Struggling to find the ideal gifts for 11-year-old boys? Relax – I’m here to help you. I’ve rounded up 25 of the hottest preteen-approved presents you can buy online today.
The gifts I’ve picked cover a wide range of personalities and interests. You’re bound to find something your boy will love. Start scrolling for inspiration.
If your boy loves playing video games, the Nintendo Switch is a fantastic gift idea. It’s a handheld device that he can use anywhere. But plug it into a TV, and it works like a regular games console too.
He can play with the masses online or connect with up to 8 other players locally. There are thousands of popular games for the Switch, so you’ll never be stuck for gift ideas again. It’s a dream present for any 11-year-old gamer.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Solar Model Kit
National Geographic’s solar model kit is a wonderful gift for boys who like building things. This STEM set will allow him to build working models of the Mars rover and Moon buggy.
Easy-to-follow instructions will guide him through putting the wooden frames together. No tools or messy glue required – the wooden pieces simply snap together. He’ll be super proud when he connects the solar panel and sees his work come to life.
Kindle Paperwhite Kids
Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite Kid’s edition is the perfect gift for an 11-year-old boy who loves to read. It comes with a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, giving him access to thousands of kids' books.
The Kindle is strictly for reading – he can’t access apps, games, or movies on this device. You can monitor his progress and adjust age filters using the parent dashboard. It won’t take the place of his favorite book, but it’ll give him access to many more.
Monopoly Voice Edition
Unleash your boy’s entrepreneurial streak with this modern take on a classic board game. Monopoly voice edition has streamlined rules for faster, shorter games. There’s no cash or cards – players use voice commands to pay rent and buy properties.
The Mr. Monopoly unit keeps track of all the finances so each player can focus on their winning strategy. This is a great game for tweens to play with friends and a sure favorite for family game night.
Victorinox Swiss Army Junior 9 Pocket Knife
Trying to find the perfect gift for adventurous 11-year-old boys? Then this junior Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife is ideal. Whether he’s camping, fishing, hiking, or hunting, this knife has the tools he’ll need.
Purpose-built for young explorers, the locking blade features a safe rounded tip. There’s also a wood saw, screwdriver, tweezers, and more. Your boy will be over the moon when he unwraps his first Swiss Army knife.
Remote Control Monster Truck
This remote control monster truck is a fantastic gift for boys who love cars. Chunky tires, four-wheel-drive, and working suspension mean this truck can go anywhere.
Adjustable speed modes make it a great choice for beginners. When he’s ready, the powerful motor produces a top speed of 25 mph. The two included batteries will give your boy up to 40 minutes of drive time between charges. He’ll have hours of fun pushing this truck to its limits.
LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon Set
If you boy enjoys building LEGO models, this Star Wars Millennium Falcon set is an excellent buy. It comes with 7 LEGO Star Wars characters, including Finn, Chewbacca, and C-3PO.
The 1,351-piece kit will test his building skills and ability to follow instructions. But he’ll be blown away by the end result. The finished model features detailed moving turrets, spring-loaded missiles, and a lowering ramp. This present will take pride of place in his room.
Ryze Tech Tello - Mini Drone
A drone is one of those fun gifts many 11-year-boys dream of owning. Make his dream come true with this mini drone designed especially for young pilots. It’s easy to fly and comes with propeller guards for added safety.
It comes with a single battery, giving 13 minutes of flying time. A built-in video camera feeds images back to the ground in real-time. He’ll be able to see the world from a whole new perspective.
3Doodler Create+ 3D Printing Pen
Bring your creative boy's doodles to life with this 3D printing pen. He’ll be able to draw objects using heated plastic that hardens almost immediately. The only limitation is his imagination.
This starter set contains a variety of colorful plastic filaments to get him started. There’s also a guidebook full of templates and design ideas he can try. He’ll be amazed at how easy it is to turn his ideas into reality.
Sphero BOLT Robot
Searching for an amazing gift for 11-year-old boys who love technology? Then this Sphero BOLT robot is an incredible buy. He’ll have great fun working through the child-friendly guided activities.
Your boy will learn how to program the robot’s sensors and develop basic coding skills. It’s not all learning and no fun – he can enjoy driving the BOLT around like an RC car. This is a STEM present that’s educational and exciting in equal measure.
HUE Animation Studio
Ignite your boy’s creative spark with the HUE animation studio. This set contains everything he’ll need to make his very own stop motion animated videos. The USB HD camera and child-friendly software are super simple to set up and use.
An introductory guidebook will help him learn the basics. It features 20 step-by-step projects he’ll love working through. As he gains experience, he can use his imagination to create clips that bring his favorite toys to life.
Razor RipStik Caster Board
The Razor RipStik Caster Board is a skateboard with a twist – it only has 2 wheels, and they’re on rotating casters. This results in a twisting, carving ride similar to snowboarding or surfing. The board’s bright, fresh colors are definitely in keeping with the surfer dude vibe too.
