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Gift Ideas for 10-Year-Old Boys

Stephanie has four children, including a set of twins! She loves to share ideas on raising kids—the good, bad, and ugly!

Pre-teen boys can be hard to shop for. Here's how I picked out some gifts for my son's 10th birthday.

Pre-teen boys can be hard to shop for. Here's how I picked out some gifts for my son's 10th birthday.

Buying Gifts for Preteen Boys

Welcome to the pre-teen years! As a mom of four kids, ranging in age from 7 to 13, I can say that coming up with presents for 10-year-old boys can be especially challenging. That's why I put together this article to help parents, guardians and relatives.

Generally speaking, kids this age are truly in between childhood and young adulthood. While they may still have juvenile interests, many are transitioning toward more grown-up desires—mostly with respect to technology and entertainment.

Before you head to the shopping mall or browse the Internet, know your gift recipient. Some 10-year-olds still have strong interests in specific characters (e.g. Harry Potter or Percy Jackson) or specific sports teams or leagues. Kids that have older siblings may have slightly more mature tastes. Another key suggestion is to be sure to try to talk to your boy first. Trust me, they are not always forthcoming when it comes to gift ideas, but you might be surprised by what you will learn just by putting forth a few simple questions.

I've grouped a range of gift ideas into several categories below:

  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Practical gifts
  • Gaming ideas
  • Entertainment.

You should be able to find an appropriate gift for a preteen boy here . . . or at least get a good start on ideas!

Happy shopping!

Gift giving guide for 10-year old boys

Gift giving guide for 10-year old boys

Sports Gift Ideas for Boys

My sons love sports! When it's football season, they love football. When it's baseball season, they love baseball.

My 10-year-old son is a loyal fan—no matter if his team is winning or losing, he cheers them on. On the other hand, my 13-year-old only follows the top teams.

If you are shopping for a preteen boy who is a sports enthusiast, consider these sports gift ideas:

  • Team football jerseys
  • Sports equipment (balls, bats, mitts, helmets, hoops, goals, etc.)
  • Sports memorabilia (trading cards, signed balls, and/or posters)
  • Brand-name T-shirts (my son likes Nike and Adidas)
  • Team pennants
  • Fathead room decals (giant, life-sized stickers of your favorite athlete)
  • Team emblazoned room décor items (wastepaper baskets, sheets, pillows, bedspreads, and much more)
  • Tuition for youth sports camps or programs (Pee Wee Football, Little League baseball, etc.)
Games are a popular gift choice for boys.

Games are a popular gift choice for boys.

Gaming Gifts for 10-Year-Old Boys

There are many gaming systems offered for kids of all ages, and even more games are available, with new ones coming out each year!

At our home, the kids have Nintendo DS consoles (handheld game system), as well as an Xbox 360. Many of their friends own Wii systems and/or Sony PS3. There are also games you can play on your computer and applications to download to phones.

Before you purchase a new video game for a 10-year-old boy, check the ratings. Games rated "M" for mature often include violence and/or sexual themes. Even games with a "T" rating for teen may not be appropriate. If in doubt, ask a salesperson or read online reviews.

Popular gaming gift ideas for 10-year-olds include:

  • New versions of NCAA, NFL, NBA, and MLB sports games
  • Lego games (Harry Potter Lego, Lego Batman, Indiana Jones Lego, Lego Star Wars, etc.)
  • Mario games
  • Backyard sports games (Backyard baseball, Backyard football, etc.)
  • Movie-themed games (Harry Potter, Batman, Disney movies, and more)
  • Rock Band games
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Scribblenauts
Looking for gift ideas for 10-year old boys?

Looking for gift ideas for 10-year old boys?

Book and Movie Presents for Boys

Beyond video games and sports, many boys enjoy movies, and some even like to read (yes, shocking, isn't it?) Each year for Christmas, I get my boys at least one new book and usually a DVD, as well.

Not sure what's hot this year? Consider this list:

  • Harry Potter movies
  • Harry Potter books (still popular after many years)
  • Percy Jackson book series by Rick Riordan
  • The Seekers book series by Erin Hunter
  • Dragon Slayers Academy series by Kate McMullan
  • Chronicles of Narnia series
  • D.J. MacHale's Pendragon series
  • Children's cookbooks (yes, even boys like to cook!)
My 10-year old loves his iPod Nano!

My 10-year old loves his iPod Nano!

