What is your 10/11/12 year old boy having?

(49 Posts)
SwedishSolveig Mon 11-Nov-13 10:06:29

I have no idea what to get him. We do not do ipads and the like as I don't believe a child needs something like that. We might get him a cheap mobile phone. What toys does your 10/11/12 year old want? (He is 11)

reup Mon 11-Nov-13 10:17:23

Mine is getting lego. Some board games as a joint present with his younger brother. We have also booked them a trip up the shard as kids go free in the holidays. Have also got a v cheap mobile so he can text his friend about when he's on minecraft as currently I have to text them. Also a t shirt socks pants chocolate and a minecraft annual.

thekingfisher Mon 11-Nov-13 12:44:44

Chemistry lab set, battleships, onesie (naice one in cotton from JLgrin), pJ's, Guiness book of world records, lava lamp, guitar,…..

iheartdusty Mon 11-Nov-13 12:59:14

Animation camera (from MN thread smile)
cushion for his room
1 year's back issues of his favourite comic, The Phoenix
personalised Minecraft pencil case (Ebay)

He has expressed an interest in night vision spy binoculars and other spy gear, and I have also suggested to family that they might get various board games, a USB microscope, a beanbag. Last year he really loved making models of various buildings out of kits, Airfix, and robot related things.

My current 12 year old is mainly doing technology I'm afraid. Laptop, thing to transfer his computer game play to YouTube etc. And computer games. He loves manga and anime, so a t shirt, some books and bits to do with that and new pyjamas, annuals/ Guinness book of records. No toys at all. My current 13 year old had for Christmas last year when he was 12, an architectural drawing board and lots of proper art stuff, some animation software, a graphics tablet and some Lord of the rings lego as well as books, annuals and Pjs, smelly stuff etc.

They are both getting dirt stunt scooters from grandparent and usually money from family. They are lucky boys.

My 11 year old is way into the sphere of technology. He has two interests. Nerf guns and Minecraft.

He has two wishes from us this year:

Nerf guns - he modifies and rebuilds them, so wants plastic spray paints, and components for the inside to make the darts go faster and longer.

Server pack for Minecraft, as he has built a minecraft community on his server, and he wants to re-engineer the skins and remodel the game with different gun packs and amours, tied up with subscriptions that people can purchase from him. We told him we need to see a business plan before we can let him upgrade his server and keep it live and on 24/7. His biggest wish is for me to help him set up a wordpress blog, and link it with youtube and screen grabs from minecraft gameplay (totally fallen for the minecraft marketing strategy of letting the users market the game)

CrotchStitch Mon 11-Nov-13 13:35:35

Much as I would love to be like you, at 11 I think your DS does need some sort of technology if he is to have things in common with his peers.
DS never actually watched the TV until he was nearly 3 and that was fine. We recently had a period with no TV which was great. It was summer so we walked in the evening, chatted, played games etc. so I am well aware of the benefits of a no technology rule. However as a child I was the one who never got to watch the in show at the time, never had a game boy (or whatever it was at the time) and it alienated me from my peers in so many ways I cannot allow DS to go through that, though we do strictly limit screen time.
DS is nearly 10 now and aside from an xbox <spoilt only grandchild> he is having bits for his hobbies, books, perhaps some Lego, clothes/ PJs etc. Personally I am eternally grateful that DS has so many hobbies as it makes gift buying sooooo much easier grin

picnicbasketcase Mon 11-Nov-13 13:37:47

Sadly, my 11yo would be baffled and disappointed if I bought him toys, he's had no interest in them since he was about 7. This year he wants Amazon vouchers to buy stuff on his Kindle and games for various consoles. Rather dull presents but he's not bothered about anything but books and technology unfortunately.

Rugby items, London wasps jersey and hoodie and wallet
Skull candy earphones
converse varisty jacket
converse or adidas trainers
Books Cherub series, Darren shan, etc
Mountain bike gloves
sketch book
Superdry Hoodie and sweatshirt, especially a zip up one

all stuff that is on his list, doesn't mean that he will get everything though. He's 12 in January, and yr 7. unfortunately now acutely aware of wearing the right stuff to fit in!

oh and ps3 games

My boys have all the tech but never watch tv. They do have limits, and they also have many other things in their lives. They swim and are doing lifeguard training, they do judo and also Scouts and have recently gotten into board games. Add in some socialising with friends, some of which is on line, I don't necessarily think that having access to technology is harming them, it's the way things are now. I think that it would affect their social lives and probable future careers not to have it. I am also glad that I don't have any more lego coming into the house!

Retropear Mon 11-Nov-13 14:00:01

My twin boys 10 are having from various people:-

Hobbit Lego
Disney Infinity for the Xbox
bag for Infinity figures
electricity kits
coloured metal cash boxes(HB bargains at £2.99)
stamp album and stamps
loads of books(Lord of the Rings box set,Itch,Itch Rocks,Guiness Book of Records,Minecraft annual,Hobbit annual.....)

