Birthday Gifts for Eleven-Year-Old Boys

Buying a birthday gift for an eleven-year-old boy can be kind of stressful sometimes…They’re still holding onto their “kid” stage with toys and games, but are reaching towards independence with their own style and taste. So, what to get them for their birthday? 

We’re here to help with the task! Those with clear interests like budding musicians, STEM lovers, or sports crazy boys are all catered for, but we’ve also got gift recommendations for boys that love anything and everything! No matter what the eleven-year-old boy in your life is into, we’ve handpicked the best gifts that he is going to love opening on his eleventh birthday. 


Most boys by the time they turn eleven have a clear idea of what their interests are. If they love challenging themselves and enjoy learning, our list of the best educational toys will be sure to amaze them.

However, if you think maybe the eleven-year-old boy in your life could do with a little extra help with their education, these toys, games, and books are so much fun that they won’t even realize that they’re learning while playing with them – win, win! The eleven-year-old boy in your life is going to have a blast tackling these educational gifts. 

National Kids 5,000 Awesome Facts

National Kids 5,000 Awesome Facts is a perfect gift for a boy who loves learning about how the world works. As the title suggests, the book contains detailed information about 5,000 topics, including inventions, foods, animals, careers, and much more. The book is loaded with 1,200 colorful photographs to keep the reader engaged. He’ll get lost in the fascinating pages of this book.

The Way Things Work Now By David Macaulay

The New York Times Bestseller, The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay, gives an inside view of how everyday mechanical parts and advanced technology work. A wooly mammoth guides the reader through the colorfully illustrated pages to explain the ins and outs of each machine. Whether it’s discussing how a bike brake is put together, or why Wi-Fi works, this book makes even the most complicated information easily accessible to kids.

Otamatone Electronic Musical Instrument

The Otamatone Electronic Musical Instrument is a great gift to encourage an eleven-year-old boy’s musical ear. This quirky instrument is designed to look like a friendly eighth note. You can create notes by squeezing the mouth of the toy while sliding your fingers across the neck. The music it makes is truly unique as it hums and buzzes on different notes.

Harry Potter Books 1-7 Special Edition Boxed Set

This Harry Potter Special Edition boxed set is an excellent gift for a first-time reader of the series or an avid Harry Potter fan. The book set includes the complete series from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A child can enter the world of wizards and muggles through the pages of these magical tales.

Mynt3d Super 3D Pen

An artist can use his creative skills to create 3D images with this Mynt3d Super 3D Pen. The pen lets you regulate its flow and temperature to create detailed designs. You can also use this pen to repair plastic toys. With three different ink colors and an eleven-year-old boy’s imagination, this pen is ready to create intricate 3D art pieces.

Hilarious Jokes For 11-Year-Old Kids By Hayden Fox

The family jokester can enjoy sharpening his joke repertoire with this hilarious book designed specifically for eleven-year-olds. Hilarious Jokes For 11-Year-Old Kids is full of knock-knock jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, and fun facts. This book is simple to read and has an engaging layout. A boy can enjoy hearing the laughs (and the groans) from kids and adults alike when sharing these family-friendly jokes.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set

This Percy Jackson and the Olympians Paperback Boxed Set includes five best-selling books: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. The story is set in the modern age and includes fantastical characters from Greek mythology. The main character, Percy, must face gods and monsters on his quest to save the world from the Titans.


Eleven-year-old boys will likely be well-versed in the world of electronics. School and friends will mean they’re probably familiar with the latest tech. Whether he loves music, video games, learning, or designing, we’ve got the electronics that will blow his mind for his birthday. 

We’ve included electronics for every budget depending on how much you want to spoil the little man on his big day. But be rest assured, this tech is the best of the best that he’ll really appreciate as he turns eleven. 

Hetyre Night Light Bluetooth Speaker

The Hetyre Night Light Bluetooth Speaker can act as a night light, an alarm clock, an MP3 player, and a Bluetooth speaker. It can even receive hands-free calls! This multi-functional device has three brightness levels in 48 possible colors. Also, you can sync songs with the light to create a visual pattern to match the beat. This portable, multifunctional Bluetooth speaker lets a kid listen to his favorite songs anywhere he goes.

Xbox Series S – Holiday Console

The Xbox Series S Holiday Console is an all-digital way to play games. Instead of filling a room with discs, this console only accepts game downloads. The compact Xbox loads games at lightening quick speeds and has backward compatibility, which enhances the look of even the oldest games. This console is sure to get the approval of an eleven-year-old birthday boy.

Apple MacBook Air Laptop

The Apple MacBook Air Laptop can help a tween keep up with schoolwork, games, and friends. This thin, lightweight laptop with its 13.6-inch liquid retina display is easy to carry around. It has 24GB of unified memory for storage and an all-aluminum unibody for durability. With a clear HD camera, high-tech mic, and Spatial Audio sound system, this laptop is perfect for school or play.


