We know that teenage boys are notoriously difficult to shop for, espeically when it comes to finding the perfect gift on a special occasion. That’s why we have this gift guide featuring 20 fantastic, age-appropriate gifts your teenage son is sure to love. No matter what he is interested in, there is sure to be something here he will love! We also have some helpful tips when it comes to finding the ideal gift for a teen boy.
20 Top Gifts for Boys Aged 13
In this section, you’ll find our picks of the best gifts for boys. We have everything ranging from LEGO to laser tag and everything in between.
Space Blaster Laser Tag Gun Set
These laser tag guns are easy to use, because no vest is required. The guns show how much life the player has left, and they are easily reloaded using the grip. Kids will have loads of fun playing outdoors or indoors with this set, and it is a great way to get them up and off the sofa! There are four different weapon styles to choose from within each gun, each with different pros and cons. It’s fun to play around with the different types and see which works best. There are different designs and colors to choose from, and there are also sets with 4 guns which are perfect for when there will be more players.
The LEGO Mindstorms robot is fun for boys who love building LEGOs and are also interested in coding. First, the robot must be built using the 601 pieces, includings motors and sensors to bring the robot to life. The robot can be built in one of 17 different ways, so teens will be spoiled for choice when it comes to which one they will build! The robot can then be programmed using the free app. The robot can learn to do various tricks, such as shooting targets and even talking! The Mindstorms robot is compatible with all other LEGO bricks, so it can be used for creative building, offering endless possibilities for educational fun.
Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit
Hover Soccer Ball
This is the ideal gift for any boy who is a sports fan. It’s a great way to help get them active and away from their screens and gadgets to ensure they stay fit and healthy. The set consists of two small goals as well as the hover soccer ball. It can be used indoors, as it doesn’t take up much space and the ball has foam around the edges to help prevent it from damaging furniture or hurting players. The ball lights up, so it’s fun to play the game at night too, something teenagers are sure to love.
Boy Craft Catapult Wars
This boys craft kit is a great project for passing a rainy dayand offers a nice change from playing video games and watching movies. It can be enjoyed with friends, as there are enough supplies included to create two catapults. After building, boys will have fun competing to see which can achieve the greatest throwing distance. The catapults are built from several wooden pieces, and there are also rubber bands included and bean bags to launch. It’s the ideal gift for boys who are interested in building and learning how things work – this toy is educational as well as lots of fun.
Mini Basketball Hoop
The mini basketball hoop is a great gift for boys who love playing ball, but perhaps don’t have space to have a full-sized hoop set up. It can be adjusted in height to fit players of all sizes, and it is also designed to fit over the top of almost any door. There’s an electronic score board included, which also features a time clock. The mini hoop even comes with an automatic ball launcher. However, this requires 4 C batteries, so be sure to stock up before gifting this item to a teen. There’s a backboard made from plexi-glass for a realistic feel when playing.
Gravity Maze STEM Toy
Gravity Maze is a great STEM learning game for boys. It comes with 60 challenge cards ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, so there is something to suit all experience levels. There are full instructions included, but essentially players have to place the towers as shown on the challenge card, then add the additional towers in such a way to effectively complete the marble run. Teens can enjoy this game alone, or solve the challenges with help from friends. It’s also fun to play with two or more players, taking turns to complete each challenge.
Battle Bow Build and Blast Set
KNEX are great building toys for older children, and this bow is no different. It is built using over 150 pieces, and once complete it really fires the included darts. There are five foam darts included, and the blaster can be built in four different ways, ensuring the toy never gets boring. The darts can be launched to distances of up to 75 feet, meaning this is a great toy for using outdoors. The pieces of the blaster lock together to ensure it doesn’t fall apart during battles, too!
National Geographic Fossil Dig Kit
This fossil dig kit from National Geographic is ideal for any child with an interest in fossils or dinosaurs. The kit can be used to discover three different fossils – a bone, a tooth and even some dinosaur poop! Completing the activity is fun, and teens will love to display the fossils in their room once they are finished. There is a guide included with colorful images to help engage boys even more and help them learn more about the subject. Parents can trust the quality of this product, as it comes from the highly repuatable National Geographic.
Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket
The Stomp Rocket is a fun gift which is ideal for encouraging teens to spend some time outdoors and get them socializing with friends and family. Everyone will love taking turns to run and jump on the rocket launch pad and watch as it soars up to 200 feet in the air. There are four rockets included, so you don’t need to go and fetch the rocket after every launch before starting the next launch. They are foam-topped for safety, so there’s no cause for concern. Parents will love this toy because it doesn’t require any batteries or electic supply – it is simply powered by jumping on the launch pad!
