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Gifts for 11 Year Old Boys

Here's our handy guide to help you find the best toys and gifts for 11 year old boys. This list of gift ideas has been put together with the help of our team of parents who have hands-on experience with the highest rated and best gifts available on Amazon. Hopefully this guide will save you time and help you find that perfect gift to aid his healthy development and bring hours of joy.
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A funny party game where each player has to describe a catch phrase without using any of the words.

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Balancing game for all the family. Add pieces but don't let it topple over!

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What is the best gift for an 11 year old boy?

At 11 years of age your boy is at the beginning of what’s considered the in-between phase. Not quite a teenager but at an age where most gifts he may own from previous years will no longer keep his interest.

At a younger age you probably found it quite easy to buy a gift that would keep him entertained, but as he’s got older his interests have become more specific and in some cases more expensive.

There’s no need to worry! At Good Old Gifts we’ve put in hours of research and put together this handy guide to save you time and help you find the best gifts for an 11 year old boy.

Snap Circuits Classic Electronics Exploration Kit

Bring out your 11 year old’s inner genius with the Snap Circuits Classic Electronics Exploration Kit and have endless fun in the process.

With over 300 different electronic projects such as lie detector, touch lamp or AM radio he’ll be endlessly challenged and entertained.

The set contains 60 pieces including a slide switch, resistors, snap wires and capacitors which all snap easily onto the included plastic grid.

With no soldering skills or tools required, it’s a brilliant electronic starter kit gift for an 11 year old boy.

Catch Phrase Game

Bring friends and family together with this digital version of the classic catch phrase game.

The aim is simple, two teams play against each other by taking it in turns to get their teammates to guess the phrase that appears on the digital screen.

They have to do it without saying the any of the words that appear on screen and get enough correct before the buzzer goes off.

With 5000 phrases and words from many different categories, it’ll be a fun edition to party and family get togethers for years to come.

Orion Astro Reflector Telescope

This highly rated compact telescope is a great gift idea for a young budding astronomy enthusiast or someone who’s simply fascinated by space and stars.

He’ll be able to get detailed views of the moon, planets, shooting stars as well as clusters or nebulas.

It’s all ready to use out of the box and comes with multiple eye pieces as well as a reflex sight, astronomy software and more.

It’s compact design makes it easy to move around and can be placed on flat surfaces or table-tops too.

This is a great gift for an 11 year old boy, who knows what mysteries of space he’ll uncover?

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game

A super fun game for up to four players that will put his hand-eye coordination skills to the test.

The rules are simple, the aim is to take it in turns by each hanging one of the notched wires from the table-top stand. As more gets added it becomes more challenging until eventually a wrong move sends them all crashing down.

This game will not only challenges and develop your 11 year old boy’s hand-eye coordination, but also his patience while reducing screen time too.

Alesis Compact Kit 4 Portable Electronic Drum Kit

Build up his musical talent and sense of rhythm with this portable four pad electronic drum kit.

He’ll be able to constantly improve his skills with the built in coach feature that assists with learning by showing notes on the LCD screen.

There’s also 70 drum kit styles to choose from to keep it sounding fresh as well as the 10 different effects.

With this gift, he’ll also be able to practice his rhythm and timing by playing along to the 50 built in tracks.

Monopoly Deal Card Game

This version of Monopoly is fast becoming a popular alternative gift to the original version.

He’ll be able to play this version with a friend or family member in just 15 minutes or up to 35 minutes with the maximum five players.

In this version the aim is to become the first to collect three full property sets of different colors. Each player takes turns using action cards to buy, rent, fine or even steal other players cards.

A great and fun way to learn about strategy and trading.

NERF Fortnite TS-R Super Soaker

If he’s the type of 11 year old boy who likes playing Fortnite, the popular battle royale video game, then he’ll certainly recognise this familiar looking water gun.

The NERF Fortnite TS-R is the super soaker replica version of the blaster used in the game.

The pump action soaker can hold up to 36 fluid ounces of water. It’s easy to fill up and start soaking your targets.

