40 Cool Gifts for Boys They’ll Brag About to Their Friends
Whether you’re shopping for a teen, a tween, or a little guy, we’re about to make your life a whole lot easier this holiday season.
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Surefire holiday hits
This year’s holiday season will look different from last year, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be filled with happiness, health, joy, and, of course, presents! When it comes to gifts for boys, though, choosing the right thing can be a bit of a challenge. After all, you want to make the special guy in your life happy, and you also want to make sure that your gift doesn’t get tossed in a corner and forgotten about after a day.
But we’ve got some good news for you: You can’t go wrong with cool tech gifts, engaging reads, mind-stimulating toys, and even clothes—not if you follow the suggestions on this list. We’ve rounded up the coolest gadgets, gear, and games for every type of boy, whether he’s little or just about grown out of everything. Some of them are so cool and budget-friendly, you might need to grab doubles to quell sibling debates or even keep one for yourself! For more ideas for everyone else on your list, check out these unique gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.
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For the puzzle lover: Shashibo The Shape Shifting Box
This very cool, modern take on the Rubik’s Cube concept is a STEM toy that serves as both a fidget-friendly device for little guys confined to their desks most of the day and a mind-expanding puzzle that offers hours of challenges. It’s a three-dimensional magnetic transforming cube with spaced-out designs and near-endless challenges that spur curiosity in science and engineering. For more ideas on this order, check out the hardest puzzles you can get on Amazon.
For the PJ Masks fan: PJ Masks Transforming 2-in-1 Mobile HQ
He’ll squeal with delight when he opens this holiday-boxed PJ Masks Mobile HQ that stands a full three feet tall. He may be about that size or slightly bigger, which means this toy is a life-size dream brought to reality for fans of the popular cartoon. It includes one 2-in-1 transforming play set, one flexing Catboy figure, and one Cat-Car, and it boasts real lights and sounds, as well as drop-down ramps. The endless smiles are a free bonus. If you’re looking for some gifts for grandparents, we’ve got you covered.
For the one who prefers to dress himself: Kidpik Self-Styled Gift Box
If he’s simply beyond the outfits you’ve been picking for him, it’s probably because he’s maturing—and that’s OK. Help him celebrate his own sense of style and accomplishment with clothes you’ll both feel good about with this Kidpik customizable gift box. He’ll take a style quiz that asks him about what’s he’s into, his favorite colors, and his lifestyle, and you’ll weigh in with correct sizing and other particulars. The result is a box full of ready-to-wear clothes and coordinating outfits that he really wants to wear because he chose them, and his name will be printed on the box, so he’ll feel like he’s getting the red-carpet treatment. Don’t worry—the company proudly makes gifts for girls, too.
For your little rock star: Loog Pro Acoustic Guitar
This award-winning acoustic guitar is music teacher-approved, made of real wood, and is one of the best gifts for boys committed to creative growth through music. It features a basswood body, maple neck, perfect intonation because it’s a real guitar and kid-friendly sizing that’s great for elementary through teen boys. It includes flashcards with chord diagrams and access to the Loog Guitar app, which is available on both iOS and Android. If you tend to procrastinate when it comes to your holiday shopping, don’t fret—these 45 last-minute Christmas gifts have free overnight shipping.
For the outdoorsy one: Lonecone Mud Boots
These Lonecone insulated all-weather boots come in toddler and bigger-kid sizes, and they feature warm neoprene construction that’s ideal for rain, slush puddles, muck, and kicking around great, big piles of snow. They also come in a wide array of colors and prints, ranging from big-kid camouflage to little-guy dinosaurs and everything in between. The brand backs each pair of boots with a safety guarantee and promises BPA-free construction, so adults will feel happy, too. You may also like these other gifts for kids that aren’t toys.
