Ultimate Gift Guide for Teen Boys (Every Gift is Under $60!)

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We know teens are hard to shop for, but we have you covered. 

If you have a teenage boy in your life, you may find that they are the most difficult to shop for. Many will tell you they just want money, so if you’re stuck on tangible gift ideas you’ll love our helpful gift guide! We’ve vetted the best gifts for 13-year-old boys so you don’t need to stress about giving cringey gifts this year.

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Here are some of the best gift ideas for teen boys – all under $60:

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1. Give him a place to secure his phone while biking.

iphone mounted to bike handlebars

CAW.CAR Unbreakable Bike Handlebar Phone Mount $22.95 (regularly $25.45)

This highly-rated handlebar phone mount will keep your teen’s phone secure on even the bumpiest bike rides. It also makes it easy to listen to music, use the GPS, or answer hands-free phone calls while riding!

2. This bedside nightlight does it all!

bedside speaker glowing purple

Bedside Night Light/Bluetooth Speaker Combo$39.99 (regularly $45.99)

This alarm clock/Bluetooth speaker combo is actually a bedside night light too, with a stunning array of glowing colors to choose from. It connects wirelessly to phones for playing music or answering calls, and it also has a port for bedside phone charging.

3. Gift your teenager a dual duffle bag/backpack they’ll use for years to come.

black under armour duffle bag

Under Armour Dual Duffle Bag/Backpack – $65
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Every teenager needs a good duffle bag, whether it’s for the gym, camping, spending the night at a friend’s house, or using as a carry-on bag. Plus, they’re available in lots of designs, so you’ll find the perfect one to match their style or school colors.

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4. Water bottles and tumblers make great stocking stuffers perfect from school to practice.

gray owala water bottle on table next to toilet paper

Owala Water Bottle – $22.39 (regularly $27.99) 

*Select colors may arrive after Christmas.

Most teen guys won’t care about the water bottle that they have but they sure will appreciate a good functioning one once they have it. We love Owala bottles because of their unique color combinations and how well they work compared to many other name brands on the market. It would make a great stocking stuffer, and there’s something they’ll use daily from school to sports. Plus, they rarely go on sale, so Nels the time to grab one!

If you think your teen guy would appreciate an identical alternative to Stanley, we love the Ozark Trail tumblers which have colors for as low as $14.97!

5. A portable projector is a gift your teen can use to entertain friends on the go.

Sainyer Outdoor 4K Mini Projector on table top outside

This palm-sized projector can connect to your teen’s phone so he can share videos, games, and streaming with his friends. It features impressive sound and picture quality, it’s portable, and it’s a breeze to set up.

6. This safe is a cool gift and a fun project!

Natural colored mechanical 3d model of treasure box sitting on green table

UGEARS Mechanical Model Treasure Box $29.99 (regularly $34.98)

This highly-rated model safe kit is a fun challenge for any teen who likes to build or tinker. The end result is a beautiful wooden treasure box they’ll be proud to display. It’s also a fully functional safe, providing them with a place to securely store their small valuables and other treasures. Even better, they could take even more meticulous time on this project by painting each individual piece for a totally customized look.

7. Your teenage boy will love having his own mini-fridge.open mini fridge with soda bottles inside

AstroAI Mini Portable Compact Personal Fridge – $53.35 (regularly $56.99)

This mini-fridge is just the right size for chilling drinks and snacks in a teenage girl’s bedroom! It can also be used to keep skincare products cold for longer shelf life and increased effectiveness. They’ve been such a popular item to buy this Christmas so we know your teen will love it!

If you want to scoop up an even more modern-looking mini fridge, check out this super sleek Cooluli Mini Fridge!

8. This survival kit is a great gift for an adventurous teen or a new driver.

contents of survival kit

Emergency Survival Kit $30.95 (regularly $40.99) 

Whether your teenage boy is into camping or just likes to be prepared, a survival kit is a smart thing for him to have. It also makes a great gift for a new driver to keep in his car.

