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30 Best Christmas Gifts for Teen Boys

Updated 2 November 2021

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Daniel is our primary content producer here at TheToyZone. He is a big kid at heart and a self-confessed geek. His mission is to find toys that kids will treasure.

If you’ve never bought a Farting Poop Emoji Pen, you clearly don’t shop for teenage boys very often. 

They don’t just like completely disgusting things of course. They also love video games, technology, fashion, music, and blasting their friends with NERF guns. Oh, and if it’s not the right gift that’s cool at that particular moment in time, the response may not be what you expect. 

Don’t threat! We’ve picked out the 30 best gifts for teen boys in 2021, from a Nintendo Switch to a beanie hat with headphones and from a ring light to an electric scooter. There are things like indoor basketballs, acoustic guitars, and a water bottle for teenagers who prefer their toys to be a bit simpler and more wholesome than a farting pen shaped like poop.

When you’re buying gadgets and toys for teen boys you need to know that they’ll actually work so we’ve done our research carefully and ruled out all of the fake reviews online, so you can trust that these recommendations are only the very best toys out there.

Don’t let gender concepts get in the way of finding the perfect gift and check out our guide to the best Christmas gifts for teen girls.

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Nintendo Switch – OLED Model w/ White Joy-Con
Mongoose Legion Mag Freestyle Sidewalk BMX Bike for-Kids,-Children and Beginner-Level to Advanced Riders, 20-inch Wheels, Hi-Ten Steel Frame, Micro Drive 25x9T BMX Gearing, Orange
Swift Compound Monocular Microscope SW200DL with 40X-1000X Magnification, Dual Light, Precision Fine Focus, Wide-Field 25X Eyepiece and Cordless Capability for Student Beginner
Trivial Pursuit Netflix's Stranger Things Back to The 80s Edition: Adult and Teen Party Board Game
Pros
It has three modes in one system, including tabletop, handheld, and TV modes
The brake cable gyro allows for 360-degree spins
It's strong metal frame and carrying handle make this a great for field experiments
It has an upside-down aspect to the game that is not real-world and adds a nice twist to the game
Cons
We’d love to see 1080p resolution capability while in handheld mode
The seat is designed for tricks, not distance riding
It would be great if it came with slide examples
We’d like to see a few more questions focused on the Stranger Things show
Price
Price not available
$279.99
$95.99
$63.98
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Nintendo Switch – OLED Model w/ White Joy-Con
Pros
It has three modes in one system, including tabletop, handheld, and TV modes
Cons
We’d love to see 1080p resolution capability while in handheld mode
Price
Price not available
More information
One for X-Sports Fans
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Mongoose Legion Mag Freestyle Sidewalk BMX Bike for-Kids,-Children and Beginner-Level to Advanced Riders, 20-inch Wheels, Hi-Ten Steel Frame, Micro Drive 25x9T BMX Gearing, Orange
Pros
The brake cable gyro allows for 360-degree spins
Cons
The seat is designed for tricks, not distance riding
Price
$279.99
More information
One for Budding Scientists
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Swift Compound Monocular Microscope SW200DL with 40X-1000X Magnification, Dual Light, Precision Fine Focus, Wide-Field 25X Eyepiece and Cordless Capability for Student Beginner
Pros
It's strong metal frame and carrying handle make this a great for field experiments
Cons
It would be great if it came with slide examples
Price
$95.99
More information
One for the Board Gamers
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Trivial Pursuit Netflix's Stranger Things Back to The 80s Edition: Adult and Teen Party Board Game
Pros
It has an upside-down aspect to the game that is not real-world and adds a nice twist to the game
Cons
We’d like to see a few more questions focused on the Stranger Things show
Price
$63.98
More information

1Soul Statement Cross Leather Bracelet (Best Budget Option)

Soul Statement Cross Leather Bracelet (Best Budget Option)

Handcrafted from soft, black leather, the charm made from a metal alloy and the rope, that serves as a manly accent, as well as a clasp, is natural hemp. It is one-size-fits-all and adjustable for any wrist. The length of the band is 6.7 inches.

