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61 Affordable Gifts for 12 Year Old Boys That Don’t Suck

Are you checking the market constantly looking for the best gifts for 12 year old boys? Having trouble? With so many different products available, it can be easy to get lost. Use the following collection of gifts to ensure that you get the right item for your little one.

4 Player Upright Arcade Machine with 3,016 Games

4 Player Upright Arcade Machine with 3,016 Games

Let them see how it used to be with this sensational upright arcade machine which is programmed with an incredible 3016 games, and can have customized artwork as an optional extra.

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Build Your Own V8 Engine

Build Your Own V8 Engine

If your boy likes nothing better than tinkering around with machines, this kit will make an exceptional gift idea. He can build his own duel overhead cam V8 Engine model that actually works, so he can see from the start how an internal combustion engine is built and runs.

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Money Soap

Money Soap

It’s no secret that getting a pre-teen to clean is an uphill struggle, but with this novelty gift they won’t need much encouragement. Hidden within is a $1, $5, $10, $20, or $50 bill – all they have to do is use the soap until they can reach the envelope inside.

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5 in 1 Bedside Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker

5 in 1 Bedside Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker

This bedside lamp does the job of five different gadgets – alarm, lamp, clock, speaker, and MP3 player. He can change the colors (48 colors available), adjust the brightness, listen to music or audio books, and even answer calls, all while being soothed by the relaxing, calm glow.

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Razor Jetts Heel Wheels

Razor Jetts Heel Wheels

Sparks will fly when he straps on a pair of these incredible heel wheels. Adjustable to fit sizes US youth 12 to adult 12, these Razor Jetts are easy to fit and include replaceable spark pads, which throw out the coolest sparks when they come into contact with the ground.

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Curious kids will spend hours poring over the answers in this incredible book. ‘What if?’ includes some of the most absurd and seemingly impossible-to-answer questions, along with scientifically researched answers which have been garnered through computer simulations, military research, complicated math equations, and more. Based on Randall Munroe’s webcomic.

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Divoom Ditoo Retro Pixel Art Game

Divoom Ditoo Retro Pixel Art Game

This retro-inspired pixel art game will make a fun gift for 12 year old boys who like to dabble with design. Based on an old school model, this cute gadget allows users to create their own pixel pictures, as well as wake them up, check the weather, and other cool functions.

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littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

Winner of more than 50 awards, this LittleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit will introduce kids to coding in a fun and educational way. First they build their droid, and then learn to control it via their android or iPhone device, with more than 20 missions to ‘teach’ their creation.

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What's That Smell? Game

What's That Smell? Game

Totally gross, 12 year old boys will absolutely adore ‘What’s That Smell?’, the hilarious game which sees players identifying nice and nasty smells, with the loser sniffing the worst ones of all.

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Pindaloo Skill Toy

Pindaloo Skill Toy

Keep him active even after dark with Pindaloo. Using the clear plastic half pipe, players can juggle the red and blue LED balls as they catch them with one end and toss them with the other, with the added fun of bright, glowing lights. Visually fascinating, it’s ideal for the whole family.

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Shape Shifting Box

Shape Shifting Box

Fidget Toys have come a long way since spinners, and this one is truly spectacular. Beautifully colored and designed, the Shashibo Cube is fitted with 36 rare earth magnets that allow users to create more than 70 shapes and configurations while keeping their hands busy. Further sets can be added for bigger models.

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Puzzle Box Enigma Secret Discovery

Puzzle Box Enigma Secret Discovery

Make him work hard for his money by hiding it inside the Enigma Discovery Puzzle Box. Made from wood and lightweight but sturdy, you can slide cash in through the slot, and then leave him to figure out how to open it to reach the prize inside. Solution is included.

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Polaroid Originals Now I-Type Instant Camera

Polaroid Originals Now I-Type Instant Camera

Just like the original, only better, the Polaroid Originals Now I-Type Instant Camera adds nostalgia to modern photography. With autofocus for clear photos and a self-timer so everyone can get in on the action, this camera comes in seven great colors, and will give him iconic Polaroid photos in seconds.

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Sphero RVR: All-Terrain Programmable Coding Robot

Sphero RVR: All-Terrain Programmable Coding Robot

If his idea of an awesome robot is one with four wheels, the Sphero RVR is definitely the one for him. Ready assembled so the fun can begin straightaway, this incredibly cool car can be customized with the different sensors included as he learns how to make it do his bidding.