Eleven-year-olds are often very independent by this age, and will likely need some entertainment. Whether they’re not sure what to do with themselves after school, or you need to keep them occupied for just a little bit to get some chores done, we’ve found the best, most interesting birthday gifts to keep the eleven-year-old boy thoroughly entertained. 

Nintendo Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Mario fans can enjoy this classic Nintendo Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection which includes three games in one. These games are some of Mario’s finest, featuring Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. The wholesome 3D adventures are compatible with Nintendo Switch. These three games contain retro charm with epic soundtracks, joy-con controls, and updated HD graphics.

Fortnite V-Bucks Gift Card

Fortnite fans will appreciate filling their virtual wallet with the V-Bucks on this gift card. To redeem the bucks, link an Epic Games account to supported gaming platforms such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile. A Fortnite player can redeem points to purchase skins, character outfits, tools, wraps, and Battle Passes. This gift card is good for 13,500 V-Bucks.

Home, Garden, & Tools

With after-school clubs, hobbies, and friendship groups, you’ll likely be finding your eleven-year-old boy spends most of their time outside the house than in. To help make their time spent at home a place where they can rest, recharge and feel comfortable, we’ve selected the best gifts that will make an eleven-year-old boy love every minute of coming home. 

Jelly Belly BeanBoozled Jelly Beans Spinner Gift Box

The Jelly Belly BeanBoozled Jelly Beans Spinner Gift Box is full of surprises. The box comes with a spinner to choose a jelly bean color. Each sweet bean has an identical, weird-tasting doppelganger. You never know if you will get a sweet surprise, or be “bean-boozled” by a wacky flavor. This Jelly Belly gift will be a hit with an eleven-year-old birthday boy and his friends.

Pandasaurus Games The Mind

The Mind by Pandasaurus Games teaches you how to communicate as a team without using any words. It comes with 100 playing cards you need to put in order by melding your mind with others at the table. This fun game is full of suspense and teaches kids (and adults) to think outside the box. It is perfect for a family game night or time spent with friends.

Kids & Babies Toys

Though they’ve well grown out of “kiddie” toys, eleven-year-old boys will still love fueling their imagination and playing with toys, which can make gift-buying for their birthday so much easier!

Toys that allow them to explore role play, that challenge them, or that let them totally let loose after a long day at school will be a real hit. From LEGO to Marble Run to fidgets, we’ve found the top toys that the eleven-year-old boy in your life is going to have the most fun playing with on his birthday. 

Roblox Action Collection

For an eleven-year-old who plays video games, this Roblox gift card could be a dream come true. You can spend the gift card to get virtual items to enhance an avatar or increase the rewards in a favorite game. Since this gift card is through Amazon, you can buy one without leaving the comfort of your home. An eleven-year-old will be thrilled to receive this exciting gift.

ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run

An eleven-year-old can use creativity and problem-solving skills to build the ultimate marble course with this ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run. This mind-challenging STEM set comes with a game grid, nine towers, a target, three marbles, and 60 challenges. A kid can build a beginner marble run, or use advanced strategy skills to take on one of the tougher challenges.

Lego Minecraft The Nether Bastion

A fan of the virtual Minecraft video game world can play with some of his favorite characters in the real world with this LEGO Minecraft The Nether Bastion set. The 300-piece LEGO set comes complete with a nether adventurer, a piglin brute, a strider, and many other Minecraft features. A kid will enjoy building and displaying this model in his room.

Mattel Magic 8 Ball Darth Vader

The Mattel Magic 8 Ball Darth Vader is a fun gift for a Star Wars fan. Ask Darth Vader a yes or no question, and then check the bottom of the helmet for a written answer. He may say, “You know it to be true,” or “Your thoughts betray you.” When not in use, this Darth Vader bust can add an intergalactic touch to a boy’s room.

National Geographic Mega Gemstone Dig Kit

The National Geographic Mega Gemstone Dig Kit can encourage a kid to explore geology hands-on. This kit comes with a dig brick full of 15 unique gemstones, including pyrite, amethyst, quartz, obsidian, tiger’s eye, and more. A child can dig through the brick using a chisel and brush to find the specimens. He can learn fun facts about each gemstone through the full-color guide.

Finger Rock Magnetic Rings Fidget Toy Set

These three brightly colored fidget rings by Finger Rock can make a fun gift for an eleven-year-old boy. The lightweight, pocket-sized fidgets can improve focus and relieve stress. Also, these rings come with fun game ideas. You can play a mini-version of hockey or add more fidget rings to play billiards and hot wheels. These fun fidgets rotate smoothly and can provide hours of relaxing fun.

Lego Marvel, I Am Groot

With the Lego I Am Groot set, you can build your own baby Groot! The set includes 476 Lego pieces to create a poseable, highly-detailed character. Groot comes with a nameplate and a cassette tape model to display. This adorable Marvel figure from Guardians of the Galaxy stands over 10.5 inches tall and can take on different dance poses.

