Knowing what to buy for a 13-year-old boy can be downright tricky. He’s no longer a child who will like almost any toy or game you give him. But he’s not quite an adult, so practical gifts will be a big flop.
Although we couldn’t possibly name something for every interest and taste on this list of best gifts for 13-year-old boys, we have at least tried to make suggestions for a wide range. We’ve also included items at lower price points to work with every budget.
- Large and spacious
- Comes with multiple accessories
- Has 36 rare earth magnets
- Can create over 70 shapes
- 3-in-1 gaming system
- Extensive range of games
- 40-piece drawing pouch
- Comes in a zippered case
- 598-piece set
- A collectible booklet
- Game for 2 to 4 players
- Loser gets electric shock
- Quality construction
- Can be worn outdoors
- Compact & comfortable
- Adjustable rubber eyepiece
- Compatible with multiple streaming services
- Can be voice-controlled
- Customizable obstacle course
- Comes with complete safety gear
What Would a 13-Year-Old Boy Want for His Birthday or Christmas?
The easiest way to find out what a 13-year-old boy would like for any special occasion is to ask.
However, it doesn’t have to be a “Tell me what you want, and that’s what I’ll get” type of situation. Instead, suggest that he make a wishlist of the things he would like and make it clear these are to give you ideas, not a shopping list.
Then, even if there aren’t any specific items on the list that you want to give, at least there will be clues. A list may show a particular entertainment franchise or style he likes, or it could point to a hobby he has.
If you want to be more covert, then consider dropping some “gift fishing” comments into your conversations. You can:
- Talk about decorating or adding an item to a room. That can give you clues about what colors or styles he might like for his own room.
- Watch the news either together or while he is in the room, and listen for his opinions. This can give you clues about all sorts of things.
- Discuss potential gifts for other people, drop the item you are considering for your 13-year-old-boy into the conversation, and see how he reacts.
- Think sideways when choosing a gift. If the boy you are buying for enjoyed a particular series of books, you may not know what other books to buy for him, but a reading light or book journal might work.
The Best Gifts for 13-Year-Old Boys of 2021
In case you are still unsure, completely stumped, or need some inspiration, we have compiled our list of the 50 best gifts for 13-year-old-boys.
1. Camping Hammock with Net
This roomy hammock is listed as a double, but it is a great size for a teen who likes room to sleep.
With a stuff sack, two hammock straps, and two heavy-duty carabiners, this hammock comes with everything you need for set-up. You can use it one way and have the built-in net protect you from insects, or flip it over and use it without the net.
2. Shashibo The Shape-Shifting Box
This tricky little item is part fidget spinner, part puzzle, part origami, and all-consuming. Inside the Shashibo shape-shifting box, there are 36 rare earth magnets that help the hinged, injected molded plastic shapes stick together.
By twisting, flipping, and folding, you can create over 70 shapes out of one box or add additional boxes to create ever more complex structures.
3. Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red
The Nintendo Switch is a three-in-one gaming system that can be enjoyed alone or with others.
In TV mode, it works like a regular console. In handheld mode, it performs like any other handheld gaming system. In tabletop mode, you can play on the system screen while it stands free from the controllers.
There’s an extensive range of games available, and you can play with others either on a TV or monitor or by wirelessly connecting two or more Switch consoles.
4. Castle Art Drawing Bundle
If you’re looking for a gift for your budding artist, consider this drawing bundle from Castle Art.
The 40-piece drawing pouch comes with graphite pencils, pastel pencils, willow charcoal, and blending stumps, as well as pencil sharpeners, sandpaper, a dual-tipped rubber blender, and more. All the supplies are stored in a zippered case that can lay flat or stand.
The bundle is rounded out with two 9” x 12” sketch pads, each of which contains 200 sheets.
5. LEGO Architecture New York City
Whether you have visited or not, you are likely to recognize at least some of the iconic structures in the New York edition of the Lego Architecture series.
This 598-piece set has instructions for you to build the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building, and the One World Trade Center, and they are all created on the same scale.
A collectible booklet with information about the history, architecture, and design of the buildings is included.
6. Lightning Reaction Reloaded
A game for two to four players, Lightning Reaction will pit your reaction time against others.
Each player holds one of the metal controllers, which is attached to the game base by a coiled cable. The controls are designed to be gripped in the palm of the hand while your thumb rests on a button on the top.
When you start the game, the button on the base lights up, and music plays. When the music stops and the light goes out, press the button on your controller. The last to press the button gets an electric shock.
7. Adidas Adilette Shower Slides
Available in 43 color combinations, some of which are sports team affiliated, these shower slides from Adidas are available in sizes from a 6 in kids all the way up to a men’s 18.
The quality construction also means that they need not be confined to the shower or locker room. These slides can be worn in the garden, on the beach, and are also an excellent choice for shorter journeys on paved roads.