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How Not to Be a D Book

How Not to Be a D Book

Try telling a pre-teen how to behave and he’ll promptly do the opposite. But buy him a book with the title ‘How Not to be a D*ck’ and he’ll be all over it! Packed with advice on etiquette, this book will prepare him for life with its no-nonsense text and illustrations.

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Hangry Kit

Hangry Kit

Choose either a one time purchase or a rolling subscription and watch as you make your 12 year old happier than ever. Filled with a huge variety of some of the very best snacks available right now, the Hangry Kit will be there waiting whenever those troublesome tummy rumbles come calling.

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Wireless Charging Station

Wireless Charging Station

If his technology is of the Apple variety, this charging station will keep all his gadgets close at hand as well as neat and tidy, with no cords trailing about. Compatible with Qi-enabled phones, iWatches, AirPods, and Pencils, this stand will charge them all, and then fold away when not in use.

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Triton Pedal Go Kart Trike

Triton Pedal Go Kart Trike

Incredibly stable to ride thanks to the low-to-the-ground design, this recumbent trike is designed for use on flat terrain and is steered by a joystick for an additional fun factor.

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Catapult Wars

Catapult Wars

12 year old boys will enjoy designing and building their own wooden catapults before engaging in combat with the opposing team, to see who can launch their beanbags the furthest.

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Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set

Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set

Have you seen or read the first Harry Potter story? If so, you will know a lot about wizard’s chess. From The Noble Collection comes this officially licensed Harry Potter Wizard’s Chess set that is simply awesome to play and looks so so cool! Perfect for playing or even just displaying.

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Horizontal Lazy Glasses

Horizontal Lazy Glasses

Fun, yet useful, these lazy glasses are perfect for the little one that loves to watch TV in bed. With these cool glasses on, the user will be able to lay flat whilst still having a wonderful view of the screen thanks to the specially designed prism. Comfortable and worth a look.

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Puzzle Pod Cryptex Brain Teaser Gift Box

Puzzle Pod Cryptex Brain Teaser Gift Box

Fill this pod with whatever gift you want to give him, and then set your own code that he’ll have to crack before he can get to the prize. Much more fun than just giving cash, the reusable Puzzle Pod will make him work for the goods in a stimulating way.

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Video Gaming Chair

Video Gaming Chair

If he’s going to spend hours gaming, at least make sure he’s doing it in comfort with the Ferghana Video Gaming Chair. Available in a range of color options, the chair reclines, swivels, adjusts, and even has a retractable footrest and a USB powered lumbar massage cushion to ease lower back pain.

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Digital Coin Bank Savings Jar

Digital Coin Bank Savings Jar

If you were to ask someone to guess how many coins are in a jar, they would probably get it wrong. With this savings jar, savers can keep an eye on the amount of money they are saving thanks to the digital LCD display. Ideal if you are looking for gifts for 12 year old boys.

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Wacom Drawing Tablet

Wacom Drawing Tablet

Drawing with a mouse is never going to produce great results, so give him the means to digitally draw the natural way – with a pen. Pressure sensitive and with a pen-on-paper feel, this pen and tablet set plugs into a device via USB-A, and can be set for left or right-handed use.

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Electronic Drum Pads

Electronic Drum Pads

Has he always wanted a drum kit but you were worried about the noise? Well, with the Alesis Ultra-Portable Electronic 4 Tabletop Kit, he can drum his way through the day without you hearing a thing. With 70 sounds, coaching, and a game function, it also comes with a headphone output for total privacy.

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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot Kit

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot Kit

This Mindstorms LEGO kit can be built into one of 17 different robot designs, which can then be programmed to walk and talk, as well as play games and perform different tasks.

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Lightning Reaction Reloaded Shocking Game

Lightning Reaction Reloaded Shocking Game

He’ll get a shock, literally, when he starts playing with Lighting Reaction Reloaded because this game rewards those with the slowest reactions with jolt of electricity! Not as horrific as it sounds, of course, players must move fast when the light turns green or things are going to get real shocking.

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Celestron Telescope

Celestron Telescope

If he always has his head in the clouds, give him the means to see what’s above them with this powerful 70mm Travel Scope. Perfect for beginners, this portable telescope will give him clear views of the sky at night, and allow him to see far away objects during the day.

