The Best Gifts for Teen Boys

The older boys get, the harder they seem to buy for, but have no fear, you are guaranteed to find something amazing for your growing boys on this list. From electronics to the outdoors to cool clothing you can count on, I am here to simplify your life this Christmas. All items are linked by their title. 


Here is our list for the best gifts for teen boys. There is a little something for every boy out there, and maybe even something new to surprise the boy in your life with! If you were looking for ideas for MEN find them HERE, if you need something for WOMEN, I will hook you up HERE, if you want SCREEN FREE gifts for BOYS they are all HERE, or if you are ready for STOCKING STUFFERS, I have you covered HERE.


Hammocking is all the rage, and these are easy to use, store, and hang. Hammocks are the perfect gift for an outdoor loving teen (or kid, or dad) and the perfect place to camp, sleep, read and relax. If you have two trees, you can have your own personal space, and this hammock is a great one ($30). We have tried multiple brands and this Nature’s Hang Out is by far our favorite! Sturdy, comfy, and extra long straps which is a huge bonus. Worth the money for sure.


Balance Board

These balance boards have been quite the hit. It is the perfect indoor activity to work on balance and coordination. Boys of all ages love the challenge of staying stable and hardly realize that it is working them out at the same time they are having fun! ($56)


Wave Board

If you have a kiddo who is into wheels, these wave boards are the coolest. The wheels glide just like you are on the water and provide hours of smooth fun! ($90)


Air Pods

These top just about every boys’ Christmas list. They are a little pricey but will be well loved and well used. ($160) If you don’t have quite that much to spend, we have loved the $50, less sleek option HERE.


3D Pen

If you have a child who is really into STEM and technology a 3D pen will be a super exciting gift! Think 3D printing on a individual basis with your own pen. Hours of fun, if you don’t mind the investment. ($50) If this one is sold out, the same reputable company makes another 3D pen with great reviews and is only ($40) you can find it HERE.



Not sure if Kendamas are cool again where you are, but they are all the rage again here for the middle schoolers, and I am all for them doing anything that doesn’t involve a phone! Grab a nice, new one for under $20.


Boy Craft Catapult Wars by Horizon Group USA

Catapult Wars

So much fun for teen boys! You build your own 2 catapults and shoot against each other for lots of science minded and rowdy fun. A great, inexpensive gift for any type of boy. ($15)


Echo Dot

The new Echo Dot comes with a clock and an alarm and has a built in speaker so your teen can play the music he loves, set his own alarm, catch a podcast and call you from home without a cell phone. It is a an absolute winner. ($60)

AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Travel Luggage Suitcase - 24 Inch, Blue

Carry On Suitcase

Do you have a teen who is ready to take on the world? Purchase a heavy duty carry on to get them ready for a life full of adventure. Also a great gift if there is a vacation surprise involved! ($55)


The Get Out Pass

If you prefer experiences to items, The Get Out Pass will make the perfect gift! It offers over $3,000 in admissions to some of Utah’s best entertainment options including a day at Lagoon, Cowabunga Bay, Brighton Ski Resort, Bowling, Escape Rooms, the list goes on and on. Think fun family time, buy them with a group for friend time, or offer them to a teen who loves to date! (Great item to ask grandparents for too!) Cost is $150 per pass, but take $50 off with the code BLACKFRIDAY. There are options in other states too or try the POGO pass if you don’t see your state listed!

Whittling Set

If you have an outdoor lover who also enjoys creating, a whittling set might be a fun and creative gift that will get his mind and hands moving during a long winter! ($30)


If you have been looking for an awesome drone that doesn’t break the bank, this is the one for you! What boy doesn’t love trying his hand at learning to fly? ($45)

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Hero Bands

These Hero Bands are an awesome piece of jewelry and a reminder of how wonderful you think someone is who needs to hear it often. The story behind them is inspiring and $2 of every band is donated to OUR Rescue, an organization that is working to end child trafficking. Great gift, great message, great cause. That’s a winner in my book. ($20 and can be customized).

