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Unique Gifts for 11 12 Year old Boys

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Toy trends seem to move even faster than fashion trends. Even if you have 11-12 year old boys of your own, you still might not be sure what would make a "cool" gift. But though toy trends come and go, you can find unique gifts for 11-12 year old boys that will likely make them smile even if they aren't really the "in" thing. So this year when Christmas or birthday parties roll around, consider some of these unique gifts for the 11-12 year old boys in your life instead of trying to find the newest toy trends.

1. 3-D Puzzles

If the boys in question love the way things are constructed, or love building things, they will have fun with one of the many 3-dimensional puzzles on the market. Available in a variety of skill levels, these unique puzzles produce a model when they have been properly put together. You can find many different kinds, from the Star Wars Death Star to a medieval castle to glow-in-the-dark dinosaur bones – certainly one to match the interests of many 11-12 year old boys.

2. Hobby Helpers

If you know some of the hobbies the 11-12 boys are interested in, then you already have a place to give you lots of great ideas for unique gifts. If the boys play a musical instrument, consider getting them sheet music to the soundtrack of one of their favorite movies. If they play sports, maybe they’d like training devices like a pitch-back (for baseball) or a target goal (for soccer). You can find accessories and gadgets to accompany almost any hobby, and it's automatically a personal gift, since it shows that you know what they like.

3. Easy Cook Books

Don’t fall victim to stereotyping that can easily happen when you’re looking for unique gifts for 11-12 year old boys. Not every boy this age is into fighter planes and monster trucks. Many 11-12 year old boys find it fun and exciting to try to cook things for themselves. If a boy you know shows this interest, a great gift is an easy cook book all his own, maybe even accompanied by some ingredients to help make his first delicious creation.

4. Video Camera

11-12 year old boys are often incredibly imaginative. Today there are lots of lower-end models that aren't too expensive, but would still provide hours of entertainment for a preteen boy. Throw some cheap "costumes" and "props" in with the gift, and they'll be on their way to making movies, expressing their creativity, and having a world of fun at the same time.

When you think outside the box, you can come up with all sorts of unique gift ideas for 11-12 year old boys. Don’t give in to stereotypes, keep their individual hobbies and interests in mind, and you will be sure to come up with a cool gift this year for Christmas or birthdays.

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