Best Gifts for Tween and Teen Boys

Best Gifts for Tween and Teen Boys

Best Gifts for Tween and Teen Boys. Lots of ideas and price ranges for gifts for the boys in your life.

Teenage boys can be really hard to shop for. I could buy a million gifts for my daughter in no time at all, but my teenage and tween sons take a lot more thought and consideration. My oldest son (almost 15) isn’t picky or unappreciative, he just doesn’t like “stuff” as much as my other kids do. He likes sports, playing his Play Station, and is a sneaker head. He’s a talented artist, plays basketball and lacrosse, and runs a lot. He’s pretty boring to buy for. (He completely acknowledges this, so I am not speaking out of turn.)

My tween son (he’s 10) loves Legos, Star Wars, and still enjoys the odd toy. But I don’t think that is going to last much longer. Between the two, he is easier to shop for because he loves Star Wars so much.

As for William, I could very easily give him money or gift cards and he would be very happy about that. It would not seem impersonal to him at all, but I want him to have some things to open on Christmas morning or on his birthday (which is right after Christmas).

If I do give him money or gift cards, I like to hide them in things. One year all he wanted were Elites and money. (Elites are these basketball socks that had a moment a few years ago.) I put a couple of pairs in a box and hid bills in them. He does not care about having things to open, but I need it to be more fun. I’m extra like that.

I asked him to help me put together a gift guide for teenage boys and we had a lot of fun putting this list together. We picked things in a lot of different price ranges, and while some are obvious, we tried to pick some things that are a little different and unique. This is a great post to send to an aunt or uncle and grandparents for some gift ideas.

Need some stocking stuffer ideas? I’ve got those too.

Best Gifts for Tween and Teen Boys


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Kan Jam – We love this game for the beach and the backyard. You can’t go to the beach on the Cape and not see Kan Jam in action.

Nintendo Switch – This saved us when we were moving. The kids could play them handheld, or dock it and play it on the TV. The Switch comes on road trips and I happen to love all Mario Bros games, so I also take a turn every now and again.

Swatch Watch – These are cute and take a beating. I used to collect Swatches as a kid and I love that they are back in style.

Compression Socks – Not the most exciting gift, but if it prevents shin splints, they are going to appreciate them.

Cozy Blanket – William comes to breakfast every morning wrapped in this blanket. He wears it like a cape. And the kids fight over it. Buy one in a different color for each kid.

Slippers – We are a shoe-free house, so everyone appreciates a warm slipper to wear around all year round.

Sketch Pad – Will’s art teacher wants his students to have a sketchbook on them at all times. These are the best.

Prismacolor Colored Pencils – Budding artists should use quality art supplies. These colored pencils are more expensive, but the color is amazing and blend well. If I have to buy a birthday gift for anyone, they get a pack of these and a sketch pad.

TRX System – Gotta get them gains! The boys and their dad use these and they attach to a door frame. I was suspicious, but they are really easy to set up and break down and super small, not bulky at all.

Over the Door Basketball Hoop – I think that one of these is a rite of passage. Very popular at my house.

Battleship – Will’s all time favorite game. Who sunk my Battleship?

Ticket to Ride – Probably the game we play the most. We also have the Europe edition.

Settlers of Catan – This was the game that got us into board games. In the winter, we play a lot of games and this is a family favorite.

Soundsport Headphones – Sweatproof and don’t fall out of ears. I’ve bought a few pairs of these for the boys and their dad.

Foam Roller – Will became a fan of the foam roller after cross country season. Great for all of the athletes in your life.

Hydroflask – These are the best water bottles. We use them for travel and every day at school. Each kid has their own color.

Straws and Straw Top – I like the straw top for the Hydroflask and always buy extra straws. They are always longer than I need so I cut them with scissors to fit.

Tent – Camp in the backyard, or do what my boys do and set it up in the basement and hide out from the rest of the family.

Sleeping Bag – I bought Will a mummy bag for his Outward Bound trip and he still sleeps in it every night. On top of his bed. He’s weird, but loves his sleeping bag. It also came in handy when we were moving and take it with us whenever we travel.

Fanny Pack – These are very popular again. Only they don’t wear them around their waist, but draped across their chest.

Beanie – We have so many beanies and we wear them all. The boys love a new hat.

Superstars – These go with everything and are always a classic.

Rubik’s Cubes – The boys love to do these puzzles. We have different shapes and sizes. They play with them a lot.

Spin Master – We’ve had this game for a few years and they still play with it. And every kid that comes over plays with it too.

Portable Air Purifier – My boys share a room. And it smells like boy. This is a gift for all of you.

Blow Up Couch – They can relax on it, read on it, play video games, and it’s portable.

Wet Bag – These are very handy. We use them for wet bathing suits and running clothes. We always take them when we travel and they keep everything else in your bag dry.

Charcoal Bags – Put these in running shoes, cleats, in your gym bag. They soak up all of the smell. They really work.

Hover Soccer Ball Goal – I forgot all about this game, but it was one of the first things Will added to this list.

3D Pen– You can draw 3D shapes and change out of the string to make anything your imagination wants.

Shower Speaker – Listen to your get ready playlist while in the shower. Waterproof and sticks to the wall.

Spark Drone – We make a lot of travel videos and aerial shots are always the most fun. We LOVE our drones.

Magnetic Dart Board – You can play darts and not take an eye out. One of my favorite games to play with the boys.

Beats – Are you really a teenage boy when not wearing headphones? TBH, we all have Beats and they are the most comfortable and the sound is great.

Power Stick – Extra battery power when you need it. Will spends a lot of time on buses on away meets. This was used frequently.

Slam Ball – Another fun game for the beach or the yard.

Bounce Back – This gets used every single day. It’s the best way to work on stick skills.

Air Pump – Keep your basketball in good shape by keeping air in it. One for bike tires is a good idea too.

Football – I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. Also gets a lot of use at our house.

Basketball – Will was very particular that I chose this specific basketball.

Soundlink Speaker – A personal speaker and is Alexa enabled.

Elites – These socks are still popular. There was a time when you couldn’t find them anywhere. They are still his favorite.

Van’s High Tops – Another classic. You can’t go wrong with these.

Popsocket – These go on the back of your phone and you hold onto them and doubles as a stand if you are watching something on your phone.

Apple Watch – We’ve tried a few GPS watches to track running and activity and the Apple Watch is the best. It’s worth the higher price tag.

Indian Healing Clay – Boys need to take care of their skin too. This face mask is great for cleaning pores.

Go Pro – If you’ve ever seen any of our underwater pictures, we used a Go Pro to take them. The latest model is incredible, the footage is so stable. We always take this when we travel and Will really likes to take it on snowboarding trips.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses – We all spend too much time staring at screens. These block harmful blue light rays and look good. These made my headaches go away after a long day working at the computer.

R2D2 Charger – Because I had to for Clay.

Best Gifts for Tween and Teen Boys


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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Pam

    Great list! Thank you for all the great ideas

    1. bakedbree

      You’re very welcome!

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