Top Mind Blowing Gifts for Tween Boys in 2021

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Tween boys can be difficult to buy for; they know exactly what’s cool… and what’s not! Lucky for you, the Wicked Uncle Elves speak Tween and have compiled the ultimate list of cool gifts for tween boys, aged 9 to 12! 

In addition to brilliant gift ideas for tween boys, we also have some useful information about this age group and advice for making the most of these formative, in-between years. Ready to learn about all things tween? Let’s go!

Top Presents for Tween Boys:

  1. Smart Ball
  2. Beat That!
  3. Flashing LED Baseball Cap
  4. Twistii
  5. Horrible Histories the Board Game
  6. Perpetual Marble Run
  7. Mini Retro Arcade Machine
  8. Interactive Glow T-Shirt
  9. Waboba Wingman
  10. Pindaloo
  11. 12-in-1 Solar Hydraulic Construction Kit
  12. UKick
  13. Solar 7-in-1 Space Fleet
  14. Lights from Anywhere
  15. 14-in-1 Solar Robot Kit
  16. Fifty Greatest Card Tricks
  17. True Balance
  18. Jellyfish Tank Mood Light

1Smart Ball, £20.00£20.00

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Have a ball!

Smart Ball is one of the best gifts for tween boys who love football and other sports! This best-selling football contains a built-in speaker that calls out your Keepy Uppy score–all the way to 100. It also glows, lighting up with every touch or kick. Fancy a normal game of footie? Just remove the sensor and screw the bung to the ball. Great for solo practising in the back garden or playing in the park with friends!

2Beat That!, £24.95£24.95

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Embrace your competitive side

This one is a fantastic choice for competitive, social tweens. Challenge friends to complete 160 ridiculous tasks using common household items. Collect points by betting on your ability to bounce, stack, hop, balance and roll your way to victory. Can you stack four dice using only chopsticks in 30 seconds? How about gargling a song for your team-mates to guess in Mouthwash Karaoke? Laugh-out-loud, bonkers fun!

3Flashing LED Baseball Cap, £12.95£12.95

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Perfect for stylish tweens

This cool cap is this year’s must-have tween fashion accessory. Light up the night with the electric blue LED strip and four flash settings, controlled by a switch. The cap is made from comfortable cotton and features an adjustable velcro fastening, so it’s sure to fit just right. Perfect for fashion-forward party animals!

4Twistii, £12.95£12.95

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The torch with a brilliant twist

Know a tween boy with sneaky spy ambitions? He’s going to love Twistii. This innovative wrist torch features three light-up modes and 360-degree, hands-free rotation. It fits on wrists with an easy-to-use snap strap and charges via USB for up to three hours of light. What could be better for late-night, top-secret missions?! Shh… we’ve got to get to the refrigerator without waking up Dad!

5Horrible Histories the Board Game, £19.95£19.95

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A journey through our gruesome past

History buffs will have an incredible time with this challenging, 2-to-4 player board game, based on the popular Horrible Histories book series. Test your knowledge of our gruesome past, from the Rotten Romans to the Vile Victorians and beyond. Answer tricky multiple-choice questions or perform historical actions to move around the board. This one will keep even the cleverest of tweens busy for a while — there are over 600 questions to answer, all packed with foul facts and misleading possible answers.

6Perpetual Marble Run, £29.95£29.95

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Gift of the Year 2019

Most tweens love a challenge, and this toy delivers! Follow the instructions to assemble the laser-cut sheets, add the electric motor, and 1-2 hours later, the run will be ready! Best of all, this cool contraption uses perpetual motion. The marbles ride the lift to the top, roll down the spiral, and bounce along the zig-zag track before starting all over again. Mesmerising, satisfying, and remarkably fun!

7Mini Retro Arcade Machine , £24.95£24.95

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A blast from the past

We all know that tweens enjoy gaming, so why not introduce them to the games of your youth? This mini console is jam-packed with 200 popular arcade classics. Test out dexterity and skills with the eight-way control joystick and two function buttons. With a 2.8-inch full-colour screen, built-in speakers and awesome sound effects and music, this portable little device is like a time machine back to the 80’s. Rad!

8Interactive Glow T-Shirt, £15.95£15.95

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Dress smart!

