to improve his strength! ($27)

Bocce Ball

Bocce ball has been a long time favorite around here because is the perfect outdoor game for little and big ones alike. I love that you don’t need superior athletic ability to be a contender in this game. Fun for all ages! ($35) If you prefer using soft Bocce Balls with younger kids, you can find that set HERE

Bow Net

If you have a soccer player in your family, these Bow Nets are incredible. Easy to set up quickly without tools, and it comes in multiple sizes for sturdy, portable soccer goals. Each goal fits into a small bag for simple carrying and storage too, so perfect if you play in community spaces. Depending on size cost is from ($100-$160), but well worth it.

Battlechip Backyard Golf

This is the coolest new backyard game! A little bit of golf, a little big of cornhole and tons of fun for the whole family. If you are looking for a great group gift, this one would be perfect! $40

Soccer Goal 

If you would prefer goals that stay up year round, we have loved these Forza Soccer goals. Easy to assemble and lightweight, they have had lots of playtime in our backyard! (comes in multiple sizes $40-$160)

Soccer Trainer

Rounding out our soccer ideas, is this awesome soccer trainer. It is a great way for your soccer lovers to work on ball skills without a teammate. We have really enjoyed ours. ($13)

The mug with a hoop/goal/goal post/glove

Do you have a child who never wants sports to stop?  This is a great little gift! Keep the game going all day long with lots of different sport themes to choose from ($24).

FOR THE ARTISTS

Do you have a budding Picasso in your home? Try these great gifts that will keep the creative juices flowing.

Paint by Sticker Book

This is the coolest new art discovery. Instead of color or paint by number, you paint by sticker and create really awesome animals in the process. This would be amazing for church, car rides, airplanes, waiting rooms or any spot where you need a little peace and quiet. Great stocking stuffer too. Works best for someone 5 and up ($10).

String Art

If you have a little art lover, this string art is a fun way to mix things up! ($18)

Loop De Doo

Girls aren’t the only ones who like making friendship bracelets and this Loop De Doo makes it really simple to create cool, twisted jewelry with plenty of boy colors! $23-$30

Hey Clay

If you have a little sculptor on your hands, Hey Cley is a great way to keep their creative juices flowing! they can make these darling monsters and let them dry and harden or play with the clay over and over again! ($15)

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How To Draw Books

Do you have a budding artist at your house? If so, these books make drawing so much fun! They give simple steps to create crazy monsters and cute animals that keep your boys occupied for hours. Such an inexpensive, great gift for your creative child! ($5)

Leather Craft Set

If your little guy loves crafting, perhaps this leather set would be a fun surprise to try something new! ($27)

Silly Scents Marker Maker

This gift is so much fun for young artists! You get the chance to mix your own colors and create markers of your very own, then you add your preferred scent to each one and they are fully customized. You get to create away with your very own set of markers. Such a cool idea to add a little extra fun to craft time ($16).

Looking for a great, quiet activity that boys will get into? Quixels are the perfect gift. They are similar to Beados, but are created especially for boys, offering pixelated, square beads that you arrange to create your favorite characters and action figures, then you fuse them together with a pretty cool squirt gun. They also offer 3D options and refills if it is something your child ends up really loving. ($10-$30)

Model Magic

Let your kids mold, shape and create without the crumbling mess or sticky hands…this is creative play that kids and parents love…lots of fun with very little mess. There are all kinds of colors and fun tools you can purchase to add to this great starter set ($15).

Doodle Crate 

Doodle Crate is an amazing resource to really spur your kid’s creativity. You can purchase a monthly subscription or just one crate at a time…each one comes with a complete art project your child will love completing. It allows them to explore their own creativity and artistic ability with all the materials and guidance they will need. An awesome gift for an art lover. They also have Kiwi and Koala Crates for younger artists ($10-$20).

Kinetic Sand

If you have a little one at home who will be so sad without sandbox play, this kinetic sand is the perfect gift. It allows for building and sensory fun, without the serious mess. It truly never dries out and kids of all ages can’t help but play when it is brought out. It comes in all kinds of fun colors with great molds too. A perfect creative gift ($10-$30).

Boogie Board

Technically this is an electronic, but it doesn’t plug you in to anything. These cool boogie boards are like a modern chalkboard, perfect for spelling word practice, doodling in church, and artistic mock ups, plus they come clean with the touch of a button! ($24.95)

Super Slime Kit

Slime has captured the hearts of kids everywhere and taken Instagram by storm. This slime kit is a fun introduction to the crazy world with all kinds of mix ins, glitter, and scents, but all the supplies you will need! If you have someone who likes a little messy creativity, this is a great gift ($25).

