Teen boys can be quite elusive. They’re not very talkative and don’t always ask for what they want. So how do you shop for them? Good question.
Try finding something that’s geared towards their hobbies or personalities. We’ve broken down our list into categories that may help.
If you don’t know what their hobbies are, we’ve also included some general gifts that anyone teenager would love this Christmas.
He’s always messing around with gadgets. If it’s new and it has a microchip, he wants it. These techy gifts are sure to inspire his creativity and amuse his techy side.
Get him a drone with an HD camera. The Holy Stone HS110D FPV RC Drone can be controlled through an app on his phone. It has a live video feed and can capture footage from 120-degree angles so he can see everything happening around it.
Just make sure he knows he’s not allowed to spy on the neighbors.
He thinks he’s so clever and knows everything there is to know about computers and technology. Well, put him to the test with a CanaKit Raspberry Pi, build your own computer starter kit.
It comes with everything he needs to build his own credit-card-sized computer.
The Gaming Teen
Some teens are impossible to tear away from the video games. There are so many different gaming systems and accessories; it’s hard to know what to buy. Here are some ideas that are sure to please any game aficionado.
The Nintendo Lite Switch is Nintendo’s latest entry into the portable gaming world. It’s a new smaller, more customized, and totally portable, hand-held version of the switch. It’s great for him when he wants to take his games on the go.
He spends a lot of time in that gaming room. He would probably really appreciate an Urban Shop Faux Fur Saucer Chair to sit in while he virtually battles an alien army.
This chair is so comfy maybe he’ll even curl up in it to read a book. You can always dream.
The Outdoor Teen
He’s always loved the outdoors. Hiking, biking, and trekking through the wilderness is his thing.
These gifts will come in handy when he is out on his adventures.
The MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof Dry Bag will keep his things dry when camping, boating, or just hanging around by the lake. He’ll never have to worry about what to do with his phone the next time he goes white water rafting.
Outdoor adventure is fun, but sometimes it’s nice just to relax. The Wekapo Inflatable Air Lounger starts off looking like a string bag and inflates into an air-filled hammock chair. It’s great for camping, or just lounging on the beach.
It’s incredible how he can just pick up almost any instrument and start playing it. He’s always plucking away at that guitar and trying out new tunes. With all the Youtube music videos he’s put together, you would think he’s trying to be the next Shawn Mendes.
Maybe he should try something a little more original.
There’s nothing as satisfying as playing an instrument that you built. Especially when it’s as fun as a Ukulele, this Build Your Own Ukulele Kit from Uncommon Goods is sure to put delight on your face when he’s tiptoeing through the roses like Tiny Tim.
Imagine his surprise when he unwraps his present, and it’s the hottest Japanese music toy.
The Otamatone is a fun electronic instrument that looks a little bit like a Pac Man on a stick. It’s as much fun as it is adorable.
Keep him warm this winter with an Upgraded Bluetooth Wireless Headphones Beanie Hat from Fulllight Tech. The hat has Bluetooth speakers built-in so that he never has to be without his music. This hat has 6-12 hours of battery life, it’s thicker than many other brands, and the headphones are removable so that it can be washed.
The Intellectual Teen
It’s no secret that he’s smarter than you are. He’s always challenging himself to learn more and be more. These presents are enlightening for your intellectual teen.
This Geode Puzzle is gorgeous and frustratingly tricky at the same time. The puzzle design is created with a process similar to the way geodes are created in nature, so no two puzzles are alike.
Habits of Highly Effective Teens is adapted from the NY Times bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book, written by Sean Covey, is like a handbook for teenagers. It helps them navigate the world of growing up, creating goals and achieving them, while dealing with the everyday issues that face all teens today.
This is a great gift, not just for the intellectual teen, but also for any teen and available in multiple formats.
The Foodie Teen
Is the Food Network on in your house 24/7?
You love that he frequently cooks dinner and he’s developing such a fine palate. Encourage that foodie in him with these gifts for your foodie teen.
What boy doesn’t like Hot Sauce? Get him a World Travelers Hot Sauce Gift Pack that really packs a punch. This gift pack features hot sauces from around the world. From Mexico to Kenya to Japan, he can explore these fiery flavors.
