Best Gift Ideas for 10 Year Old Boys

We continually update this page with the hottest gift ideas and trends for 10 year old boys. If you have a great gift idea for this age group please feel free to share it using the message form at the bottom of this page! Thanks for stopping by today and good luck shopping!

Editor’s Pick:

buoy bat1The Original Buoy Bat and Ball Set:  As you may have guessed by reading some of our recent blog entries, we absolutely love nautical themed gift ideas!  One of our recent favorites is the Buoy Bat and Ball set from Buoy Sports, LLC based in Maine.  These amazing bats are made from real lobster buoys which provide a nice large “sweet spot” on the bat making them very easy for children of all ages to participate.  The bats are also gorgeous to look at and can be custom designed too!  You can find Buoy Bats and other great nautical gifts directly from Buoy Sports, LLC online.

Inexpensive Gifts Under $15:

Money Soap ($10-$60):
This is probably one of the most clever gifts I’ve seen in a long time! Not only does it encourage kids to wash their hands and take baths more frequently, it also makes a great gift! You can order Money Soap in $1, $5, $10, $20, and even $50 denominations. Soap is scented with a pleasant “pear/green apple” smell. This gift will serve as a great “gag” gift for older kids and adults too!

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty ($10):
Never heard of Thinking Putty? Neither had we until we saw a vendor selling this stuff at our local mall. This stuff seems to defy the laws of physics. It acts as both a solid and a liquid. It can bounce like a rubber ball, stretch like taffy, or smash like ceramic if you hit it on the sidewalk. It also changes color when it comes in contact with warm hands. This stuff is crazy and will certainly be a hit for the young man on your shopping list!

Legos Legos Legos ($10+):
Boys love building things, and Legos are an exceptional outlet for this passion. A simple search on major Internet sites reveals over one thousand different Lego Kits and its easy to get overwhelmed with which set to buy. The good news is it really doesn’t matter which set you get because boys will typically end up building (or trying to build) anything that comes into their head. With that said, I think the LEGO Maersk 2005 Sealand Ship is about as cool as you can get (must be because I’m a ship captain myself)!

Zentangle Arts and Crafts Gift Basket:
zentangle gift basket ideaThe Zentangle craze is upon us! If your looking for gift ideas for a creative boy or girl on your shopping list who loves art, you should really look in to the various Zentangle arts and crafts products available on the market. Simply put, Zentangle is an artform that formalizes the the “doodling” that children (and adults) love to do anyway. By using structured shapes and containers on a piece of paper, zentanglers are have the freedom to fill in the shapes and containers with any shapes, patterns or design of their choosing. You can arrange the containers and block shapes into various objects, or you can just keep stringing them together and see where your imagination takes you!  You can put together and inexpensive gift basket, or you can go all out and put together a high end zentangle package with the latest books, pencils, pens and stencils.

Toysmith 4M Tin Can Robot ($11):
Not only does this toy save a soda can from going into a landfill, it also makes for a great engineering project for the child and his parents. All you need is a soda can, a screwdriver, 2 AAA batteries, and a little imagination.

Gift Ideas Between $15 and $25:

Tech Deck “Fingerboard” Skateboards ($15):
I fully expect these tiny skateboards to be the next “big thing”. When I was 10 or 11 years old, I used to build my own miniature skateboards out of cardboard and broken pencils. They were primitive, but they were still fun to slide up ramps and across flat surfaces. These “modern” fingerboards include graphics from real Skateboard Companies. This pack comes with a skate rack, 3 complete fingerboards (each with real metal trucks, grip tape and real skate company graphics). You also get 3 additional decks to mix and match to suit your style, a tool, risers and bolts, and two sticker sheets to customize your boards. If only I had patented this idea when I first came up with it 20 years ago!

