While there are a wide variety of gifts that will delight a preteen girl, finding a gift for an 11-year-old boy can be a bit more challenging. Many boys enjoy video games, but these can be expensive, and many parents may not appreciate their child spending yet more time in front of a screen. Buy him a gift that will enrich his mind and build his skills, and you'll make both the boy and his parents happy.
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An 11-year-old boy is not too old to play with sets of interlocking plastic blocks. Some kids never outgrow their love for these toys. Collector Mike Bader estimates that he has over 400,000 Lego bricks that he has collected over these years, a collection worth approximately £26,000. Give a boy a set of these blocks for a gift, and you may be contributing to his college fund. Look for the age range on the box, as this gives an indication of the difficulty of the set and can provide guidance.
People often overlook books when considering gifts for boys, perhaps because of the stereotype that boys prefer less passive activities. Everyone needs to wind down sometime, though, even 11-year-olds. Many books fit the bill for an appropriate gift. Consider fun graphic novels for boys who struggle with reading, fantasy books for those who dream of knights and dragons or a nonfiction tome that deals with a subject the boy is interested in, such as space or outdoor survival skills. Collections of comics, such as "The Far Side," "Zits" or "Calvin and Hobbs" can also be popular with this age group.
Add to a Collection
Eleven-year-old boys are notorious for collecting things. Many have one or more collections that they have been adding to over the years. You can either find out what the boy on your gift list collects or buy him something that will encourage him to start a new collection. Items that boys collect include rocks and minerals, arrowheads, coins and trading cards, among other things. Wooden boxes and other things that can help him organise his collection also may be welcome gifts.
An 11-year-old boy, although still a child, may be only seven years away from moving away from home. A boy this age is old enough to begin learning the basic skills he will need to take care of a home or apartment. Give him a hammer, a set of screwdrivers or a set of sockets. He'll feel proud that you consider him grown-up enough to be trusted with tools and to learn how to use them properly. Avoid mechanical tools such as drills at this age because they can be dangerous, especially without proper supervision.
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