60 Cool Gift Ideas Boys Will Love

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Whether you’re looking for popular picks (like the latest Lego set) or the most innovative STEM toys, this guide is filled with awesome gift ideas for the boys in your life. From builders and tech lovers to creative types and lifelong learners, we’ve got every personality covered with these super cool gifts for boys ages two to 14.

In this guide
1. For the boy who loves to learn
$ 20.53

LeapFrog 2-in-1 Leaptop Touch

Ages 2 to 5

Let him tap into learning with this touchscreen laptop. It features a keyboard with letters A to Z and numbers one to ten, plus games, music and an email mode so kiddos can “work from home” like mom and dad.

$ 29.97

National Geographic Spy Science Activity Kit

Ages 8 and up

Few jobs are as cool to kids (and even adults) as being a spy, and this kit will let your child learn about notable spies and spy gadgets, then complete 10 educational missions. Some tasks include gathering intel (with the included periscope and rearview glasses), decoding a secret message and creating a decoder wheel.

$ 19.99

VEX Gear Racer by HEXBUG

Ages 8 and up

Future engineers will get a thrill out of building their own robot-inspired racer car. It comes with over 100 easy connect snap pieces that keep the car together, rubber wheels and a resistance lever.

$ 29.97

Pixicade Mobile Game Maker

Ages 6 and up

He’ll build his creative skills, resilience and ability to solve problems with this video-game creator. The task? Draw a picture of an idea for a video game using paper and the included markers, then use the Pixicade app to turn it into a video game that can be played on a phone or tablet. Now that’s a smart gift idea for boys!

$ 89.97

VTech Get Ready for School Learning Desk

Ages 2 to 5

Little scholars will be motivated to learn with this flexible learning centre. It comes with a variety of cool accessories including an interactive desktop, a projection system and an LED writing pad.

$ 15.97

National Geographic Gemstone Dig Kit

Ages 8 and up

Complete with excavation tools and a magnifying glass, budding geologists can discover genuine specimens of quartz, amethyst and tiger’s eye at home with this fun dig kit by National Geographic. Using the detailed learning guide, kids will also uncover the science behind gemstones.

2. For the tiny techie
$ 29.97

VTech My First Kidi Smartwatch

Ages 3 to 5

This mini watch is one of the best gifts for boys on our list—especially if he loves playing with mom or dad’s smartwatch. It features a digital dog that can learn to do 20 tricks, all while helping your little one learn about time-telling. He can set reminders for potty time, brushing his teeth and getting ready for bed, all while caring for his digital pup.

For a boy that’s a bit older, opt for this VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch (ideal for kids ages three to 12).

$ 129.98

Packard Bell Android 9" Quad Core Tablet

Ages 6 and up

This budget tablet is a great starter device for older kids. It weighs just 1.5 pounds, which makes it easy to tote for travel and long commutes, and can be used by every member of the family. Of course, you can always choose a tablet that’s specifically for kids instead.

$ 109.97

Artie 3000

Ages 7 to 12

He can test out his code knowledge, then sit back and watch Artie draw out what he programmed on a sheet of paper. With time, he’ll be able to create his own custom codes.

$ 20

Kid Connection Light Up Vacuum

Ages 2 and up

Junior house cleaners will love being “put to work” with this play vacuum. It lights up, makes sounds and contains glitter flakes that swirl around when the vacuum is pushed. Bonus, he’ll feel like he’s helping around the house!

$ 386.89

Nintendo Switch Lite

Ages 4 and up

Great for on-the-go gaming, he won’t want to put the Nintendo Switch Lite down. It has an expansive library of games, even for kids, so he’ll never get bored. Plus, with the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls mobile app, mom and dad can set gaming restrictions.

$ 79.96

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)

Ages 6 and up

Now with a revised battle mode and 48 courses, he’ll have a blast racing his friends for the cup in this Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game.

3. For the boy who's into sports
$ 59.97

Easy Score Hockey, Soccer & Lacrosse Set

Ages 3 and up

He’ll never be bored with this sports set thanks to the adjustable net and interchangeable stick heads that allow him to switch between games of soccer, hockey and lacrosse.

$ 44.97

Madd Gear Carve 100 Folding Kick Scooter

Ages 3 and up

He’ll get a kick out of this compact scooter with an easy lock folding mechanism and a quick-stop brake for effortless control. Plus, the three-height adjustable handle means it will grow with him.

