Buy Christmas Gifts For Teenage Boys

Buying Christmas gifts for teens - boys - is often enough to cause a huge parental headache. A difficult age to buy for and nearly always involves gadgets and money. Lots of money. Yours.

The latest must have gadget, laptop, sound system, games, I-Pod, mobile phone. It's enough to make parents sweat. And let's not get started on clothing ... In short, buying for a teenage boy at any time of year isn't an easy task.

Unfortunately Christmas gift buying is often fraught with yearly trends, fashion, or even what their friends may be expecting. Or they may simply dump the teenage version of a brick wall on you - the shoulder shrug. Now that's harsh!

Gadget Gifts For Teens

Nintendo Wii

The Nintendo Wii remains a strong contender for teens that don't yet have one. Nintendo continue to strengthen the game and accessory range and despite the fact that it's been on the market a while - it's not dropping off the gadget trends list just yet. The best thing is - it's now more reasonably priced and that leaves you some extra cash for games and/or Wii accessories. And you've just got to have Mario. Apparently. But that's from the mouth of my eldest son - not mine.

Xbox 360

The Xbox is another huge gadget favorite. To date, I've bought one Xbox and two Nintendo Wii. Plus associated accessories, over a 2/3 year time span. Not a cheap endeavour but ultimately worth every penny, from a parents perspective. My three kids will play on either, all agreeing that both have their plus points. I'm reliably informed that Halo3 and a driving game is an absolute must - otherwise why buy one? - The opinion of my elder two sons.

Apple iPod Touch - 32 GB

Owned by my second son. I didn't buy it - I'm not Midas. He saved up. I'm glad he's got one. He's glad he's got one. His boss prefers he leaves it at home. In my opinion, it's as good as it gets in terms of gifts for music loving, techno-geek teens. I can't begin to tell you about the onboard gadget-good stuff that this little black beauty possesses. All I can say is - from a mom's viewpoint - I would like one under my Christmas tree. Please.

Now - whilst your bottom lip is firmly quivering at the cost of buying teen gifts for Christmas, let's check out another high-tec gadget wish list ... and really send you clutching onto your wallets for dear life. Laptops and Netbooks. Come on - how many of your kids want/need/I swear I just gotta have one!?

ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10.1-Inch Blue Netbook

The Asus Eee PC Netbook is the topselling netbook of the moment. If you're tech-challenge, the different between netbooks and laptops is ... the size, pretty much. A netbook has a smaller motherboard (the innards that run the show) but for an avid student or even a half-assed one, the Asus will deliver on all counts.

Acer Aspire AS1410-8804 11.6-Inch Black Laptop

The Acer Aspire AS Laptop does what it says on the box. It's a middle priced, standard laptop and will cover the average student's needs. As well as their typical surfing behaviours. It's a top selling example of moblie computing and whilst it may not be top of the range - it may well be the top of yours.

Netbook & Laptop Bags & Perpherals

To give you a little wallet-cool down, netbook and laptop bags and peripherals - the added extras - might make you feel better.

More so if your teen already has a mobile pc. Maybe he needs a new bag, memory stick or one (or several) of a whole host of other whip-the-money-from-your-wallet bits and pieces.

The bags are the top selling (this season) and the rest are bound to be the next thing on the list, once they've got their paws on a netbook or laptop.

And if they're not, they soon will be. Trust me, after two boys, there's always something else. The only reason you don't know yet is because they're waiting for a cool moment to casually insert their latest must-have into a general conversation.

Like when you're talking about how great they've been behaving lately ...

And below, some stocking fillers for teen boys. To give you a little more time to regain your financial equilibrium.

Stocking Fillers For Teens - Boys

Gaming Seat

How about a game seat for your teen? I confess to only ever buying one (the second of the two on the right) but it was wonderfully entertaining. Watching my lads fight for the throne.

I think they found it entertaining too - depending on which one won and got into first.

The first one is aimed specifically at the Xbox, whilst the second one is an all-rounder and compatible with any games console (PSP, Playstation, Wii, Xbox etc) as well as iPods, DVD players, TV's and so on.

Great value for money. And tough too. My boys never killed theirs, no matter how much they walloped each other over it, on it and - even with it on one occasion.

RC Models

What about RC models? Not all teens are pushing manhood and many still have enough of a kid in them not to want to hide it.

And even if they are ... when do boys ever become men?

I've lost count of the Christmas mornings whereby I've had to duck, dive and stumble according to various RC car/tank/airborne models Santa Claus dropped down the chimney.

One year we even had a hovercraft (my favorite) and another involved an indestructable plane. Which lasted three airborne voyages. I named it the Flytanic.

RC Robots

And finally, a bunch of RC robots. Most teen boys enjoy having something to order around (more so if they're the youngest!) and a robot is as good as it gets when it comes to having something in your life that does exactly as it's ordered.

My lads have had a robot or two in their youth. Now they've moved onto girlfriends. And happily (or not?!) they're discovering that women rarely do what you ask. Unless they're really really nice.

Something I did try to impress upon them when I was still in charge!

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32 comments

Laura du Toit profile image

Laura du Toit 6 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for the great hub. I am sure glad neither my children or grandchildren are teens. There is just so much on the market today!


