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30 Awesome Gifts for 12-Year-Old Boys

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Gifts for Little Guys

No longer little kids and not yet teens, 12-year-old boys can be challenging to shop for. But fear not, we've got a long list of gifts — from sports- and outdoors-related presents to games and gaming-related products and beyond — that will have him beaming as he tears off the wrapping paper. 


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Magneto Boards Kicktail Cruiser Skateboard
Target

Magneto Boards Kicktail Cruiser Skateboard

$80 from Target

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Whether your kiddo likes to cruise to the skate park or just around the neighborhood, this 44-inch bamboo and maple board will let them do so in style.

Spikeball Set
Target

Spikeball Set

$60 from Target

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Get ready for summer fun with this outdoor game set, which comes with balls, the net, and a drawstring bag for neatly packing everything up. The rules combine foursquare with volleyball, and it's guaranteed to keep kids (and adults) away from their phones for at least a little while.


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The Candery Cotton Candy Machine
Amazon

The Candery Cotton Candy Machine

$59 from Amazon

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Few 12-year-old boys don't love sweets, and this gadget will let him make his own cotton candy. The appliance is quiet, users say, and it comes with everything needed to make at-home treats.

Beyond Outdoors EPS Tumbling Blocks
Target

Beyond Outdoors EPS Tumbling Blocks

$80 from Target

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Another gift designed to get kids outside (although it could also be used indoors), this giant Jenga-inspired set includes a carrying case so that it can be packed away when not in use.

Sisigad Hoverboard
Amazon

Sisigad Hoverboard

$170 from Amazon

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Hoverboards have been a popular gift with tweens and teens for years, and we don't expect that to change anytime soon. What we like about this one — other than its stellar customer ratings — is that it comes in all kinds of styles and colors. Features include LED lights and a built-in Bluetooth speaker.


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Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit Game
Target

Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit Game

$16 from Target

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D&D has made a huge comeback during the past year as kids find themselves with ample time on their hands. If you want to get your kiddo on the bandwagon, get him started with this set, which includes everything he'll need to create characters and get started on his dungeon-mastering skills.

Comgrow 3D Printer
Amazon
Redbox Movie Night Care Package
Amazon

Redbox Movie Night Care Package

$25 from Amazon

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If the 12-year-old fella in your life loves a good movie night, he'll appreciate this gift set, which will make the evening even more fun and tasty with plenty of candy and popcorn.


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Electronic Drum Set
Amazon
Schwinn Unisex Adjustable Inline Skate
Target

Schwinn Unisex Adjustable Inline Skate

$46 from Target

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Boys with an active lifestyle will relish the opportunity to learn to inline skate. This pair features a molded shell that changes sizes with the push of a button and form-fitting comfort liner and cam-lever buckle for an adjustable fit.

Gotrax XR Ultra Electric Scooter
Amazon

Gotrax XR Ultra Electric Scooter

$360 from Amazon

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He can cruise the neighborhood in style on this foldable electric scooter, which has a travel range of up to 17 miles. It features an LED display that shows current speed, speed modes, and battery life, and includes a headlight.

Light Up Face Mask
Uncommon Goods

Light Up Face Mask

$25 from Uncommon Goods

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If you've got a kiddo who likes the coolest accessories, this fiber-optic covered face mask will make him the center of attention. It is rechargeable and comfortable, with an inner satin lining and 11 different display settings.


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Squad Hero Laser Tag Set
Amazon

Squad Hero Laser Tag Set

$200 from Amazon

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Get the whole family outside and active with this laser tag set for four, which includes rechargeable guns, vests, and a charging station.

Squad Hero Combat Arena Obstacles Set
Amazon

Squad Hero Combat Arena Obstacles Set

$30 from Amazon

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Up the ante on your laser tag games with a set of inflatable obstacles that players can hide behind. This set includes a barrel, call box, and tire, and water pouches are designed to keep the inflatables upright even in the heat of battle.

Walkie Talkie Set
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Walkie Talkie Set

$24 from Amazon

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He might be almost a teenager, but that doesn't mean he'll be beyond the joys of a walkie-talkie set. This one comes in a bunch of different color combinations.

Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster
Amazon

Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster

$50 from Amazon

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When it comes to 12-year-old boys and birthdays, it's tough to go wrong with a Nerf gun, and this tactical blaster has more than 30 combinations for fun pretend play. Other than the blaster, he'll get a targeting scope, drop grip, dual-rail barrel, storage stock, banana clip, 10 darts, and instructions.

Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K
Amazon

Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K

$170 from Amazon

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If you don't mind dropping a bit more cash on a Nerf gun, buyers love this one, which has an advanced accelerations system (it can fire up to eight rounds per second), a rechargeable battery, and a hopper that can hold up to 200 rounds and fire at a velocity of 100 feet per second. He'll be the envy of the neighborhood.

Activ Life Kid's Flying Rings
Amazon

Activ Life Kid's Flying Rings

$13 from Amazon

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For a fun gift that'll keep them active but not put too much stress on your pocketbook, get a two-pack of these Activ Flyers, which are 80% lighter than standard Frisbees, can fly high and far, and come in a bunch of different color combinations.

Electronic Shooting Target
Amazon

Electronic Shooting Target

$32 from Amazon

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Let him hone his blaster skills with this electronic target with a digital display, simulated shooting noises, and multiple modes to play in.

Remote Control Car
Amazon

Remote Control Car

$28 from Amazon

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This four-wheel-drive remote-control stunt car can go in all the usual directions, plus it can do a 45-degree sideways drift, flip by 180 degrees, do a 360, and more. When fully charged, the battery can run for 30 minutes or longer.

Portable Folding Billiards Table
Walmart

Portable Folding Billiards Table

$130 from Walmart

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This pool table will give that kiddo of yours something to do other than stare at a screen. It can fold flat both for easy storage and easy portability (translation: it can be hauled to friends' houses or taken on road trips even). The set comes with pool balls, sticks, a rack, brush, and chalk.

Throw Throw Burrito Dodgeball Card Game
Walmart

Throw Throw Burrito Dodgeball Card Game

$20 from Walmart

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What 12-year-old doesn't love throwing things at his friends? This game will let him do just that while also letting him challenge his brain with a matching card game.

Mattel Blokus Family Fun Game
Walmart
Swurfer The Original Stand Up Surfing Swing
Walmart

Swurfer The Original Stand Up Surfing Swing

$110 from Walmart

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You're never too old to swing from a tree, but this stand-up swing sure does make the task more fun and challenging. The handles are adjustable to accommodate kids of different heights, and it can support up to 200 pounds.

GlowCity Light Up Basketball
Amazon

GlowCity Light Up Basketball

$25 from Amazon

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Never let a setting sun stop the game again with this basketball, which will stay well-lit with two bright LEDs and features an auto-shutoff function to conserve battery power.

Marky Sparky Bow & Arrow
Amazon

Marky Sparky Bow & Arrow

$35 from Amazon

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Let him practice his archery skills safely and worry-free with this foam bow-and-arrow archery set. It comes with six arrows that can fly up to 100 feet.

Redragon All in 1 PC Gamer Bundle
Amazon

Redragon All in 1 PC Gamer Bundle

$50 from Amazon

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Upgrade his PC gaming with an accessory set that includes a keyboard, headphones, mouse, and mouse pad. The keyboard features seven different RGB light modes and effects and four brightness levels, and the headphones feature a microphone for gaming with friends.

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con
Amazon

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con

$300 from Amazon

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Want to be one of his favorite people on earth? Score him a Nintendo Switch if he doesn't already have one. It'll allow him to game pretty much anywhere and allows him to play hundreds of games with friends or on his own.


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The Terrible Two
Amazon
Let's Start Coding Ultimate Coding Kit
Amazon

Let's Start Coding Ultimate Coding Kit

$150 from Amazon

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Whether you've got a future computer programmer on your hands or just want his time online to be a little more productive now and then, this award-winning STEM kit contains everything he'll need to challenge his skills. Its software is compatible with multiple operating systems.