$ 64.96

Nintendo Switch Sports

Ages 10 and up

Swing, kick, spike! With this Nintendo Switch video game, he’ll make real-world motions to play virtual sports. Your boy will enjoy kicking the ball in soccer, rolling the ball in bowling, spiking the volleyball, whacking the tennis or badminton racket and even engaging in swordplay. With this cool gift for boys, he can play with friends or family online or in the same room.

$ 59.97

Playmobil NHL Take Along Arena Play Set

Ages 5 and up

If he’s a sports lover who also enjoys make believe, he’ll want to tote this play set everywhere he goes. The Playmobil arena comes with everything from mini hockey sticks to a first aid kit and packs away in a convenient take-along case.

$ 19.97

Future Stars Super Soccer Training Set

Ages 3 and up

Help your wee one stand out on the field next summer with this soccer training set that includes a net, mini soccer ball and 12 collapsible training cones. It’s easy to assemble and he’ll love practicing in the basement, living room or backyard, or even setting up a quick game with friends.

4. For the boy who likes to build
$ 39.86

Lego Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter Building Kit

Ages 7 and up

Lego and Star Wars?! He’s in for a treat with this Starfighter building kit. It features the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi character, plus Kaminoan Taun We and droid R4-P17. It also has a cockpit that opens, retractable landing gear and lightsaber storage clips.

$ 48.48

Lego Classic Medium Creative Brick Box

Ages 4 and up

Who doesn’t love Lego? With this classic set of 484 multicoloured blocks, the creations are endless. Special pieces like windows, eyes and wheels will inspire his imagination.

$ 39.94

Mima Toys Farm Bristle Blocks

Ages 2 and up

This mix of plastic bristle and wooden blocks is colourful and feature fun prints and animals, so boys can learn while they play.

$ 33.58

Magformers My First Tiny Friends Magnetic Construction Set

Ages 3 and up

He’ll love discovering how to build 12 different creatures including a butterfly and puppy with these geometric Magformers. Bonus: Stacking and storing everything is easy with the magnetic power of each piece in the kit.

$ 59.86

Lego Super Mario Adventures with Peach

Ages 6 and up

Young fans of Peach from the Super Mario universe will love putting together fun courses with this Lego kit. It comes with easy-to-follow building instructions and a speaker that plays iconic sounds and music from the Super Mario video game. Other starter kits include Luigi and Mario.

$ 42.97

Snap Circuits Core Educational Electrical Circuit Construction Toy

Ages 8 and up

Introduce your favourite boy to electrical circuits and develop his STEM skills with this smart kit, which allows kids to build more than 120 different projects with the 35 snap-together parts.

5. For the boy who loves to experiment
$ 24.97

Discovery Extreme Chemistry Lab

Ages 12 and up

Mini mad chemists will love running their own science lab with this kit of over 20 exciting experiments. Easy-to-follow instructions will help guide them through each interactive experience and create fun for the whole family!

$ 29.96

Nickelodeon Super Slime Studio Kit

Ages 6 and up

Ooey gooey slime…need we say more? He’ll love mixing fun combinations—from glittery slime to crunchy slime—and showing them off to friends and family.

$ 24.97

Kinetic Sand Swirl N’ Surprise Playset

Ages 3 and up

With four different tools and two pounds of Kinetic Sand, this kit will allow his imagination to run wild with unique sand creations. As far as sensory play goes, this kit is at the top of the list!

$ 29.97

Buki Microscope

Ages 6 and up

With 400x magnification, this beginner microscope allows kids to explore the world up close. It includes an illustrated booklet and 15 experiments with all the equipment they’ll need to prepare their own samples.

$ 15.97

National Geographic Build Your Own Volcano

Ages 8 and up

With National Geographic’s reusable volcano kit, this classic science fair project can be recreated at home. The detailed learning guide provides tips on how to make big, messy eruptions that are sure to keep him entertained.

$ 47.99

Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set

Ages 3 and up

Kids will get a kick out of performing chemistry experiments at the kitchen table with this hands-on lab set. It comes with 22 science tools including a beaker, magnifying glass, and a funnel, all perfectly sized for little hands.

