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The 20 Best Gifts For Teen Boys [2021 Buyer’s Guide]

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Teenagers as a whole can be challenging to shop for… but teenage boys? Near impossible. It doesn’t matter if they’re just entering their adolescent years or almost out the door and ready for adulthood — their hobbies are ever-changing, attitudes can be somewhat rebellious and their favorite fads come and go all the time. So, what is the best gift for teen boys? We’ve compiled a list of 20 gifts for teen boys so you can get a headstart on gift shopping. 

Gamer Boy Gifts

If your teen is a gamer, they’ll love these video game and gaming gift ideas. Just make sure you know which gaming system they have so you’re confident the gifts below will work with their system. 

1. Miume Music TV LED Backlight

Miume Music TV LED Backligh

If they spend most of their free time in front of their TV or computer, you can help them decorate their gaming station with these Miume Music TV LED Backlight. Not only do these LED strip lights add some style to their space, but they can also help protect their eyes and relieve headaches caused by increased screentime. Looking at a screen in the dark can harm your eyes as they constantly adjust to the bright screen and dark surroundings. These lights add ambient light to the room, putting less strain on the eyes and decreasing the chance of a screen-induced headache.

This option also comes with a built-in, high sensitivity mic that syncs the light colors with the music playing nearby. 

The LED light strip will fit any TV 75 inches or smaller. 

2. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset is an excellent wireless headset, loaded with features that any tween or teen will love. Standout features include: 

  • SteelSeries Lossless 2.4GHz wireless (prevents wireless connectivity issues on gaming systems)
  • Detachable, noise-canceling microphone
  • Padded AirWeave ear cushions and adjustable, steel-reinforced headband

One downside gamers who reviewed this product have shared is that the shallow ear cups are not as comfortable as they thought they would be at this price point. However, this device is still compatible with phones, computers, Xbox devices, Playstation devices plus the Nintendo Switch.

3. 10” Ring Light with 50” Extendable Tripod Stand

10'' Ring Light with 50'' Extendable Tripod Stand

Does your gamer like to stream their gaming sessions or make Tik Tok videos? This 10” Ring Light with 50” Extendable Tripod Stand will illuminate their gaming station, making it more enjoyable for your gamer and their community watching online. 

This option comes with three color modes — cool white, warm yellow and daylight — and has 10 different brightness levels to find the perfect backlighting for every situation and room. The tripod stand can be adjusted from 15.7 inches to 50 inches, meaning it’s short enough to stand on a tabletop and tall enough to capture a group photo or video session. The pocket-sized wireless remote also allows you to take selfies or group photos from a distance of up to 30 feet.

4. Reading Pillow

Reading Pillow

Schooling from home on Zoom may be a new challenge, but no one said it couldn’t be comfortable. A reading pillow will allow your teen to get comfy on the couch or in their bed while sitting up, helping them fight off the urge to fall asleep or slack off. Plus, the pillow protects them from strain on their neck when working on a laptop away from the desk. 

This Nestl Reading Pillow is filled with shredded memory foam for maximum comfort and comes with three pockets and over 40 different colors options, so you won’t have a problem finding one that matches your teen’s style or bedroom. 

Technology Gifts

You may think they have all the technology they need already, but there are always new gadgets that make unique gifts for teen boys. Check these out. 

5. Bamboo Charging Station For Multiple Devices

Bamboo Charging Station For Multiple Devices

If they are a teen, they definitely have multiple devices that all have their own charging ports. Help them organize their cords and charge all their devices at once with this Bamboo Charging Station For Multiple Devices. With five USB ports, they will be able to charge five different devices simultaneously, with special ports for an Apple Airpod case and Apple Watch. The magnetic base makes it easy to hide all cables and power strips from view and organize them so they won’t get tangled together over time. 

This bamboo charging stand comes with an Apple Watch stand, Airpod stand, 5-port USB wall charger, three Apple-compatible cords and two micro USB cords.

6. Apple Airpods 

Apple Airpods

If they have an iPhone and don’t have a pair of Apple Airpods, they are genuinely missing out on the best sound quality for their mobile device. AirPods are specifically designed to optimize any iPhone’s sound quality, fit almost any ear shape and provide a notably long battery life. 

