Sometimes it seems like it's easier to put out an eye than shop for a teenage boy. That said, with a little guidance and creative thinking, the task doesn't have to be as impossible as it seems. Here are just six gifts that won't make him roll his eyes on Christmas morning.
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This is the “it” gift of the year, so if you're looking to earn some cool points with a son or nephew, consider giving him a drone. They're available in a wide variety of styles with all kinds of flying, tracking, transporting and photo-snapping features, so it should be easy to find something that suits both your budget and your gift recipient’s tastes.
2. RC Toys
Remote controlled toys come in all forms, including cars, trucks, planes and trains. If you're unable or unwilling to purchase a drone, consider a small-scale alternative instead. It will bolster your teen's interest in mechanics while also providing some good old-fashioned fun.
3. Limited Edition Goods
Is he addicted to his Nintendo DS? Does he go gaga for The Walking Dead comics? Look for limited or special editions of his favorite products to give your teen a treat this year. For example, you might find an autographed comic book on eBay or buy an exclusive slim edition of his prized gadget.
4. Battery Pack
The age of technology is upon us, and this is especially true for teenagers. Their bags contain all kinds of smartphones, tablets, laptops, e-readers and hand-held game consoles, so they'll need plenty of power to keep their devices going. Buy him a battery pack from a site like TYLT to keep them juiced.
5. Young Adult Books
The trick to buying books for teenage boys is to find something that appeals to their age and gender specifically. Don't assume that they'll love The Hunger Games just because your daughter did. Here are a few ideas for male-centric young adult books:
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- Gone by Michael Grant
6. Wall Art
Posters can be passé, but wall art that's been printed and framed is another matter entirely. Your teen will appreciate its high-value feel, and depending on his interests, you can purchase wall art of everything from flying dragons to gruesome zombies. The sky is the limit!
These are just a few gifts to consider for the teenage boy in your life. He might be picky and finicky, but the right present is out there. You just have to find it.