With four sons between the ages of 7 and 17, my house is a living laboratory of the modern American young man. With the holidays looming, people ask me often what might make a great gift for their favorite nephew/cousin/brother/godson. Of course, I have a teen daughter too and she loves a lot of this stuff too.
Lego, anything Doctor Who-related, and any kind of ball are always safe bets for the tween and younger teen. But what if you want or need some more ideas for your older teen? Here’s a list of great gifts for teen guys that should please nearly any boy (and some of the girls ) on your list, but most especially the ones that are also asking for Axe or car keys this Christmas.
For Boys in Motion
FORZA Soccer Goal 12×6
If you have a sports-loving kid, this is certain to put a smile on his face. We have already worn out one of these so this is topping my boys’ lists this year for sure.
This was a huge hit at the beach last summer. My 17yo son put this at the top of his list this year.
ESPN Films 30 for 30: Complete Season 1
Watching these great sports films has become a mother/son bonding thing each week. Quality sports entertainment perfect for your sports-loving boy.
Sure to secure your place as mom of the year with this one. These are the most fun, safe bow and arrow sets out there and they have LED lights so you can play at night. I almost cannot stand the awesome. Younger teen boys kind of lose their mind over this stuff.
Nerf guns are a neighborhood staple and these are the best ones. Period. Reliable and quick, your favorite guy should dominate his next Nerf battle with this one. The 17yo said this would still be a winner.
Big boys need an outlet. Short of installing a gym in your basement, this should do the trick.
The Settlers of Catan
We love games to lure sulky teens back to the family fold. This is one of our favorites. Easy to learn, fairly quick (most games are done in a little over an hour) but interesting enough to survive a week long beach trip without getting boring. This is a game you will come back to time and again. A favorite for all of my kids—boys and girl alike!
Pandemic Board Game
Another great choice for family game night. My boys (and girl) love watching the disease hot spots pop up and I love how we assume different roles as disease-fighting specialists all working together to put out the hot spots. If the disease spreads, we all lose. If we contain the outbreak, we all win. Family fun and peace in one box. Fa-la-la-la-la.
Tween boys lose their ever-loving minds over this game. At a price point under $30, it’s a great gift choice and with a gazillion add-on card packs, it’s a gift idea that you can recycle for his birthday as well. Keep this in mind for the younger set. It’s a winner.
All of the teens and tweens love this classic game. But you have to get the version with the animals. Nothing like having the camels and the water buffalo duke it out in the end. Trust us on this one.
With a price point below $10, this one could be a great stocking stuffer or perfect for a gift exchange. We play this all summer long and during snow days. Super-fast and fun.
Tech Any Boy Would Love
We gave these to the boys last Christmas, and they were a run-away hit. There are other two way radios of course, but these work up to 5 miles apart. My kids use them constantly.
Zoomer Zuppies Interactive Puppy – Spot
Boys and their dogs are not easily parted. If you are not ready to commit to the fuzzy, furry type, this one will certainly win you high fives on Christmas Day. Boys and tech are always a win! For younger teens, this is topping their list this Christmas.
JAM Classic Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (Blueberry) HX-P230BL
All of my kids LOVE their music, and this speaker is topping my 11yo’s list. Right now, he uses the computer to blast his tunes to help him through his chores. This will make his sound portable and shareable. A hit for all teens!
Just for Fun
A lot of boys love Star Wars and these command sets combine the appeal of army men with the classic movie. Any of the sets would be a winner, but we are partial to the Millennium Falcon. All boys love a toy, even big ones.
I don’t know why boys love these socks. They just do. Great Stocking Stuffers!
All of the senior boys I know have this on their list. Don’t question. Just surprise him with your awesomeness. Anything Ralph Lauren is good apparently.
Spy stuff is always a winner for the younger teen/tween set.
Teen Boys Play Video Games
Yeah, we’re soccer dorks. This is my boys’ favorite game. Thanks, Grandma!
One of the best video games to come out this year, this game that appeals to everyone would be a great gift.
Every version of this game is pretty great, but this year’s upgrade does not disappoint.
Hope these ideas help you make your favorite teen guy’s Christmas extra-special this year. Of course, there might be some crossover potential for some of the girls on your list too!
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