30+ Coolest Gifts for 11 Year Old Boys

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Oh those tween years are fun, aren’t they? Finding the best gifts for 11 year old boys is next to impossible, especially when even the birthday boy has no idea what he wants! No longer a little kid but not yet a teen, 11 year olds are stuck in that awkward phase where they are figuring out themselves and their interests. Luckily I’ve found some of the most creative, unique, and coolest gifts for your 11-year-old boy that he will actually love getting for his birthday or Christmas!

(This list is not meant to be gender exclusive, as these gifts are likely a hit for 11 year old girls too! This list was just created with my own son in mind, as it is his 11th birthday. If you’re shopping for a girl, scroll through for some great ideas, and check out these best gift ideas for teen girls!)

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Useful Gifts for 11 Year Old Boys

Eleven year olds are going to middle school, and that usually means it’s time for a new backpack. Why not gift them one that lets them show their own style and individuality?!

JanSport Backpacks JanSport Backpacks

These Jansport backpacks are classic and are still popular with older boys today. Available in many different colors, water resistant, durable, and easy to clean by wiping down, he will feel stylish and confident with this on his back!

Fill it up with things he can use for school, a new Champion hoodie, and the coolest journal ever.

Sunrise Alarm Clock Sunrise Alarm Clock

For whatever reason, as they enter the teen years waking up in the morning becomes super difficult. Teen boys need lots of sleep as they grow, but they still have to wake up for school!

This sunrise alarm clock was the perfect present for my son, and was actually a Christmas gift that we gave him last year. It uses a warm LED light that gradually brightens before the alarm goes off, for a more gentle wakeup.

The light can be set to different colors and has various sound effects like birds or the ocean.

Fun & Toys for 11 Year Old Boys

Just because they are 11 years old doesn’t mean they are too old for toys! Their idea of toys are just a little different. Here are some of the best toys and a lot of fun gifts for 11-year-old boys.

Our 11 year old loves to play strategy games, and his newest favorite is Kloak.

Kloak Wooden Strategy Board Game Kloak Wooden Strategy Board Game

If your family likes games, you've got to consider Kloak for a gift! It's this super cool strategy game that's perfect for a kid's growing mind. It's all about outsmarting your opponent by hiding your pieces, kind of like a modern twist on classics like chess or checkers. Exercise your brains as you go undercover and try to beat your opponent by getting 3 colored pieces in a row.

It's great for sharpening those critical thinking skills, plus it's a ton of fun and gets really competitive, which boys that age usually love!

Best for ages 8 and up, this can be played with 2-4 players.

kloak strategy game
Catan Adventure Board Game Catan Adventure Board Game

Another fun strategy game for tweens is Catan. This game is a little more involved than others and takes some time to learn (and about an hour to play a game), but once you get into it you'll be hooked. It's the perfect game for older kids and family members to play on a family game night. It's so much fun!

Magnetic Dart Board Magnetic Dart Board

If your son is aspiring to create the perfect chill space for his crew and him to hang, you can’t go wrong with this magnetic dart board as a gift to add to the ambience. Great for a solo game to practice his aim, and of course he's sure to have a great time playing a game of darts with his best friend.

We have this one and it works really well - the magnets actually stick and don't easily bounce back off. (Unless my 5 year old son tries to play... but even he has pretty good luck!)

LEGO Technic Fast & Furious Dom's Dodge Charger LEGO Technic Fast & Furious Dom's Dodge Charger

You're really never too old for LEGO sets, and LEGO Technic building kits are perfect for older kids and adults. He can build lots of different models like this Fast & Furious Dodge Charger, a Porsche 911, or even an app-controlled CAT Bulldozer!

LEGO Marvel Infinity Gauntlet Set LEGO Marvel Infinity Gauntlet Set

For the Marvel lovers, this LEGO Marvel Infinity Gauntlet is another really cool gift. My son also got this as a Christmas gift last year and had so much fun building it with his dad. Occasionally he feels rebellious and uses the gauntlet to display a not-so-nice finger placement (*insert eyeroll here*) but I easily change it when that happens haha.

Snap Circuits Pro SC-500 Electronics Exploration Kit Snap Circuits Pro SC-500 Electronics Exploration Kit

Science kits and STEM activities can actually be a lot of fun for kids. If you like more educational gifts, you should definitely think about the Snap Circuits Pro SC-500 Electronics Exploration Kit. It's perfect for sparking curiosity in how things work.

The kit lets kids build all sorts of cool electronics without any complicated tools – it's all snap-together, super user-friendly.

Don't tell them, but it's a stealthy way to get them into science and engineering, and ...you know... it's so satisfying for them to see their creations actually work. It's educational but in that fun, hands-on way that keeps them engaged for hours!

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Kids Rock & Mineral Collection NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Kids Rock & Mineral Collection

This National Geographic rocks and minerals kit was another birthday present that was a hit with my son, and one that I definitely recommend. It's a fantastic STEM-based gift for a curious kid. It's like a treasure hunt where they can dig into geology, literally!

This set allows them to explore and identify different types of rocks and minerals, which is not only super educational but also really fun. It sparks a natural curiosity about the Earth and science, and who knows, it might even kick-start a lifelong passion for geology.

There's just something about having a hands-on experience with real rocks and minerals that's so much more engaging than just reading about them in a book. It's a great way to blend learning with play.

Nerf Armory Nerf Armory

If your tween is into all things Nerf as much as mine is, you may be tired of the never-ending Nerf mess everywhere! For the longest time, we just used a plastic tub to hold all of the nerf guns and foam darts - but that wasn't a great solution. I needed a better way.

