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Are you trying to find a fabulous gift for a teen boy to put under the tree, next to the birthday cake, or just because?
One that says “I see you” and “I love you” and “I’m proud of you.” Same. I have three sons, and I’ve come to learn how much a thoughtful gift means to them. Here is a fantastic list of ideas for parents and grandparents and aunts/uncles and family members also cheering on a teenager.
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Pool-Table-Type-Games – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
As a high school teacher and parent of 15yo, 13yo, and 10yo sons, I know teens need places to hang out. What a gift an open door, a basement with a game or two thrown in it, a couple of pizzas, and friends are to our communities of young people.
ESPN EZ Fold Indoor Basketball Game for 2 Players with LED Scoring and Arcade Sounds (6-Piece Set): My three sons got this as a group gift, and it’s constantly played. Plus, I like that when friends come over, it immediately gives the teens something to do. There’s just something compelling about throwing a basketball through a hoop.
Best Choice Products 10-in-1 Game Table w/Foosball, Pool, Shuffleboard, Ping Pong, Hockey, and More: Joey and Chandler build their friendship around a Foosball table. Enough said.
RACK Leo Folding 4-Foot Billiard/Pool Table: When we moved into our home a pool table the size of Montana came with the basement. Obnoxious. Except, whenever my teen sons have friends over, it gets played. A lot. So, it stays. But, I wish it were small, like this mini pool table.
Viper Hideaway Cabinet & Steel-Tip Dartboard Ready-to-Play Bundle, Reversible Standard and Baseball Game Options with Two Sets of Steel-Tip Darts and Chalk Scoreboards, Black Matte Finish: This brings me back to my college days of Tuesday night pizza and darts. So many good memories. I also like how this folds close. If you can buy a game that hides in plain sight – you should.
Hoodies and Clothes – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
My teen boys don’t act excited about clothes, but if they are gifted a hoodie or Under Armor shirt, it’s worn forever. So there’s that. These are some safe bets that teen boys will like and wear.
Under Armour Boys Fleece Sleeveless Training Hoodie: You can’t go wrong with a basic hoodie.
Champion Men’s Powerblend Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie: My sons wear their zip-up hoodies instead of coats. Even when it’s snowing. I can’t even…
Under Armour Men’s Boxed Sportstyle Short Sleeve T-shirt: My teen sons prefer cotton athletic shirts. And you can’t go wrong with Under Armor.
Under Armour Men’s UA Tech HeatGear Short Sleeve T-Shirt Tee: My teen nephew loves the polyester feel of these tighter dri-fit athletic shirts, but my teen sons prefer cotton. Whatever fabric your teen prefers, though, a new athletic t-shirt is always worn again and again.
Under Armour Men’s Sportstyle Tricot Joggers: Teen boys love their athletic wear. Grab them a pair of joggers to go with the top you just picked out.
Under Armour Men’s Tech Graphic Shorts – If you’re a Minnesotan (like my boys), you wear these shorts year-round. Sunshine or snow.
Adidas Men’s Adilette Shower Slides: You can’t go wrong with these slider shoes. My sons go through a pair in just one summer. Because it’s so convenient to slide these shoes on, they get used repeatedly.
Nike Lebron Xvii Low Men’s Basketball Shoes: Shoes are tricky. My teens always like to pick their own, so if I were to buy this as a gift, they’d know about it beforehand. Which works too – looking through Amazon together is fun. So if you’re buying a teen in your life shoes, send them a text and ask them for their thoughts. The exchange is more fun than the purchase, and they’ll love their new kicks.
Lucky Brand Men’s 410 Athletic Fit Jean: I would buy my sons’ athletic wear without asking their opinion all-the-live-long day. But, nicer clothes including jeans and shirts and shoes – nope. They have thoughts on dress clothes. So, I might start with sharing this Amazon link of these jeans and see what they say or what they share back.
Fun Hot Chocolate Items – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
My mother-in-law buys fancy hot chocolates every Christmas for my teens and they love it. They think the warm drink flavors are the best. If you don’t know the teen you are buying for well, or if you need an inexpensive gift – you can’t go wrong with food.
Land O’ Lakes Cocoa Classics Variety Pack: This is exactly what grandma buys. Pair it with a tumbler and accessory and that’s a win.
Mexican Hot Chocolate – Artisanal with Organic Cacao Beans: Love, love, love this hot chocolate.
Bob’s Sweet Stripes Peppermint Stir Sticks: This is a fun way to add peppermint flavor to the warm drink. Make a gift set of hot chocolate, a frother, and these fun stir sticks.