Teens’ taste buds can be a bit finicky sometimes and often even a bit weird. But that shouldn’t prevent him from experimenting with cooking. Every good cook needs a cookbook. How to Cook What You Want to Eat is a great cookbook that was written for teens by teens, to help other teens learn how to interpret and adapt recipes to be just the way they like them.
The Sporty Teen
He plays every sport. The back of your car looks like a gym storage closet. There are balls, lacrosse sticks and cleats everywhere. What else could possibly be left that he doesn’t already have?
He might enjoy a Retrospec Quip Skateboard. These retro plastic skateboards are all the rage right now. The small 22.5 inch skateboards are small enough and light enough that he can ride it to school and then just stow it in his backpack or locker. If he would rather have a bigger board, it comes in a larger size and many fun colors as well.
Liven up those rainy indoor days with the Pop-A-Shot Official Home Dual Shot Basketball Arcade Game. Challenge him to an indoor shooting contest. Let’s see him put all those basketball skills to good use.
The Champion LIFE Men's Reverse Weave Pullover Hoodie is a great throw over for when he needs to stop at the local pizzeria to pick up dinner after practice. It’s stylish and practical all in one.
The Board Game Loving Teen
You’re not sure what he’s doing locked in his room all day. But one thing is for sure; if you mention fun and games, he’s right there. These gifts for your fun-loving teen are sure to be a hit.
With the Lightning Reaction Reloaded Shocker Game, you can check to see if he is still alive.
It’s a game that involves reaction, timing and quick reflexes. The last player to respond gets a shock. Plus, the reactions his friends make when they get shocked are priceless.
Thank you, Stranger Things, for giving our kids a taste of what life was like for us growing up in the ‘80s – minus the monsters, of course.
The Stranger Things Trivial Pursuit Board Game features questions about Stranger Things as well as a plethora of other categories about the ’80s. This is a game the whole family can enjoy as they watch you prove that you grew up in the best decade ever.
$50 and Under Gifts for Any Teen
Maybe you are looking for your little brother or a neighbor friend, and you can’t afford to break the bank on a present. Here are some great ideas for gifts any teen will love for under $50.
Get him these COMISO Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers for when he has friends over or wants to bring the party with him to the beach, pool or wherever he is going. They come in a variety of colors and can play music for up to 36 hours on one charge.
Everyone needs a portable charger, but this Poop Emoji Portable Charger wins the day. Who doesn’t like the poop emoji? He’s always handy to have around when you need him.
The Antank Marble Fast Wireless Charger is a wireless charger in disguise. It looks like a small flat rock, which is a pleasant break from the ball of coiled wires that always seems to accumulate on his dresser. It is compatible with most cell phones.
The Mind Card Game is an award-winning card game where you play your hand using only your mind. Speaking is not allowed during the game. Wow, a game that you play in silence. It’s every mother’s dream! It’s a cooperative game that features working together in order to win. It’s a great anecdote for that “I can do everything on my own” teen spirit.
While most of these gifts were categorized as a hobby, the reality is that they are great gifts, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. While teen boys can be aloof and difficult, buying gifts for them doesn’t have to be.
Best Gifts for Teen Boys:
- Lightning Reaction Reloaded Shocker Game
- Stranger Things Trivial Pursuit Board Game
- Holy Stone HS110D FPV RC Drone
- CanaKit Raspberry Pi
- Nintendo Lite Switch
- Urban Shop Faux Fur Saucer Chair
- MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof Dry Bag
- Wekapo Inflatable Air Lounger
- Build Your Own Ukulele Kit
- Upgraded Bluetooth Wireless Headphones Beanie Hat
- World Travelers Hot Sauce Gift Pack
- How to Cook What You Want to Eat
- Retrospec Quip Skateboard
- Pop-A-Shot Official Home Dual Shot Basketball Arcade Game
- Champion LIFE Men's Reverse Weave Pullover Hoodie
- COMISO Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
- Poop Emoji Portable Charger
- Antank Marble Fast Wireless Charger
- Mind Card Game