Best Gifts for 13 Year Old Boys
What to Buy a 13 Year Old Boy?
13 year old teenage boys can be difficult to buy for. I should know, I have two teenage cousins I buy gifts for every year and when I think about what to get, it seems like a long time ago when I was a 13 year old boy myself. So I've done some research into what they might like as well as paid attention to what they have asked for and played with at Christmas and on birthdays. And below is a gift guide based on my findings.
Obviously what you buy a 13 year old boy will vary greatly depending on what they're interested in. Therefore, you might not agree with all of them but I'm sure there will be something the 13 year old you know would want on this list somewhere! You could even just let them pick...
I've tried to keep in mind that different budgets will be reading this so I'll include a spectrum of different costs so hopefully there be something for everybody.
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Tech and Gadget Gifts
If you have quite a big budget and they haven't already got one, an ipad is a gift that most 13 year old boys will not be disappointed with. If an ipad is a bit out of your price range, consider a mini ipad or other tablet instead. 7 inch tablets are extremely portable too, so great for taking to friends and relative houses or on your travels to entertain a teenager
There are also lots of other tech gifts that may appeal, some a lot cheaper. Check out a couple of ideas below.
The boogie board is a writing tablet. You can use it to write lists, workout homework questions, leave messages, doodle and more! You erase your image with the touch of a button. Great for replacing paper and post it notes etc. It's extremely thin (1/8") so portable. It could be taken in a backpack to school, used in the car, used to help with homework at home or doodle!
The Go Pro hero is a really cool video camera that's great for filming action and adventure as well as everyday life.
It's waterproof and durable so it can be used to film when going swimming and snorkelling. It can be used with a headstrap to film adventures when going skateboarding, cycling, hiking or for more extreme adventures or sports.
The Go Pro Hero is the least expensive and earliest edition in their product range. If you have a bigger budget, it's also worth checking out the Go Pro 4. This is the latest Go Pro camera which also features wifi and bluetooth.
If the 13 year old boy you know likes music there are lots of great gift ideas. They range from tickets to see their favorite band, itunes vouchers, headphones, speakers for their room, or bluetooth speakers. If they like to play music you can get them song sheets with music to play from their favorite artists. You can also get beginner DJ sets or beginner guitar sets with everything you need to play music.
Check out the bluetooth speakers featured below.
If they really love listening to music and would appreciate a speaker which gives high quality sound than consider getting a Bose bluetooth speaker.
It will stream music from a smartphone, tablet or other bluetooth device. It's great to listening to music in a bedroom but is super portable so can easily be taken to other areas of the house, to a friend's house or anywhere where he will take care of it and wants to listen to music.
A charge will last up to 8 hours.
The Bose speaker offers really high quality sound and is at the higher end of the market for bluetooth speakers. You can get bluetooth speakers from as little a $20 if you would rather not spend too much.
Fun Books for 13 Year Old Boys
Many people would rule out buying a book for a teenage boy but think a little outside the box and there are lots of books that will appeal. My wife used to work in a library with teenagers and many of the teenage boys would pick up visual, fun and factual books. They loved graphic novels, manga and books on sports were also popular. Check out the Encycopeida of Immaturity below which appeals to a teens sense of humor (and some adults as well!)
Encyclopedia Of Immaturity
Full of practical joke ideas, activities and interesting and humorous facts.
People of all ages will enjoy this but especially 13 year old boys (or those that never grew up past 13!)
Toys for 13 Year Old Boys
Don't rule out toys. You've no doubt heard the phrase boys love their toys and this is definitely true in my experience. Many boys of 13 still like their toys (as many men like myself do!). In actual fact I want the syma helicopter below, I'm always playing frisbee with my own boys.
The brand new 3 channel gyro mini metal RC helicopter is on of the world's newest, smallest and lightest RC helicopter you can get. At approx. 7.5" long, it easily fits in the palm of your hand and is fully functional.
This is a real life lazer tag game you can play at home.
Download the free lazer tag app to your iphone or ipod touch. Place your iphone or ipod touch into the cradle. You can then watch the game play on your screen. Play in solo mode and shoot aliens or play in multiplayer mode against your friends.
There are two blasters in the pack.
These are lots of fun, great for playing with friends or family members too. Can be used for everday play but they're also great for parties and get togethers.
This is a cool toy that can easily be hung on the back of a bedroom door. Teenage boys and their friends will enjoy shooting hoops. It's especially good for the Winter when the weather prevents them for playing outside.
This snap circuit lights set has some really cool projects such as echo effects, voice changer (record voice or music).
You can also connect the unit to your smart phone and analyze sounds with downloadable apps. There's also a color organ controlled by iPod or other MP3 player, voice or finger.
