Gifts for 10 Year Old Boys

I’ve always loved picking out gifts for 10 year old boys. I have several nephews and picking out gifts for their tenth birthday parties was always so much fun. I think this is because at that age, there are so many options compared to other ages.

With my years of experience, I think I have a good handle on the best gifts for 10 year old boys. Hang around to see how I break down the categories for gifts for 10 year old boys and which are my favorites. You’ll be a gift giving pro in no time.

Top Gift Categories for 10 year old Boys

Electronics

Electronics are always a great pick for gifts for 10 year old boys. They’re at the perfect age to understand and appreciate an electronic. They’re less likely to break an electronic toy so I feel safer spending a bit more money and most of the time, an electronic gift can have some educational value as well. Technology is being used in classrooms across the country and there have been some tremendous results.

Gross

Let’s be honest for a minute. As sweet and nice as 10 year old boys are, they’re gross. They love gross things. They talk about gross things. They laugh at gross things. They love everything gross. So I’ve been known to pick up a few toys that focus on some strange topics, like boogers and bugs. These gifts have always been a big hit.

Action

Every 10 year old dreams of being a superhero and catching the bad guy. That’s why I love choosing gifts for 10 year old boys that will encourage their imagination and let them save the day. Any toy that helps them recreate a cops and robbers scene, superhero scenario, or just gets them outside running around is a great option.

Clothing

You might not find a ton of 10 year old boys begging for clothes but if you know what to look for, you’ll find something that doesn’t sit in the closet for weeks at a time. Brand names are always a crowd pleaser and if you can find a shirt that makes them laugh, even better. Don’t go overboard on clothes and they’ll be received just fine.​

Games

Remember board games? I’m trying to personally be responsible for their comeback. I almost always buy a board game when shopping for gifts for 10 year old boys. Did you know there are health benefits associated with board games? Choose one that the entire family can play but one that’s specifically made for a 10 year old boy. You’ll have a winner every time.​

Knowing Which Category to Work With

If you know the gift recipient well, it should be easy to determine which gift category they will like the most. But if you’re buying a gift for your child’s classmate or a child you don’t see regularly, it can be difficult to know which is best.

In this situation, you can either ask the parent or do a little detective work. Are they sporty? Go with the action category. Do they love science? The gross category might work out. If they’re always reading, an electronic toy could be just what they’re hoping for. Clothing works for everyone but I always like to include a gift receipt just in case I buy the wrong size. Games also work for just about everyone.

If you’re still not sure, try a couple small gifts from two different categories. Your efforts will be recognized and appreciated. When shopping for gifts or 10 year old boys, keep it simple and make it fun.

Video

If you do choose a board game as one of your gifts for 10 year old boys, take a look at this video which shows you how to throw the best family game night.

Gifts for 10 Year Old Boys—Top 5 Reviewed

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For the boy who loves everything gross, the Goo Science Kit is the perfect gift. It provides plenty of gross elements while teaching about polymer gels and ion diffusion.

The kit lets kids make jelly worms, tadpoles, leeches, and even fish eggs. If they want to take the gross factor up a notch, they can make boiled boogers, blood clots, shimmer putty, and fart putty.

All the materials are included for over 12 activities and each experiment can be repeated. This kit provides hours of gross entertainment that will have the whole family grossed out.

PROS

  • Experiments can be repeated
  • All materials included
  • Educational and fun

CONS

  • Only one facemask included
  • Kids should not play alone

OWI Robotic Arm Edge

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For the electronic lover, a robotic arm will be the best gift they’ll receive all year. The OWI Robotic ArmEdge comes with a remote control that performs multiple movements and functions.

The arm gripper opens and closes, providing hours of entertainment as kids try to see how many objects they can move around. The base rotates 270 degrees while the wrist moves 120 degrees. There’s no soldering required to put the kit together and the instructions are very clear. You will need a certain level of patience to put the arm together.

There’s about 200 pieces in the kit. Turn the construction into a bonding opportunity that you and your child will always remember.

PROS

  • Unique gift
  • Detailed Instructions
  • Solid construction

CONS

  • Small pieces
  • Improper assembly can leave arm not functional

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For this pick, I combined the board game category with the gross category. You can’t go wrong with an educational yet entertaining board game.

Both kids and parents will have a blast answering biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, zoology, and anatomy questions. Add a little grossness and kids of all ages will look forward to game night. This is another one of the gifts for 10 year old boys that I gave to one of my nephews.

I’ve had the chance to play a few times and I can’t think of many other board games where I’ve laughed so much while playing. But is the winner the smartest or the grossest?

PROS

  • Educational
  • Large variety of questions
  • Includes experiments

CONS

  • Small pieces not suitable for young children
  • Only 4 players can play at once

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Every 10 year old boy’s closet is full of t-shirts. Get them one that’s made just for them with this option by TeeStars. Do you know a 10 year old? Are they awesome? Do they wear shirts? Then they need this one!

The saying is great and it comes in a variety of colors and sizes. It’s made from 100% combed-cotton so it’s super soft. Sizes do run a bit small so if you’re trying to decide between two sizes, go with the larger one.

This shirt is the perfect birthday gift and I’ve purchased it several times. It’s always been a well-received gift, even for a clothing option.

PROS

  • Soft
  • Variety of colors
  • Funny

CONS

  • Sizes run small
  • Extended sizes not available

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When it comes to the perfect gifts for 10 year old boys, Nerf guns are always a great option. They used to be basic in design but today’s models will blow your socks off.

The Zombie Strike Doominator Blaster fires up to 24 darts without having to stop to reload. Imagine the fun games kids can play outside, from cops and robbers to zombie apocalypse. The toy encourages imaginative play and keeps kids active.

The only bad thing about a Nerf gun that shoots so many darts is that you have to collect them when you’re done but even that can be fun if there’s more than one player. My nephews each have one of these and they race to collect the most darts.

PROS

  • Fires tons of darts
  • Easy to load
  • Adjustable handle

CONS

  • Darts are easy to lose
  • Gun can jam

So, which is the top gift in my book? The Goo Science Kit has been one of my favorite gifts or 10 year old boys for quite some time now. Whenever I get a birthday invitation, I know that the gross kit will be one of the first gifts I consider.

It’s perfect for birthdays and holidays and because it can be reused, you’ll see your return on investment with each gross experiment. If you’re looking for gifts for 10 year old boys, start by trying to decide which category they’re most interested in. Then have fun browsing until you find the perfect gift.