17 Great Gift Ideas For The Teenage Boy In Your Life

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Has your son, grandson, or nephew reached that awkward age where you just don’t know what to buy him anymore? Kids hit their teenage years and disappear into their bedrooms, only emerging in a crisis or to find food. It can be easy to lose touch with who they are and what they like. 

Buying gifts for a teenager can be tricky. On one hand, you might want to buy them something that encourages them to spend time with you and the family, and on the other hand, you will also want to get them something that you know that they will like. 

Where do you even start? 

To help you out, here are some great suggestions for gifts for the teenage boy in your life. 

Video Games That Make Them Think 

It can be so easy to get into the idea that all video games are bad because they are violent and teach kids to be anti-social. But this is simply not the case. There are many great video games out there that will teach your kids to think and to use strategy. 

There are world-building games that require planning and forethought. Games like Minecraft that use creativity and forward-thinking. Games loaded with complex puzzles that will not only teach them to solve puzzles within video games, but that will also improve their ability to solve problems. 

A Drone 

One of the ways that you can get your kid out into the great outdoors is to buy them a drone. With camera drones available at a relatively low price they could stream footage through to either a display on the drone’s controller or onto their smartphone. 

Drones do take some getting used to flying so make sure that you shop around and find a durable drone that you can buy spare parts for. The last thing you want is for the drone to end up crashed into a tree and broken after its maiden flight. 

The Nerf Rival Prometheus 

With the ability to shoot safe foam darts and at speed of 100 feet per second, and the ability to carry 200 rounds in the hopper, the Nerf Rival Prometheus is like no other nerf gun before it. The gun even has a trigger lock, tactical rail and a shoulder strap meaning you can shoot your nerf darts like a pro. 

Video Games That Give Them Other Skills

In addition to working your teenager’s brain through the right video games, there is a lot to be said about developing their motor skills, dexterity, and their ability to react to situations. Video games offer a great way of improving their reaction speed and games such as madalin stunt cars 3 is a good example of a game that requires dexterity and a broad skill set to play it. 

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Video games and smartphone screens emit blue light. This can affect your ability to get to sleep and to stay asleep. 

If you have a teenager that spends a lot of time in front of screens late into the evening, then it is likely to cause them problems when they try and get to sleep. 

One way that they can overcome this is by wearing blue light blocking glasses. 

A GoPro

Kick start a passion for film making with a GoPro video camera. With lots of different ways to mount and strap the camera onto things, there is plenty of opportunity for your teenager to get outside and enjoy making all action movies. 

The waterproof design means that you can even use it when out in the sea or doing water sports. And, with video stabilization, he will be able to create smooth and professional videos wherever he is. 

Video Games That Develop Talent 

Ok, so guitar here or DropMix may not exactly teach your kids how to play a musical instrument, but they might just give them a sense of rhythm and timing. With DropMix, you get part music mixer and part fast-paced game. Every card that gets played will activate a track and blend seamlessly with the other tracks that are currently being plaid. There are tracks by all of the top artists so the game has something for everyone. 

A Guitar

Your teenage son, nephew, or grandson may not know or care who Jimi Hendrix was, but there may still be that same age-old urge for them to pick up a guitar and make a lot of noise. 

Buying the teenager in your life a guitar will give them something to learn. Picking up a musical instrument can benefit someone in many ways. Learning music can enhance their other learning skills. 

Guitar Lessons

Buy a kid a guitar and they will make a horrible noise. Buy a kid some guitar lessons and you’ll be able to equip them with some of the knowledge and skills they will need to make their guitar sing beautifully. 

With many instructors offering online or real-life tuition, you’ve got the option to do either. Many instructors also provide special offers for people buying a bunch of lessons as a gift 

A Retro Video Games Machine

They don’t make them like they used to. Video games machines in the 90s were fun and the games were very playable. Of course, kids these days may not agree. However, some may take to retro games machines such as remakes of Sega and Nintendo consoles. 

Not only will your kids actually enjoying gaming from their parent’s era, but it is also something that you can do together as a family. However, be warned, if you think that you could beat your kids at the games that you played in your youth; think on. Modern gaming is so evolved that you’re likely to get left in the dust when they show you how it’s really done. 

A Wireless Bluetooth Speaker 

Kids these days seem to love their speakers to look like small bricks. But these tiny box speakers can really kick out some meaty sounds. Make sure you get a speaker that has multiple options. You’ll want it to be rechargeable, have a good battery life, and be able to take memory cards, aux lead inputs, and connect to your devices via Bluetooth. 

This will let him take his music wherever he likes.

Nintendo Switch Lite 

Fed up of the family TV being taken over by your son’s quests on whatever video game he is playing right now? Well, you could opt to buy him a Nintendo Switch Lite. The handheld console makes it possible to play all of his favorite games without the need to plug into a big screen. 

An alternative would be to by the full Nintendo Switch which gives the option for both handheld play and the ability to plug in and play from the big screen. 

A Fitbit 

Getting your teenager out and about and active might be a bit of a challenge. One way that you can do this is by setting them a challenge of meeting their activity goals on a Fitbit. 

With heart rate tracking, calorie counting, and multi-sport tracking

A Portable Phone Charger

Is your teenager constantly glued to his phone? If he is, he is no doubt draining his battery and probably never wants to be too far from a power outlet. Well, with a portable charger he can go anywhere he wants and not be lost without the power he needs to keep himself connected with the rest of the world. 

Simply charge up the portable charger and you can recharge your phone multiple times. If you get one with enough socket and charge, you can recharge several devices at any one time. 

3D Pen 

If you have a teenage boy that loves to doodles, why not get them a 3D pen? This will help your teen turn his artwork into a physical three-dimensional thing. 

Make anything that you can draw with this amazing piece of creative technology. 

A Polaroid Camera

In the digital age where images are throwaway, the polaroid camera has come back around and is back in style once more. Now your teenager can take real Instagram pictures and have them printed out instantly. 

Do remember to forget the lyrics to “Hey Ya” though; you should not shake your polaroid picture to help it to develop. In fact, just leave it still for a few minutes to make sure the image comes out nice and clear. 

Driving Lessons

Whether your teenager is legally of an age when they are allowed to drive or not, they can still learn off-road. There are many driving schools that do lessons for teenagers before they are allowed to drive on the road. This helps them get to grips with driving in a safe space and gets them understanding the basics of driving. Then, once they hit the right age to be able to drive on the roads, they can start lessons and will pass their test much quicker. 

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