14 can be a crucial age for boys; while some 14-year-olds start becoming more responsible and adult-like, others begin to rebel and get mixed up with the wrong crowd. Both are normal, but it’s an important time for adults in a child’s life to ensure they’re encouraging healthy development. Even though many 14-year-old boys appear to want to argue with adults about everything, actually deep down they crave the stability that adults offer to their lives and are very appreciative of gifts given by important adults in their lives.
We’ve put together a list of gift suggestions for 14-year-old boys which should suit a wide range of interests and help to develop a varied set of important skills.
1. Lego Technic Terrain RC Truck
The Lego Technic range has been specially developed for older children and adults who are interested in mechanics and engineering. Most products in the range have working parts allowing the builder to understand how things happen and why things work.
The Lego Technic Terrain RC Truck is a challenging build, suitable for 14-year-old boys with plenty of concentration and patience, which also has a large motor and remote control. The remote-control element is another opportunity for a 14-year-old boy to improve his technical skills. The Lego Technic Terrain RC Truck is a 2-in-1 model, making it a more versatile set.
2. Long Flight Time Drone With Camera
Drones are becoming increasingly popular with both adults and children and this has driven the cost of drones down, making them much more accessible to the majority of people. This Long Flight Time Drone comes with two batteries so that 40 minutes of flight time can be achieved.
Using drones is a great, exciting way to improve a 14-year-olds understanding of technology and the 720p HD Camera with real-time transmission also gives a whole new perspective on local areas. As drones need to be used responsibly, within local laws and restrictions, using a drone is also a good way to build a 14-year-olds understanding of social responsibility.
3. Fjällräven Unisex Backpack
A backpack makes an ideal, practical gift for a 14-year-old boy as at this age they begin to develop their own hobbies and interests and spend more time independently out of the house. A 14-year-old boy will probably need a backpack for school, and then may need one for school sports kit, any extra-curricular sports or activities and will usually like to have one to take to friends’ houses too. So even if the boy you’re buying for already has a backpack, another will probably still come in useful!
The Fjällraven Unisex Backpack is a popular, stylish backpack brand with useful built-in features such as cushioned pockets, lightweight, durable fabric and adjustable shoulder straps. It’s available in a range of colors so you can choose one to suit his look and personality!
4. Spikeball Game Set
Spending time outside is good for all humans as it lowers our stress levels, keeps us physically active and healthy and helps our bodies to produce Vitamin D when we are exposed to natural sunlight. Keeping 14-year-olds active can sometimes be a challenge as they require their own motivation, but the Spikeball Game set is a resource that might just help!
The Spikeball Game Set is an innovative outdoor game that comes with a lifetime guarantee and is easily portable in its own storage bag. The game requires keeping a ball in the air, passing it between players or bouncing it off of the net, this will improve hand-eye coordination.
5. Dark Souls Board Game
Board games are a great way to improve all kinds of social skills as many require turn-taking, following rules and emotional self-regulation. The Dark Souls Board Game also requires teamwork, so improves social skills in this way too.
Suitable for 1 to 4 players the Dark Souls Board Game is a longer, more involved board game making it more suitable for older players with games lasting between 90 and 120 minutes. This game requires plenty of critical thinking and tactical skills which are all important skills for a 14-year-old to gain.
6. Lego NASA Apollo Saturn Building Kit
Perfect for a 14-year-old boy with an interest in Space and technology the Lego NASA Apollo Saturn Building Kit allows the builder to create an accurate replica of the NASA Apollo Saturn. The finished model is 3 feet tall and comes with display stands to show off the model.
The Lego NASA Apollo Saturn Building Kit features accurate details such as removable rocket pieces so it is ideal for detail-oriented 14-year-olds. Building the model requires plenty of patience and construction skills and is the perfect way to build perseverance.
7. Wacom Intuos Pro Graphic Tablet
An award-winning digital drawing tablet, the Wacom Intuos Pro Graphic Tablet would make an ideal gift for an artistic 14-year-old boy. It can be used with a variety of compatible devices with its Bluetooth connectivity and is ideal for producing digital graphic designs.
This is a gift that will really promote creativity, allowing for careful and precise drawing with the maximum precision pen, whilst also improving technology skills. With graphic design skills in serious demand, this is an interest well worth encouraging.
