Birthday Present Ideas for a 10 Year Old

Updated February 21, 2017

When shopping for a gift for a 10-year-old, it is important to choose a present that will suit the child's personality and needs. Look for options that will allow the child to indulge their desires to be more adult while providing the opportunity to hold on to childhood for as long as possible. Before you choose a gift, check with the parents to make sure it will fit within their rules and standards of safety.

Movie Certificates

Many 10-year-olds relish the opportunity to see the newest movies on the big screen, and movie certificates can give them the chance to choose their own shows. Choose a theatre that is near the child's house so that parents will not have to drive far, and give a booklet of gift tokens that will allow the child to take friends or go multiple times with a parent or a single friend.


For a tenth birthday, a skateboard is a gift that will encourage children to stay active and to get outside for some healthy play. If you are choosing a gift for a child with a surplus of energy or one who is a bit of a daredevil, a skateboard can be the ultimate present; be sure to include a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads to encourage safety and reassure parents. Choose a board in a neutral design and give a set of decals and stickers to allow personalisation.


If you are looking for a gift with a higher price tag, consider electronics. A personal music player can make a 10-year-old feel grown up, and a digital camera will be an entertaining way to encourage creativity. Choose an item that is suitable for the individual child: a video recorder for a kid who likes to tell stories, a digital book reader for a bookworm, or a karaoke machine for an aspiring singer.

Makeover Kit

For a 10-year-old girl, make-up is usually still off limits, but may be allowed during play time. Put together a birthday makeover kit to delight a young girl; include basic make-up supplies, nail polish, files, and face masks. Choose colours that are bright and fun, and don't be afraid to add in products with a bit of sparkle.

Remote Controlled Helicopters

Whether you are shopping for a boy or a girl, a remote controlled helicopter can be an entertaining toy that is just grown-up enough to be suitable. Look for a sturdy model that can stay together during multiple flights and that has a relatively simple operating system. If the birthday girl or boy lives in an apartment complex, consider finding a helicopter that is designed to fly inside.

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Elizabeth Smith has been a scientific and engineering writer since 2004. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, newspapers and corporate publications. A frequent traveler, she also has penned articles as a travel writer. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in communications and writing from Michigan State University.