The 16 Best Gifts for Teen Boys in 2021

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Some teen boys aren’t exactly known for their chattiness, which turns finding the perfect gift into a guessing game. No matter what your teenager is interested in, there is sure to be something that has his name all over it. Maybe he's more into tech gear or intricate puzzles or he's a major foodie.

Here are the best gifts for teen boys.

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You're sure to have hours of fun with this game that can be transported from the beach to the backyard.
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This lounger will look great in a bedroom corner or game room and has a sleek style that works well with all decor.
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This subscription gives your kid access to a master chef and more than 30 lessons to learn the basics of cooking.
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Give your neck and hands a rest with this phone holder that has a 33-inch flexible arm and easily attaches to a desk or table.
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This hammock takes just three minutes to set up and can be used inside or outdoors for pure relaxation.
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This affordable, compact drone is perfect for the teen in your life and the settings accommodate users of all experiences.
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Anyone who loves pizza will enjoy this kit that comes with all the essentials, including organic sauce and toppings.
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With an array of 145 pieces, this set has something for every aspiring artist and the wooden case keeps items organized.
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This beanie won't just keep your head warm, but the built-in headphones provide 12 hours of playback time.
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Save tons of paper and jot down endless notes with this tablet that makes it easy to write, erase, and organize notes via an app.
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Spikeball Standard 3-Ball Kit

Spikeball Standard 3-Ball Kit

Spikeball is a favorite at cookouts and graduation parties, and in backyards. The Standard 3-Ball Kit includes a durable trampoline, equipped with foldable legs for easy set-up and storage, three balls, and a convenient drawstring carrying bag. You and your teen will be able to play anywhere, anytime. All you need is four friends or family members to have hours of fun.

Pottery Barn Teen Vegan Leather Caramel Modern Lounger

Vegan Leather Caramel Modern Lounger

Older teens will especially appreciate the comfort, but also stylish look of this lounger. It's made of vegan leather with a great, worn in look. The backrest and slightly raised arms offer great support and the filling conforms to the body, all while maintaining its shape over time.

Masterclass Virtual Cooking Class

MasterClass

It's never too early to learn the art of cooking and a virtual MasterClass can be the way to do so. The 36 video lessons are nearly seven hours of pro tips from chef Thomas Keller. Your teen will learn everything from essential tools of the kitchen to the art of pickling to making the perfect scrambled eggs. Or just purchase a MasterClass membership which gives your curious teen access to more than 100 courses.

Saiji Gooseneck Bed Phone Holder

Saiji Gooseneck Bed Phone Holder

There's a chance your teen is probably attached to their phone even while in bed. To help reduce neck fatigue, this phone holder easily clips to a bed frame, side table, and more. But it can also come in handy if your kid wants to go hands free while video chatting with friends or family members. The flexible arm is 33 inches long and rotates a full 360 degrees.

Honest Outfitters Single Camping Hammock with Hammock Tree Straps

Honest Outfitters Single Camping Hammock with Hammock Tree Straps

Does he like to go camping? Perhaps he just spends a lot of time in his room? Whatever his mood, this hammock will be his new favorite place to chill out. Plus, it takes just three minutes to set up and folds neatly into a compact bag. The hammock uses straps, instead of ropes, so everything stays securely in place.

Holy Stone HS190 Foldable Mini Nano RC Drone

HS190 Foldable Mini Nano RC Drone

A drone can be a pretty amazing gift, but also one that's quite costly. That's why this mini drone from Holy Stone is a perfect option. It's affordable, compact, easily takes off, and lands with a single button. Also, there are three different speeds based on user's experience.

Harry & David Pizza Kit

Harry & David Pizza Kit

Your young foodie will love this fun, tasty kit. It comes with everything they'll need to make two thin crust pizzas. There are two varieties of cheese, pepperoni, peppers, and organic marinara sauce. There's also a kit specifically for deep dish pizzas.

COOL BANK 145-Piece Deluxe Wood Art Creativity Set

COOL BANK 145-Piece Deluxe Wood Art Creativity Set

The impressive assortment of crayons, oil pastels, colored pencils, watercolor cakes, and mixing palettes in this art set are sure to inspire his creative side. This set comes with two sketch pads, so he can leave one at home and take the other one on the road. Everything comes in a wooden case, making clean up and storage easy—even for a messy teenager. 

