Without a doubt, my biggest dilemma during holiday shopping this year is what to get for my stepson, D. I need a guide to tell me exactly what teenage boys like! I don’t know about you, but I feel like a chicken running around with my head cut off! It feels like it will never end.
Why are teen boys so difficult to shop for? And forget about asking them what they want. All I’ve gotten so far in response to that question is “Uhhh…” and “Well…” and “I’m not sure.” So I guess I’m on my own.
I’ve been perusing catalogs, Amazon, and Pinterest, and have FINALLY compiled a pretty phenomenal list of gift ideas for teen boys. Several of these are sitting under my tree right now marked with a D. Hope he likes them. Hope YOU like them! Here goes!
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Parrot Mambo Fly Minidrone
Drones are all the rage. This one is great, because not only is it affordable, but your teen can control it with their phone. It will also teach them some basic coding skills! It’s safe to fly inside and outside, too.
Only $99.99! Get it here.
GeekFuel Subscription Box
Geek Fuel is a fantastic subscription box for anyone. I get it for D, and he LOVES it! Check out my review of November’s box for an idea of what’s inside. Plus, being a monthly subscription, it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Only $24.90/month! Get it here.
Kidzlabs Combination Lock Set
Remember watching the Davinci code and seeing the Cryptex they had to break into? I wanted one SO bad! This is a great sort of replica. Your teen can store secret messages or whatever he wants inside and set a combo. Fun!
Only $12.38! Get it here.
Leonardo Davinci Inspired Clock
Speaking of Davinci, this is such a cool looking piece! It’s a reproduction of one of Leonardo Davinci’s sketches. It’s great because it doesn’t require nails or glue, it just snaps together. Keep in mind that this is an educational toy, and it doesn’t run like a regular clock. It winds, but the power won’t last a long time. It’s designed to teach your kid how Davinci’s mind worked. Plus it’s hella cool looking!
Only $13.99 ! Get it here.
Walkie Talkie Set
Walkie Talkies are an awesome gift for teen boys. They will have a blast playing with their friends and being able to communicate at a distance. I got this exact set for D this year.
Only $19.99 ! Get it here.
Rechargeable AA Batteries w/ Charger
I grabbed this for D, to go with his walkie talkies. Honestly, I think everyone needs one of their own rechargeable stations like this. Kids always have toys that need batteries, and they’re expensive. Especially for a toy like a walkie talkie, which will be used all the time. You’ll save a lot of money in the long run!
Only $9.59 ! Get it here.
All guys like dart boards. This one is especially cool because it’s a regular dart board on the front, and a baseball dart board on the back. Two games for the price of one!
Only $13.50! Get it here.
Gaming chairs are awesome! This one is ergonomically designed for better posture, and includes built-in speakers, incorporated audio controls and a headphone jack.
Only $64.94! Get it here.
Game Stop Gift Card
Gaming is an everyday part of a teen guy’s life. It can be hard to pick the right game, because every guy has his own picky little preferences. So let him pick it himself! Problem solved.
Only $25! Get it here.
Over-the-Door Basketball Hoop
What teenage guy (or any guy for that matter) doesn’t want a basketball hoop in their bedroom? They’re using the garbage can already, so why not give them this awesome over-the-door hoop? Spalding makes an excellent product, and since the backboard specs are the same as the NBA, your little man will feel like the NBA is right there in his bedroom.
Only $33.99! Get it here.
Razor Hovertrax 1.0 Electric Hoverboard
My step kids each got one of these for Christmas last year and they LOVE it! It has superior stabilization and meets the highest electrical safety standards. Plus, it goes up to 6 miles per hour and can be used continuously for up to 115 minutes.
Only $229.00 ! Get it here.
Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
This droid is fantastic! It has won 6 awards, and is completely kid-friendly. Your teen can work on 16 different missions, and they can teach the droid new skills. They’ll be playing AND learning. What’s not to love?
Only $99.00! Get it here.
Bluetooth Speaker Backpack
I’m seeing these bluetooth speaker backpacks everywhere, and D has been wanting one for a while. Pretty self-explanatory, and pretty rad, too!
