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When it’s time to do some holiday shopping gifts for children, boys can be something of a mystery. That’s why we collected test notes from Institute of good economyParenting Lab Tests, Amazon Best Sellers Review, Editors’ Picks Roundup, and List Compilation best gifts for boysregardless of where his interests lie.

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

When the Parenting Laboratory evaluates toys for the annual issue Awards for the best toy in a good household, he looks for items that are safe to use and well built. He also looks for toys that have some developmental value, whether that’s through developing imaginative play, helping with fine or gross motor coordination, teaching things like STEM concepts, or inspiring creativity. Plus, there’s the all-important fun factor, because no toy is worth the money if kids don’t want to play with it.

What are the gift trends for boys this year?

Looking around the hottest toys coming out this yearSTEM and STEM related toys still a big winner as sensory toys and fidget toys which give children something to do with busy hands. Families still gather around the table for family game night, so board games and other trending party games. And there are more and more toys that help kids unleash their creativity — especially when it comes to TikTok.

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The best overall gift for boys

Air pigs

Zero gravity laser racing car

Winner of the 2022 Good Housekeeping Children’s Book Award

Millbrook Press

Washed ashore: Making art out of ocean plastic

Fun for pranks

HEXBUG

Real Bugs Nanos

Good housekeeping Best toy award winner

Spin Master

Rubik’s Ghost

The best gift for gamers

Treasure X

Minecraft Treasure X

Good housekeeping Best toy award winner

John Deere

John Deere Build-a-Buddy Johnny Tractor

The best small LEGO set

LEGO

Jurassic World Dominion Atrociraptor Dinosaur Bike Chase

Good housekeeping Best toy award winner

The first act

Roll-Up drum pad

An inexpensive gift for a boy

Press secretary

Bicycle noise maker

Cool stocking

Chasibo

Shape change box

A cool virtual reality gift

Brands Abacus

Dino Dig VR

The best gift for Star Wars fans.

Star Wars

L0-LA59 (Lola) Animatronic Edition

A cool STEM toy for boys

Thames u0026 Cosmos

My robot pet is Hedgehog, who was tumbling

A gift for Nintendo fans

Paladon

Super Mario Bros. Mushroom Light

The best interactive toy for boys

Wow

Untamed Raptor by Fingerlings

For Marvel fans

a miracle

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Action Figures

Great for indoor play

Crazy forts

Crazy forts

The best little thing

Sky castle

DoodleJamz JellyPics

The best control panel for rooms

Air pigs

Indoor stunt shot with remote control

Nostalgic love

Digimon

Digimon X

The best drone for boys

DoDoeleph

Drone mini-helicopter

The best solo board game for boys

Think Fun

Gravity Labyrinth

A great bath toy for toddlers

Bun

Construction of bath pipes

A unique gift for boys

CreateSpace

Draw your own comics

Klutz

LEGO Chain Reactions

Brands Abacus

Bill Nye’s VR Science Kit

Chooseco

Choose Your Own Adventure Box Set

The best way to learn a strategic card game

The Pokémon Company

Battle Academy Pokémon

Hearst Home Kids

Good housekeeping Amazing science

The best gift for teenage boys

MINGER

LED strips

Hannah Anderson

Pokémon Long John Pajamas

A fun backyard toy for kids

Stomp Rocket

Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket LED

The best gift for teenagers

Franklin Sports

Outdoor table tennis

LEGO

Boost Creative Toolbox

Chronicle books

Search and Solve: More than 20 mind-bending puzzles

Hot Wheels

Monster Truck Downhill Race & Go Track Set

Fun educational toy

Educational Insights

GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

B Small publishing house

Make and paint paper airplanes

Fun family game

Wild games

MasterChef family cooking game

HABA

Terra Kids Connectors

Kano

Harry Potter Coding Kit

Cooperative family game

Peaceful Kingdom

Stories of three coins

A fun STEM gift for kids

Sterling Children’s Books

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

Rooftop studio

3D T-Rex puzzle

Mattel

Buzz Lightyear figure

LEGO

Super Mario Adventures Starter Course

The best tablet for children

Amazon

Children’s tablet Fire HD 10

Imagine further

DC Super Friends Transforming Batmobile

Franklin Sports

Soccer goal

Cooperative board game

Hasbro

The Dungeons & Dragons adventure begins

A STEM toy for younger students

Crayola

Set on color chemistry

A unique construction set

SNAP OF SHIPS

SNAP SHIPS Forge Maul FT-12 Assault Mech

Zuru

Robo Alive Roaring Ice Dragon

Upbounders

Splash Park Puzzle

A screen-free STEM toy for young children

Educational resources

Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set

Ryan’s world

Galaxy Explorer Mystery Adventure Playset

How we choose the best toys and gifts

When it comes to toys, the Good Housekeeping Institute spends a year testing toys to evaluate their safety, durability and ease of use, then hands the toys to real kids to make sure they have the all-important fun factor. While non-toy gifts are not rated in the Lab, editors are still looking for gifts from trusted brands, gifts with great customer reviews, bestsellers, and editor favorites. The list is then checked Good economy editors who, after years of curating gift guides and tracking trends, try to match items with what’s popular now and what Good economy readers and families have loved in the past.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?

During the decades of Institute of good economy provided expert reviews and advice on everything parents and kids love, including STEM toys, developmental toys, sensory toys, board games and street toys. While not all of the picks on this list have been specifically vetted by our experts, Marisa Laskala, Good economySenior parenting and relationship editor, scoured the web and talked to teens for other top picks. Since 2015, Marisa has covered all aspects of the world of parenthood, from the postpartum years to the empty nesters, and she has participated in Good economyhighlights toys from 2018. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter, who are 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 and kid-approved picks for the best toys and gifts for kids of all agesincluding:

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