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40 Best Toys and Gifts for 10-Year-Old Boys

From race cars to kid-approved STEM toys.

a lego car in the best toys and gifts for 10 year old boys

By the time they're 10 years old, boys have fully entered into tween territory. That means they're ready to leave all the "kid stuff" behind. When the holidays or birthdays roll around and it comes time to buy gifts for kids this age, they want building sets that are more complex, STEM kits that explore more sophisticated concepts and art supplies that are more creative. But buying gifts for tweens is not the same as buying gifts for teens, and the fun factor is still very, very important.

It's hard to find gifts that thread that particular needle, but the Good Housekeeping Institute has figured out what 10-year-old boys like. It evaluates hundreds of toys and gifts each year, keeping track of trends, then evaluating the cream of the crop for safety and quality every year. Then, and most importantly, it hands the toys over to real 10-year-olds, who offer their own feedback on the fun factor. That means we have the best insight on the best toys to gift for all ages (and we put our favorites in the Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards). This year, these are the best toys and gifts for 10-year-old boys in 2022.

In 2022, STEM sets still rule the day. Whether it's putting together electronic circuits, building robots ore trying at-home science experiments, science-themed toys rated highest. Similarly, construction toys also scored high marks, including the ever-popular LEGO, which is a hit with kids all ages. And then, when it comes to those just-a-little-something gifts, fidget toys are still pretty popular for every 10-year-old boy on your list.

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Trendy Gift for 10-Year-Old Boys
Shashibo
Shape Shifting Box
Sashibo
2
2022 Good Housekeeping Kids' Book Award Winner
Millbrook Press
Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic
Millbrook Press
Now 10% off
3
Best Drone for 10-Year-Old Boys
Force1
Scoot Hand-Operated Drone
Force1
4
Best Active Gift for 10-Year-Old Boys
Slackers
Ninjaline 36' Intro Kit
Slackers
5
Best Art Gift for 10-Year-Old Boys
Lulu Jr.
Comic Book Making Kit
6
Unique Gift for a 10-Year-Old Boy
3Doodler
Start+ Essentials 3D Pen Set
3Doodler
Now 30% off
7
Coolest RC
Air Hogs
Zero Gravity Laser Race Car
Air Hogs
8
Cool Room Decoration
LOGROTATE
Moon Lamp
LOGROTATE
Now 30% off
9
Group Outdoor Activity
ArmoGear
Laser Tag Set
ArmoGear
10
Best Meaningful Gift for 10-Year-Old Boys
Chronicle Books
Just Between Us: Mother & Son Journal Book
Chronicle Books
11
Best Stocking Suffer for 10-Year-Old Boys
Sky Castle
DoodleJamz JellyPics
Skycastle
12
Cool Science Set for 10-Year-Old Boys
Abacus Brands
Bill Nye's VR Science Kit
Abacus Brands
13
Fun Coding Board Game
Think Fun
Hacker Cybersecurity Game
Think Fun
14
The Best Laptop for Tweens
Acer
Spin Chromebook
acer
15
Fun DIY Project
WATINC
DIY Squishies
WATINC
16
LEGO
Technic McLaren Senna GTR
LEGO
17
Fun Building Set for 10-Year-Old Boys
Engino
Newton's Laws Construction Kit
Engino
18
Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner
Beyblade
Burst QuadDrive Interstellar Drop Battle Set
Beyblade
Now 33% off
19
Nostalgic Fave
DIGIMON
Digimon X
Bandai
20
Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner
Elenco
Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100
Elenco
21
Best STEM Toy for 10-Year-Old Boys
Thames & Kosmos
Robotics Smart Machines
Thames & Kosmos
22
Critical-Thinking Game
Thames & Kosmos
Drop It
Thames & Kosmos
23
Fun Family Game
Wilder Games
MasterChef Family Cooking Game
Wilder Games
24
Best Non-Toy Gift for 10-Year-Old Boys
MRCOOL
Bedside Lamp With Bluetooth Speaker
MRCOOL
25
Chronicle Books
Sleuth & Solve: History
Chronicle Books
26
Best Building Toy for 10-Year-Old Boys
K'NEX
Model Building Set
k'nex
27
Best Video Game for 10-Year-Old Boys
NIntendo
Splatoon 3
Nintendo
28
Best Gift for Dinosaur Fans
Abacus Brands
Dino Dig VR
Abacus Brands
29
Educational Toy for 10-Year-Old Boys
Ravensburger
Gravitrax Marble Run
ravensburger
Now 50% off
30
Think Fun
Word-A-Round Board Game
Think Fun
31
For the Aspiring Baker
Hearst Home Books
Food Network Magazine: The Big, Fun Kids Baking Book
Hearst Home Books
32
Best Toy for Vehicle Fans
Hot Wheels
iD Race Portal
Hot Wheels
33
Unique Gift for 10-Year-Old Boys
Odd Dot
Create Your Own Secret Langage
Odd Dot
34
Cooperative Family Game
Hasbro
Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins
Hasbro
35
Best Outdoor Toy
Razor
Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter
Razor
36
Best Star Wars Toy for 10-Year-Old Boys
LEGO
Star Wars Droid Commander
LEGO
37
Best Art Set
Crayola
Inspiration Art Case
Crayola
38
For Budding Astronauts
Svaha
Webb's First Deep Field Custom T-Shirt
Svaha
39
Best Interactive Toy for 10-Year-Old Boys
LEGO
Super Mario Team-Up Bundle
LEGO
40
Icecream
Jade Knit Beanie
Icecream
How we choose the best toys
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Before including our favorite picks in an article, the Good Housekeeping Institute does rigorous toy testing to ensure we're recommending only the best. Many of our choices come from our yearly Toy Awards, where we test each item based on the following criteria:

✔️Safety: Our engineers and analysts make sure that each toy reaches all safety standards. They also assess things like pinch points and make sure toys won’t shatter into small pieces to pose a potential choking hazard.

✔️Ease of Use: We look at each toy to evaluate how simple it is to assemble, how well it’s constructed and how durable it is during play.

✔️Kid Approval: Aside from testing each toy for skill-building attributes, like how well it develops social-emotional skills, all our final decisions come from more than 100 children, ages 1 to 15, who assess the fun factor!

Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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For decades, the Good Housekeeping Institute has provided expert reviews and advice on everything parents and children love, including STEM toys, educational toys, sensory toys and more.

Much of the toy testing for this article was overseen by Rachel Rothman, the Good Housekeeping Institute's chief technologist and director of engineering, with the help of Marisa LaScala, Good Housekeeping's senior parenting and relationships editor. For more than 15 years, Rachel has put her training in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics to work by researching, testing and writing about parenting products. Plus, as a mom to three kids under 5, she has plenty of first-hand experience.

Marisa has covered all aspects of the world of parenting, from the postpartum years through the empty nests, since 2015, and she's pitched in with Good Housekeeping's toy coverage since 2018. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, who are both avid toy collectors.

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