He loves it at age 13, but calls you a dork for giving it to him at age 15. Such is the life of a teenage boy. Tastes and desires change quickly during the teenage years and buying presents for this age group can be particularly tricky. So rather than worry next time a birthday or holiday approaches, keep reading for a wide range of gift ideas separated by category that are guaranteed to please any boy between the ages of 13 and 15.
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The Definitive 2018 Gift List For Teenage Boys
Wouldn’t it be great if someone did the heavy lifting so you don’t have to spend hours and hours looking for that perfect gift for a teen boy? Well that’s exactly what we did and you can check out the link below for a list of interesting gift ideas ranging from the high tech, educational to the adventurous.
Most Wished For Teen Boy Gifts Of 2018 By Category
Below are categories of gifts that are among the most ‘wish-listed’ among teenage boys this season based on our research on online gift registries & wishlists. Click on a category to view the list of most wished for items within that category:
Good reading skills are essential for higher learning, communication, and most careers. Encourage reading by giving your teen an interesting book. Better yet, choose a book that is part of a series so he will want to read more. For a teen ready to tackle large books, I would recommend the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The first book in the 7-book series can be purchased on Amazon for less than $7. Rowling’s books follow the life of Harry Potter, a boy living with his relatives in the mundane world, who is whisked away to a fantasy school and told he is a wizard!
If you think he would enjoy shorter books, try the amazingly famous Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. Satirical but realistic, the series follows the life of Greg Heffley as he struggles through middle school. Kinney’s books teach children that it’s okay to feel lost sometimes and that growing up is harder than it looks!
Check out the link below for the most wished-for books for teens this season:
He’s just crossed the brink into teenagedom. Boys at this age, especially the troublemakers, can be hard to handle. Keep him entertained and teach him something at the same time with a cool gift like the 14-in-1 Solar Robot. This intriguing toy is produced by Elenco, a brand that became famous for its circuit kits. Your youngster will enjoy learning about solar technology and engineering while building a cool robot with 14 different construction patterns including a swimming bot, a dog-bot, and even a zombie bot! 14-in-1 Solar Robot comes with detailed instructions that make learning easy and fun.
This next suggestion is perfect if you’re not a member of the boy’s immediate family and you’re looking for an inexpensive gift. What 13-year-old doesn’t like explosions? William Gurstelle’s book Backyard Ballistics is the perfect gift to encourage father-son bonding and costs less than $20.
Kids will learn how to build paper match rockets, tennis ball mortars, potato cannons, Cincinnati fire kites, and more! Buy him the book and it will be up to the parents to provide all the supplies … and deal with the noise. Most of the ballistic devices can be made from basic hardware or household materials. With diagrams, pictures, and instructions that are easy to understand, Backyard Ballistics will provide endless hours of explosive fun.
If you’re looking for a gift to give to a boy you don’t know very well, you might want to pick one of the following common gifts that virtually every 13-year-old will enjoy:
- Remote control helicopter – we like the Quad Copter with camera by Syma
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid – book series by Jeff Kinney
- Ticket to Ride – a board game the whole family can enjoy
- RipStik Caster Board – a kind of modern scooter)
- Axe body spray
The most thoughtful gifts for this age group tend to be presents the kid can enjoy with his family. It’s during the teenage years when kids tend to slip away from their parents. Prevent that by giving a gift that encourages family bonding. We recommend Awkward Moment, a card game designed to remind us that yes the teen years can be awkward and embarrassing, but everyone goes through it. Teach your teen not to sweat the small things with Awkward Moment.
For a safe (but not exactly “safe”) gift that he’s sure to enjoy, check out the Stomp Rocket. We like the “super high performance” model. This high-powered rocket should be used only with parental supervision as it can shoot more than 400 feet into the air. The Stomp Rocket is a tried and true design that is sure to entertain kids of all ages – including adults – and is perfect for contests.
Note: Since this gift requires supervision, we recommend Stomp Rocket as a present from Mom or Dad only.
This next idea falls into the luxury category, but doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. For a gift he will really appreciate, give your teenager an outing with friends. Pay for him and two or three friends to go somewhere for the day. The outing could be as cheap as an arcade or as expensive as a concert. Ideas include:
- Skate park
- Amusement park
- Laser tag
- Sporting event
Give him some extra cash and let him know that you respect him and trust him enough to leave him alone with his friends for the day. Plus, you’ll automatically be cool in the eyes of his friends!
|Image||Name||Rating (out of 5)||Price||Ideal for Ages||Why this makes a good gift|
|Swagtron T1 - UL2272 Self Balancing Electric Scooter||4.6||$399.99||13-15||This sleek electric scooter is perfect for the teen with boundless energy. |
Swagtron features rubber bumpers, LED headlights, and a lightweight shell. Its lithium-ion battery takes between 2 and 3 hours to charge; a full battery will keep you going for 12+ miles.
