Gift Ideas For Tween Boys {Skylanders Giveaway}

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Christmas is coming and if you have a tween boy on your shopping list you might agree with me when I say they are kind of difficult to shop for! I feel like pre-teen girls are pretty easy to shop for (maybe that’s because I was actually one myself at one time?) but I tended to struggle with boy ideas. With my oldest in the tween stage now I feel a little more confident in knowing what they want so I thought I’d share. (I also want to preface this with a note that girls may like these ideas as well. This is just a list of ideas for boys because I am a “boy” mom and I want to help those looking for ideas. We don’t really stick with gender specific labels on toys at my home.)

Make sure to check out and enter the amazing Skylanders giveaway at the end of this post!


Like I said in a recent Huffington post article, you can’t really go wrong with a LEGO set. My boys love any that are Super Hero or Star Wars themed. Generally the boxes have the age ranges on them to help you pick the right one for your child but I’ve found Jake can do ones that are made for children a couple of years older than him. Amazon has the best assortment of LEGO sets including this Star Wars one for ages 8-14 years old that is listed as the #1 new release on Amazon.

The 2016 World Series Film

Being from Chicago, I had to include this DVD! Baseball fans, whether a Cubbies fan or not, will enjoy reliving this moment 108 years in the making! This sports documentary can be found on Amazon here.

Sky Rover Voice Command Missile Launcher

Ready, aim, fire! Kids can fly this toy helicopter and launch “missiles” all by voice command! They’ll enjoy watching as their heli flies in a circular motion in response to their command “enemy scan,” and launches missiles when they say “missile fire”. The helicopter comes with 8 missiles and has a gyro balanced engine for easy and stable flying. This would make the perfect gift for an aspiring pilot or person going into the military. Buy it on Amazon here.

iTunes Gift Card

My boys have been all about music lately. If the boy in your life is all about music then they will love an iTunes gift card to download their favorite songs!

G-Form Youth Apparel For Athletes

Jacob plays multiple sports and I think sports gear always makes a great gift for the young athlete. G-Form’s youth apparel offers specialized products to fit your aspiring athletes. If you have a soccer player, they will appreciate a pair of G-Form’s Pro-S Shin Guards ($44.99).  The Pro-S Shin Guards offer a broader area of coverage than traditional shin guards. They are constructed as part of a sleeve so your sports player will never have to worry about their shin guards falling down. They also have breathable air vents which is perfect for playing during the hot summer months!

Turbo Runner 

Has your tween been asking for a drone? The Turbo Runner is a great option that’s affordable and perfect for kids. Capable of going just about anywhere, the Turbo Runner climbs walls and ceilings with ease. The Turbo Runner is a master of all tricks. Transitioning from flight to running mode, it darts across walls then dashes across ceilings – it even runs down staircases. Mimicking a design that was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Navy for a real-life UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), the Turbo Runner fears no trick thanks to its patented cage, which minimizes any force of impact. Master the trimming controls, and soon you’ll be performing amazing stunts never before possible with a flying RC vehicle. Buy it on Amazon here.

Ball Sports Trivia Book

Any sports fan would love the Ball Sports Trivia book. Whether you’re tweens a football fan, a rugby player, a tennis aficionado, or  baseball player or a soccer enthusiast, they’ll love this fascinating collection of over 250 sport facts. Over 20 sports are covered and they can find out why the number of dimples on a golf ball can make them a better player, how many tennis balls are used each year at Wimbledon and who is the world’s highest-earning ball player (among other things). Buy the book on Amazon here.