6. For the creative boy
$ 20.49

Crayola Silly Scents Mini Inspiration Art Case

Ages 4 and up

A collection full of fun scented markers, crayons and coloured pencils is exactly what he’ll need to inspire new works of art. They also make for exciting school supplies. (For a full list of back-to-school items, check out our curated checklist of essentials.)

$ 99.98

Fujifilm Instax Mini 7+ Instant Camera Super Bundle

Ages 5 and up

Any mini creator or social butterfly will fall in love with this cool gift for boys and girls. The instant camera captures special moments on the fly, and this pack comes with 10 film sheets, too.

$ 59.97

VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam

Ages 4 and up

Aspiring digital creators can develop their skills early with this high-definition video camera. The built-in microphone, special effects and easy on-camera editing make it the perfect all-in-one content creation tool.

$ 109.97

Little Tikes 25-Piece First Prep Kitchen

Ages 2 and up

Get him started in the kitchen early—the play kitchen that is. This modern set comes complete with pretend food, built-in storage space and a chalkboard menu for imaginative roleplay.

$ 14.96

Cra-Z-Crackle Clay Pop-Mazing Super Sensory

Ages 6 and up

Make it, glaze it, crack it! This fun kit for making crackly ball shapes comes with a soft modelling compound, fast-drying cracking glaze, paint, brushes and a sculpting tool. It’s a sensory craft that involves squishing and kneading clay, glazing and drying the objects, then crunching and cracking them.

$ 89.96

Osmo Creative Starter Kit for iPad

Ages 5 to 10

This interactive kit (which requires an iPad to play) comes with three different games and an interactive drawing tool to help them develop design skills, while also expanding their vocabulary and building their problem-solving abilities.

7. For the boy who's great at games
$ 16.24

Crossed Signals Electronic Game

Ages 8 and up

Using lights and voice commands, this electronic game will get him on his feet and challenge his speed and accuracy. The player who reads the most signs right wins!

$ 27.97

Monopoly Secret Vault Board Game

Ages 8 and up

A classic board game with a twist, this Secret Vault edition of Monopoly is filled with excitement. In this new version, Mr. Monopoly gives players chances to take money, hotels and keys from his vault—but only if they can guess the code that unlocks it.

$ 24.97

Sink N’ Sand Kinetic Sand Family Board Game

Ages 4 and up

Ideal for kiddos that love Kinetic Sand, this board game for two to four people is a total hoot. The goal? Be the last one standing when all the quicksand sinks.

$ 24.97

Connect 4 Spin Game

Ages 8 and up

A two-player game that’s fun for kids and parents alike, Connect 4 Spin is a new take on the classic Connect 4 game. Each column of the grid spins, making it even harder to line up four discs!

$ 19.93

Trouble Board Game

Ages 5 and up

He’ll stay engaged as tensions run high to get his game pieces around the board without being bumped by an opponent. The iconic Pop-O-Matic die roller bubble is also fun to press (and keeps the die from getting lost!).

8. For the mini superhero
$ 34.97

PAW Patrol Chase and Skye 2-in-1 Transforming Police Cruiser Vehicle

Ages 3 and up

PAW Patrol to the rescue! With just a push of a button, the two-in-one police cruiser turns into a three-wheeled vehicle with a hook for rescues. Put Chase and Skye behind the wheel so they can team up on the scene.

$ 14.97

Marvel Spidey and His Amazing Friends Black Panther Action Figure

Ages 3 and up

If he’s a Marvel fan, he’ll love this four-inch Black Panther figure with Panther Patroller vehicle. Sized just right for little hands, this superhero is the companion to other figs like Spidey and The Hulk.

$ 89.99

DC Batman My First Trampoline

Ages 3 to 8

This Batman trampoline will have him soaring to new heights—and likely get him ready for a nap! It’ll help him burn off extra energy without even knowing it, and the handle makes it safe to use.

$ 4.97

Space Sword Plus+

Ages 5 and up

Help him unleash his inner warrior with this light-up sword that makes noise and changes colour with every hit. He’ll love acting out epic battles to protect the universe from the dark side (or simply defending the house from bad guys).

$ 39.98

Marvel Spider-Man Glow FX Mask

Ages 5 and up

He’ll look just like Spider-Man with this super cool battery-powered mask. Just slide the lever on the side to lower the light-up eyes for hours of role-play fun. Thanks to the adjustable strap, this mask will fit most head sizes.

