It’s hard to read the minds of teenage boys (not that you would want to), and for that very reason, they’re also intimidating to shop for. If you don’t want to follow his wish list exactly because you don’t want him to know what he’s getting (where’s the fun in that?!), here’s a trick to use when shopping for teen boys: Stick with the ’90s.
Between windbreaker jackets, plaid shirts, and Nintendos, shopping for the youths of today feels a lot like it did two decades ago (well, aside from the technology advancements) when they weren’t even alive yet. To show you what I mean, I’ve gone ahead and rounded up some great gift ideas to get you started. Whether the guy you’re shopping for loves the outdoors, holing up in his bedroom, being funny, or spending all his time on his phone, you’re sure to find something below that he’ll like. Keep scrolling to shop the 50 best gifts for teen boys.
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this tie-dye T-shirt
Remember the thing I said about ’90s-inspired things making great gifts for teen boys? Yeah, a Guess logo shirt with a tie-dye print is pretty much a sure bet.
this face wash
Wash Your Face Organic Face Wash
A clever cleanser like this will (hopefully) help him remember to wash his face every day. The message on the label might be a little harsh, but the ingredients, like vitamin E, jojoba oil, and aloe vera, def aren’t.
these swim trunks
Swim Short With Player Logo
If the guy lives in swim shorts during the summer, he’ll want a pair in every cut and color. If he doesn’t already have a bright green pair like this, you’ve got your gift idea picked out.
this candy subscription box
Delicious Premium Candies Subscription Box: Mostly Sours
Teen boys love food. Any snack-centered gift would be a safe bet, but this candy subscription box would be an extra sweet surprise to receive in the mail.
this chain necklace
Box Link Chain Necklace
The jewelry-enthusiasts will want a sterling silver box chain like this. Add a pendant to it or just give it to him plain. He’ll love it either way and wear it every day.
these black jeans
511™ Slim Fit Jeans
Growing fellas will definitely need a new pair of classic black denim jeans to switch with his old favorite pair that no longer fits.
this mini fridge
BCRK17B Compact Refrigerator
When he’s stuck studying inside, he’ll appreciate having a mini fridge in his bedroom or dorm room. If ya really want to go all out, stock it full of his favorite snack foods too.
this pack of rings
Stainless Steel Band Ring Pack in Silver Tone
Try a cool stack of rings. This trio set features three different styles that he can choose from or wear all at once.
these white sneakers
Air Force 1 ’07 Sneaker
The thing about solid white shoes is that they’re almost impossible to keep clean. If his favorite pair of sneakers have seen better days, gift him a brand new pair.
these face pads
Clearing Pads for Men
At his age, he might not want or need a whole skincare routine, but these exfoliating pads will make taking care of his skin super easy. Thanks to the alpha-hydroxy acids in the formula, a quick swipe can improve everything from acne to the dark spots it leaves behind.
these LED lights
LED Strip Lights, 16.4ft
As a teen, he might still live at home with his parents, but there’s no reason he can’t make his room feel like his own space. Get him these LED lights so he can match it to his ~vibe~.
these comfy cutoffs
You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who wouldn’t want a cozy pair of drawstring shorts, let alone a teenage boy who already lives in them.
this wallet phone case
iPhone X/XS Wallet Case
This phone case money holder, which fits cash and three cards, has the perfect amount of storage for a teenage guy. And thanks to the little slit in the back, he can use his student ID as a kickstand for watching videos.
Borealis, Asphalt Grey/Silver Reflective, OS
Odds are he’s due for a new backpack because his old one is probably falling apart. A lightweight bag that’s not too bulky, but not too small is a great gift that he’ll want to tote around everywhere.
this shoe cleaning set
‘Essential’ Shoe Cleaning Kit
If his shoes are his most prized possession, he needs his own conditioning kit to keep his sneakers looking so fresh and so clean, clean. The duo here comes with a gentle but effective cleansing foam and scrubbing brush to remove all kinds of stains.
Men’s Fleece Jogger Pants
Nice sweatpants are always a good gift idea, but if you refuse to spend $100 on a pair (seriously, why are some so expensive?), get him these fleece joggers that look like they cost way more than they did.
this charging pad
Drop Wireless Charger
Nothing is worse than fumbling with your fallen phone cord in the middle of the night, and any teenager who uses theirs too much knows that. This small wireless dock, which is compatible with iPhone, Samsung, LG, and more, makes charging their devices so much easier.
this door sign
The Office Self Adhesive Sign
If there’s anything teens like, it’s The Office. Since he probably spends most of his time watching episodes in his room, he’d appreciate this door sign for sure.
this colorful skateboard
Quip Skateboard 22.5
He’ll love to skate around on this baby, which can conveniently fit into his backpack when he’s not using it.
this vibrating alarm clock
Loud Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker
Fact: Teenagers love sleeping. Sadly, that means they may frequently sleeps through their alarm. So get him this gag gift (that you’re actually kinda serious about). He’ll actually wake up on time every morning thanks to the sound of this contraption buzzing on his nightstand.
this AirPods set
AirPods With Charging Case
$134.95 (15% off)
He’s been begging to get these wireless headphones, so this is an easy idea that you know he’ll use every day.
this AirPods adapter
AirFly AirPods Flight Adapter
If the young guy’s ever boarded a plane only to find out his AirPods aren’t compatible with the in-flight entertainment, he’d appreciate this flight adapter. Just plug this little guy into the plane’s headphone jack, and he’s good to watch all the movies he wants.
this set of socks
Men’s Athletic Celebrity Crew Socks 6-Pack
Usually the gift of new socks is boring, but I dare someone to call this set of six pairs in assorted neon colors basic. And who better to pull them off than a teenage boy??