FOR THE MUSICIAN

Are you constantly hearing music every where you turn? Grab these musical gifts and keep that love alive.

Ukulele

Ukuleles are a great instrument for a budding musician. If you think your child might like to add a little music to his life, this is a great starter option ($38).

Portable Drum Set

Am I the only one who isn’t interested in a full drum set without volume control? They answer is here with this electronic, portable drum set with volume control, the ability to record, foot pedals and all the bells and whistles your little musician is hoping for without the headache! ($130)

FOR THE CODERS

This may be riding the “screen free” claim, but coding is a great brain activity for lots of little electronic loving boys. Put these two options to the test.

Ozobot Bit Coding Robot

If you are just getting into coding, start with the award winning Ozobot. Easy to use and all kinds of fun for a techy brain ($50).

Anki Cozmo Robot, Robotics for Kids & Adults, Learn Coding & Play Games

Cozmo Robot

If you have a coder, this new Cozmo robot is a dream! Cozmo is like a robot you only see in movies but kids can learn how to code and control him pretty simply. A great, easy interface and more durable than you could imagine, this is one cool gift! ($179)

Lego Mindstorms

The price on this toy is no joke, but for good reason. Lego Mindstorm robots are the best out there and allow the user to have all kinds of programmable fun that will challenge their brain and their abilities ($350).

FOR THE RIDER

Strider bike

Strider bikes are the best! Once you can ride one of these you can go straight to two wheels. ($110)

Mini-Micro Scooter

These 3 wheeled scooters are amazing! Their construction allows even the littlest riders to achieve speed and balance on this awesome toy. A bit pricey but well worth the smooth ride. ($79.99)

Razor Scooter 

This classic toy is the gift that keeps on giving. As soon as your little one can balance on two wheels it is a fabulous way to get around, and they will keep riding these bad boys into their teens, so they are a great investment! ($50)

Electric Scooter 

Electric Scooters are all the rage! This is a great toy for kids who like a little extra excitement. ($130-$160)

Razor Groundforce Electric Go-Kart

This is a pricey gift for sure, but it is SO awesome. It goes up to 12 miles per hour for a lot of speedy fun. Boys will absolutely go crazy for it. ($300)

Green Machine

Such a fun ride for older kids who love to be out on the road still. They will love this awesome gift. Best for 8 and up. ($80)

Mini Moto

This isn’t a cheap gift, but if you have a little kid who loves to ride, this would knock his socks off. A sturdy, well-made motorcycle great for younger boys…might make a great family gift ($400).

FOR THE CAR LOVER

Boys of all ages love cars. Here are a couple ideas for the littlest and biggest car lovers.

Snapping Model Car Kit

For the boys who love putting cars together, this is an amazing model kit since everything snaps together, no tools required ($35).

Mega Ramp Racing Set

We have spent a lot of time trying to find sturdy, stable racing sets that work with hot wheels cars, and this is our favorite. It is made of wood, and takes tools to put it together, but it is fantastic. It allows for parked cars, races and slides all in one ($75).

Remote Control Cars

This remote control car is for the big boys who love to race, soup up, and replace parts on their car to optimize its speed and performance. This brand is tops and has replacement and upgraded parts to order and really customize your own car. Not cheap, but provides years of learning and fun ($180).

Anki Overdrive

This is a kid and parent favorite. Such a cool toy that can keep your boys of all ages entertained for hours. It rides the line a bit when it comes to electronics, but the electronics further the learning and play experience, they don’t dominate it. ($125)

FOR EVERY BOY

Quarter Collecting Map 

I was shocked to discover how cool my boys thought collecting state quarters was! They were given these maps by their grandparents and have had the best time filling them up every time they find a new state quarter. It has created a fun way to bond as grandparents look for those hard to find quarters my boys need to complete their map. As an added bonus, it has helped with geography and counting money too! When the map is filled, they can deposit their quarters and start over again. ($15)

Nerf Gun Blaster

Nerf guns will forever be one of the best gifts ever for boys! We love this one…so easy to use and great for everyone. ($13)

Steel Cash Box

When my mom gave money to my son in this locking cash box he was in absolute heaven. He loves placing his money in his box, counting it often and locking it so no one can get to it. A great idea for a money lover ($30).

Laser Tag Set

What boy doesn’t love laser tag? This set allows for four people to play at a time and the laser target is on the gun, so no difficult strapping on or extra equipment to take care of. A great family gift that will provide hours of fun…your kids will LOVE this($75). Here is another option that is a little less expensive without the case, still great reviews HERE.

