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Top 5 Birthday Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys

Teenage boys can be some of the hardest people to buy gifts for. However, with a little thought their gifts can also be the most interesting. In lieu of gift cards, here are five alternative birthday gift ideas for the teenage boy in your life. Bonus! Many of these can be given for any holiday too…

1. Virtual Reality (VR) Headset

Almost all teens have a cell phone and boys are especially engaged with video games. With the advances in technology the quality of VR headsets make this a perfect gift! No matter what your budget is, there are a number of options for this and a good starting place can be found on Toms Guide:,review-3550.html. This is a gift that is sure to be unique and impress not only the recipient but his friends as well.

2. Tools

Depending on the age of your teenage boy, he may or may not have a car yet. If he does, invest in some essential tools he will need to keep his car up and running. If he doesn’t yet have a car, use the tools as an incentive to start learning and get a jump start on the years ahead. For the 16 most essential tools needed to start working on your own car, visit Popular Mechanics:

3. Escape Rooms

For the teenage boy who may have everything, look at gift packages for escape rooms. He will be able to take a time and go with a number of his friends and can exercise his wit and creativity while attempting to solve clues to get out of the room within a certain timeframe. It’s an excellent, unique challenging experience that can be quite memorable. With the addition of ‘themed’ escape rooms, this gift can be customized for any teenage boy.

4. Corporate Gift Hampers

No longer referred to as ‘gift baskets’, these baskets or bins of assorted items save time (and probably money) by grouping things together in themes. Know a teenage boy who loves food (and who doesn’t)? Check. Know a teenage boy who likes keeping himself well-groomed? Check again. There is an almost unlimited selection of gift hampers and an equally wide range of prices which makes this gift a great choice for any budget.

5. Subscription and/or Subscription Boxes

Knowing what your teenage boy is interested in will help make this gift the one that ‘keeps paying’. There are a number of subscriptions available ranging from a year of Apple Music or YouTube Red to monthly boxes from The Dollar Shave Club. You can even get subscriptions to video gaming sites such as GameFly. A meaningful subscription will almost always beat a gift card and will allow your teen to enjoy something for a much longer period of time. Here are some recommended ones to get you started:

The next time you need a birthday gift for a teenage boy you don’t have to grab a gift card and hope that the amount you put on it is well-received. Teenage boys are adventurous, fun and daring and a gift from this list is sure to meet their needs AND make them happy at the same time. When all is said and done, pat yourself on the back and know you did a good job this time around.

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