You would think that having a great gift idea for your tween or teen boy wouldn’t be that challenging. I mean, you get them the latest video game, iPhone, or electronic gadget and call it good, right? Well, even though I will include some pretty sweet electronic gifts for boys, I will focus on gifts that will encourage creativity and independence — toys that will get them OFF their screens and ON to accessing their brains.
What do you give a tween boy? How about a teen boy?
Tween boys are hard to please when it comes to gift-giving. Teen boys, even harder. That’s why I’ve come up with a list of the best gifts out there that are more creative than gift cards for your picky pre-teen or teenage son, including some pretty epic experience gifts – scroll to the end for that!
I am the mom to an 11-year-old son who loves ALL things nature, board games, science, sports, video games, books, and music. He’s kind of a “Jack of All Trades” kinda kid. Some of these gifts have been a huge hit with my son, but I’ve also included some for boys who might enjoy other things.
I know for many of you, the older your son gets, the harder it is to know the best thing to get them. So whatever the age range, I’ve got you covered! I’ve also included some gift ideas that can be enjoyed together with the whole family. After all, this blog is ALL about connecting with your kids on a deeper level, and strengthening the emotional bond, even throughout the teen years.
Receiving a good gift from your parents means a lot to a teenage boy. It shows him that you care and is one of the ways some people most feel loved – giving and receiving gifts. So whatever the special occasion — getting a Christmas gift, a birthday gift, or simply because you want to say “I love you” or “I am proud of you,” a good gift is always a good idea to make someone feel special.
But every child is different, right? Some boys are more bent towards sports, while one might be more interested in music or survival things. I’ve tried to include some popular gifts for all of these categories so that this holiday season or birthday, your gift will be the talk of the house.
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Most popular gifts for tween and teen boys you can get off Amazon and more!
Bushcraft Survival Book and Camping Hammock for your Adventure Child
We started watching the show Alone with our son, which got him really into survival stuff. That’s when I decided to get him this Bush Craft Survival Book off Amazon. My son LOVES getting out in nature and figuring out how to live off the land and build forts. This book is a field guide to the art of survival and wilderness and is any nature lover’s ideal guidebook. Another great book for wilderness adventurers is called Go Wild- 101 Things to do before you grow up. My son’s Omi from Germany got this for him, and it’s FULL of fun ideas to get your kids excited about the outdoors.
Our Moments Kids Card Game for the Board and Card Game Lover
Here is a gift idea that includes the whole family.
I’ll never forget when I gifted my son a game that we played together as a family called Our Moments Kids. It sparked conversations that would have NEVER been had without the unique questions and promptings brought on by the game. Go check it out! I recommend it for ALL families who want to connect on a deeper level with their kids.
Here are some other board games and card games we enjoy playing as a family with our boys.
Pick Your Poison – card game with a bunch of “would you rather’s.”
Not Parent Approved – A Family-Friendly Card Game for Mischief Makers
For the outdoors, sports, and fitness kid
Both my love to be outside, whether they are playing sports or digging in the mud. For the first time since we started a family, we finally have a backyard that we’ve always wanted to have. So here are outdoor games they can play by themself or with the whole family!
Fort Building Kit
Red Bubble Stickers for their water bottle
Subscription Box Gift Ideas
Fidget Toy Subscription Box for your fidget-loving kid. This gift would be great for boys of all ages.
Comic Club for the boy who loves comics and graphic novels!
Book Box – Looking for a way to get your son to read more?
Teen gifts for encouraging good hygiene and money-saving habits (great stocking stuffers)
My very first Razor
Greenlight Credit Card for Kids – A debit card for kids that parents can put money in via the app!
Gifts for the tech-savvy, gamer, electronic-loving teen guy
Headphones – Over the ear, BlueTooth speaker, affordable on Amazon.
Book – Trapped in a Video Game – If your son loves to read AND loves video games like my son, then he will LOVE this book. Full of adventure about a young boy stuck in a video game.
Electronic devices – The Pinwheel Phone (this link automatically applies 10% discount at checkout) – if you feel like your tween boy is ready for a smartphone, be sure to check out my review I wrote on the safest phone for kids, and why it should be the first phone they ever get. You can also check out my Bark review, which is a parental control app for phones that helps parents keep their children safe online. I write a TON about how to help your kids develop a healthy perspective of technology, whether that’s phones, video games, social media, or internet browsing.
If you’re going to be REALLY generous and get your teen sons what they will deem the “best present,” — we just recently bought the Nintendo Switch to play together as a family. All of us like playing video games, so we felt like the Switch was a good option for all of us to play, and you can get games that are the perfect choice for your teenager and younger kids. We got this specific version in the link, and the kids really enjoy playing this game – Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Gift ideas for the LEGO nerd.
LEGO Architecture The Eiffel Tower
My son was always a HUGE LEGO fan. But as he gets older, the more challenge he needs. That’s where the LEGO architecture series comes in handy. Peak his building skills with this sucker.
Custom Lego Subscription Box
For the stylish boy
Teenage boys love shirts, hats, and hoodies. These are cool gifts for boys of any age!
Gift ideas for the creative type and music lover.
Digital Camera – a good but not extremely expensive option
Fujifilm Instamix Camera – This is seriously the perfect gt if your son enjoys taking photos. There is nothing like giving our children a little taste of what our childhoods were like. The Polaroids are coming back, people!
Gifts for nurturing his faith.
Here are some great options for helping your child live out their faith during the difficult teenage years.
How Great is Our God – Tween Devotional
Indescribable – Tween Devotional
For the pet lover.
For the pet lover who doesn’t have pet-lover parents. The easiest pet to take care of in all the world to scratch his pet itch until he moves out of the house.
Silly Billy Socks
For the bookworm.
A graphic novel
Calvin and Hobbs
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Redwall Books
The Harry Potter Books
The Hunger Games
Wings of Fire Series
Experience gifts that make memories
- Put on a scavenger hunt where for each clue they solve, they get money, and the end reward is an Amazon gift card (An idea from a friend who has FIVE boys!).
- Make a family trip to Legoland or Disney World.
- Get them movie bucks and take them to the movies.
- Take them on a camping/wilderness trip.
- Take them to an escape room.
I know how challenging it can be to think of the perfect gift that will mean a lot to your tween or teenage boy. It’s a confusing age. Be sure to check out all my other articles on parenting boys and what you can do to parent them intentionally and build an incredible relationship with them, even through their difficult teenage years. It’s never too late to connect, even with your teen son.