Christmas Gifts for Twelve Year Old Boys

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Christmas Gifts for Twelve Year Old Boys
Boys enjoy activities with their friends, whether sports, videos games or movies. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

At age 12, boys feel they must appear tough, whether to impress their peers or for personal satisfaction. Coming up with Christmas gift for 12-year-old boys can be difficult, but if you remember this trait, coming up with ideas may become easier.

Video Games

The typical boy will do one of two things after finishing a long day of classes: flip on the television to watch a sports event, or turn on the video game system to lose himself in a battle of bazookas and grenades. Knowing this, you are provided with at least two gift ideas. Figure out which genre of video games the boy prefers; the most popular among 12-year-old boys are sports and war games.


Tickets to a sports event or sports gear are also safe ideas. Many parents like their children to be active outdoors, rather than stare at a TV all day. Toys that revolve around outdoor sports make great gifts for preteens. Boys, however, vary in their sports interests; while many are passionate about football or basketball, others may favour fishing or hiking. Anything from a football to a fishing rod or camping gear is a Christmas gift that can make a 12-year-old boy happy.

Music and Film

Music is always a safe choice. Find out the recipient's preferred genre of music or the newest album on the market that he may want. If he is musically inclined, an accessory for his musical instrument is an option. The same goes for movies: if he likes action or horror flicks, buy a newly released film from that genre or perhaps tickets to see a film of his choice at the local theatre.

Creative Gifts

Not all 12-year-old boys are fond of sports or films. Some may prefer spending their time putting together model aeroplanes or conducting science experiments. If your 12-year-old has interests in such activities, model rockets and cars, telescopes, and various scientific toys made for younger teenagers make appealing gifts.

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