It features over 50 parts and over 165 projects to complete
More Sports Gifts for 13 Year Old Boys
Obviously there are a range of sports that 13 year old boys like so depending on their interests the best gift for them will vary from person to person. The right gift for the 13 year old you know may be based on the sport they love playing. Also sports jerseys can be a great gift for sports fans.
But here are a few more ideas:
Football, soccer, skateboard, basketball hoops and balls, scooters and the ripstik castor board below.
Cool retro 70s style penny boards are also popular with kids who like skating at the moment.
Or what about a starter bow and arrow kit.
This is cool gift for a 13 year old boy and makes a great alternative for a skateboard.
The Ripstik combines surfing and snowboarding on wheels. Instead of the traditional four-wheel skateboard, this Ripstik board can make smooth, quick 360-degree turns on just two wheels,
You can use it to do tricks and travel.
The weight limit is 175 pounds. For heavier and taller riders check ouk ou the larger Ripstick Caster board.
Penny boards are the "in" skateboards of the moment.
They offer a smooth ride, strong deck and they turn well.
They have a 70s retro look that is very popular.
The penny boards come in a range of vibrant colors with different color boards and wheels.
If you have a teenage boy who likes to build and enjoys tinkering and playing with gadgets, this robotic arm could be a great gift.
The first part of the fun is building the arm and putting it together.
After it's been built you can command the robotic arm edge with multiple movements and functions. The gripper opens and closes and there is lots of movement in the arm to enable you to use it to carry out tasks.
Some people my argue with Paintball guns as a choice of gift for a 13th year old but statistically the chances of injury are low and the majority of them are injuries that you would associate with any contact sport. Played within a trusted and well run site paint-balling can be extremely fun and a great way to keep fit. Kids just loves it and it gets them out in the fresh air and exercising. Paint-balling can also be very sociable and you probably know already if any of his friends are doing it. Or you can check out this site that reviews paint balling sites across America USA Paintball Fields
As well as video games, don't rule out other board, electronic and puzzle games. They can be fun to do on your own and share with others.
If you they like board games check out this article on board games for teenagers.
The Perplexus Epic marble game featured opposite is especially challenging and everybody will be queuing up to try and complete it.
You have to navigate the steel ball along the tracks, through 125 barriers of varying difficulty as you try to defy gravity. With gnarly new twists, turns and barriers
It's quite addictive and great for travel - you can easily take it anywhere.
Stuff for Their Room
It's very likely that teenage boys will spend a lot of time in their room.
Things that they can use to personalize their environment (lamps, pictures, posters, etc) will often make appreciated gifts. Other ideas are practical gifts such as alarm clocks and desk lamps or what about a mini fridge? Have your own personal fridge in your room! It's great for when friends come round and you can hand out the cold drinks. Great for storing your supplies when you are studying too.
Here is another practical gift for their bedroom.
Darth Vader Alarm Clock
The Darth Vader minifigure alarm clock is a must for Star Wars fans, especially as the new movie is coming out soon.
The clock is a giant minifigure of the renowned Darth Vader in exacting detail.
The Digital clock is displayed on an LCD screen with a backlight so you can easily see it at night
Recommended Gifts for 13 Year Old Boys
Since writing this article there has been lots of feedback below on the best gifts for 13 year old boys. Many people have suggested gift ideas. They include skateboard starter ramps, basketball training systems, airsoft guns, video games, a smart watch, Beats headphones, a scooter, itunes gift cards, gaming headsets or a virtual reality headset. (like the ones featured below).
The VR headset featured below turns your smartphone into a virtual reality viewer. It's really simple to use, just put your smartphone into the front of the viewer. There are lots of virtual reality apps on Google play and the Apple App store and more are being added all the time. Ride on a rollercoaster, tour a haunted house, play immersive games and watch 3D videos.
Obviously he will need a smartphone to enjoy the headset.
There's so many cool toys that 13 year olds will love, it's impossible not to features one more.
This is a race track that uses artificial intelligence to help you race the cars. The cars contain sensors which can navigate the track at the same time. This means that you don't need separate tracks to race with makes it feel like you're more authentically racing cars as you would in real life. You can undertake, overtake and take the racing line. Practice your skills to stay on the track and be the best driver.
It's really easy to set up, in fact you can do it in seconds. There's lots of different track variations (over 40). Race non stop for up to 4 hours
Before You Go.....
- 19 Awesome Fun Toys that Teen Boys Will Love
Can't find a toy or gift for a teen boy? Well, we've done the hard work for you and researched toys and games that have been tried and tested by teens. We've come up with 19 awesome toys and games which make perfect gifts for Christmas or birthdays
I'm looking to keep updating this article, so any comments or feedback on the suggestions offered is greatly appreciated. Any more gift suggestions (especially from 13 year old boys) would also be appreciated. I will use the information to keep the article up to date. Thanks!