Not each,it's split between both

thekitchenfairy Mon 11-Nov-13 14:01:42

well we were a bit baffled this year as he is not hugely into Minecraft (yet) and owns no gadgetry yet so it was feeling a bit tricky. But just yesterday DS nearly 11 has let us know the only thing he really wants is Risk, and for us all to play it every day over Christmas. And the Home Alone Box set and some itunes vouchers so he can build his own play list.

He is also getting the Maps book that is just huge and fabulous and will make a change from the GBoR and a subscription to STEW magazine... brand new and looks brilliant check out stewmagazine.co.uk/about/

CrotchStitch Mon 11-Nov-13 14:12:30

Oh and it looks like DS will be getting a STEW subscription (thanks kitchenfairy grin)

wfrances Mon 11-Nov-13 14:26:42

ds has from various people

hudl , headphones , cover
mine craft lego and annual
demon dentist book by david walliams
the middle season 1 ,2 dvds
fifa 14
slushi cup
football kit
connect 4 flip
tech deck mega ramp

GooseyLoosey Mon 11-Nov-13 14:36:05

Ds (10) (from us, 3 sets of GPs and godparents):

Humungous marble run
Fishing gear (landing net and scales)
Nerf gun
Outdoor survival stuff (think flint, bivvy bag, water purification tablets)
Books (latest Skullduggery Pleasant and Lyra's Oxford)
Card tricks set (book and rigged cards)
Fluffly slippers (the boy loves his slippers)

With sister - board game and domino run

Would say that because of his dad's job he already has access to every form of technology known to man (except ds/playstation). IME most 10/11 year old boys converse in the language of Minecraft.

iheartdusty Mon 11-Nov-13 14:38:53

soontobeslendergirl, what is the " thing to transfer his computer game play to YouTube" please?

that is exactly what DS wants to do, and I have no idea how to achieve it <<tech dumbo>>.

thekingfisher Mon 11-Nov-13 14:47:04

kitchenfairy whats the Maps book????

reup Mon 11-Nov-13 14:50:23

I'm so happy to read I don't have the only minecraft addict.

The one I bought is a world game maker from Malkin that had a good write up, but there are loads, I'm told that a dazzle will work, but it didn't seem to mention that in the spec. There is also something called Game capture by Roxio and some of the more expensive ones can cope with HD too but not too sure if you will need that

From us:
Full sized guitar (until now he's had a 3/4 sized one)
Skullcandy headphones
and his stocking

R2D2 bag and Chewbacca bobblehead from MIL and the rest of the family will probably get him books and more Star Wars related things!

Slightly younger at 9 nearly 10 but he's getting from me and DP:

Drawing tablet to plug into his laptop with art software
Minecraft books/t-shirts etc
Marvel lounge pants
Simulation games like SimCity/the sims add ons
maybe some vouchers for amazon so he can choose some things for himself
Futurama box set as requested
other stuff as and when I find it

Note: Ds has ASD and does not play with toys AT ALL so his interests are very technology based.

Out of interest, did any of you actually read the sample STEW magazine?

Needingthework Mon 11-Nov-13 16:37:55

Quint, where are you getting the plastic spray paint and components for the Nerf guns from?
DS1 would love this as he customises, rebuilds his Nerfs too.

Mine 12 year old is getting a BMX, Xbox game, board games, books, dog calendar and a onesie.

snowballinafryingpan Mon 11-Nov-13 16:38:04

Ds 12 has an ipad, he saved up for a loooong time. I think everything balances out though, he surfs, goes to running club x 2 times a week, doesn't really watch tv much.
So far:
slushi cup,
itunes card
Bolt autobiog
wetsuit gloves
wetsuit balaclava

Those tiny helicopters look quite good, might be an idea.

It's a funny age all cool one minute and boring everyone silly about a power ball the next.

He sources the bits online, otherwise B&Q. We got paints from B&Q too. Otherwise, the paints used for world of warfare are excellent! (But pricy)

Needingthework Mon 11-Nov-13 16:43:15

Thanks. A trip to B & Q it is then.

iheartdusty Mon 11-Nov-13 16:47:10

thank you soontobeslendergirl.

<<conceals fact that I didn't understand a single word of the reply, probably some work with Google will resolve things smile>>

notagiraffe Mon 11-Nov-13 16:53:15


Hits during age 10/11/12 for my DSs included:

Musical instruments: keyboards, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, sax
remote control helicopters (the good ones - the cheap ones break in 5 mins)
CD players
a good watch (eg diving watch)
vouchers for experiences - art/cooking/drive a car/indoor skydiving etc
basic phones (very basic - £5 Nokias still going strong)
Clothes. Sudden interest in them. The usual overpriced suspects and band/minecraft/comic strip tee-shirts
gadgets like Raspberry Pi or Kitronics build your own torch/lamp/alarm system etc
Tickets to shows such as Spamalot or Horrible Histories or to Comic-Con

Would also have been delighted with yet another pet. (We have a houseful but a bearded dragon or snake would have been met with rapture)

notagiraffe Mon 11-Nov-13 16:54:29

PS meant to say my DC don't have any gaming stuff more up to date than a PS2 and it hasn't hurt them. They have more interests as a result.

i heart dusty - well, it would have helped if my autocorrect hadn't got trigger happy!

this is what I have bought:


I have been told by a techy 13 year old that this works with a PS3 - it doesn't say that it does so I didn't bother although it is a lot cheaper:


This is the Roxio brand ones:


There are other ones as well but they staretd to get into the £100s so I skipped those.

