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Buying gifts for teen boys can be a daunting task. After all, they’re no longer satisfied with Matchbox cars and plastic dinosaurs – and when it comes to clothes, there’s no more buying whatever you like from the kids’ section; they have their own brand preferences and a sense of individual style now. Yet just tossing them some cash or a gift card can feel boring and generic, like you didn’t put any effort or thought in.
Luckily, I happen to have some valuable insight into the wish lists of teen boys: I live with 3 of them (plus a 10-year-old who thinks he’s a teen). They may not always be happy to help me out (dragging the trash cans to the curb?! Bruhhh), but they were thrilled when I asked for their assistance (and that of their friends, who are perpetually hanging out) in curating this guide to the best gifts for teen boys. Because, as they put it, they don’t want their peers to get anything “lame.”
Yes, teenagers are slightly more expensive than little ones, and like their slang vocabulary, their preferences can change on a dime. But these gift ideas are things teen boys actually want — according to teen boys who actually want them.