The Ultimate Prank Kit

Every boy I have ever known thinks that pranks and jokes are just hilarious. This kit comes with about 20 different pranks from the classics to new, really good ones. This could be fun (for them:) for hours and hours. ($30)

Meffert Project Genius Brain Teaser Puzzle, Assorted

Gear Ball

This Gear ball is a Rubik’s cube with even more challenge. If you have a son who loves a little brain bender, this will keep him busy for days! ($15-$25)

Stilts

If you have a quirky kid who loves something different, what about these cool stilts? An upgrade from the tin can variety of our day, these offer a fun balance challenge that will keep them active for hours. ($50)

Snow Cone Machine

This might sound funny, but a snow cone machine has been a lot of fun for our family. It has been great in the summer and winter and my kids love mixing their own flavors. ($60)

Gumball Machine

It might not be the healthiest gift, but it is sure a fun one! What little boy doesn’t want a gumball machine? ($23)

Magnum Enterprises Magnum 12 Pistol 45 Rubber Band GunMagnum Rubber Band Gun

My boys think these are the coolest! They might drive you a little crazy but lots of good old fashioned fun will be had with these well made toys. ($18)

Yo Yo

If you thought yo-yos were a thing of the past, think again! These toys have reinvented themselves and are challenging and fun for boys of all ages with a myriad of tricks to learn and perfect. Investing in a good one is worth it ($13).

Magnetic Block

If you have a boy who likes to quietly fidget, these small magnetic blocks provide hours of fun and imagination. ($16) WARNING!! THESE ARE LITTLE TINY MAGNETS AND DO NOT BELONG IN A HOME WITH KIDS UNDER 12!!!

Scratch Off Travel Map

If you have a little one with Wanderlust or who loves to travel, these scratch off travel maps are the best! Every time you visit a new state or country, you scratch off the foil, revealing each place you have been. Such a fun way to keep track on an individual or family level. Makes an awesome family gift or great for a “trip reveal.” ($20)

Beyblades

My older boys were crazy about Beyblades when they were 5-10, and the toy is still going strong. These spinning top battle each other in a little arena and the last on e standing wins. A really fun toy for those competitive boys. ($8-$50)

ColorKu

This game is like Sudoku but with colors instead of numbers. So easy for kids of all ages to understand and have fun with. Another quiet brain exercise that is perfect for the long winter months ($35).

Shut the Box

This is a game we LOVE! It is so much fun and is great for 2 or more players, plus it helps with simple math. I think your  family will love it. ($16)

Set 

This is another great game that we love. It is great for 2 or more players, simple to carry around, and teacher great visual perception. An awesome addition to your game closet. ($12)

Codenames

Codenames is one of the few games we all love to play! It is challenging and fun. Best for kids 10 and up. ($15)

Telestrations

Telestrations is probably our very favorite family game. It always end in loads of laughs and as soon as your kids can read they can play with a little help. It’s a good one! ($30)

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BOOKS

Books are a must at our house on Christmas morning! HERE is an awesome list for middle and older readers, and HERE is a list for younger readers! Hope it offers some great ideas for your boys!

FOR THE EXPERIENCE SEEKER

If you don’t want to buy more stuff this year, think of gifting an experience: concert, escape room, top golf, amusement park pass, play tickets, ski pass, gym membership, movie gift cards, restaurant gift cards, gas cards, food cards, a date with mom or dad, plane tickets, sporting event tickets…anything they love!

I hope this simplifies your shopping this Christmas! If I have left out a favorite, please leave it in the comments!!

If you didn’t see something you liked, or are looking for more ideas, check out past gift lists:

Best Screen Free Gifts for Boys 2017

Top Ten Gifts 2016

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Boys from Toddlers to Teens

60 Great Electronic Free Gifts for Boys

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Looking for great gifts for women? Great ideas HERE.

Great Gifts for Little Boys

Great Stocking Stuffers for Boys Part 1

Great Stocking Stuffers for Boys Part 2

Family Games We Love

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6 thoughts on “The All Time Best Best Screen Free Gifts for Boys!

  1. Great list!! I just added so much from this to my amazon cart and will narrow it down soon. Hoping to be done with Christmas shopping by early December so I can enjoy the magic of the season. Thanks for making it easier for me!❤️

  2. Thanks Brooke! I have 5 boys and I love looking up your lists for ideas. THANKS! (By the way, my boys’ fave game you should check out is Cover Your Assets. Fun family card game.)

    1. I am so glad they are helpful for your family! We will have to try that card game! I have heard about it before, so it must be a good one!

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