AirPods also offer a “cool status” among other middle school or high school companions for teens. So, if you’re ready and willing to fork over the money for them, your teen is sure to be ecstatic and ready to show them off. We also recommend the upgraded Apple AirPods Pro for those who can afford it. 

Related: The 12 Best AirPod Alternatives [Reviewed]

7. Samsung Galaxy Buds+

Samsung Galaxy Buds+

If your teen is team Android, then these Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are your best bet in terms of headphones. These earbuds offer an 11-hour music battery life, three different earpiece sizes and multiple colorways to best match your teen’s style.

The integrated Ambient Aware2 feature allows users to filter how much sound comes from the outside world, helping them enjoy their tunes or podcast while still being aware of their surroundings. 

8. Bluetooth Speaker & Water Bottle

Bluetooth Speaker & Water Bottle

This Bluetooth Speaker & Water Bottle brings the best of both worlds into one device — jamming out to your favorite tunes and staying hydrated. So it comes as no surprise that Uncommon Goods has dubbed this bottle “hydration meets gyration.” The bottle is 9.75 inches tall and can hold up to 17 fluid ounces. You can even answer phone calls with one touch of the speaker. 

It’s recommended that you hand wash the bottle and wash the underside of the lid separately with a damp cloth, taking care not to submerge the speaker in water.

9. VOKUL V1 Electric Skateboard Cruiser

VOKUL V1 Electric Skateboard Cruise

The VOKUL V1 Electric Skateboard Cruiser is the perfect gift for those teens who are looking to ride around town with their friends all summer. It’s easy to carry and transport, can ride 10 miles on a two-hour charge, has a regenerative braking system that can restore energy and extend the battery life and reaches a top speed of 13 miles per hour. 

Controlled through a remote, your teen will be able to navigate any street or hill safely, and you can rest easy knowing that riders can adjust the three-speed modes quickly to react to any unexpected occurrences on their ride. 

10. Amazon Echo (4th Gen) 

Amazon Echo (4th Gen)

The Amazon Echo has grown and advanced since its inception in 2016 to become a prevalent household item. Some homes even have multiple Echos throughout their home. 

The Amazon Echo (4th Gen) offers 

  • An updated sound system that adapts to any room 
  • Reliable compatibility with other electronic devices and music streaming services
  • More privacy control options and updated Alexa voice lines and interaction capabilities. 

11. Battery Case for iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 Pro

Battery Case for iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 P

If they don’t need a whole charging station, consider getting them a Battery Case for iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 Pro. This is the latest iPhone model, and the case has a 5000mAh UL-tested battery to charge this newest model to its total capacity. Outside of charging your phone at any time, the raised bezels offer front and surface protection and the included tempered glass screen protector provides complete frontal protection. If your teen is prone to forgetting to charge their phone before they head out of the house, this is a fantastic gift they’ll love. 

The charging case can be charged through the same cord as the iPhone and is programmed to let your phone charge first before charging the case. 

Cool Clothing Gifts

Buying clothes for anyone is a challenge — but if you know your teenage boy’s size — we can help you pick something stylish so they can be proud of you for being “in the know” about the latest fashion trends for these teen boy gifts. 

12. Men’s Champion Powerblend Graphic Hoodie

No matter the season or the temperature outside, some teenagers just love wearing a hoodie every day. If that’s your teen, help them switch up their wardrobe with this Men’s Champion Powerblend Graphic Hoodie. Made from polyester, this pull-over hoodie is soft, has metal grommets to prevent tearing and has a proper fit for any body type. Plus, the color options are stylish and make it super easy to match their outfits.

13. Carhartt Men’s Knit Cuffed Beanie

Carhartt Men's Knit Cuffed Beanie

Carhartt has made a style comeback among teenage guys and teenage girls, so keep them looking trendy and cozy with this Carhartt Men’s Knit Cuffed Beanie. These beanies are made in the USA, consisting of 100% acrylic, rib-knit fabric and offer the Carhartt guarantee of being durable in any casual or adventurous setting. 

Choose from 26 different color options. 

14. HOKA Men’s Joggers

HOKA Men's Joggers

Joggers can double as workout clothes or stylish streetwear, so if you’re unsure of what they’d want to wear but want to get them something new, you can’t go wrong with these slim-fit HOKA Men’s Joggers. Made from 85% nylon and 15% spandex, these pants have a hidden back pocket, two front pockets plus zippers at the ankles to take on and off easily. 

