30 Unique and Exciting Gifts for 16-Year-Old Boys
16-year-old boys are at a developmental stage where they can bring both an overwhelming sense of pride and a whole heap of stress and frustration to their friends and family. Whilst it’s not easy to deal with a teenager’s rudeness, laziness or grumpiness, these are often short-lived and developmental milestones! So, try to roll with it and focus on the joy that 16-year olds can bring too as they grow up, become their own person, hone in on their interests and accomplish all manner of things.
Buying a gift for a 16-year-old boy can be a little complicated, as whilst he may have strong interests and produce a list, equally he might not! Trying to guess what to buy can leave you overwhelmed, wondering whether to just give money or whether the gift you’ve selected is something he will want, like or use. We’ve put together a list of suggestions that a 16-year-old will be happy to receive to help you as you consider what to buy;
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 16-year-olds active can sometimes be a challenge as they require their own motivation which can be in short supply during the teenage years, 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 as well as cardiovascular health. Physical activity is a wonderful way to keep stress and depression at bay, as both of these can become a problem in the teenage years this gift is ideal for 16-year-old boys.
Giving a 16-year-old boy a multi-tool is not only practical and useful but will demonstrate to him that you trust him to use tools sensibly and see him as mature and grown up enough to need and use something like this. Whilst they often don’t show it, many 16-year-old boys still crave the approval of the adults in their lives and will be pleased to receive a gift that shows that these adults see them as mature and trustworthy.
The Leatherman Wingman is designed to be incredibly functional in a range of situations by providing all the tools you could need to tackle a range of emergency scenarios. With 14 tools, including pliers, wire cutter, knife, can opener, files and screwdrivers the Leatherman Wingman is ideal for camping too. It folds neatly away to fit in your pocket and is easily operated with just one hand.
Virtual reality gaming has improved significantly in just a few years and really is the way that the future of gaming is headed. The Oculus Rift S VR Gaming Headset is a high-quality, top of the range, futuristic virtual reality gaming headset that would make a perfect big-ticket gift for 16-year-old boys.
With improved optics thanks to next-generation lenses and a sharper display, the bright vivid colors make you feel like you really are part of the same and with the Oculus touch controllers you can control everything using your body and the Oculus insight tracking will translate your movement into VR. The ergonomic design ensures that both headsets and controllers stay firmly in place whilst being comfortable to wear. This VR headset lets you play games from the Oculus library which is described as the top library in VR gaming.
Many teenage boys enjoy working out and staying in shape and an interest in health and fitness is definitely something to be encouraged. The Magnoos Pull-Up-Bar “Matador” is a great product for encouraging health and fitness at home. The pull-up-bar can be attached to any standard door frame but doesn’t require screws or drilling, instead relying on clever engineering for maximum stability. This also means that it can be removed without a trace and stored away after training.
This pull-up bar is 8 inches higher than standard bars allowing for the optimal range of movement, delivering a highly effective workout at home. It can support a weight of up to 285 lbs and offers a secure and comfortable grip ensuring that blisters are not a problem. Even better is that the company offers a 60-day money-back guarantee.
5. Tile Mate
Tile Mate is a fantastic practical present for a 16-year-old boy which will help him to take responsibility for keeping his own possessions safe. The Tile Mate is a Bluetooth tracker that can be attached to items like keys, wallets or bags, and help you to find them when they are lost or misplaced.
The free app is compatible with both iOS and Android and can be used to ring the tile mate attached to your belonging when within 200 feet. This helps to locate a lost wallet or set of keys within the house! When the lost item is outside of the Bluetooth range you can use the app to view the most recent location and even enlist help from the Tile network to help reunite you with your possessions.
Personal care gifts are great for 16-year-old boys who may be beginning to take a great deal of pride in the appearance, but be unsure about which products to buy for themselves. The Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Razor is a quality razor that will allow him to achieve a close, but comfortable shave.
With flex-ball technology this razor is able to respond to curves and contours of the face, reducing friction in conjunction with the five anti-friction blades and specialized lubrication strips for a shave that is smooth but very close to catching virtually every hair. The razor also includes a magnetic stand which can be used to store the razor safely and hygienically within the bathroom.
7. JBL Go 3
A portable speaker makes a great gift for a 16-year-old boy who loves listening to his own music, audiobooks or podcasts as it means that he can take it with him on the go and listen to his own choice of audio wherever he is. As teenagers spend more time independently this is especially ideal. The JBL Go 3 is a small wireless speaker with a lightweight compact design.
