Read on for my best Christmas gift ideas for little boys in your life. Today I’m sharing 10 tried-and-true presents my boys have LOVED — things they play with every.single.day — plus a peek at what they’re getting this year.
Christmas is coming! I always love seeing gift guides from different bloggers, so I thought I’d put together a list of our favorite toys for boys. (You might also like our list of favorite books, and a few gift ideas for toddler boys too.) As Busy Toddler says, toys are gender-neutral, BUT I have to say that isn’t always true at my house. My boys will play with almost anything, but they do tend to stay away from certain things like princess toys (unless they want to blow them up).
Here are the 10 best Christmas gifts that have become essentials in our house of boys. They’re good for all kids, of course, but I think your boys will especially love them.
(The Amazon links are affiliate links, which means I’ll get a tiny payment if you order via this blog. The other links to Ikea & Lakeshore Learning aren’t affiliate. And ALL of these products are things I genuinely, totally love.)
This folding gym mat from IKEA was one of my best impulse purchases ever. It’s only $30 but I think it’s a must-have for any boymom — my kids constantly use it for wrestling, fort building, rocket ships, football games and more. Its accordion fold makes it easy to stow, too.
A flag football set. My boys watch a lot of football with my husband and then want to act it out -- which I don't mind, because football is probably the easiest sport to play IN the house (I live in Seattle, it rains all the time so we do a lot of indoor activities). This set of football flags comes with a velcro-strap flag belt (the whole belt comes off, not the individual flags — better for little players) AND a ball with different plays etched into the sides.
Nerf Zombie Strike Outbreaker Bow. It's like boys are programmed from birth to be obsessed with Nerf guns. We have a LOT of them but this one is the best. It shoots Nerf bullets sooo far and my boys love the crossbow shape.
An IKEA train set. All 3 of my boys fell in love with trains before they could walk, and have spent hours pushing tiny engines around and building tracks. I like the IKEA set because it's super basic (just 20 pieces and 3 trains) but it gets the job done for little train enthusiasts. This is a great starter set and my favorite gift to give three-year-olds. (Similar on Amazon.)
A Strider balance bike. I 100% credit our Strider bike for being the reason my boys learned how to ride bikes. They started out on this when they were 3 and were ready to take the training wheels off before they started kindergarten. Striders are well made and easy to ride. Must have!
Water Rocket kit. My mom gave this to the boys for their summer birthdays and it was a HUGE hit. Super easy to use — all you need is the kit, water and a bike pump (we use an electric one, plugged into the car) and it launches super high. The whole neighborhood loves this one.
Magnetic tiles. My boys use these for building different creations almost every day, usually in conjunction with Legos or army men or matchbox cars. Everyone talks about how awesome Magna Tiles are but they are EXPENSIVE. We have the Picasso tiles — these work just as well, but they’re way cheaper.
Walkie talkies. My boys use these allll the time and are always coming up with new spy games. They're great for indoor and outdoor use, and seem to make every activity more exciting.
A good pencil sharpener. My little artists love to draw, and go through pencils like crazy. I finally buckled down and bought an electric sharpener. The Linkyo brand is great for kids — we've broken many sharpeners over the years, but this still going strong!
A new scooter. We’ve had Razor scooters for years but they fall apart, get rusty, and are always banging our ankles. This Lucky scooter is a lot more solidly built — perfect for making any family walk a little more exciting. ;) We love to take our scooters around the block, to the farmers market, on vacation, along beach paths, and of course to the skate park.
Here’s what my boys are getting this year for Christmas. Hopefully some of these will become family favorites too!
An instax camera. My kindergartener loves to take photos with my phone, but saw this camera in a few ads and thought it was super cool. I love that he’ll be able to instantly print his pictures! We need less digital, more tangible photos in this crazy modern age.
A drone. My 8 year old loooves drones (my dad has a big fancy one that he lets the boys “help” maneuver) and this one from Costco was a great price. It even has a camera!
A knockoff GoPro camera. A friend let me know about this one — perfect for kids who are always stealing your phone to make crazy movies. So many possibilities with this one — you can mount it on helmets and even take it underwater!
A fort-building kit from Lakeshore Learning Center. This is THE COOLEST and I’m super excited about it — this will be our family gift this year. My boys love to build forts but they’re always using every single cushion / chair / stool / blanket in the house. This way they can get even more creative in fort shape & size, build it in different places around the house, AND leave my couch cushions alone.
The Allowance Game, also from Lakeshore Learning Center. It’s like Monopoly but with smaller money amounts (better for early math learners) AND it reinforces the idea of chores & helping around the house.
A mini broom for my 2 year old, who loooves to sweep. Because when you’re the third boy, there’s not much you need besides what you’ve already inherited from your brothers. ;)