91 Best Gift Ideas & Toys for 12-Year-Old Boys 2020
A 12-year-old boy has often found his passion. Whether that be soccer, videogames or knitting, he commits huge amounts of his time to it in the effort to be the best. He’s conscious about the world around him and how they think of him. In the future, the only thing he’s sure about is that he wants to be a millionaire—he’s sure he can work out the details later.
Buying gifts for a 12-year-old boy is awesome. And a little tricky. Which console do they have? Are they still playing sports? Never fear, we’ve got a bunch of great gifts that any 12 year old would love no matter what they’re into, so enjoy browsing and perhaps putting him on the path to working out how to make that million.
Programming functions is a cinch with the companion app, compatible with both iOS and Android. With all these parts and programmability, it’ll take a while before your 12-year-old can run out of ideas on what to build with this thing.
It’s superbly portable, as it is a hybrid between a handheld and a home console. It also has a great selection of memorable games geared towards kids, with quite a few more on the way.
This spectacular toy needs no batteries to operate. Aside from the solar panels, it also comes with a mechanical gearbox and a hydraulic transmission. It's a brilliant way to teach your young engineer about solar power and hydraulic power working together.
The object of the puzzle is to sort the buttons on the surface of the orb by color, sliding them along paths cut into it. What makes this challenging is that you have to avoid entangling all the colored strings that connect a colored button to a counterpart button of the same color on the other side of the orb.
You can build storm shelters for the dinos, feed them a proper diet, make shelters for the visitors to hide in when the dinosaurs inevitably get loose, and much more. You can even take an active part in containing the dinos when they get out by riding a chopper and shooting them with tranquilizer darts. There's a lot of enjoyment to be had in this game, which any Jurassic World fan will appreciate.
Aside from construction implements, you can also build things like a chopper and an armored car. The sturdy metal pieces make for some resilient models, which is certainly a plus though it's not as flexible or modular as other build kits.
No setting is too extreme with its versatility in mounting capability. It also features 30fps 1080p playback on its 1.77” LCD screen, as well as a medley of photo and video modes and even mini-games.
Though the packaging doesn't advertise it specifically, surely one with sufficient creativity could design his gyroscopic machines from this kit. The challenge of doing so is the icing on top of this scientific skill-building toy.
Each experiment comes with their display cases so your young geologist can have a colorful ensemble to put on display and admire. If he's getting sick of growing crystals from talc powder, he'll appreciate this experiment kit falling into his hands.
It also teaches young engineers the utility of recycled parts, as you can use a used soda can as a chassis to house the engine. It’s a superb way to teach your 12-year-old how self-propelled vehicles work, and put that theory into good practice.
Parts include a battery module, variable resistor module, LED module, among many others, with six baseboards to hold it all in place. There's also a 48-page manual for each of the individual parts, and 31 jumper wires also come packaged. Batteries need to be supplied for this thing though, and it can go through quite a few of them.
Featuring HD 720p and a whopping 1299 arcade games, this game console brings the retro feel of classic gaming right into your living room. The controls feel as authentic as the joysticks on the real things, too. It also features customizable controls, a favorites list, and USB ports for gamepad support.
As soon as he’s done with that, he can compete with his friends in toppling one another’s wooden cutout targets. If you want catapult combat to be extra visceral, you can even use these catapults to engage wooden block castles.
Whatever your 12-year-old boy may fancy, he can build with this versatile kit. It even comes with a strong chest-type box for easy safekeeping.
With only around 100 parts, it's a bit less than most build kits – but don't be fooled. It doesn't take away from the complexity of this model engine. The result is a working scale model of a car engine, complete with pistons, a radiator fan, the whole shebang. Young mechanical engineers will be thrilled at this undertaking.
Even if it’s not as cool as a Vive or an Oculus Rift, it’s still a neat piece of engineering. Any tech-savvy 12-year-old will certainly appreciate having a look at one of these.
Whatever he aspires to be playing like a champ when he’s older, Epiphone’s got him covered with this all-inclusive starter set.
Even in the digital age, games like Catan would still find a welcome home in the hands of appreciative young strategists. Being a traditional game, Catan requires little setup, no power, and has outstanding portability. This gift works especially well if your 12-year-old likes strategy games.
Compact, portable, and with some sick light-up casters, this thing would be a blast to take to the skate park at nighttime (provided he has parental supervision, of course).
It’s more than a mere toy, however. Both the bow and the arrows are built to be almost as durable and powerful as the real thing. If the arrows had real arrowheads instead of suction cups, this could very well pass for an actual bow and arrow. Brilliant for Olympic archer hopefuls and Legolas wannabes alike.
