26 Cool Gifts for Boys They’ll Brag About to Their Friends
We rounded up the best gifts for teen boys, gifts for 10-year-old boys, and all their elementary and middle school age friends, and even gifts for boys who are too young to make written requests to Santa.
For the outdoor adventurist
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One of the best gifts for teen boys is a Discovery Adventures 6-Person Instant Camping Tent. It’s perfect for encouraging time outdoors, discovering live-action biology lessons, and time away from video games and the internet. It’s also one of the best gifts for 10-year-old boys who scout, attend sleep-away camp, or get invited to loads of sleepover birthdays.
For the adventurist who may not always want to be outdoors
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The Discovery Adventures Ultravent Sleeping Bag is a good alternative to boys who may be more inclined to stay indoors, although it’s ideal for outdoor camping experiences too. It’ll double as a teenager’s place to sleep when he’s on a camping trip sleeping under the stars as well as a younger boy’s bed on Grandma’s living room floor when all the cousins are over for the holidays.
Little shoes for big fun
These Plae Max high top sneakers are one of our favorite gifts for boys thanks to their super cool styling, easily matched color schemes, and focus on comfort. That means the little guy in your life won’t complain about putting his shoes on, and the time you save on that task alone is a bonus gift with every purchase. For the rest of your Christmas list, check out these 100 holiday gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.
This dinosaur could make him even brighter
Your little genius could grow even brighter with a CogniToys Dino, an electronic learning toy that’ll set his mind ablaze with ideas. He’ll love that it’s a dinosaur helping him through learning skills (so much better than a parent, right?), and you’ll love that it’s Wi-Fi-enabled, easy to use, and something he’ll use over and over.
For active teen boys
If the teen boy in your family is the type to always be out in the elements, he definitely needs the right shoes to match his lifestyle. These Merrell Outmost Mid Ventilator Waterproof shoes keep water out, which means he can walk home from school in the rain without you fearing the worst—wet, smelly socks.
A classic gift boys love
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The Hess Dump Truck and Loader is a modern spin on a timeless classic, and the $33.99 price tag includes free shipping and five batteries, so it’s ready to play with on day one.
The sound of happiness
He’ll be beyond himself with happiness when he unwraps these Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi BB-8 Youth Bluetooth Headphones by eKids. He can pair them with his favorite devices or even video games to keep him happy and the house quiet.
The perfect light jacket and layering piece
One of the best gifts for boys is a jacket they’ll actually wear, since most parents will tell you it’s nearly impossible to keep outwear on their most active children. This Free Country Torino Jacket is easy to coordinate, wash, and wear. It also layers well with other cold weather necessities like fleeces, sweaters, and thermals. And if you were wondering, no, jackets don’t need to be expensive to be warm.
Brunch pants will be a hit
Have him race down the stairs for late morning holiday and Sunday brunches in these adorable steak and egg pajama pants from Original Penguin.
Look, Ma, it flies!
This realistic-seeming remote control Ultimate Spider-Man Herocopter will be the flying object he’ll obsess over for weeks to come, and with an affordable under-$20 price point, you can’t afford not to have it, unless of course you forget to tell him to fly it outside and away from Grandma.
A perennially popular sporting item
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Ultimate Frisbee is always popular, and buying an athletic-level Ultimate Frisbee is the gift boys ages 5 to 105 will all enjoy.
Onesie pajamas even though he’s big now
Remember when he was little and wore adorable onesie-style pajamas every Christmas morning? There’s no reason that tradition needs to end, because Original Penguin Sherpa Fleece Onesies exist, making them some of the cutest gifts for teen boys who are forever your babies.
For budding creative minds
Forget the typical blocks: Edushape Marbulous Marble Run gives young boys the chance to design and create their own marble run, teaching everything from geometry skills to sorting to the beginning principles of physics.
A better kind of video game
Little boys typically love hands-on, visually stimulating types of fun. Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers Game works with your iPad to form a sort of wonderfully intellectual hybrid of real and video game action. It’s designed for kids ages 7 and up, and includes 6 Hot Wheels cars, 32 game tokens, and car and token storage. It also encourages real world dexterity, problem-solving, and strategizing. Perfect for the adventurous future-president in your home, wouldn’t you say?
Athletic styling for him, dressy casual for you
If you’ve been begging your teen to pull his look together a little more, these Ecco Men’s Scinapse High shoes are the answer. He’ll love the basketball-ready comfort, and you’ll love that he can wear them with a decent pair of pants and tucked shirt for a polished look he can bring to a college interview.
Create a drawer for him, or let him create his own
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If he’s always cycling through underpinnings like tees, socks, and underwear, he’ll make great use of a buildable drawer from Basic Outfitters. You (or he) can customize the selection of basics that go in, and you’ll know he’s well-outfitted for months to come.
This may not be the most glamorous gift, but every teen could use the Dr. Pimple Popper Popaholic gift set. Pimples, be gone!
Customized plush friends
Did you know you can turn your child’s own artwork into plush, cuddly creatures through Budsies? They’ll take just about anything and whip it into an adorable plush toy for your child, making it one of the best gifts for boys from toddler age through the elementary school years.
For the teen with a new car
If he’s new to driving and freshly obsessed with his car, he’ll be over the moon when you give him this Armor All 10 Piece Ultimate Holiday Gift Pack. The large bucket the products come in is perfect for car washes on warm days, and it comes pre-stocked with Armor All Ultra Shine Wash & Wax, Original Protectant, Glass Wipes, Cleaning Wipes, Extreme Wheel & Tire Cleaner, Extreme Tire Shine, a microfiber drying towel, car wash sponge, and more.
For the maturing teen
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If he’s old enough to care about his skin, he’s old enough and wise enough to receive Dr. Lancer’s new skin-care line, Polished. The set comes with everything he’ll need to prep, cleanse, shave, and protect his precious skin.
For the studious teen
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If he’s the type to lock himself in his room for hours and hours, we’ll assume he’s studying, and that requires proper lighting. The Philips Hue White Starter Kit E26 helps his room become a “smart” room, allowing him to study from bed, and turn his lights off by voice if they’re paired with the right app, control them with his phone, and generally do everything that needs to be done with lights without having to put in much effort at all.
The fastest slides
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If he’s the type to barely skate out the door in time to make it for the first bell, he’ll love these OluKai canvas slides. They’ll do wonders for cementing his signature effortless beach style, and he may even show up to class on time.
For quiet play
If the elementary school-age child on your list could use some quiet play time, he’ll love a K’NEX Thrill Rides Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set to encourage architectural thinking, creative ability, and downright fun. Plus, there’s really nothing better than knowing the boys in your life are playing relatively quiet games.
The techie teen will love this
The AirSelfie Portable Flying Camera literally flies in the air, snaps the coolest pics, is tiny enough to fit in a sweatshirt pocket or in spare backpack space, is Wi-Fi-enabled, and easy to use. Your teen will get record-breaking selfies, and possibly even develop a love of adventure photography.
For the laid back style king
He’ll love you for a thousand lifetimes when he opens these Wolf & Shepherd Gunner Driver shoes in cognac. They’re easily dressed up with printed socks in colder weather and worn sock-free when the days get longer, brighter, and warmer.
For the Star Wars-obsessed boy of any age
There’s a chance this gift will get stolen, time and time again, by the nostalgia-driven adults in the house. The R2-Q2 ArtFX+ Droid from Barnes & Noble is 1/10 the scale of the real deal character, and will help root out rebel spies in your own home this holiday season (assuming that’s a problem you’re looking to tackle). It’s perfect for your Empire, and ideal for the ultimate Star Wars fan.