Tech Gift Ideas for Pre-Teen Boys

Most preteen boys are into tech gifts. At the top of the list for my 10-year-old son, this year is a cell phone! He really just wants to be able to text his friends, but I'm sure a new iPhone would be a huge hit (dream on, Joe . . . )

Depending on your budget, there are many gadgets you could consider when shopping for gifts for 10-year-old boys.

Keep in mind that not all boys will take good care of these items that can easily become lost or broken:

  • iPod Nano
  • iPod Touch
  • Other mP3 players and accessories
  • Laptop computer (many inexpensive notebook versions available)
  • Cell phone: you don't have to go with the new iPhone4! Some basic models still allow for easy texting and are available for less than $50 with generous rebates (hint: go for an unlimited texting plan to avoid a shockingly high cell phone bill)

Traditional Gifts for Boys

Although you might think that 10-year-old boys are only interested in sports and video games, some traditional gifts are always a hit with this age group.

From my experience, preteen boys often appreciate the following traditional gifts as well:

  • Monopoly games (many varieties of the classic board game)
  • Clue board game
  • Playing cards
  • Themed Lego sets (some very complex and expensive sets out there too)
  • Scrabble game
  • SpyWare
  • Nerf guns/accessories or Nerf balls
  • Rollerblades
  • Bicycles
  • Scooters
  • Other sports equipment (snowboarding, wakeboarding, sledding, etc.)
  • Trampolines

Don't forget other items that may be required for some of these gifts. Helmets, gloves, boots, bindings, even batteries!

Lots of gift ideas for 10-year old boys!

Lots of gift ideas for 10-year old boys!

Gift Cards Are Always an Option!

Sometimes you just cannot figure out what gift to get for a boy this age. Fortunately, at this age, many kids are eager to go shopping to pick out their own presents. When you give a gift card, they can sometimes get a great deal with post-holiday discounts or even combine gift cards to get a more expensive gift on their list.

Many retailers offer gift cards in a range of dollar amounts (generally $25 to $100). My son likes gift cards from Target, Old Navy, Wal-Mart, Game Stop, and a variety of sports stores. Since he owns an iPod, my 10-year-old is always excited to get iTunes cards that allow him to choose new music for his device.

Be sure to check the fine print regarding the potential expiration of gift cards. You'll also want to make sure that the gift card doesn't accidentally get tossed in the trash, along with wrapping paper and envelopes!

© 2010 Stephanie Marshall


lkhg on December 04, 2017:


me on December 01, 2017:

im a kid

alex on November 16, 2017:

add camping to the list obove

Jacky on August 21, 2015:

Lego is mine's favourite, or constructing type of activities

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on December 19, 2013:

This is a handy article, full of very useful ideas.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and I hope you and your family have a happy holiday season.

Voted up.

~ Kathryn

John on December 15, 2013:

Just finished watching a sunday show outlining american kids' low rankings on the world stage of knowledge. And then I read your categories and notice Sports first and no sign of Science. Explains a lot.

kji on November 03, 2013:

idh htrve evtythind

kidsgardner on October 19, 2013:

My ten year olds loved growing The Zombie Plant- the only plant that plays dead when you touch it and then comes back to life. Search The Zombie Plant Grow Kit. I mentioned in an earlier post that these were a great way to excite a ten year old about nature and gardening. Just search online to see a video. as The Zombie Plant Grow Kit is very popular.

person on July 31, 2013:

i think i am a very techy person

Ethan on June 15, 2013:

thx i got some great stuff

healthy-living on December 02, 2012:

Thanks for this! I have to buy for one 10 yr old neice and one 10 yr old nephew and my husband has to buy for one 10 yr old nephew as well. I made a list from some of the items you listed and sent it to my brother and wife so they could give me specifics.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on September 24, 2012:

Thanks daisydaz - hope you get some good gift ideas for the boys! Best, Steph

Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on September 23, 2012:

I have nephews that are so hard to buy for, this will really help! Great ideas there

Lizzie S. on May 07, 2012:

What did you want for your birthday??? He won't give me anything cool to work with here!! :(

doren banster on May 05, 2012:

im 10

Lizzie S. on May 03, 2012:

I'm really desperate, his birthday's on the 13th. That's only 10 days! Aaaahhhh!!!! Speaking of the 13th, what would my mom like for mother's day? She on a diet so no yummy cheesecakes, cupcakes or other scrumptious desserts. Thanks in advance!