8. Fjällräven Pocket Bag
From a popular brand, the Fjällraven pocket bag, is sure to be a hit with a style-conscious 14-year-old boy. Sometimes you may be unsure on what to buy for a 14-year-old boy if you’re not 100% sure of his interests it can be a good idea to buy a practical gift that he can get some use out of; this is an ideal practical gift to buy, which he will get a lot of use out of. The bag is very practical, versatile and ideal for traveling.
Made with a durable fabric, the Fjällraven Pocket bag is made to last and comes in a neutral, black color to suit a variety of styles and occasions.
9. Franzis Porsche Model Engine Kit
Many 14-year-old boys are interested in cars, vehicles and engineering and engineering and technology skills are in high demand, so this gift is ideal for encouraging these skills and interests. The Franzis Porsche Model Engine Kit allows a 14-year-old boy to create a 1:4 scale model of a Porsche engine, looking at how everything fits together and works.
The Franzis Porsche Model Engine Kit has motorized moving parts and will require plenty of skills and concentration for a 14-year-old to put it together, making it an ideal independent project.
10. Hugo Boss Perfume
Around about age 14 boys begin to develop more mature and sophisticated tastes and may be ready for some real perfume. This Hugo Boss perfume has a fresh scent that will suit most boys’ style and taste, as well as being from a popular, well-recognized brand.
Available in a practical, long-lasting 200 ml size this personal care product makes an ideal practical gift. Practical gifts, like personal care products, may well have been rejected earlier in childhood but as boys become older and more mature, they begin to appreciate them more and even ask for them.
11. Intex K2 Challenger Kayak
A novel and exciting idea for a 14-year-old boy who is confident in water and looking for his next adventure, this strong, inflatable kayak can be used in pools, at the beach, in lakes and at outdoor pursuits locations. It comes with paddle supports and a repair kit so you can rest assured that the necessities are taken care of.
The Intex K2 Challenger Kayak is designed for comfort and space and encourages confidence in the water and adventure, with the added benefits of getting kids outdoors doing something practical. This is definitely a great gift for a 14-year-old boy with a sense of fun and adventure.
12. Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
Computer games are a popular pursuit for many 14-year-old boys and buying accessories or add-ons that enhance the gaming experience is a sure way to give a really well-received gift. If the 14-year-old boy you’re buying for has or is about to receive an Xbox then buying an upgraded controller for it makes a great, useful gift. It also works great as a controller for the PCs and can be connected either via Bluetooth wirelessly or wired with the included USB-C-cable.
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is a comfortable to use, accurate controller thanks to its rubberized grip which allows precision and keeps hands cushioned during longer gaming sessions. The adjustable tension thumb sticks mean that a gamer can customize the feel of the controls, and the controller comes with a charging dock included.
13. Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones
Noise from gaming, music and TV can become an issue in busy households, and at 14-years-old a boy is likely to be creating noise from a variety of devices which can cause conflict in the household; these noise-canceling headphones might just provide a solution. Compatible with a whole range of devices, using Bluetooth connectivity, these headphones can be used for various activities, saving the household from the noise of a 14-year-old boy’s interests and saving the 14-year-boy from the noise of the rest of the household!
These high-quality headphones use noise-canceling technology, balancing the sound at various volumes and can also be paired using Bluetooth. They are also enabled to work with Amazon Alexa or the Google assistant.
14. Darth Vader Electronic Helmet
At age 14, some boys develop particularly strong interests or fandoms and may enjoy building collections of items based around these interests. The Star Wars series is a popular interest at this age which often extends into adulthood too, so if the 14-year-old boy you’re buying for has a strong interest in the Star Wars series you could buy something that helps him to build his collection of Star Wars items.
The Darth Vader Electronic Helmet is a realistic reproduction of Darth’s helmet from the movies and comes in multiple pieces with an adjustable fit and sound effects. Whether it’s used as a toy or a display item, it will be well-received by most Star Wars fans.
15. Lego Technic Adventure Motorbike
Specially designed to promote and develop engineering skills the Lego Technic range is ideal for boys who are interested in engineering and mechanics. The Lego Technic Adventure Motorbike allows the builder to create an authentic replica of a motorbike with some moving parts. Creating the moving parts, following the detailed instructions, helps to build an understanding of how mechanical parts work in the real world.