What we love

  • It comes with an attractive black pouch, so it is ready for gifting
  • The clasp is very cleverly constructed. You don’t have to untie the knot. You can pull it open to fit any wrist and pull the strings to tighten it

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We’d like to see the leather a bit softer, so the bracelet would bend more easily

2Nintendo Switch (OLED model) w/ White Joy-Con (Best Quality Option)

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) w/ White Joy-Con (Best Quality Option)

The Nintendo Switch is a versatile video game console that any gamer would love to have. It features a 7-inch OLED screen that produces vivid colors. It has three modes in one system, including tabletop, handheld, and TV modes. The wired LAN port allows players to have an Internet connection in TV mode and you can save your games with the 64 GB internal storage.

What we love

  • The wide, adjustable stand makes it easy to angle the screen for comfortable use in tabletop mode
  • The onboard speakers give enhanced audio whether you are playing tabletop or handheld mode

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We’d love to see 1080p resolution capability while in handheld mode

3Hydro Flask Water Bottle (Best Eco-Friendly Option)

Hydro Flask Water Bottle (Best Eco-Friendly Option)

As the world shifts into a greener future, so too do teenage boys want to play their part. This plastic-free bottle maintains the temperature of the hot or cold liquid for hours and even days in some cases. The cap is specially designed to preserve the inside temperature and has a neat little strap for easy transport. It is made of steel and comes in several sizes and 11 unique colors.

What we love

  • The powder coating does not sweat and maintains a slip-free surface
  • You can clean this bottle in a dishwasher

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We’d love to see a small solar panel feature that helps maintain bottle temperature, adding to the eco-friendly theme

4NERF Rival Curve Shot Sideswipe XXI-1200 Blaster

NERF Rival Curve Shot Sideswipe XXI-1200 Blaster

This awesome Nerf blaster defies the laws of physics by shooting in curves! Teenage boys will love that it fires around corners, obstacles, and barriers. You can adjust the muzzle to select a left or right curve or to fire straight or down. It comes with 12 rounds and has an integrated, 12-round, side-loading magazine.

Check out our full review here

What we love

  • It is a powerful blaster that fires rounds at 90 feet-per-second (FPS)
  • The bolt is ambidextrous and can be adjusted for right or left-handed players

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We’d like to see this model available in colors, to promote rival team action

5BIGGERFIVE Fitness Tracker Watch

BIGGERFIVE Fitness Tracker Watch

This is the perfect gift for the active, health-conscious teenage boy. It has a pedometer and calorie counter as well as a sleep monitor, silent alarm clock, and it’s also waterproof. It tracks how well you sleep at night and the alarm vibrates, so it doesn’t bother others. The long-life battery is rechargeable, and the band is made of non-toxic, and flexible TPU material. Teenagers will hardly know it’s on their wrist as it weighs about 0.6 ounces.

What we love

  • The watch supports phone calls and SMS notifications from most social media sites
  • Clearly displays notifications and information when tapping the watch display or checking the app on your phone

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We would like it if the watch could be synced to a computer, for now, it can only be synced to an iPhone or Android phone

6Segway Ninebot MAX Electric Kick Scooter

Segway Ninebot MAX Electric Kick Scooter

Teenage boys love their freedom, and for that, this is a great gift. The quick-charge battery only takes six hours to reach full charge and it will last for more than 40 miles. The top speed on the 10-inch pneumatic tires is 18.6 mph. It has an electrical and mechanical anti-lock rear braking system with shock absorbers on both wheels.