Then I built a Nerf armory for my kid. Bullseye!

Not only did he love his custom wall display to show off all of his favorite Nerf toys, but it motivated him to want to put everything back in its place instead of leaving them lying around. It was a win for both of us!

(Read my post on how I built this easy DIY Nerf armory for all the details.)

Celestial Buddies Little Earth Buddy Celestial Buddies Little Earth Buddy

For the science-lover, Celestial Buddies make the perfect cuddly companion! Choose from a plush planet (all 8 planets available, plus Pluto!) or other fun space squishes like the sun or a black hole that can hold ALL the other Celestial Buddies!

celestial buddies

Clearly I’m excited about these (the teacher in me just LOVES toys that are educational), but your 11 year old will love them too!

And if you think tweens are too old for plushies, you’re wrong. Even older kids (and some adults) love a fun stuffie to snuggle at times.

Ashthorpe 5-Piece Full Size Drum Set Ashthorpe 5-Piece Full Size Drum Set

While I'd say a drum kit likely falls under the umbrella of those non-toy gifts for kids, my 11 year old son would consider this an amazing "toy" for a tween boy!

After taking drum lessons for a year, we decided to get a beginner drum set for our son. We went with a full size set since at 11 years old he is already 5 feet tall, and we didn't want him outgrowing a child's set in one year.

We were able to find a used set locally at a good price, but this drum set on Amazon is pretty affordable for beginners.

(Update - 3 years after buying this drum kit, my son joined the high school marching band as a percussionist!)

best gifts for 11 year old boys drum set

Video Games and Accessories

While I try to not feed into my kids’ video game obsession too much, there’s no denying that tweens typically love playing video games.

Two of the more popular games right now are Animal Crossing (which can be played on the Nintendo Switch) and Stardew Valley (available across platforms).

Tweens everywhere also love playing Roblox online, and my son always has Robux (a Roblox gift card) at the top of his wish list.

Just Dance 2020

One of our favorite games that can be played with the whole family is Just Dance, and a new edition comes out every year. It’s a great opportunity to get your heart rate up and have lots of laughs while you let your competitive streak show!

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

Any teen kid who spends much time playing video games will tell you that a good gaming headset is a must. This HyperX gaming headset is my son's favorite (and it has really good reviews online too).

It's a good gift for both of you - because he can hear his game better and you don't have to hear it at all!

Check out our tween boy bedroom decor here for bedroom makeover ideas!

Gifts for Outdoor Play

If you want some popular gifts to encourage physical activity and reduce the amount of screen time for your kid, these top gifts are a great way to get him out and moving!

Redux: The Original Glow in The Dark Capture The Flag Game Redux: The Original Glow in The Dark Capture The Flag Game

Capture the Flag Redux is a fun way to get your kids outside with their friends for hours of play! With 25 glow in the dark game pieces, kids and adults of all ages will enjoy working together to win this popular game.

Electric Scooter Electric Scooter

Give him a new way to travel from your house to visit his new friend with an electric scooter! This one is a top seller, high quality, and can support a rider up to 220 pounds. He will have a good time rolling around the neighborhood on this fun gift!

Hosim Brushless High Speed RC Monster Truck Hosim Brushless High Speed RC Monster Truck

If he's into remote control toys, this RC Car is the real deal. No need for a flat surface, this bad boy goes off road and will run for up to 40 minutes at a time! It's great for hand-eye coordination, and is basically like playing a video game but in the real world. I'm telling you this would be the best birthday gift ever.

Best Books for 11 Year Old Boys

Oh my goodness, I believe that dad jokes begin when boys are tweens. Am I right? The puns and cringe-worth jokes just never end over here.

So of course I have to keep the laughs coming with a joke book for my little comedian!


This great book of 101 STEM Jokes (that's science, technology, engineering, and math) also comes with some fun facts and activities that any 11 year old would love.

You know how I know?

It was written by Orion Razat, a boy with the exact same birthday as my son! Nobody gets tween boy humor better than another tween boy, and this joke book is the perfect example of that.

Joke books are pretty universally enjoyed, but other types of books are something that you may want to be a little more careful when selecting. You’ll swing and miss if you attempt to surprise an 11 year old with a book about Babe Ruth when he’s really more interested in reading about Hamilton.

We recommend these books for middle grade boys if you want to encourage him to read.

Cool Clothes for 11 Year Old Boy’s Birthday

Your 11 year old may not ask for clothes for his birthday, but I have a feeling he wouldn’t be mad if he got these!

Level 11 Unlocked Birthday Gamer T-Shirt Level 11 Unlocked Birthday Gamer T-Shirt

Your gamer kid will love this retro-style Level 11 shirt. It was the perfect gift for my son and he wore it often. Prepare for your boy to wear it all year and want a level 12 shirt next year!

Square Root of 121 T-Shirt Square Root of 121 T-Shirt

If your boy loves math, or even a good math joke, he will love this square root of 121 tshirt. At the very least, he will get attention as people try to work out the math in their heads! (Spoiler alert: the answer is 11.)

Hopefully this list of gifts has been helpful for you! I try to make a new ultimate gift guide each year, as I know how difficult it can be for parents and family members to find the best gifts that kids at each age love. If you know of an awesome gift that I need to include, please drop a comment and let me know!

Get a head start and check out our gifts for 12 year old boys and gifts for 14 year old boys too!

See all of our awesome gift guides here!

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Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!

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