Finding the perfect gift for someone isn’t easy. Then you hit certain ages and it’s near impossible. Teenage years are tough and boys might just be harder to buy for than girls.
My sisters already helped me out putting together a great gift guide for teenage girls and today we are tackling the guys. My brother and his friend gave their input as to what they would actually enjoy receiving and we put together a great list of gift ideas for teenage boys.
Gift giving all comes down to knowing the recipient, especially as they get older and have more specific likes and dislikes. Use this list as a guideline and if you want a little extra guidance ask a parent, friend, or sibling who would know their tastes! And don’t forget, make sure you stick to your budget!
Gift Cards to places like:
Gift Cards to Sporting Stores.
Zumiez for skateboarders, Academy, Sport’s Authority, and specialty stores for bowling, skating, hockey and other sports.
A Box Full of Edibles.
Put candy, snacks, and junk food into a box and wrap it up! They’ll love having a stash of goodies to dig into. Favorite beverages, chips, candy, energy or protein bars, nuts, chocolates. (Okay, even I would like this one. )
Continuing with the last theme of food, gift cards to the teens favorite restaurants, coffee shops, cafes. Sometimes it’s nice to hang out with your friends and get a bite to eat without spending your own money. The caveat to this idea is that if the teens parents take them out to eat all the time and give them money for eating out with friends, this gift would be a little lame.
Think of their favorite pro sports teams (baseball, football, basketball, soccer, hockey etc), college and even high schools teams.
A lot of teens have sports they love to participate in. Give them the gear that they might still need. Gloves for the skateboarder, new bearings, new glove or batting gloves for the baseball player. Ski goggles or gloves for the skier. Whatever sport they are into, they most likely need (or want) some new gear.
Once again, you’ll need to know their tastes (and even more importantly what gaming system they have). You can ask a parent or sibling what games they already have.
If the guy is an animal lover, buy food, toys, habitat accessories etc for their animal. Or even give them money for a new pet.
If he’s a book lover, give him something new to read. The consensus is to be sure you know if they like to read. I love reading and spent many hours growing up with my nose in a book. Neither my brother or his friend would like getting books though.
If he’s a music lover, you can buy cds, mp3 files or music accessories such as speaker docks or arm band. Are you seeing a common thread here? First you have to know if the teenager even likes music and then you have to know their taste in music. If you don’t know the guy well enough, once again enlist the parent’s help.
No Clothes (except Sport’s Gear).
As a rule, avoid clothes! Those aren’t things most teenage guys are going to be interested in, unless, of course, it’s a jersey from their favorite sports team.
Hopefully these ideas will help your shopping this year and at least give you a few gift ideas for the teenage boys in your life!
What gift ideas do you have for the teenage guys in your life?
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