The Ultimate List of Gift Ideas For Boys This Holiday Season

With Christmas less than two months away, it's time to start shopping. Over the next few weeks, we'll be featuring gift guides to assist you in finding that perfect present for everyone in your life. First, we're covering the best gift ideas for boys.

When you shop for boys, you want to find something that holds their interest, without inducing fatigue. This year, we found several gift ideas from preschoolers to pre-teens that will keep them occupied. We've included several STEM and STEAM-approved toys to activate both play and brainpower, as well as sports equipment, building toys, and more. Check out the gift guide of our favorite 20 items below.

1. Step2 Shootin’ Hoops Junior Basketball Set

It’s Always Gametime in This House

This beginner's basketball net is ideal for preschoolers who are just starting to play. The center pole can be adjusted from 30" to 48," and the stable base can be filled with water or sand. It's a great addition to your driveway or playroom. The basketball hoop includes a child-sized basketball and can be adjusted for height in 6-inch phases. 3+

Step2 Shootin' Hoops Junior Basketball Set

2. Deluxe Wooden Train Set

For the Future Train Conductors

This wooden train will inspire hours of creative play. It includes a scenic village, nine different layout plans, high-quality wooden tracks, and multiple cars, including the engine, passenger coach, etc. It's compatible with other wooden train sets, including Melissa and Doug and Thomas the Train. 3+

52 Pcs Deluxe Wooden Train Set

3. PAW Patrol, Transforming Ultimate City Movie Tower

Give Your Kids a Trendy Toy

Paw Patrol continues to be popular among kids, and the recent release of the Paw Patrol movie only made it trend even more. There are many different Paw Patrol toys releasing this season, but the Ultimate City Movie Tower was featured in the recent movie, putting it at the top of the list. The 3-foot tower includes six pups, a Chase cruiser, and a mini-backpack. Kids will love launching pups down the ramp or riding the tower elevator. 3+

PAW Patrol, Transforming Ultimate City Movie Tower

4. Nature Bound Bug Catcher

Catch Some Critters And Explore the Outdoors

Young boys love exploring nature and bugs. This bug catcher kit will appeal especially to preschoolers. It includes a 7-piece kit, including a storage bucket, netting, tweezers for catching the bugs, a magnifying glass, and a petri dish for studying them. There's even a colorful book for learning more about insects. 4+

Nature Bound Bug Catcher

5. Create with Clay Dinosaurs

Prehistoric Clay Creations

This clay and dinosaur craft toy allows kids to explore both their artist and paleontologist sides, making it the ideal STEAM toy. It combines science, technology, engineering, art, and math as kids mold their own dinosaurs out of vibrant modeling clay. They can choose from a T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and a Triceratops, five colors of clay, and other crafts to bring the creatures to life. 5+

Create with Clay Dinosaurs

6. Hot Wheels Track Set

This Classic Toy Can’t Be Beat

The Hot Wheels parking garage is the ultimate toy for any car-obsessed boy. Created in 2020, it's the tallest parking garage standing over 3 feet tall, and can hold over 100 cars. It features hours of fun with the dual crank elevator, the high-speed race track, and the chomping T-Rex that devours the vehicles. The playset includes 2 Hot Wheels cars, and you can purchase more separately.5+

Hot Wheels City Robo T-Rex Ultimate Garage

7. NHL Hockey Arena Set

For the Kids Who Love Sports

This Playmobil hockey arena set is the perfect game for your little sports fanatic to play with his friends. It features four players, four hockey pucks, and 30 decals from the NHL's different teams so he and his friends can root for their favorites. 5+

The PLAYMOBIL NHL Hockey Arena Set

8. Pokemon Trading Card Games: Battle Academy Board Game

Become the Best Trainer of Them All 

Trading card games are popular with boys, and so is Pokemon. This trading card game is the perfect starter kit since it begins with a simplified version of the rules for younger players, but it also includes an advanced version too. It contains three complete decks for hours of fun. In the first game, players can choose Charizard or Pikachu to lead their team to victory. 6 +

Pokemon Trading Card Game Battle Academy Board Game

9. Captain Underpants Collection 

Start Their Love for Reading Early

Captains Underpants is the perfect book collection for boys, especially first and second graders. They're at that age where laughing at underwear and potty humor is hilarious, and Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants book series features kids having mischievous fun. This boxed set includes the first three books in full color, mini-comics, and more! For fun, consider including the 2017 movie with the boxset. 6+