If they are a runner, then you’ll love that these joggers have reflective material on the back for clear visibility for those late-night runs or foggy morning jogs.

15. Stormtrooper Star Wars Hawaii Shirt

Stormtrooper Star Wars Hawaii Shi

We know that we said we’d help you pick something stylish, but hear us out. This retro Stormtrooper Star Wars Hawaii Shirt is perfect for your teenage Star Wars fan. They can wear it to the beach in the summer or to a tacky shirt party at Christmas time or the holiday season. It’s made from 100% woven polyester fabric, making it durable and wrinkle resistant. Sizes range from small to 5XL, and any XL size will cost you $2-5 more than a small through large size. 

Shareable Gifts

Want to get them something that they can share with the whole family or their friend group? Check out these options.

16. The Totally Awesome Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham

The Totally Awesome Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham

Sometimes useless information is the best kind of knowledge. For example, did you know that Maine happens to be the toothpick capital of the world?

The Totally Awesome Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham is an affordable gift that the whole family can enjoy. Sit around the living room and share your favorite useless facts with one another and store them in your memory for your next icebreaker at school or work. 

17. CATAN Board Game

CATAN Board Game

We’ve shared multiple articles with board games — from The 17 Best Board Games For The Whole Family to 50 Of The Best Two-Player Board Games — but we think that the CATAN Board Game is an excellent gift for your teenage guy. Meant for parties of three to four players, this game is simple to understand and easy to enjoy. Your goal in this strategy game is to trade, build and settle the Island of CATAN, taking control of your own civilization and spreading across the modular hex board in a competition for victory points.

There are limitless replayability opportunities with this board, as you can never have the same playthrough with the board’s variable design. 

18. Exploding Kittens Card Game

Exploding Kittens Card Game

Now, the name may sound a bit gruesome, but the Exploding Kittens Card Game is a family-friendly game that combines kittens with laser pointers, catnip sandwiches and exploding kittens with Russian Roulette. If you get an exploding kitten card, you’re out of the game. Think of it as the kitten version of Russian Roulette and Uno all in one. 

This game is intended for up to five players, and one round can be completed in about 15 minutes. 

19. Spikeball 

Spikeball

Ready to play a face-paced outdoor game? Spikeball is a two-on-two sports game with similar rules to volleyball (rules included in the kit). You can play this game anywhere you have enough space, but it’s recommended for use in your backyard, the beach, the living room or any other location that has soft ground and tons of space. 

The net has a 36-inch circumference and has adjustable and removable legs for easy transportation or storage. This pack comes with three balls, all three and a half inches in diameter (the size of an orange). 

If you’re not up for playing with them, you can have your teenager download the Spikeball app to find nearby players and pick up games happening locally. 

20. Gift Card

gift cards as gifts for teen boys

Don’t feel comfortable with any options listed above? Teens are more than happy to receive gift cards and won’t be offended, as long as it’s a store where they regularly shop. We suggest options like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop or Walmart

Teen Guys Aren’t Too Cool for Gifts

Well, there you have it — our roundup of the 20 coolest, trendiest and most desired gifts among teenage men. We hope that one of these cool gifts is a match for your teen, and who knows, you might actually get a hug from them if you find their perfect gift. 

You may also like: The Best Gifts for Teen Boys [Christmas Shopping Made Easy] 

The 20 Best Gifts For Teen Boys:

  1. Miume Music TV LED Backlight
  2. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset
  3. 10” Ring Light with 50” Extendable Tripod Stand
  4. Reading Pillow
  5. Bamboo Charging Station For Multiple Devices
  6. Apple Airpods 
  7. Samsung Galaxy Buds+
  8. Bluetooth Speaker & Water Bottle
  9. VOKUL V1 Electric Skateboard Cruiser
  10. Amazon Echo (4th Gen) 
  11. Battery Case for iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 Pro
  12. Men’s Champion Powerblend Graphic Hoodie
  13. Carhartt Men’s Knit Cuffed Beanie
  14. HOKA Men’s Joggers
  15. Stormtrooper Star Wars Hawaii Shirt
  16. The Totally Awesome Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham
  17. CATAN Board Game
  18. Exploding Kittens Card Game 
  19. Spikeball 
  20. Gift Cards
Trevor Peters

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