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Wonderful Gifts For An 18 Year Old Boy!

Updated on October 31, 2014

Teenage Gifts

Have you ever been stumped at deciding what to get a teenager who appears to have everything for a gift? I was. An 18 year old who wants for nothing but has an un-nerving passion for new hobbies and experiences. Luckily he has a mother who loves to shop but also loves a bargain.

What do you get a Teenager who has everything?

I decided that at 18 my son would probably be thinking about travelling without his beloved mother and father. Although I was reassured by his "as long as you're paying I will come with you as well, otherwise little bro will get lonely".

I feel every teen should have their own luggage, selfishly meaning that my precious suitcases wouldn't get thrown in a corner or kicked about like some long forgotten carrier bag.

I wanted to get him a bag that would last, would be trendy enough for him, he would be able to recognise it easily at baggage reclaim and didn't look as if his mum had bought it. After much research I found an amazing bag that was big enough, seemed water resistant and sturdy. I ended up with a North Face Base Camp Large Duffle Bag. It's great and he loves it. He's now looking forward to traveling with his friends in the summer. Me? I'm not looking forward to the many hours of worry until he returns.

Probably the Best Travel Bag Available

These North Face Travel bags are well documented as being the most robust, practical travel bag available. My teenager has a large North Face BASE CAMP one and I can vouch for it being money well spent. It will survive jungles (and 'even' airports).

It comes with its own storage back so when you're not using the bag, it fold up quite flat and doesn't take up a lot of storage space.

The North Face Base Camp Duffel XL TNF Red/Black
The North Face Base Camp Duffel XL TNF Red/Black

My son is just back from a ski-ing trip and used this bag. It has been thrown about buses, buried in snow, etc. In fact all the things young men do for fun, and it still looks like new. It is available in various colors.

 
The North Face Base Camp Duffel Small Duffel Bag TNF Black
The North Face Base Camp Duffel Small Duffel Bag TNF Black

My very lucky son also has this bag which he took ski-ing and used as a daysack. He said it was easy to ski with it on his back when it was his turn to ski carrying the refreshments. So easy in fact that it became the bag everyone used. Still in fantastic condition.

 

Grooming Kit & Electric Shavers

Of course, you perhaps can't get your teenager to do everything you ask of them, but perhaps by giving them the gift of a grooming kit at least may give them the option of using it, or at least give you the peace of mind that they might use it.

I've tried to make it as easy as possible for my teenage boys to shave. They have to be clean shaven for school, but they both try to bend the rules as they "don't have time" to shave all the time.

Hardly "all the time", one of the boys is so blond he only has to shave every 10 days or so, but his brother is dark and has to shave more often.

Krav Maga - Really?

A Great Gift for your teenager who has everything. Find a Class near you.

Click Here for the International Krav Maga Federation

Dear Teen has now decided he wanted to learn Krav Maga. Why? You might have heard me scream. Well his plan after University is to join the Air Force and he feels this is a good way to keep himself fit as well as being able to get himself out of trouble.

I had flashbacks to the judo of his junior school. Lots of oooing and aahing and not a lot else. I was wrong. I have now read up to Krav Maga and I understand a little bit more the philosophy of it.

His instructors have drummed into the students that the whole purpose of Krav Maga is to disarm your attacker(s) as quickly as possible, with as little danger to yourself, to enable you to exit from the situation as quickly and safely as possible.

Thanks to all, please let me know your comments. What gifts have you found that work for teenagers?

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      Cara 3 years ago

      @SilverLotus1: Thank you.

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      SilverLotus1 3 years ago

      some good ideas here!

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      These are a lists of gift I feel an 18 year old boy would love to have. Well done!

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      Cara 3 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: There goes your peace and quiet. My youngest managed to talk us into a new amp for his electric guitar. My neighbours are either very kind, or their hearing isn't too good as they say they can't hear him playing at all!!!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      My boy is going to be 14 next week! He's into music so I have no problems thinking of things he needs - it's a drum machine this year -but I'm sure things are going to get harder as he gets older. So thanks for these ideas.

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      ChristyZ 3 years ago

      The grooming kit is a really great idea. My son is turning eighteen in a couple of months and I have a difficult time shopping for him. I usually end up getting him chocolates and gift cards.

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      ologsinquito2 3 years ago

      Those duffle bags are a great idea because 18-year-old boys are on the go a lot. Many of them will also be going away to college soon, so this will come in handy.

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      Cara 3 years ago

      @Papatoo LM: I hope you find something he likes for his birthday.

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      Papatoo LM 3 years ago

      oh my, i'm going to keep this a my little brother has a birtdady coming up shortly

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @visit2goa: Thank you for your kind comments.

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      visit2goa 4 years ago

      Grooming kit is really an ideal gift for a teenager..

      your title seems to me it is going to talk about skateboard or something like that..

      but this lens has provided very valuable info to me..

      That's why Thank you to the author of this post..

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      Teenage age boys are hard to buy for, I love the luggage idea and the personal care kits. Will have to keep them in mind.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      Krav maga is a great idea. I hadn't thought of that, but I'll bear it in mind for son number two.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Meganhere: Good luck!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @ellenish: Glad I was able to help.

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      ellenish 4 years ago

      Great ideas - all of them! I especially like the watch idea. My 18 year old just can't seem to keep track of time. Problem solved...thanks so much!

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      ViolaSuSi 4 years ago

      Not bad the grooming kit idea. I'll take it into consideration for my husband. Great.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Mommy-Bear: I think it's because they change their minds as much as the weather changes!