Lizzie S. on May 02, 2012:

My brother is turning 10 in a week and I have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER of what to get him!! Everything up there is either too expensive or he won't like it. Please help me and my mom (she has no idea either) and fast!! :) But I'm serious. I NEED IT NOW!!!!!!! help!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on April 23, 2012:

That sounds like a fun gift idea! Kids love to grow things. What a cool idea. Best, Steph

Plantastic on April 23, 2012:

Hello Steph - Great article and info. Have you grow a TickleMe Plant yet? As a plant lover it rules as the TickleMe Plant is the only house plant that closes its leaves when Tickled! It was easy to grow in the TickleMe Plant greenhouse

MeMommy on April 13, 2012:

My son is turning 10 on Sunday. Even though I have his gift neatly wrapped and ready, I am interested to know what is the ongoing trend for this age group. I loved your suggestions. In the book category I would like to recommend the Suzanne Collins triology which is a big hit with the boys. Thank you for your ideas. Superb!

Jon on March 05, 2012:

I am turning 11 in 4 days and I have an Ipod touch. I am very responsible with it and basically all of my friends have one too.I need suggestions of what to get for my birthday if phones, legos, pets, and any thing to do with Ipods is out of the question. PLEASE HELP ME QUICK!!!!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on December 09, 2011:

Great, Lisa! Thanks!

Lisa on December 09, 2011:

Thanks for the ideas, the way you presented them and listed them out categorically really helped. I just made 2 decisions for my boys because of your help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

bob on December 09, 2011:

this is stupid this is for 5 year olds

Marmar on December 08, 2011:

I pod touch is nice idea and if you are afraid of it I'll till you nothing is dangerous just you have to take note of your child when he got it something changed in him or not and I suggest you if you are bringing an iPod touch for your. Son don't lit him play on it for more than 2hours in a day and avoid crime games I think we should let them try as they are entering a preteens age good luck in gifts and merry crismas

12 year old on November 29, 2011:

this site states the obvious, of course kids would want a ipod, phone (no real need to the site)

Older Sister on November 26, 2011:

I'm not a mom. but i'm looking for something to get for my almost 10 year old brother for X-mas

nick on November 24, 2011:

i totally disagree about not giving a ipod to a 10 year old!!my son got his on his 10th birthday!!He did love it and he does take really good care of it!!I think all depending on each kid!! Have an friend that have an 12 yo and got his ipod stolen at school so maybe parents should be warning about this and pass to their kids!!There are many kids that wants a ipod so probably will be easily if they take from someone that have already since their parents cant afford it!i pod is really fun for kids and adults! just make sure you lock some site and never tell than any of password because if you dont you will ending having a huge bill!!Have a great holidays guys!!!

dean0110 on November 22, 2011:

nice blog i loved it

htodd from United States on October 22, 2011:

Great post...Thanks

tlsess on October 19, 2011:

I agree, don't discount all 10 year olds. My son is 10, he saved his money and paid for most of the iPod touch himself. We paid for about 1/4th of it for his birthday. He takes care of it, but we also remember that we are parents and he's not allowed to take it to school, etc. He doesn't pick it up unless he asks, much like his gaming systems and anything else. He loves it. But now we don't know what to do for Christmas!

KT on October 11, 2011:

Re: 10 year old boy and an iPod Touch

No, I don't necessarily think 10 is too young for an iPod touch - my oldest Nephew saved and bought himself an iPod Touch in the summer as he loves the apps for it. He can also take photos with it, which he likes. He will be 11 in November and is looking forward to receiving an iTunes voucher so he can move beyond the free apps!

Do I think they're for every 10 year old boy? Absolutely not! I know of many who would not treat it with the care it needs. But my Nephew can absolutely be trusted with it and knows exactly how to handle it. But then his 8 year old brother does too...and my 6 and 5 year old Nephews know how to handle my iPhone with care too...and even the 3 year old knows not to be rough with maybe we just lucked out on the kid front in our family!

To summarise a very long post - yeah, I do think an iPod Touch might be an appropriate gift for a 10 year old. Don't discount all 10 year olds just yet, there are some responsible ones out there!

Genna on October 04, 2011:

For a 10yo boy, really, a IPOD? I hope all of you out there have a very responsible son that doesn't lose things because IPODS are not cheap!! I am so against buying these expensive toys at such an early age. What next?

