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Awesome Gifts for 15 and 16 Year Old Boys

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All The Best Presents for Your Teen Guy


Best Gifts for 15 and 16 Year-Old Boys

Shopping for gifts for 15 and 16 year-old boys can be difficult. They are too old for most toys, but they're still kids, and giving money or a generic gift card seems too impersonal. Personally, I also like to find good deals on gifts. Here are my personal favorites when it comes to gifts for this age group. These presents might even garner that ever-so-elusive smile when they're opened (and isn't that the best "thank you" you can receive? Parents, you know what I'm getting at here!). My brothers are right in this age range and sometimes they can be very hard to please!

No matter what they are into (and even if their interests change every day) these gift ideas are on every 15 and 16 year-old boy's wish list.

Philips Norelco Razor for a Teenage Boy

Let Them Pick with a Gift Card

Hoodie with Earphones: Perfect for the Teen Boy Music Lover (Comes in All Sizes)

Portable Speaker That Fits any Device

Beats Headphones

Portable Speaker Cube

Awesome Dancing Water Speakers

Unique and Sporty Bracelet for Teenage Boys

Awesome Sporty Stainless Steel Watch

Awesome Remote Controlled Helicoptor

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Perfect Gaming Chair for a Teenage Boy

Texting Gloves: A Practical Gift He'll Love

Check out the fingertips of these touchscreen gloves.

Check out the fingertips of these touchscreen gloves.

Books for Teenage Boys for Christmas

It may not seem as exciting as a flashy electronic, but a thoughtful and entertaining book can be a welcome gift for a 15 or 16 year-old boy. Every year for Christmas I get my brothers funny books like these and we read them cover-to-cover before the holiday week is up! My dad gets in on the action too, but it drives my mom crazy.

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Gift Card Ideas for Teenage Boys

If after this you're still stumped, get him a gift card and let him choose. Here are some ideas:

  • Xbox Live Points: Both of my brothers and several of my friends (teens and adults alike) are glued to their Xbox every single nigh. If your boy is someone like this, then this is the perfect gift. He can rent movies, watch TV, play new Xbox games, and buy new add-ons for games he already has. This makes for a great stocking stuffer! Almost every teen guy has an Xbox, so even if he upgrades his system he can still use the points that he's been saving.
  • Amazon Gift Card: As good as cash!

So You're Shopping for a Teen Guy

© 2011 Lauren

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Cindy on December 31, 2018:

Cash always works.

anon on December 24, 2015:

i like the sporty bracelet and the sweater with headphones

TTFN on February 06, 2015:

Spoiled kids. Ungrateful. Make your own money and buy the laptop. At 15 and 16 you can have a work permit and get your own high priced gadgets.

Get them ear buds and a walkman that takes cassette tapes. Cheers!

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No on December 05, 2014:

I'm 15 and I don't want anyof that

Tonie on November 24, 2014:

my 15 yr old son said movie tickets, nike socks, flat bill hats, ipod 5 case, 12 month xbox live, oculus rift, body wash, he also said clothes are good, guitar picks, guitar strings, studio style microphone, running shoes with socks to match, cologne, calvin klein underwear haha,

Daniel on November 17, 2014:

Yea...uhh im 15 and there is maybe two gifts on this page that would be alright. The bracelet thing, no boy no matter how old wants a bracelet. The Hoodie, that just seems, well just plain weird. Video games would be good for a lot of teens true, that is one of the good choices. But a teen doesn't want a new handy dandy razor, since they can buy a new one at their neighboorhood gas station. And please don't get your 15 year old son or other a pair of cheaply made gloves, so cheap that they just didn't put as much thread into parts of it and advertised it as being better and raised the price. And most teens, not all of them, would not enjoy getting a kindle for christmas. Some will, most wont. Notice how with the description of that, it talks about how it was for somebody going into college, not a 15 year old.

SandyD on November 10, 2014:

I purchased many of these gifts for our 15 year old grandson. They were all hits! Thanks so much!

regfgf on October 26, 2014:

the 15 year old boys i know would not like any of this, be aware before you buy.

TheLesleyShow from US on September 07, 2014:

15 year old boys are going to think those dancing water speakers are AWESOME! I know that my teen and toddler are both captivated by them.

blestman lm on March 07, 2014:

Awesome lens. Lots of great ideas. thanks

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on December 19, 2013:

Great ideas! And I really need that for my 17 year old son. It is quite a tough age.