Make sure the contents of the kit align with your teen’s maturity level, though! This one comes with a knife and a firestarter, so a different kit may be more appropriate for a kid who’s not quite ready for those things yet.

9. Your teen gamer would love a video game subscription or gift card.

someone holding three playstation plus gift cards

Video game subscription – price varies by duration & platform

If your teenage boy is a gamer, his favorite platform probably offers a subscription service that provides access to a library of additional games or other content.

Whether your teen wants a membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (join now for just $1!), PlayStation Plus, Nintendo Switch Online, or Apple Arcade, you should be able to find physical gift cards at many major retailers. Digital gift cards are another easy option, with subscriptions available in 1, 3, or 12-month increments (depending on the platform).

Grab the Madden 2024 edition for XBOX or PlayStation at the lowest price over at Walmart!

10. This puzzle box is perfect for cash or gift cards.

wooden puzzle box showing money being inserted

If you’re planning to gift cash, a gift card, or other small items, and want a unique packaging option, this puzzle box is a great option. Reviewers say it’s “just hard enough” and will help extend the fun of unboxing their gift.

11. If your teenage boy has a phone, then he needs a portable charger, too.

hand holding a black portable charger

Portable Phone Charger – $18.29 (regularly $29.99) 

Anker is a trusted brand that makes one of the smallest, lightest external batteries available. Your teen will appreciate having this charger in countless different situations, and it’s compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

12. Add some cozy comfort to his room with this oversized reading pillow.

fuzzy grey bedrest pillow on a bed

This oversized reading pillow provides cozy support, giving your teenage boy a comfy place to read, watch TV, do homework, play video games, or just relax.

This pillow features super soft faux rabbit fur fabric on one side, brushed mink fabric on the other, and cushy filling for maximum softness and comfort. Colors are selling out quickly, but it’s still available in black, white, or gray.

13. Make it easy for him to take his music everywhere with a portable speaker.

mini speaker hanging on backpack

This waterproof speaker is way more powerful than it looks, and it can be used in the shower, pool, or outdoors during rainy weather. It can play music via Bluetooth, port, or SD card, and it comes with both a carabiner and a suction cup for lots of different placement options.

14. Light up his life with fun LED lights that can change to the beat of music too.

Colorful hexagon shaped LED lights hanging on the wall

I don’t know what it is with teenage boys and LED lights, but they seem to love having them everywhere. These highly-rated hexagon lights can be displayed in endless ways, and the colors and effects can be easily changed with the included remote or through the free app. Plus they’re sound reactive so whether they’re gaming or listening to music, they’ll change with the beat! 🤩

Compared to the $179.99 price tag of the popular Govee brand, this highly-rated Amazon set is a steal.

15. Treat him to a memorable experience.

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Experiences – price varies

Many teenagers are getting to the age where they can start to appreciate the value of an experience over material things. There are endless options, depending on your teen’s interests. The only limits are your imagination and budget!

Consider an escape room, go-karting, indoor rock climbing, arcade credits, a MasterClass related to their sport or hobby, bowling passes, amusement park tickets, a sporting event, or even a visit to a special destination.

What are your suggestions for the best gifts for teenage boys? Our readers always have the BEST ideas, and I could use all the help I can get this year. 😉 I’ll be watching the comments below as I start my shopping early! 👀

Be sure to check out our Christmas Shopping Challenge – it has a gift guide for everyone on your list this year! 🎁🤩

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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  1. Brenda

    I can vouch for the INIU portable charger. I bought one for myself 2-2 1/2 years ago and it charges fast, is a good size, and is still going strong! It is go awesome that I bought two more as gifts! My 13 year old son will be getting one under the tree this year!

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on how awesome this portable charger has been, Brenda! 🙌 Glad you were able to snag a couple more for gifting! 💖

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