The Lego Technic Adventure Motorbike is also a 2-in-1 set meaning that there are 2 different models that can be built to add interest to the set and keep a 14-year-old boy busy that bit longer!
16. Numark Complete USB DJ Controller Set
An interest in music is certainly something to encourage as being able to listen to and be creative with, music has many benefits in terms of academics, social skills and mental health. If the 14-year-old boy you’re looking to buy a gift for is interested in DJing then this set might just be the perfect gift for him.
The Numark Complete USB DJ Controller Set is an ultra-portable set which is compatible with a wide range of devices and can be used to stream millions of tracks. Once tracks are streamed, the set can be used to have total mix control, encouraging plenty of creativity as well as the technical skills required to set everything up!
17. Ravensburger Globe 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
By 14-years-old children need a sufficiently challenging jigsaw puzzle if it is to hold their attention for any length of time. This means something complex to put together with plenty of pieces and the Ravensburger Globe 3D Jigsaw Puzzle takes this a step further by adding the 3D element. This 3D jigsaw enables the user to construct a 3D model of the globe, with no glue required!
As well as presenting plenty of opportunities to develop concentration and perseverance the Ravensburger Globe 3D Jigsaw Puzzle helps to build an awareness of the globe and locations of countries and continents as a 14-year-old builds it.
18. Ultimate Pokerset
A poker set may not seem like the obvious choice for a gift for a 14-year-old boy but the Ultimate Pokerset can make a brilliant gift for a boy of 14. The set comes in a sturdy, aluminum storage case with 300 chips and 2 decks of cards and could be the ideal introduction to the card game.
At 14 years old, boys increasingly want to feel like adults so involving him in one of your hobbies could be an ideal way to affirm him and include him in your life. Card games like poker are useful for building relationships and practicing social skills and has the added benefit of improving mathematical skills.
19. Nintendo Switch Lite
A cheaper alternative to the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Lite offers the same popular gaming capabilities, portability and great battery life. The difference is that it does not support output to a TV and is therefore a handheld-only device.
For many 14-year-olds this will be perfect, offering the ability to play on the go. We often think of playing video games as a simple leisure pursuit but they offer plenty of learning benefits too. Alongside increasing skills associated with technology, playing video games can increase physical dexterity in the thumb and fingers, improve hand-eye coordination and reaction times and develop critical thinking skills.
20. Intex Floating Recliner Lounge
Most 14-year-old boys love days at the pool and are much more able to enjoy time relaxing as well as plenty of time playing in the water. Confidence in water and physical swimming skills are important for 14-year-olds and contributes to their overall sense of wellbeing as well as health and fitness.
The Intex Floating Recliner Lounge is a luxury inflatable that can be used in the water and has been designed for comfort. The heavy-duty handles help with stability and there are built-in cup holders for added convenience. As an inflatable, this product is easily portable so can be taken on vacations, pool parties or for a day at the pool.
21. Aerobie Pro Flying Ring
The Aerobie Pro Flying Ring is a new way to play frisbee, encouraging plenty of outdoor physical play, keeping children fit and healthy. More aerodynamic than a traditional frisbee the Aerobie Pro Flying Ring is easier to throw, and catch and even holds the Guinness world record for the longest throw.
The aerodynamic design makes games flow more easily, creating a more enjoyable and rewarding experience so players are likely to play for longer. This kind of sporting activity is brilliant for improving hand-eye coordination skills and is popular to play with family and friends of all ages.
22. Blue Yeti Microphone for Recording and Streaming
Streaming and recording videos are becoming a more popular interest as people make videos for YouTube about all sorts of subject matter or stream on a variety of platforms. Many 14-year-old boys enjoy streaming gaming content with their friends, and this computer accessory is ideal for this pastime.
The Blue Yeti Microphone for recording and streaming has a positionable design so it can be set-up for easy access whatever is being recorded or streamed. The microphone produces clear, broadcast-quality sounds and also features onboard audio controls so that input can be just right. This gift encourages creativity, creating different kinds of content, as well as improving technical skills.
23. HQ Kites Symphony
Kite-flying has become increasingly cool, with all sorts of stunt kites now available on the market. The HQ Kites Symphony makes an ideal gift for a 14-year-old boy who is just beginning to express an interest in kite-flying, or whom you would like to develop a new hobby.