What we love

  • The handle easily folds down to make it convenient for travel on public transportation
  • You can select riding modes with the mobile app connectivity and lock and unlock the scooter

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We would like to see it feature small LED lights for evening travel

7Bladerunner by Rollerblade Advantage Pro XT

Bladerunner by Rollerblade Advantage Pro XT

This is a great gift for any teenage boy who loves inline skating. Made from aluminum, these rollerblades transfer energy efficiently for an effortless stride. These beauties have a 45-degree strap with a locking cuff buckle that holds the ankle and foot securely. The molded foot shell and mesh lining provide great support and comfort.

What we love

  • The composite frame provides a lower center of gravity which helps beginners with control, stability, and shock absorption
  • Featuring a fantastic wheel and bearing combo, the 8 mm wheels and AEC 7 bearings make for a smooth ride

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We’d love to see them come with the Rollerblade Supreme wheels

8Trivial Pursuit Netflix's Stranger Things Back to The 80s Edition

Trivial Pursuit Netflix's Stranger Things Back to The 80s Edition

This board game is perfect for teenagers 14 years and up. It is based on the TV show Stranger Things and requires players to have some knowledge of the show and 1980s pop culture, including music, famous people and events, technology, and trends. This combination makes it a great choice for teenagers and adults to play together.

What we love

  • This is a highly entertaining game that is fun enough to lure teenagers away from electronics for a while
  • It has an upside-down aspect to the game that is not real-world and adds a nice twist to the game

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We’d like to see a few more questions focused on the TV show, rather than the 80s in general

9Donner Electric Acoustic Guitar

Donner Electric Acoustic Guitar

This package provides everything that the budding rockstar needs to jam out. The front is made of laminated spruce and the back is mahogany. Designed at full-size 41-inches with a cutaway and a C-shaped neck. This is a great instrument for a beginner as well as a pro. It has built-in volume control and integrated tuning. This package includes the guitar, a gig bag, guitar capo, guitar strap and strings, picks, and a polishing cloth.

What we love

  • This guitar produces a vibrant tone that is suitable for all types of music
  • The sealed tuning pegs made of alloy metal keep the guitar playing in tune

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The lithium battery the guitar comes with does drain even when not in use, so it’s handy to have a couple spare

10Swift Compound Microscope SW200DL

Swift Compound Microscope SW200DL

With 40x – 1,000x magnification and dual LED lighting, this microscope is perfect for any student, especially those with a penchant for science. The dual illumination allows students to see transparent as well as surfaces of solids specimens. The package contains the microscope, 10x and 25x eyepieces, a power adapter, three AAA batteries, a dust cover, and a user manual.

Another great in-depth review just for you here

What we love

  • The cordless capacity, strong metal frame, and carrying handle make this a good model for field experiments, taking to school, or science fairs
  • You can hold your phone as close as possible to the 10x eyepiece to see the image larger on the phone screen

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It would be great if it came with slide examples, so students could see how it works right out of the box

11Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro

What teenage boy wouldn’t love to have a set of professional Apple AirPods? With wireless connectivity and active noise cancellation, the sound you want is all you hear. The silicone tips come in three sizes for a customizable fit and the vents maintain equal pressure on both sides of the earbuds. They are sweat and water-resistant.

What we love

  • Get 4.5 hours of listening time on one charge from the wireless charging case
  • The adaptive EQ automatically tunes the music according to the shape of your ear

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish the microphone feature provided a clearer sound for taking phone calls

12Spalding TF-500 Indoor-Outdoor Basketball

Spalding TF-500 Indoor-Outdoor Basketball

Whether it’s one-on-one in your driveway or half-court at the park, basketball is a worldwide sensation. This ball is made of composite material and is 29.5 inches in diameter. It has a premium cover, giving it a fantastic finish that makes this a wonderful gift.

What we love

  • Stays fully inflated, even during intense games
  • The surface is easy to grip and does not make your hand sweat

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It's hard to say anything bad about a basketball, right?