For the college kid: Here for the Burn World’s Best Son Candle
The older teen living on his own will get a kick out of cozying up with a good book, mom’s leftovers, and this slow-burning World’s Best Son candle from Here for the Burn. This made in the USA holiday gift burns for up to 60 hours, comes in a reusable glass vessel and keepsake box, and features vacation-worthy mango and guava notes. Check out these graduation gifts that help graduates celebrate their accomplishment.
For the one who makes the most of the yard: Coalatree Grandview Packable Hammock
The best gifts for boys are the ones that both fully immerse them in things they love and last for years. This colorful, lightweight Coalatree Grandview Packable Hammock is great between the trees in your yard, packed for a youth camping trip, or even stuffed into his suitcase for his next beach adventure. Check out this other cool camping gear if that’s his (or your) thing.
For a personal touch: Name Stories Personalized Name Print
He’ll be truly touched when you order a Name Stories personalized name print devoted just to his name. The descriptive words at the bottom signify the energetic value of his name and numerology, and they will constantly remind him how special he is to you. While you can order this print on its own, you can also choose to have it fitted in a gorgeous, wall-worthy handcrafted wood frame. Personalized gifts are always a hit, and he’ll be sure to treasure this one for years.
For the budding artist: OOLY Chroma Blends Mechanical Watercolor Pencils
He’ll want to color, shade, and sketch all day with these prismatic mechanical pencils. The set comes with 18 colorful shades, plus refills, so he has days of artistic expression ahead of him. It’s one of the best gifts for boys doing art class at home this year, and it offers a healthy creative outlet for his energy. This would also make a great best friend gift for the right person.
For photos by the fire: Tea Collection Graphic Pajamas
Give him the gift of sweet dreams and good nights in this soft and breathable jammie set with roar-worthy animal prints and a brushed-fabric interior for extra softness. They’re machine washable and cute enough to wear for a whole day when you’re snowed in. They come in toddler through big-kid sizes, so you can buy a matching set for all of your kids!
For the gamer: Edifier G2II Gaming Headset
If he’s obsessed with gaming, this Edifier G2II headset will be a dream come true for him. It’s a wired gaming headset that offers surround sound, USB port access, noise cancellation technology, and compatibility with both Mac and PC computers. We know a few grown-up boys who would love this, too, making it a great stocking stuffer idea for men.
For indoor fun: Peanuts Snoopy Ride-On Toy by Dynacraft
The little guy in your life will be treated to 2.5 mph of pup-riding speed and foot-controlled pedal acceleration with this ride-on toy in the shape of everyone’s favorite beagle. It’s ideal for indoor play, as it’s plush and snuggly, and it even comes with its very own Snoopy Doghouse Play Crate. Check out this year’s hottest Christmas toys to buy before they sell out.
For the teenager: Glō by reVive Light Therapy Portable Acne Light
If he’s a teenager and going through hormonal shifts that impact his skin, chances are he’d like a way to deal with his acne or the occasional zit that doesn’t feel like it’s straight out of a makeup store’s lineup. This futuristic-seeming portable acne light from reVive Light Therapy offers gender-neutral packaging that seems space-age, and has powerful skin-helping technology, to boot. It’s small, portable, soothes acne inflammation in just days, and reduces future flare-ups and potential acne scarring thanks to medical-grade, skin-penetrating blue light.
For beginning readers: Night Night, Norman
This book will be the new nightly bedtime classic your little guy can’t live without. It’s a charming, funny take on a horse’s experience doing decidedly human things in an effort to find out what his little-girl best friend is up to after offering him goodnight hugs. If you like this, you’ll also love these children’s books that encourage kids to be nice.
For the budding fisherman: Shakespeare Customize-It Fishing Rod Combo
He’ll head straight for his favorite spot to fish with this Shakespeare spinning reel and fishing rod combo that’s totally customizable, thanks to an easily drawn-on white base. Throw in some permanent markers and paint pens, and he’ll spend the winter adding his own art to this fishing must-have that comes with pre-spooled line and 170 stickers that will excite any outdoors-loving boy.
