2016 Christmas Gift Guide for Tween Boys, Ages 8-12
Top Pre-Teen Boy Picks: Ages ~8-12
#1. Popular Video Games this Christmas:
Our sons don’t have any of these yet, and all three are on my oldest’s list. His nonna has already claimed the basketball one, and I took care of the Skylanders, thanks to this incredible deal that Amazon is running right now on it. (That’s a link that’ll take you to it. So yes, this whole page is chock full of affiliate links.)
#2. Cards, cards, and more cards!!!
Both of my oldest two boys (ages 9 and 11) are crazy about these. Here’s a link to some card holders too because their collections get massive quickly.
#3. Books my boys have asked for:
The latest Wimpy Kid book is HALF OFF on Amazon this week! I’m sure we’ll be completing our collection…
Epic Big Nate: This one is NOT on sale, and it’s $32. Youch. It’s an overview of Peirce’s career progression with Big Nate. I’m not sure that it has any cartoons in it that haven’t already been read, so we will be holding out on this one, but if you have a die-hard fan, like our son Joshua, it would still be a hit.
This one is only $9, and it’s an excellent story of a boy overcoming adversity through hard work to become an NBA star.
#4. Sports Team Apparel
This is the first year that sports team apparel has made both Joshua and Caleb’s lists. Clothes! They actually want clothes! Joshua wants (yet another) ball cap, and Caleb wants a Bryce Harper jersey. And our sports teams are all over the place because we move so much, but that’s okay. Here are the ones my boys want. Of course, the Braves and Georgia Bulldogs are more popular where I live. What team do your neighborhood kids root for?
#5. Well, actually, who DOESN’T want a drone this year???
This one is the Star Wars remote control Tie Fighter Drone, per Caleb’s specifications!
#6. A New Bat (or sports equipment in general)
Lego sets are still a safe bet for some boys, but not others. Caleb still loves them. They weren’t at the top of the list this year. However, they do get excited about the Legos that you can do robotics with, the kind that have moving parts.
The very affordable Star Wars build able figures are still a hit.
Buyer beware: It’s $200. This is just a pipe dream for most of our kids. Ha!
But they do make these:
These are only $30, and you can add these motors to Lego creations that they already have or make to go with it.
#8. A Mega Nerf Gun
We refuse to buy any more of them because our boys have way too many, and yet it still turned up on Caleb’s Christmas list, yet again. Caleb has this one, and it is pretty amazing:
Toys we’ve graduated from:
–Hotwheels (sad, I know)
–Super Hero Toys
This age group is mostly past the above toys. My younger boys love them, though!
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