Karl1999 on November 26, 2013:

I am asking for longboard stuff, go pro, and clothes. This list is actually very good and spot on!

tjr51598 on November 21, 2013:

Im asking for Itunes, microsoft points, cod ghosts, gta 5 and a lot of clothes.

KimGiancaterino on November 17, 2013:

I love your tradition about giving funny books. They always break the ice and help to create lasting memories of the holiday season.

anonymous on August 26, 2013:

These ideas are perfect for my perfect teen boy.

anonymous on August 14, 2013:


mariacarbonara on July 19, 2013:

They are hard to buy for at this age as they have a lot of the stuff already so this help. Great lens

anonymous on June 13, 2013:

@anonymous: yes! great suggestions!

anonymous on June 09, 2013:

@anonymous: THANKYOU! I am a 15 year old girl looking at presents for my friend and most of this stuff would probably embarrass both me and him... I like your list so thanks for putting that on there!!

anonymous on May 12, 2013:

*Sigh* Where was all this stuff when I was a teenager?

anonymous on April 21, 2013:

Really useful! My brother laughed at the awkward family photos....he really hates them!

anonymous on January 31, 2013:

awesome list of gifts for 15 and 16 year old boys!

anonymous on January 24, 2013:

Well, i'm 15 and i can't say i agree with this list. Sure the Beats are cool, but that's a wad of cash that isn't practical. Everything else isn't worth a look. The hoodie is kinda stupid cause the buds are crap, video games are OK, but then the surprise is gone because you have to say what games you would like... I don't know anyone who still uses r/c toys anymore, and those speakers are impractical because they break to easy, better to get Beats. Now, as of what i think should be on the list:

Ebay gift card

Memory cards or ram for computers(if they're into that sorta thing)

Sport-related (tickets for two to the game)

Hunting equipment

or last but not least,

Simply cash.

myspace9 on January 20, 2013:

Very interesting and informative lens. thanks.

Thamisgith on December 29, 2012:

My youngest son is 15 - and you got most of his favourite things in your lens - including some of this year's Xmas gifts. Great lens - and blessed.

anonymous on December 18, 2012:

@anonymous: Shut up Rick

Lauren (author) from Florida on December 15, 2012:

@anonymous: I like that you wrapped the gift cards in different-sized boxes -- always nice to keep them guessing!

anonymous on December 15, 2012:

Last Christmas I bought my son gift cards from American Eagle, Starbucks, Brueggers, our local movie theater, Best Buy and Itunes. I bought gift cards for my 17 year old daughter as well. I wrapped each card in various sized boxes. They loved it!! Doing the same this year. I also bought some other gifts such as slippers with his favorite sports team, a wallet, a pair of Sperry shoes, some cologne, a couple of Xbox games and a nice watch. I always try to spoil the kids at Christmas because they usually never ask for anything throughout the year or they buy what they want themselves.

anonymous on December 13, 2012:

@anonymous: Cologne is a good thing!

anonymous on December 13, 2012:

PlayStation Move bundle with psmove compatible games, such as Killzone3... or an android smartphone!

anonymous on December 12, 2012:

@anonymous: My son is 15 and I was thinking "remote control toys? SILLY PUTTY???" You've got to be kidding me! Thanks for the input.

anonymous on December 09, 2012:

1. Laptop

2. Phone

3. Hollister clothes

4. Money

anonymous on December 09, 2012:

@anonymous: Yes but be realistic, who can buy a laptop or a phone just like that! My brother just turned 16 and last year i got him a video game console costing £50 for ps3 and he broke it.

Im gonna buy maybe :

new headphones

sim card with more giga bites

phone batterys

Soz but i think your comment was off but i agree on some of it


Lauren (author) from Florida on December 07, 2012:

@anonymous: Video games are always a good choice.

anonymous on December 07, 2012:

@anonymous: Reading your response I'd have to say your analysis is probably fair but your spelling, grammar and punctuation are deplorable for a 16 year old. You should pay more attention in class and stop thinking of gifts as something that should cost more than a hundred bucks

anonymous on December 06, 2012:

The top gifts are for 12 year olds. I am 15 and do not approve of this list. Beats, the video game chair, the razor, and the GPS are the only good gifts on here. Money is probably the best present available.

anonymous on December 05, 2012:

