In my opinion, there are many gifts that every teenage boys will appreciate and use. You may think this is impossible, but think about it this way: You don’t expect any present from a teenager under your family tree or even on the Christmas plate. This is true even if it’s a present for your son.
Why is that? When boys get to this age there are often many things to buy and the decision is often to buy something expensive like a Rolex or his own horse. In that case, the gift is a perfect one especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of money.
The journey from boyhood to manhood is a rough one, but it’s a journey that should be celebrated along the way.
If you or your child is invited to a teenage boy’s birthday party, here are some ideas of what you could buy him as his gift — and it doesn’t have to be that expensive!
Whether your teenage boy is into sports, music, or video games, we’ve got you covered with 10 gift ideas that are all under $15. From clothing and accessories to electronics and gaming gear, we’ve got something for everyone on your list. So don’t stress over what to get him this year – take a look at our roundup of the best gifts for teen boys and pick something he’ll love!
Tools are my failsafe teenage boy gifts. From 13 to 18 and beyond, there seems to be a sense of pride in owning and looking after their own tools. For younger teenagers, I tend to buy an ‘all-in-one’ tool kit which includes a few screwdrivers, a hammer and a tape measure. Enough for them to put together a TV unit from Ikea but not too much that they attempt to fix the leaking shower by themselves. For older teenagers, I go for quality over quantity and get maybe two screwdrivers but make sure they are going to last.
2. A New Wallet
Surf shops have some great fashion wallets for teenage boys at excellent prices. As most of the shop attendants are also young, get them to help you pick a cool design (and they’ll make sure you don’t accidentally pick a girl’s wallet!)
3. A Torch
Here’s my advice when buying a torch for a teenage boy. Go HUGE or go compact. And it all depends on what you think he’ll use it for. If he’s the camping sort, then bigger is probably better, but if he’s into tinkering with machinery, then a small LED torch is best.
4. Beach Towel
Boys love mucking around in water; be it the beach, a lake, river or by the pool. But they don’t want to be bringing their old Scooby Doo towel along with them. Buy him a large beach towel with classic design so it won’t date too quickly.
5. Gamer Mug
No teenage boy who plays games is going to feel like this gamer mug is a lazy present: he’ll LOVE it!
6. A Camping Chair
A camping chair is a great gift because it’s easy to transport and can be used in many situations. Whether going fishing, camping or just sitting around a fire with mates, you know your present will get lots of use.
7. A Magazine Subscription
There is a great variety of male-oriented magazines on the market from motorcycling to computers. Make sure you have a flick through and don’t just look at the front cover, so you can make sure the images inside are appropriate and not intended for adults. A couple of chocolate bars to wrap in with the magazine is a perfect gift idea. The best thing about magazine subscriptions is that you can write the details of the subscription in a Christmas card – and they just arrive every month!
Magazine ideas for teenage boys include:
- A science magazine from CSIRO for kids aged 8 – 14 years. Find out more
Double Helix Magazine from iSubscribe
Krash is the world’s coolest boys’ magazine. It’s core is WWE, anime and gaming surrounded by a world of sport, comics, cars and more. Aimed at 8 – 12 year old boys. Find out more.
8. A Trendy T-shirt
Find out what size clothing the birthday boy wears and get your own children to help pick a t-shirt they think he will like. Available from S to 3XL.
9. Movie Tickets
You can buy movie tickets in bulk for quite a bit less than box office prices. If you know you have a lot of teenage parties coming up consider buying some and giving one or two as a gift with a bag of Jaffa’s at each birthday.
10. Junk Food
Ok, so it’s not going to change his world, build his friendships or make him smarter”¦ but teenage boys do LOVE to eat! Make up a ‘man’ hamper for him. Put in some nuts, soft drink, potato chips, chocolate bars, savoury biscuits and if your budget allows, a pair of thick woolly socks.
Teenage boys can be notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. However, there are a few fail-safe options that are sure to please even the pickiest of teens. For the sports fan, consider tickets to a game or an autographed jersey. For the music lover, concert tickets or a new instrument are always popular choices.
And for the budding chef, a gourmet cookbook or cooking class vouchers make great gifts. Whatever his interests, with a little thoughtfulness and creativity, you’re sure to find the perfect present for that special teenage boy in your life.
What other gift ideas do you have for teenage boys?