Obviously other retailers are available and may be cheaper - I just linked all from Maplins as that's where I bought the Kworld one and it was easier grin

those people with the nerf rebuilders may be interested in this:


ignoring the title for a minute - what it actually is is plans to build working guns that fire elastic bands etc from lego technic.

My boy has loved it.

Wiggy29 Mon 11-Nov-13 20:34:17

Just had a look at Stew, not going to lie, it didn't rock my world. That said, I think DS would love the idea of getting a magazine delivered so may still go in for it and at £2 per issue, it seems sensibly priced.

DS1 is 11 and in Y6. He is having:

A Kobo Mini
A couple of books (the new Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates)
Lego Technic
Fifa 14
A hoodie
A science kit to make a rocket (he enjoyed playing with something similar at the science museum)

I was also not impressed by Stew, as a parent I am still the one deciding what is good reading for my young impressionable children. And I am not too keen on a magazine that is glorifying McDonalds efforts towards "child health" by talking about them supplying books as opposed to crappy toys with happy meals, nor giving my children the idea that it is normal for parents to raid their savings. hmm

iheartdusty Mon 11-Nov-13 21:44:54

that's great, soontobeslendergirl, really helpful, thank you thanks

Carlat86 Mon 11-Nov-13 21:52:40

Last year we got SS a stop animation camera and some modelling clay so he could make little videos. It just plugs into a pc or lap top and he had hours of fun making all the characters and doing all the voices. We didn't realise but he is actually really creative. He used some Lego too and made some really good short films (only a minute or so in length). I got it from amazon I think.

dementedma Mon 11-Nov-13 21:57:29

I thought Stew looked ok.a bridge between comics and "teen"magazines with their tips or oral sex!

Ds is 11 and will be getting a nerf gun, Bear Grylls outdoor stuff, draughts and chess,books,a lava lamp.
He wanted an iPod touch but too expensive so will get that for his birthday in January.

KungFuBustle Tue 12-Nov-13 00:17:48

Real Power Workshop
Set of real tools
Gaming chair
Xbox subscription for another year.
Halo figures

He's 10. Once again hasn't asked for anything. Previous experience shows we tend to get it right grin

thekitchenfairy Tue 12-Nov-13 07:03:30

...and I've picked up some great ideas here too grin!

I liked stew quintessential Agree the content isn't perfect but my DS really doesn't like the zombie-horror books that seem to be fodder for older readers. Some of stew is tongue in cheek and I think DS will get that, I also think it will spark some debate within him, and I haven't seen anything else around that will do that.

Sorry DS poorly so I jumped away and missed this yesterday kingfisher the Maps book is an A3 hardback, beautifully illustrated. Both my DS are map obsessed and think they will love this.


And Love, Nina which is shortlisted too is a good read, witty and lighthearted I am sad to be nearly at the end!

spottymoo Tue 12-Nov-13 07:31:00

Dss 10 doesn't play with toys so I haven't got any this year for him we've got him

Ice watch
Ted baker smellies
Monkey slippers
Xbox infinity
Xbox stuff in general points etc
Guinness book of records
David walliams book

The pile is very small this year due to xbox things

KungFuBustle Tue 12-Nov-13 09:28:17

Cheap x box controller cover 92p with free delivery. Nice stocking filler for Xbox fans who like to mod their stuff.

Waswondering Wed 13-Nov-13 13:38:20

(marks place)

Animation cameras
What did people get please

CremeEggThief Wed 13-Nov-13 18:46:49

DS (11) is getting two games for his PS Vita console, a Nerf gun (he requested this instead of the Lego architecture set I was planning to get him hmm ), a couple of books, a Minecraft calendar and a Horrible Histories annual, as well as a few stocking fillers.

WaitMonkeysDoppelganger Wed 13-Nov-13 19:19:55

A familiar theme here - Nerf Guns and minecraft grin DS is 9.5

Make your own rocket/Can robot
Leather bangle
Light up shoes laces (light up)
Minecraft annual
Airstorm Curve z
Natural History books (thinks he is the next David Attenborough)
Counting money box
Hexbugs and habitat thing
Skull candy head phones
Marvel boxers

There are some great animation apps for the iPad too

Taffeta Wed 13-Nov-13 19:22:51

DS (10) into football and Minecraft

New bag
All the football annuals
Poss a subscription to MOTD mag
Lockable diary
Minecraft annual
Football boots (from GPs)
Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Another XBox controller (he just got it for his birthday, with FIFA 14)

He plays football x 4/5 times pw, so the boots are a necessity. But I expect he will want the latest ones. hmm

Preciousbane Wed 13-Nov-13 19:23:09

A remote control Aston Martin DB9, he would like a real one but this will have to do.

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