Best Gifts for Elementary-Aged Boys (ages 6-12)

Do you have a young elementary-aged boy to buy a gift for? We’ve got you covered with some of the year’s most popular gift ideas for boys!

Do you have a young elementary-aged boy to buy a gift for? Maybe it’s your own son, your nephew, grandson or just a friend, we’ve got you covered with some of the year’s most popular toys as well as surest hits! Be sure to check out our complete list of Gift Guides to help buy gifts for everyone on your list!

If you’re new here, then you probably don’t know that I am not a boy mom. So, I’m not exactly qualified to write this post. Ha! So why are we here?

Well, my lovely assistant has an elementary-aged son and she’s filled in her favorite gifts to give her son and his friends! (I also buy for 5 young nephews every year, so I guess I DO have some experience.)

I update my gift guides each season. Last updated in December 2022! This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. See my full disclosure policy.

The Best Gift Ideas for Boys (Ages 5-12)

Nerf N-Strike Elite Toy Blaster

This Nerf Elite Toy Blaster is a perfect, classic boy gift! And a great gift for nephew or friend. Under $15! Although I heard a mom recently say that she started pushing up her boys’ bedtimes by 10 minutes every nerf bullet she found laying around the house. So if you want to get this gift, but have nightmares of nerf bullets everywhere, there you go! Problem solved. 😉

Lego Ninjago Building Set

Any boy who loves Legos would like any building set, really. But if someone you know loves Ninjago like my nephew, this set will be perfect!

Personalized Baseball Wall Art

For the boy who has his room decked out in baseball trophies, this sign will encourage him to keep playing the game!

Cat Kid Comic Club Graphic Novel

Follow Naomi, Melvin, Poppy, Gilbert, Curly, and their siblings as The Cat Kid Comic Club learns to collaborate in this creative, funny, and insightful graphic novel by Dav Pilkey! Great for Boys or any elementary age readers!

Hamper Hoops

What boy doesn’t want to shoot 3 pointers while picking up his room? Just don’t be surprised if something other than clothes ends up in the laundry!

Uno Flip Game

Uno is such a fun game for kids. Change things up with the Uno Flip version! It’s the matching game you know, plus exciting new twists like a double sided deck and special FLIP card that give classic gameplay a competitive edge.

Kids Detective Set

This detective set is perfect for the boy who loves an investigation or a good mystery! And bonus – it’ll keep them busy for hours! (You’re welcome, moms.)

HedBanz Game

My daughter thinks this Hedbanz game is so fun and loves to play it with her friends, both girls and boys. So it’s a great game for keeping them occupied for a while and not looking at screens! A great way to pass the time in the car or use the app for waiting in lines at amusement parks! See more Family Game Gift Ideas HERE.

Mini Over the Door Hoop

If you kid doesn’t need help putting his clothes in the hamper, this mini over-the-door hoop will be perfect for his room! (Otherwise get the hoop hamper above.)

Razor RipStik

The Razor RipStik is the cooler cousin of the skateboard, allowing you to experience a board that is a cross between a snowboard and a skateboard. Skate in style!

K’nex Model Building Set

Kids who love problem-solving will love this K’nex model building set!

Big Book of Laugh-out-Loud Jokes

Everyone will find this trio of classic joke books a riot!

Three-Wheeled Scooter

My girls have ridden these scooters for years and still love them as much today as the day they got them. A classic gift for any boy or girl! It’s super helpful for learning balance as well, as you use your body weight to turn it.

Hover Orb Toy

The hottest toy this year for any kid! This hover orb toy will entertain the whole family for hours.

Nintendo Switch

The newest version in the Nintendo Switch System. It’s the perfect size for on-the-go gaming!

Growing Crystals Experiment Set

Challenge your child with this STEM kit for growing crystals right in your own home. We’ve given these to several boys for gifts and they love them! My 9-year-old daughter loves them too!

Flag Football Set

This isn’t just any old football to throw around in the backyard, this has the plays stitched in the back of the pigskin. A friend’s son plays football and he looooves this football. Him and his friends spend hours playing outside!


Use your hand or remote to control this super cool robot! It has more than 9,000 ratings at 4.5 stars. Give this robot and you’ll be the coolest aunt ever!

Hot Wheels Track Builder

Get ready for hours of loud fun racing and doing stunts. This is a part of the Hot Wheels track builder system, which allows your boys to design, create and customize their own race and stunt challenges!

Stomp Rocket

Experience hours of fun with this stomp rocket launcher and refill pack!


Every boy needs a set of walkie-talkies in his life for adventures with dad, brothers or friends!

Happy Shopping! Is there a gift for a boy that I left off? Share it in the comments below!


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