Tween boys will have endless fun with this glow-in-the-dark, 100% cotton T-shirt. Just use the UV keyring to draw or write on the canvas panel on the front of the shirt. But be quick — each design only lasts five minutes before fading away. Time for the next one! A brilliant gift for artists, designers, night owls and boys who like to stand out from the crowd!

9Waboba Wingman, £6.95£6.95

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High-flying adventure

Love playing with flying discs but hate the way they hurt your hand when you catch them? Sporty boys will understand the struggle! Fortunately, the Waboba Wingman is soft, pliable and painless to catch. It’s also foldable, so it fits perfectly into tween’s backpacks or pockets! Its aerodynamic design means it stays on course and flies up to 40 metres away. Cool and convenient outdoor fun!

10Pindaloo, £11.95£11.95

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Practise makes perfect

Pindaloo is fun to say and more fun to play! It’s simple: loop the ball from one side to the other. Oh, sorry, did we say it was simple? Keep at it, and soon you’ll be a master! Pindaloo is made of durable, 100% recyclable plastic, and it’s designed for both indoor and outdoor play. It even makes a great pool game during the summer!

1112-in-1 Solar Hydraulic Construction Kit, £24.95£24.95

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Sun, water, robots…?

Tween engineers will have a blast using the 230 pieces in this awesome set to build 12 different mechanical models of animals and machines! There’s a crocodile, an ostrich, a digging excavator, and more! Each model performs a unique mechanical movement. Coolest of all, this kit is eco-friendly and battery-free – everything is totally powered by nature!

12UKick, £8.00£8.00

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Kickin’ around

A feathery twist on an old classic. Keep UKick in the air with your feet and other body parts. Whatever you do, don’t let it touch the ground! Features adjustable weights, so you can make the game easier or more challenging, depending upon skill level. Provides hours of entertainment – the gift that keeps on giving!

13Solar 7-in-1 Space Fleet, £16.95£16.95

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Space-age STEM for tweens

Future astronauts and rocket scientists will love this innovative solar-powered science kit! Build a space station, a shuttle, an astronaut and even a space dog! The set comes with snap-together plastic parts, so no tools or glue are required. Power your creations with a solar panel or a micro rechargeable battery. Out of this world!

14Lights from Anywhere, £14.95£14.95

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Impressive and illuminating

Many tween boys love magic, and this special light will make a great addition to any budding magician’s collection! Create and control the light between your fingertips, making it do baffling tricks, appearing or disappearing it at will.  Make a mysterious red light appear and then jump from hand to hand. Make it go in one ear and out the other, or even from your mouth! This amazing illusion is perfect for those who don’t want to learn sleight of hand tricks. Astounding!

1514-in-1 Solar Robot Kit, £19.95£19.95

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Brilliant ‘bots!

This fun kit is a great, hands-on way to experiment with robotics and engineering. Follow the instructions to build 14 different bots, including a Turtle-Bot, a Dog-Bot, and even a Row-Bot. The set comes with accessories and parts to make your creation move on land and water. With two different skill levels, this adaptable set is a truly fantastic way to learn about alternative energy!

16Fifty Greatest Card Tricks, £15.00£15.00

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The coolest card tricks ever

Everyone loves a magic show, and this set of 50 seriously baffling card tricks will enable tweens to amaze their family and friends in no time at all. Use the hardback book of secret instructions and the special magic props to master a wide range of genuinely clever card tricks. Roll up, roll up, and enjoy the show!

17True Balance, £12.95£12.95

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Stack to solve

This mesmerising wooden balancing game is the ultimate fidget toy and wonderful for building concentration. Challenge yourself to balance the eight connected discs on top of each other. Sure, it sounds easy enough, but the reality is much more difficult. Each disc rotates on a different axis, causing them to crazily spin and swivel all over the place. Once you’ve mastered the upright stack, you can try doing it with your other hand or, for the ultimate challenge, you could even try it upside down! Satisfying, fun, and impossible to put down!

18Jellyfish Tank Mood Light, £18.95£18.95

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A unique alternative to a lava lamp

Tween boys tend to spend a lot of time in their bedrooms, so this jellyfish mood light is a great gift idea! Kick back, relax and watch the jellyfish glide around the tank as the mood light changes colour. The realistic movement is caused by jets of air moving water around inside the tank. A fun decorative addition to any bedside table or desk, and much more exciting than a goldfish. And unlike a goldfish, there’s no feeding required! Cool!