Model Rocket Kit by Estes ($24):
If the boy on your shopping list lives (or has access to) a wide open area, we highly recommend giving him a model rocket kit from Estes. Building your own rocket is fun, and launching it is even better! This kit from Estes includes two easy to assemble model rockets built with a cardboard body tubes and plastic cones. One rocket can fly up to 600 feet high and the other an amazing 1150 feet high. Pre-assembled plastic parachutes automatically deploy and allow the rockets to safely return to earth. Illustrated assembly guide and detailed launching instructions included.

Duct Tape Arts and Crafts Kits for Boys (DUCK TAPE):
duct tape activity for boysWhether you call it duck tape or duct tape, one of the most popular new arts and craft genres is creating masterpieces out of the many new duct tape colors and pattern options available on the market today including camouflage, sports teams, superheroes and other great themes boys love . If you’re looking for a quick, original, and relatively inexpensive gift idea. Pick up a few roles of duct tape at your local home improvement or arts and crafts store and bundle them up with one of the many books available on creating artwork and accessories out of duct tape. As an alternative to buying a book, there are many great websites and blogs dedicated to duct tape art with great how to instructions for various projects (wallets, costumes, swords, animals, etc). You can simply print out a project or two off the website and include that in your gift basket.

Guinness Book of World Records ($17):
If nothing else, Guinness World Records 2011serves as a great reference for the adventurous boy. Who hasn’t thought they could be better than anybody else at stacking golfballs, doing sit-ups, or eating raw oysters? Armed with this reference book, the ambitious youngster on your shopping list will have a new benchmark to work towards (just be thankful the editors have removed the most dangerous records such as “sword swallowing” and “holding your breath under water”).

Great Gifts Between $25 and $50:

Syma S107 Remote Control Helicopter ($29.99):
Overall, this cool gift offers the biggest bang for the buck on this entire site. The Syma S107 is a 3 Channel Gyro mini Metal rc helicopter. It is one of the world’s newest, smallest and lightest RC Helicopter you can get! At approx. 7.5″ long, it easily fits in the palm of your hand and is fully functional, equipped with latest Gyroscope technology, which makes this helicopter an instant hot seller in the RC World. This mini Gyro Metal helicopter charges directly either from the USB cable or from the controller which uses “AA” batteries and has a full-function trim control for the perfect flight.

TIMEX Ironman Wrist Watch ($28):
Looking for the perfect gift for an active boy? The Timex IronmanWrist Watch Model T5E931 is definitely worth a look. All watches are not created equal, and this watch by Timex is as stylish and “cool” as it is functional. In addition to the standard alarm, stopwatch, and lap counters, this watch incorporates the Timex Flix system, which activates the Indiglo night-light with a simple flick of the wrist. To activate FLIX, put the watch into Night-Mode by pressing and holding the Indiglonight-light button 3 seconds until it beeps. With the watch in Night-Mode, a forward “flick” of the wrist with a sharp “stop” will activate the Indiglo night-light for three seconds.

Metal Detectors designed for Kids:
When I was a kid, I loved going around with my cheap metal detector and digging up “treasure” in my parent’s lawn. I’d find all kinds of cool stuff including coins, old Matchbox cars and even an old horseshoe (my parents house was built on old farm land. There are many great inexpensive metal detectors available capable of detecting coin-sized objects up to 5″ deep and larger objects to 3 ft.  Many of the top metal detector brands (including Whites, Garrett, and Bounty Hunter) also offer digital read outs that tell you exactly what is below the surface (for example, they’ll tell you that there is a dime 4″ beneath the surface).  Who know’s what your little friend will find!

Ultimate Mission Spy Kit ($42):
This spy kit will delight the crime fighting youngster in your life. Complete with a Nightscope, Evidence Kit, and Ultimate Spy Watch, this kit provides aspiring spies and detectives with everything they need to go on “top-secret” missions.

