We have a teenage son who recently turned fifteen. He doesn’t care about anything, yet he actually cares about EVERYTHING. To make matters worse, he doesn’t want anything for his birthday, Easter, Christmas or any other holiday…but actually he does. What does he want, you ask? I have no idea. Now and then we may get some little inkling of a thing he might like but it is usually way out of our budget or something he already has a few of or something similar.
We have (thankfully) tons of family that like to be involved in our kids’ lives so they constantly ask what to get him on holidays and we are usually just resigned to telling them money for a car next year or gift cards for places he likes to eat. But if your family is like my family, they don’t like that answer. They want to get something he will LOVE or remember or use and teenagers just don’t do a lot of that (especially remembering). The great majority just want to hang out with their friends, play on their phone, play their sports, eat and sleep.
Since this is such a problem for us, I figured we couldn’t be the only ones that search endlessly for gift ideas for our teenager. So, I have compiled a list of ideas of fairly inexpensive gift ideas for teenage boys and I hope it helps you out in your quest to find the perfect gift that doesn’t break the bank!
A Hope Chest for College/Moving Out
This was probably one of the best ideas we had for our son’s big Christmas gift this year. He had just started high school which means he only had four more years until college. And in case you were not yet aware, buying for that first college year can get super expensive (and that’s aside from the monstrous tuition payment).
To try to offset some of that cost, we thought we could let everyone in on the fun and try doing the hope chest. We decided to buy the chest for Christmas from us and let family members know that from now on, they could purchase things to put in the chest so he would be prepared (or mostly prepared) when he moves out. Anything and everything you can think of for your first place could be bought and saved inside the chest (or outside if it was too large).
Wayfair, Amazon and even Walmart have excellent options for guys of all interests. We went with a chest from Walmart and only paid about $65 total which included free shipping because we picked it up in store. So far, it has been awesome. We always have a plethora of gift ideas to choose from now for any holiday plus we are saving ourselves money in the long run. I plan to write an article in the near future on ideas for filling the chest so make sure you come back for that one!
Shave Kits (of the nicer variety) or Electric Razors
Depending on the age your boys begin shaving, it may be a nice gesture to get them a shave kit that includes all the essentials of a good shave. Electric razors are great ideas as well, but probably nothing too fancy just yet.
You could go big with a kit from Art of Shaving which are extremely nice, but personally, we aren’t always that liquid and
many teenagers may not appreciate it as would an older adult. My favorite is Harry’s because they have great products AND are reasonably priced.
The deluxe travel kit will run about $35 and includes a razor, body wash, shave gel and post shave balm. Also, if you choose, you can give the gift that keeps on giving by signing up for a subscription and have replacement razors sent every two, three or five months. The price per replacement blade is $2.25 each when you buy 2, $1.88 when you buy 8 or $1.75 when you buy 16 on the subscription plan.
Google Play or Apple Gift Cards
Kind of a no-brainer but I had to include it because, let’s face it, these cards will likely be used up before the day is out. They love their apps and games and if I’m being honest, so do adults. Sometimes, Sams Club or Costco have them for less than their values (3-$10 gift cards for $28.48, for instance) which saves you a little bit of money, especially if you are looking for stocking stuffers for multiple kids.
This could also be a great gift at report card time or when they do something like *gasp* help out around the house or offer to take one of their siblings to or from an event. For the teenager with no job and little savings, these are great gifts to receive now and then for encouragement.
Portable Phone Chargers
These portable chargers are especially good for teens that are just beginning to drive and venture out because if their phone is running low on juice with no sign of an outlet, they can simply plug their phone in to this charger. You can find them for a fairly good price on Amazon or Walmart, usually for around $40 for a good one.
I can tell you from my own experience that when I need my phone the most, it tends to die right at that moment. As an adult, that can be a terrible thing if you have car trouble or get lost but even more for a teenager who is just learning to be an adult themselves. Having a portable phone charger in their car, pocket or backpack is essential for a parent’s peace of mind and the teenager will be happy to know their phone won’t die in the middle of a game, text or important call.
I wish you the best in finding the perfect gift for the teenage boy in your life and don’t hesitate to drop a comment below if you have other ideas or feedback for me. Have a great week!