Here are the best gifts for boys ages 6-12, none of which include a screen (healthy brains for the win!).
Magformers — My boys are now OBSESSED with these amazing magnets. They play with them for hours. We store all of our magnets in a plastic shoebox, so they definitely don’t take up a bunch of storage space. Here are the sets I suggest you start with:
- Magformers Rainbow 30 Piece Set — You really don’t need more than a 30 piece set. Look for squares and triangles.
- Magformers XL Cruisers Car Set — Basically you’re looking for two sets of wheels
- Magnets in Motion 20 Piece Accessory Set — This set is optional, but it doesn’t cost too much and your kids can make stuff move
Marshmallow Fun Co Bow and Mallow — I want this!
Geomate.Jr 2.0 Geocache GPS — This child-friendly, handheld GPS unit is designed especially for hunting geocaches.
Franklin Sports MLB Super Star Batter & Fielder Multi Function 4 in 1 Pitching Machine — for the baseball fan.
Basketball Hoop — Get those boys outside!
I like this Lifetime Pro Court Height-Adjustable Portable Basketball System with 44-Inch Backboard. Or why not one for inside — Franklin Sports Shoot Again Basketball.
Nerf Walkie Talkies — Big thumbs up from boys and dads alike!
Ambient Weather Emergency Solar Hand Crank Weather Radio, Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger — This might be to have for camping trips.
Ezy Roller — 5-star reviews and it has won tons of awards. Can’t really go wrong, right?
LEGOs — Perfect because there are tons of options leaving something for every boy — Star Wars, Minecraft, Hero Factory, Castle, Chima, Super Heroes, Lone Ranger, SpongeBob, Indiana Jones, Ninjago. Make sure to also pick up the LEGO Play Book: Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life for added inspiration.
If you’re in the Portland area, consider giving a gift certificate to the Bricks & Minifigs stores located in Canby, Beaverton, and Ridgefield, Washington. They have used LEGOs and almost every minifig known to man.
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