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Best gifts for 10-year-old boys in 2019

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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season’s best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.

Wedged between childhood and the teenage years, boys ages 10 to 12 can be hard to buy for. What do they like, these mysterious tween creatures? Well, a lot of preteen boys love games like Minecraft and Fortnite, and they may even still like to play with toy cars and Legos. And anything robotic is pretty much a guaranteed hit. You could indulge your tween’s silly side and get him a fun game, and maybe mom and dad will even get to play. 

If your tween is looking for more independence, a motorized scooter or a cool wallet that charges his phone are practical gifts. If he’s into engineering, you could consider snap circuits like LittleBits. And if your guy is into awesome trends like Marvel movies, we’ve got you covered. Go easy on yourself, and scroll on through and take a look at the best gifts for 10 year old boys and beyond.

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This award-winning tabletop game combines elements of a traditional cards game and board game to deliver a fun way for two to four players to burn 30 minutes at a time, encouraging imagination and problem-solving skills. This cool game, with step-by-step instructions (making it easy to learn how to play), costs less than $20, too. Talk about a perfect gift.

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This isn’t your typical toy car kit — it’s high-tech, and necessitates the use of an app for the full experience. The tween who still loves his Hot Wheels and RC car will definitely appreciate this more mature, tech-laden and overall awesome track set. Use the 16 track pieces to create a perfect raceway, then scan the included cars and use the special app to track performance, play games and tricks and more activities. Note: You can also buy this at Amazon, though it’s currently out of stock.

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Move over, air hockey. Your tween can play ping pong anywhere with this entertaining and easy little game. He can build hand-eye coordination and hone his fine motor skills by bouncing the ball over the net over and over again. With just a bit of practice and decent motor skills, it won’t take long for players to become pros at this game! To keep things exciting, the electronic game keeps track of the score and will announce it with lights and sounds.

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Your tween muggle will have his imagination piqued by the great gift of this Lego Harry Potter series. The Hogwarts Great Hall set (best for ages 9-14) has 878 pieces and includes 10 mini figures. If you’re going big this holiday season, the entire Hogwarts Castle is the perfect gift for Harry Potter lovers and can be yours for $399. Really, any combination of Harry Potter sets, which are available at a variety of prices, would encourage a child’s creativity.


This electric scooter is pricey, but it’s also awesome — some would say that it’s even better than a bike. The Razor Power A2 has an electric motor that kicks in once you start scooting — kids can get up to 10 mph on this bad boy. It has a weight limit of 143 pounds and perfect for zipping around the neighborhood and other activities. It folds up for easy transport and acceleration happens with the push of a button, so there isn’t much to learn before your tween gets going; the throttle control is right there on the (adjustable) handlebar. Charge it up and your tween can use the motor for up to 40 minutes before it needs a recharge. This is one seriously great gift.


Boys and girls who are growing bored with Legos but aren’t quite ready to build a full-fledged robot may be interested in designing and building this cool roller coaster kit from K’nex. The new Dragon Coaster features a fantasy twist — dragons! This kit includes step-by-step instructions for building a motorized coaster track with a light-up coaster car and a moving dragon. This fuels a child’s creativity, and it’s the perfect gift for the kid who loves both fast cars and fantasy adventures and wants a toy that does both. Heck, we could even argue that budding engineers would find it educational!

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Originally published last month.

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