The small size is deceptive however as the sound is pretty powerful and the integrated lithium-ion battery lasts for up to 5 hours on a single charge. This speaker is also water and dust resistant meaning that it can be used outside whatever the weather. Bluetooth technology means this speaker can be connected to most phones or laptops, making it the ideal gift for a teenage boy with a range of devices.
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. 16-year-olds will love the physical element to this and build their understanding of physics principles 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.
Pool toys are great for 16-year-old boys who will happily while away their summers, or holidays hanging out by the pool. The Intex Inflatable Swim Donut Ring makes a great gift as it’s extremely easy to use and is perfect for both relaxing and play.
Putting your feet up and relaxing in water is easy with this simple ring, but its cool chocolate donut design is sure to turn heads. When deflated the ring is incredibly lightweight and compact making it easy to store and transport and ideal for taking on holiday when packing space is at a premium. This product includes a repair patch so all eventualities are covered.
As a 16-year-old boy becomes more mature and independent it’s likely that he will begin to take trips away from home and having his own luggage is really helpful. The American Tourister Holiday Heat Spinner Hand Luggage is a super lightweight suitcase and makes a great practical gift.
It is available in a range of colors so you can choose one to suit the style and personality of the boy that you’re buying for. This case has a 3-digit combination lock to keep everything safe and secure in transit too. If you’re looking to buy a useful gift then this is something that will certainly be used for years to come.
Exploding Kittens is the perfect board game for adults and children alike, it’s great at family gatherings and events because it’s accessible and fun for a wide range of ages and can be played by 2-5 players. With more than 9 million copies sold, Exploding kittens has broken records in games for kids and games for adults, and was the most backed Kickstarter game ever!
The game is described as a “highly strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette” To play you put cards on the table and take turns drawing from them but if you draw an Exploding Kitten, you explode and are out of the game. You can avoid being ‘out’ if you have special defuse cards or you use other cards to skip your turn or attack other players. Playing board games is great for building social skills as teenagers learn how to manage their emotions when winning and losing, and join in with adult conversation.
The Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is an alarm clock that helps you wake up more naturally using light to simulate sunrise and sunset. The relaxing sunset feature helps you to wind down ready for a restful sleep at bedtime. Whilst the sunrise uses a combination of light and sound to help you to wake up more naturally and feel refreshed.
This product has been developed with clinical healthcare specialists with over 30 years of experience in sleeping patterns. With a range of features including an FM radio, snooze, 5 natural wake-up sounds and an automatic dimmable display, this would make a great gift for a teenager who really struggles to get out of bed. It also has a 90-day money-back guarantee for peace of mind.
13. Pizza Socks Box
A lovely way to give a practical and useful gift; the Pizza Socks Box is a unique and beautiful present, combining the practicality of socks with the artistry and fun of being presented as pizza! With high-quality, colorful socks presented to look just like pizza, this is sure to amuse a 16-year-old boy.
This gift is perfect if you’re not too sure of a boy’s interests and want to buy him something practical that he will get some use out of but don’t want it to seem too boring when he opens the gift. Coming from a family-run business the Pizza Socks Box makes a great gifting option for both teens and adults.
Gaming is a popular pastime for many 16-year-old boys and plenty of parents express their frustration with having to hear not only their teenager talking to others on the game but all the game sounds and everyone talking back! The Razer Kranken X Gaming Headset is a great diplomatic gift to end this issue!
When wearing the headset the gamer can hear everything going on in the game with high-quality surround sound style audio, and communicate easily via the built-in microphone which is specially designed to pick up speech and eliminate background noise. The controls are built into the headset itself so there’s no need to fuss around with the computer settings whilst busy gaming and as a bonus the headset is incredibly lightweight and comfortable to wear, making it ideal for gamers who like to play for extended time.
Practical gifts are great for 16-year-old boys who often don’t know what they would like, or have extremely expensive taste! When you buy a practical gift you can be sure that the gift will be used rather than simply pushed aside and lost in his bedroom. The Nike Benassi Blue Beach & Pool Shoes make a nice, practical gift for a 16-year-old boy.
These sporty style sliders are ideal for using at the beach, or pool, or even just when lounging around the house. This lightweight style of slip-on sandal is very popular with teenagers, and with a bold Nike logo on the strap, a 16-year-old boy will appreciate them even more as they come from a popular, fashionable sports brand.
It’s no secret that 16-year-olds love screen time, so why not upgrade their experience with this 4K HDR streaming device? The NVIDIA Shield TV Pro allows a 16-year-old to experience cinema-style pictures with highlights up to 40 times brighter and blacks 10 times darker than a standard picture. This can be used for watching programs and films from a range of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Gaming is also covered with games suitable for everyone available via Google Play and GeForce NOW. The clear, crisp audio ensures the ultimate gaming experience and there’s even a built-in Google Assistant so you can control your SHIELD hands-free with Google Home or Alexa and Amazon Echo. This is a great way to upgrade a 16-year-old boy’s entertainment system without the extortionate price tag.
