The 40 Best Gifts for 10-Year-Old Boys in 2022

The Sphero Mini is sure to wow tweens with its many robotics features

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Ten is a transitional age for kids. They’re starting to dress and act older heading into the tween years, but they’re still young enough to enjoy many toys and games. This in-between stage can make finding a gift a bit of a challenge, but understanding a few missing details, like their hobbies and interests, will help you find a functional, fun, and trendy gift for the 10-year-old in your life.

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The Sphero Mini Robot Ball is a compact robot toy that codes, plays games, and moves via the company’s free app. For a new (and cool) wardrobe piece, we suggest the Under Armour Boys' Rival Fleece Hoodie.

Tying the present to the tween’s passions, whether that's sports, art, history, science, or music, is key. From shoes to science kits and books to video games, the possibilities are endless to fill a 10-year-old's need for fun while also satisfying their interest in being more like older kids. We carefully considered age recommendations, design, features, functionality, trendiness, material, ease of use, and value when reviewing products. And while we use “boys” in the headline here, we think these are great gifts for girls or nonbinary 10-year-olds too.

Here are the best gifts for 10-year-old boys.

Sphero Mini Robot Ball

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Walmart

Don’t let this robot’s size fool you. Its compact design, multiple color options, and customizable games and codes are only a few reasons why it tops our list. This ping pong ball-sized robot is packed with games, coding, drawing, and much more for 10-year-olds to play alone or with friends. Simply download the free Sphero Edu app to play in a variety of modes, like joystick or slingshot, and then create an obstacle course using the included cones and bowling pins for a fun challenge.

Price at time of publication: $55

Air Hogs Gravitor with Trick Stick

Air Hogs Gravitor with Trick Stick

Walmart

Your kiddo has all of the power in their hands with the Air Hogs Gravitor. Defy gravity without a remote by placing a hand underneath the Gravitor. Wave-control technology senses when something is underneath the Gravitor and then hovers above it. There's even a trick stick for tossing and catching.

Price at time of publication: $24

Under Armour Boys' Rival Fleece Hoodie

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Amazon

Ten-year-old boys will have no problem flexing their favorite color in this soft Under Armour hoodie. The sweatshirt is available in more than a dozen colors, like electric blue and green citrine, and is made of a polyester and cotton blend that’s lightweight enough to keep kids warm without overheating. Plus, a front kangaroo pocket is a perfect spot to hold your tween’s phone.

Price at time of publication: $40

3Doodler Start + 3D Pen Set

3Doodler Start + 3D Pen Set

Amazon

Watch your kiddo's imagination and creations soar! Safe for children ages 6 years old and up, this 3D pen doesn't need any heat to work, making it ideal for kiddos to use. With this variety kit, kids will get a 3D pen, doodlemat, and many more pieces.

Price at time of publication: $50

Vans Old Skool III Backpack

Vans Old Skool III Backpack

Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods

Your 10-year-old can use this backpack for school, sleepovers, or for just toting their things along with them when they're out. It has a carrying handle at the top as well as two padded shoulder straps that can be adjusted for the right fit. The bag has a zipper closure, a lined interior, and an interior laptop sleeve.

Price at time of publication: $36

With the Nintendo Switch, your kiddo can download all kinds of games. The handset is rechargeable and just has to be docked to power back up (and can be played on the TV while it’s docked). It also comes with two removable controls for two-player games. It’s basically the gaming system of every kid’s dreams.

Price at time of publication: $299

Crocs Kids' Classic Marbled Clog

Crocs Kids' Classic Marbled Clog

Courtesy of Crocs

Crocs have made a major comeback and it's obvious to see why. There are many new designs, like these marbled Crocs. Kids can pick from four different color themes. And, if they want to add their own flair, check out charms called Jibbitz that fit into the holes of Crocs for additional style.

Price at time of publication: $40

Ray-Ban New Wayfarer Junior Sunglasses

Ray-Ban New Wayfarer Junior Sunglasses

Amazon

Wayfarers never go out of style, so your 10-year-old will love wearing the youth-size version of these classic shades. The lenses offer 100% UV protection, and the glasses come with a case to keep them safe when they’re tossed into a backpack between outdoor adventures.

Price at time of publication: $77

The Don’t Laugh Challenge Joke Book: 10 Year Old Edition

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Amazon

Why did the T-shirt only text his girlfriend? (Cue drumroll) He didn’t like to COLLAR! OK, some of these kid jokes are corny, but this joke book actually doubles as an entertaining (and hilarious) game for kids. Play with a sibling, friend, or grown-up by reading jokes to each other and acting out silly scenarios. First person to laugh or crack a smile loses a point to the joke teller!