13Mongoose Legion Freestyle Sidewalk BMX Bike

Mongoose Legion Freestyle Sidewalk BMX Bike

Whether they are an expert or just learning how to make good use of a bike park, this is the bike any teenage boy would love. It’s a BMX bike with a 20-inch aluminum mag wheel size and a Hi-Ten steel frame. It has freestyle pegs in the front and back. The chain is steel and has an optional chainguard.

What we love

  • The fork is very strong and suitable for all kinds of tricks and spins
  • The brake cable gyro allows for 360-degree spins

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The seat is designed for tricks, not distance riding

14Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

This handheld Switch Lite device is hugely popular. Teenagers can take their gaming wherever they go. It has a 5.5-inch touch screen and is compact enough to slip into a backpack or bag. Weighing only .61 pounds, one lithium-ion battery is also included with the unit.

Can’t decide over the Switch Lite or the new OLED? Click here for clarity

What we love

  • All Switch games can be played on the Lite with no loss of quality
  • Comes in several different colors to match their style

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It doesn't connect to a TV like the OLED and original Switch

15Holy Stone HS110D FPV RC Drone

Holy Stone HS110D FPV RC Drone

This drone has everything a teenage boy could need to get a bird’s eye view of the world around him. It’s a remote-controlled device that captures FHD 1080p resolution videos. It provides a 120-degree wide-angle lens that shows distortion-free images on your phone. The app allows you to share your pictures or videos on social media. The package includes extra landing feet, propeller blades, and motor gears.

What we love

  • When you want to capture a picture, just take your hands off the joystick and the drone will hover in mid-air at a locked altitude
  • In headless mode, when the drone is out of sight, it will still be in orientation to the pilot, so it is easy to control

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We would like it if it had a return-home feature, so it would follow its original flight path back to the pilot

16COZOO Headphone Stand with USB Charger

COZOO Headphone Stand with USB Charger

Here is a universal headphone stand with three USB charging ports and a two-outlet power strip. The stand automatically detects your device to give the fastest possible charge. It will charge any make of device. If you don’t have a USB connector, you can use the three-prong outlets.

What we love

  • Can charge three devices at once!
  • It has a power button to turn the device on and off without having to unplug it

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We’d love to see this device also feature wireless charging

17 TOYAMBA Build-on Brick Mug

 TOYAMBA Build-on Brick Mug

With these creative building blocks, a teenager can decorate his own coffee mug and have two random toys on the side. It also comes with a pack of extra bricks. The handle protects against hot liquids and is compatible with LEGO, PixelBlocks, and other brands of building blocks.

What we love

  • This is a fun gift that provides a little artistic activity to create a funny, personalized mug
  • The bricks are made of non-toxic, food-grade, BPA-free plastic

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish the lip were a bit thinner to make it easier to drink hot liquids

18Led Strip Lights Waterproof

Led Strip Lights Waterproof

These LED strip color-changing lights are great fun for your teenager, who can add a personal touch to his own bedroom. The self-sticking adhesive is heat-resistant and each package comes with two rolls of lights, 300 lights in all at 75 feet, a power adapter, and remote control. Since the strips are waterproof, they are suitable for outdoors.

What we love

  • They are perfect for a nightlight in a bedroom and can be placed behind furniture or around windows
  • Sitting outdoors just got better with these colorful LED lights giving just the right amount of lighting at night without attracting insects

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We would like it if the adhesive on the back of the strips was a little bit stronger

19SHANY Carry All Makeup Train Case with Pro Makeup

SHANY Carry All Makeup Train Case with Pro Makeup

This fantastic makeup set comes in an attractive aluminum case decorated with leopard print. It contains several colors of eyeshadow, face powders, lipstick, lip gloss blushes, and brushes. The case is a perfect organizer for makeup and, what’s more, the manufacturer is devoted to being cruelty-free and is a proud member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Inside this beautiful case are 20 eye, face, and lip products, seven beauty tools, and extra accessories.

