If you have a boy in your life in the 10 to 13 year old age group, you probably know that they are not the easiest people to shop for!  When you’re not quite a kid and not quite a teen, it can be tough to know what to do with yourself.  Here are some ideas that will hopefully provide some inspiration for the young man in your life!

Obviously, electronics are big for this age group.  For this list, I decided to focus on mostly non-technology related items since it’s probably easy to figure out what video games or devices are on your child’s list!

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The Best Gifts for 10-13 Year Old Boys

Toys and Collections

Models – Aidan received this Maisto Ford Mustang last year.  When shopping for models, keep in mind that some of them require painting and glue, while others don’t.  This model is pre-painted and snaps together.  Aidan was happy with it because he was interested in displaying the car, not necessarily in the building process.  Some kids may enjoy painting a model, but he didn’t want to mess with it!

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys

Hot Wheels/ Matchbox – Some kids enjoy collecting Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.  At this stage, it’s about the makes and models of cars, not about driving them around on the floor. 🙂

Star Wars Collectibles

My older boys have been loving collecting the die cast Star Wars vehicles made by Hot Wheels.  Here is Poe’s X-Wing, and there are many more!  At about $4 each, these are great stocking stuffers.

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys

We also love the Star Wars Black Series 6 inch figures.  They are so detailed and posable!  Amazon’s prices are all over the place since these are sought after by collectors, but the list price is $19.99 for most.  I like to pay $15 on sale.

Here are some of our favorites:  Han Solo, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, and Finn

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys

LEGO – Some kids never outgrow LEGO, so this may still be an option.  LEGO Technic provide more of a building challenge for older kids, although Aidan still enjoys regular LEGOs because of the minifigures.  He says that the Technic sets are more like models, but they also offer more engineering possibilities.

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys

The LEGO Architecture sets are also fun for older kids. Build a detailed model of a real landmark, such as Big Ben.

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys

Aidan received the LEGO Architecture Studio for his 13th birthday, and it is really cool!  This is a set that truly encourages creative building. The architecture studio comes with 1,210 white LEGO bricks that can be used to build all kinds of neat structures.  It includes a book about principles of architecture and innovations in design, with photos of real buildings and ideas of things to make with all those LEGO bricks.

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys

Here’s an example of what Aidan has been building.  It’s a great boredom buster for a rainy day!

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys


Even big kids can still play with Nerf!  (Hey, even Dad likes Nerf!)  The Strongarm Blaster and the Jolt are super fun and a great price.  Aidan enjoys designing different types of targets for Nerf.  Plastic cups make especially great targets!

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys

Board Games

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old BoysGreat games for older kids:  Clue,  Monopoly, Monopoly Empire (own top brands!), Stratego, Risk

Keva Planks – The box says ages 7+, but this building set is even better for ages 9+.  My preschool boys like to build with these planks, but older kids can make some really amazing structures!  Building requires patience and a steady hand.

We own the Keva Contraptions sets, but there are several other sets as well.

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys

Skateboard – A good quality skateboard is worth spending a little more money on as the wheels roll soooo much better and the board is easier to control.

Ping Pong – No space to store a ping pong table?  This Franklin table tennis net expands to fit any size table, and then clamps on.  We enjoy using our ping pong set on dark winter nights!

Gift Ideas for 10-13 year old boys

Tools and Gadgets

Tool Set – Aidan enjoyed receiving his own tool box last year with a hammer, a wrench, a couple of screw drivers, and a tape measure.  This is something that can be added to in the future.

Flashlight – My son’s opinion is that you can never own too many flashlights!

Pocketknife or Multi-Tool – Obviously this is something where you have to know your child and make a decision about what age is best to own a pocketknife.  We gave Aidan one when he turned 10, and we have not had any problems with it.

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old BoysAidan’s first pocketknife was this Victorinox Swiss Army Classic.  He loooooooves whipping out the scissors to cut tags off items when we’re out, and opening packages for me with the knife!  Basically, any excuse to use it is great.  Older kids may want to move up to a larger Leatherman Multi-Tool.  You can get a nylon sheath for the Leatherman, which would be useful.

This hammer multi-tool is really cool too.


Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys

If your son is past the age of losing or breaking things (sigh), he might enjoy owning a quality watch.  This Timex Camo Watch is pretty awesome!  For guys on the younger end of this age group, this Timex kids camo watch might be a better option, and it’s a lot cheaper.  We own two of these and they have held up well.

Survivor Dry Box – These waterproof lockable boxes are useful for storing gear on a camping trip, or even just in your bedroom if you happen to share a room with your toddler brother.  We may get Aidan one of these for Christmas so that he can safely store his pocket knife and other valuables.

