Gift Ideas for a 12-Year-Old Boy

Updated November 21, 2016

It may be difficult to pick out gifts for a 12-year-old boy. Gifts that resemble action figures or toy cars and trucks may not appeal to boys at this age. No longer are G.I. Joes and wrestlers cool gifts, and forget anything that resembles a cartoon figure. The best idea is to sit down, write a list of the boy's interests or hobbies, and make a decision based on that list.

Hunting and Fishing Gifts

Hunting and fishing accessories can be good ideas if he enjoys either of these recreational sports. Although they have another year before they become teens, some boys are mature and experienced enough to have their own hunting and fishing gear.

If the boy likes to hunt birds, deer and turkey, shop around for new camouflage hats, shirts, vests, jackets and boots. Sporting good stores also carry wild-game calls that some boys find fascinating. Fishing fanatics may enjoy a new rod and reel, or a tackle box complete with fishing lures, hooks, sinkers and fishing line. For both of these recreational sports, a boy may like his very own multifunctional knife that can be used during hunting and fishing expeditions.


A 12-year-old boy may enjoy receiving a new iPod as a gift, especially if he's a music fanatic. If he isn't, an iPod may help develop a music interest that may have not been there before. iPods download and transfer music files back and forth from iTunes, a software program that allows a user to store and play a variety of music. Boys can listen to music through the speakers on an iPod or through headphones. There are a variety of spin-offs of the iPod, which include iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPod Mini and the iPod Shuffle. These vary in size, colour and price.

Video Store Gift Card

Hand over a gift card to a video game store, and the 12-year-old boy more than likely will be begging you to take him there right away. Whether he is into computer games, PlayStation, Xbox or Wii, a gift card that enables the boy to purchase a new video game is usually a huge hit with kids this age. Not only are they able to buy a new game, but they also can look at accessories, such as new controllers, headphones, memory sticks and even strategy guides for particular games. Discount game stores may offer new and used consoles as well as the games for each type of playing system.


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