The top gift on my boy’s lists for the past few years has been Skylanders,  the toys-to-life video game series that can be played on a number of different video game platforms. There have been new games each year and this year’s Skylanders game is Skylanders Imaginators. In this new Skylanders game, children use the power of their imaginations to create their own Skylanders to battle in the ultimate adventure alongside the almighty Senseis to save Skylands. All characters from the previous Skylanders game are compatible with this new game and of course there are new Skylanders to collect, along with Creation Crystals and Sensei Skylanders that are now available. Skylanders Imaginators can be bought on Amazon. Here are links to the game for specific systems so make sure you buy the one for the system you have :) XBOX 1, XBOX 360, Wii U

I’m so excited to be giving away one new Sensei Skylander character and one new Creation Crystal, along with a code for your child to create their own Skylander character in the Skylanders Creator App and bring it to life as a 3D printed character. Jake was so excited about creating his own character that he immediately started working on his creation as soon as he found out about it and he will not stop talking about it. The boys have quite a collection of Skylanders but there is nothing quite like having one you’ve created yourself! This will be an awesome gift for any Skylanders lover and these three items are a $75+ value total. (Please note: this giveaway does not include the game. You will still have to purchase the game for the console of your choice.) You must be 18 or older to enter and have a US address to enter. Giveaway ends 12/28 at 11:59pm CST and I will contact the winner via email. Prizes will be received after the holidays.


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Which of these gifts do you think the tween in your life would love? Have any other gift ideas? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.


  1. my son is a big fan and I know he would enjoy this

  2. Julie Lundstrom says

    My son loves Skylanders and this is on his Christmas list this year. He would love this. I would love one for the PS4 or Wii U.

  3. Julie Lundstrom says
  4. DAWN SCHMIDT says

    I would like to win because my children would really enjoy this prize.

  5. DAWN SCHMIDT says
  6. my son loves these and it would make him happy

  7. Stephanie Phelps says

    Oh all my boys love this and would be so great to have for them!

  8. Ellie Wright says

    My grandsons would love this. It would be epic!

  9. Ellie Wright says
  10. I’d love to win this for my son. He is a big Skylanders fan!

  11. My daughter loves the Skylanders! This would be a great gift for her.

  12. Katrina Brockavich says

    This game is the big present on my kids’ wish list this year! I know they would love to make their own character to go with it.

  13. Katrina Brockavich says
  14. My nephew would love this prize!

  15. What a great gift idea! I would love to win to add it to the toys I’m collecting for foster children to help celebrate their birthdays! :)

  16. This would be an awesome gift for my nephew!

  17. My son loves sky landers and is on his Christmas wish list.

  18. Jackie Kurtz says

    I am a school counselor and my students LOVE new toys in my office

  19. melissa miller says

    I would love to win for my son.

  20. Crystal Gregg says

    I would love to win this to gift to my son. He loves Skylanders!

  21. Crystal Gregg says
  22. Chelsey Bennett says

    This is so cool! I didn’t know you could make your own. Whether I win or not, I’m keeping this in mind for my 11 year old. He’d be ecstatic!

  23. Darlene Cruz says
  24. I would love to win for my son

  25. Miranda Ward says

    My nephew Would absolutely love this!

    [email protected]

  26. I want to win to give this to my kids! Thank you for the opportunity! Merry Christmas <3

  27. I would love to give this to my grandson. He would love to have it.

  28. Jessica Peeling says

    For my friend’s son!

  29. Jessica Peeling says
  30. My daughter would love this. She is getting a Skylanders set for the holidays that was on her list.

  31. My son loves skylander and he would love this.

  32. My nieces actually love Skylanders, so I would love to win this for them.

  33. Christina Chavez says

    I have two boys and they like adventures and electronics.. I know they would love anything and it would be a blessing

  34. I want to win for my son because he is obsessed with Skylanders and would love this. He just got the new game for Christmas.

  35. danielle priser says

    These are awesome- I’d love to win for my son who plays Skylanders with his uncle when he visits family every summer. It’s kind of their tradition :)

  36. jeremy mclaughlin says

    My sons would love this.

  37. My grandson loves Skylanders and this is on his Christmas list this year. He would love this. I would love one for the Wii U.

  38. Kelly McGrew says

    i would like to win this for my nephew!

  39. 4 boys-10,12,13 and 33 years old. yes my husband is a little boy. lol They would love to win! Ty for the chace!

  40. All of these would be perfect for my nephew!

  41. I would love to win as my grandson’s would love it.

  42. Shared on twitter-

  43. i would like to win for my grandson

  44. Nicole Sender says

    I’d like to win this for my grandson! He is a true Skylanders fan!