this cologne sampler set
Men’s Cologne Sampler Set
Introduce him to the world of luxury fragrance with this sampler set. No need to splurge on a designer cologne, either. This comes with 11 best-selling scents that he can toss in his gym bag, locker, backpack, and wherever else for a quick spritz. The best part? Once he picks a favorite, he can take the enclosed certificate to Sephora to redeem a full-size bottle.
this leather bracelet
The Apollo Bracelet
A leather braided bracelet with sterling silver details is a good go-to that he can wear every day.
this phone cover
iPhone X striped logo case
I know a phone case that costs more than 30 bucks might sound ridiculous to you, but if he’s obsessed with all things Off-White and spends 99 percent of his time on his phone, this one’s for him.
this basketball arcade game
Official Dual Shot Sport Basketball Arcade Game
Whether the guy is into sports or just loves a good game, this at-home basketball arcade setup is a gift that’ll definitely get used. It comes with two hoops, four mini basketballs, and 10 different game settings—everything you need for some friendly competition.
Sportswear Windrunner Jacket
He might not have been born in the ’90s, but he still has an appreciation for the simpler times when windbreakers ruled the world. He’ll definitely love this lightweight vintage-inspired jacket.
Black Heavy Knit Beanie
This isn’t just your average beanie! This one features a fold-over cuff that he can double to fit both his head and his style.
this sleek bike
KZ2600 Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike
Not old enough to drive yet? He’ll love to ride this baby around the neighborhood, thanks to its smooth gear shifts, comfortable seat, and minimal silhouette. (It’s better for the environment too!)
Unisex Shoes Old Skool Sneakers
I’ll bet you five bucks the teenager you’re shopping for already owns a pair of these classic sneakers. And I’ll bet you another $5 he wears them so much that he needs a new pair to replace his worn-out ones.
this handheld Nintendo
Switch Lite Turquoise
Similar to the Nintendo Switch but smaller and newer, this Lite version is the perfect gift for any gamer to take on the go.
this teeth-whitening kit
3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips 20 Treatments
Did the guy you’re shopping for just get his braces off? Then he’ll be v thankful for this teeth-whitening kit, which comes with 10 trays and a whitening pen, to even out the stains left behind.
a graphic T-shirt
Mint Balance Crewneck T-Shirt
Anyone could use another graphic T-shirt to add to the lineup. Need a suggestion? Try his mint-colored cotton jersey one.
this edgy belt
Tactical Rigger Belt
He’ll appreciate a unique belt with a quick-release buckle that’ll make his distressed jeans that much cooler.
this huge camping tent
Dome Tent for Camping with Carry Bag and Rainfly
If he’s the outdoorsy type, a tent that can fit eight people would be perfect for a trip with all his friends. Bonus: He can easily set this bad boy up in no time.
Rope Key Chain, Riverbed
So he just turned 16 and got a car? Then he’ll need a ring to go with his new car keys, and this cool braided one will only set you back eight bucks.
Graphic Powerblend Fleece Hoodie
The guy lives in sweats and streetwear, so he’d be into an oversize pullover hoodie. Bonus points if it also has a Champion logo somewhere on it.
this hair balm
Smoothing Hair Balm
If the guy has thick curly hair or waves, get him this moisturizing styling balm. Just a little bit of this cream will keep his hair soft, defined, and frizz-free all day long.
this pair of jeans
Regular-Fit Comfort Flex Waist Jean
Can he really have too many medium-wash jeans? Answer: No. The limit does not exist.
this flannel shirt
Cotton Flannel Shirt
If he lives in athleisure, formal clothes are probably a no-go. A plaid button-down shirt like this is nice enough to wear to dinner but still casual enough that he could wear it with his sweats.
Pill+ Portable Wireless Speaker
$149.95 (17% off)
Fact: Every teen guy likes music. There’s nothing like a speaker to get the parental-supervised party goin’, and if he likes having his friends over, he’ll want a super-portable one that everyone can connect to via Bluetooth.
Electric Shaver 6800
The time is fast approaching for him to learn the art of shaving. The special rings on this electric shaver protect the skin from redness and irritation. Plus, it comes with a precision trimmer for an even sharper look.
this dry bag
Floating Waterproof Dry Bag
Whether he surfs, waterskis, or likes to kayak, he’ll, no doubt, get a lot of use out of a floating dry bag like this.
this instant camera
9002 OneStep 2 Instant Film Camera
Consider this the OG Instagram. If your teen has an old soul, he’d appreciate an actual camera to document all his hangouts and trips with his friends.
this denim jacket
Men’s Original Trucker Jacket
A denim jacket is a great wardrobe staple, but the traditional blue can feel unoriginal. Get him a faded black denim one like this to boost his edge factor.
Premium Waterproof Boot
$122.53 (36% off)
When shopping for people who are difficult to please (ahem, teen boys), stick with the classics. These boots will go just as well with his go-to sweatpants as they would with a pair of jeans.
this external phone battery
Not exactly the most exciting gift, but if the guy spends a lot of time on his phone, this external battery pack is a great practical present that he’ll get a lot of use out of.
6-String Solid-Body Electric Guitar
If he’s been taking his guitar practice more seriously lately, treat him to this electric guitar. Besides, it’s a teenage right of passage to learn how to play “Wonderwall” on the guitar.
these festival must-haves
6-Piece Ultimate Music Festival Survival Kit
The only thing teenagers love more than sleeping is going to music festivals. He might not be going to any concerts for a while, but this ~fyre~ little survival kit (which comes with a poncho, earplugs, a flashlight, and more) will give him something to look forward to.
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