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60 Cool Gifts for Boys of All Ages for Birthdays & Holidays 2022

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When it comes time to buy holiday gifts for kids, boys can be something of a conundrum. Therefore, we have compiled test notes from the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Parenting Lab tests, reviewed best sellers on Amazon, rounded up the editors’ picks, and listed the best gifts for boysno matter where his interests lie.

Here’s what to look for when buying gifts for boys.

When the Parenting Lab evaluates toys for its annual Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards, it looks for items that are safe to use and well built. It also looks for toys that offer some form of developmental value, whether by promoting imaginative play, helping with fine or gross motor coordination, teaching things like STEM concepts or inspiring creativity. Then there’s the all-important fun factor, since no toy is worth the money if kids don’t want to play with it.

Look over the hottest toys coming out this yearSTEM and STEM-related toys are still a big winner, just as they are sensory toys and fidget toys giving kids with busy hands something to do. Families are still gathering around the table for family game night, so board games and other party games are a trend. And toys that help kids unlock their creativity — especially when it comes to TikTok — are on the rise.

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Best overall gift for boys

Air pigs

Zero Gravity Laser Race Car

Winner of 2022 Good Housekeeping Kids’ Book Award

Millbrook Press

Washed ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic

Fun for pranks


Real Bugs Nanos

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Spider Master

Rubik’s Phantom

Best gift for gamers

Estimate X

Treasure X Minecraft

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

John Deere

John Deere Build-a-Buddy Johnny Tractor

Best little LEGO set


Jurassic World Dominion Atrociraptor Dinosaur Bike Chase

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

First Act

Roll-Up Drum Pad

Cheap gift for boys


Bicycle noise maker

Cool Stocking Stuffer


Shape shifting cabinet

Cool virtual reality gift

Abacus Brands

Dino You VR

Best gift for ‘Star Wars’ fans

Star Wars

L0-LA59 (Lola) Animatronic Edition

Cool STEM Toys for Boys

Thames \u0026 Cosmos

My Robotic Pet – Tumbling Hedgehog

Gift for Nintendo fans


Super Mario Bros. Mushroom Light

Best interactive toy for boys


Untamed Raptor by Fingerlings

For Marvel fans


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Action Figures

Ideal for indoor play

Crazy Forts

Crazy Forts

Best Just-A-Little-Something

Sky Castle

DoodleJamz JellyPics

Best Indoor RC

Air pigs

Stunt Shot Indoor Remote Control Vehicle

Nostalgic favorite


Digimon X

Best drone for boys


Mini Helicopter Drone

Best Solo Board Game for Boys

Think Fun

Gravity Maze

Great bath toys for toddlers


Building bathtub pipes

Unique gift for boys


Draw your own comics


LEGO chain reactions

Abacus Brands

Bill Nye’s VR Science Kit


Choose your own adventure box set

Best way to learn a strategy card game

The Pokemon Company

Pokémon Battle Academy

Hearst Home Kids

Good Housekeeping Amazing Science

Best gift for teenage boys


LED strip lights

Hanna Andersson

Pokemon Long John Pajamas

Fun backyard toys for kids

Blunt rocket

Blunt Rocket Ultra Rocket LED

Best gift for tweens

Franklin Sports

Table tennis to go


Strengthen creative toolbox

Chronicle books

Sleuth & Solve: 20+ Mind-Twisting Mysteries

Hot wheels

Monster Truck Downhill Race & Go Track Set

Fun educational toy

Educational insights

GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

B Small Publishing

Make and color paper airplanes

Fun family game

Wilder Games

MasterChef Family Cooking Game


Terra Kids Connectors


Harry Potter Coding Kit

Cooperative family game

Peaceful Kingdom

Tales of the three coins

Fun STEM gift for kids

Sterling Children’s Books

How to Code: A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Coding

Studio Roof

T-Rex 3-D puzzle


Buzz Lightyear figure


Super Mario Adventures Beginners Course

Best tablet for kids


Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet


DC Super Friends Transforming Batmobile

Franklin Sports

Soccer Goal

Cooperative board game


Dungeons & Dragons adventure begins

STEM Toys for Primary School Learners


Color Chemistry Set

Unique building kit


SNAP SHIPS Forge Maul FT-12 Assault Mech


Robo Alive Roaring Ice Dragon


Splash Park puzzle

Screen-free STEM toys for young children

Learning resources

Botley the coding robot activity set

Ryan’s world

Galaxy Explorer Play Set Mystery Adventure

How we choose the best toys and gifts

For toys, the Good Housekeeping Institute conducts year-long toy tests to evaluate for safety, durability and ease of use, then hands the toys to real kids to make sure they have the all-important fun factor. Although non-toy gifts aren’t evaluated in the Lab, editors still look for gifts put out by trusted brands, gifts with great reviews from buyers, top sellers, and editors’ favorites. The list is then screened by Good Housekeeping editors, who, after years of compiling gift guides and keeping up with trends, try to match the items with what’s popular now and what Good Housekeeping readers and families have loved in the past.

Why Trust Good Housekeeping?

For decades, the Good Housekeeping Institute has provided expert reviews and advice on everything parents and kids love, including STEM toys, educational toys, sensory toys, board games and outdoor toys. While not all of the picks on this list have been specifically reviewed by our experts, Marisa LaScala, Good Housekeeping‘s senior parenting and relationship editor, scoured the internet and talked to tweens and teens for the other top picks. Since 2015, Marisa has covered all aspects of the world of parenting, from the postpartum years to the empty nests, and she has teamed up with Good Housekeeping‘s toy cover since 2018. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, who are both avid toy collectors.

Shop more toys and gifts for kids

Looking for more great gifts for kids? Let the experts do all the hard work for you! The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Parenting Lab has expert-tested, kid-approved picks for the best toys and gifts for kids of every age, including:

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