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frogdropping 6 years ago Author

gejinder - thankyou :)

Laura - thanks ;) I wish I could say the same. My elder two are just nudging through and out but my daughter's still a teen. And she's probably more expensive ... because she's female. We start young ;)


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torimari 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Great suggestions. :D Thankfully the only boy to buy for this year is dad.


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frogdropping 6 years ago Author

tori - the dumbest gift I ever bought my boys and ex-husband was some guns. They spent the whole holiday shooting me. I must write a hub about that ...


Pacal Votan 6 years ago

Nice collection of gifts. But that's not what I wanted to say. :)

Have a great interrail trip!!! :)


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frogdropping 6 years ago Author

Pacal - wooooo hello :) Where have you been? You're like creeping jesus! I set off tomorrow afternoon. All ready just about. Kind of, sort of - looking forward to it. How's life in PV land?!

And thankyou, as always :):):)


Pacal Votan 6 years ago

frog - thank you, life is just about fine. :) Been having some stuff to sort out, work-related. When I get home I usually just crash out. Will be back on track soon though.

I'm so happy you go. Have a great time meeting family and friends and in your home country! :)


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Vizey 6 years ago

Great Idea man! earlier i thought that it is better to give cash to tens so that they can buy gifts of their own choice but now i think why cant we give gifts to them like laptop, gadgets etc


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frogdropping 6 years ago Author

Pacal - you know I'll be enjoying :)

Vizey - yep, buy soemthing. Money in an envelope just isn't Christmas. One of my pet hates in fact ... I love gifts, shows thought and that someone spent time thinking about you :)


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Misha 6 years ago from DC Area

Ah, my older one is long out of teenage, and my younger one still has a waaaaaay to go. Looks like I am outta luck here ;)


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Helen Cater 6 years ago from UK

With three boys at 16, 18, and 22 I have, and am still going through this. I have purchased most of these products over the years and can't wait for the day when I can bung them £50 and a card. OK maybe that will never happen. Great hub frogdropping.


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frogdropping 6 years ago Author

Misha - do you mean you're out of luck because one is over the teens and the other has yet to reach ... if so, I know the feeling ;)

Helen - I reckon you're right. It won't happen. And thankyou :)


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Aware1 6 years ago

Wow! outstanding hub!! I am learning so much from you, frogdropping! I so appreciate your awesomeness! :)


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Enjoyable Hub. GBY


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frogdropping 6 years ago Author

Aware - I don't that I'd call myself awesome. Though I'd go with 'as frogs go, I'm good to know' ... ;)

Stars - Thankyou :)


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Yup, between Christmas and birthdays, there's no stopping the "I want, I need, I swear, everyone has..." syndrome. I think my boys have asked for all of the above...so far, have only caved into the iPod! :) Thanks for another great hub Froggy!


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dfelker 6 years ago from Southern California

Excellent info! We have yet to initiate our household with a game console. My kids are pre-teens. If you had to choose between the Wii and the Xbox, which would you go with?


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frogdropping 6 years ago Author

Beth - you're holding out well! More power to you. And your bank balance ;)

deflker - Thankyou and the Wii - for the younger ones :)


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Er froggy, can you be my parent and can I be your teenage boy? So that you can buy me that Apple iPod, notebook or laptop, or all THREE! LOL. Thank goodness I don't have a child yet so I'm a looooonnnng way away from buying the above stuff.


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frogdropping 6 years ago Author

emi - hey there :) lol I can be your mummy ... what's one more. And at least your happy, cute and full of smiles!


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

My teenage sons mostly want money so they can get exactly the right video games or some other such thing. Mom inevitably gets it wrong in one way or another. But the money thing bugs me at Christmas time.


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Robert J Cook 6 years ago

I have no Teen, but I remember I just wanted money for Christmas. Every time my family would get me gifts, it would be appreciated, but nothing that I could use.


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

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dfelker 6 years ago from Southern California

Just ordered the Wii console for Christmas - got a $Paypal rebate for ordering online this week. Not bad! Since now I know we'll be spending more on accessories and games. My girl wants "Super Smash Brothers" or something like that.


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christianbooks 6 years ago

Very cool list. I will be printing this and taking it along with me during Black Friday shopping.


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Tom.Gilbert 6 years ago from The North Pole

Yo frogdropping, for putting together such a thorough list of gifts for boys, I decided to feature this piece on my list of the best Christmas gifts blogs on the internet. Keep up the good work!


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frogdropping 6 years ago Author

Everyone - thankyou :) Tom ... that's great and thanks for doing so! A merry Christmas to all :):)


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oscillationatend 6 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

This has my seal of approval, feel free to take a sigh of relief.

...ah, but one thing: "Xbox 366"...I haven't heard of that console, is it a slight upgrade from the 360? ;)


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nicko guzman 5 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

Wow.....I'm 14...and this has everything I would want.....I approve =]!!!


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brandonakelly 5 years ago from Wilmington, NC

I was a teen not too long ago, the only thing I would really disagree with now, is the Wii. I thought it was cool for the first couple of months, then all the games started rolling together and the graphics aren't that great. Hardcore gamer + Wii = Waste of Money lol


joyce.blue 5 years ago

Nice set of list. Boys really love computer games and I think that is the best to give but parents must monitor an limit its use though.


cocopuff 4 years ago

yea awsome im 13 every ting i love

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