For the relaxed one: Jambys Long Pants
They’re not quite athleisure and they’re hardly traditional pajamas, but these gender-neutral relaxation pants are just what the homeschool doc ordered for lazy days. They’re ideal gifts for boys in their teen and young adult years who tend to oscillate between sweatpants and variations of sleepwear, since they have a far more sophisticated approach. The gender-neutral designs mean they’re easy to order in matching bundles for all the teens in the house, which means you just may get that matching family photo this year after all. They also make great gifts for men.
For the finicky eater: Hungryroot Meal Delivery Kits
The finicky little chef on your list will get a kick out of personalized grocery deliveries tailored precisely to his needs, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, nut-free, and other necessary options. Customers share their food preferences and receive curated weekly deliveries of healthy groceries from Hungryroot, along with 10-minute recipes to make fresh, delicious meals—no shopping or meal planning necessary! The best part is that the average 10-year-old boy would be able to put together many of the meals on his own or with only mild supervision, making it a double gift that gives him the food he wants as well as offers a creative outlet. Specialized meal kit deliveries also make some of the best care packages for friends who are stuck at home, and in general, food gifts are a surefire hit for everyone on your list.
For the crafty kid: Sugar & Snail Paint by Pom Pom DinoPom Pal
If he loves bright colors, craft projects, and dinosaurs, this Paint by Pom Pom peel-and-stick dino craft set will thrill him. You’ll be even happier, though, because with no messy paint, marker, or glitter to have to scrape off the floors, this project is a hands-down winner at the end of the day. It’s ideal for kids ages five and up, and it’s fun to work on after the holiday meal or as a rainy-day project. For more hands-on fun, try these 20 easy Christmas ornament crafts for kids to make.
For little gold medalists: Team Magnus Snow Skis for Kids
These Team Magnus snow skis may be for kids, but they’re also used by the real USA Nordic & Ski Jumping Federation. They easily adjust to all youth boot sizes, come in a variety of colors, and are a fun, affordable way to teach beginners the ins and outs of enjoying the slopes without investing a fortune in something they’ll outgrow in a matter of weeks. Since they’re made of top-grade UV-resistant HDPE plastic to tolerate wide temperature differences and up to 175 pounds, you’ll get years of use out of them.
For an out-of-this-world kid: Abacus Professor Maxwell’s VR Universe
This is the perfect gift for boys prone to daydreaming about space adventures—and a fun way to let them know how out-of-this-world they truly are. The Abacus Professor Maxwell’s VR Universe set is a virtual-reality science adventure that features 31 interactive space projects, an exciting 80-page guide book and 21 included materials, and step-by-step videos that come alive in augmented reality. He’ll have a blast and definitely brag to his friends about it. So, what will everyone be buying this year? These are Amazon’s top sellers.
For your little Yoda: Stanley Star Wars x The Child Trigger Action Mug
For the little champion: Slackers Ninjaline Ninja Warrior Training Obstacle Course
This 36-foot kit is a kid-friendly introduction to outdoor ninja warrior training you can set up in your own backyard. It comes with seven hanging attachments, 36 feet of line, and an easy-to-install design that allows children ages five and up to compete in their own homegrown competitions. You can set it up in a way that makes sense for your yard, and because the line holds up to 250 pounds, you’ll feel good about tweens making the most of this set and burning off extra energy, too.
For the Pokémon fan: eKids Pokémon Pikachu Kids Headphones
What’s adorable, bright yellow, and makes everyone smile? Pikachu! These Pokémon Pikachu adjustable kids headphones offer high-quality stereo sound, a standard jack, tangle-free wires, volume, control, and an endless cute factor. Little guys will love wearing them for their distance-learning classes, gaming, YouTube-watching, and much more. Need a new (non-Pikachu) pair for yourself? Here’s how to find the best headphones for you.