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys


Aspiring photographers might enjoy owning their own digital camera (unless they own a phone with a camera – my child doesn’t!).  I’m not sure which point-and-shoot model to recommend, as we only own a DSLR, plus the cameras in our phones.  If you have a great camera to recommend, leave a comment on this post!

Tinkering Supplies – Create a kit for building or tinkering.  Or, tuck a couple of these items in a stocking!

  • Duct tape
  • Zip ties
  • String
  • PVC pipe cut into different lengths, joints
  • Low temp glue gun
  • Screws, bolts, nuts
  • Nails and boards
  • Tin foil
  • Rolls of Scotch tape or masking tape

Art Supplies

  • Paint
  • Drawing paper/sketch book
  • Colored pencils – For the serious artist, Prisma Colors are worth every penny!


Kids will love reading The Mysterious Benedict Society series!  These books are full of exciting and quirky adventures involving logic, math, crazy machines, and villains to defeat.

This Star Wars Character Encyclopedia is perfect for the Star Wars fan.  There are full color photos and loads of facts for just about every character!

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys

Star Wars Folded Flyers is a fun book with paper Star Wars planes to make.  One thing to note is that although it says “make 30 paper starfighters,” there are not 30 different designs.  There are 6 designs with 5 copies of each.  Still, it’s a fun book!

Another fun option:  The World Record Paper Airplane Book.  The benefit of this one is that you can keep going with your own paper.

Gift Ideas for 10-13 Year Old Boys

Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things is a favorite book at our house!  This book is full of projects to make using materials from around the house. We used this book to make plastic out of milk – lots of fun!

Gift Ideas for Boys Ages 10-13

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction shows how to build all kinds of contraptions out of office supplies.  This book has some great projects!  The catapult pictured on the front cover is a lot of fun.  It also has some projects that could potentially be dangerous, so supervision is definitely needed.

Gift Ideas for Boys Ages 10-13

 Non-Stuff Type Gifts

A lot of guys don’t really need or want a lot of “stuff.”  Here are some ideas for experience gifts:

  • Drum or Guitar lessons
  • Archery lessons
  • Art classes
  • Tae Kwon Do classes
  • Movie Tickets
  • Gift Card for Sonic, Starbucks, etc.
  • iTunes Card

For more ideas, you might want to visit the J.M. Cremp’s website.  Their store is full of amazing things for boys, and you can browse by age.

What gift suggestions can you add to this list?

The Best Gifts for 10-13 Year Old Boys


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  1. sarahelisabeth Nov 17, 2014

    Useful list! Finding presents for 14 year old boys is also causing me some trouble! The tickets sound like a good idea.

    1. Carolyn E Nov 17, 2014

      Thanks for the ideas...added a few to my list for my 12 year old!

      1. Jan Nov 18, 2014

        I would love a pocket knife! This are also great gifts for girls too :) I'm a girl, and I would loooooooveeeee a pocket knife :)

        1. Katharine wise Nov 21, 2014

          Great ideas. When you mentioned duct tape, it reminded me of this website I recently heard great things about which seems to mesh with your family's interests, too. They are books (or CD) for making period-based weapons and armor out of duct tape. My boys will be getting the Knight version.


          1. Justice Dec 22, 2014

            I only added the nerd gun to my wish list

            1. Justice Dec 22, 2014

              Woops! Nerf gun lol

              1. catherine Nov 24, 2015

                Great list! Thanks

                1. Katherine Mar 17, 2017

                  Thanks for share the article.
                  Thank you so much.

                  1. Father of 3 boys Dec 2, 2017

                    My boys love having Nerf wars around the house. I join in. We play you get 3 lives each, if you get hit in the leg its lost and you have to hop around. Only head or torso shots are fatal. Great fun.
                    For a quieter activity my kids lately have been enjoying "The Amazing Annoyatron". https://edukits.co/product/the-amazing-annoyatron/ Its a kids coding and electronics toy with 20 projects for the boys to build. They've had fun pranking me.

                    1. Bruce L Johnson Dec 15, 2017

                      My sister and brother in law have 4 boys. Number 2 is 13 and is very destructive. One third of his Christmas presents are broken the same day. Is there anything out there that is made to explode without pyrotechnics?

                    2. Handey Jul 29, 2018

                      Wonderful selection of gifts for children to make and recipients to cherish! Thank you so much for sharing these lovely craft projects.

                      1. alfombra infantil Sep 12, 2018

                        Gran aporte.

                        1. here Oct 19, 2018

                          I appreciate, lead to I found exactly what I used to be looking for.
                          You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.


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