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 child 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 11 year old boys that they will actually love getting for their 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 my gift ideas for teen girls!)
Useful Gifts for 11 Year Old Boys
Cool Backpack for Back To School
Eleven year olds are going to middle school, and that means character backpacks are no longer cool to have. But that also doesn’t mean that kids just have to use boring solid color backpacks with no cool features!
The Lemont Foldable Backpack from Trend Him is lightweight and water resistant, with zippers to keep all of his belongings safe. It expands to full size when in use, and can be folded up into a compact shape – perfect for traveling or when needing to save space. He will love showing his friends what this sweet backpack can do!
For the tween who is eco-friendly (a VSCO boy maybe?), this cork backpack will be a conversation starter with all of his friends. Water resistant, durable, and easy to clean by wiping down, he will feel stylish and confident with this on his back!
Face Masks for Kids and Teens
With middle schoolers, face masks are going to be worn as much for safety as for style, and your 11 year old will love having a face covering that fits their personality as well as their face.
Rafi Nova is our favorite source for face masks (you’ve probably seen me sharing their masks all over Facebook already!), and here’s why. They have a kids collection with smaller masks to fit children’s sizes, and a teen collection as well. They also offer “Smile Masks” with clear inserts that are perfect for teachers or anyone who wants/needs to have their mouth visible!
The blank DIY mask kit is great for kids and families to personalize any way they like, and would make a great gift for your 11 year old who wants to design his mask his own way. It comes with 2 adult masks, 2 kid masks, and 6 fabric markers.
I’m personally loving the Pride colors and my I Am Listening masks – they let me speak up on important social matters without even saying a word.
Personalized Docking Station
While not all 11 year olds have their own cell phone, many have electronic devices of some sort. Keeping those things safely put away and organized (and charged!) needs an easy solution.
This personalized docking station is a great way to help your kid keep up with their phone, tablet, or other rechargeable electronic device. It’s easy to set up and sturdy, and of course can be personalized with their name, initials, nickname, or whatever you can think of! It has a slot for holding a watch or bracelet (or scrunchie) and a notched corner for hanging keys or a favorite necklace.
Once your 11 year old learns proper knife safety (and to NOT take them to school), he may be ready for his very own multi-tool. This gadget, named the Jack of All Trades, is perfect for the rugged outdoorsman and will come in handy on his next camping trip. Add his name with the personalization option and he will never have an excuse to use dad’s multi-tool again.
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 that make fun gifts for 11 year old boys.
The Little Learning Hands World Explorer Kit blends fun and engaging hands-on learning activities with Life skills building and cultural exploration. Each box includes a 3D puzzle, an additional activity (arts and crafts, science experiments, etc), a booklet full of fun facts and learning, 2 recipe cards, 4 table talk cards for whole family fun, flag, play money, and a sticker to mark off the exploration of a new country.
In addition, the welcome kit features a scratch off map of the world, a passport and a backpack to accompany the child throughout the journey of exploration.
These subscription boxes are suited for children 6-12 years old, and definitely are just right for an inquisitive 11 year old. For us, they are a great source of family fun. They would also be perfect to add variety and excitement to homeschool lessons.
Unique Mystery Boxes
My kids have loved blind bags and boxes for years (the element of surprise is the best part), but these mystery boxes are really cool – especially for tweens!
Fungisaurs are a genetically engineered, dinosaur-mushroom hybrid species. So far, only 8 species have been identified but we hope more will come. You can be surprised by getting the mystery boxes, or order a pack of 12 with the guarantee to get one of each!
Apple device owners can extend play and learning by downloading the free Fungisaurs AR App (not yet released for Androids). Young explorers unlock new characters using the Toy Scan and collect up to eight Fungisaurs. With each Fungisaur found, kids become experts on dinosaur data and spotting native mushrooms!
I’ll be totally honest – I fell in love with these Fungisaurs and wasn’t sure if my 11 year old would like them as much as I did. But to my heart’s delight, he tore into each box with pure excitement and even talked about letting his younger sister play with them too!
What he hasn’t realized is his grandpa is a super mushroom enthusiast, and he will want to join in on the Fungisaur fun along with them. These make great stocking stuffers!
Nerf Gun 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.
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.)
Science-Based Plush Toys
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! You can find them on Amazon or on the Celestial Buddies website.
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 teenagers (and some adults) love a fun stuffie to snuggle at times.
Board Games for Tween Boys
Our 11 year old loves to play strategy games, and his newest favorite is Kloak. Exercise your brains as you go undercover and try to beat your opponent by getting 3 colored pieces in a row. Best for ages 8 and up, this can be played with 2-4 players.
Another fun strategy game for tweens is Catan. This one is a little more involved and takes some time to learn (and about an hour to play a game), but once you get into it you’ll be hooked.
Drum Kit for Beginner Drummers
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.
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.
Tweens everywhere also love playing Roblox online, and my son always has Robux (a Roblox gift card) at the top of his wish list.
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 way to get your heart rate up and have lots of laughs while you let your competitive streak show!
Even if you don’t live on the coast, a bodyboard is definitely a perfect example of a unique gift for 11 year old boys.
This Bodyboard from Beach Goer is a board that can be used in the water for lots of fun (you may know the term “boogie board”). But even if you are miles from the ocean or in an area too cold for bodyboarding, this bodyboard would make excellent inspiration for new bedroom decor! Just attach it to your tween’s wall and there you go! You may just find yourself adding a full beach theme to his room as a “big boy” gift!
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 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. Check out some of our top book lists over on Twilighters to find the perfect match!
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 shirt
Your gamer kid will love this retro-style Level 11 shirt (available on Amazon). Prepare for him to wear it all year and want a level 12 shirt next year!
Speaking of Hamilton – encourage him to want to learn more history with this Hamilton-inspired t-shirt.
Square root of 121 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.)