An Authentic L.L. Bean Backpack ($39):
In New England (and especially in my home state Maine), receiving your own L.L. Bean back pack (with your initials stitched in the front pocket) is a right of passage for children entering junior high and high school. It is not uncommon for these backpacks to stay with the kid through out his or her college years as well. Best of all, L.L. Bean backpacks come with an unconditional 100% money back guarantee. If the child on your shopping list wears the backpack out, they can simply send it back and get a new one! You can order L.L. Bean backpacks directly through their website.

Cool Gifts Between $50 and $100:

Celestron 21061 AstroMaster Telescope ($59):
Boys love exploring the world around them and this high quality and inexpensive telescope from Celestron will open up even more exploration possibilities to them. This easy to use telescope has a higher quality image than some models costing four times as much! The AstroMaster Series produce bright, clear images of the Moon and planets as well as the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. With so many great features and such an inexpensive price, you may end up wanting one for yourself too!

CHEM C1000 Chemistry Kit ($74):
This is a great introductory chemistry set for the inquisitive young man on your shopping list! Conduct real science experiments with an easy to follow full-color 40 page manual. With hands-on laboratory experiments for beginners, the “scientist” will build a strong foundation in chemistry through exposure to electrochemical reactions, acids and bases, indicators and chromatography. Although we normally recommend shopping online through Amazon, we have found this product for $50 at Target and Toys-R-Us (Amazon doesn’t always have the best prices).

An Authentic L.L. Bean Sleeping Bag ($59)
Yes I’m from Maine, and yes my in-laws work at LL Bean headquarters in Freeport, ME, but that doesn’t stop me from making an unbiased recommendation of an L.L. Bean sleeping bag as a great gift for an active boy or girl! I literally grew up in one of these bags! Whether crashing on friend’s living room floor during a slumber party, or camping at a remote campsite, a good quality sleeping bag (especially one from L.L. Beans) will stand the test of time and keep the boy or girl in your life warm and cozy no matter where they end up sleeping! If you’re not lucky enough to live by an L.L. Bean retail or factory store, you can shop for L.L. Bean sleeping bags online.

Awesome Gifts Over $100:

Jensen Model Steam Engine ($129):
Adult supervision required! For the aspiring engineer, you can’t go wrong with this amazing working steam engine. This solid brass and nickel plated steam engine is perfect for learning more about mechanical energy, motion and the way “things work”. The steam engine runs on steam pressure made by heating water in a boiler just as water is boiled in a tea kettle.

Portable DVD Player for the Car ($115):
Unless the kid’s parents went all out and bought an expensive luxury vehicle with a built-in DVD player and multiple screens, chances are the child (or children) on your shopping list will appreciate this DVD system from Phillips Electronics. Dual screens make this a win-win for the recipient’s brothers or sisters too. Factory DVD systems can cost over $2000 on some makes of vehicles.

Fender Starcaster Acoustic Guitar Starter Package ($125)
Give the gift of music! Although it may seem intimidating, learning to play basic song structures on the acoustic guitar is achievable by almost anyone. This Starcaster® by Fender® Pack delivers a great-sounding dreadnought acoustic guitar and all the essential accessories a starting player needs! Accessories include strings, picks, a strap, a tuner, a gig bag and an instructional DVD. This is very similar to the package I learned to play on! You can find a similar package at most local music stores in your area.

Sporting Event or Concert Tickets:
Another excellent gift idea for boys is to purchase tickets to see their favorite sports team or music group. Give them an “experience” instead of a material gift. Of course it wouldn’t be fun to go alone so make sure you purchase at least two tickets so the recipient can bring a friend or maybe even you! Finding out what his favorite sports team or music group is shouldn’t be too difficult. Even if the game or concert is sold out, you should easily be able to find tickets from online ticket brokers like StubHub and AceTicket.

Take the stress out of gift shopping with unbiased suggestions, opinions, reviews, and tips from real parents. If you need to buy a gift for a child’s birthday party, Christmas, Easter, graduation, holiday, or other special occasion, this handy website will help guide you in selecting an appropriate and enjoyable present.

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