Top Gifts for Tween Boys and Nerf Giveaway!

While it’s been hard to get my Christmas mojo going, one thing that I do love to do is spoil my kiddos at the holidays. As they get older, I find it really challenging to;

a. afford the things they want and stick to our budget
b. find something they don’t already have 

Almost tween Jayden used to be easy to buy for! He loved almost any gift from musical instruments to small PlayMobil or LEGO figures or even “cool” clothes. But this year the boys are super tough to buy Christmas gifts for and I’m beginning to realize that being a tween is not only about moodiness, smelliness and puberty, it’s a tough age to shop for too!  

Somewhere between the ages of 10 and 12, our kids turn into a whole different demographic…tweens!  A relatively new term, Wikipedia defines Tweens as;
“A tween is a person who is between the ages of 10 to 12 years old. The term is often described in popular media as referring to a preadolescent (usually female) who is at the “in-between” stage in their development when they are considered.”
Considering all the pressures, changes and decisions that these tween boys are going through, gift giving becomes challenging! Many kids already have the latest electronics and gaming systems, so what’s left?

Here are my Top Gifts for Tween Boys;

1. NERF is still a big hit! Jayden got a NERF Sports Dude Perfect PerfectSmash Football for his birthday and it was a huge hit and a great Christmas gift. BONUS…any tween will be impressed that you know about these YouTube sensations! He also got the NERF Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster and his friends were super jealous (in fact, we got TWO as a gift and exchanged one for another Nerf blaster and extra bullets)! They had several epic fights around my house (I’m still finding bullets and balls!). Want to win one for your tween boy? Enter the contest here*.

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2. Sports Equipment: Basketball is a huge hit in our house, but with the cold weather they can’t play outdoors. This Christmas, we got the boys the indoor backboards and nets that hang on the back of their bedroom doors. Mini hockey sticks and new indoor sticks are great ideas for the hockey guys in your house!

3. Gaming: If you tween already has the latest system (PS4 is HOT this year), consider one of the newest games out this season (NHL, NBA or Destiny).  Be sure to check that the rating is T and not “Mature” for this influential age group!

4. Music: Sure iTunes cards are great to help your Tween load up on the latest songs for their playlist, but have you seen the cute Bluetooth speakers you can buy? You might want to limit the volume or suggest they play their music in their room only! Cool headphones are also a huge hit!

5. Books and Magazines: Thankfully, I have a book loving-tween! Every holiday, there are several books under the tree for Ty. This year, The Maze Runner series, Fault in Our Stars and Allegiant series are huge hits for this age.

6. Clothes: The one saving grace for Tween boys is that at this age, they are starting to actually care about their clothes and the way they look! Wrapping up a cool hoodie, tshirt or slouch winter hat is actually COOL to these boys! Jayden loves his “Dude Perfect” hoodie and Roman Atwood “Smile More” hat (just check YouTube if you don’t have any idea of what I’m saying).

7. Foodie Fun: One thing we know about this age is that they can eat! What about a gift bag of their fave snacks or gift cards to the places they like to go out for a meal! This year, I got my tween a popcorn maker for his favourite movie night treat!

8. Accessories: Start teaching your Tween to be on time with a cool colourful watch (this will help with curfews in a few years) or maybe they like to wear belts or ties! Don’t forget to visit the shoe departments for the latest kicks for your boys!

9. Movies and TV Shows: Grab the DVD of your tween’s favourite movie or show or treat them to a movie gift card or Netflix Canada subscription!

10. Stocking Stuffers: Hit the pharmacy for some tween boy must-haves like deodorant, body spray, hair styling products and even Teen vitamins! Be sure to embarrass them with socks and underwear too!

*Contest ends December 23rd, 2016. Random winner will be selected and the Nerf blaster (blue) will be mailed in January. Value $25.00, no cash value.

26 Comments on Top Gifts for Tween Boys and Nerf Giveaway!

  1. Little Miss Kate
    December 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm (3 years ago)

    GREAT list of ideas. I find shopping for boys harder then shopping for girls. Love the popcorn maker idea for a fun movie night.