Hot Chocolate Sticks: Another fun way to make a warm drink.
Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Keurig Single-Serve K Cup Pods: If you already have a Keurig or you purchase your teen a single-serve coffee maker, these chocolate pods are delicious. Use the above milk frother to add some sweetness on top and what a nice way for your teen to wake up in the morning.
SIMPLETaste Milk Frother Handheld Battery Operated Electric Foam Maker, Drink Mixer with Stainless Steel Whisk and Stand for Cappuccino, Bulletproof Coffee, Latte: We have this tool and it works great to dip into our hot drinks and whip them forming a nice froth on the top.
Milk Frother, EZBASICS Electric Milk Steamer Stainless Steel, 8.4oz/250ml Automatic Hot and Cold Foam Maker, Milk Warmer for Coffee, Latte, Cappuccinos with Two Whisks for Frothing and Heating Milk: We also have this item. It’s great to throw milk or cream in the top and it warms as it froths. Dump the deliciousness on top of your warm drink, and your day just improved.
Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker, Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With Iced Coffee Capability, Brushed Silver: If your teen loves warm drinks, it might be time to get him his own Keurig.
YETI Rambler 30 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler w/MagSlider Lid, Stainless: Put together your own gift basket including hot chocolate, a frother, and this tumbler.
Fun Food Items – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
These growing boys love to eat, and they’ll appreciate some treats with just-their-name on them.
Chocolate Gift Basket: Sometimes, getting fancy-out-of-the-ordinary food is really fun for teens.
Granny Bella’s Christmas 25 Gourmet Cookies: So many fun choices for teens to try.
Fairytale Brownies Magic Morsel 24 Gourmet Chocolate Food Gift Basket – 1.5 Inch x 1.5 Inch Bite-Size Brownies – 24 Pieces: This reminds me of a food gift basket my family received that we lost our minds over. My teens were halving cookies (Try this!), passing truffles around (“No try this!”)…in busy mom life, it was a beautiful moment.
David’s Cookies – 24 Fresh Baked Assorted Cookies Gourmet Gift Basket: Trying a whole bunch of different cookies is magic.
Moodibars Chocolate Candy Variety Pack | 18 Gourmet Assorted Milk & Dark Mini Samplers: A piece of chocolate for any mood!
Pretzel Plate Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels: For the teens who love salty and sweet.
Milk and Dark Decadence Chocolate Dipped Caramel Apples in Wooden Gift Crate: If your teen loves apples covered in chocolate, caramel, and/or nuts (check for allergies first), then this is a great gift.
CraveBox Care Package (50 Count) Snacks Food Cookies Bar Chips Candy Ultimate Variety Gift Box Pack Assortment Basket Bundle: All sorts of favorite snacks for teens are in this one.
Mancave Ultimate Men’s Cheese & Sausage Gift Basket: For the teen who loves meat and cheese.
CollegeBox Healthy Care Package: So many great snacks for the healthy eater.
Amish Country Popcorn Kernel Variety Set with ButterSalt: Kick this gift up a notch by coupling it with this popcorn salt variety set.
Perfect POPCORN LOVER Movie Night Snacks Gift Basket box: For the teen who loves those nights in.
Legos – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
One of my high school students (11th grader) announced to the class that he stayed up all night. I waited for him to say, “playing video games” – but, nope. Putting together the death star Lego set he’d just gotten as a gift. If your teen still loves building, these Lego sets are great ideas.
Drone with Camera – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
I am amazed by the iMovies teens make for class projects and just for fun. A drone with cameras could be something your teen really enjoys.
Miscellaneous Items – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
Speed Cube Set, Puzzle Cube: One of my high school students brought a puzzle cube to class and my mind was blown: these were huge in the 80s, are they making a comeback? If your teen likes puzzles, this might be the gift for them.
Fleece Throw Blanket for Couch – Hear me out on this one…my boys each got a soft, warm blanket from their nana, and it’s been one of their favorite gifts of all time. They use their blankets for lounging around inside while the Minnesota snow falls outside – it’s one of their most-used gifts.
Comic Books – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
Science and STEM – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
Some teens love, love, love science, but so many kits are for little kids. Here are some science kits for older kids who are interested in STEM.
Mechanics STEM Projects
ELEGOO UNO R3 Project Smart Robot Car Kit – For the teen who loves robotics.
4M Kidzlabs Robotic Hand Kit – For the teen who loves robotics.
