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Top 10 Gifts for Teen Guys

Updated on April 19, 2011

So, what should I get him?

As a teenager, I know how difficult it is to find gifts for other teenagers, especially when they're of the opposite sex to you. I can't help you with advice for gifts for girls, but what I do know is what the average teen guy would enjoy. Here are the top 10 gifts you could get a teenage boy. Of course, every guy is different, so you will have to put some thought into it. For example, if you know he hates music, don't buy him Snow Patrol's latest CD.

Even though Christmas is long gone, you will still have to buy gifts for the birthdays of many guys in your life, from brothers to boyfriends. And don't wait too late to find them a gift, start now!

In this lens, Top 10 Gifts for Teen Guys, you will find many ideas to buy guys. Of course, all teen guys are different, but the majority of these gifts will be relevant to them all! From cologne, to music, to videos, on this lens you will be able to find ideas! I have included links to the Amazon products, so buying that gift is only a couple clicks away.

Happy shopping, and if you have any questions, comments or feedback, please leave a comment in the guest book.

1. Music

Music is a great choice. Almost all teenage guys love to listen to a good band. The hard part is picking the music. You have a couple options.

1. Buy a gift card for online stores such as iTunes or Amazon.

2. Buy him a CD of a band you think he may enjoy

3. Buy him a recently released CD of a well known band

4. Ask his mom! (Shocking advice, I know)

Some great bands and artists that many guys like are:

U2, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews Band, Breaking Benjamin, Maroon 5 and Three Days Grace. Of course, this is a very small list. Also, it really depends on the type of music guys like. Knowing something about the genres he likes is great. If not, and asking his mom doesn't help, a gift card will suffice.

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Here is a selection of MP3's from Amazon's online MP3 store. If you want actual CD's, look below.

Maroon 5's new album recently came out. Maroon 5 tops the charts yet again with smashing singles. They are personally one of my favorite bands and they are extremely popular. I recommend their cd, Hands all Over, without reservation..

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2. i-List Music Party Game

The iList music game is perhaps one of the funnest games I've ever played. Basically, four players plug their mp3 players or iPods (iTouch's and iPhones don't seem to work) into the device with the included cables. You then hit the go button on the device and follow the audible instructions. The first player will then draw a card from the top of the deck. The card may read, "A song title that include's the word 'phenonenon' in it." Players will then race to find a song in their mp3 player that fits those requirements. First player to find and successfully play the song through the device's speakers, wins that card. You play to a certain number of cards.

The game never gets boring! 60 cards are included, and that's a lot. I've never gotten tired of the cards, but if you do, you could always make your own up, or find some on the internet.

So, you may be asking yourself, this sounds great, but where can I find it?

Below, you can buy the item from for a price of only $0.50 or less!! That definitely is a steal for a great game. When purchasing, remember to buy 3 AAA batteries, which are not included.

I have given this gift to both guys, AND girls, and I promise you, they love it.

3. Video Games

Video games are always a pretty good idea if the guy in mind plays video games. There are several steps in finding out what games he likes, or would play.

1. Find out the gaming console he uses. It may be a computer, PS2/3, Wii, or Xbox 360. Do this by asking his friends or family.

2. Figure out the games he has. Again, ask his family, or pay attention to when he rambles on about games!

3. Figure out the games he enjoys. This is the easy part, as most guys enjoy the same types of video games to a degree. First Person Shooters are usually the best choice, by Real Time Strategy games are also a good choice. Below are some of the best games to get. Remember, recently released games can be a great idea, but he may have pre-ordered or already bought the game.

Don't worry, however, if you get a game he already has. Offer to exchange the game for a different one if he already has it. He won't mind at all!

****Portal 2 was just released! It is the most anticipated game ever made. Not only does it feature a multi player game mode, but you can play MP across platforms! PC players can now unite with PS3 and XBOX friends! This is one heck of a game, and you know what I mean if you have ever played Portal 1. Buy Portal 2 now!****

The Orange Box is an especially nice game to buy someone. Why? Because it's not just one game, but five. Included are Half Life 2, Half Life 2:Episode 1, Half Life 2:Episode 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal. The Half Life 2 is a great FPS shooter game, with only single player missions. Team Fortress 2 is a well respected and popular online, multiplier video game, with a huge player base. It has been likened to a 60's Cartoon fighting game. Portal. is Valve's most respected and rated game. It's a puzzle game, with players having to solve some mind boggling, but fascinating problems. I have yet to find someone who does not enjoy Portal.

4. Movies

Big surprise, no? Guys LOVE movies, especially movies that involve guns and big explosions. The great thing about buying someone a movie, is that even if they've watched it before, they'll still appreciate it, unless they already own it. But again, if they do already own it, offer to switch it for a movie they don't have! It shouldn't be difficult to find a movie they'd appreciate.

So what types of movies do most guys enjoy?

- Action flicks (Bourne Series, James Bond)

- War movies (Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan)

- Thriller (State of Play, Clear and Present Danger)

- A mixture of all genres! (Oceans series)

Comedies are also great, but remember, guys can have very distinct and unique senses of humor.

Another idea is to get him a movie cinema gift card. Those are always appreciated by guys.

Below are a couple movies that I would enjoy getting, and so would most guys.

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5. Clothes

Clothes are a great choice to give guys. Anything ranging from a baseball cap, to a shirt of his favorite band, to even shoes, most guys will generally appreciate clothes, if they are the type he'd wear. You need to find out what clothes gifts the guy will appreciate. Some guys would only accept a nice t-shirt or baseball cap. Others are more fashionable and would appreciate a scarf or trendy beanie. Of course, I can't tell you exactly what he'll like, but I can give some suggestions. Here are some clothes items that he may enjoy.