Punching Bag

Sometimes a teen boy just needs to get physical and let out a little frustration. This option for a punching bag is great since it doesn’t have to hang from anything. Significantly better than walls with holes :). ($129)

Boxing Gloves

You can’t get a punching bag without some boxing gloves. These are even a cool gift on their own if you have something else you don’t mind your son punching. ($30)


For a more advanced learner, this National Geographic Microscope is phenomenal with science experiments and slides to go along with it! Perfect for your budding Einstein. ($80)

Do you have a son who loves video games, electronics, science or figuring out how things work? If so, Snap Circuits are an incredible toy he will absolutely enjoy. In one little box you can build over 300 designs including a doorbell, burglar alarm, and a radio…no tools required. Your kids will be having so much fun, they will hardly realize they are learning in the process. This makes a great family gift too! Learning about electricity and building has never been so easy and exciting! ($40-$140)

Metal Earth Scorpion Laser Cut Model

If you have a teenager who still loves to build and doesn’t mind a challenge, this is a great gift or stocking stuffer! He will love spending quiet hours putting together this intricate scorpion, no glue required ($7).


SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop 

Do not waste your time with other over the door basketball hoops! Buy this one and you won’t ever need another. The backboard is strong and shatterproof and the hoop has a breakaway steel rim for slam dunks. Any age kid (or adult:) can play on this and will love it. It can be mounted on the wall of a playroom or bedroom or can hang over a door. We have moved it around to the back of a chair for the baby to play on or on our highest door frame for the big boys. It will be loved forever. If you buy it, definitely grab the extra balls! ($30)

Wilson® Evolution® Indoor Basketball (EA

High Quality Basketball

If you have an athletic kid, nothing is better than a brand new, high quality basketball. This one is our favorite indoor ball, and I think you will love it too! ($60)


Spikeball is the perfect indoor/outdoor game. This portable, easy to play ball game will keep your kids occupied all year long while doing something that is crazy fun for the entire family. Great as a lawn or beach game or played in the basement during cold weather ($60). Best for kids 10 and older.

Kan Jam

A bit like ultimate frisbee for four, this fun and portable game is great for the backyard or  beach. This game is easy to play, portable, and keeps the whole family active.  We have LOVED ours! A great idea for a family who loves to be on the go ($40). Best for ages 8 and up.

Fitness Jump Rope

One of the best ways to get in shape is jumping rope, and if you are young enough, you might think it is fun too! This gift works for all ages but especially great for boys wanting to stay in shape! ($10)

Pull Up Bar

As kids get older, Christmas gifts become harder and harder. This Pull Up bar fits on a door frame and is a great idea for a teenage boy who is looking to improve his strength! ($27)

Agility Pack

If your son is super into fitness, this agility pack is well worth the money, offering hours of training and variety for your athlete at a reasonable price. ($25)

Dribble Up Soccer or Basketball

If you have a soccer or basketball player in your house, this is a fun way to get drills and practice in, especially during the cold months. The ball is connected to an app on your phone or iPad and provides tons of drills in a really fun, game-like way. Think the Kinect but for athletes. It is easy to set up and use, and a really fun way to get reps and practice in if you are trying to train on your own! ($89)



Battlechip Backyard Golf

This is the coolest new backyard game! A little bit of golf, a little big of cornhole and tons of fun for the whole family. If you are looking for a great group gift, this one would be perfect! ($40)

 Coaching Board

If you have an athlete in your home, this is a fun way for them to learn and teach. ($15)




Need something fun for the long winter days? What about this Hookey Ring toss game? Think darts but way safer! Throw this up in a man cave or basement or even a bedroom for all kinds of fun for kids and adults alike.  Order HERE ($36)

GECKO Kalimba 17 Keys Thumb Piano builts-in EVA high-performance protective box, tuning hammer and study instruction.

Thumb Piano 

These thumb pianos are so much fun for any kid who likes music. It is amazing what they can do. Such a great alternative to a screen when there is down time. ($40)

Yo Yo

If you thought yo-yos were a thing of the past, think again! These toys have reinvented themselves and are challenging and fun for boys of all ages with a myriad of tricks to learn and perfect. Investing in a good one is worth it ($13).



If you need a new yard game that keeps things interesting and is easy and safe for all ages, this one is great! ($55)


Soccer Trainer

Rounding out our soccer ideas, is this awesome soccer trainer. It is a great way for your soccer lovers to work on ball skills without a teammate. We have really enjoyed ours. ($13)

Midnight Thunder

Pure Vida Bracelet

These are easy to wear and waterproof and teen boys love them. Super economical starting at about $8. Would also make a great stocking stuffer. ($8)

Leather Craft Set

If your teen loves crafting but has a hard time finding avenues as he gets older, perhaps this leather set would be a fun surprise to try something new! ($27)


Ukuleles are a great instrument for a budding musician. If you think your teen might like to add a little music to his life, this is a great starter option ($38).

