Gift Ideas For 10-Year Old Boys

Buying Gifts for Preteen Boys

Welcome to the pre-teen years! As the mom of 4 kids, ranging in age from 7-13, I can say that gift ideas for 10-year old boys can be especially challenging. I know that its tough to come up with gift ideas for this age range. 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 old boys 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 than those that are the oldest in the family. Another key suggestion is to be sure to try to talk to your 13-year old first. Trust me, they are not always forthcoming when it comes to gift ideas, but you might be surprised what you will learn just by putting forth a few simple questions.

I've grouped a range of gift ideas for 10-year old boys into several categories below: (1) sports; (2) technology; (3) practical gifts; (4) gaming ideas and (5) 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 | Source

What Interests Your 10-Year Old Boy?

  • Sports
  • Culture/Art
  • Reading
  • Family Activities
  • Videos/Gaming
  • Movies
  • Outdoor activities
  • Puzzles/family board games
  • Pets or animals
  • Travel/geography
  • All of the above
  • None of the above (specify in comments below)
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Sports Gift Ideas for 10-Year Old Boys

My sons love sports! When its football season, they love football. And, when its 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 follows the top teams.

If you are shopping for a preteen boy that 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 choice for 10-year old boys
Games are a popular choice for 10-year old boys | Source

Gaming Gift Ideas for 10-Year Old Boys

There are many gaming systems offered for kids of all ages, and even more games 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.

Experts say that new game consoles will not be offered until 2013. So, your best bet right now is to consider adding to individual game collections.

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 for a 10-year old boy. If in doubt, ask a salesperson or read online reviews.

Popular gaming gift ideas for 10-year old boys 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? | Source

Entertainment Gift Ideas for 10-Year Old Boys

Beyond video games and sports, 10-year old 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 movie, 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 cookbooks (yes, even boys like to cook!)

My 10-year old loves his iPod Nano!
My 10-year old loves his iPod Nano! | Source

Tech Gift Ideas for 10-Year Old 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! There are basic models that still allow for easy texting available for less than $50 with generous rebates (hint: go for an unlimited texting plan to avoid a shockingly high cell phone bill)

Traditional Gift Ideas for 10-Year Old Boys

Although you might think that 10-year old boys are only interested in sports and video games, there are some traditional gifts that 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
  • Spy ware
  • Nerf guns/accessories or Nerf balls
  • Roller blades
  • 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! | Source

Gift Cards are Always an Option!

Sometimes you just cannot figure out what gift to get for a 10-year old boy. 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-$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 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!

Where are you going to shop for gifts this year?

  • I shop online for the convenience and ease
  • I shop at the stores so I can see and handle items
  • It depends on where I have a coupon!
  • I don't purchase gifts
  • Gift cards are my preference
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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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!

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LindaJM 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

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

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Jeremey 5 years ago from Arizona

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!

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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GojiJuiceGoodness 5 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

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!

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

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.

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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...

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

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

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solarshingles 5 years ago from london

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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!

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

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,

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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dawnM 5 years ago from Camarillo, CA

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.

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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. :)

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Die'Dre' 5 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

JASON NICHOLS 5 years ago

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!

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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 5 years ago

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!

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breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

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~

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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.

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MikeNV 5 years ago from Henderson, NV

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

*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!

helene.bliss 5 years ago

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.

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gulnazahmad 5 years ago from Pakistan

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.

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

Clare 5 years ago

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!

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

Peaceie 5 years ago

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


Abhishek Jain 5 years ago

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.

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kidsinvite 5 years ago

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

Jason 5 years ago

great hub ! i enjoyed it

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Big Brother 5 years ago from Earth

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

Alexander the Macedon / Greece

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

Janet 5 years ago

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

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alekdo 5 years ago from Cherkassy, Ukraine

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

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dfelker 5 years ago

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

I enjoyed this hub a lot,thanks for sharing.

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DevBlue 5 years ago from Mauritius

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

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

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

honeylee 5 years ago

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.

beckysmith18a 5 years ago

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. 5 years ago

Please recommend some more gifts steph

lachlan 5 years ago

im eight and my birthday is october the 16th im turning nine this year yay!!!!!

Nick 5 years ago

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

Genna 5 years ago

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?

KT 5 years ago

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!

tlsess 5 years ago

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!

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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Great post...Thanks

dean0110 4 years ago

nice blog i loved it

nick 4 years ago

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!!!

Older Sister 4 years ago

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

12 year old 4 years ago

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

Marmar 4 years ago

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

bob 4 years ago

this is stupid this is for 5 year olds

Lisa 4 years ago

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!!

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Great, Lisa! Thanks!

Jon 4 years ago

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!!!!

MeMommy 4 years ago

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!

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Plantastic 4 years ago

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

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

Lizzie S. 4 years ago

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!

Lizzie S. 4 years ago

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!

doren banster 4 years ago

im 10

Lizzie S. 4 years ago

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

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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

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

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

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

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healthy-living 3 years ago

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.

Ethan 3 years ago

thx i got some great stuff

person 3 years ago

i think i am a very techy person

kidsgardner 3 years ago

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.

kji 2 years ago

idh htrve evtythind

John 2 years ago

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.

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Kathryn Stratford 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

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

Jacky 14 months ago

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

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