Captain Underpants Collection in Full Color

10. NinjaLine Intro Combo Kit

A Ninja in the Making

This obstacle course includes everything for kids to practice to become the next ninja warrior. This set works for beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness levels and is fun for the entire family. It includes ten different obstacles, including three monkey fists and two gymnastics rings. All of the challenges have steel hanging safety clips that fasten between two sturdy posts, making this course safe and easy to install. 6+

NinjaLine Intro Combo Kit

11. Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit

Show Him That Coding is Real World Magic

Whether he's into coding and STEM or Harry Potter, this coding kit is the perfect gift. Kids learn how to build a Bluetooth magic wand and learn magical challenges, such as making pumpkins grow, feathers fly, or goblets multiply. Kids can also join a community and interact with wizards from all over the world. 6+

Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit

12. Dark Neon Slime Craft Kit

So Much Slime Fun To Be Had

Boys love getting messy and playing with slime. It includes a fun recipe book on how to make neon and glowing slime. It's easy to add some glow in the dark powder or use the UV mini torchlight to make shapes glow in the dark. Kids will have fun experimenting with different textures and colors for hours. 7+

Dark Neon Slime Craft Kit

13. Among Us Socks

Gaming Kids Are Sure to Love This

Among Us is a popular online game that tweens are playing all over the world. For a fun stocking stuffer, give your tween boy some Among Us-themed socks. Many come available in unisex and adult sizing. 7+

Among Us Socks

14. LEGO Minecraft The Bedrock Adventures

Just Like Their Favorite Computer Game

Minecraft has become one of the most popular video games. This Lego Minecraft set lets boys recreate the Bedrock adventures and defend their Minecraft world with this 644-piece set. It features the mine, the Overworld, the bedrock levels and can be combined with other Minecraft sets. It includes Alex and Steve figures, a cave spider, a zombie, and many other figurines for hours of creative play. 8+

LEGO Minecraft The Bedrock Adventures

15. My Comic Book Kit

The Tools to Create Stories 

If your pre-teen boy loves to draw and loves comics, this kit is the perfect gift for him. It includes everything he needs to write and illustrate his own comic book on the pre-formatted pages. Once it's completed, send the drawings and story back in the pre-paid envelope, and in a few weeks, he'll own his finished book with an About the Author section. 8+

My Comic Book Kit

16. Star Wars Boost Droid Building Set

Great For Budding Engineers 

Coding has become popular in schools, and older boys will love this building set. Once they learn how to build their own character droid, including R2-D2, Gonk Droid, or Mouse Droid, they'll learn how to make weapons from STEM tools and complete over 40 interactive missions, making this a fun and educational toy. 8+

Star Wars Boost Droid Building Set

17. Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter 

A Style Scooter Neighbors Will Envy 

For active kids, this scooter lets them ride around the neighborhood on a smooth, stylish ride. The adjustable handlebars provide a comfortable grip, and the rear brakes offer an easy stop transition when in motion. This scooter is an excellent choice since it will grow with your child and safely holds up to 220 pounds. 8+

Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter

18. LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall

So Much Fun To Be Built

This state-of-the-art building Lego set is for the true Hogwarts fan. The castle building toy features the Grand Staircase tower, the great hall, the potions room, the Mirror of Erised, the sorting hat, and much more. It also includes ten mini figures, floating candles, wands, and miniature food for tweens to build the castle and act out hours of fun. 9+

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall

19. Black Longboard Trident

Get Him Outside With This Cool Board

This skateboard is a great hybrid cruising skateboard. It's a high-quality skateboard that, if taken care of, will last for years to come. It will satisfy everything from relaxed cruising to a fast-free ride board. Created with safety and functionality in mind, this skateboard features sturdy wheels and an ebony wood finish. 10+

Black Longboard Trident

20. eGift Card

Leave the Decision Up to Him

Buy an eGift Card

If you have trouble finding the perfect gift for the boy in your life, give them an eGift card. Gift Card Granny has an endless array of gift card options from dozens of great retailers. 

You can even choose to build a personalized gift card and write a customized message, and include a photo. These are Visa or Mastercard gift cards, so he can select to buy whatever he chooses and wherever he wants.


If you're looking for one of the best holiday gifts for boys this season, now you have a list of 20 options to help you get started. We've included educational and fun items for all ages, so we're confident you can find something for that special boy in your life. Be sure to tell us what some of your favorite items to buy for boys are.