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ThinkFun Adams Cube

ThinkFun Adams Cube

This translucent cube is not only gorgeous to look at, but it also incorporates 6 different puzzles which become more difficult to solve as each one is completed.

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Louisville Slugger Pitching Machine

Louisville Slugger Pitching Machine

It doesn’t matter what kind of ball he has, the Louisville Slugger is up to the challenge! From hardballs to volleyballs, this speed-adjustable machine will pitch them again and again for consistent practice.

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Inflatable Sumo Wrestler Suit

Inflatable Sumo Wrestler Suit

Fancy dress parties can be a bit of a chore when it comes to choosing costumes. Solve the struggle with an inflatable sumo wrestling kit which comes with its own built-in fan.

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LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System Building Kit

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System Building Kit

Kids with an interest in gaming will love putting this incredibly detailed LEGO kit together, because it builds into an astonishing replica of the Nintendo Entertainment System. With 2646 pieces included, the TV comes with a scrollable moving screen, and a LEGO Mario minifigure will react if inserted into the top.

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WOOKRAYS Electric Skateboard

WOOKRAYS Electric Skateboard

Take the legwork out of skateboarding with this rad remote control version. The deck is made with 7-ply maple wood and comes with a wireless remote control so boarding to school is easy. With three speeds of 10, 15, and 20KM/H, a full charge takes just 2 hours to complete.

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Plankpad Balance Board & Bodyweight Fitness Trainer

Plankpad Balance Board & Bodyweight Fitness Trainer

The Plankpad makes exercising so much fun that he’ll never feel bored while working out. Compatible with iPads, iPhones, and android devices, the Plankpad lets users play games while perfecting their own plank position to build muscles, burn fat, and ward off back pain by strengthening abs and back.

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Perplexus Beast Puzzle

Perplexus Beast Puzzle

The ideal gift for 12 year old boys who like to use their brains as well as their hands, the Spin Master Games Perplexus Beast will keep them enthralled for hours. With more than 100 obstacles for them to overcome, the aim is to get the ball through the mazes and out the other side.

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Hobby Rock Tumbler Kit

Hobby Rock Tumbler Kit

Encourage a love of geology with this awesomely cool rock tumbling kit from National Geographic, which will enable kids to take any stone and polish it to gemstone perfection.

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Spikeball

Spikeball

Like volleyball but different, Spikeball is the fast and furious game which sees teams competing to bounce the ball off the horizontal net to catch the other side out.

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Magnetic Dart Board

Magnetic Dart Board

Save walls (and lives) with a dartboard which uses magnets, not sharp tips! Fun for all, this board comes with 6 safe magnetic darts so they can perfect their aim without pain.

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Brain Fart Game

Brain Fart Game

Brain Fart is so much fun to play, as each player tries to think of an item beginning with the designated letter, in the categories displayed on the dice. Confused? You will be!

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Syma RC Helicopter with Gyro

Syma RC Helicopter with Gyro

Would the 12 year old in your life love to fly? Help them reach the skies by introducing them to one of these Syma remote controlled helicopters. Great to look at, this chopper has been designed to be simple to fly and is a great beginner aircraft for RC aviation fans everywhere.

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The Don't Laugh Challenge 12 Year Old Edition

The Don't Laugh Challenge 12 Year Old Edition

Joke-loving kids will get a real giggle out of The Don’t Laugh Challenge. Aimed at 12 year olds, this edition of the game challenges players to keep a straight face while their opponents tell jokes and act out silly scenarios pulling the funniest faces they can muster.

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Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Selfies and group photos are all well and good, but they just stay in his phone or on a memory stick, never to be seen again. Give him the pleasure of real, physical photos with the Fujifilm instax Mini 9. Available in 14 different colors, the camera will produce wallet-sized prints instantly.

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Mini Buddha Board

Mini Buddha Board

Buddha Boards are a great way to both relieve stress and practice artistic skills without wasting paper (or leaving evidence behind!), as every picture drawn disappears slowly as the water evaporates.

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Bike Wheel Lights

Bike Wheel Lights

Okay, so these Activ Life Bike Wheel Lights will help keep him safe at night, but they’re also super cool and will make him the envy of all his mates. Made to fit 12” to 29” wheels, no tools are required to fit these lights as they’re attached using silicone bands.

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Do Not Disturb Gaming Socks

Do Not Disturb Gaming Socks

There are certain times in a 12 year old boy’s life when he should be left to his own devices, and playing on his chosen platform is one of them. These socks will act as the perfect deterrent to parental and sibling intrusions as he puts his feet up to play.

