Despite a belief that boys can sometimes be a challenge to shop for, this is a myth. Typically, we will be happy with anything that roars, allows us to live out superhero fantasies, or can lose hours in without realizing and this is true from our younger years (toys for 1 year old boys) all the way up to when we are grey and grumpy. There is such a variety of gifts for boys that it is difficult to go wrong as long as it is cool. Sure, it might only be Fall, but the holiday season creeps up on even the best of us, so it is a good idea to get a shortlist drawn up now to save panicking later in the year. If you need gift ideas for boys, then you have come to the right place. Check out our comprehensive list, and see if there isn’t something that catches your eye, we’ve possibilities aplenty.
Gifts For Boys
In the wake of the ‘most ambitious crossover event in history’, you can’t look anywhere without seeing something related to Earth’s greatest heroes (and, in Thanos’ case: villain). For our number one choice for the top gifts for boys, the Avengers Infinity War Hero Vision stands galaxies ahead of the competition. This gift gives you (or, realistically, a younger sibling) the opportunity to take on the mantle of everyone’s favorite wise-cracking millionaire (or is it billionaire?) and attempt to save the world.
Complete with augmented reality capabilities for a massively immersive experience, Hero Vision connects with a smartphone app that allows whoever has been trusted with taking on the Iron Man mantle today to battle evil throughout the house, streets, and parks. Throughout the experience, wearers can collect Infinity Stones, beat up the bad guys and power up, all without destroying the city. For more cool gift options, check out our guide to the best Baby Yoda Mandalorian toys.
Augmented Reality experience
Mask, Goggles, Gauntlet, 3 AR markers and Infinity Stone included
Sync with Hero Connect App
Ages 8 and above
- Weight3 pounds
These cute little collectibles have been around for a while now and range from comic book characters to all your TV show favorites and now have found their way into the Star Wars universe. They are cheap, funky, and small enough to fit comfortably on any shelf in any bedroom, anywhere in the world.
Whether your son is a budding Jedi Knight or First-Order sympathizer, they will love this Praetorian Guard that was most recently seen in The Last Jedi. And, even if they aren’t too thrilled about the evil side of the galaxy far, far away, they will still love completing their collection with this Funko POP! As well as any others to complement the theme.
Comes in window display box
Stylized POP! Vinyl construction
3 ¾ inches tall
- Weight3.52 ounces
Inspire your budding scientist with this Crystal Growing Experiment kit from 4M. This home science kit is the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for those who curious about the world around them, and always seem to come back with a hand full of rocks and dirt after school trips or vacations.
Due to its awesome results and (mostly) simple instructions, this the crystal growing kit is excellent for developing your child’s interest in science and gives them the chance to see what happens close up, instead of watching videos or reading about it in drab school textbooks. He’ll be running around with a white lab coat and clipboard in no time.
Contains all ingredients needed to perform seven different experiments
Special display case included
Complete with instructions to inspire child’s imagination
Recommended for ages 10 and above
- Weight1.05 pounds
A brand of toy that needs no introduction: Lego building kits continue to outdo themselves in their scope, complexity, and enjoyment that are ideal gifts for teen boys and preteens alike. The larger sets, such as this Lego Harry Potter Great Hall set is perhaps too complex for the younger ones, but big fans of the magical world of Harry, Hogwarts and Hogsmeade will revel over piecing this set together bit by bit.
The set features a massive cast of characters as well as wands, broomsticks, the basilisk, Fawkes, and the Sorting Hat, which will give whoever this is gifted to the chance to relive all the best moments from the books and the movies (depending on what type of fan they are). It is packed with excellent detail that makes for an exciting and challenging build that will drag you into an authentic Hogwarts Lego experience. Be sure to also check out our list of the best Harry Potter Lego sets for more great items like this.
10 minifigures including Harry, Ron, Hermione, Malfoy, Hagrid and Dumbledore
Moving parts for more exploration
Detailed design for best immersion possible
- Weight2.2 pounds
Optimus Prime is arguably the best Transformer available and would be the perfect addition to any collection whether it be for display or merely play. Unlike previous action figures, this strives to be as functional as possible while still adhering to the movie’s design. It comes with Prime’s traditional rifle as well as the Matrix of Leadership, which can be stored in the chest area.