Tween Boys: Developmental Milestones

The word ‘tween’ is used to describe children aged from around 9 to 12. Developmentally, tween boy have moved out of childhood and are inching closer to becoming adolescents. Many physical, cognitive, emotional and social changes take place during this period. 

You might notice your tween becoming increasingly skilled at sports and physical activity — the older they get, the more their coordination is likely to improve. Tweens are also likely to begin seeking more independence in their daily lives. Their individuality will blossom as they develop their own ideas, preferences and perspectives. It’s normal for tweens to start breaking off a little from the family unit — friends play an increasingly important role during the tween years. However, it’s still important to provide support and approval to your tween.

The Best Toys & Activities for Tween Boys

The best gifts for tween boys are those that make use of both their physical and cognitive abilities. It’s also true that many tweens enjoy some friendly competition. This makes sports toys, video games and board games good gifts for tween boys!

As kids move into their tween years, their concentration and focus usually improve, making project-based activities popular birthday gifts for tween boys. Magic tricks and kits are always loads of fun, as are STEM building sets. At this age, kids often want to work on these projects and hobbies alone, but they’ll probably still want to show off the fruits of their labour once they’re finished!

FAQs

What age is a tween boy?

The word ‘tween’ refers to a child between the ages of 9 and 12. As you probably guessed, tween is a shortened form of ‘in-between’. Kids in this age group have outgrown many of the activities and toys associated with children, but they’re also not quite yet teenagers. Their emotions and behaviour reflect this in-between state, with many tweens seeking more independence. Tweens are also sometimes called pre-teenagers or pre-teens.

How do you engage an 11 year old boy?

As tweens become more independent and start to form an identity outside of the family unit, it can be difficult to engage with them as you did when they were children. It’s also completely normal for tweens to want to spend more time with friends or doing activities on their own. To keep tween boys engaged, you might try asking for their opinion on different things, from pop culture to current events to what you’re going to cook for dinner! You could also ask them to tell you about one of their new hobbies or interests. Remember, it’s important not to seem judgemental — just listen!

There are also plenty of ways to bond outside of conversation — for instance, you might build something together or go on a bike ride. Making a habit of doing activities together can help as well — you might cook a special breakfast together every Saturday morning or go for a long walk together once a week.

Is a 10 year old a tween?

A 10-year old does fall in the defined tween age range, but it still depends! After all, kids develop at different rates, and some will reach full-fledged tweenhood by age 9, while others might remain child-like, physically and emotionally, until they’re 13 or even older. It’s helpful to think of the word ‘tween’ as a flexible developmental description, not a set category.

What do 11 year olds do for fun?

Mental and physical stimulation are important for tweens, so you’ll probably notice that many of the activities they like include both. Most eleven-year-olds boys love sport, physical activities and challenging games. It’s also normal for kids this age to develop a real competitive streak, and because many tweens are social butterflies, they enjoy playing against friends and family. Many tweens will also appreciate relaxing, creative and hands-on activities, such as reading, building things and even cooking.

What time should a 10 year old go to bed?

There’s no one-size-fits-all rule here, as everyone’s schedule is different, but experts agree that most 10-year-olds need at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night. To work out the best time for your tween to go to bed, it’s useful to determine what time they need to wake up and work backwards from there. For instance, if your child needs to wake up to get ready for school at 6:00 a.m., their bedtime might be 8:00 p.m.

What is a tweenager?

Similar to a tween, a tweenager is defined as someone between the ages of 10 and 14. And just like the word tween, tweenager is a relatively new and fairly informal term. You’ll probably notice that tween and tweenager are often used interchangeably. 

Are 12 year olds considered a teenager?

No, most people would not consider a 12-year-old a teenager. Formally, the teenage years begin at age 13. That said, all children develop at different rates, so you might find that your 12-year-old has more in common with older teens than with his fellow tweens. Still, all kids are different, so if you’re in doubt about whether a toy, game or activity is age-appropriate, you can always just ask him. Remember, both teens and tweens are known for their honesty — he’ll tell you if something isn’t cool!

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