Trying to find a hairdryer suitable for a 16-year-old boy can be difficult as many have ultra-feminine designs that might be off-putting. The Babyliss GT Ionic Dryer has you covered though, it looks as though, smart and professional as it is!
This professional ionic dryer incorporates ionic drying technology which not only speeds up drying time but also seals the hairs’ cuticles helping them to retain moisture and prevent damage. With 6 heat and speed settings, it’s easy to customize the drying action to suit the hair type, and styling needed and the ionic concentrator nozzle and cold shot button makes it easy to achieve a professional finish.
Being able to cook a meal is a life skill and cookery can be a relaxing, fun hobby so encouraging a 16-year-old boy to give it a try is a fantastic idea! The Blumtal Pizza Stone with Paddle is a great way to encourage these kinds of skills as it will appeal to a 16-year-old boy; after all, what 16-year-old doesn’t love pizza!?
This professional pizza stone set allows the user to cook pizza the authentic Italian way in the comfort of their own home. The stone heats up to 570 F and can be used in a regular over. The Pizza peel board makes it easy to put the pizza in the oven and take it out again and the extra-long handle ensures everyone is safe whilst doing so!
If the 16-year-old boy you’re looking to buy a gift for is heavily into gaming it can be hard to know what to buy him. With such an array of different products on the market, gaming equipment can be extremely overwhelming for an outsider and even for those that are into gaming much of it is down to personal preference. So, if you’d like to buy something to support his hobby but aren’t sure about what’s good why not go for a practical gift like the SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad.
This mouse pad provides a hard polypropylene surface for maximum speed with an enhanced surface texture so that a high degree of accuracy can be maintained, all of this is very important for a hassle-free gaming experience. The non-slip rubber base ensures that the mousepad stays put as it’s used and the brand QcK has been a top choice of esports pros for more than 15 years.
Not only is gaming very popular, but teenagers also love to watch others playing popular games via YouTube or Twitch. As well as being great fun this can also be a very serious hobby and even a lucrative business! The Elgato HD60 S Capture Card will allow a 16-year-old boy to stream and record in 1080p60, for PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo consoles.
The built-in live streaming feature means that it’s super simple to start streaming via Twitch or YouTube and the stream layout is easily customizable, allowing you to add webcam, alerts or overlays as needed you can even use the built-in live commentary feature to add your voice.
Teenagers get a reputation for being lazy and loving to sleep and lounge around, but this makes perfect sense when we consider the physical growth they are undergoing, as well as the brain growth and all of the emotional stresses and strains many teenagers are under. So instead of moaning about how they need to get up and get moving why not promote some self-care and relaxation by giving a teenager The Comfy original. This is the original wearable blanket, as seen on the TV program Shark Tank.
Available in a range of different colors and designs you can choose one that you think will suit the style and personality of the teenage boy you’re buying for. One size fits all so you can buy with confidence even if you’re not sure of his current clothing size and to make life easy the blanket is machine washable cold, and can also be tumble dried on low.
Many 16-year-old boys are interested in cars, vehicles and engineering and technology skills are in high demand in the workplace, so this gift is ideal for encouraging these skills and interests. The Porsche 911 Flat-Six Boxer Engine allows a 16-year-old boy to create a 1:4 scale model of a Porsche engine, looking at how everything fits together and works.
The model has over 280 components making it a challenging build, enhancing concentration skills along the way, but the pay-off at the end is great; giving a real sense of pride and accomplishment as well as a motorized model engine.
USB Flash drives are useful for a whole host of different purposes and make a great practical present for a teenage boy especially a boy who enjoys using technology and computers. The Samsung Duo Plus 128 GB Type-C Flash Drive is a Type-C drive with a Type-A adapter integrated to enable it to be used with older devices too.
This is ideal for moving data or freeing up space, and the superior performance of the drive makes it quick, simple and hassle-free to use. The Duo Plus uses up-to-date Type C Technology meaning that it plugs in the right way up every time and there’s no need to risk broken drives by fumbling or forcing it in. Speedy and reliable, this drive can store plenty of data with its 128 GB capacity and makes an ideal gift for a teenage boy.
Another stereotype of teenage boys is that they’re always hungry! So if this is true of the 16-year-old boy you’re buying a gift for why not help him to help himself. Being able to prepare meals and snacks is a vital self-help skill that he will need when he is eventually away at college, or living in his own place. The Morphy Richards Toasted Sandwich Maker encourages a teenager’s independence and allows them to prepare filling snacks for themselves.