What we love

  • The makeup is great with shimmery and matte finishes, and a mirror is included
  • The case also provides a little extra space for you to put some special items you want to keep with your makeup

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We’d like to see the lids of the eyeshadows and blushes attached to the container, to prevent them from being misplaced

20Beats Solo Pro

Beats Solo Pro

With active noise cancellation as well as transparency mode, these headphones provide everything a teenage boy could want. With audio sharing, two people can listen to the same audio wirelessly with just one tap on the screen. It has the Apple H1 headphone chip and works for 22 hours with one charge, and if the active noise cancellation (ANC) is turned off, you get about 40 hours of listening time. It is compatible with both iOS and Android or any Bluetooth-enabled device.

What we love

  • You get hands-free controls through Siri with the built-in microphone on an iOS device
  • A 10-minute charge will give you three hours of listening time

What We Don't Like That Much

  • May fall off if used in extreme sports scenarios

21Farting Poop Emoji Pen

Farting Poop Emoji Pen

Bathroom jokes are at the top of the ‘hilarious’ list for teenage boys, and this farting pen is no exception. The poop emoji is cute with its smiling face and it is actually a working pen, not just for show! The whole class will be howling with the seven different fart sounds, and three LR44 batteries are required, which are included with the pen.

What we love

  • It is a great tool for pranking friends. Make the emoji fart and look around asking, who was that?
  • Your friends will laugh when they hear the hilarious farts and not have to worry about the stink

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Store it carefully in your pocket or bag as you likely wouldn’t want this going off by accident

22Kunodi Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Kunodi Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Any teenage boy who listens to music, podcasts, or any other entertainment would love this outdoor, waterproof Bluetooth speaker. The silicone case and interface guarantee it is shockproof, dustproof, as well as waterproof. It’s great for camping, hiking, sporting events, and you can connect it to your phone via Bluetooth mode. If you can’t bear to be without your music for even the time it takes you to bathe, no problem, you can take this speaker into the shower with you. You get eight hours of playtime at 50 percent volume.

What we love

  • The aluminum alloy metal carabiner makes it easy to hang the speaker on a backpack when you’re hiking or on a branch when you’re camping
  • You can use it with any device including Mac or PC, Samsung, and many others

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It would be nice to achieve higher volume, however the volume is connected directly to the iPad or PC

23Bluetooth Beanie Hat with Headphones

Bluetooth Beanie Hat with Headphones

Keep warm and never be disconnected with this Bluetooth beanie hat with headphones. It has a super-long battery life of 16 – 20 hours and the upgraded Bluetooth chip provides a stable and strong connection. The HD speakers offer 110db of sound so you can easily take calls or listen to music, even in a noisy environment.

What we love

  • It comes with a premium gift box that makes it a perfect gift for any time of the year or any occasion
  • This beanie is not just for music, it actually keeps you warm with thick knitting

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish there was a little more room to adjust the speakers for different sized heads

24UBeesize 12’’ Ring Light with Tripod

UBeesize 12’’ Ring Light with Tripod

This is a great tool for any teenage boy who has a podcast or likes to post videos on a variety of social media platforms. It can provide five different shades of white light, from icy cold to warm golden. The optimum lighting results come when it is placed up to 32.8 feet from the subject. This 12-inch ring light provides 20W of power from 240 LED lights.

What we love

  • The stand can be set to five different heights, from 20 to 75 inches
  • The package comes with everything you need to get started, including the 12-inch light, a phone holder, a 67-inch stand, and a wireless remote

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We’d love to see app compatibility with Tik Tok, a popular social media app with teenagers

25Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

This fantastic little camera snaps and instantly prints pictures that fit in your wallet. It has a lens and selfie mirror and comes with a mini film twin pack of 20 sheets. It will take close-ups, and you can adjust the brightness. The camera is very compact, perfect for fitting in your pocket, and weighs only 1.15 pounds.