  45. Teresa A Thompson says

    I would like to win this for my granddaughter.

  46. Teresa A Thompson says
  47. LeAnn Harbert says

    My son would love to have this.

  48. LYN WILLIAMS says

    I would like to win because i know my children would really enjoy this.

  49. Kelley Roach says

    My daughter loves the Skylanders!

  50. I would love to win this for my daughter! She is a huge fan of Skylanders. :)

  51. I shared on Pinterest.

  52. My son just got Skylanders fir Christmas and he would overcome extra characters!

  53. I would love to win, because my son is obsessed with Skylanders Imaginators… “Santa” bought him the starter kit, thinking that would be enough, but evidently, he is wanting extra Skylanders to go with it! So, please let me help “Santa” make it up :)

  54. I would love to win this for my boys!! They would Love to create their own skylanders! They have every skylanders game since Spyro’s adventure!! I would definitely be super mom if we win!!

  55. Cassandra Rivera says

    My 8 and 6 year olds love Skylanders and it’d be awesome to win this!!

  56. My son is such a fan and has the game. This would be so much fun

  57. I would love to win for my grandkids

  58. Oops!! I meant I’d love to win for my 6 year old son because he loves Skylanders!

  59. I want to win because my son LOVES Skylanders and it would make him one happy camper!

  60. Audrey Stewart says

    My young nephew would love this.

  61. chickie brewer says

    Skylanders is such an awesome prize~

  62. Audrey Stewart says
  63. Audrey Stewart says
  64. Audrey Stewart says
  65. chickie brewer says
  66. My 9 year old daughter got the game for Christmas and her teenaged brother, who never wants to play video games with her, is now playing happily with his sister. She even gave him one of her creation crystals so her can have his own character. There’s no bickering and it’s so darn amazing. I couldn’t find any of the extra sensei characters in the store (they were sold out and still are as of yesterday), so this would be a fun surprise for her!

  67. Emily Ricketts says

    I would love to win for my son!

  68. Seyma Shabbir says

    We own skylanders for xbox and my sons love the game! They use the imaginator app all the time on the ipad and would love to create their own character!! I Would love to win this for them to create an actual 3d character.

  69. Seyma Shabbir says
  70. I would love to win this for my nephew. He loves Skylanders.
    Thank you!

  71. I’d like to win because these look like fun toys!

  72. Renee Rousseau says

    My grandson loves his Skylanders collection.

  73. Renee Rousseau says
  74. Renee Rousseau says

    I like to match books with games, movies or action figures for the tweens on my list. This year Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Ghostbusters were a good match.

  75. I want to win this awesome giveaway to give some of it to my eight year old buddy Connor. Oh, and I would love to have that Cubs DVD for myself. My Dad was a huge fan of the cubbies and he passed away years ago not getting to witness their great win for 2016.

  76. This would be great for my son, his birthday is coming up.

  77. Debbie Lewis says

    my grandson is a big fan and I know he would love this

  78. darlene lehman says

    I want to win for my son he is a huge skylanders fan, and his bday is tomorrow the big 10 dec 29th 2006.

  79. darlene lehman says
  80. My boys would love this!

  81. Skylanders for my grandchildren.

  82. I would love to win because my son would love creating his own character.

  83. My grandchildren would love the Skylanders.

  84. I would love to win for my son

  85. My nieces and nephews would love to use the Skylanders.

  86. My grandchildren are into the Skylanders.

  87. I have nieces and nephews that want the Skylanders.

  88. My children can definitely use the skylanders.

  89. Lisa Coomer Queen says

    I would love to win this for my 12 year old grandson. He has a birthday coming up and he is so hard to buy for. Thanks!

  90. Lisa Coomer Queen says
  91. I would love to win this for my son! He is a Skylander fan & would love this!

    [email protected]

  92. I’d love it for my sons.. looks fun.

  93. This would be great gift for my nephew! I know my son loves it!! :) #entry

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