@anonymous: My brother is 15 and loves mw3 cod for Xbox and wants cod black ops 2 for Christmas

anonymous on December 05, 2012:

Hey teens - how about some good gift suggestions your poor aunts and uncles can afford? Laptops, phones and game consoles are out of our range. What can we buy our nephews for 50 bucks or so that will still be something they want and will use?

anonymous on December 05, 2012:

I am sixteen and was searching for ideas of thing to buy and no offence but just the picture of the article made me wonder how accurate it could be it's a 20+ female writer its obviously understandable that your not in the right age group but the fact your of the opposite gender just made me wonder and when i read threw this it became very apparent you seemed to be guess maybe you used a case studby but it dose not seem you did

to start as everyone else said Remote control toys are a terrible idea and the Bracelet was a good idea for a 8+ girl I do not know anyone who wears a bracelet and there is a reason for that

Basically most of the things were either impractical (Great Video Game/Music Chair )crappy (the headphone jacket) or just plain stupid (Bracelet)

Realistically most people i know either want

1. a laptop

2. a phone

3. a video game/ console

4.MONEY as impersonal as it is sometimes its better that then wasting money on some crap that the kid wouldn't like and or use anyway

Sorry that i have been so harsh its just this was way of the mark

and before you do please make some smart ass comment about my comment i it makes you fell any better ;)

Lauren (author) from Florida on December 04, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks Jordan--I asked a bunch of teen guys what the best video games were for this year and I added some choices above. Hope you agree these are awesome Xbox games.

anonymous on December 04, 2012:

No one I know plays with remote-control toys anymore, and substitute the steel bracelet for those rubber/gel/silicon bracelets. The hoodie and razor are kind of crappy, too. I'd rather the newest games for Xbox and tickets to a football game.

Lauren (author) from Florida on November 26, 2012:

@anonymous: I'll ask you the same thing I asked Ricky--what would you add to this list?

anonymous on November 26, 2012:

yeah same as ricky, i don't know anyone who plays with toy helicopters or any remote control thing. Also with the hoddie with the headphones.

Lauren (author) from Florida on November 25, 2012:

@anonymous: So, Ricky, what do you like?

anonymous on November 25, 2012:

I don't know anyone my age who still plays with remote-control toys and I am 15

Lauren (author) from Florida on November 11, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks CJ! And I know what you mean about those iPhones!

anonymous on November 11, 2012:

I thought the list was good. Probably eliminate the bracelet and the hoodie with the headphones. Otherwise, two things on the list are exactly what my son asked me for: XBOX points and beats. I would add the new iphone, every kid 13 and older wants one. The long board is a good idea too for any kid who likes to skate.

aishu19 on October 29, 2012:

These are super cool and even practical gifts for kids aged 15 or 16

Lauren (author) from Florida on October 21, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for your feedback -- I'll have to tell my brother you, at least, agree with some of his favorite things. What other items do you think would make for good gifts?

anonymous on October 21, 2012:

@anonymous: our*

anonymous on October 20, 2012:

the only things true here would be the solar powered car (only if RC) the hoodie with headphones, MAYBE the bracelet, the portable speaker, and the beats..the rest isn't worth out time

anonymous on September 26, 2012:

@anonymous: lol

Lauren (author) from Florida on September 26, 2012:

@anonymous: :)

anonymous on September 26, 2012:

tktktkkt......needs a spelling book! It's spelled retarded not retarted! :)

Lauren (author) from Florida on September 19, 2012:

@anonymous: As a 16 year old boy, what would you like to see?

Lauren (author) from Florida on September 19, 2012:

@anonymous: Good one :)

anonymous on September 19, 2012:

Im turning 16 and this is retarted

anonymous on August 31, 2012:

A girl

anonymous on June 18, 2012:

a long board is also beast

avigarret on April 20, 2012:

I find that finding great gifts for 15-16 year olds is a nightmare, but your list truly does contain great ideas that make it easier.

Camden1 on March 23, 2012:

We just got my son a unicycle, which he's enjoying learning to ride.

EileenSmith LM on December 24, 2011:

Oh yeah, video games should definitely be on the list. And maybe it should be a general lens: "for 15 and 16 year olds". I'm sure girls would love most of these too. Good lens!

Gerald McConway on November 30, 2011:

Any gadget or video game is usually at the top of the list!

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