It features folding wings, a cockpit that opens from the front and the top, and dual spring-loaded laser cannons with extra laser ammo. It also includes a Yoda and an R2-D2 minifigure to complete the set. Minifigure Yoda even has a little lightsaber in his tiny hands!
You’ve got the standard quadcopter mode, a wheeled mode that offers tight turns and jumping, and a tracked mode to trundle over difficult terrain. With these three modes of traversal and a smooth first-person view, this drone maxes out the usefulness of having a remote-controlled camera. And it does it in a cool way, too.
This particular model is patterned after the iconic Gundam look, featuring the trademark GN swords, the GN shield, and a bunch of other effects parts. It’s a solid figure all around and would make a terrific first model in your 12-year-old’s Gundam collection.
A solid speedster in its own right, it can be combined with its sister model – the LEGO Technic BASH – for a more customizable pool of parts with two powerful engines rather than one. You can also build over it with your own LEGO parts to create custom vehicles.
That's precisely what this doodling robot from 4M fulfills. It's a random implement without much use other than being a robot and being fun to watch as it spins in the mechanical way that robots do. It's easy to assemble and needs only one AA battery for power. Just insert three colored pens into its holders and watch it spin and draw circles as it goes forth.
This is an excellent way for aspiring architects and engineers to experiment with equilibrium and make it second nature. That would be an invaluable trait when they eventually end up with a career in those fields.
Using magnetic blocks, players build the most difficult maze they can devise. Then, they swap with their opponent and try to get a ball through the maze first by tilting it. This game enhances both creativity and reflexes in an immensely enjoyable way.
The Waboba Moon Ball makes use of these crazy round craters (hence the name) to bounce and spin like no other ball. It even makes a fun noise as it bounces off of things. It’s also lighter than most balls to boot, making any game played with it a fresh new challenge for the regular ball-meister.
It’s also a great way to avoid exposing yourself to your phone’s radiation. Whether he’s a joker or just simply quirky, your 12-year-old will surely appreciate this silly little gift.
It's a great way to get some exercise and release some of that attitude teens are infamous for. It's best for those who are currently getting martial arts lessons.
For guitarists, that's such things as their first guitar, their trusty capo, and their lucky pick. A good pick is a musical implement to treasure, and this ergonomic, aesthetically pleasing borosilicate glass pick is exactly that.
Okay, that might not be the exact story behind this cool invention, but it’s probably close. With its viewing prism working like the ones in submarine periscopes, your 12-year-old can watch TV in bed without breaking his neck from being propped up for too long on a pillow.
What's great about this rubber band-powered pinball game is that you can customize it to your liking, adding obstacles and decorations to suit your playstyle further.
It's a great little tabletop toy to keep your son occupied during idle downtime between study sessions.
With unbelievably fast responsiveness and great durability, this keyboard will serve your young trooper for a long time. The keys feel fantastic, they sound crisp, and they look good while doing it with the RGB LED that’s easy on the eyes.
It’s also fully compatible with other LEGO pieces, in case you want to do some redesigning. Included with the kit is an info booklet about the architecture that went into the real Capitol Building, as well as its history.
The hoop is designed to fit onto any door and has an adjustable height to accommodate kids of different heights. The automatic ball returner needs four C alkaline batteries to operate. The returner can still work without power (although it wouldn't detect the shooter and swivel the returner to point at him).
Say he threw away his last pick in the spur of the moment after a particularly bomb guitar solo, but the crowd yells for an encore. What does he do? He whips this gizmo out and punches out a pick right on the spot, that’s what.
This tiny hummingbird of a remote-controlled drone has a range of 50 meters and a battery life of 8 minutes. Small, comparatively speaking, but given its size and the tech that goes into controlling it, it's pretty decent. It's a great novelty toy to have just lying around.
This stuffed animal might not be as big as the real thing, but he's just as fluffy and huggable (Well, almost. We don't have any way of knowing). If you're looking for what gifts and toys to gift a 12-year-old boy who's crazy about the pocket monsters, look no further than this (besides the latest Pokémon game, probably).
As you dial in your custom three-digit combination, you can see the gears turning in the mesmerizing way that they do. This safe is perfect for sealing away essential personal effects and other items. Sturdy as it is, however, this safe can be undone with relative ease by a determined ne’er-do-well with a saw!
This would make a fantastic gift for a sporty kid with a bunch of friends who are just as sporty and competitive as he is. Another good thing about it is that it's compact, easy to transport, and easy to set up. It's a fun day at the park in a can.