Xbox Controller Charging Station

If you are going through batteries like they are water, this charging station is exactly what your boys need! They will love not having to beg for another pack of batteries and you will love the money it saves! ($30)

Xbox Headset 

If you have a gaming lover, most likely he is interested in a headset. This one is great quality and super reasonably priced! ($27)

Apple Watch

My boys will not be getting one of these, but that will not stop them from dreaming. Apple watches are apparently the coolest. ($185-$400)

Portable Drum Set

Am I the only one who isn’t interested in a full drum set without volume control? They answer is here with this electronic, portable drum set with volume control, the ability to record, foot pedals and all the bells and whistles your little musician is hoping for without the headache! ($130)


Thread Wallets

This has been an absolute home run for teen boys. small enough for ID and a little cash and it hooks onto your keys or a lanyard. Perfect for a teen. ($15)

Nike Basic Wallet,OSFM(Black)

Nike Wallet

If you son needs a wallet that is a little more private, this is a good basic one. The Nike swoosh and zippered pocket makes it simple and useful. ($15)

Nintendo Switch

If you have a gamer in your house, chances are he will be thrilled with the new Nintendo Switch. This is a serious investment, but if you are okay with it, it is sure to bring a hearty smile. ($300)

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UGG Slippers

When I splurge, I like doing it on something that will get used over and over again. UGGs are pricey, but worth the money…your feet will never feel more cushioned or warmer, especially during a long winter. Your boy will feel very loved in these. ($120)

Salt Bug Gun

If you have a garden full of bugs you don’t want and a boy who love to eradicate things, this salt bug gun will be the perfect gift! Tons of fun and helpful too! ($40)


Tech Decks

If your little guy loves to ride inside to or dreams about it all day long, these tech decks with ramps are all kinds of fun. They were cool years ago but have recently come back on the scene for even the middle schoolers. ($15 starter kit) or grab the skateboard for $3 each HERE.

Solar Cell Phone Charger

If you have a kid in your life who loves the outdoors but also likes to have guaranteed power, this Solar Cell phone charger would make a great gift! Reasonably priced and always useful! ($20)

Anki Cozmo Robot, Robotics for Kids & Adults, Learn Coding & Play Games

Cozmo Robot

If you have a coder, this new Cozmo robot is a dream! Cozmo is like a robot you only see in movies but kids can learn how to code and control him pretty simply. A great, easy interface and more durable than you could imagine, this is one cool gift! ($179)

Lego Mindstorms

The price on this toy is no joke, but for good reason. Lego Mindstorm robots are the best out there and allow the user to have all kinds of programmable fun that will challenge their brain and their abilities ($350).

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Basketball Backpack

If you have a basketball player, chances are they need a good place to keep all their gear, and this one is our favorite! Quite the splurge, but lasts forever. ($78)

A Chilled Weighted Blanket

Teenage boys rarely need more warmth, but sometimes they do need a weighted blanked for less anxiety and more sleep. This is the perfect option! Made of bamboo so it doesn’t heat you up, but still weighs either 15 or 20 pounds (you choose) for a more restful night sleep. ($65)

ZIMASILK 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase for Hair and Skin,with Hidden Zipper,Both Side 19 Momme Silk,600 Thread Count, 1pc (Queen 20''x30'', Taupe)

Silk Pillowcase

Now I know this doesn’t sound like the manliest present, but if your teen struggles with acne or troubled skin, a silk pillowcase is totally worth the purchase as it really helps with bacteria and irritation. Maybe no hoots and hollers on Christmas morning, but it is a gift that keeps on giving. ($20)

Snapping Model Car Kit

For the boys who love putting cars together, this is an amazing model kit since everything snaps together, no tools required ($35).

Remote Control Cars

This remote control car is for the big boys who love to race, soup up, and replace parts on their car to optimize its speed and performance. This brand is tops and has replacement and upgraded parts to order and really customize your own car. Not cheap, but provides years of learning and fun ($180).

Yo Yo

If you thought yo-yos were a thing of the past, think again! These toys have reinvented themselves and are challenging and fun for boys of all ages with a myriad of tricks to learn and perfect. Investing in a good one is worth it ($13).

Fitness Tracker 

We have had great luck with the simplest Garmin. My son has worn it for almost two years with no issues or problems. If you have a fitness junkie or a kid who needs to be motivated to get off the couch, this would make a great stocking surprise $60.

