The teens are tricky years; it can be hard to know what to buy a teenage boy when the trends are always changing, and something they like one week, they could hate the next. But whether they’re into their tech or they’re style-conscious, we’ve got a variety of gift ideas to inspire you with our round-up of the best gifts for teenage boys.
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When it comes to buying gifts for teenage boys, if you want to stay on the right side of 'cool' you'll need to keep an eye out for the big brand names - and if you want to go all out at the same time - our top pick, the Xbox One X (opens in new tab)is bound to be well received. Not only is this the 'daddy' of the gaming world when it comes to new consoles, it allows you to watch movies in 4K and it's compatible with Xbox One games (handy for anyone looking to upgrade).
If the teen you are shopping for is more of a style-conscious kind of guy, top fashion picks include Nike Air Force 1 LV8 NBA trainers (opens in new tab) for basketball loving lads and the Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack (opens in new tab) which not only boast teen-friendly branding but has the added benefit of doubling up as a new school bag.
Keep reading for our full list of gifts for teenage boys this season.
The Xbox One X is the newest console on the market right now and it boasts a range of features that make this the gift that keeps on giving. You can play all your favourite games, watch all of your favourite movies in 4K and this console is compatible with all Xbox One games. Users love that their games run a lot smoother on this console version and serious gamers rate it highly for how much quieter it is compared to its predecessor. If you know a teenage gamer looking to upgrade an old console, there is no doubt they’ll be impressed with this.
When you’re a teenager, the type of shoes you wear says a lot about you, and these Nike Air Force trainers are bang on trend in 2018. They come in a range of colours and boast the official NBA tag to the rear, making them the perfect gift for teenage boys who are into their basketball. For teens who can often be found at the local basketball court shooting hoops, you can expect these trainers to serve them well and tick the cool box.
The Apple Air Pods are a unique and clever gadget that automatically turn on and connect to your Apple device the minute they are taken out of their case - perfect for lazy teenagers! They will then also automatically begin to play your music as soon as they are placed in your ears and pause on removal, making sure you never miss anything. They’re wireless, and have a battery life of around 5 hours, but just 15 minutes in their charging case will give them an additional 3 hours of life. To use these earphones you’ll need an Apple device, and while they may feel a bit pricey for a teenage gift, trust us when we say that they will be loved!
As boys enter their late teens, they will start to develop their own sense of style, and owning a good watch is a rite of passage for young men, which is why this Fossil hybrid watch is a great gift idea for both the tech lover and the style conscious. With a battery life of up to 6 months, this watch is easy to use and it is compatible with both Android and iOS. It comes packaged in a swanky Fossil gift box and the brown leather strap is smart yet casual for wearing with anything.
This movie poster is something a little bit different and fun to try for anyone who loves going to the movies. It features 100 must-see films, each hidden behind a scratch-off window. This then creates a bucket list for the recipient to scratch off each window in their own time, and watch the movie they are presented with. This is a fun, novelty gift for any teenage boy who is Netflix obsessed.
A backpack is a practical and stylish gift idea for teenage boys. This Herschel Supply backpack is spacious with a 15” laptop sleeve that makes this backpack ideal for taking to school or college. It has a magnetic strap closure for ease of access and it comes in a range of different colours and designs. The straps are easily adjustable and users find this bag very comfy, especially when commuting by bike or public transport. A designer bag that’s sturdy and durable (dare we even say 'teenage-proof?!)
A Go Pro is a great gift for any teenage boy who loves the great outdoors. Whether it’s skateboarding or BMXing, skiing or snowboarding, or simply capturing days out with the lads, a Go Pro is a small little camera that can be taken anywhere to make great memories. It’s waterproof, shockproof and has 4K video quality. It can be easily connected to your phone to view and share footage on social media and it comes with a mount and a frame so it’ll stay put whatever activity you’re doing. If he’s always on the go, this is a great gift idea.
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