Nick on October 02, 2011:

Dont ya think an ipod touch priced at £160-£180 without insurance is a little expensive for a 10 yr old boy!!

lachlan on September 20, 2011:

im eight and my birthday is october the 16th im turning nine this year yay!!!!! on September 12, 2011:

Please recommend some more gifts steph

beckysmith18a on September 08, 2011:

kids this age are truly in between childhood and young adulthood. While they may still have juvenile interests, many are transitioning toward more grown-up desires - mostly with respect to technology and entertainment.

honeylee on June 17, 2011:

For a ten year-old boy, something sporty is the best gift that you can give them. Most especially if the signature of their favorite baseball player is printed on it.

Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on April 15, 2011:

What an awesome, useful and, for me, timely hub! Voted up!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on April 11, 2011:

Its fun to live vicariously - that's what gift giving is about, right? :)

DevBlue from Mauritius on April 11, 2011:

Seeing all those nice gifts, I wish I was still 10 years old. Good Hub.

Emma from Houston TX on March 11, 2011:

I enjoyed this hub a lot,thanks for sharing.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on March 10, 2011:

Thank you dfelker - its great to hear that other people with kids agree with these gift ideas. Best, Steph

dfelker on March 10, 2011:

I enjoyed your article very much; my kids are right around that age group. It's all stuff they would like very much :-)

Aleksey Donets from Cherkassy, Ukraine on March 02, 2011:

Here my top10 ideas for ideal gift

1. Video games

2. Sport products

3. Cool clothes or shoes

4. Electronics (cell phone, PSP etc)

5. Indoor games kits (table football for example)

6. Sportbags and backpacks

7.Art kits (either for beginners or pros)


9. Cool furniture pieces (fancy armchair for example) 10. Tickets to great sporting events

Janet on February 02, 2011:

My kids love going to trampoline places like Sky High. Golf lessons are good too.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on January 06, 2011:

Thank you very much Big Brother/Alexander! Have a super day, Stephanie

Alex Valis from Earth on January 06, 2011:

Great Hub my friend... Thanks for the tips. I vote all up

Alexander the Macedon / Greece

Jason on January 06, 2011:

great hub ! i enjoyed it

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on January 03, 2011:

Hi kidsinvite! Glad you enjoyed it - happy gift shopping!

kidsinvite on January 03, 2011:

I wish I could give my kids those presents! Its cool!

Abhishek Jain on December 29, 2010:

Its a nice post on New Year & Christmas days gifts ideas !

as its give a feel of personalized & unique gifts ideas.I liked all ways to surprised New Year & Christmas days gifts ideas with a unique feel of emotions.Very useful tips it contain for New Year & Christmas days spacial.

Peaceie on December 18, 2010:

That's exactly down to the exact point of my ten

Year old brother. Then my six year old brothers

In the next section down. Some boys r exactly


Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on December 08, 2010:

Hi Clare, sometimes browsing the stores can help spark an idea for a gift. Good luck with your shopping!

Clare on December 08, 2010:

Honestly, i find it hard to buy gift for my God Children. He is actually 10 years old and a boy. I will look up to sports equipments. I hope will see a lot of discounts in the mall. stephhicks68 you gave me idea. Thanks!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on December 08, 2010:

Hi Helene and gulnazahmad - it can be difficult to find gift ideas for 10-year old boys, but you are right that considering their interests can help. Have a great holiday season! Steph

gulnazahmad on December 08, 2010:

Love your ideas and the pictures too are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this information. I always look at the kid to whom I have to gift and then it becomes easy to choose what he/she will like to own.

helene.bliss on December 07, 2010:

Wow! thanks for sharing all these info's. I'm having a hard time choosing toys for my young relatives this coming Christmas. Now I know what to choose. You gave such a wonderful idea.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on December 07, 2010:

*sigh* I know!! BB guns are like 20 years ago. Walkie Talkies would be fine for the first 24 hours. Radio Controlled Aircraft - we tried that 2 years ago with these cool and expensive helicopters, but they now sit in a drawer.... kids today!

MikeNV from Henderson, NV on December 07, 2010:

What? No BB Gun, Walkie Talkies, or Radio Controlled Aircraft? Kids today.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on December 06, 2010:

Hi Breathe - so glad that you can use these gift ideas for holiday shopping for your boys. 3 of my 4 kids are boys (ages 7, 10 and 13) and I also have 6 nephews (ranging in age from 1-14), so I've had the experience of shopping for boy gifts for quite some time! Merry Christmas to you too! Hope its a special year.

Heidi from Gulf Coast, USA on December 06, 2010:

4 of my 5 kids are BOYS, ages 2,4, 6 & 9. This hub hit it smack dab in the middle on boys' interests!