Swagtron has excelled in safety tests; maximum speed is about 8 miles per hour.
|Bo Toys 14-in-1 Solar Robot Science Education Assembly Kit||3.8||$13.75||13||Teach him about solar power and clean energy with this 14-in-1 robot. |
Two levels of building skill will keep him interested; bots include wagging tail dog, surfer, walking crab; running beetle, and zombie chaser; convenient packaging.
*A great project for home school science class.
|Backyard Ballistics by William Gurstelle||4.5||$9-$12||13||All teenage boys love explosions. Backyard Ballistics will provide hours of fun as he learns how to construct tennis ball mortars, paper match rockets, Cincinnati fire kites, potato canons, and more using basic materials. |
*Perfect for father/son bonding.
|Ticket to Ride (board game)||4.8||$36.48||13-15||Children and adults alike will love this insanely popular train-building board game. |
Ticket to Ride has incredible reply value; one game takes between 30 and 60 minutes; game includes 225 train pieces; for 2-5 players.
*There are different versions available for different continents/countries.
|Awkward Moment (card game)||4.2||$18.99||13-14||Awkward Moment is a quick and fun game for 3-8 players. The game includes over 400 cards for awkward situations, responses, and decisions. |
Parents’ opinion: G-rated game that is appropriate for kids and is great for parties; targets a young audience to teach kids how to deal with awkward situations.
|Bluetooth Droplet Speaker||4.4||$34.00||15||Teens love technology. Surprise him with this neat waterproof/sandproof speaker that will let him listen to his iPod/ MP3 player at the beach, and the pool – even in the shower. |
Speaker requires 4 AA batteries; durable design; good sound quality.
|littleBits Electronics Smart Home Kit||3.7||$223.70||14-15||Upgrade your home with littleBits electronics. Your teen will be fascinated with projects including: connect a household object to the Internet, control the A/C from anywhere in the house, create a remote-controlled dog feeder, and set your curtains to automatically open at sunrise.|
*Promotes creativity and critical thinking; well worth the price; great for beginners; kit includes 14 bits.
|Crosman Archery Sentinel Youth Recurve Bow||4.2||$30.59||13-15||An archery set is a unique gift that will get him outside and teach him a new skill (make sure he has a safe area in which to practice). |
Built with sturdy components for longevity; measures 45” tip to tip and has a 20lb. draw weight; arrows are 26” long; a great bow for beginners.
*The Crossman bow is for right-handed users only.
*Parents’ Opinion: An inexpensive way to introduce your son or daughter to archery.
|Apple iPod Touch (5th generation, 16GB)||4.3||$120-$300||15||Indulge his love of music with the iPod Touch. This sleek device features 4-inch retina display, multi-touch IPS technology, and a front-facing camera. iOS 6 features include designed maps, Siri, shared photo streams, integrated Facebook, game center, app store, iTunes store, and more.|
*Includes Apple earphones and free text messaging through Wi-Fi; full battery provides users with up to 40 hrs. of audio/ 8 hrs. of video.
Before you know it, your little boy will be getting a job, earning his driver’s license, and graduating from high school. If you have the extra cash, surprise him with one of the following luxury gifts that will be useful as he spends more and more time away from the house:
- iPod Touch for his favorite tunes
- High quality wallet
- Multi-tool or pocket knife
Don’t want your 15-year-old to have the same stuff as his friends? Surprise him with an unusual gift, such as an archery set. He’ll enjoy learning a new skill and it will get him off his computer or Xbox. Just make sure he has somewhere safe to practice.
Self-Balancing Scooters: Ask any teen boy what he wants for Christmas and chances are pretty high you will hear the terms “self-balancing scooter”
Looking like gadgets coming straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, self balancing scooters make excellent gifts for pubescent boys because they are cool, novel, and offer the potential for countless hours of outdoor fun – perfect for a boy with boundless teenage energy to expend.
The Solar Photography Kit available on UncommonGoods.com for just $15 is the perfect unusual gift for an artsy teen. Based on Anna Atkins’ cyanotype process, this kit is a fun introduction to printmaking. The kit uses a minimum of materials and equipment. Simply place an object onto the sunography paper, expose it to sunlight, and rinse off with water to produce unique, rich prints. The opportunities are endless.
Make him the envy of his friends with this cool gift: the Bluetooth Droplet Speaker. Teens these days love technology of all kinds. This mini boom box will let him listen to his favorite music in the shower, at the pool, or on the beach without fear of ruining his electronics. The unique speaker is shaped like a water droplet and is resistant to both sand and water. The device connects to mp3 players and phones wirelessly using Bluetooth.
Is your 15-year-old a tech fan? Although a luxury item at $249, the Modular Smart Home Kit available on UncommonGoods.com will fascinate brainy teens for hours on end. With 14 magnetic components distinguished by color, he will be able to turn the house into an efficient machine. With this kit, he will be able to:
- Remotely control the air conditioning
- Set curtains to close and open automatically
- “Magically” connect the dog to a pet feeder
- Monitor toilet paper usage and receive texts when the supply is low
- Much more!
We hope the above recommendations have given you a good starting block from which to find the perfect gift for the teenage boy(s) in your life. If you’re looking for gifts for girls in the same age range, click here for our recommendations.