The HQ Kites Symphony is great for beginners and has no poles or rods, making it incredibly easy to set up and to pack away. It is made from tough, durable materials so can fly in most conditions and face up to the rigors that a beginner may put it through. Kite-flying is an ideal way to encourage more time spent outdoors, and develop hand-eye coordination along the way.
24. Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Bluetooth Speaker
By age 14 most boys have their own definite, defined taste in music and like to express themselves through what they choose to listen to. A Bluetooth speaker is an ideal gift for boys of this age as they can be used with a range of devices to play their own choice of music, making it a great product for their bedroom or personal space.
The Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Bluetooth speaker has a great sound and bass and is very reasonably priced. It can also connect with another speaker for dual use!
25. Anker PowerCore 5000 mAh Portable Charger
Practical gifts are better received by 14-year-olds than younger children and a portable charger is absolutely ideal for a boy of this age. At age 14, a boy is likely to have many portable electronic devices that need charging up, and losing battery while on the go can be a very frustrating experience.
The Anker PowerCore 5000 mAh Portable Charger is ideal for keeping devices powered up whilst on the go. It is ultra-compact and can provide an entire charge for an iPhone X.
26. Lego Architecture Paris Model Building Set
Architecture is a fantastic interest to encourage and this Lego set is the ideal way to do this with a 14-year-old boy. Building with Lego is an interest that often persists throughout childhood and sometimes into adulthood too so Lego have designed plenty of challenging kits to accommodate this.
The Lego Architecture Paris Model Building Set is a very complex build with 694 pieces, requiring plenty of concentration and perseverance as well as great construction skills in order to complete!
27. Stomp Rocket Duelling Kit
What’s not to love about stomp power rockets that you can use to compete with? The Stomp Rocket Duelling Kit includes 2 rockets that are launched by stomping on their bases as hard as you can; not only is this great fun but it means that they don’t require batteries either. 14-year-olds will love the physical element to this and build their understanding of cause, effect and physics as they go along.
The rockets can fly up to 200 feet so are definitely an outdoor only gift, but the Stomp Rocket Duelling set is ideal for playing with a friend or sibling and competing to see which rockets fly the fastest or the highest.
28. Game Of Thrones Puzzle
Based on the popular Game of Thrones books and TV series, the Game of Thrones Puzzle is more than a typical jigsaw puzzle so should provide adequate challenge to a 14-year-old boy. The Jigsaw puzzle has 1400 pieces to improve construction skills and spatial awareness as he figures out where each piece belongs.
The Game of Thrones Puzzle is a detailed map of the world used in the Game of Throne series and has 3D elements with 65 detailed buildings to be placed as part of the jigsaw. This would make an ideal gift for a 14-year-old needing a challenging jigsaw, or with an interest in fantasy novels.
29. Water Rocket
Interest in science and experiments is a great thing, and scientific skills are more in-demand than ever before with specialized programs being set up all the time. This Water Rocket would make a fantastic gift for a 14-year-old boy with an interest in science or engineering.
As an educational gift, it is sure to be parent-approved whilst not feeling like extra school work. Instead, the Water Rocket is an exciting experiment where a 14-year-old can build and launch their own rocket, which can reach a height of up to 30 feet.
30. Hasbro Risk Board Game
Risk is a classic board game that can be played at family gatherings with older children and adults, or with friends. Playing board games in this way offers a whole host of benefits to children as it helps to develop social skills. 14-year-olds will love being able to join in with what adults and older children are doing and will develop social skills such as turn-taking, emotional self-regulation and playing by the rules.
The Hasbro Risk Board Game is a particularly good game for developing strategy skills such as critical thinking, planning ahead and problem-solving as players have to decided how to distribute their resources and what to prioritize. These are important skills that a 14-year-old could use in a range of situations.
As the 14-year-old boy in your life becomes more mature and grown up, you will have the opportunity to get to know him more as a young adult and equal, but remember that many 14-year-olds still look up to the adult influences in their life even when they don’t really show it. Gift-giving is an important way to express care and affection, and a great way to show a 14-year-old boy that you care as by age 14 affectionate words and big hugs are likely to be shrugged off.
This list contains a real mix of practical, educational and fun gifts, though all of them have benefits to a 14-year-old boy. We hope that it has helped you to find a gift that will suit the 14-year-old boy that you’re looking to buy for.