List of Top-Rated Fun & Games Items For Teen Boys This Season
Board games and card games make great gifts for teens – and not just because they encourage family time. Not only are games like Exploding Kittens ($19.99 on Amazon) a great way to bring friends and family together, but they also help keep your mind sharp! It is a fun and simple party game perfect for anyone who likes “kittens, explosions, and laser beams.” When combined with a sporsecond deck, the game is suitable for up to 9 players.
Introduce your teen to social deduction with Blood Rage (available on Amazon for $53), a cutthroat card game set in a dystopian universe where a royal class wars for control of the economy. Great for up to six players, each round takes about 15 minutes.
For something less intellectual and more hands-on, consider getting your teen a good old dartboard, which is great for developing his hand-eye coordination and concentration.
Most Wished For Teen Boy Gifts Of 2018
Based on our research of online gift registries & wishlists, the following categories of items rank high on the overall list of items that are highly sought after by teen boys from the ages of 13 to 18 this season. Click on a category to view the most wished for items within that category:
High Tech Toys That Are Currently Popular With Teens
Ask any teen boy what he wants for Christmas and chances are pretty high you will hear the terms “self-balancing scooter” and “quad-copter”.
Unlike traditional remote-controlled planes & helicopters, quad-copters are more stable in flight and much easier to navigate because of their design.
They do not have much of a learning curve and can offer great fun even for beginners. Their stability and maneuverability allows for both indoor and outdoor play, and add-on functions like attached cameras and mid-flight tricks and flips.
Perfect for boys that love high-tech gadgets or are inherently curious about the science of things.
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!
Just because a gift is educational doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Just make sure you purchase a gift that is appropriate for his age (and his learning level). If it’s too easy to understand, he’ll be annoyed. If it’s too hard to understand, he’ll get frustrated. If your boy is entering teenagedom (i.e. age 13), I recommend the Crime Scene Science Kit by Home Science Tools. For about $60, he will learn to solve the “Mystery of the Disappearing Diamonds.” This kit is an introduction to forensic science. He will perform seven detailed and fun experiments to find out which suspect is guilty of stealing the gems.
The programmable robot Parallax-28832 (pictured above) is appropriate for teens and adults. For $160 (Amazon), give him an introduction to source code tuning and wiring. The Boe-Bot takes between 1 and 2 hours to construct and requires no electronics or programming experience. The manual provides several project ideas ranging from easy to complex. Click here to learn how games are being used to broach tough topics in the classroom.
Technology & Gadgets
Does your teen show interest in technology and computers? If he likes to fiddle with gadgets, he’ll love MaKey MaKey ($49.95 on Amazon), a circuit board that will enable him to convert everyday objects into touchpads (using the internet). This simple invention kit is easy to understand and can truly be used to do amazing things – or just to play piano on bananas (picture at left). Any material capable of conducting electricity can be turned into a touchpad: paints, plants, silverware, food, aluminum foil, and more. MaKey MaKey works with Mac OSX and Windows.
If the teen in question is 15 years old or older, it’s time to start thinking about a cell phone. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but you’ll want a way to keep track of him when he stays after school for sports or activities, hangs out with friends, and gets his driver’s license! The most popular phone today is an Apple iPhone. Depending on the model, prices vary between about $100 and $400.
Encourage him to spend some time outside with a self-balancing electric scooter. Like a Segue but without the dorky handle, this sleek mode of transportation will make him the coolest kid in the neighborhood. Electric scooters come in both one- and two-wheel varieties and can be used as a hobby or for short commutes.
You can do far better than a football. For younger teens, we recommend a zipline (if you have the space for it). Check out the Night Riderz Zipline Kit ($179.72 on Amazon). Playtime isn’t just for the daytime. This 100’ zipline contains 50 LEDs on the rope, seat, and trolley to illuminate the night. Setup takes just half an hour.
If he likes gadgets, surprise him with a quadcopter. Full size drones can be quite pricey, and you probably won’t find a good one for less than $100, but these drones provide hours of fun and can even take photos and video. Mini quadcopters, however, cost about $20 and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Click here to learn more about quadcopters.