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Your favorite teenage boy has either told you exactly what gift he wants or you're absolutely clueless. Maybe his interests are in fashion or tech or the everyday items that just make his life easier and more connected.
Here are the best gifts for a 14-year-old boy.
The Nintendo Switch is a gaming system like no other and, for that, it’s an unbeatable gift for teens. They can play in the living room with friends and family; in their bedroom when the downstairs TV is being used; or, of course, on the go, from the school bus to waiting for band lessons to start.
This is a pretty versatile game that can be played indoors, in the backyard, or even at the beach. This 2-on-2 game requires players to spike the ball in the net. But don’t worry, the net is pretty durable and so is the rim. It’s easy to assemble and disassemble and the items can be stored in the drawstring backpack.
A fun puzzle is cool, but one that combines two classic puzzles is even better. The Rubik’s Perplexus is full of literal twists and turns as your teen has to get the steel ball through the maze. Along the way there are 100 obstacles. It’s challenging but they’ll feel so accomplished when they solve the maze.
Family road trips. Zoning out while doing homework. Headphones come in handy for 14-year-olds (especially if they have younger siblings to avoid), and this pair of Beats is the perfect pick for teens because of its balance in quality and price.
Beats is one the most esteemed audio brands in the world, so even one of their most affordable pairs, like the EP On-Ear Headphones, is equipped with numerous features and high-end design. This pair is battery-free, adjustable, and connects to iOS and Android devices to take phone calls and control music. They are sleek, lightweight and much comfier than the earbuds knotted up inside your teen’s backpack.
Holy Stone’s HS110D FPV Drone is distinctly suited to bring joy to teens, as it’s both easy to use and easy on the wallet. Great for beginners, this drone has adjustable speed modes, altitude hold (which means stationary hovering), and an easy one-touch start and landing button that will keep teens comfortable and in control while operating. The video quality is a standard 720p, as opposed to pricier drones that shoot in 1080p, but the views from this 120-degree wide-angle camera are still breathtaking.
This isn’t just another excuse for 14-year-olds to be on their phones. It’s an exciting and competitive scavenger hunt, easy to set up and even easier to play. The objective is simple: collect the most cards, you win. Each turn, players draw a prompt card and must complete the task either the fastest or the funniest to win the card. Tasks can include anything from finding the strangest Google Image result of your name to creating a motionless five-second video selfie.
With so much of the world made digital, people have rediscovered the joy of items that can be felt, kept, and cherished—and that’s why instant cameras are back. And no instant camera is better for your teen than Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 90.
The Mini 90 has features that 80’s cameras could only dream of. It automatically adjusts the lighting of your shot for a crisp, balanced picture every time. And, similar to a DSLR, it has numerous camera modes to fit whatever situation you’re in.
A fully loaded survival kit can help teens pretend that a weekend camping trip is, a fun and rugged adventure. With three different kits available, Trscind offers an assortment of essential tools for the outdoorsman. Some of the major pieces include survival knives, flashlights, fire starters, and glow-in-the-dark compasses—and that’s just the start.
Your 14-year-old probably loves basketball so much that he’ll hoop with friends until the sun goes down. But with GlowCity’s light-up rim liner and basketball, they can play even once the stars come out. The rim lighting runs on three AAA batteries and is available in eight vivid colors. The basketball can be ordered in sizes 5, 6, or 7—the latter being the regulation size for men’s high school, college, and professional sports. And the ball comes with two LED lights inside, which can easily be removed when it’s time to change the batteries.
This bluetooth speaker can go, well, pretty much anywhere. It’s waterproof (for the beach, pool, or shower) and extremely portable. A charge has up to 24 hours of playtime and there’s a 33-foot range. In addition to those features, the speaker has five LED lights for a truly standout style.
For teens who have a million questions, this book is for them. The Way Things Work Now breaks down topics like 3D, touchscreens, how elevators work, and more in a way that’s easily accessible and understandable. The anecdotal stories can make even the least interesting topics seem fun.
Your teen most likely has a ton of t-shirts, but probably nothing as fun and funny as this one. This is especially great for the teen who’s a hardcore gamer who hates pulling themselves away from their favorite activity. The material is super soft and the shirt comes in a range of sizes.
This book has sold millions and is an adaptation of the popular 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This teen version touches on important topics of self esteem, friendships, and peer pressure. It’s almost 300 pages of life lessons and written in a way young teens can identify with.
This toy has the look of a vintage arcade game but it combines with modern technology. The game controller has a joystick, buttons, and a dock for an iPad. The tablet can be used in portrait or landscape mode and there’s even a slot so it can be charged while playing. The accompanying app features one free game and additional ones require purchase.