Camping Gear

Does your family love to camp? Boys love having their “own” stuff to use. What about a cool mess kit or another item they need? ($10 and up)

Rubik’s Cube

These take you back, right? They are just as entertaining and challenging as they have always been…a great little item for the stocking! ($11)

Meffert Project Genius Brain Teaser Puzzle, Assorted

Gear Ball

This Gear ball is a Rubik’s cube with even more challenge. If you have a son who loves a little brain bender, this will keep him busy for days! ($15-$25)

Portable Charger

Most teens are pretty attached to their devices, so a high quality portable charger would be a very welcome stocking stuffer! $15

Cologne Sampler

What boy doesn’t sneak his dad’s cologne for as long as possible? Make his day and gift him some of his own. These sample spritzer sizes are the perfect way for him to find his favorite fragrance or split them in a house full of boys…perfect for gym lockers and travel.  $26

Ball Pump 

If your home is anything like ours, you can never find your ball pump when you need it! This would make a great stocking stuffer for your careful athlete. ($12)

NBA Logo Socks


Boys love socks, but moms don’t like to pay $12 a pair so throwing one of these “nice” pair in their stocking is a real bonus!

Hydroflask Waterbottle

Did you know that there is an “it” water bottle? If not, now you do and at $25-$35 a hydroflask is definitely a Christmas splurge. On the bright side, it is a very useful item that can fill a lot of stocking space too. It would make a great stocking stuffer for your athletic, outdoorsy, or musical son.

10 Foot Charging Cord

I am convinced you can never have too many charging cords. This one is extra long for those who want to charge, text and sit on the couch. Perfect stocking stuffer!  ($16)

Battery Case for an iPhone

If your son is always searching for a charger, this case/battery charger would make a great gift or the perfect stocking stuffer…no more dead phones! This has been a lifesaver in our house and is awesome for travel too ($40)

Boys 8-20 Champion Fleece Heritage Pullover Hoodie


If you are a teen boy, hoodies are basically life and Champion is a well loved brand at the moment. You can get a young adult size at Kohls for about $32 but if you need a men’s size, you are looking at around $60…yikes! These types of splurge items make great Christmas surprises!

Adidas Hoodie

These are also well loved right now and should be for the price! However, it is well made and will be well loved. About $55.


A reader brought this one up as an awesome stocking stuffer that will make your teenager or young adult son laugh but will also become very useful. I am loving it. ($17 for 2)


Tough Ties

These ties are fun, funky and best of all…repel water and stains and are machine washable! That is right, machine washable. We love the crazy designs (but they also have conservative ones) and options for skinny or fat ties. Great stocking stuffer or gift! ($32)

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A cute beanie rolls up nicely into a stocking and doubles as a useful gift! $12


Bike Repair Tool Kit

A reader game me this idea, and it is brilliant! Absolutely small enough to fit in a stocking and super useful if you have a bike lover in your family or if hte big gift is a bike this year! ($20)

Bike Light 

If you have a bike rider in your home, safety is super important. These bike lights would fit nicely in a stocking and be so useful when your kids are riding at night or out on a trail. ($16)

Football Gloves

Slide these gloves on and immediately feel like a pro. Perfect for any size football player ($20). If football is not your sport, what about golf, baseball or ski gloves instead?


Kanoodle is awesome brain and spacial relations puzzle game that is perfect for car rides, waiting rooms, or quiet play at home. Even your teens will get into this one. ($11)

Car Fresheners

Do you have a driver in your family who likes to keep his car at least smelling clean if not looking clean? This pack of 12 fresheners is a great item to throw in a teenage stocking. ($15)

Car Care Kit

If you have a driver in your house, this is an awesome idea to help him take care of his new wheels! Great price too ($13)

Frost Guard Windshield Protector

If you have a son whose car is parked outside all winter, he will love you forever for grabbing him Frost Guard which protects the windshield from ice and snow and rolls up into a small, storage pouch saving lots of cold weather labor. ($30)


Hand Warmers

A reader turned me on to this one too! Such a great stocking stuffer for the skiers or outdoorsmen in your life! ($7 for a pack of 10)

Magical Flames 25-pack: TWICE THE COLOR, half the price! Creates Vibrant, Rainbow Colored Flames

Magical Fire Packs

If your son is really into camping, these rainbow fire packets are lots of fun, making the campfire all kinds of cool colors! ($20)


We gift a book every year, and this list holds our very best recommendations for boys! You are sure to find something new that he won’t be able to put down. If you have questions, feel free to ask! Check out the list HERE.

I also love gifting my teen experiences and gift cards…they seem to mean a lot to them as they begin to pay for their own life. A few suggestions are:

A gym pass * A ski pass * An amusement or waterpark pass * Golf Pass * Spotify Premium subscription * Apple music subscription * gas cards * gift cards to movies or fast food * Xbox gift Card * money toward a trip * Top Golf* airplane tickets

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