Gift Ideas for Tween Boys

Tweens love special events as much as they did when they were younger. They look forward to birthdays, Christmas, and other special occasions as much as ever. But finding gifts for tweens isn't as easy as it once was. Boys, in particular, can be difficult to shop for. If you're looking for gift ideas for boys, consider the following suggestions - they're appropriate for birthdays, Christmas, or any other occasion that calls for something special.

Consider Electronic Items

Computer games for a DSi or a Game Boy make great gift ideas for boys. Photo courtesy of Nintendo

Electronics are almost always a hit with tweens. If you're looking for a big ticket item, iPods, GameBoys, and the Nintendo DS, or Nintendo DSi are wonderful gift ideas for boys. If your tween already has those items, consider a game or an accessory for the item. For example, you could purchase a carrying case for his iPod, or a game for his DS. There are numerous games on the market for hand held gaming systems, be sure you choose one that appeals to your child's interests. If he loves dinosaurs, for example, consider the Fossil Fighters game.

Appeal to His Sense of Humor

Gift ideas for boys can include books, boardgames, movies, and computer games.
When thinking about gift ideas for boys, consider books that appeal to their personalities. Photo courtesy of Workman Publishing
Boys love anything that appeals to their sense of humor or that's gross or weird. When considering gift ideas for boys, try to find something that's a little wacky. One such book that appeals to tween boys is Oh, Yikes! History's Grossest, Wackiest, Moments by Joy Masoff. This book is funny, gross and reveals true facts from history such as how knights in full armor went to the bathroom, why pirates liked eating in the dark, and other freakish facts most people wondered about, but never asked.

Novelty Items are Always a Hit

Anything that glows-in-the-dark or lights-up make great gift ideas for boys. Photo courtesy of Poof-Slinky, Inc.
Nobody can resist a Slinky, but the Light-Up Slinky is particularly appealing to tween boys. The Light-Up Slinky contains LED lights that illuminate the toy, and make it a fun game for sleepover parties, or for anytime. Other novelty gift ideas for boys include anything that glows-in-the-dark or fall into the "prankster" category of gifts, such as a rubber chicken, a whoopee cushion, or a magic kit.

Movies Make Great Gifts

A good movie or two can be gift ideas for boys who enjoy films, comedies, or Friday Night Movie Night. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Movies are always fun, and can be used for Family Movie Night, a sleepover, or on a rainy day, when there's nothing else to do. Family movies are worth considering as gift ideas for boys, but be sure you pick a movie that boys won't mind watching over and over. Comedies are always a good idea, and look for movies with movie stars that appeal to the preteen set. Possible movie choices could include: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Transformers, How to Eat Fried Worms, Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Nacho Libre.

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