This Prime will also transform into both Orion Pax and the truck that is identifiable by all. Even with all these different transformation options, the toy remains well-made and sturdy, being able to withstand even the most devastating battles against the Decepticons that lesser models might not survive.
Orion Pax to Optimus Prime evolution
Compatible with Master Prime figures
Matrix of Leadership and rifle included
Suitable for ages 8 and above
- Weight1 pounds
Make your bedroom feel as safe as the streets of Gotham City with this 6 inch Batman action figure based on the appearance from the Justice League movie that makes it the most authentic Batman figure available. It can work as both a display figure and as one that can be used in play to bring versatility and ensure that you get the most realistic Batman role play possible.
Up close, there is tons of detail that other designers might have decided to ignore, and its easily customizable accessories are ideal for a number of situations, whether that means briefing the rest of the league, or battling Joker, Killer Croc or Steppenwolf. Our handy guide to the best Batman Lego Sets features more great products like this.
Includes cape, two guns, three batarangs, interchangeable hands, two faces and figure stand for display purposes
Stands 6” tall
Based on Justice League Movie appearance
- Weight8.8 ounces
A great educational toy and gift for boys of all ages, the Sphero SPRK+ Steam robot is packed full of features that range from the useful to the informative, and the interesting to the downright cool. The robot is designed to help young users carve their own path through the world by exploring all of these different features however they please and can be the ideal birthday gift for boys who are already showing an interest in coding and beyond and allows them to experiment with commands as they design routes for the robot to follow.
Also included is the cross-platform Sphero Edu app, which enables Sphero to reach as many minds as possible. This can certainly be considered as not just an educational gift, but also one of the most effective and cool gifts for boys who are curious about how anything and everything works in this new tech age.
Free Sphero Edu app compatible with Android, iOS, Kindle and Chrome
Gyroscope and accelerator
Bluetooth connection up to 100 foot range
Top speed 4.5 mph
- Weight14.4 ounces
Roaring onto the list is the Untamed T-Rex from WowWee that fits on the end of your child’s finger and can be used to strike fear into passing adults or merely act as a comforting best friend for your child. Those of you old enough to remember Tamagotchis will no doubt see the similarities that these dinos have, which means they are great for helping your kid learn more about care and attention, but only if they have the skills to tame them.
The dinos themselves respond to sound, touch and motion, so there might be times when you get startled by an unexpected roar from the next room. If your child manages to overcome their hissing, snarling, growling habits, then they will cherish their dinosaur with the utmost care. This is a great gift for all dinosaur lovers and can help them learn to care for their things, too. Love this product? Check out our review of the best Lego Jurassic World sets for our top picks.
Complete with snapping jaws and gripping claws
Reacts to sound, motion and touch
Has both untamed and tame modes
- Weight7.8 ounces
Sure, they aren’t the hoverboards that we all dreamt of as kids watching Marty McFly on the big screen, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable (and they are probably much safer, anyway) as gifts for kids. They have been redesigned with the top technology of 2018, which makes them more reliable and another step forward in terms of transport.
These hover-shoes hit a top speed of 12 km/h, Koowheel Electric Roller is an easy-to-use and easy-to-balance hoverboard that works unlike any other model and is more like roller skates than anything seen before. Its dual footboards allow for increased freedom and, while it might take some getting used to, is more than worth it once fully mastered.
New 2018 design
Less worry and more fun
Portable and easy to operate
Quick charge time of 2 – 3 hours
- Weight14.55 pounds
A neat Lego set that comes with heaps of playability, this Heavy Cargo transport kit comes with something different from your average Lego Helicopter set due to a revolutionized design that showcases all of Lego’s unrivaled innovation in one small set.
But it is not just the helicopter. The set also comes with a cargo lorry to transport any broken down vehicles as well as two mini-figures for that extra special experience. It will fit perfectly into any Lego City set and offers great value for money that you might not find in other sets.
