Boys Christmas Gift List

It is hard in our digital world to find great gifts for boys that don’t involve a computer or iSomething screen, but we have discovered some incredible finds over the past few years that I would love to share!  Our newest finds are listed first, and items from years past below by category. The starred items have been our very favorites and have lasted year after year. If you have something your boys have loved, please leave it in the comments below to help the rest of us this year!  (Look forward to my favorite gifts for younger boys, a bunch of stocking stuffers, and a list of games your family will love in the next few days!)

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Hover Board: In the words of my children, these are “so sick,” but they are also sickly expensive. If you are the type that loves a big surprise or maybe an awesome family gift, this just might knock their socks off ($300).

Trick/Pro Scooters: These scooters are pretty amazing, like a razor but a million times stronger. My boys first saw them at a skate park where people were using them for jumps and tricks and they were sold (from $40-$160).

Leather Craft Set: If your little guy loves crafting, perhaps this leather set would be a fun surprise! ($27)

Penny Style Skate Board: I am constantly amazed by the balance so many kids exhibit on these toy style skateboards. These are small but big fun ($57).

LEGO mat: If your little guy wishes every surface was a LEGO table, this mat can make his dreams come true. This silicone mat creates a great foundation for any LEGO or DUPLO builder, then can be rolled up and stored time and again ($36)

Head Lamp: This would make an awesome stocking stuffer. Perfect for  dark tag, camping, or even reading at night. You will be surprised at how excited boys get about a head lamp. ($13)

Magformers: Kids can spend hours putting these cool magnetic pieces together. Everyone loves them! ($26)


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 5 and older and even adults have a great time with it. Make sure you order the extra arrows as they seem to disappear quickly!
If you are going to get a bow and arrow, you must get a target, ups the fun level and helps you keep track of those arrows.
*AirSoft or BB Guns: $10 and up
We got these for our kids last year and they provided hours and hours of fun throughout the year, plus they are surprisingly inexpensive for a cool big kid type toy. Don’t forget to order A LOT of extra BBs.  

Pocket Knife $10 and up
If you have a son interested in scouting there is nothing cooler than his first pocket knife. Sure to be a hit.
Camping Gear: Does your family love to camp? Boys love having their “own” stuff to use. What about a cool mess kit? ($10 and up)

Sleds $20 and up

Rock Polisher $50 and up 
My friend bought one of these for her son last year and it is still one of his favorite things. Be aware that it can be loud and takes patience but the results are worth it!
RIDING (these are great items to get second hand, try your local Craigslist option!)
The Green Machine: If you are looking for something to mix up your outdoor play, the Green Machine would make the perfect Christmas surprise. Boys of all ages love zipping around the neighborhood on this inventive bike. It comes in 2 sizes and can work for ages 9 to adult or up to 150 pounds. ($81-$115)
BMX Bikes $129 and up

Mountain Bikes $300 and up

Ripstiks $45 and up

Scooters $30 and up

*Longboards $60 and up. We loved the Atomic “drop deck” version. Super easy to ride.

Bike Ramps $35 and up
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 or can hang over a door. We have moved it around for the baby to play on or the big boys get a serious game going in the hall. It will be loved forever. If you buy it, definitely grab the extra balls!
Team Gear $10 and up
If your boy is sporty, surely he have a favorite team or player. A jersey or sweatshirt with the emblem of the favorite team or player is an instant hit. 
Exercise Gear
If your son is getting older and into being physically fit, a pull up bar or some free weights might be a great option for a gift. 

*Portable Soccer Goals  or Full Size Soccer Goals $50 and up
If your boys love soccer these will get used and re-used. The little ones are easy to carry and store and can be anchored to the ground on windy days or for rougher play. The big ones provide hours of outdoor entertainment. A great investment.

Sports Equipment $5 and up
If your son loves sports, getting a new football, golf club, tennis racket, soccer ball or basketball is always a fun gift…especially if it is the one he has been hoping for. 

Kids Sports Illustrated The Top Ten of Everything $15
If you have a boy who loves sports, I promise he will love this book…even if he hates reading! What is cooler than a really well done book full of top ten lists? Nothing! We got this book and I found my boys reading it at breakfast and quizzing their brothers and dad on stats at every turn. My husband even enjoyed looking through it. A great book for boys!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Set $22
I have yet to meet a boy who did not LOVE this series! It is definitely worth having in your home (3rd grade and up).

The Michael Vey Series $38
This series is amazing. Best for boys 5th grade an up. 

Recommended Books for Boys  covering all Ages and Reading Levels
I wrote a post a few months ago detailing all the books my boys have loved from Kindergarten on up. There are lots of great choices (over 60) for great Christmas book gifts here! It has been recently updated with a few of our new favorites. If you have something to add, let me know! 

Magazine Subscriptions $15 and up
Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic for Kids or Zoobooks are gifts that keep on giving.


*Legos $10 and up
Probably the most classic toy in many boy homes. They can be pricey and rarely go on sale, but if you have boys who like to build, there is not a better toy. Find out what your boy is really into and surely they have a set to match any interest. One hint if you are just starting…if you can keep the Legos in sets and keep the instructions, you will get a lot more play out of them.
PLEY: This is an incredible new monthly concept for your Lego lover. Pley allows you to “rent” Lego sets. For a fixed price each month ($15-$39 depending on the complexity of the sets you check out) you can receive a Lego set, complete it, then ship it back and receive another one! Your first month is free, the shipping back and forth is always free and there is no limit to the amount of sets you can receive each month. The pieces are sanitized between users and if you lose a Lego or two there is no charge. This would make a fantastic family gift this year!
Now, these are an expensive toy, but if you have boys that are getting older and love to both build and program, this is the perfect gift! You actually get to build and control your own robot…pretty awesome. One family did this for Christmas as a family gift and they built it together, what a cool way to bond!