Blueear Bluetooth Beanie Hat

Blueear Bluetooth Beanie Hat

For the kid who always wears a hat, especially a beanie, and one who loves listening to music? Here's the best of both worlds with a bluetooth hat. The knit cap comes in a range of colors and has a built-in wireless headset. It takes just two hours to charge and can last for up to 12 hours. Also, cleaning the hat is super easy. Just remove the bluetooth before placing the cap in the washing machine.

Boogie Board Blackboard Writing Tablet - Note Size

Blackboard Writing Tablet - Note Size

If your younger teen is always doodling or jotting down notes, here's an affordable alternative to expensive tablets. Boogie Board's writing tablet measures 6 x 9 inches and is the perfect size for note taking for studying or leisure activities. The notes can be saved to the app before clearing the board with the touch of a button. There's also a built-in magnetic slot to keep the pencil nice and secure.

Uber Gift Card

Image of Uber symbol

We're sure your teen has taken Uber around town to get to a basketball game, meet up with friends, and such. Why not ensure he has a ride (and money!) to get around with an Uber gift card? This is a smart buy for when you just don't know what to get someone.

Ann Arbor T-shirt Co. I Paused My Game to Be Here Shirt

I Paused My Game to Be Here

Got a gamer teen? You'll both get a kick out of this "I paused my game to be here" shirt. The tee has a slight scoop-neck style and the material is super comfortable. The size range is great, up to a 3X, and it's easily washable and just looks better with more wear.

yootech Wireless Charger

yootech Wireless Charger

He can no longer make excuses that his phone died, thanks to this wireless charger. This is such an affordable gift, but absolutely useful in every day life. It charges a variety of phones and even earbuds with ease. Also, this has a sleep friendly design and doesn't feature that annoying bright or blinking light that some chargers have.

Ravensburger Views of Modern Rome - 5000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults

View of Rome

Kids 12-15 years old will love the challenge of this puzzle that features 5,000 pieces. And adults will probably find it equally challenging, but in a fun way. The puzzle pieces are made of thick, glare-free material. Ravensburger is known for their quality puzzles and the "click" heard when pieces are assembled.

JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Portable Stereo Speaker

JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Portable Stereo Speaker

Even if it’s hard to keep up with the music your teen is into, it’s easy to help them connect to their favorite artists, albums, and songs with the JBL Flip 5. It's compact, lightweight and, thanks to a layer of external fabric, durable too—perfect for stuffing into a backpack or gym bag. It’s also waterproof up to three feet deep.

Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak Set

Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak Set

While inflatable kayaks aren’t typically as sturdy as traditional kayaks, the K2 is still a safe and reliable choice. It has two seats, allowing an adult or a friend to accompany your teen on the water. The kayak itself is constructed from heavy-duty, puncture-resistant vinyl, and the bright yellow color makes it easily visible in any body of water.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was updated by Patrice J. Williams who has been writing gift guides for The Spruce since 2020. She researched notable brands and top-rated products for teen boys that accommodate all budgets, interests, and needs. 

What to Look For in Gifts For Teen Boys

Recommended Age

Many teen boys like to exercise their minds, bodies, or both. The best gifts for this age group allow them to channel their energy and creativity into something fun and positive. A group outdoor game or indoor puzzle can both be great ways to connect while doing something together.

Safety

Teens and tech go together, which is why so many of the items on our list are the latest and greatest tech accessories that your teen boy is sure to love. With online access comes the required conversation about online safety. Other safety considerations can revolve around physical games. Always encourage your teen boy to wear the appropriate safety gear—you can even provide the most stylish helmet or jersey alongside your gift to really make it special.

Educational Value

Gifts for teen boys are a great way to encourage your teen to learn or practice new skills. Whether it is trying out a new sport, learning outdoors skills, painting and art, or engaging with the latest tech, these gifts can be as educational as they are “cool.”


Many parents look for STEM toys for educational and fun gifts. Chuck English, Virginia STEM Coordinator at the Science Museum of Virginia, recommends encouraging your teen to go beyond the simple.

“If you’re truly talking about STEM, you have to make the content connections for kids. Let’s talk about the shape, design, efficiency. How do we work in the content to elevate the activity? We can help kids make the connection," says English.

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