What we love

  • You can choose the pictures you want to keep and have an instant printout to give to friends to record a party or afternoon of fun
  • Pictures develop in seconds, leaving you with a great souvenir for friends or a photo for yourself

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It would be nice if the camera also took horizontal pictures. Be sure to hold it vertically for great pictures

26Digital Sport Watch

Digital Sport Watch

Teenagers can wear this sports watch when swimming and bathing with no problem. It is shockproof and made of soft, environmentally-friendly silicone with a rubber strap. The case is also made from rubber with a stainless steel back. The nightlight and alarm features are also very handy, and the digital watch is extremely precise, clearly showing the time, day, and date.

What we love

  • There’s plenty of color options available, perfect for giving a personal touch to the watch
  • Teenagers can keep it on when they play games, swim or engage in sports as the watch is designed for rough treatment

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It would be nice if the band could be set to fit on thinner wrists

27The Guy's Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket

The Guy's Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket

If your teenager is an avid reader, this is a fantastic guide to help them learn more about what life has to offer. It has 101 real-life tips for living in today’s world that would be nice to know before they reach adulthood. For example, how to handle anger and why it isn’t a solution to problems, how to make good choices in life, and the importance of spending time away from electronic devices.

What we love

  • It combines humor such as how to get through a zombie apocalypse as well as best business practices for their future careers
  • This book is suitable for any teenage boy even though it has Christian Bible references

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We’d love to see an audiobook version of this book for teenagers to listen to on-the-go

28Anker PowerCore

Anker PowerCore

This is a wonderful mini-charger for your teenager to keep handy at all times. Mini is actually an understatement, as it is the size of a lipstick holder and packs a powerful punch for the times their phone needs charging. It’s compatible with multiple devices thanks to the universal USB port.

What we love

  • It automatically detects the type of device to deliver the fastest possible charge
  • The bundle contains the portable mini charger, a micro-USB cable, a travel pouch, and an instruction book

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It would help if it came with a 9-pin adapter for iPhones. This needs to be purchased separately

29Magneto Complete Skateboard

Magneto Complete Skateboard

The ideal skateboard for pros and beginners, the Magneto comes packed with great features. The deck is seven plies of rock-hard maple with kicktails on the front and back, and it also has grip tape. The five-inch aluminum trucks are combined with steel axles to provide extra strength. The super-soft wheels are made of 95A polyurethane for a smooth ride.

What we love

  • The board arrives fully assembled, so the user can hop on right out of the box
  • This is a great choice for a beginner skater

What We Don't Like That Much

  • If your teen is already a skater, this might be a little basic for them

30SISIGAD Hoverboard Self Balancing Scooter

SISIGAD Hoverboard Self Balancing Scooter

This hoverboard would make a great gift for a teenage boy. It is self-balancing, which makes it quick for beginners to learn how to ride. Features include lithium-ion batteries with quick charging for longer use time. Finally, the dual hub motors make for a smooth and effortless ride.

What we love

  • It has a unique Bluetooth speaker that can be connected wirelessly to any portable device
  • On the side of each wheel is a flower-shaped LED light for safety when it starts to get dark

What We Don't Like That Much

  • So fun you’d want to stay out on it for hours, we’d love it if the battery lasted a little bit longer

In Conclusion

You might have thought before reading this list that buying for a teenage boy would be harder than the days when some Paw Patrol or Spider-Man toys would keep him happy for hours on end. Luckily there’s so much great stuff out there for teens these days, whether it’s a hoverboard scooter, a drone, or some Beats headphones.

What toys did you have when you were a teen? Did you spend your days listening to the latest bands your parents hated? Why not dust off those old records and relive your youth by playing all the bands teens now hate, on a Luker Vinyl Record Player 3 Speed Bluetooth Turntable.

Or, if they’re not afraid to embrace their inner kid – or the Dark Side – you could get some inspiration from our 15 Best Star Wars Toys for Kids, because who wouldn’t want a Han Solo Mr. Potato Head?