Voted useful up. :)

Merry Christmas!

warmest regards~

JASON NICHOLS on November 28, 2010:

I didn't tell my son what he is going to get this christmas so he will really be over the moon like your son! Wish you and your son a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 28, 2010:

You have a lucky 10-year old son, Jason! My kids love the Nintendo DS and I am sure my 10-year old would be over the moon with an iPhone 4. Merry Christmas!

JASON NICHOLS on November 28, 2010:

Hello stephhicks68! This cristmas and new year i did not know what to give my 10 year old son but after reading you hub i am going to give my son a i phone4 on christmas and a nintendo DS on new years eve. Thanks to your ideas that now my son will get some lovely gifts that he will love!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 28, 2010:

Have fun Christmas shopping! Glad these gift ideas will help.

Die'Dre' from The Great Pacific Northwest on November 28, 2010:

Cute pictures, great ideas. It will help with my nephews. Thanks

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 17, 2010:

Making lego cars electric? Your son is a smart 10-year old boy! Thanks for the comments and hope you find some good gift ideas. :)

Dawn Michael from THOUSAND OAKS on November 17, 2010:

great information, on gifts for boys. My son is really into the building of lego cars and then making them electric. he love the monolopy game though and that great to play as a family.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 14, 2010:

Have fun shopping for your 10-year old nephew! I love educational games for kids too!

susannah42 from Florida on November 14, 2010:

I have a 10 year old nephew who loves educational things the most. And I will take you advice.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 02, 2010:

Thank you prasetio! I do try to give educational gifts, as well as fun presents during the holidays. Always keep them learning, right? Cheers to you - Stephanie

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 02, 2010:

I get a lot of idea by reading this hub. Fantastic and absolutely amazing. With the gift they get, I hope it give them motivation in studying. Like a good reward for the achievement in their study. Thank you very much. I give my "vote" special for you.

Blessing and hugs,

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 02, 2010:

Solarshingles - my 10-year old was very fortunate to have a generous Santa Claus! ;-) (not spoiled one little bit, these boys!)

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 02, 2010:

Hi bayoulady - next year, yes! 11-year old presents. I'm working on a hub for gift ideas for 13-year olds too. Thanks much!

solarshingles from london on November 02, 2010:

Beautiful, simply beautiful! An iPod Nano - what an amazing present for a young 'gentleman'!

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on November 02, 2010:

Aw yeah,steph this is so gonna help!(Son is thirty..but I'm just sayin'..) Next year...11 year olds? Great hub!!!!!Rate UP

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 02, 2010:

Hi Nell - thanks! I have to admit, I included some of the board games above because I like playing them too (Scrabble in particular) - though both my 10-year old and 13-year old play a mean game! We really enjoy family game nights. Best, Steph

Nell Rose from England on November 02, 2010:

Hi, I remember when my son was this age, I wish he could have had some of these great ideas then! I loved playing with his toys! ha ha great hub, and good ideas, rated up! cheers nell

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 02, 2010:

Ha - yes, and he definitely believes he's an expert on 10-year old gifts. ;-) I just added another item that I had forgotten (*gasp*): Nerf guns and Nerf balls.

The joys of holiday shopping...

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 02, 2010:

I'm not surprised at how appropriate these gifts are for 10-year-olds, steph. After all, you have a 10-year-old consultant on hand to advise you.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 02, 2010:

Hi Gojijuice - sounds like your brother is going to have a great Christmas! Legos are always a hit with 10-year old boys!

GojiJuiceGoodness from Roanoke, Virginia on November 02, 2010:

Good hub. My youngest brother just turned 9 & we got him a Radio Flyer wagon for his birthday & we've got legos & technic on his Christmas list!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 02, 2010:

Hi Jeremey - thanks! All boys for you? My 3 boys are 13, 10 and 7 (almost 8). Happy holiday shopping....

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 02, 2010:

Linda, you know it! My 10-year old definitely thinks he's an expert!

Jeremey from Arizona on November 02, 2010:

Fatheads are great, my kids love 'em, Lots of other good ideas here!I've got 3 at 16yrs,9 and 7. and the 9yr old is hard to please. Great hub!

Linda Jo Martin from Klamath River Valley, Northern California on November 02, 2010:

I see you've got an expert there to tell you what 10yo boys like these days!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 01, 2010:

Inspired by my mother asking... what do the boys want this year! Watch for additional hubs on gift ideas for 13-year olds and 7-year olds... Happy Holidays!

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on November 01, 2010:

It's been a few years since I had a ten year old boy around the house-- but I still remember-- great gift ideas