21 Cool Gifts for 13 Year Old Boys

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Buying gifts for boys is tricky but buying gifts for teenage boys is nearly impossible. If you ask what they want you might get a grunt or a shrug or you’ll get a list of video games and high-priced items that can’t possibly be met. In this list, you’ll find 21 great gift ideas for 13-year-old boys that are fun, affordable, thoughtful, and sure to please.

That’s right, we are certain that this list of gifts for a 13 year old boy contains something that your intended recipient will love. That’s because we consulted an actual thirteen-year-old boy for approval of each gift idea we’ve shared here!

When your young guy is no longer into blocks and trains, it’s time to move on to the newest technology, novelty items, and gear that fits the latest hobbies and obsessions. Make sure to check out our gifts for anime lovers too! Here are our top picks for the best gifts and stocking stuffers for this year:

Top Gifts for 13 Year Old Boys

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Candy Care Package

Every teen loves candy, right? For an awesome gift that he will definitely appreciate, give him this care package full of popular candies. This assortment is fun and will satisfy any sweet tooth.

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I Paused My Game to be Here Hoodie

Teens love hoodies and this one has a funny but probably true message. If he's into video games, he will love this gift. Available in different colors.

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Squad Hero Rechargeable Laser Tag

Get everyone outside with this laser tag set! Why pay a premium price at an arcade when you can have fun at home? Up to four players can battle it out with this fun toy. Comes with 4 rechargeable blasters, 4 vests, and a charging station.

(This gift is totally worth it - check out the rave reviews online to see for yourself!)

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The Dangerous Book for Boys

This bestselling book covers essential boyhood skills such as such as building tree houses, learning how to fish, finding true north, and more. 

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Bluetooth Beanie

Help him keep his head warm while he listens to his favorite music! This beanie has a Bluetooth speaker inside, so he can jam out as he rides the bus to high school.

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Big Joe Chair

One of our top gift ideas for the teen years, this comfy chair is compact and portable. It’s also easy to clean which is perfect for teen boys! (And let's be honest - for teenage girls too.)

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Catan Board Game

If he likes playing board games, or if you're looking for a great game that he will enjoy on family game night, Catan is a good gift to get. My teenage son loves this game, and our only regret is that we don't play it enough! It's a great strategy game and is so much fun for the young teens and adults in the family.

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Portable Power Bank

Don't let a dead battery keep your teen from keeping in touch with friends or calling you to check-in. This portable charger will keep all of their electronics fully charged. 

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Portable Speaker

Teens can take their music anywhere they go with this portable speaker. It may even encourage them to spend some time outdoors!

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Basketball Mug/Bowl

He can shoot hoops while he eats breakfast. This mug is perfect for cocoa, cereal or other yummy treats. What sports-loving teen boy wouldn’t love this?

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Mini Can Fridge

He can keep his favorite soda right at his fingertips with this mini can fridge. Does he NEED his own mini fridge? Definitely not. Would it be a special gift that he would love to brag to his friends about as he turns his bedroom into a mini man cave? Absolutely. It’s portable too!

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12-in-1 Solar Robot Kit

As a mom and former teacher, I love educational birthday gifts. This solar robot kit just happens to be a STEM activity that my own son approves of! It is perfect for teen boys who love science and building. The pieces can be configured into 12 different possibilities.

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Gaming Headset

Every game-loving teen needs a great headset. This one is an excellent choice with built in red and blue lights, a 720 degree noise-cancelling microphone, and works great with all the major gaming systems.

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Check out our gifts for gamers too!

Wreck This Journal - Expanded Edition

Artistic and creative teens will love "destroying" this book to create something as unique as they are. In this journal, you're meant to make mistakes and destroy the journal as you go! Some pages urge you to spill coffee on the paper, break the book's spine, and more!

It's a great way to relieve stress and amuse yourself. I personally have used this journal and found it to be very amusing and helped distract me from stressors.

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Mini Nano RC Drone for Kids

There are a lot of great toys for kids and teens out there, and this is one of them! This mini remote control drone is both easy and speedy, making it perfect for beginners. The quadcopter can be folded into the controller, which is small and easy to carry.

A fun gift to get your kid to go outside and take to the sky! If you live near the water, this RC boat is another good idea!

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Survival Kit

Does your teen love spending time in the outdoors? This emergency survival kit is ideal for all outdoor lovers. 

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Color Changing Lightbulb with Remote Control

Help your teen change up the look and feel of their room with this color changing light. It has 4 colors with 12 shades and several flashing effects. Works in any standard light fixture. 

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Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con

Everyone is raving about the Nintendo Switch these days (and even my adult daughter and I love it too). My children absolutely love their portable gaming system, and honestly, I don’t mind. The parental controls are simple to set up and keep my mind at ease. I can monitor all their activity right from my phone.

Pair this with a couple popular games, or add in a gift card for them to buy their own.

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Blue Light Blocking Glasses with Anti-Glare

Protect your child's eyes from harmful blue light rays emitted by most electronics. These anti-glare lenses resist 100% harmful blue light and UVA/UVB rays. They also alleviate visual fatigue and may help prevent headaches from screen usage. These blue blocker glasses are comfortable and stylish too!

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Electric Skateboard

This longboard has been a popular gift in our area, as I see teens and young adults riding them all the time! With 3 speed modes, your teen will have a blast riding around (without going at breakneck speeds). Don't forget to grab a helmet too!

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Amanda is a mom of four kids, two dogs, some chickens, and a few hundred composting worms. As a former teacher and fitness instructor, and the oldest of a houseful of kids, she has quite a bit of experience educating others – which she now does via writing! Gift giving isn’t her main love language, but she loves shopping for the perfect gifts for others.

You can find her on her main blog at amandaseghetti.com and on all social media @amandaseghetti <3

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