Hey parents! Are you struggling with what to buy a tween or young teen boy for Easter? Gone are the days when little trinket toys and bubbles light up their faces. Gone are the days when an Easter board book and a little tractor make them squeal. However, tweens and teens are still kids and kids need some fun on Easter, even the bigger boys. The question is what to buy them.
What will make their tween and teen faces light up? As a parent I still want to see that joy on their faces Easter morning. I am going to share what my boys love to give you some Easter gift ideas for tween and teen boys.
By this age they probably already have all the footballs, soccer balls, and basketballs they need. If not, these are great options for the sports loving boy.
I have a mix of large and small items on this list. To see a list of smaller size items, scroll to the end.
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Teen and tween boys might be past the excitement to be handed a balloon stage, but they are definitely still in the water balloon fight phase. My boys love water balloon fights with their friends. The best way to have a water balloon fight is to use the easy fill Bunch O Balloons. Seriously this is pure genius! A fantastic invention making parents happy everywhere because they self fill within literally seconds. My boys can fill a whole laundry basket in minutes completely on their own. The balloons are all linked and they are filled via a garden hose. The balloons are biodegradable too as a nice bonus.
My husband and three boys had a water balloon fight last Father’s Day. I got immense joy watching and documenting the fun as the camera mom. They had so much fun, I think it will be our Father’s Day tradition!
I place ear buds at the top of the list because my boys use them contantly with their phones and iPads. My boys misplace them or break them so I don’t spend a lot on them, no more than $10-$15. They are small so they fit in baskets and eggs. Even if they have a pair or two, I’ll buy more because it’s only a matter of time before they wreck them or lose them.
Waterproof Phone Case
Teen and tween boys often go out biking with friends. Kids these ages don’t drive yet, however they become more independent biking around with friends. They stick their phones in their pockets while they pedal about town. To protect their phone or iPod, I gave my boys a waterproof phone case. A shock proof case is nice too in case the phone falls out of their pockets while riding their bikes. Plus if they get caught in a rain storm while out biking with friends, their phones will be protected from rain. There are several options available. My favorites are below.
Xbox Headphones with a Speaker
I don’t like to promote too much video game playing, but my boys do love to play our Xbox. They especially love to play their friends on the Xbox. Thanks to the internet, they are able to play video games with their friends who are in their own houses and even talk with them. I like the interaction associated with this type of video game playing because even though they are playing a video game, they are also socializing with friends. It’s a great way for my kids to connect with their cousins who live far away as well. Who would have ever thought there would be relationship building through video games!
We have the Turtle Beach brand and my sons love it.
iTunes Gift Cards
iTunes gift cards are always a hit for the teen and tween boys. The kids can buy a game for their phone or iPod which is something they love to do. This is a no-brainer choice that they will definitely use at some point.
Snorkel Gear/Swim Goggles/Rafts
Come summer time my boys are always in the pool. Snorkel gear and goggles are a huge hit because it is something they want and will actually use. It’s nice to have a back up pair because they do get worn out or lost. We swim a ton in the summer because we have a pool in our backyard so extra goggles are always an added bonus. Anything pool related goes over well with kids because swimming is a favorite activity.
The Seavenger set pictured below in the Amazon link is the one my son has and he loves it. He uses it in the summer and on vacation. Whenever my boys are swimming, they want their snorkel gear and goggles. We have had good luck with Seavenger snorkel gear and Speedo goggles.
The River Run raft has always been a favorite at our house. My boys have had so much fun with this round raft swimming for hours in our backyard.
Water squirt wars are always a giant hit with boys. My boys love them so much, they simply never tire of them. Here are a few we have had good success with using. Plus lots of fun!
Lawn games are a hit with my tween and teen. They can play them with their friends and we can play them as a family. When our family goes camping, we always play Bocce ball. It’s a family favorite! My boys also love this croquet set pictured below. These games get them out of the house and moving about. They make fun memories with friends playing these games.
Nerf guns have been a long time favorite at our house with my boys. They received them when they were younger and they still are using them as tweens and teens. This is a toy that is in it for the long haul to keep the boys playing. Here are a few of my boys’ favorites.
My boys enjoy relaxing their bedrooms either playing games on their phones or talking/texting with friends. They acutally do talk! Talking on the phone is not a lost past time of the youth, of course they do text and go on social media, but they do have real talking conversations as well. To add comfort to lounging in their room, my boys love the back pillows.
My tween son loves to make crafts and STEM type projects. Creating your own craft kit customized to your child’s tastes is a great and cheap way to make a personal gift. I purchased a scrapbook bin and filled it with supplies I knew he would use. Below is an example of my DIY Craft Bin for Boys I made for my sons. They loved it and still use the components to make things weekly. I love it because I could personalize it and it gets them off screens doing another activity.
A hot glue gun is a great addition to a homemade craft bin. As teens and tweens, they are old enough to use the hot glue gun without burning themselves. This is a great tool for them because items can be glued quickly and effectively; plus the boys can use the hot glue gun all on their own.
A Mini Basketball Hoop for over a Door
I’m a boy mom and I have three boys. I never thought I would allow this, but we have one of these mini hoops hanging on our front door. It’s a huge stress release for them to shoot hoops. Boys crave activity and action so in the winter months it gets used a lot by my boys. They use it as a few minutes stress release after school and as a homework break. I always thought I’d only allow such a thing in their bedrooms, but I find that as an easily accessible stress reliever, it makes my #momlife a little bit better. Kids with less stress means a mom with less stress. Happy kids, happy mom, happy family.
Movies on DVD
Kids do love movies. Kids of all ages love movies. The BFG is probably more applicable to tweens and younger teens. My boys both loved The BFG movie. Here are a few other favorite movies on DVD at our house.
My boys aren’t bookworms, which I wish they were (I was at their ages), but they do enjoy certain books. Here are a few they have enjoyed. Books fit nicely into a basket.
My teen and tween still like to play games which I love because it’s a way for me as mom to interact with them. They enjoy several games and playing them together makes great memories for us.
There are the usual ideas such as candy and money, plus here are a few other ideas I will share with you.
- movie theater gift card
- gift card to a nearby restaurant they could bike to with friends (like Dairy Queen or McDonald’s)
- Target or Walmart gift card
- beef jerky
- golf balls
- tennis balls
- dive sticks
- football and tee
- soccer ball
- football gloves
- batting gloves
- rocket balloons
- water balloon pump
- little bags of chips, Doritos, or Pringles
- Xbox games
- selfie sticks
- fidget toys or puzzles
- pool noodles
- fishing tackle
- whittling knife for camping
- lantern for camping
- swim trunks
- flip flops or slip ons
- beach towel
- lawn chair
- hockey pucks
- lacrosse balls
- ski goggles
- phone charger cord
- hair gel or hair spray
- gift card for a round of golf
- wallet or money clip with money
- favorite sports team water bottle or mug
- magazines about sports or Cub Scouts
- sweatshirt or t-shirt
- key chain
- walkie talkies
I hope I have given you some ideas for your tween and teen boys to make them smile this Easter!
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