For active teens: Thompson Tee Sweatproof Undershirt
These sweatproof undershirts come in adult men’s sizes that fit teens and young adults with ease and offer total security and confidence to the guy prone to sweating through his favorite white tee. It doesn’t matter if it’s from heat, movement, or stress—the Thompson Tee is designed with secret built-in, sweat-absorbing panels to lock sweat so it doesn’t appear as unsightly pit-stains for the world to see. The sweat is simply washed out the next time the shirt is thrown in the washing machine, but the confidence lasts forever.
For the explorer: Little Learning Hands 3D Globe Puzzle
Kids and adults alike will get a kick out of putting this three-dimensional globe puzzle together—and have the most fun talking about all the places they’ve never been but would love to see and discover. It comes complete with a booklet devoted to fun facts about the world, and teaches the basics of geography, engineering, and teamwork. This puzzle has 49 pieces, so it’s a good beginner to intermediate puzzle for elementary school-age kids trying their hands at more advanced geography concepts. While you’re learning new things, check out these world facts you didn’t know you wanted to know.
For the best duo ever: Saxx Dino-Score Father/Son Matching Underwear
They’ll be the cutest when they wear their matching father and son underwear in a whimsical, holiday-forward green dinosaur print on a red background. These boxer briefs are a form-fitting and comfortable way to bring a little more Jurassic justice to the everyday outfit, and they make for a hysterical gift for Dad, too.
For building good habits: Blue Sky Non-Dated Daily & Monthly Buzz Planner
This six-month organizer and habit tracker from Blue Sky offers half a year of easy-to-record to-do lists, assignments, habits, and plans in a gender-neutral black hardcover boys will love. It’s a small, journal-style notebook they’ll keep next to their Chromebook to write down important things to do, self-esteem-boosting notes when they ace a big test, and other positive habit helpers. Consider giving this as a thoughtful stocking stuffer in addition to the cool new tech doodad they’ve been pining for. If you’re buying for an adult who’s obsessed with organizing, check out these 25 gifts for people who can’t stop cleaning their houses.
For the one with all the screen time: Barner Brand Dalston Computer Glasses
This year, just about everyone is spending more time in front of little screens, and that means a lot more damaging blue light is making its way into the still-developing eyes of kids everywhere. These Barner Brand Dalston computer glasses are a prescription-optional way to give kids ages 5 through 12 a stylish way to protect their delicate eyes from the blue light of digital devices. Not only can blue light harm eye development, but research shows that it can also interfere with healthy sleep patterns. The boy on your list will love his new Harry Potter-esque frames and you’ll feel good about protecting his peepers.
For the guy obsessed with great basics: Sportiqe Olsen Hoodie
Prepare to scoop up a few of these, because teens, young guys, and dads alike will fawn over the athletic, timeless look of this cozy hoodie. It comes in a wide range of inclusive sizes, has 24/7 wearability, an oversized hood, and thick white drawstrings that give off distinctly vintage vibes. The blended fabric is easy to wash and care for, so he’ll never have another whoops-I-spilled-something-on-my-best-hoodie panic attack again. On a budget? Check out these 100 stocking stuffers under $10.
For the little one who loves reptiles: Robo Alive Lurking Lizard
Little boys love robots, and this Robo Alive Lurking Lizard offers battery-powered appeal for the little laughing lizard in your home at an affordable price. It’s super fast, has an ultra-cool head-tilt sensor to give the appearance of hunting for real prey, and features life-like glaring eyes and a rubber-texture tail that feels like the real deal. In some ways, it’s a gift for the adults as well, because it ends the “can I have a reptile?” discussion for an extended period of time.
For the one with chapped lips: Fatco Fat Sticks Gift Set
These gender-neutral and universally useful Fatco Fat Sticks moisturize his chapped winter lips, hydrate extremely dry and cracked hands and knuckles from outdoor play, and soothe other TLC-needing areas from a rough-and-tumble boy lifestyle. You can order a two-pack of his favorite flavor, like lemon and honey or vanilla and coffee, and feel good about the earthy grass-fed tallow and other natural ingredients. He may also like these other home remedies for chapped lips.