This sandwich maker is designed as a piece of microwave cookware and is extremely versatile, allowing you to grill traditional toasties, croissants, paninis and more in your microwave. It’s completely ready to use and has non-stick plates to make clean-up incredibly quick and easy, it can even go in the dishwasher. With the included instruction booklet and further guides online, there’s plenty of inspiration for a teenage boy to get cooking!
A leather wallet makes a useful, but luxurious gift for a teenage boy. As he gets older he may begin to carry around debit cards, ID cards, membership cards and so on, so a nice, organized place to put them all is a practical gift. The Tommy Hilfiger RFID Blocking Leather Wallet offers this kind of organization with 6 credit card pockets, but it also offers RFID Blocking technology helping to keep card details safe.
RFID is the technology that we use to make many contactless payments which have led some to worry about how easily accessible their cards are in their wallet where a payment device could be simply skinny over a bag to collect card details. The RFID blocking technology in this wallet eliminates that security worry. The Genuine leather finish feels soft and luxurious and the popular, well-known Tommy Hilfiger brand means that this is a gift that will be well-received by most teenagers.
The Big Game Hunters Mega Hi-Tower in a Bag is a fun, family game best played outdoors. This block balancing game is perfect for parties and family events as it’s suitable, and good fun for, both adults and children alike.
Similar to the popular game Jenga players must build a tower and then take turns to carefully remove pieces without knocking the whole tower down. This is a real challenge with the large set and encourages children to use muscles throughout the body to keep their hands steady as they remove each block. Being able to build up to 7.5 feet high this game is challenging and exciting and comes with its own storage bag.
If the 16-year-old boy you’re buying a gift for is interested in cars then this 3,696-piece LEGO Technic 1:8 scale model car is sure to keep him entertained for hours! This is a challenging build for a 16-year-old featuring a model V12 engine with moving pistons, steering, front and rear suspension and opening doors.
This set is modeled exactly on the real Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 helping a boy to pursue his interest in cars further. It includes a collectors building instruction booklet, decorative display plate, and unique serial number as well as being presented in luxury packaging.
Suitable for a range of sports, going to the gym or swimming, the spacious Under Armour Undeniable Duffel bag offers up to 15 gallon of storage space as well as 2 front pockets. With it’s ‘UA Storm technology, the bag has a water-repellent coating that means rainy days, or wet floors are no problem!
The padded shoulder strap ensures that this bag is both practical and comfortable to wear when brining a gym kit or sporting goods around. As 16-year-olds become more independent and spend more time out of the house at extra-curricular activities a robust sports bag like this is bound to come in useful. Inside the bag there is a separate pocket designed to keep dirty kit or shoes away from other items, making it a very practical bag for sporty teenage boys
Whether you give this gift as a little novelty or a serious gift for a teenager who has to have the perfect fried egg every time the Ancillary Range 4.7 Inch One Egg Pan is the ideal frying pan when catering for just one person. Being able to fry an egg is a great life skill for a teenager to learn.
This 12 inch non-stick pan is perfect for making single egg omlets too, due to its small size it heats up fast, easily and evenly and the non-stick coating means that the egg should just slide right out when it’s done with no mess, hassle or fuss. This pan is even dishwasher safe to make sure that clean-up is teenage friendly!
Gaming keyboards can be hard to get right; on the one hand you need a practical, robust design that will stand up to a bit of rough treatment and all the gaming action, but on the other hand you want high-tech, high-quality, and high-precision. The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard will fulfill both and delight a 16-year-old boy receiving it as a gift.
The keyboard is guaranteed for 50 million keypresses, showing that it’s truly built to last and it is made from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy. There’s an integrated command center for adjusting settings, wireless connectivity and even a premium magnetic wrist rest. The illuminations options are virtually unlimited and fully customizable so you can have a keyboard that looks as cool as its performance, you can even save 5 different profiles to keep your custom look.
Useful and practical gifts are a great choice for 16-year-old boys as they won’t often ask for things they need or buy them for themselves, but being given them as a gift helps to make their life a lot easier. Lots of 16-year-old boys are very interested in computers and technology and this list reflects that with plenty of different products to encourage him to develop this interest further.
The teenage years are also a time of preparation for adult life so we’ve selected a few gifts that will help to develop a teenager’s emerging independence and real-life skills but in a fun, non-pushy way. Here we’ve brought together a list of gifts that 16-year-old boys might like with some really useful products as well as some fun ones, so you’re sure to find something to suit the 16-year-old boy you’re looking at buying a gift for!