Having raised Mark to the point where he is now in high school and with Oliver in Grade Two, I have some experience in Christmas shopping for school aged boys. You can read my gift guide for teenagers here and my ideas for what to get a school aged boy below. If you have any other suggestions or ideas, let me know in the comments.
This is a great little tablet that you can find everywhere for $100. The best thing about this tablet versus one of the cheaper Kindle Fire tablets is that you can install Google Hangouts and Google Duo/Skype on it. This means that for far less than a cell phone, your child can connect with you and family via text messages and video calling easily and affordably over a wifi connection.
There are a great gift. Indoor hockey played on your knees has been a Canadian tradition for decades. So has mothers complaining about having to patch the knees of pants. Of course with them being sized or indoor use, they are perfect for when it is too cold to play outside.
How cool is this? An R2-D2 that projects the time onto the walls. “Help me Obi-Wan, you are our only hope of waking up on time.”
A great option for the kid who struggles to wake up is the Lego Star Wars Storm Trooper alarm clock. Plus nothing helps you sleep well than knowing you are beside an elite trooper who lost a key battle to a bunch of Ewoks. If your child is superhero fan more than Star Wars, there are Batman and Superman Lego alarm clocks for $30
For the younger Padawans out there, there is the Jedi Academy series which Oliver has read countless times over the last year.
The New Nintendo 3DS XL system combines next-generation portable gaming with super-stable 3D technology and added control features. Take 3D photos, connect with friends, and enhance your gaming experiences with added amiibo support. The New Nintendo 3DS XL system plays all Nintendo DS games. Nintendo DS games will not appear in 3D.
We gave Oliver one of these last year. He loved it and it goes everywhere with him.
In the past we have gotten Oliver kid-safe headphones but as he has gotten older, he wants something cooler. The Wicked Headphones provided decent sound quality but appeal to older children and teens much more. Not only that but they are pretty affordable which means they get the headphones they want and it doesn’t break your budget.
Despite the game being for players 10 and older, Oliver has been loving the game for a couple of years. Instead of getting your child a game that only they will like for a year or two, why not start them playing some games the entire family can play for a lifetime? So many days have been spent trying to take over the world and fighting each other on a global scale. Both the boys, Wendy and myself love playing this together.
I was never a big Monopoly fan growing up but we bought this game years ago and this has been a family favorite for everyone. Nothing is better than a winter day spent inside trying to be competing real estate tycoons.
Remember your first H0 model train set? How about a set that is modelled after Colorado’s oldest scenic line? It combines rich history, spectacular views and stylish accommodations into a train that takes you on a 24-mile journey through the 1,000 Feet deep Royal Gorge. Passengers travel alongside the Arkansas River on a ribbon of rail for an up-close nature show deep in the canyon, observing bald eagles, blue heron, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and flora native to the gorge.
How much fun would any kid have opening this set on Christmas morning?
The Hohner is a handcrafted classical guitar with an Agathis top back and sides. This wood match-up creates a crisp texture to the overall sound of the instrument. The smaller scale of this instrument (considered 1/2 sized) is specially designed with the younger player in mind and is highly recommended for the players that are starting between the ages of 5-9. This instrument also comes equipped with light gauge nylon strings for easier fingering as to not discourage the first time player.
There is a Micro Ear Light, Micro Listener, Micro Motion Alarm and Invisible Ink Pen on every surveillance mission
The coolest utility belt that doesn’t belong to Batman.
Because every great adventure needs a team and a two mile radius is very, very impressive.
This is Oliver’s Nikon Coolpix S33. It is water resistant, ruggedized, captures Full HD video and takes really good photos. It’s the best camera for kids on the market.
- Waterproof up to 33 feet deep; shockproof up to 5 feet; freezeproof down to 14° F
- 3x wide-angle NIKKOR glass zoom lens
- 13.2-MP CMOS sensor
- Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound
- Oversized buttons and easy menus
Toss in a compact camera case and an extra battery and they are all set. While designed for kids, it is good enough for you to use in a pinch when you forget your camera or the battery runs out.
If you kid is a Lego and Star Wars fan (and who isn’t), they will love this Lego set of Poe’s X-Wing Fighter.
The debate over what is cooler, the Millennium Falcon or the X-Wing has been going on since 1979 and will continue on for years into the future but what we can all agree on is opening both of these on Christmas morning.
- Fires up to 5 darts per second with fresh batteries
- 25-dart drum
- Fires darts up to 90 feet (27 meters)
- Comes with 25 Elite darts
- Includes blaster, 25-dart drum, 25 darts, and instructions.
- Requires 4 D batteries (not included).