I’m fortunate enough to live with an expert on the topic of gifts for 10-year-old boys, so I’ll let him take this intro:
“Lots of kids, including me, like grownup kind of stuff because they think it’s kind of mature and they can tell all their friends they got it. But kid toys are still fun; I don’t care if other kids think it’s for babies. Also, books and science stuff is cool, but it has to be really cool.”Sean G, age 10
Double digits. Gotta love ‘em.
Here’s a curated list of gifts for 10-year-old boys by an actual 10-year-old, along with an explanation for why you should consider his picks.
Best Gifts For 10-Year-Old Boys
1. Make Your Own Root Beer Kit (“Because root beer”)
We got a SodaStream a couple of years back, and it’s still a big deal around here because everyone in this house is a soda addict except me. While I’m not in love with the idea of my offspring running around with sugared-up drinks all the time, I have to admit this is a cool gift idea. Also, we all know what happens when the irresistible force meets the immovable object. It gets a soda.
This root beer kit contains everything you’ll need to make two gallons of root beer: four one-liter bottles with caps and labels, a funnel, a bottle of root-beer extract, two packets of flavor crystals, one packet of root-beer yeast, and one packet of no-rinse cleanser.
If you like the finished product, you can buy refill packs and keep the party raging.
Suitable for kids of all ages, but adult supervision is definitely required.
2. Wicked Mega Bounce XL (“Because I played with it at a friend’s house and it was so cool”)
This thing is huge, like almost-bigger-than-my-kid huge, and that’s probably (partially) why he loves it so much.
That’s also why I feel it’s necessary to let you know that the friend who introduced him to this behemoth of a toy has a pretty big backyard, so consider how much outside room you’re working with when gifting.
The box includes a foot pump, inflation tube, the deflated ball, and a plug for the hole. Pretty simple.
Oh! And it may interest you to know that as of the date this article was published, the thing hasn’t busted yet. This is pretty impressive because it’s been a little over six months ago that my kid was over there playing with it. Not too shabby.
Suitable for kids three years and up.
3. Doinkit Darts Magnetic Dart Board (“Because it looks kinda grown-uppy and darts are fun”)
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For the record, back in my day, we played darts with dangerously stabby projectiles in my aunt and uncle’s garage. Sure, once in a while, someone suffered a puncture wound, but we liked it that way. That’s not true. No one liked it that way.
Thankfully magnetic darts can save parents of today from worrying that our kids are going to go down the same reckless path we did. This set comes with a standard-sized dartboard and six magnetic darts. Just an FYI: the board itself isn’t thick plastic, but the magnetic darts stick really well. The perfect gift for kids, not for a professional magnetic darts tournament.
Suitable for kids six years and up.
4. National Geographic Junior Metal Detector (“Because trayyyysure”)
My grandfather used to have a metal detector, and he took that dinosaur everywhere. We didn’t find anything particularly valuable, but it always fascinated me, and I was pretty stoked when my kid expressed interest in it.
It’ll detect objects more than a foot below the ground and is lightweight enough for a kid to use for extended periods without his arm falling off. I love the fact that this toy folds up for easy storage. If your house is anything like mine, you need all the space you can get.
Suitable for ages eight and up.
5. Jelly Belly BeanBoozled Game (“Because it’s a YouTube thing”)
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I’m probably definitely gonna sound like an old lady when I say this, but I can’t understand for the life of me why you’d want to gamble on eating jellybean that may or may not be booger-flavored.
But my kids (and kids worldwide) love to play this game to watch each other’s faces contort horribly when they get a gross one. Will it be stink bug or toasted marshmallow? Dog food or chocolate pudding? Barf or peach? Good luck finding out, ‘cause I’m not messing with it.
Suitable for children ages three and up.
6. Odyssey Upshot Smart Bow & Arrow Gaming System (“I tried this one at a friend’s house, too. You can fight dragons.”)
I haven’t gotten feedback from my friend whose son owns this toy yet, but mine raved about it. From what I can tell, it looks like a great VR starter bow for kids who like to shoot the real thing. (Ours do, but they’re not awesome at it.)
Just attach your smartphone to the holder on the bow, connect to the app via Bluetooth, and start adventuring!
I didn’t see an age limit on this toy, so using common sense, I’d assume that’s up to you as a parent. Supervision will be required for the littles, of course.
7. Retro Handheld Game Console (“So many games from the old times! It’s so fun!”)
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My son and his brothers have every modern gaming system a bunch of little monsters could want. (Ok, that’s an exaggeration, but it feels that way.) What portable game system do you think they fight over most? Take a guess…
This retro console comes with 500 video games from back in the day, and some you’ve never heard of. It’s great for an extra option when the Switch needs to recharge. Let it be known, it’s not made to take a ton of abuse, but it is made for plenty of diverse gameplay.
Suitable for children three and up.
8. Refasy Kids ATM Piggybank (“Because it’s time I started saving up”)
The kid’s not wrong, and after he pointed this one out, I did a little checking up on it.
Parents everywhere say the best thing about this bank is that it’s actually fun to put your money into, and the password-protected locking mechanism made their little savers feel pretty grown-up about it.
It’s not huge, which is fine. I think 600 coins or 100 pieces of paper money is plenty for now. Users reported that it can withstand some abuse, too, but I’m gonna tell mine not to drop it. We’ll see.
Full Disclosure: When he first saw it, he said it looked a little baby-ish, but after checking out the other pics, he changed his mind and said it looked cool enough for a 10-year-old.
Suitable for kids three and up.
9. Nightlight/Bluetooth Speaker/Alarm Clock (“Because it looks like it’s from The Future”)
This Bluetooth speaker/alarm clock is so pretty, I may want one in my room as well. I love that the nightlight features programmable changes to the color and brightness to wake more easily in the morning or get you into a relaxing mood for bedtime.
The alarm clock is programmed to get louder, too. Perfect for little boys who are impossible to wake up.
10. Swagtron Swag Skate Electric Skateboard (“Because I want this SO bad”)
My child has worn out everything else in my house and the garage with wheels. No kidding, you could build a skateboard shrine with how many we have between him and his brothers. I have nowhere else to go. This one may end up under the tree from Santa this year. Maybe.
I have to admit, it’s really neat, though. All you have to do is kick-off, and the motor will do the rest. It senses your speed so you can coast longer, or it’ll slow down with a tap (or drag) of your foot, then stop completely when you jump off.
Note: it’s made for cruising, not tricks, so no rail slides or kickflips. Want to see how it works? Watch this.
Designed for kids 44 pounds and up.
11. Easy Bake Oven (“Because everyone likes cookies.”)
This was a Christmas present from a relative last year, and it was a HUGE hit. He had a ton of fun baking, and even my older boys got into it. You know what an Easy Bake Oven is, I’m sure. I don’t need to describe it here. But if you’re wondering if your 10-year-old boy will like it, I can confidently say he will. Enjoy your cookies!
Gifts for the Big One-Oh
If you have a ten-year-old boy in your life, you know that it’s a neat age. They’re good company, and this is when conversations begin to turn to more meaningful things about the world at large. It’s not just about bodily functions anymore.
Not every kid has the same tastes, of course, but they’re all pretty similar animals. I hope my kiddo’s gift options for 10-year-old boys have been helpful to you and yours! Happy gifting- may your home be full of laughter, flying things, and stuff with wheels.
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