An 11-year-old boy is quite tricky to buy for because at this age they are a real in between, not really a child any more but not quite a teenager. He probably wants to do the same activities as a teenager would do but does not yet have the coordination or the physical skills and strength.
Understanding how the mind of an 11 year old boy works is the key to choosing the best gift possible for him. Ask yourself, does the boy fall into any particular category?
Is he sporty? IDEAS for SPORTY BOYS age 11
Is he studious? IDEAS for STUDIOUS BOYS age 11
Does he like an outdoor games and toys?
IDEAS for OUTDOOR BOYS
Does he spend a lot of time playing computer games?
IDEAS for Gamers
Does he love TRAINS?
IDEAS for TRAIN LOVERS
Does he like creating music?
IDEAS for MUSICAL BOYS
Is he a thrillseeker?
IDEAS for THRILL SEEKERS
Once you know the answer to these questions you can at least start to look in the right category of gift for your 11-year-old boy.
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In the sporty category break it down again and think about which support he's interested in, is it basketball, tennis, football, soccer, baseball? He would love any equipment for his sport or clothes, preferably something that has been made popular by big-name sports star or his favourite team.
For the studious boy, science games and toys would always be popular and I would recommend an astronomy themed toy as most boys of this age enjoy science, especially hands-on experiments, preferably anything that makes a loud noise or smells really bad.
11-year-old boys are also very often interested in astronomy so something like a telescope would work really well .
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For the outdoor games aficionado, I would go for some kind of skateboard, it doesn't have to be an expensive skateboard, it can be an accessory, possibly wheels, or a transfer design that can be stuck on to the board.
Another fantastic outdoor sport, that I would love to do myself, is to fly a sport kite. The larger the kite the more work is involved in controlling it so judge the size of your purchase by the size and strength of the boy.
Is he into computer games?
Unfortunately, so many computer games contain violence and promote killing and violence so I would thoroughly recommend staying while away from those and there are plenty of others that are just as entertaining.
One of the most popular computer games at the moment is the World of Warcraft, there are all different themes to go for.
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If the full game is too expensive for your budget, most boys who play these games love the 'cheat sheets' then you can get that help you work your way through the different levels. You would probably end up being his hero should you buy him something like this.
Does he love listening to music?
This one is easy, just take a look at the top 20 in the charts and see what's popular, your choice then would be to either purchase a downloaded MP3, or to buy a CD or a DVD.
Does he love creating music?
The obvious choice here would be to buy an instrument of some sort, but good quality instruments can often be very, very expensive.
A smaller instrument that is becoming more and more popular is a harmonica, this is a great idea as it is an instrument that can be carried around in their pockets and he would be considered a very cool little boy if could just carry a harmonica around with him and play should an opportunity arise.
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For the thrillseeker, this is a little more difficult because you need to think of these safety aspects of your gift.
Nobody wants to give the gift that will send the recipient straight to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. You could also tie this gift in with the sport kite and skateboard category so how about giving the thrillseeker something to keep them safe such as knee pads, elbow guards or wrist guards or a skateboarding helmet.
The possibilities are endless when thinking of gifts to buy for an 11-year-old boy, just put yourself in their shoes and try to see things through their eyes.
One last suggestion that should work for any of these categories is to buy some time as a paintball site, this should satisfy a normal 11-year-old boys craving to shoot somebody or something without actually causing any harm to anybody and having a huge amount of fun in the process.
I hope these suggestions are useful to you in your mission to find the perfect gift for an 11-year-old boy.