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Light Up LED Soccer Ball

Light Up LED Soccer Ball

Whether his game tends to go on after dark or he spends hours practicing his skills, this light-up soccer ball will give him extra time. Fitted with two Hi Bright LED bulbs, the size 5 ball will light up as soon as it’s bounced, and switch off after 30 seconds of inactivity.

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Digital Microscope

Digital Microscope

The Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope will make getting up close and personal so much easier, as it plugs into a laptop or PC and displays the image directly onto the screen. Just one touch of the button captures the image in a photograph, so he can revisit his discoveries again and again.

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Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods

A matter of minutes inside this charging case, and the included Apple AirPods will be charged and ready to go, whether that’s playing music or connecting with Siri.

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Galaxy Hoodies

Galaxy Hoodies

Make sure he’s warm when he’s playing outdoors with this incredibly soft fleece pullover. Printed in a variety of different colorways, this galaxy-inspired sweater comes with two side pockets to keep his hands warm, and a generously-sized hood for warmth and comfort.

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Think Fun Gravity Maze

Think Fun Gravity Maze

Brought to us by Think Fun, the Gravity Maze is an award winning strategy STEM game that is sure to engage, excite, and educate children. It is no wonder this game won the Toy of the Year award as it is simply awesome. With tons of challenges included, it is impossible to get bored.

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Trapped in a Video Game: The Complete Series

Trapped in a Video Game: The Complete Series

It’s the stuff nightmares are made of, unless you’re a 12 year old boy! ‘Trapped In a Video Game – The Complete Series’ is a boxset of five books by Dustin Brady, which put readers right in the middle of the action as hero Jesse fights droids, monsters, and other video game nasties.

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LED Light Strips

LED Light Strips

Christmas isn’t the only time to have decorative lights around the home – these LED light strips will add color and ambience all year round. This 25ft or 50ft lighting can be used for walls, shelves, TVs, or anywhere else, and comes with a remote control to adjust both the brightness and color.

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Segway Ninebot eKickScooter

Segway Ninebot eKickScooter

Make his commute to school or after-school clubs easier with the Segway Ninebot eKickScooter. Travelling up to 6.3 miles on one single charge, the Segway Ninebot can reach speeds of up to 10 MPH, and yet folds so it’s easy to carry or pack in the trunk of the car.

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Fingerprint Bluetooth Biometric Keyless Smart Padlock

Fingerprint Bluetooth Biometric Keyless Smart Padlock

If he uses lockers at school or at the gym or pool, the Tapplock Keyless Smart Padlock is the convenient way of keeping his things safe, without the need for keys. Using a fingerprint, Morse code, or Bluetooth, this padlock will run for up to 8 months on just one 2 hour charge.

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LEGO Technic Building Kit

LEGO Technic Building Kit

Every one of the 135 pieces included in this LEGO kit builds up to create an impressive stunt car, with a powerful pull-back motor, bumper, spoiler, and wide rim tires.

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Fortnite Drawing Book

Fortnite Drawing Book

The game of Fortnite spawned some of the most interesting characters from the world of gaming, and young artists will find this book invaluable for learning how to draw them perfectly. Containing step-by-step instructions for 35 of the best characters, this book will give them another skill to learn and master.

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Smart Ukulele

Smart Ukulele

Give him a hobby with a bit of a difference by gifting him this Smart Ukulele. App enabled, this instrument features 72 fretboard lights so he can follow along with his fingers while watching the instructional videos. Perfect for beginners, the set comes with everything he’ll need to get started straightaway.

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GOTRAX Electric Scooter

GOTRAX Electric Scooter

Travelling up to 12 miles on a 4 hour charge, this incredible scooter has a top speed of 15.5MPH and a fold and lock mechanism making it the ideal commuting vehicle.

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Fun Hook Game

Fun Hook Game

The perfect way to while away the time, this wooden hookey board can be hung both indoors and out, and comes with 12 rings so it’s ready to play straight out of the box.

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NBA Jam Over-The-Door Mini Basketball Hoop

NBA Jam Over-The-Door Mini Basketball Hoop

He can still practice his throws even when the weather is bad with this indoor Mini Basketball Hoop. Designed to fit over the door, the hoop comes with a padded polycarbonate board to keep paintwork safe, and a 5” rubber basketball for scaled down slam dunking.

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