Only $79.99 ! Get it here.
Nerf Doomlands 2169 Negotiator Blaster
What teen guy doesn’t like Nerf? I love Nerf toys, and I’m a gal. They’re just fun! This one can fire 8 darts in row. Whoop whoop!
Only $19.99! Get it here.
The Manual to Manhood by Jonathan Catherman
I’m pretty picky about getting books for teen boys, because a lot of times they’ll just sit on a shelf and collect dust. However, this is an easy reader, and a subject your teen is really becoming interested in. It’ll help him with all of those essential skills a guy is expected to learn along the way to adulthood.
Only $6.10! Get it here.
Magnetic Desk Sculpture
This sculpture is not only sick looking, but it’s also supposed to help with stress relief and intelligence-building. With 160 stainless steel balls, the combinations are endless, and will keep your teen’s mind working.
Only $9.99! Get it here.
Electronic Mini ATM Piggy Bank
Everyone should have a personal piggy bank, especially teens. It’ll help them to learn to save, even if only a little bit. This is super cool looking, too! Anything to get your kid saving money, right?
Only $28.99! Get it here.
Basketball 3D Illusion Night Light
For those teens who aren’t necessarily AFRAID of the dark, they just don’t like it too well.
Only $20.90! Get it here.
Dollar Shave Club
Dollar Shave Club makes the BEST razors. I’ve been subscribing to this club for years. I get refills every other month, and it’s less than $10 a pop. Your teen will love it!
Only $5 for the first month, and $9 per month after that! Get it here.
Hammocks are life! Your teen will love sleeping under the stars on camping trips next summer, or even just in the back yard. You’re gonna want to use this too, trust me!
Only $19.99! Get it here.
Dakine Vert Rail Wallet
Every teen guy needs a wallet. This popular Dakine wallet has a great tri-fold design with a zippered coin section. Slip a $20 in and you’ll have a happy kid!
Only $11.95! Get it here.
Since, you’re getting him that awesome wallet, why not grab him the Wallet Ninja to go with? This has so many different functions! 18, to be precise. It has a bottle opener, four screwdrivers , can opener, nail puller and so much more!
Only $8.49! Get it here.
Money Maze Puzzle
Cash is always a great gift for teens. How about making it a little more interesting by putting it in this Maze Money Box? It’ll make your teen use his brain to get his reward.
Only $8.90! Get it here.
T-shirts with funny sayings always make good gifts for teens. This one is great for your little gamer.
Only $11.54! Get it here.
Magnetic Shoe Closures
I hate shoe laces. I keep mine tied just loose enough to not have to untie and tie them when putting my shoes on or taking them off. These magnetic shoes closures take away that problem by keeping them tied always. Every lazy teen will love them!
Only $10.99 ! Get it here.
Like the bluetooth backpack, this beanie has built in speakers that your teen will love. He wont have to worry about misplacing his earbuds or headphones.
Only $17.99! Get it here.
Magic Gravity Ball
With this crazy ball, your teen can impress his friends by creating the illusion of no gravity. There are no strings, it’s simple hand manipulation, but very impressive!
Only $34.89 ! Get it here.
Beginner’s Acoustic Guitar Set
D is getting this for Christmas this year. He has expressed interest in playing guitar, but until he has some lessons and we are sure it’s going to stick, we are cautious of spending a great deal of money on something expensive. This kit is great because it’s super affordable, and includes everything your teen needs to get started playing guitar. If he loves it and sticks with it, then D will get the step up next year!
Only $34.95! Get it here.
Ultimate Gym Duffel by FocusGear
For those teens who are athletes, a gym duffel is always a great gift. This one was designed after FocusGear did a crowd-sourcing research project to see what features athletes think are most essential in a gym bag. Your kid will love!
Only $24.99! Get it here.
Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani
Last, but certainly not least, it’s essential for your teenager to have a good cologne (boys stink, remember?) Acqua di Gio is a classic scent every guy, young or old, should own.
Only $85 for 3.4 ounces ! Get it here.
There you have it! If you don’t find at least a few great ideas for your young Mister on this list, it may be a lost cause! Happy shopping!
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