1. Head wear such as beanies or baseball caps

2. A humorous t-shirt

3. A hoodie from his favorite band or sports team

4. Sunglasses

5. Scarves if he's trendy

6. Unique shoes or flip flops if he's into that kind of thing

7. Accessories such as headbands or wrist bands if he plays sports

What NOT to get a guy:

1. Socks! Girls like socks, guys don't

2. Pants. For some reason, that's just weird.

3. Underwear.

Below are some clothes items that you can buy for him.

6. Gift Cards

Ah! The easy way out... Or is it? While gift cards may be a great idea, you still need to know which store gift card the guy would appreciate. Here are a couple different options you have.

1. iTunes Gift Card - Always appreciated! Who doesn't like iTunes gift cards? Especially now that you can convert m4a's (iTunes files) to mp3's (normal file types) that will work on any mp3 player. You can't go wrong unless he doesn't have a mp3 player or hates music.

2. Target gift cards. Target's a great place, who doesn't enjoy shopping there? From music, to sports equipment, to video games, Target has it.

3. Regal Cinemas gift cards. Again, who doesn't enjoy movies? There is a Regal Cinema movie theater almost everywhere in the United States. Any guy would appreciate one of these.

4. American Express Pre Paid. This is if you're really stuck, and none of the other three will work. These cards are basically prepaid credit/debit cards, almost like a gift card but for every store. Choose the amount of money in one, and the person can spend it wherever American Express is accepted. Cool huh?

So where can you get such gift cards? Well, below are links to buy them on Amazon. All the options I have presented can be found on Amazon, and within 5 minutes, you can have ordered a gift card to go either to yourself, or directly to your recipient. Quite nifty. You will only have to get out your chair once - to fetch the package outside your door. Shopping online is great, and very efficient and easy.

7. Cologne for Teen Guys

Cologne is another great gift for guys. Why? Because men love to smell good, yet they are always running out of good cologne. Cologne can range from $15 to over $100 a bottle. Below are just affordable colognes that any guy will definitely appreciate.

8. iPod Accessories

"An iPod you say? I have one of those!" Doesn't everyone? If the guy in mind has an iPod, a cool accessory or gadget for it might be a great gift. From chargers, to FM radio transmitters, to exotic earphones, there is a myriad of accessories out there for iPods, and one that is bound to please your gift recipient. Below are some great accessory ideas.

9. Books for Teen Guys

WHAT? Really? Yes, I'm serious! It may be surprising, but a good number of guys enjoy a good read. You first need to find out if he likes to read, and if so, below are a couple of books that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I can't promise you that he'll love the book, but I'm pretty certain that he'll be entertained, and enjoy it.

10. Expensive Electronics

All previous items have been generally affordable, under $30. But many of you will be looking for larger gift ideas, for your son, boyfriend, or special someone. I know this lens is aimed at teenagers, but most of the information is relevant to older guys as well.

Guys love electronics. From Wii's, to iPod Touches, to Cameras, most guys will dig any electronics you give him as a gift. Obviously, you need to find out if he already has the item, but if not, go ahead and get it. Below are some ideas for electronics.

Got feedback? - I'd love to hear you remarks, questions and suggestions!

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      3 years ago

      Thxs this really helped me out I got him a movie series a

      watched it with him

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      3 years ago

      Thanks so much...helped me decide what get my sons buddies...they are all getting hats...appreciate the help

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      3 years ago


    • PaigSr profile image


      6 years ago from State of Confusion

      1) Music

      2) Clothes - Ties

      3) Gift Cards

      4) Electronics - sort of lumps a few together.

      Oh that's me not my teen age son.


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      6 years ago




      tis is the best coming from a teen

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      6 years ago

      Nice gift ideas.

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      6 years ago

      Spot on,dude.Nice lens,and very :P

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      InSearchOf LM 

      6 years ago

      This is a fabulous lens with plenty of great ideas. Very well done and thank you.

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      7 years ago

      If you don't know what to give someone for their birthday jus give them money so they can buy what they want :)

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      7 years ago

      Buying for a teenage boy used to be so very difficult. These are great ideas to help a person in their search for the perfect gift. Many grandparents don't think it is right to give money to them, so buying them a gift card is a great idea. The biggest benefit is that the parent will not have to worry about returning it.

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      7 years ago

      Buying for a teenage boy used to be so very difficult. These are great ideas to help a person in their search for the perfect gift. Many grandparents don't think it is right to give money to them, so buying them a gift card is a great idea. The biggest benefit is that the parent will not have to worry about returning it.

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      sushilkin lm 

      7 years ago

      Nice Lens Thanks for sharing !! Contribute your like at PRAY FOR JAPAN for the sake of universal brotherhood !

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      Cynthia Davis 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Wonderful gift ideas for teen guys! Blessed by a Squid Angel****

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      7 years ago

      You shared really nice ideas. But from my point of view clothes & music related goods are the best gifts for teen agers.

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      7 years ago

      Superb job on the site! One of the few useful gift idea websites I've come across. Thanks for setting up the links direct to the other sites!!

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      8 years ago

      this is a great list, my son isn't a teen yet (10), but he would appreciate many of these gifts.

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      8 years ago

      very good list 10/10

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      8 years ago

      pretty cool list 5*

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      8 years ago

      This was extremely helpful! Thank you so much!

      This made me make my mind up on "The Orange Box"

      Thanks Again!

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      8 years ago

      just wanted to see rest of page


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