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      Mommy-Bear 4 years ago

      What can I say great ideas. It's really hard to know what to buy even if you know the recipient very well.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @bornot2b1: Time passes so quickly, 4 years will pass so quickly.

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      bornot2b1 4 years ago

      thanks for visiting one of my lenses. This lens is very helpful (mine is still pretty young, another 4 years to go, but it is always good to be well prepared!)

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Arod17: I hope someone you know reads this lens and buys you one!

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      Arod17 4 years ago

      These are some great ideas, I would enjoy getting an electric razor!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi any 18 year old boy would love one of these gifts.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @GARYG68: Happy to be of help!

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      GARYG68 4 years ago

      excellent lens, my son turns 18 this year so its great to get some fantastic ideas for gifts for him, thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @stick-man lm: Thank you. That is very kind of you to say so!

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      stick-man lm 4 years ago

      Great suggestions! I wouldn't mind having some of this stuff myself.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @NedD: I agree, I think any young man would love a selection of these gifts. It just so happened my oldest son was turning 18 and I wrote the lens with him in mind.

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      NedD 4 years ago

      Some excellent ideas for my soon to be 19 year old as well.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @toronto-catering: Thank you.

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      toronto-catering 4 years ago

      Great gift ideas.

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      inspirationz 4 years ago

      some nice ideas here! The krav maga idea is an original one :)

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Very nice ideas good job!

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      Wedding Mom 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Thank you for sharing this. Great gift ideas.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @opatoday: Thank you, that's very kind of you to say so.

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      Job well done, TCB

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, I enjoyed making this lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yes bags (esp overnights) were essential when i was a young adult. great list!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Great choices!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Scullyvan: Thank you.

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      Scullyvan 4 years ago

      I don't really have anything to add. These are great gifts for an 18-year-old.

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      anitabreeze 4 years ago

      As the mom of a 15 year old boy, this lens is a great resource for ideas!

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      ManipledMutineer 4 years ago

      Some excellent ideas here, now that my son is moving into his teenage years...

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      TACTCI LM 4 years ago

      I like those gear bags, would be good gift for "going off to college" type.

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      webgirl256 4 years ago

      really great selection its always hard to shop for teenagers!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Suunnyy: Thank you, that's very kind of you to say.

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      Suunnyy 4 years ago

      Nice selection :)

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @squid-pinkchic18: I agree.

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      squid-pinkchic18 4 years ago

      Very nice ideas here! Teenagers are so hard to buy for.

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      Tom 4 years ago

      My son is getting around that age. Lots of great ideas here!

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      chinchilla-cages 4 years ago

      Some great gift choices for 18 year olds.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @MarcellaCarlton: Thank you, I know my own son received a few items in this list and was delighted with them.

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. These would all be wanted by a teen.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Lithium77: I hope he likes what you get for him.

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      Lithium77 4 years ago

      My brother turns 18 this year so this will definitely help! Thanks for all the great ideas.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @ArtzeeChris LM: Thank you, I hope you manage to get something he likes.

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      ArtzeeChris LM 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot, I'm bookmarking this page because I have a nephew turning 18 and graduating. Great ideas

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      Teenagers, the worlds hardest people to buy for! Great ideas.

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      applejacking 4 years ago

      Nice gift ideas for my boyfriend too. thanks so much

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @DeborahDian: I'm not sure who it's more difficult to buy for, teenage boys or girls!

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      Sisi-cfield LM 4 years ago

      great lens, love this idea

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Wonderful idea! I agree that it is very difficult to choose gifts for teenage boys. Thanks for the tips.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @MifuneGoon: Thank you, that's very kind of you to say so.

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      MifuneGoon 4 years ago

      These are some terrific ideas!

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      cjbmeb14 lm 4 years ago

      Great ideas for gifts.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your ideas - teenage boys can be hard to buy for!

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      TamarWrites 4 years ago

      Great ideas! My daughter is 17 and her friends and she are all turn the big 18 in the next few months.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Jianchen92: They are very sturdy, as the one we bought for our son can atest to.

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      Jianchen92 4 years ago

      The north face bag are a great idea thank you

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      MikeRobbers LM 4 years ago

      Fb gifts ideas for 18 year old boys.. Thanks!

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      MizzMary 5 years ago

      I have a 15 year old son and he would appreciate any one of these gifts. Mine wants to travel after high school too and so I feel your pain.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      These are wonderful gift ideas.

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      kopox 5 years ago

      love krav maga :D israeli military martial arts

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @choosehappy: Good luck, I know how difficult it can be trying to buy a suitable gift.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Great gift ideas! I have an 18 year old nephew I'm buying for ; this was very helpful.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like your gift selection ;) Great job!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Nice gifts choices for 18 year old boys. Thank you for the info!

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      EstheticGoddess 5 years ago

      Nice ideas and just in time. My youngest baby turns 18 this Wednesday!

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      TACTCI LM 5 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for the visits on mine.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      Some awesome gifts for 18 year old boys.

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      Noveliaa 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these information.

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      I try to get my teenage brother gifts that encourage him to play more music... sometimes works... sometimes not.... that or I get him a DVD boxset of his favorite TV show - can't always be the sensible big brother ;-)

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: I sometimes think my boys have a games controller glued to their hands!!!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      For my boys, video games.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @TransplantedSoul: They are all 'different'. Its finding something exciting for them too. What we like, may not be what they would appreciate.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      This is a hard age to find gifts that are suitable. Every child is so different. Ideas like this can help to inspire!

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      Cara 5 years ago

      Thank you. I'm being told I am not alone. Finding 'acceptable' gifts to please teenagers is increasingly difficult.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Lots of creative ideas for gifts to give a young man. Thank you for the ideas.