Coming up with great gift ideas for teen boys can be very challenging. The older children get, the harder they are to please. And the male of the species can be very hard to shop for. Sure, there are tons of flashlights, power banks, and USB sticks you can give out, but which ones are in? Which are cool? Which are sooooo last month?
Between 13 and 18, teens are hormonal, fickle divas, and it’s very easy to make a misstep in the gifting department.
That’s where we come in. In our role as Gift Giving Gurus we’ve tested the reactions of youths from all over the world and this is our fool-proof guide to the optimal presents money can buy.
- The Best Gifts For Teen Boys
The Best Gifts For Teen Boys
Guaranteed cool gifts for the evolving teen
TeckNet Pro 2.4G Wireless Mouse
If your giftee spends a lot of time at the computer, accessories would be a safe bet to give. This optical mouse is ergonomic, plug and play, and comes with an awesome 24 month battery life. It’s also compatible with Windows XP, Linux, and Macs.
A big plus is that this mouse also works with your phone or tablet so long as it supports OTG.
- Ergonomic, so it’s good for people who spend too long using a mouse; less muscle fatigue
- Great price
- Good quality and very responsive
- Very convenient for taking along with you
- Responsive customer support
- Some buyers report their mouse stopped working after a certain period of time
Monopoly Empire Game
This Monopoly board game has a very unique gameplay. As the name suggests, players build their empires (in the form of a tower). They get to own popular brands like Levis, Transformers, and so on. The higher the tower, the more rent they can charge. The player who fills their tower first with billboards wins!
If you don’t mind the capitalist sentiment, Empire is an effective game to get your teen thinking about business and commerce. (By the way, Monopoly started life as an anti-capitalist game. Fun fact.)
- Has faster gameplay than the original Monopoly; games usually last 30 minutes or so
- Popular and easily recognizable brands like Puma, Xbox, and Nerf make the game that much more exciting
- Big hit on game nights with teens
- Teaches a lot of soft skills
- Colors are dark
- Not as fun with just 2 people
LEGO Architecture The Eiffel Tower
If your teen is a builder or possesses natural curiosity, this Eiffel Tower model from LEGO should be a good gift idea. The box comes with the LEGO pieces, a design booklet, and some history and info on the architecture of this famous tower.
The completed model is around 12 inches tall.
- This Eiffel tower model is the best one in the smaller architecture series. The others are much smaller
- Beautiful and an awesome showpiece
- Great quality and surprisingly sturdy
- Guaranteed to get praise from people who see the finished piece
- Building and collecting these is very addictive. If your giftee gets to like them, you’ll have a lot of models to choose from the next time you have to send out a gift. However, the prices go up as the models get bigger. 😉
Microsoft Xbox Live 3 Month Gold Card
Does your teen boy play Xbox Live? If he does, he’ll want this 3 month gold card. With this card, your teen will have access to Halo, Gears of War, and the rest of the Xbox Live community and games.
- Safe gift to give for Xbox Live aficionados
- Safer to give a card than link your credit card in the Xbox system
- Activates only when the code is entered
- If you buy from Amazon, the instructions on the card are in Portuguese (or possibly another language). This becomes an issue for first-time users. Your giftee probably knows where to put the code, however.
Ripstik Caster Board
If you’re a fuddy duddy like me, you’re probably wondering what a Ripstik is. I mean, why not just buy a regular board for your teen? Well, the Ripstik is apparently much more fun and exciting as it combines the feeling and sensation of surfing AND snowboarding.
It honestly looks terrifying but both the young ones and older kids love this. So, if your teen boy is physically agile and you want him out of the house and actually doing things, get him a Ripstik (and safety gear!).
- It’s Razor, our favorite brand for scooters and ripstiks
- Very durable and well made; quality construction
- You’ll be surprised but parents have gotten in on the fun too
- Despire this list being for boys only, girls love ripstiks too
- If you are getting this for somebody else’s child, get permission first from his parents
- Unidirectional; backwards movement is possible but not optimal
- You will need to shell out protective gear too for beginners
Wilson Evolution Basketball
Ahh, the good ole basketball. I felt a tad guilty listing game cards and computer accessories. If I had my way, all the gifts I give out would be gifts that get children out of the house and playing with friends. Remember how we played outside and got scrapes and built character? I look at my nephews who don’t see the light of day and wonder sometimes.
I digress. Of all basketball brands, the Wilson is a good deal. And is a sibling of Wilson the volleyball in Castaway.
- Rated highly by basketball coaches
- Good balance between feel and grip
- Very durable; excellent product
- Somewhat expensive (but buyers say it’s absolutely worth the price)
- Some excess rubber at the seams; can be removed
SADES Spirit Wolf 7.1 Gaming Headset
If your teen is nagging you for new PC headgear, check out this SADES Spirit Wolf gaming headset. It is chock full of bells and whistles at a very affordable price. It’s got a microphone (a necessity), noise isolation (a bonus) and noise canceling (heaven!), and virtual 7.1 channel surround sound.
- Microphone sound quality is very good for the price
- Overall sound quality is good
- Works great for gaming
- Comfortable and lightweight
- Great customer support
- One size fits all; not adjustable
Anker PowerCore 10000
I outed myself earlier that power banks are one of my top go-to gifts for men (of all ages!). You can’t blame me! It IS hard to shop for them sometimes!
And power banks are the most convenient things. They can be used to charge phones, LED lights and flashlights, and other small power-guzzling gadgets. Nowadays, if someone’s house was on fire the first thing they’d grab would be their heavy duty power bank.
Out of all the brands out there, Anker is my personal favorite. I haven’t had a single problem with my Ankers.
This is the #1 Bestseller in MP3 Player Batteries and Battery Packs.
- Great quality and construction
- Good value for the price
- Very convenient and reliable
- High speed charger for both Android and Apple devices
- Great for traveling
- Can’t think of anything
Corsair Gaming K55 RGB Keyboard
We listed the gaming headset and mouse so of course, you can expect the next thing to be a gaming keyboard. If your teen boy ends up needing a new keyboard, you can consider the Corsair K55. The reviews are awesome on this one.
(But yes, if you want live action playing, get Wilson the basketball or volleyball!)
- High end gaming keyboards are expensive but this is a great alternative if you don’t want to shell out a hundred bucks
- Great typing feel; membrane keys and not mechanical keys
- RGB backlight is smooth
- Has 6 programmable macro keys
- Feels ergonomic
- Feeding his PC addiction (I admit I’ve bought PC accessories too but only after satisfactory academic results – or just for simply being a sweet and kind boy – I love my son!)
PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console
It’s a PS4. Nuff said.
- Great selection of games; you can also buy games that the whole family can play
- There are also brain-challenging games that require your teen to think like puzzle or escape games
- Can be addictive so make sure you manage usage