What was your most wished-for gift when you were a teenager? If you said a Walkman or Beanie Babies, then you’ve probably noticed that trends have changed since you were a teen. Like, a lot. But you don’t need to be Gen Z to get a great gift for a teenage guy. This gift guide has cool birthday gifts for teenage guys that will fit your budget and earn you cool points too.
1. Mini Cruiser Skateboard
Every teen on-the-go wants a new set of wheels. While you might not be able to get him a new car, a mini cruiser skateboard is a cool and convenient way to get around. Compact skateboards, like a 27” Kryptonics Cruiser, are easy to ride yet small enough to tuck away into a backpack. The Kryptonics board is made of sturdy 9ply maple and is a great way for learners to get some shred time.
2. Beard Trimmer
While teenage guys might not be known for their grooming standards, you can encourage their personal care habits with a quality beard trimmer. The Pure Enrichment TRYM grooming kit comes with an easy-to-clean beard trimmer, four attachments and a travel pouch. The weight and ergonomic design make for an effortless trim. This is a great gift for the coming-of-age teen.
3. Happy Birthday Gift Card
Whether you put off shopping until the last minute or need to send a gift virtually, the Happy Birthday Gift Card is a great choice for teenage guys. This eGift card takes the guesswork out of giving because it can be redeemed for gift cards to The Cheesecake Factory, Ulta Beauty, Macy’s, Dave & Buster’s or Subway. He can treat himself however he likes!
If you’re shopping for a last-minute gift, an eGift card is perfect. Check out our guide for more Last Minute Birthday Gift Ideas for more inspiration.
4. Graphic Tees
Graphic tees are always good birthday gifts for teenage guys because of how easily they fit his personality and hobbies. Classic TV shows are a popular design, like this Rugrats smile shot tee. For the teen into vintage style, this United States Postal Service tee has a distressed look for that fresh-out-of-the-time-capsule vibe. If all else fails, go for something with a simple, graphic design like this Alfani graphic-print tee.
5. adidas Superstar Sneakers
Shopping for trendy sneakers can be difficult since trends are always changing. Not to mention how chaotic crowds of sneakerheads can be when a new shoe is dropped. Luckily, you can find a stylish pair without having to battle the crowds at sneaker release events. The adidas Superstar sneakers are a must-have, even 50 years after their initial release. You don’t have to be a sneakerhead to appreciate this classic and comfortable pair of kicks.
6. eSports Fan Gear
Esports is quickly developing a fandom just as devout as traditional sports leagues like the NBA and MLB. If you know your teen is a gamer, you can buy him gear for his favorite team or game. Fanatics has a huge selection of esports apparel, from hoodies to crew socks. Some cities have multiple teams for different games, just as if a city may have professional MLB and NFL teams. If you aren’t sure who your teen reps, stick with general league apparel like this Overwatch pullover.
If you need an assist for more sports gift ideas, our Gifts for Sports Fans guide has ideas for every league and team to make finding a gift easy, even if you aren’t a fan yourself.
7. MVMT Watch
Though watches are becoming as advanced as our phones, a classic watch will be a timeless accessory. If you are looking to add to—or start—your teenager’s collection, this MVMT Classic black watch is a sleek choice. This modern timepiece features a minimalistic face and black leather strap that works with any style for any occasion.
8. Spikeball Set
If you have heard of Spikeball, you might be cooler than you get credit for. A combination of volleyball, tennis and foursquare, Spikeball is a high-energy game where players bounce a ball off a horizontal net to score points. You don’t need a ton of space to play either, which makes this a great game for teens to play in the backyard, at the beach or in the living room. A standard Spikeball kit has everything your teen needs to play: a net, three balls and a carrying bag.
9. Elgato Stream Deck Mini
Streaming has seen a massive increase in popularity over the past few years. Rising beyond the scope of video games, streamers have branched into different subject matter including tabletop gaming, arts and illustration, engineering and more. Whatever their niche, you can instantly up their production value with an Elgato Stream Deck Mini. The six LCD keys can be programmed to control apps, adjust audio or execute a sequence of actions. You are going to deserve a production credit for this gift!
10. Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler
His hair routine might consist of a 3-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash and the occasional towel dry. The thought of using styling products may be intimidating if he doesn’t know where to start. You can help him foray into the vast world of hair products by starting him with something easy to use. This Perfect hair Day In-Shower Styler applies and rinses out after shampoo and conditioner for air-dried body and shine. This is as low-maintenance as hair styling gets!
You don’t need to be current on the newest TikTok trends to find a great gift for a teenage guy. Any thoughtful gift is the right gift, but the ideas on this list are a great place to start for inspiration. If you are still trying to find a birthday gift for a teenager, you can’t go wrong with a gift card.
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