The object is to try to answer all of the outlandish questions and see how close you were to the useless factoid that is the answer. Simple enough, but it’s guaranteed to give hours of laughter from the absurdity of some of the facts, and a great way to strike up a conversation or friendship too.
Show him what went down on Earth back during the good old days when Goku and Vegeta still called one another enemies, and the whole planet was under threat of annihilation at the hands of the evil Frieza. Whether it’s to add to his collection or to start it, it’s a terrific gift for any Dragon Ball fan.
It’s got all of the capabilities of modern tablets: browsing, using apps, even watching TV. And since it’s geared towards kids, it’s also got parental controls to give parents that peace of mind.
This 6-fret practice board simulates strumming well, except for the sound. It uses real guitar strings, so it makes a bit of a sound when strummed, but not enough to be so audible as to annoy the people around you. Great for building finger strength and training chord progressions.
The Ukick improves on the original design by adding variable weights using disks that attach to the bottom. Making it lighter makes it float in the air a bit more, making it easier to practice with.
This kit's got all sorts of experiments ranging from surface tension to air pressure, as well as some cool practical know-how like how to make invisible ink.
Luckily this Polypropylene boomerang brought to you by a former boomerang world champion is geared towards beginners and comes with some instructions on how to use it from the master himself.
It's a great way to remind him how far humanity has gone as a spacefaring civilization, but it's also a brilliant source of inspiration. What haven't other sectors of our solar system been explored? It's all laid out on this chart – all that's left to do is to reach out to them.
It's been a special part of the childhoods of many of us, and now it can be brought to your 12-year-old's bedroom with this 40-inch model.
After it's all been arranged, you can go online and give his creation a listen. All of these measures have been pre-recorded by a real-life orchestra, so it'll sound like a real-life composition once you go and listen to it. After that, your preteen maestro can name his composition, download it, print it, and show it to his music teacher. He'll be a shoo-in to the school band by then.
Do away with that with these number 2 pencils specifically designed for guys like him. You can drum along to a cool song that comes on the radio on a long road trip, or practice a sick beat while waiting for class to start. Whatever the rock-and-roll emergency, this pair of drum-pencils is there to fulfill your needs.
Set in the mystical space between dreams and reality, The Sandman does away with the traditional concepts of black and white and exposes the dark that exists in the light and vice versa. This book is perfect for kids with ever-evolving literary tastes.
The device fits smoothly onto any handlebar, and there’s even a remote trigger that you can mount to the handle to easily turn it on/off.
The Code Gamer Coding Workshop teaches kids all they need to know to make games using the Arduino programming language. Once they have it down pat, they can move on to the 34 included experiments and make their game projects.
The whistle unscrews and comes apart into three parts: the first part is a flashlight that also houses a compass, a thermometer, and a mirror. The other two parts are a magnifying glass and the whistle itself. This neat gadget is just about everything you need to navigate out in the wild, although it’s always better to have dedicated tools on hand too. Perfect for the trekking type of kid.
For the kids who have just gotten into the magical world of Middle-Earth, gift them this Atlas to serve as their guide before they go on adventures with the likes of Bilbo and Gandalf. Mordor, Mirkwood, or anywhere there be dragons, he’ll know all about them in this book.
Wherever he goes, whoever he may roll with, you can rest easy knowing your son will have everything he needs to survive. With this much know-how about how to make the undead re-dead, how could he not?
It features a pen holder, a wallet rack, a watch hanger, and a phone shelf with a charger cord slot. The whole thing is just a handy hub for stowing your stuff instead of strewing them all around the room.
A spectacular source of inspiration if your 12-year-old likes to write about snarky smart-alecks, doing clever-mouthed improv, or wants to give his friends a classy tongue-lashing without using any curses (none of the usual ones, anyway).
This reflex movement he developed might’ve made him miss the school bus one too many times. If that's the case, you and he might agree that he needs a bit of extra challenge, shall we say, in interacting with that alarm clock. This flying alarm clock delivers just that, by taking off as soon as the alarms go off. Annoying, maybe, but it sure gets them out of bed.
Hidden zippers prevent sly hands from prying your pack open, and hidden pockets in the straps keep your essentials as close to the body as possible. It distributes weight evenly, making it feel lighter, more comfortable, and even has an integrated USB charging port.
With this step-by-step guide, he’ll be armed with all the coding knowledge a 12-year-old needs to know to get by in the modern digital world. For budding programmers and computer scientists, this book would be a decent headstart.
Time is a luxury, and you don’t wanna know what happens if you don’t finish the puzzles on time. Can you find your way out?
The net automatically tautens to accommodate the table width, so you don't need to adjust it. The easy-to-store set also makes it insanely portable.