Laser Tag Blasters with Vests
This pack of four laser tag guns is the ideal way to ensure your teen son is staying fit and active rather than spending too much time in front of a screen. There are four different weapon modes, so you can play around and find your own style of play. The whole family will love joining in the game, and the target vests are highly elasticated to ensure they fit virtually all sizes. The guns have a 150-foot shooting range and the battery life is up to 2 hours to ensure a full and fun game can be played. Several sets can be combined to allow for an unlimited number of players, who will play on one of four teams according to the color of their weapon.
LEGO Technic Stunt Bike Set
This LEGO Technic bike contains 140 building pieces, as well as a ramp for the bike to ride over once it is built. The bike features a pull-back motor as well as front and rear lights and wide-rimmed tires. The bike both looks great on display and is fun to play with. Simply pull back and watch as it heads for the ramp! The set can be combined with the Stunt Truck from the Technic range to create an even bigger and better vehicle!
Snap Circuits Arcade
The Snap Circuits Arcade is great for boys who love problem solving and brain teaser challenges. It is used to complete over 200 projects which help with STEM learning, building circuits which can be used to play games. The kit comes with all the required components and also full, detailed instructions which show how to complete each project. There are over 35 components included, and it is easy to identify them thanks to the color coding system which is employed. Teens will love learning about electrical circuits with this fun and educational gift which is sure to be used time and time again.
Hot Wheels AI Race System
The Hot Wheels AI racing game is a new and unique take on classic Hot Wheels and slot car racing. This award-winning toy comes with smart cars to help players win, but also includes AIs which will do anything in their power to win the race! There are over 40 possible track layouts, totalling a length of over 16 feet. There are two cars and two controllers included, as well as 20 pieces of track in different shapes and sizes. You can even include virtual hazards such as oil spills to help win the race and knock out your opponent!
Magnetic Dart Board
The magnetic darts board is a great gift for boys and can be enjoyed by the whole family, or played with any friends who come to visit. The game is safe because the darts are magnetic, and they also won’t damage any walls or furniture if they hit it. There are six darts included, in two different colors, so it’s ideal for two players or teams. There’s a slot on the back which makes mounting the board on the wall nice and easy, so you can start playing right away.
Disgusting Science Kit
This is a fun science kit for boys who love all things gross! The kit comes with four petri dishes, gelatin, colorings and everything else necessary to carry out the experiments. Kids can learn fun facts about the human body, and even make fake blood and snot! This is a great kit to help develop an interest in science and make the subject fun and interesting. There is an activity guide included which shows everything which can be done with the kit – 13 year olds will be able to follow the instructions by themselves or with frieds or siblings.
Kids Waterproof Sports Watch
This is a nice digital watch which is perfect for active teen boys. It is water-resisrant making it ideal for use during watersports, and it can also be worn when showering. The watch can be used at depths of up to 165 feet, although the buttons should not be pressed when the watch is submerged. The watch is multifunctional, showing the time and date and also features a stopwatch and an alarm clock. It also features a bright backlight, meaning the time can be viewed easily at night too. The watch is just the right size for young teenagers.
K’NEX Intro to Simple Machines
This K’NEX set can be used to build 7 different models, which are shown in the included educational guide. Each model replicates a real working machine, and all the completed models have moving parts. Teens will be amused for hours building and rebuilding the different models. The included box is great for storing the parts when the kit is not being used and will prevent anything from getting lost. This is a great toy for developing STEM skills, and there are almost 200 pieces included to keep teens entertained time and time again.
Ped Run Kids Pedal Scooter
Riding this scooter is a great form of exercise, and is also loads of fun! It’s a great way to get teens spending time outdoors, being active. It is propelled by pushing up and down on the pedals alternatively, much like using a stair climber. The maximum speed is an impressive 10 mph, which is sure to give teens a thrill! The maximum weight limit for the scooter is 145 pounds, and it folds for easy storage and transportation.
Overall Best Gift for Boys Aged 13
We have reviewed many great gifts here – it is difficuly to pick one which is the best! Of course, it is down to individual taste and preference. We really like the set of 4 laser tag guns and vests. It is extremely fun for the whole family, and is perfect for getting teens to stay active. Everyone loves laser tag, and this set offers some really great features such as a large number of players and different choices of weapon.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Teen Boys
Whilst your teen will no longer believe in the magic of Santa, it is likely he will still enjoy unwrapping some special gifts on Christmas morning. Many teens love gifts related to tech, such as cell phones and video games. However, board games, puzzles and building kits make great gifts at this time of year. They are perfect for entertaining teens over the festive period, and are fun for the whole family to enjoy and share together. Any of the gifts on our list above would be ideal for Christmas.
What are the Best Types of Gifts for Teenagers?
Teenagers are fussy when it comes to gifts, and there is no one perfect gift for everyone. Some types of gifts teen boys tend to enjoy include:
- Tech gifts – cell phones, video games, accessories
- Gift vouchers
- Music and film downloads or DVDs
- Board games
- Puzzles and brain teasers
- Food gifts
- Helpful books
- Customized gifts