On the hunt for the perfect gift for the 11-year-old in your life?
Be it a birthday present, Christmas gift or another celebration, finding brilliant gifts for 11-year-old boys and girls that they'll love can be difficult. We know the feeling of searching for hours, only to be more confused than when you started.
Eleven is almost the final stop before being a teenager, so they may be feeling mature and more sure of themselves. They may be keen to own more 'grown-up' things, like full-size gadgets such as smart watches or STEM toys, or be keen to get presents that they can show their friends before they begin high school.
Whatever their interests or likes and dislikes, there will be a gift out there for them. To help you find the best gifts, we've sourced the top fifteen gifts for 11-year-olds that'll they'll be delighted to receive (and show off to their friends).
Kidadl's Top Pick
Whilst all the gifts on this list come highly recommended, this is our top pick. This speaker is a must for music-loving kids with its excellent sound and portable size.
1. Wonderboom Portable Wireless Speaker, Ultimate Ears
Despite its small size, this speaker packs a punch with big volume. Kids can take it indoor and outdoor thanks to its waterproofness; it even floats! It will connect wirelessly to their devices making it ideal for travelling too.
- Price: £42.95
- 360 degrees surround-sound
- 10 hours battery life
Best For Outdoors
2. Kids' Kanken Mini Backpack, Fjallraven
The adult size Kanken Backpack from Swedish brand Fjallraven is a classic thanks to its durable fabric and practical design. The mini version has a similar range of colours with still enough room to carry essentials whilst withstanding wear and tear.
- Price: £50
- Range of colours
- Hardwearing vinyl
- Convertible straps
- Front and side pockets
- 7L capacity
Best For Fashion Conscious Kids
3. Headband, Oliver Bonas
Headbands are back in fashion, and 11-year-olds will love the floral design and knot on this Oliver Bonas one to keep pesky hairs out of the way.
- Price: £19.50
- Polyester, steel
- Blue, yellow and white pattern
Best For New Shoes
4. Unisex Kids' Stan Smith Low-Top Sneakers, Adidas
The classic '80s Stan Smith's have had a resurgence, making them welcome birthday gifts for girls and boys alike. The classic unisex style makes them perfect for hanging out with friends or a smarter occasion, so they'll be ready whatever their social calendar throws at them.
- Price: £47.38
- Sizes: 3 - 5.5 UK size
Best For Families On A Budget
5. Unisex Corkscrew Knitted Pom Beanie Hat, Beechfield
Beanies make great gifts for 11-year-old girls and boys. This value for money option will keep them warm whilst looking stylish, with a cool pom-pom and a variety of colours to choose from.
- Price: £9.50
- 10 unisex design options
- 100% acrylic
- 1 size fits all
Best For Outdoors
6. Ultra-Light Travel Camping Hammock, NatureFun
Gifts for 11-year-olds that the whole family can use are a win-win. For family holidays, camping adventures or just in the garden, a hammock is a fun way for 11-year-olds to hang out and relax. This is a lightweight, easy to transport option made from military-grade nylon that comes in a range of colours.
- Price: £16.99
- 13 colour choices
- Military-grade nylon
- Lightweight and compact
- Tear-resistant fabric
- Space for 3 adults
Best For Active Kids
7. Kids' Skateboard, Osprey
Whilst 11-year-olds might be progressing to adult-size, a too-big skateboard can make it difficult to perfect their technique. Osprey Kids Skateboards are great toys for 11-year-old boys and girls with their easy manoeuvrability, whilst the funky design options make them feel as grown-up as the real thing. The sturdy base means kids will be showing off their tricks in no time.
- Price: £29.99
- Sturdy ply maple deck
- 31"x 8"
- 6 designs
Best For Gadget Lovers
8. AirPods With Charging Case, Apple
The bestselling Apple AirPods are a step up from other earphones or headphones, delivering high-quality sound with little noise pollution. They are perfect for 11-year-olds listening to music or watching movies without disturbing everyone; they even have a microphone so they can answer calls from Mum or Dad with ease.
- Price: £129
- Universal fit
- East setup
- Control music and calls
- 24 hours battery life
Best For Unlimited Entertainment
9. Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet, Amazon
Tablets are great for watching movies, listening to music, chatting to friends or playing games. Although a full-featured tablet, the kids edition has parental controls so parents can set time limits and learning goals from their smartphone. The durable kid-proof case makes it ideal for 11-year-olds going on adventures.
- Price: £199.99
- 10" inch tablet
- Kid-proof case
- Parental controls
- 2 year guarantee
- 1 year of Amazon Kids+
Best For Playing With The Whole Family
10. Exit House Of Riddles, Thames & Kosmos
When it comes to games for 11-year-olds, this one is perfect for any amateur sleuths. This fun game mimics the style of an escape room as everyone teams together to solve riddles and puzzles against the clock. It's an immersive, collaborative game that will have the whole family absorbed.
- Price: £13.17
- Co-operative card game
- Solve riddles and puzzles
- Decoder disk
- 87 cards
- 3 'strange items'
Best For Jigsaw Fans
11. Little Feminist 500 Piece Family Jigsaw, Oliver Bonas
A great choice for presents for 11-year-old girls in particular, this illustrated, colourful jigsaw features important people that had an impact on history. Girls and boys can learn about real women who made a big difference the world, including Queen Elizabeth I, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and Malala Yousafzai.
- Price: £11.99
- 500 pieces
- Illustrated jigsaw puzzle
- Portraits of historical women
- Non-toxic inks
Best For Arts And Crafts
12. Beginners Oil Painting Box Set, Royal And Langnickel
11-year-old budding artists may be advancing their creativity and keen to use more adult materials. This set is great for beginners and includes everything they need to get started on their next masterpiece, including two large canvases. It also comes with a handy instruction booklet to guide them whilst they paint.
- Price: £16.74
- 10 essential oil paints
- 6 brushes
- 1 bottle refined linseed oil
- 2 canvas boards
- Housed in wooden box
Best For Something Unique
13. Himalayan Crystal Rock Salt Lamp, Needs&Gifts
An upgrade to the lava-lamp, salt lamps are a lovely way to add an original touch to an 11-year-old's bedroom whilst giving it a warm, calming hue. They are also said to improve sleep and increase levels of serotonin; this isn't yet proven, but it makes a great gift nonetheless.
- Price: £14.99
- UK standard plug
- Height: 17-21cm
- Pink-orange colour
Best For Sweet Treats
14. Retro Sweets Gift Box, Just Treats
Sweet boxes are ideal presents for boys and girls who love their sweets. This box contains 33 types of sweets that they may know or may not; regardless, it will be exciting for them (and parents) to try all the treats in this fun collection.
- Price: £12.95
- 33 old-fashioned sweets
- Stylish packaging
Best For Pick Their Own
15) eGift Voucher, Amazon
Presents for 11-year-old boys and girls can be challenging. For the 11-year-old that seems to have it all, a voucher that they can spend as their heart desires will make sure that they get exactly what they want. Amazon, thanks to its range of books, toys and technology, is sure to have something they'll love.
- Price: any denomination up to £1000
- Send to email address of your choice
- Order in advance
- Multiple design options
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for gifts for 11-year olds, then why not take a look at our guide to the best kids' stationery, or check out our guide to the best roller skates for kids?
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