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I went into the toy room and looked around. I haven’t been in there in a few weeks. I looked at all the toys my kids rarely play with. How much money am I looking at? Easily over a $1000. Probably more.

I’m litterally looking at money wasted.

As kids get older they seem to get harder to buy for. So we buy them stuff for the sake of buying stuff we are not sure they will ever use.

 Can you relate?

I need to buy a gift for a 10 year old boy and I hate the idea of just buying him something for the sake of buying him something. Such waste.

I want to make a conscious effort to buy something that has staying power. Something that will get played with beyond the first day. 

Value for money.

That’s what led me to research the best gifts for 10 year old boys for any budget that don’t involve screen time

I have organized them into categories of sports, books, learning, plain old fun, and games with least to most expensive. 

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Sports Gifts for 10 Year Old Boys

If you have a sports nut in your house, but want options for all price points here are some great options: 

less than $25

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What I Love

  • Folds up.
  • Great for adults, too.
  • Great for small spaces.
  • Ridiculously inexpensive!

What I love

  • Age appropriate: no skimpy outfits, profanity.
  • It keeps on giving all year. 
  • Comes with extras like sports cards, posters, etc.
  • Not only can they read about what they love, it promotes reading!
  •  It doesn’t take up a lot of space.

What I love

  • Portable.
  • Great for the beach.
  • Can play solo or with multiple kids.
  • Great for a variety of ages.

More than $25

what I love

  • Promotes daily physical activity.
  • Kids and adults can challenge each other. 
  • Long battery life.
  • Silent vibrating alarm.
  • Parents get weekly stats report.


Cool Books for 10 Year Old Boys

less than $25

what I love

  • What 10 year old doesn’t like farts. 
  • Promotes simultaneous reading AND laughing.
  • Very interesting facts that even adults likely don’t know.

What I love

  • Great to read with a parent.
  • Variety: includes stories, fun facts, and games. 

What I love

  • Durable.
  • Uses word prompts.
  • Promotes imagination.
  • Promotes story planning.
  • Great keepsake.


more than $25

what i love

  • A classic!
  •  Great introduction to suspense.
  • Kids try and guess the ending.
  • Engaging stories.


LEarning gifts for 10 year old boys


less than $25

what i love

  • Promotes critical thinking.
  • Variety of puzzles and riddles.
  • Great for long drives.

what i love

  • LEGO compatible.
  • 36 combinations.
  • Promotes imagination. 
  • Clear instructions.
  • Hours of busyness.


Ultimate DIY slime kit

what i love

  • All you need in one kit.
  • Uses hypoallergenic laundry detergent.
  • Tons of color and texture combos including glow in the dark.
  •  Video instructions.
  • Great for rainy days.


More than $25

what i love

  • Easy set up.
  • Great for camping trips.
  • Great for beginners.

what i love

  • Endless creativity for making things out of plastic.
  • Heats up fast.
  • Safe temperature control.
  • Great for developing fine motorskills and concentration.

I recommend that you also buy additional filament so you don’t get stalled by running out.


Fun gifts for 10 year old boys


less than $25

what i love

  • Comes with replacement batteries.
  • Great for when outside in the dark.

what i love

  • Great for play dates.
  • Comes with lots of bullets and accessories.
  • Gets kids moving and playing together.

what i love

  • Great for indoors and outdoors.
  • Easy to use.
  • Durable.
  • Long range.
  • Great for camping.


more than $25

what i love

  • Great for getting outside and exploring.
  • Limitless imagination and curiousity.
  • High resolution.
  • Comes with a carrying case.
  • Ideal for camping, vacations, field trips, etc.


games for 10 year old boys


less than $25

what i love

  • If you have two dice, you don’t need to buy the game. You can google the game sheets.
  • Math and strategy skills. 
  • Great for traveling.

what i love

  • Encourages storytelling & imagination.
  • Includes math, probability, and strategy.
  • Eyecatching illustrations.

what i love

  • Each round has a different objective to keep interest.
  • Encourages critical thinking skills and strategy.
  • Great for groups, rainy days, and vacations. 


more than $25

what i love

  • Develops problem solving, critical thinking, spatial reasoning, and planning skills.
  • You get 60 challenges from beginner to advanced.

Well, there you have it.

I’ve done my best to find you gift ideas for any budget that won’t disappoint and be relegated to the toy pile. 

If you have a great idea for a gift to add to this list, leave me a comment!

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Gifts for 10 year old boys