Marvin’s Magic – Box of Tricks

A budding magician will appreciate receiving this Marvin’s Magic Box of Tricks to hone his skills. This kid’s magic set is packed with 125 fascinating magic tricks. It includes magic cards, mind-reading canisters, bunnies, a magic wand, and many more props. The step-by-step instruction booklet and the Marvin’s Magic app can teach a kid everything he wants to know about magical illusions. 

GaHoo Punching Bag Set

The GaHoo Punching Bag Set gives a kid a healthy way to let off steam. Weight the base of the stand by filling it with sand or water, then adjust the height to fit your child. Use the pump to fill the ball with air and it’s ready to use. With this fun punching ball set, a boy can build strong muscles while developing balance, gross motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.

Squad Hero Rechargeable Laser Tag

With this Squad Hero Rechargeable Laser Tag set, a kid can enjoy a competitive battle game with friends. Each player gets a vest, a gun, and ammo. Change the weapon modes and check your status using the LCD screens on the vest and gun. You have three target areas to conquer your opponent. This laser tag game keeps its charge for up to eight games and provides unlimited fun for an active child.

Lego Creator 3in1 Medieval Castle

An eleven-year-old can enter the world of knights, dragons, and castles from the comfort of his room with the Lego Creator 3-in-1 Medieval Castle building set. This enchanting Lego kit contains 1,426 pieces with instructions to build a castle complete with a tower, a medieval marketplace, a prison, and more. A kid can use STEM skills and imagination to take on a new adventure in this Lego world. 


Your eleven-year-old boy might constantly be running around outdoors getting dirty, but sometimes with the world of screens and technology that’s not always the case. Whether you want the tween in your life to enjoy their time spent outside more, or to help encourage them to get a little extra fresh air, we’ve found the best presents that will have an eleven-year-old birthday boy racing to get outside and play with. 

Stomp Rocket Original Dueling Rocket Launcher

Two can play with this Stomp Rocket Original Dueling Rocket Launcher. The stomp rocket has two separate foot pumps to send two rockets flying simultaneously. Once a rocket launches, it can fly up to 200 feet in the air. You can adjust the angle to change the flight path trajectory. This fun stomp rocket launcher will make outdoor playtime fun for an eleven-year-old boy.

RoyalBaby Freestyle Kids Bike

An eleven-year-old boy can enjoy riding around the neighborhood with this sporty red RoyalBaby Freestyle kid’s bike. You can adjust the seat and handlebars according to your child’s height. It includes an easy-grip hand brake plus coaster brakes, so a kid can confidently bring his bike to a halt. The bright red paint job ensures that friends can spot when the birthday boy goes outside to play.


Not only are sports games super fun but they’re also really important for helping develop key skills. Though eleven-year-old boys typically have good motor skills at this point, improving them further will make them feel way more confident and might encourage them to do more extracurricular sports.

Sports games are also great for encouraging communication, teamwork, and learning about cause and effect. If your tween boy isn’t too into sports, we’ve included some non-typical sports games and solo sports games so they don’t feel any pressure. 

Yaheetech Basketball Hoop

Make basketball practice easier for an 11-year-old kid by setting up a hoop at home. This Yaheetech Basketball Hoop is adjustable so kids of all sizes can work on their skills. The iron post is anti-rust, and the shatterproof PVC and PE backboard and base can resist hours of play. The hoop can collapse for storage and has two wheels to move it to the best location. 

GlowCity Glow in The Dark Basketball

A basketball player can stay on the court even after the sun goes down with this GlowCity Glow in The Dark Basketball. This basketball lights up when you bounce it and can keep glowing for 30 hours of playtime. When the game stops, the light automatically turns off to save the battery. This basketball is an official size and comes with pre-installed batteries. You can start putting up shots when you take it out of the package. 

GoSports BattlePutt Golf Putting Game

Bring a piece of golf green home with this compact GoSports BattlePutt Golf Putting Game. This has six sinkholes on each side of the green so you can team up and increase the competition. Once you sink a putt, cover the hole and work on the next round. This game comes with an 11-foot foldable putting green, two putters, two golf balls, and twelve hole covers.

Wrapping Up

An eleven-year-old boy’s birthday is a super exciting time, but it can also be quite challenging knowing what to buy them as a gift. They’ve still got one foot in the “kids” camp but have their other foot stretched into the “teens” camp – so what do you get the tween boy in your life? 

Luckily for you, we’ve found the best gifts across a range of departments. If they have a hobby you can help develop it further, or if they’re a kid that just likes anything, we’ve got foolproof gifts any eleven-year-old boy will love. Catering to every interest and budget, our top recommendations will make sure the eleven-year-old boy in your life has the best birthday ever.

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By: Alexandra Praytor

Alex Praytor is an ESL instructor, wife, and mom of two. She loves to travel to unique places, drink coffee, and celebrate the life events of her friends and family. Whether the occasion is a birthday, a holiday, or “just because,” her goal is to find the perfect gift for a special person.
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