9. For the stylish little dude
$ 19.97

Discovery Kids Multi Function Digital Watch

Ages 6 and up

He’ll feel like the cool kid he is when people ask for the time and he looks down at the stylish watch on his wrist. It has a nylon strap that makes it easy to slip on and off.

$ 10

George Boys' Full Zip Fleece Hoodie

Ages 4 to 14

A classic zip-up hoodie is a must-have for any wardrobe—including his. The super-soft fleece lining will make this hoodie his go-to on chilly days.

$ 11.97

Minecraft 2-Piece Creeper Winter Set

Ages 8 to 14

With this stylish Minecraft toque and gloves, tweens can take any outfit to the next level in seconds. The hat features the Creeper’s face in a raised rubber print, plus the Minecraft logo. He’ll keep warm (and feel cool!) all winter long.

$ 24.97

Reebok Boys "Collage" Printed Hoodie

Ages 4 to 14

Available in red or blue, this printed hoodie is made with a lightweight, breathable fleece. He’ll love the print, you’ll love that it’s machine washable and will keep him toasty warm, no matter the weather.

$ 17.97

Marvel Spider-Man Joggers

Ages 4 to 14

Comfy, cozy and in wear-with-anything black, these Spider-Man sweats will become his new go-to. The logo creeps up the leg to an image of crawling Spider-Man on the thigh. Too cool for school.

10. For the dinosaur collector
$ 24.24

Smashers Mega Light Up Surprise Egg

Ages 3 and up

This smashable dinosaur egg comes with 25 surprises, plus a map to uncover all the hidden pieces inside. Once he collects them all, he can start building his own dinosaur.

$ 15.97

National Geographic Dino Fossil Dig Kit

Ages 8 and up

Mini paleontologists can excavate their own replica dinosaur fossils with this hands-on STEM toy. It includes a T. rex tooth replica inside a large dig brick, along with digging tools, a magnifying glass and a learning guide.

$ 14.97

Adventure Force 40-Piece Dino Bucket

Ages 3 and up

With this jumbo jar of Jurassic characters, trees, rocks and ferns, he can create his own make-believe prehistoric world for hours of playtime fun.

$ 39.97

Smashers Dino Island Giant Skull

Ages 3 and up

Does he love to break things? This cool gift for boys will totally thrill him. He gets to smash the skull and search through cotton candy foam and stretchy slime to reveal 30 surprises including stickers, mini eggs and a pirate.

$ 59.97

Jurassic World Dominion Thrash ‘N Devour Tyrannosaurus Rex

Ages 4 and up

From the movies to real life, this tyrannosaurus rex is ready for a battle. The 21-inch-long figure features a mighty roar (when your kiddo pushes a button), plus it can pick up and swallow smaller figures when your boy manipulates his tail. The dinosaur is textured for realistic conflict play.

11. For the boy who loves to race
$ 19.94

PAW Patrol Marshall’s Deluxe Rev Up Vehicle

Ages 3 and up

Marshall can race to the scene with this fire engine red truck! It has large wheels, a rev-up motor and a working bucket for rescues.

$ 14.97

Hot Wheels 10-Pack of Cars

Ages 3 and up

If he’s car-obsessed, nothing is better than gifting him Hot Wheels. He’ll be amazed by this ten-pack of assorted vehicles with authentic details.

$ 19.97

RC Metal Racer

Ages 6 and up

If he’s a big racecar fan, he’ll love this remote-controlled RC vehicle. With its amazing traction and working suspension, this little car promises hours of fun.

$ 9.97

Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Motorized Gordon Engine

Ages 3 to 5

With enhanced speed and performance, this train engine goes faster and climbs steeper inclines than ever before. Just flip the switch and watch Gordon go!

$ 49.97

Air Hogs Super Soft Flippin’ Frenzy 2-in-1 Stunt Vehicle

Ages 4 and up

One car, two looks! This rolling, rotating remote-controlled stunt car can be a red muscle car or flip and turn into a sleek blue sports car. It’s perfect for indoor play, since the lightweight design and super soft tires won’t damage the floor or scratch the walls.

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Adriana Monachino is theHUB’s editor for kids, gifts and tech. She has a master’s degree in Literatures of Modernity (but she has a thing for the classics, too!). When she’s not indulging in a good book, she’s searching the web for outfit inspiration, bingeing re-runs of The Office and planning her dream home on Pinterest.

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