Awesome Gifts for 15 and 16 Year Old Boys
All The Best Presents for Your Teen Guy
Best Gifts for 15 and 16 Year-Old Boys
Shopping for gifts for 15 and 16 year-old boys can be difficult. They are too old for most toys, but they're still kids, and giving money or a generic gift card seems too impersonal. Personally, I also like to find good deals on gifts. Here are my personal favorites when it comes to gifts for this age group. These presents might even garner that ever-so-elusive smile when they're opened (and isn't that the best "thank you" you can receive? Parents, you know what I'm getting at here!). My brothers are right in this age range and sometimes they can be very hard to please!
No matter what they are into (and even if their interests change every day) these gift ideas are on every 15 and 16 year-old boy's wish list.
Let Them Pick with a Gift Card
Let's be honest - 15 or 16 is a picky age. Let them pick what they want with a gift card. This one comes in a pretty package!
Hoodie with Earphones: Perfect for the Teen Boy Music Lover (Comes in All Sizes)
One of the easiest gifts for 15 and 16 year-old boys is a Hoodie Buddie. It looks like a normal hooded sweatshirt, but is anything but that. This hoodie contains built-in headphones—the earbuds are located in the drawstring of the hood. They just plug in their music player into a jack in the front pocket. Since all teens listen to music (take a look around campus next time you drop your kid off at high school), this is a no-brainer. This is one unique gift they'll be happy to receive, and it comes in a lot of colors. And yes—because I know you're wondering —they can be machine washed!
My 16 year-old brother received this hoodie as a gift and appreciated it very much. He takes the bus to school (much to his dismay since all the rest of his friends drive), and he likes to just zone out and listen to music so as not to have to deal with the younger kids on the bus.
Portable Speaker That Fits any Device
This is an awesome portable speaker that will fit almost any music device or laptop. Anything with a 3.5mm headphone jack will work. It comes in six colors and even includes a travel pouch.
This speaker has amazing sound quality for something so small—it really amplifies the bass nicely. This also has a built-in, rechargeable battery so that it's always ready when he is! One of my friends purchased this for her step-son and told me about it. I actually purchased one for my own desk at work.
Teenage boys love their music. While you may not agree on their musical taste, you both can agree that these are stylish headphones! They come in several colors, have a 20-hour rechargeable battery, and are very lightweight—great if he listens to music on the go. The nice thing about these is that the cord isn't that typical coiled-type, so they are easy to wear while moving. They also fold up super compactly, so he can just throw them in his book bag.
Because these are stylish and trendy, he'll love wearing these around his friends. They are on the pricey side, but a good investment if you're buying them as a larger gift. My brother loves his pair, and loves that they come in every color under the sun.
Portable Speaker Cube
This GOgroove is another portable speaker option. Who knew you could have such big sound from something so small? This wee thing weighs just over a pound but really packs a punch. I love that it's a cube. It would look awesome in a teenage boy's bedroom. Guys this age love big sound.
Awesome Dancing Water Speakers
You may not have seen this before, but it’s a perfect gift for a teenage boy. It reminds me of the lava lamps of yesteryear, but this device actually moves and dances to the beat of modern-day music.
It's like watching art appear before your eyes—the light show displays after you plug in your music. Mesmerizing!
Unique and Sporty Bracelet for Teenage Boys
Guys at this age (even if they don't tell you) want to look nice, even if only on special occasions. Many 15 and 16 year-old boys would love to wear this bracelet daily. Even if he's a bit more casual, he'll still get use out of this subtle and sporty bracelet. Whether it's for school dances, formal pictures, or any other semi-dressy occasion, this bracelet will add a touch of class. It has carbon fiber detailing—the same material that's used in racing cars. My automotive-fanatic brother has a very similar bracelet, and he wears it every day. He's a pretty casual guy, but he likes that it can be dressed up or dressed down.
This has been a really popular gift, largely because it's so affordable and perfect for all personality types. I love getting good deals on gifts, and especially love when something looks much more expensive than it is.
