Having two teenage boys aged 13 and 14 I know how hard it can be to think of gifts for boys of that age, so I have put together this Ultimate Teen Boy Gift Guide after being asked numerous times what would be a good gift for boys that age.
Now, this Teen boy gift guide is going to be tech-heavy but then 3/4 of boys this age play video games. This also means that gifts for this age tend to be small in size but large in cost.
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Teen boy gift guide
Consoles, game and accessories
I think at this age you tend to either be an Xbox or a Playstation family. Frankly very few can afford to have both!
XBox One – We are an Xbox family and again I would say go for the 1 terabyte machine and look for a good value bundle deal. The dual-controller sets are great as you do need two controllers. (UK Link/US Link)
SEGA Mega Drive Mini (Electronic Games)
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System has the same look and feel of the original system only smaller and comes pre-loaded with 21 games including Donkey Kong and Mario Kart (UK Link/US Link)
Games – I think it is important to make your own decision when it comes to games. We are OK with Maxi playing the Star Wars game even though it is a PEGI 16. But I will not be sharing 18 rated games.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Xbox Wireless Controller
Gaming Headset (wireless)
We have had real issues with wired headsets in the past. I have no idea what the boys’ do with them to go through so many. The best we have tried is Steel Series Arctis 3 Console Headset (UK Link/US Link). This is why both of the boys’ would kill for Steel Series Arctis 7 Wireless Headsets (UK Link/US Link). They are widely recognised as being the best in the business.
Anyone aged 10 and over and above 1.42 metres tall can get behind the wheel of a brand new dual control Vauxhall Corsa SRi car with a fully qualified ADI driving instructor. Lessons take place on private property which has been developed into a realistic road system complete with road signs, junctions and car parks. A Drive Diary is kept to monitor progress. More than 740,000 lessons have now been given and there are more than 65 venues to choose from across the UK. A great gift for the teen that has everything.
- Horse riding lessons
- Martial art lessons
- Art classes – we have enroled on Jennie Maizels online sketchbook classes as a family and love it!
- Craft classes – sewing, knitting, crochet or even woodworking or pottery making
- Season pass – to a local venue such as forest discovery pass (we have one to Dalby Forest), National Trust, soft play, zoo, petting farm, English Heritage etc
- Subscriptions – magazines (Mini gets an annual subscription of his grandparents for a magazine and he loves it),
- cinema pass
- Circus skills lessons
- Skateboard lessons
- Surfing lessons
- Visit to Go Ape or another outdoor adventure
- Trip to a festival or music gig – Maxi has asked for tickets to Stormzy
- Photography lessons
- Powerboat trip
- A tour of a football ground
- A trip on a steam train
- A sleepover at Whipsnade Zoo
When it comes to books I know that The Guinness Book of Records will always go down well. Mini LOVEs reading it year on year and finding the new records. (UK Link/US Link). The Gaming Edition is great for this age too (UK Link/US Link).
I do love that fact that my boys and lots of their friends still enjoy playing physical games. Some of these games we love such as Exploding Kittens (UK Link/US Link) and Bears v Babies (UK Link/US Link) others are modern takes on classics such as Fortnite Monopoly (UK Link/US Link).
Other fab games include Pandemic Legacy (UK Link/US Link) – The game starts out with a deadly virus spreading across the world, perfect for teens. Relative Insanity (UK Link/US Link) is kind of like cards against humanity but perfect to play with all the family as it is about the family!
What teen doesn’t love a gadget, but as a parent, I want to buy ones that they will love and use.
Both of my boys love a pop socket (as do I), it sits on your phone case and is great for holding it (UK Link/US Link). Both of my boys’ need an IRoller (UK Link/US Link) which cleans screens without any liquid.
These light panels are going to be the next big thing according to one of my teens, you can sync your Nanoleaf to your PC or Alexa and chill out listening to music with the rhythm kit (UK Link/US Link)
Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock (UK Link/US Link) – but perhaps this is more for you than your teen. After a conversation on twitter I have been searching for the ultimate alarm clock and I might have found it. This super loud alarm clock comes with a bed shaker!
Alexa LED Strip Lights 5 Metre (UK Link/US Link) Again this is on both of my boys’ Christmas lists. Apparently they are all the rage for when you are gaming. Whilst we are talking about light apparently Alexa colour changing bulbs are the bomb too (UK Link/US Link).
When it comes to portable speakers then the wish list item for teens is the Beats Pill especially if money is no object. They are beautiful and have 12 hours of battery life (UK Link/US Link). However, if you are looking for a more budget option that still gives great sound then the Sony Srs-XB12 is great and it what my boys’ have and use on a regular basis (UK Link/US Link).
Or perhaps your child wants the latest Apple AirPods Pro – I know these would be on Maxi’s list especially as they come with 3 different silicone tips for the perfect fit (UK Link/US Link). The standard AirPods are still a great buy as they provide up to 24 hours of listening time and 18 hours of talk time (UK Link/US Link).
Now with all those gadgets, you are going to need a power bank (UK Link/US Link). This Large-Capacity Mini Power Bank is compact and powerful with 20000mAh which means it can charge most phones about 7 tims.
There is nothing worse than a teen with tech and no power! Well with this Solar Charger 25000mAh Power Bank which means can charge most phones 10 times and tablets 3.4 times (UK Link/US Link) and it recharges without needing to be plugged in!
This is one of our most used gadgets (UK Link/US Link). The Sodastream Crystal is brilliant and as it has glass bottles is great for reducing plastic (including the once use bottles of soda that you buy). We alays look for the different syrups when we travel abroad and got Diablo in France.
For the LEGO Lovers
LEGO Starward Millenium Falcon (UK Link/US Link). With 1,351 pieces, this cool LEGO building toy packs so much detail into its over 5 Inch (14 cm) high, 17 Inch (44 cm) long and 12 inch (32 cm) wide form. However, if money is no object then you could buy the collectors edition (UK Link/US Link) if you can find it!
Perhaps your teen is more into Harry Potter, if so then take a look at 71043 Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Building Kit (UK Link/US Link) which comes complete with a host of Harry Potter characters including 4 Harry Potter figures, 27 micro figures, the Chamber Of Secrets, the Whomping Willow and more from the wizarding world.
How cool is the LEGO 75957 Harry Potter Knight Bus (UK Link/US Link) which comes with hinged opening side panel, removable roof and a movable sliding bed and swinging chandelier and also Includes the cheeky shrunken head and Harry Potter’s chest containing a wand, letter, chocolate bar and a potion bottle.
Perhaps your teen is a petrol head or an engineer, then this LEGO 42110 Technic Land Rover Defender Off Road 4×4 would be the gift for them (UK Link/US Link) which has a 4-speed sequential gearbox, All Wheel Drive with 3 differentials, independent suspension and detailed 6-cylinder engine and a transmission system with 2 levers for engaging high or low gear ratios and a selector for changing gear.
I thought that teens would be too old for trampolines, but my eldest has proven me wrong. He uses ours a lot, not only for fun but for stretching and warmups/cooldowns (UK Link/US Link). We opted for an oval trampoline.
This England Rugby Ball Light would be perfect for any Ruby fan
So there you have some fab ideas for gifts for teen boys, so now we move on to the stocking fillers section of the Teen boy gift guide……..