ANYCUBIC Photon Mono 3D Printer – High schools now have 3D printers, and teens are learning to do all sorts of cool things on them. If your teen enjoys this creativity, a 3D printer of their own might be just the right gift.
Coding STEM Ideas
Code for Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming – For the teen who loves his video games and phone and technology, this coding book might spark a new interest.
Wooden STEM Projects
Rowood 3D Wooden Marble Run Puzzle, Age 14+, DIY Model Building Kit – For teens who like to build things.
Games – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
My sons got these three games from their aunt who promptly said, “Let’s play them right now!” – it made for a fun evening. You could also couple a game with a $15 gift card to fast food or Amazon, and that’s a fun gift for teens.
UNO Flip Cards Game – Uno with a twist. You flip the cards over throughout the game using both sides. My family enjoys this game.
Phase 10 – Another favorite family game. You try and get the 10 phases, each a different combination of cards.
Skipbo – A student recommended this game to me and our family enjoys it. You are constantly building on 4 rows of numbers 1-12. When you get to 12, you clear the row and start over.
Gift Cards – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
If you want to guarentee your teen will love your gift, go with the gift card. Or couple it with another gift, like a gift card and a game. Or a gift card and hot chocolate.
Amazon Gift Cards – Name any amount.
Visa Gift Card – Teen can purchase anywhere with this gift card.
Stress Relievers – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
It can be tough being a teen. these stress relievers just might help…
Adult Coloring Books
Cooking – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
Before you think I’m not getting my teen cooking stuff, let me tell you our story. We got the Ninja as a family gift, and I was sure (positive!) no one would use it. Except, it’s awesome. My three boys quickly took to cooking chicken strips and tater tots and hamburgers – this gift is loved and used daily. However, if you buy it as a gift for a clueless teen (like we were) and want the “wow factor” as it’s unwrapped, couple it with some of your teen’s favorite frozen foods (cheese sticks, wings, fries).
Ninja FG551 Foodi Smart XL 6-in-1 Indoor Grill with 4-Quart Air Fryer Roast Bake Dehydrate Broil and Leave-in Thermometer, with Extra Large Capacity, and a Stainless Steel Finish – Our family loves this product. Our teens independently cook chicken strips, fries, and all sorts of other goodies.
Ninja Foodi Smart XL Grill Cookbook for Beginners: Over 500 Easy, Delicious and Healthy Recipes to Fry, Bake, Grill and Roast for Your Smart XL Grill – A fun item to couple with the Ninja grill.
Recreational Sports – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
Sports Equipment – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
My boys love their sports and always appreciate a new basketball or soccer ball or pair of cleats. Whether it’s just for fun or for a team, here are more ideas…
VARWANEO Carbon Fiber Soccer Shin Guards – pair the soccer ball with these shin guards.
Wilson NFL Super Grip Official Football – There’s just something engaging about throwing a football around in the backyard.
Funny T-shirts – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
And sometimes, you just gotta laugh with your teen. It takes the edge off the attitude – these t-shirts can help.
Room Essentials – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
Teens love their space. Here are some ideas to make their bedroom homey and fun.
Puzzles – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
During a Minnesota deep freeze when school was canceled for days, my husband bought us some puzzles to help pass the time. We ended up bonding (more than I thought we would) over puzzles.
Sports Jerseys – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
FGNB Garnett 21# Timberwolves Retro Basketball Jersey, Fan Collection and Display Men’s Outdoor Quick-Drying Breathable Sportswear blue2-S – We’re die-hard Minnesota Timberwolves fan, and you can never go wrong with a jersey with The Great Kevin Garnet’s name on the back. But, we realize not everyone loves the Wolves the way we do and (reluctantly) acknowledge your teen might want a different jersey.
Hats – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
Electronics – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
If you really want to be the favorite, buy your teen their beloved technology. For a less expensive option, giving them another plug-in charger or portable charger for a device they already have will be greatly appreciated.
iPad and Keyboard
Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – My son loves reading on his Kindle, but if yours prefers hard copies of books here are some ideas…
Jewelry – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
I’ve loved these ideas because you can add personalized words of affirmation or sentiment. Teens need encouragement!
Music – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
Art and Creativity – Top Gifts for Teen Boys
My high school students create such cool artwork for their art class and great videos for our school’s new station. It’s fun to see teens get creative. These ideas just scratch the surface of art your teen might be interested in, but it’s a great place to start…
What gift for a teen have you’ve given that’s been a hit? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.