For the on-the-go guy: Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank
This rugged 7,800mAh power bank from Goal Zero is just what he needs to keep his phone, tablet, headphones, and other USB-powered devices up and ready to go, no matter where he is. It’s ideal for camping, long adventures outside playing with his favorite pup, or as a carry-on companion when he’s flying. Keeping an alternate battery source is one of the best ways to protect your tech devices during severe weather, too.
For the one looking for peace: The Original Buddha Board
The Original Buddha Board is a relaxing water-painting stand and bamboo brush set that offers mindful art and meditative creation that appeals to all ages. It’s one of Amazon’s best-selling gifts under $50, thanks to its environmentally friendly design, long-lasting construction, and its ability to allow users to master the much-needed concept of letting go. More than 2,000 customers have given it glowing recommendations, making it one of the brilliant buys on Amazon with practically perfect reviews.
For the budding paleontologist: Zuru Smashers Series 3 Dino Smash Rex Playset
Your little genius could grow even brighter with this Smashers Series 3 Dino Smash Rex Play Set by Zuru, thanks to brain-challenging unboxing, smashing, and creative play. He’ll love that a dinosaur is helping him learn skills and follow instructions (so much better than a parent, right?), and you’ll love that it’s an affordable gift for boys that’s easy to use and something he’ll go back to over and over.
For the opinionated reader: Choose Your Own Adventure Box Set
Remember those super fun “choose your own adventure” books we all loved as kids? Guess what—they’re still around and better than ever, which is why we know he’ll love this set. It comes loaded with six fun titles including the kid-popular The Abominable Snowman. These are more of the best children’s books ever written.
For the one with cold feet: Lazy Saturday Men’s Dress Socks
If he’s always cycling through underpinnings like tees, socks, and underwear, he’ll make great use of a few new pairs of Lazy Saturday Men’s Dress Socks. They’re great for the teenager who loves to sleep in, but they’re designed and constructed for dress shoes—just in case he takes the time to get out of bed and sit for a proper meal. By the way, wearing crazy socks is scientifically proven to make you more successful.
For unlimited uses: SOLO New York Grand Travel Backpack
If he’s the type to sign up for the most challenging classes with joy, this TSA-friendly backpack will take him places—literally. It’s got everything he needs to carry his laptop and other learning essentials, as well as gym clothes, overnight gear, or whatever else his brilliant young adult mind can think of. Frequent travelers will also want to check out our favorite carry-on bags with 5-star reviews.
For oozy fun: Play-Doh Slime 30-Can Pack
It’s no secret that slime is really enjoying its time in the spotlight—and that little boys of all types and styles absolutely love getting their hands on anything ooey, gooey, and potentially messy. This Play-Doh Slime Pack comes with a wide assortment of rainbow colors, so he’ll have a new can of slime for every day of the month.
For the LEGO fanatic: LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Kit
What do you get when you combine one of the most beloved toys of the past 80-plus years with the most beloved character of the past 20? One of the best gifts he’ll find under the tree! The LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall set comes with everything he’ll need to build the Great Hall, complete with moving staircase and Mirror of Erised, plus mini-figures of Harry, Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, Dumbledore, and more—even mini Hedwig and Scabbers! If you have a die-hard Harry Potter fan, see if they can ace this quiz.
For your favorite kid duo: VTech KidiGo Walkie Talkies
This VTech KidiGo Walkie Talkies set is everything the tech-savvy communicator on training wheels is itching for. He can chat with you or a buddy up to 500 feet away over a secure digital connection, so you know he’s safe. It also features games for each handset holder, so he’ll never get bored. Next, figure out what to buy for the guy who’s impossible to shop for.
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