Excellent playability value
Heavy truck with opening cab, helicopter with opening cockpit
Great value for money
- Weight1.4 pounds
Watch your kids blast off into the skies above with this Stomp Rocket set that allows them to challenge their friends and themselves in achieving the highest of heights. Other possibilities include challenges (like getting the rocket into a bucket), which makes for excellent party games for your kids.
This screen-free gift would be excellent when scratching your head wondering about presents for boys, we all know how much they love stamping on things, after all. But truthfully, its main attraction is the glow-in-the-dark feature that makes for mesmerizing night time stomping all year around, just make sure they don’t do it near any roofs!
Glow-in-the-dark rockets for night time stomping
100% kid powered
Possible to launch up to 100 feet into the air
Includes stomp launcher and 4 rockets
- BrandStomp Rocket
- Weight3.52 ounces
The Hot Wheels Marvel Showdown Playset gives you the chance to test your speed against the largest and most formidable villain in the Marvel universe. This is a great gift for fans of both Hot Wheels and Marvel alike and is the perfect addition to any Hot Wheels City collection.
Included in the set is a massive Thanos replica threatening to stomp on any passing vehicles, as well as a re-deco Iron Man car that appears to be the universe’s last hope. The set is ideal for utilizing kids’ problem-solving skills by testing their timing to take down the Mad Titan and is great for younger children who are still fine-tuning their motor skills. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best Marvel Lego Sets.
Connects to Hot Wheels City
Re-deco Iron Man Vehicle
Tests timing and motor skills
Great for make-believe play
- BrandHot Wheels
- Weight1 pounds
Let your kid unleash their inner Incredible with this Lego playset that is designed for kids four and above. The Junior Lego range is a great way to introduce your child to all the wonders of Lego without putting too much strain on the brain, or with any pesky small parts that look oh-so appetizing.
The set will give them a chance to one of their favorite movie scenes while also teaching them the joys of locking bricks together, seeking out parts and following simple instructions with an easy-to-build model which will keep them glued to the booklet until the end. Don’t forget to also check our Lego Architecture sets review for more great Lego toys.
Excellent way to introduce your kids to Lego
Includes three minifigures
- Weight12.8 ounces
When looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for boys, look no further than the Lego Ninjago sets. these sets are typically more complex than your average models, which means that they will spend hours putting the whole thing together in anticipation of endless playtime opportunities.
The Temple of Resurrection contains nearly 800 pieces and is packed with secrets that only become apparent during the build, which is sure to keep even the most experienced builder on their toes. For fans of the Ninjago TV series, there are not many better gifts available.
Complex and engaging build full of surprises
Recreate and roleplay epic battle scenes from the TV series
Seven minifigures included
- Weight2.65 pounds
If you are wondering about the best Christmas gift ideas for boys, then look no further than introducing them to their first (or second?) console in the form of Nintendo’s remarkable and innovative Switch. It and provide hours of enjoyable game time that will never cease, no matter where your kid finds themselves.
They can play reimagined classics such as Zelda and Mario Kart, which will introduce a whole new generation to the wonders of video games. Its game-anywhere features mean you might not get a word out of them, but at least you’ll know they are enjoying themselves.
Joy-Con for multiplayer capabilities
Easy to set up at home or on the go
- Weight3.75 pounds
To catch them is your real test, to train them is your cause! Pokemon has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years and this has led to Nintendo’s release of Let’s Go Pikachu where you can relive the early generations of Pokemon games by exploring the Kanto region with either your trusty yellow friend or Eevee for the Nintendo Switch.
Using your Pokeball accessory (that comes with Mew hidden away inside), you can dive into the world of Pokemon and battle your way towards becoming the Pokemaster you always dreamed of being. Along the way, collect and train pokemon as you create a team formidable enough to conquer Kanto.