*Tool Sets  $20 
A few years ago we got a tool set for each boy, and they have used and loved them. They felt so grown up with their own set of tools, and I must admit that we enjoyed having a few extra hammers and screwdrivers around the house. A great present for a kid who loves building or helping dad around the house. This is a really simple but useful set. If you have a son who is really interested in building or car mechanics, you can get much more intricate tools for him too. 

EZ Fort: If your kids love building forts or you are looking for a great indoor play option this Christmas, EZ Fort is your best bet! This cool kit allows kids to build forts, tents, play houses, obstacle courses, soccer goals, or anything their imagination can reach for! Let them create to their their hearts’ content without ruining your new couch and chairs in the process. Such a cool concept for our house full of boys! ($39.99)

Snap Circuits $130 
My friend has boys who are really interested in building and engineering and they love Snap Circuits which allow you to do in depth explorations of electronic circuits. A great gift for a scientific mind!

Model Cars or Model Airplanes $15 and up 
If you have a builder on your hands, he might love a model car or airplane. There are so many cool options to choose from and they make an awesome father/son or mother/son project!


Young Scientist Club: My mother-in-law got this for my 8 year old and all of my boys absolutely love it! There are 3 main kits in each box with a total of 9 experiments. You have 12 different themes to choose from, each allowing your child to explore the world of science. The experiments are simple enough for my kids (11, 9, 8) to figure out on their own with a little help from me every now and then. Younger kids would be able use the kit with adult assistance. Everything you need is included in the kit except a few basic household items. Great, hands-on fun for winter break. We are so excited about this new discovery! ($26.99)

Tinker Crates: Tinker Crates are another fantastic, new way to explore science and engineering! Each month, your child receives a crate with all the necessary items to build things like trebuchets, electric currents and more! There is a perfect, monthly pick for ages 4-16 and it is a gift that keeps on giving, though you can cancel at any time. ($20 per month). Use the link above to receive $10 off your first crate!

*Nerf Guns $10 and up
These are the toys boys take a long time to grow out of. If you have quite a few, it is amazing how quickly a Nerf war can break out. The huge battery powered ones are cool, but the more simple manual ones seem to get the most use. Definitely plan on buying extra darts!
AFO Flyer: This is just a fun, Christmas morning toy that all the kids and adults can get in to. It’s an indoor/outdoor flying disc boomerang that gives you hours of fun. My boys like to try and race to catch it or play it “flies up” style. It is sturdy and keeps kids of all athletic abilities active. ($15.59)
*Trampoline $250 and up
There may not be a better outdoor toy than a trampoline. The nets make me feel even better about having one. There is nothing that we have that has gotten more use than our trampoline. I am grateful for it every day!

Air Hockey Table $300 and up

Ping Pong Table $300 and up

Double Shot $100 and up


*How To Draw Books $5. 
We love these at our house! They make drawing everything so simple!
Coloring Books: $10 We aren’t talking the old school stuff, but the new, more adult ones that give options for complicated designs and hours of fun. I think this animal one would be perfect!
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)

Spin Art $13 
Such a great go-to gift for any young boy who loves art.

Spirograph $23
I remember these from my childhood! We spend hours creating spiral art! 

Rainbow Loom Bracelets $18 
They are easy to make and addictive, so fun to make for all your friends, teachers, grandparents, cousins, etc.

Origami Fun Kit for Beginners $14 
My boys can get really into Origami and it was a quiet present that kept their hands busy and minds occupied for quite awhile. Most of the directions were easy enough for my kids to figure out on their own.
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. As an added bonus, it has kept them very interested in the geography of the country too. It has also been fun to get birthday cards in the mail from grandparents with a quarter they know the boys need. A great gift!
I know, not what you are expecting on a boys list, but they are awesome! Who doesn’t love being able to assemble and bake their own treats?

Snow Cone Machine $72
This might seem like a funny gift, but my son got this for his birthday and he LOVES it. I was shocked at how easy it is to use…you use your own ice from your freezer and because it is basically all water, there is no mess. My 7 and 8 year old can operate it all on their own it is so easy. The cones come out softer and easier to eat than the ones that come from a carnival, though not as soft as the “real” snow cone huts. We love it.

Frog Aquarium $50
We have not tried these yet, but a few friends have had them and loved them! You get an aquarium with 2 frogs and a snail in their own self-cleaning eco-system. You feed the frogs twice a week and clean the aquarium twice a year. Talk about an easy pet!

Lately I feel like I can’t loose by buying my kids athletic type clothing. They love a good track suit or some Under Armor wear. 

Hats are also a big hit…especially in their favorite brand or team.


Think about giving an experience to your son:
Tickets to a college or professional sporting event
Tickets to a concert
Tickets to a play
Season pass for skiing or a water park
Season pass to a museum
Season pass to an amusement park
A gym membership
Lessons in something they really enjoy (art, music, sports, etc.)
A night out together with dinner and movie tickets
An airplane ticket to see grandma and grandpa
Gift Certificates to favorite restaurants or fun zones

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