People say it takes a little time to master, but their kids were motivated by the challenge. This is one of the coolest gifts for 11-year-old boys who love board sports.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Air Rocket Toy
If you’d like your boy to spend more time playing outdoors, this LED rocket launcher is an excellent gift idea. He’ll love stomping on the foot pump and watching his rocket take to the skies.
Each foam-tipped rocket is equipped with LED lights to create a light show as it flies through the air. The launcher also comes with a National Geographic guide. It’s full of fun rocket-based experiments he can try.
Elenco Snap Circuits Junior
Does your 11-year-old like to know how things work? If so, this Elenco electronics exploration kit is an inspired gift idea. The set contains over 30 components that snap together on a plastic grid. That means there’s no soldering or tools required.
Your boy will be captivated as he works through the 101 projects in the easy-to-follow manual. There are expansion packs with even more challenging circuits if he gets hooked. It’s a great buy for inquisitive minds.
162-Piece Deluxe Art Set
This deluxe art set is the ideal gift for artistic 11-year-old boys. The 162-piece kit includes paints, pencils, brushes, and more. There are also different paper types for painting, sketching, and coloring.
The sturdy wooden art box has a space for everything. He’ll find it super easy to keep his art supplies organized. It’s easy to transport, too, so he can create his next masterpiece wherever the mood takes him. Creative boys will love unwrapping this present.
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
If your boy is a gamer, he’ll treasure this HyperX gaming headset. It sounds incredible and has a surround sound feature that will immerse him in games.
The built-in mic is perfect for team talks when he’s playing online. It also comes off if he just wants headphones. The headset works with a wide variety of computers and consoles, so you don’t have to sweat the details. It’s a cool present for 11-year-old boys who love gaming.
My First Lab Duo Scope Microscope
A microscope is an amazing non-toy gift for boys who enjoy science. The duo-scope is unique as it’s a 2-in-1 device – a regular microscope and a stereomicroscope. This makes it better for looking at three-dimensional objects like stones and plants.
The kit comes with an experiment guide, full of exciting ideas and information. He’ll also get all of the essential equipment he needs to get started. This is an excellent buy for boys who are curious about the natural world.
ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run
Does your boy enjoy solving puzzles? Then he’ll love this gravity maze marble run brain game. He’ll need problem-solving, planning, and building skills to solve all 60 challenges. The aim of the game is to build a marble maze based on the puzzling instructions.
The puzzles are easy, to begin with, but they get more complex as the game progresses. He’ll have fun solving the problems and watching the marble navigate his mazes.
JBL Clip 4 Bluetooth Speaker
If your boy enjoys listening to music, he’ll love this portable Bluetooth speaker. It sounds great, with punchy bass that’ll make his favorite tunes pop. The clip design makes it convenient to hang just about anywhere he wants.
The Clip 4 speaker offers 10 hours of music playback on a single charge. It’s also waterproof, making it perfect for days by the pool or sea. This is an excellent gift for 11-year-old boys who like music.
Celestron Travel Telescope
This Celestron travel telescope is a top gift for 11-year-old boys obsessed with space. With up to 40x magnification, he’ll be able to experience the night sky in striking detail. It comes with a tripod and handy backpack to carry everything.
Thanks to the free software included in the kit, he’ll be able to learn more about what he sees through the eyepiece. I think it’s an incredible gift for budding astronomers.
Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack
Every 11-year-old boy needs a good backpack for school and other activities. The Fjallraven Kanken backpack is a super trendy yet practical design. It has plenty of space for his things and is rugged enough to survive his most grueling adventures.
There are loads of colors available, but I think this all-black version is a great pick for most boys. It’s a great gift for busy boys who use their backpacks daily.
Slackers 50-Feet Slackline
Does your boy enjoy trying new outdoor activities? If so, he’s going to go crazy for slacklining. This trendy activity is popping up in parks all over, with kids wanting to show off their balance skills.
This slackline set is designed to be suspended between 2 trees. It comes with a second training line your boy can hold on to as he finds his feet. It would be lots of fun with a group of friends.
Brightz WheelBrightz LED Bike Lights
If your 11-year-old adores his bicycle, this LED lighting set is a fantastic gift idea. The set includes 2 strands of LED lights designed specifically for bike wheels. They look super cool and make your boy easier to see if he’s out on his bike after the sun goes down.
There are loads of color options available – this ice blue version is my favorite. This is bound to be one of the coolest gifts he’ll ever receive.
11 is a great age for boys to learn some basic cooking skills. This kid’s cookbook has over 50 recipes he can try out. The French toast and pizza recipes sound especially tasty.
All of the instructions are written in simple, child-friendly language he’ll be able to follow. The book encourages using healthy ingredients without lecturing. Your boy will learn a valuable life skill and enjoy some great food in the process.
Amazon Gift Card
If you’re still not sure what to buy your 11-year-old boy, an Amazon gift card is an excellent idea. He can use it to buy anything he wants or needs from the Amazon site.
Gift cards start at $25 and come in a presentation box with a personalized message from you. He can use it with his own money and there’s no expiry date. He can hang onto it and save for something extra special.