This could be the prefect gift for an 11 year old boy to encourage him to get outside and start running around with friends while reducing that screen time.

Wilson NCAA Junior Size Football

This NCAA branded composite cover junior football is a great way to help him practice his catching and throwing.

This junior version football is smaller with a soft feel, nice grip and great durability. Perfect for catching in small hands.

A great gift for an 11 year old boy to take to the beach or park and have fun with family or friends while running around and keeping fit.

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch has been a huge gaming sensation since its release, and continues to be one of the most popular devices wanted as a gift for 11 year old boys.

The Switch can be used either as a portable handheld device or as a home console. There are also two detachable side controllers which can be made into two individual controllers. This allows the user to either play on the go, or attach it to the TV. Making it a fun and versatile gaming device. 

The Nintendo switch is designed to merge the best off all the Nintendo devices into one with a focus on delivering fun experiences.

The gifts we’ve included and how we select them

When choosing the gifts to include this guide we considered the popularity, rating, availability, quality and value. Through this we’ve selected what we believe are the best gifts you can buy for and eleven year old boy.

Although this is a gifts for 11 year old boys guide, it is important to know that some of these gifts would be suitable for older or younger age groups and for girls too.

To make sure they appeal to all differing personality types we’ve made sure to pick these gifts from a varied range of categories such as brainiac, sporty, creative, musical, adventurer, funny and role-play.

Brainiac

If your 11 year old boy has a mind for problem solving and tactics then this is the category you’ll want to choose a gift from. There’s so much choice here as the mind can be challenged in pretty much everything you do, so you’ll need to know him to know whether he is more of a reader who likes to enrich his mind with general knowledge and facts or whether he is a tactician who prefers a challenging game. In this category we have covered many different gifts through our age based reviews from board games to fact books and puzzles to science sets.

Sporty

A keen interest in sports means sports based toys and games would be the ideal choice of gifts for 11 year old boys. You may be worried that he already own all the sports based gifts that interest him, but this isn’t always true. Just because he likes football but already owns a football, doesn’t mean you can’t consider other sports based gifts that gets him out of the house and running around blowing off steam. We’ve spent hours of research looking through sports based products and had to make a short list to find the best, filtering through bikes, scooters, water guns, swimming floats, trampolines, swing-ball, space hoppers, punching bags, basketball hoops and many more.

Creative

If your boy has a big imagination and an artistic fair then consider the many creative gifts for 11 year old boys that are available in stores and online. Creative gifts allow him to to bring all sorts of creations from his most imaginative moments to life, whether that be paintings and drawings from art sets or his inventive Lego structures he has built. When it comes to creativity there really are no limits. If he likes to paint or draw then you can never supply too much paint or sketch books for him to get his ideas down. Similarly with building blocks and Lego, each set can be merged as more pieces collected means bigger ideas can be created. Think creative writing books, construction set building toys, crayon, felt tip, painting sets or coloring books.

Musical

Similar to creative, musical gifts cover sound based toys and musical instruments. If he has an interest in music and likes to make a noise then consider anything from dance mats and karaoke sets to kids guitars or electronic drum kits.

Adventurer

If your 11 year old boy likes to get out the house and ‘go places’ chances are he’s the adventurer type. A lot of sports based gifts allow for this, but adventurer gifts for an 11 year old boy allows him to interact with the world around him. A bike, scooter or roller blades allow your boy to travel further and at speed getting around quicker. A pair of binoculars allows him to discover things at a distance and a magnifying glass helps him to see small things up close.

Funny

If he’s got a good sense of humour, than he’ll love a gift that either entertains his audience or amuses himself. A joke book will have him telling family and friends non stop jokes while certain games will have everyone taking part laughing.

Role play

When it comes to role play, it’s all about pretending or becoming something else. A good use of imagination can be used when playing a certain role. This is great for kids that fancy themselves an aspiring actor. With this you can consider fancy dress or items from a certain character from a theme such as a movie, TV series or game.