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As I am not mum to a boy myself, I asked my nephew, who just turned ten, what his favourite birthday gifts were. I’ve sprinkled in a few other ideas from successful gifts I have bought for friend’s sons so I can share with you a brilliantly useful list of gift ideas for ten-year-old boys, gifts that are certified stuff that boys who love sports, fun, and gaming and creativity in equal measures will love.

I am particularly aware that it is really hard to find gifts that boys of ten will really want, use and love. I found it was much easier to buy stuff for younger boys, but once they hit double-digits and those tween years, their interests really start to change. It’s goodbye toys and hello more grownup stuff, but not really grownup stuff!! Cue gift-buying panic!!

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So if you are feeling stumped about what to buy someone about to celebrate their tenth birthday party or a Christmas gift for a ten-year-old, this list of gadgets, sports kit, STEM stuff and creative kit will serve you well.

Ten year old boy wearing hat with tower of gifts, gift ideas for ten year old boy.
The best gift ideas for ten-year-old-boys


RCB Hoverboard

This RCB Hoverboard comes with Bluetooth speakers, colourful LED lights, self-balancing technology, and hard solid tires. It is a best-seller on Amazon, with a close to full 5-star rating.

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Sillbird STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys
£27.99 £19.99
The Sillbird STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys is a great gift for boys who love science and technology. With 190 pieces, it's a DIY building science kit that helps kids develop creativity and STEM skills. The kit is sun-powered, which means it is battery-free (a delight for parents!) There are 12 robots to build with two degrees of complexity.
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03/04/2024 01:00 am GMT

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Powell Paralta Golden Dragon Skateboard (7,6")

Powell Peralta is one of the most reputable skateboard brands there is. This board is 7.6" wide, which is great for a ten-year-old boy. It is really sturdy, has decent wheels and trucks (the bit the wheels attach to) and turns really well. All-in-all, it's a great starter board for kids.

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03/04/2024 02:00 am GMT
Triple 8 New York Brainsaver Helmet

A helmet is an essential piece of kit for any child who loves cycling, skating, BMXing or hoverboarding. This Triple 8 helmet is great because it is Dual Certified for Bike and Skate. It also has a patented MIPS Technology low-friction layer to reduce rotational forces caused by angled impacts.

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03/04/2024 01:50 am GMT
Interactive Green Glow T Shirt
£15.96 (at time of publication)

I have given this T-shirt as a gift a couple of times, and it's been a big hit. It comes with a glow pen, but a mobile phone torch works equally well to create designs that last five to ten minutes on the T-shirt. (It is machine washable, BTW!)

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Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty is stretchy, bouncy, and mouldable. Plus, it never dries out, so it can be played with again and again. It's a great fidget toy for kids, plus it gets their imaginations going.

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03/04/2024 02:30 am GMT
Nintendo Switch (OLED Model)
The Nintendo Switch OLED is a dream gadget for many kids. This switch has a 7-inch OLED screen, 64GB storage, a built-in stand, a dock, a wired LAN port, and controllers. It supports 4K gaming resolution, 120 fps frame rate, and 3D spatial audio for an immersive gaming experience.
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03/04/2024 02:40 am GMT
Snap Circuits PLUS Electronics Exploration Kits
Snap Circuits PLUS Electronics Exploration Kit is a STEM gift with over 50 projects for kids to explore circuits, motors, and other electronic components. It's easy to use, with clear instructions, and helps develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. It’s a brilliant gift to get ten-year-old boys flexing their brains.
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03/04/2024 02:56 am GMT
Hot Wires: Plug and play electronics set
£44.99 £41.99
Hot Wires: Plug and Play Electronics Set is a fun way for boys aged 8-12 to learn electronics and engineering. With over 100 pieces and easy-to-follow instructions, kids can build projects from a flying saucer to a burglar alarm. It's a great way to develop engineering skills and creativity.
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03/01/2024 11:41 pm GMT
How to Draw Graffiti

Now, I'm not suggesting you encourage your child to go out and throw up pieces around your town.

However, if they have a fascination for street art, you could use it as an opportunity for them to do something that doesn't involve a screen by helping them learn how to create their own graffiti.

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03/04/2024 02:51 am GMT
Personalised Boot Bag

I love that this gift is both practical and also cool. Not only it will it help kids keep track of their football boots, it's also a great gift for the kid who loves football but seemingly has everything!

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Air Up Water Bottle-650ml (incl. 3 Pods)
£53.00 (£81.54 / l)

How about this... a water bottle that flavours water through scent rather than adding loads of sugar and flavouring?! These are hugely popular with ten-year-olds at the moment, so you will score a big hit by gifting one of these.

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02/25/2024 03:46 pm GMT
Posca PC-3M Paint Marker Art Pens
£25.99 £24.99
If you're looking for the perfect gift for a creative ten-year-old boy who loves to draw, you need to buy Posca pens. These next-level art pens are really easy to use, and the ink is top-quality. My daughter has had this starter set for a while, recommended to us by an artist friend who has a son who loves using them, so I know first-hand that these pens are the best.
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02/23/2024 09:36 pm GMT
Electronic Arts FIFA 23 for Nintendo Switch
£49.99 £46.91

This latest version of FIFA features the latest kits, clubs and squads from some of the top football leagues around the world. It also includes top women's club teams (you don't have to be a girl to appreciate the brilliance of women's football).

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02/23/2024 09:56 pm GMT
NERF Nerfoop - Classic Mini Foam Basketball and Hoop
£19.99 £14.99

This is a great gift for those rainy or super cold winter days when a sport-loving boy would still love to be shooting hoops. It goes on the back of a door and comes with a soft mini basketball to minimise the chance of basketball-related incidents!!

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02/25/2024 06:31 pm GMT



Always work to a budget for gift-buying and try not to be swayed by hints for expensive gifts. Tweens can be fickle, so if you buy a big-ticket item, make sure it isn’t just a trend that will be forgotten about within weeks.

I always set a maximum gift budget for buying gifts. It helps in two ways. Firstly to make sure I don’t overspend and secondly because it gives me a focus, which makes it easier to find a gift.


Take time to research big-ticket items before you buy them. You want to ensure you go for the most reliable, best quality product. Recommendations from people whose opinions you trust are worth so much.


Like it or not, brands start to matter when kids get to their tween years. There is no point in buying a brand your child won’t wear or be seen with, even to save money.

It is never a good idea to overspend to buy them their current heart’s desire. If you can’t stretch to the brand they want, speak to them about it and buy something different instead.


It is much more important to be realistic about what you can afford to buy for your child and go for fewer gifts rather than lots of cheap gifts.


Look for gifts that help your child explore new interests or deepen existing ones, such as science kits, sports equipment, or art supplies.


When in doubt, consider giving a gift card to a popular store or online retailer that sells games or clothing or other stuff that your child may enjoy. It may seem like a cop-out, but in my experience, tween kids covet gift cards and spend ages planning what to spend them on.