  2. Lisa Fab Frugal Mama
    December 21, 2014 at 6:38 am (3 years ago)

    Tween boys can definitely be tough to buy for, so thank you for this fab list of ideas! Merry Christmas! 🙂

  3. Lisa L Thornbury
    December 7, 2016 at 11:48 pm (10 months ago)

    Very good ideas! I agree, tweens and young teens are hard to buy for!

  4. Jenness M
    December 7, 2016 at 11:52 pm (10 months ago)

    My son wants star wars lego!

  5. Cheryl MacPhail
    December 8, 2016 at 12:06 am (10 months ago)

    Our Daughter wants a Hatichimal and our son wants a firetruck 🙂

  6. Danielle dalziel
    December 8, 2016 at 12:18 am (10 months ago)

    Our exchange student is in love with nerf! He steals the kids all the time:) this would be a great gift for him!

  7. Anne Taylor
    December 8, 2016 at 12:22 am (10 months ago)

    My grandson wants a big truck this year!

  8. loriag
    December 8, 2016 at 12:24 am (10 months ago)

    My child would love a drone.

  9. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    December 8, 2016 at 1:03 am (10 months ago)

    legos are the main items on the wish lists 🙂

  10. Florence Cochrane
    December 8, 2016 at 3:29 am (10 months ago)

    My grandson wants an Xbox one game.

  11. Jodi Mitrovic
    December 8, 2016 at 4:00 am (10 months ago)

    Great Top Gift list! I love the “Tween” term! My guys are asking for a trampoline this year! Oh boy! Let the heart attack begin! Thank you for a great post and giveaway! Happy holidays and good luck all 🎄

  12. Carol McCann
    December 8, 2016 at 4:39 am (10 months ago)

    anything Star Wars

  13. Bernice
    December 8, 2016 at 5:40 am (10 months ago)

    my daughter would like Hatchimals

  14. Kim Tanti
    December 8, 2016 at 11:30 am (10 months ago)

    I have a 14yr. old girl. Now she is hard to buy for. She only puts small things on her list thinking we should not spend alot of money. I know unusual. She also loves fruit and veggies and watches what she eats. To stay healthy.

  15. Courtney
    December 8, 2016 at 12:22 pm (10 months ago)

    My son has asked for action figures and a new nerf gun

  16. angela m
    December 8, 2016 at 2:25 pm (10 months ago)

    My girls are asking for Lego friends and a Wii

  17. ivy pluchinsky
    December 8, 2016 at 9:06 pm (10 months ago)

    my niece wants lego and monster high dolls

  18. Maritess
    December 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm (10 months ago)

    My little wishes for her own Nintendo DS just like what her sister has.

  19. Robyn Bellefleur
    December 8, 2016 at 11:44 pm (10 months ago)

    My daughter has a Hatchimal at the top of her list.

  20. Jonnie
    December 9, 2016 at 1:21 am (10 months ago)

    My sons want an NES Classic console.

  21. Judy Cowan
    December 9, 2016 at 2:36 am (10 months ago)

    American Girl Doll and Lego are two items.

  22. kristen visser
    December 9, 2016 at 3:34 am (10 months ago)

    well my youngest is 2 and my oldest is 4 but autistic so they can’t really let me know what they are hoping for but I know them well enough to know what they will love 🙂 my oldest is getting paw patrol figures and my youngest the Vtech puppy carrier

  23. missbobloblaw
    December 9, 2016 at 7:29 am (10 months ago)

    My youngest wants Lego, Hot Wheels & Nerf, & my eldest want Anime & a skateboard!

  24. em
    December 10, 2016 at 7:09 am (10 months ago)

    she wants Barbies and Hatchimals

  25. Marielle Altenor
    December 12, 2016 at 3:52 am (10 months ago)

    My son has been begging me for a NERF gun.

  26. Ann Jackson
    December 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm (10 months ago)

    Love the list. I ahve a preteen and he is also wants a Nerf Gun. lol


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