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Top gift ideas for your picky preteen or teenage boy will LOVE

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 teenage son who might ACT like he’s not impressed, but deep down, he’s ecstatic. An issue many parents find themselves in during the holidays has a lot to do with an empty wallet. That’s why I came up with this creative and AFFORDABLE list for your preteen and teen boy.

I have a 10-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

These are some I have gotten him that have been a huge hit, but I’ve also included some ideas for older teen boys as well. 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.

Gift ideas for the Bush-Craft Wilderness survival lover

teen boy in nature

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 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.

Gift ideas to play with the whole family – The Board and Card Game Lover

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 family’s 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.

Risk

Settlers of Catan

Throw the Burrito

Phase 10

Pick Your Poison – card game with a bunch of “would you rather’s.”

Mastermind

Not Parent Approved – A Family-Friendly Card Game for Mischief Makers

 Our Moments Kids

For the sports and fitness kid

boy playing basketball

Both my love to be outside, whether they are playing sports or digging in the mud. For the first time since we’ve 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!

Slack Line

Soccer Goals

Ninja Warrior obstacle course

Waterproof fitness watch

Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Viking Chess

Fort Building Kit

Teen gifts for encouraging good hygiene and money-saving habits (great stocking stuffers)

kid holding up greenlight card

KidSkin Natural Acne Treatment

My very first Razor

Bee Bald HEAL Post-Shave Healing Balm

Organic Kids Deodorant + Tear Free Teen Acne Face Wash Cleanser + Shampoo Body Wash Bar Soap

ATM Bank For Saving Money 

Greenlight Credit Card for Kids – A debit card for kids that parents can put money in via the app!

Alarm Clock 

Gifts for the tech savvy, gamer, electronic loving teen guy 

mom and son talking

Headphones – Over the ear, BlueTooth speaker, affordable on Amazon.

DJI Mini 2 Drone

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 or the LEGO nerd.

LEGO Architecture The Eiffel Tower

My son was always a HUGE LEGO fan. But as gets older, the more challenge he needs. That’s where the LEGO architecture series comes in handy. Peak his building skills with this sucker.

For the stylish boy

RVCA Boys Hat

Under Armour Boys’ Armour Fleece Hoodie

Teenage boys love hats and hoodies. I don’t know why, but they just do. These are cool gifts ffor 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!

Record Player

Old musician posters

Gifts for nurturing his faith.

Here are some great options for helping your child live out their faith during the difficult teenage years.

The Action Bible

The Minecraft Bible

How Great is Our God – Tween Devotional

Indescibable – Tween Devotional

For the pet lover.

Unique Fish Aquarium

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.

The Illustrated Compendium of Animal Facts

Dog Backpack

Animal Butt Magnets

Silly Billy Socks

For the book worm.

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

Gifts that make memory’s

Put on a scavenger hunt where each clue they solve they get money, and the end reward is an Amazon gift card (Idea from a friend who has FIVE boys!).

Do 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. I hope these gift guides 

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Hillary Gruener is a wife, mother, writer, and musician. If she's not at her desk writing content on family life, she's adventuring the world with her husband and two boys.

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