There is something unique about being 12 years old, as if kids this age are at a unique meeting point between their adolescence and their upcoming teenage years. While kids this age are by no means finished playing, they are getting to the age where their form of play is beginning to advance, and as such, anyone who is looking to buy a gift for a 12-year old needs to keep this in mind.

Whether it is computer programming, musical performance, or extreme-mountain biking, kids who are twelve almost always have their “thing” figured out (even if it could very well change without a moment’s notice!)

This edition of our “Best-Of” toy review takes a look at the Best Toys, Gifts, & Gadgets For 12-Year Old Boys. As you scroll downwards, you’ll see 50 of the best gift ideas, as decided by not only our team but also by what we could glean from both user reviews and sales trends.

Afterwards, we’ll share a few pointers on how to go about shopping for a 12-year old boy, as well as reveal which of these toys really spoke to our inner 12-year old.


50 Of The Best, Most Unique Gift Ideas For 12 Year Old Boys

Virtual Reality Headset For Playstation

Virtual Reality Headset For Playstation

Virtual Reality Headset For Playstation

Well it seems like we are officially in the future. Playstation, one of the most popular and powerful gaming consoles on the market, has released a virtual reality (VR) headset that is dominating all of the VR competition with its insane graphics and engaging game play. The catalogue of games that is available for the Playstation VR is getting larger every month as new games come along to take advantage of this remarkable technology. And it’s not just the visuals that are amazing … the Playstation VR features 3D audio technology that will really bring those virtual environments to life in a realistic way.

Vlogging Camera Recorder

Vlogging Camera Recorder

Vlogging Camera Recorder

You might not even want to know what “Vlogging” is, but if you have a 12 year old in the house, then there is a good chance that you already do, like it or not. Kids these days love to record their experiences, whether it is through an intimate live-cast to their friends or with a thoughtful edited travelogue of their most recent adventure. No matter what the intent, the Kicteck HD Camera Recorder is capable of capturing a high-definition digital feed and then saving it to a 4GB on-board hard drive, though it only costs a couple of extra bucks to upgrade to a 32 GB hard drive.

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

The BUGANI M83 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is one of the best accessories to bring to the beach or your next pool party. Designed for rugged outdoor use, this little speaker packs a real punch when it comes to blasting out the tunes, with a booming bass and high-def tones coming out in four directions. When fully charged, the M83 can offer up to 40 hours of playback time. While this number is dependent on how loud the volume is, that is still a pretty big battery life compared to any of the competition. Included in the box is a USB charging cable and an AUX audio cord, making it possible to connect this speaker to just about any audio source, even the old stuff that is not Bluetooth enabled.

WiFi Drone With HD Camera

WiFi Drone With HD Camera

WiFi Drone With HD Camera

There is no turning back from the popularity of drones and drone toys, so we might as well lean into it and make sure that our kids have the best ones that they can get, without draining the bank account if at all possible. The SNAPTAIN WiFi Drone With HD Camera is the best-performing drone in its price range, offering instantaneous video transmission straight to the smart-phone-connected remote courtesy of the on-board HD-camera. An altitude hold function lets this drone hover in a completely stationary space, something that gives drones their unique intrigue and entertainment value. Whether recording a movie or simply pretending to fly, this drone is an absolute blast on a warm summer day.

X-Box One X Video Game Console

X-Box One X Video Game Console

X-Box One X Video Game Console

When it comes to next generation video games, the X-Box One X is the most powerful one of the bunch when it comes to processing power, offering 1 terabyte of internal storage on top of an already powerful processing system. With nearly 40 percent more processing power than other consoles, the X-Box One X is the best option for kids who appreciate good graphics, high definition movies, and wait-free gaming from a blazing fast console. With over a thousand titles available for play on the X-Box One X, there is no doubt that your kid will be able to find something that they love. Just don’t forget to also buy them a game while you’re at it!

Yamaha Weighted Action Digital Piano

Yamaha Weighted Action Digital Piano

Yamaha Weighted Action Digital Piano

If you are thinking about buying a keyboard or piano as a gift for a 12 year old boy, then there are a few important things to know about. The first and most important one is that ‘keyboards’ and ‘digital pianos’ are not the same thing, though they may look a lot alike. This Yamaha Weighted Action Digital Piano plays just like a real piano with a full size board and weighted keys, which means that the harder you strike the key, the louder the note will be. This is the chief difference between electronic keyboards and digital pianos, and while it does usually cost a bit extra, it is the only way to go if you kid is getting serious about the piano but you don’t have the room for a full-sized instrument.

.177 Cal Air Rifle

.177 Cal Air Rifle

.177 Cal Air Rifle

The young marksman in your life might not be ready for a real hunting rifle of their own, but at 12 years old, it is a good time to consider starting them off with a high-performance air rifle that can not only teach them about proper gun procedures, but also help improve their aim and stability as they learn how to shoot. This Gamo Varmint Air Rifle shoots .177 caliber pellets, which are capable of delivering 1250 fps of muzzle velocity. Included is a shockproof scope and an adjustable 2nd-stage trigger. Gamo offers a 1-year full warranty on all their air rifles, which is a bit of extra confidence when buying online.

‘Why?’ The Book: Over 1,111 Answers To Everything

‘Why?’ The Book: Over 1,111 Answers To Everything

‘Why?’ The Book: Over 1,111 Answers To Everything

If you have spent any significant amount of time with a child, you might have notice that the majority of them share that one unique trait that simply comes ‘part of the job’ of being a kit, and that is an insuppressible hunger for knowledge and learning. Want to know what the deal is with those pyramids in Egypt? Or maybe why human beings still have thumbs after all these years? There are over one thousand different questions that are posed in the pages of this interesting, colorful book, and to each one an answer that is equally colorful and interesting.

“I Paused My Game To Be Here” T-Shirt

“I Paused My Game To Be Here” T-Shirt

“I Paused My Game To Be Here” T-Shirt

Anyone who has a 12-year old gamer in their house is sure to immediately appreciate the tone and sentiment of this simple yet hilarious t-shirt, and chances are, the boy is going to appreciate it himself. Featuring a comfortable grey fabric with bold, screen-printed text. The perfect gift for any video-game-loving kid who wants to express themselves, this shirt is sure to get a few laughs from all his friends and relatives. This is available in ever size from Child’s XS to Adult XXL, ensuring that absolutely anyone can sport this cool shirt with ease and style.

Adam’s Cube Puzzle Game

Adam’s Cube Puzzle Game

Adam’s Cube Puzzle Game

It seems like every toy company out there is trying to get in on the cube-based puzzle scene, trying to make their own version of the Rubik’s cube that will have kids clamoring to get one of their own. Adam’s Cube, an awesome little puzzle game by Think Fun, combines 6 different puzzle styles into one. Each side of the cube provides a different puzzle-based activity, making this a great toy to keep in the car or backpack for anytime on-the-go puzzling. All the required pieces, as well as the handy informational booklet, can be stored inside the cube for easy transport and access.