Price at time of publication: $8

The North Face Antora Rain Jacket

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Amazon

You’d never know  just by looking at it that this stylish rain jacket is made with 100% recycled fabric. The North Face rain jacket for boys is waterproof and windproof, thanks to a special coating designed to keep kids dry. The lightweight rain jacket features zippered pockets to keep valuables safe, and an adjustable hood helps their cool hairstyle stay dry. 

Price at time of publication: $99 in large

ThinkFun Gravity Maze

Gravity Maze

Thinkfun

If you’re looking for a gift with some educational value that requires critical thinking or engineering skills, go with this. It comes with instructions for 60 different challenges with varying levels of difficulty, nine towers, a game grid, three marbles, and one target piece. This STEM toy is best for kids between 8 and 15 years old.

Price at time of publication: $30

Cratejoy Kids Book Club Subscription Boxes

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Cratejoy

Books are a priceless gift for 10-year-olds, so why not give the young guy in your life a book subscription made specifically for his age group? BIPOC-owned business Cratejoy offers dozens of book subscription boxes for kids of all ages, like a book club for tweens. Choose from four different subscription options, from one month to 12 months, and cancel whenever you need to. The company also offers book subscriptions for toddlers to adults, so grown-ups can find reading material for their younger siblings and themselves.

Nike Boys' Sportswear Club Fleece Jogger Pants

Nike Fleece Pants

 Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods

Your 10-year-old will keep cozy in these drawstring sweatpants made with soft, fleece fabric. They have a standard, relaxed fit, ribbed cuffs, and side pockets to keep them functional. The pants come in a variety of color options and in youth sizes 6 through 20.

Price at time of publication: $40

Activ Life LED Bike Wheel Lights

Activ Life LED Bike Wheel Lights

Courtesy of Amazon

For the 10-year-old who loves to ride their bike, these waterproof wheel lights will be a hit. There are 10 color options available (including multi-colored), and the lights can be set to be constantly on or flashing. The lights fit wheels between 12 and 29 inches. With the set, you get two packs of lights (one for each wheel), clips to hold them into place, battery packs, and batteries.

Price at time of publication: $13

Fat Brain Toys Box and Bouncy Balls Toy

Fat Brain Box and Bouncy Balls Toy

Amazon

A bunch of boxes and balls may not seem like the ultimate gift for a 10-year-old boy, but this simple game is sure to keep tweens entertained alone or with friends for hours. Each box suggests a different game to help get you started, with an included manual that will explain the rules. Use the bouncy balls to hop over a tower or master a trick shot to flex their skills.

Price at time of publication: $37

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

 Courtesy of Amazon

You get 33 LEGO pieces, six plastic balls, string, and other materials needed to create 10 different moving machines in this kit, which is best for kids 8 years old and up. Each machine has its own complexities, so the kit also includes an instruction book to help guide you through each step of the process.

Price at time of publication: $25

Big Joe Classic Beanbag Smartmax

Big Joe Classic Beanbag Smartmax

Amazon

Children will enjoy sinking into their own beanbag chair. This one is ideal as it's made with a durable fabric that's stain-resistant, water-resistant, and comfy, With five different color options available, this beanbag chair features a handle for easy portability and can be washed by spot cleaning with a damp cloth.

Price at time of publication: $40

Discovery Kids Mindblow 12-in-1 Solar Robot

Discovery Kids #MINDBLOWN Solar Robot

Amazon

This STEM kit comes with blueprints and 190 parts that can be used to build 12 different motorized robots. There’s even a solar panel that can be attached to the robots to help give them some energy. Kids 8 years old and up can safely tinker with this fun kit.

Price at time of publication: $50

Pop! Funko POP Movies: Space Jam

Pop! Funko POP Movies: Space Jam

Walmart

Space Jam is back and full of adventure with new characters. This popular 90's movie returned in 2021 which led to the creation of new Pop! figurines. From Bugs Bunny to Lebron James, your child is sure to love any star they receive.

Price at time of publication: $12

Educational Insights Kanoodle

Educational Insights Kanoodle

Courtesy of Walmart

Kanoodle comes with a puzzle instruction book that includes 200 puzzle challenges, each with its own level of difficulty ranging from simple to seemingly near-impossible. The game includes 12 puzzle pieces, a board, a carrying case, and an instruction book. It is made for anyone 8 years old and up.