Pokeball Plus comes with mythical Mew
Connects to Pokemon GO app
Explore diverse and vibrant Kanto region with life-size pokemon
Catch them through motion
- Weight8.5 ounces
With Hauck Lightning Pedal Go-Kart, your kid will be the fastest, coolest kid in the neighborhood and will be one of the best Christmas presents for boys that you can find. This kids go-kart is easy to put together and comes with 3-point steering precision to allow them to fly up and down the street in a green blur.
Its sporty design means it looks stylish, while the expertly crafted steering function allows for fast reaction times to prevent any unfortunate accidents. There is also an adjustable seat to fit kids of all sizes and ensure that nobody gets left in the dust.
Race-style pedals with hard rubber
Easy to assemble
- Weight1 pounds
So mega is required the word repeating! Nerf N Strikes are the top of the range in foam dart guns and would make the ideal gift for teen boys looking to cause trouble (but not too much, we hope).
It is the first motorized Nerf gun and can fire darts up to 100 feet that is sure to dominate the battlefield. For kids who love to act out battle across the globe or the galaxy and defeat evil at every turn, the Mastodon will serve them well in the heat of combat.
First motorized Nerf blaster
24 dart rotating drum
Fires up to 100 feet
Comes wit 24 darts included
- Weight7.5 pounds
Undoubtedly the best gift for boys who love Magic The Gathering, this set will have them perfectly prepared for battles in the coming year and offers enough variety for all sorts of deck builders.
Contained in this set is 10 booster packs that can suit any and all decks, which makes it perfect for both beginners and experienced players. Each pack contains one rare card, as well as 3 uncommon, which will come in handy during tournaments, or even casual play.
Massive variety of cards
Dice box included
Artwork pull out sleeve
Ideal for beginners
- BrandWizards of the Coast
- Weight1.1 pounds
For those with a love of exploration and an affinity with all things swashbuckling, the Treasure X set will satiate all those gold-seeking cravings. The sets allow you to dig your way to buried treasure and discover gold that is hidden deep beneath.
Included in the set is a map, digging tool and coin, which will be useful during your adventure. The real challenge comes with just how you try to obtain your treasure, as you can rip, fizz and dig in search of lost gold. Lots of fun and packed with surprises, your kids will love this set and maybe start a career on the high seas.
3x treasure blocks inside
9 gold action figures to collect
10 levels of adventure
Map, coin and digging tool included
- BrandTreasure X
- Weight2.07 pounds
If you are struggling for boys gift ideas, you can’t go wrong with Lego or Batman, especially when they are combined. The Ultimate Batmobile Building Kit is considered the ultimate Lego Batmobile for good reason and comes with two cockpits, eight mini-figures, and a whole lot of fun.
Help Batman, Robin, Batgirl and Alfred battle the Wicked Witch of the West with working projectiles. You can also split the vehicle into four parts, and block the witch and her flying monkeys off from all angles.
Engrossing batmobile build
Splits into four different vehicles
Eight minifigures included
- Weight6.25 pounds
This helpful little robot is on hand to be your kids’ sidekick in teaching them all about coding, robotics and more. Cozmo brings the fun into coding that simple apps and other outlets do not provide, which makes it one of the better gifts for boys available.
It comes with a beginner friendly interface that makes it easy for budding coders to get to grips with the functions, while still offering enough to be educational for those with a bit more experience. The future is now, and its name it Cozmo. Make sure you also check our Lego Robots for more great items like this.
Ability to challenge Cozmo to games
Easy-to-use interface for beginners
Durable and secure
Compatible with iOS and Android
- Weight0.96 ounces
The Iron Golem Building Kit is among the best birthday presents for boys who are obsessed with Minecraft and allows them to never be without their favorite game, even when the computer is off. The set is designed to inspire adventures just like they would find online, and use their knowledge to reveal the Iron Golem.
In addition to crafting, it is also full of little tricks that keep builders on their toes, while still being simple enough for preteens to build. It won’t take up too much time to put together, but is still a great Lego Minecraft project for a dull Sunday afternoon.
Multiple options for hands-on creative play
Exciting Golem pop-up function
4 minifigures included
- Weight12.8 ounces