Awesome Sporty Stainless Steel Watch
I love this two-toned watch. It's both handsome and very well-reviewed. It's water resistant to 200 meters, which is a plus if he's active. This is great for boys ages 15 and 16 because it's both casual and dressy at the same time. It's a nice keepsake for this age group because it's something they can wear now and later. It's also a great price!
This device has something for every 15 or 16 year-old boy (and this is something every wallet can afford. My brother absolutely loved receiving this last year. He was about to head off to college and I knew it would be something he could use for school and for fun.
Does he love to read? He can download a ton of books and magazine onto this thing. Does he love music? He can download songs. Loves to be in-the-know? He can connect to Facebook and other social apps instantly. What about TV and movies? He can watch them all on here. This is simply a fabulous gift that he can use for years to come. Bonus: it's Wi-Fi enabled! Be sure to check out the graphics—they are gorgeous!
Don't forget a cover to protect your investment! My brother uses this to read his textbooks and wouldn't have it any other way.
Awesome Remote Controlled Helicoptor
If he still loves technology and gadgets (while many guys do at this age, some don't), this popular remote-control helicopter has over 1,300 reviews on Amazon. There's no assembly required, so it's ready to fly as soon as it's taken out of the box. It measures 7.5 inches and flies for 8 to 12 minutes after a 30-minute charge with the included USB cable=. Bottom line: 30 minutes to almost instant-gratification and for this age group that's pretty good! My 14-year-old neighbor got one recently, and months later (weather-permitting!) he's still flying it. He said that it's held up really well for such a cheap gift, too.
Watch the Syma S107-G remote-controlled helicopter in action. You'll see how lightweight it is and how easy it is to fly.
Perfect Gaming Chair for a Teenage Boy
Does your teenage boy love video games? If he wants to take his gaming up a notch, then this gaming chair is right up his alley! This chair connects to any video game or home theater setup and allows him to not just hear, but feel the sound's vibrations. It's like surround-sound for gaming!
I've been able to try this chair out first-hand. It's pretty cool and definitely gives you a different experience from just playing on the couch. Bonus, it's not as expensive as you might think!
Texting Gloves: A Practical Gift He'll Love
These look like normal, boring gloves, right? Think again. If you've seen any teenage boy, you know he's attached to his phone. These gloves have special fingertip pads that allow him to continue to text (or operate music, or make calls) while leaving his gloves on.
My brothers absolutely loved receiving these. Usually they get annoyed when I give them the same thing but they were each psyched to get a pair of these. They use them all the time during the cold months.
Books for Teenage Boys for Christmas
It may not seem as exciting as a flashy electronic, but a thoughtful and entertaining book can be a welcome gift for a 15 or 16 year-old boy. Every year for Christmas I get my brothers funny books like these and we read them cover-to-cover before the holiday week is up! My dad gets in on the action too, but it drives my mom crazy.
When Parents Text: A Laugh-out-Loud Funny Book
Kids these days grow up texting. Unfortunately (but hilariously for teen boys), their parents did not. Let him chuckle at their expense at these super-funny real texts sent by actual parents. This makes for a great stocking stuffer. Just hope he doesn't have a few submissions of his own to send in!
Some other funny books that the whole family will enjoy:
- F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers
- Awkward Family Photos
- Damn You, Autocorrect!: Awesomely Embarrassing Text Messages You Didn't Mean to Send
Gift Card Ideas for Teenage Boys
If after this you're still stumped, get him a gift card and let him choose. Here are some ideas:
- Xbox Live Points: Both of my brothers and several of my friends (teens and adults alike) are glued to their Xbox every single nigh. If your boy is someone like this, then this is the perfect gift. He can rent movies, watch TV, play new Xbox games, and buy new add-ons for games he already has. This makes for a great stocking stuffer! Almost every teen guy has an Xbox, so even if he upgrades his system he can still use the points that he's been saving.
- Amazon Gift Card: As good as cash!
So You're Shopping for a Teen Guy
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© 2011 Lauren