Price at time of publication: $14

Fat Brain Toys Deluxe Eco Robotics

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Fat Brain Toys

This outdoor robot toy is sure to impress any tween with its more than 250 parts that connect to create cool masterpieces, all of which are powered by the sun. From a PaddleBot that glides across the water to a robo-crab, the engineering kit transforms into 14 solar-powered robots. The robots move on both land and water (without batteries!), and can be assembled and dismantled over and over again.

Price at time of publication: $35

Flybar Master Pogo Stick

Flybar Master Pogo Stick

Courtesy of Walmart 

Great for a kid with a lot of energy, this pogo stick has foam grip handles and foam framing so there won’t be any spring-pinching injuries. It’s also designed with a large, no-slip bottom grip to help kids keep their balance and reduce the risk of falls. You can get this pogo stick in a variety of color options, and it’s best for kids 9 years old and up and between 80 and 160 pounds.

Price at time of publication: $70

ThinkFun Minecraft Magnetic Travel Puzzle

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Amazon

Kids who love Minecraft will enjoy this Minecraft-themed puzzle that’s magnetic to make on-the-go play easy and mess-free. An included booklet contains more than 40 beginner-to-expert challenges for kids to play with friends or their grown-ups.

Price at time of publication: $15

Logitech G Pro TKL Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard

Courtesy of Best Buy

If your child is a fan of gaming, they'll be an even bigger fan of this keyboard designed specifically for gaming. The lettering on the keyboard lights up, allowing children to see their keys in a fun way.

Price at time of publication: $130

Winning Moves Games No Stress Chess

An easy family-style chess game called No Stress Chess.

A deck of action cards is what sets this chess game for kids apart from your standard chess match. Action cards are drawn randomly and contain moves players must follow even if they spot a better move. The goal of the game is to help kids feel comfortable with the plays and powers of each chess piece. Flip the two-sided board over for a standard chess game once your kid is ready to take on the real thing. 

Price at time of publication: $20

Pangton Villa LED Strip Lights

Pangton Villa LED Strip Lights

Amazon

Transform your child's favorite space with some LED lights that are specially made to fit a TV. Made for televisions measuring anywhere from 40 to 60 inches, these LED lights can be controlled via a remote and are 6.5 feet or 14.3 feet long.

Price at time of publication: $14

GearLight S500 LED Headlamp Flashlight

GearLight S500 LED Headlamp Flashlight

Amazon

Whether they want to go on adventures in the backyard at night or just want an easy way to get a little extra light while they read in bed, this LED headlamp is a fun gift your 10-year-old will enjoy.

It can be set to seven different lighting settings and can last up to 45 hours on three AAA batteries in the low setting (and 3 hours on high). It’s also weather-resistant, has a variety of adjustment options, and is super lightweight.

Price at time of publication: $20

WeFidget Fidget Pad

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Amazon

Click, flip, spin, glide, and shift this fidget toy that can fit in or on a backpack thanks to its compact size and included lanyard. The kids’ fidget toy is even shaped like a video game controller to keep both hands busy (and ease any stress and anxiety).

Price at time of publication: $7

Marky Sparky Magnetic Dart Board

Marky Sparky Magnetic Dart Board

Amazon

This dartboard set is great because instead of darts with sharp points that can injure someone, these have a safe magnetic tip. Kids ages 6 and up will enjoy the game itself while also further developing their hand-eye coordination. This set comes with one dartboard and six safety darts.

Price at time of publication: $35

Smithsonian 10-Minute Science Experiments: 50+ quick, easy and awesome projects for kids

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Amazon

Instill a love of STEM subjects now before your 10-year-old heads off to middle school science class. This book is chock-full of science experiments for kids that take only 10 minutes each, using materials found right at home. Kids will take in tons of useful information, like how to think critically and measure results from their experiments. 

Price at time of publication: $8

4M Crystal Growing Experimental Kit

Crystal Growing Kit

4M 

This crystal growing kit has everything needed for seven different crystal experiments. There’s also an app your 10-year-old (or you) can download that provides interactive step-by-step instructions for each experiment. The recommended age for this popular kit is 10 years old and up.

Price at time of publication: $26

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish Boxed Set

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish Books Boxed Set

Amazon

With this box set, you get three paperback "My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish" books, which are great for kids between 7 and 10 years old. The set includes the first three books of the series: "My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish," "The SeaQuel," and "Fins of Fury."

Price at time of publication: $11

Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit

Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit

Amazon

Any 10-year-old with an interest in or curiosity about electronics will love this circuit experiment kit. It includes everything they need for more than 300 experiments. Every part is numbered and color-coded and snaps in and out of the plastic grid for safety—no soldering necessary. It’s a great set for beginners ages 8 and up.

Price at time of publication: $80

Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Reel and Fishing Rod Combo

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Amazon

Give the outdoorsy tween in your life a brand-new rod and reel that’s customizable to their liking. Choose from a one- or two-rod construction and different reel sizes to find the best fit for fishers of any size and skill level. 

Price at time of publication: $60

Vans Classic Slip-on Checkerboard

Vans checkerboard slip ons

Nordstrom

All you have to do is take one look at these shoes to see why they’re such a great gift. Your 10-year-old can easily slip them on and off, but you don’t have to worry about them being too loose because they’re designed with two little elastic pieces on the top to make sure they fit snugly. They have a canvas upper design and a rubber sole, and they are available in big kid sizes 4 through 7.

Price at time of publication: $65

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab

Amazon

You can’t go wrong with slime, and this kit has eight different kinds, including glow-in-the-dark, magnetic, and color-changing slimes (all of which use only non-toxic ingredients). It also includes all the materials needed for a kid to make their own slime. This set is great for kids who are 8 years old and up.

Price at time of publication: $35

Lenovo Chromebook C330

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Amazon

Whether your child is learning virtually or you choose to homeschool, a computer is a must-have item for kids, tweens, and teens. The Lenovo Chromebook converts from a computer to a notebook thanks to its two-in-one design. The 11-inch screen is large enough for kids to use for homework or watch their favorite show in their spare time. And, the built-in virus protection and long battery life provide kids with plenty of digital freedom in a safe space.

Price at time of publication: $190

LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 31058 Build It Yourself Dinosaur Set

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Lego Creator

Courtesy of Walmart

This LEGO Creator kit comes with all the blocks needed to build a T-Rex, Triceratops, or Pterodactyl. It comes with detailed instructions for building the dinos and is designed for kids between 7 and 12 years old.

Price at time of publication: $15

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Complete Collection Set

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Complete Collection Set


Amazon

Your kid can have a "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" collection in their library with this box set. You can choose between paperback or hardcover versions of the first 10 to 12 books in the series (depending on which set you buy). These books are written for kids between 8 and 12 years old.

Price at time of publication: $46

Shashibo Shape Shifting Box

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Amazon

This cube-shaped fidget toy and puzzle transforms into more than 70 cool shapes for mind-challenging fun. Simply unfold the box to reveal shapes and mesmerizing patterns—all while challenging kids to try and get the box back into its original shape. It comes in nearly two dozen different patterns that are sure to wow grown-ups, too. 

Price at time of publication: $25

How We Selected the Best Gifts for 10-Year-Old Boys

We chose the best gifts for 10-year-old boys by studying the design and features of more than 60 toys, clothing, footwear, games, books, and more while researching reviews from customers and competitors. We considered age recommendations, design, features, functionality, trendiness, material, ease of use, and value when reviewing products. Additionally, we monitored shopping trends to bring you the best and most up-to-date offerings.

What to Look for in Gifts for 10-Year-Old Boys

Fun

Ten-year-old boys are just entering their tween years, but they still get a kick out of gifts geared toward playful fun. So, look for hands-on projects, games, and toys with features like complex challenges, lights, sounds, or tactile sensations, like the National Geographic Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab

If you’re looking for a productive starting point, consider their interests and hobbies. For example, tweens interested in STEM subjects will enjoy the “Smithsonian 10-Minute Science Experiments,” while kids looking for cool room decor will rave about the Pangton Villa LED Strip Lights.

Function

Practical items that can be used in daily life also make a good gift. Think backpacks, clothes, or art supplies for school, basketball shoes, team jerseys, or sneakers for athletics, and gaming equipment, headphones, keyboards, or speakers to use with electronics. Some kids may also love a re-stocking of basic items like socks, school supplies, or favorite snacks.

Cool Factor

Anything new, trending, or popular with tweens will likely be appreciated by 10-year-old boys. So, the latest gadget, music, video game, or clothing accessory can be a good choice. Tap into your gift recipient's passions, too, by selecting something that they have a specific interest in, such as merchandise from their favorite sports team, TV show, movie, or musical artist.

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