8. Occer 12x25 Compact Binoculars
These compact binoculars from Occer combine a wide field of view and 12 times magnification, making them an excellent choice for sports fans, bird watchers, explorers, and urban people-watchers alike.
The hinged central piece allows for comfortable viewing, no matter how close or far apart your eyes sit. The rubber eyepiece can be adjusted, making them suitable for use with or without glasses.
9. All-New 4th Generation Echo
The new Echo from Amazon has a spherical look and is available in three color choices.
You can use the Echo to stream music from Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, and other streaming services, as well as to listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and your favorite radio station.
The Echo can be voice-controlled and used to control other compatible smart devices in your home. In addition, you can use it for hands-free calling, setting alarms, asking Alexa questions, and even pairing it with an Amazon Firestick for theater-quality surround sound on your TV.
10. Trailblaze Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course
This set contains a 50-foot long strapline, two tree protectors, and 13 strap buckles with D rings. You’ll have everything you need, except the trees, to set up your own Ninja Warrior obstacle course at home.
Three fist holds, three gymnastics rings, a swing, and two monkey bars can be set up in any order you like. The three spare strap buckles allow you to add extra obstacles at a later date if you wish.
11. Throw Throw Burrito
If a card game and a dodgeball had a child, Throw Throw Burrito would be their baby. Players try to collect matching sets of three cards while, at the same time, dodging the soft, squishy foam burritos thrown by their opponents.
It’s available in this standard form or in Throw Throw Burrito Extreme, the outdoor version with three-foot-tall, inflatable burritos.
12. Hanes Men's Pullover Ecosmart Fleece
The Hanes Ecosmart fleece collection is made using post-consumer waste, keeping the equivalent of almost 50 million plastic water bottles out of the landfill each year.
This fleece is a loosely cut hoodie with ribbed cuffs and waistband and a dyed to match drawstring at the neck. The simple, nondescript look coupled with a choice of 37 colors makes this a viable option for most.
13. Gift Card in Pop-Up Box
Even when you try, sometimes you are going to draw a blank. For those times when you just can’t decide or when you want to be sure your 13-year-old boy gets the gift he would choose himself, consider a gift card.
And if you want to ensure he has at least something to open, send a physical gift card in a holder like this.
14. Rough Enough Tactical Wallet
Lightweight, heavy-duty, and waterproof, this wallet from Rough Enough has a trifold design that is held closed by hook and loop fabric.
Inside there are two mesh windows for a student ID or bus pass, two slots for notes, and an inner zippered pocket for coins. There are also eight slots for cards and three SIM card slots so you can carry data back and forth between school, home, and other places where you might need access.
15. Squad Hero Rechargeable Laser Tag
Enjoy a game of laser tag anytime and anywhere with the Squad Hero rechargeable laser tag set. All four laser tag handguns and four wearable targets fit into the recharging station at once, allowing you to charge them simultaneously. A full charge will give you approximately eight games.
Lives and ammo counts are displayed on the LCD screens, and the number of lives can be adjusted at the beginning of each game.
16. Walkie Talkies
These walkie talkies from Topsung Tech have a range of up to one mile in a built-up neighborhood, four miles across a flat open area, and up to 16 miles mountain to the valley. The hands-free option has three sensitivity levels, and there are eight points on the volume scale.
There are 22 channels, 38 CTCSS privacy codes, and 83 DCS privacy codes. They also have a busy channel scanning function so you can avoid cross-talk with other units. These walkie talkies are rugged enough to stand up to many hard days of exploration.
17. CraveBox Care Package Snacks
This super selection of 60 snacks from CraveBox is a fabulous gift for any boy.
The box includes a random selection of both sweet and savory options. There is enough for your boy and any of his buddies to enjoy. But, because it contains random snacks, if your recipient has a food allergy or a strong dislike of one of the possible snacks, it might be best to pass on this one.
18. Table Top Robot DIY Robotics
Construct a working robot crab that can scuttle across the table-top or floor, dodging obstacles as it goes. If it is on a table, when it reaches the edge, the robot will change course and runoff in the other direction.
Everything you need for construction is in the box except for one AAA battery, and no prior knowledge is required.
19. NIVEA Men’s Gift Set
20. Etiquette and Behavior Book
For the budding adult, How Not To Be A Dick is the etiquette guide that will appeal to teens due to its large helping of snark and sarcasm.
Although labeled as 18 and older, this book contains plenty of information about how to behave at school, and we would be completely fine with any 13-year-old we know reading it. Lightly illustrated with one male and one female character, this is laugh-out-loud funny while delivering genuinely useful real-world advice.
21. Square Root of 169
Give the gift of math that your 13-year-old is happy to wear. This t-shirt comes in four 100 percent cotton color options, and one 50 percent cotton, 50 percent polyester style.
Available in both youth and adult sizes, the shirt comes true to size, so it is safe to order whatever your 13-year-old usually wears. Or, you can order a size bigger if they like a baggy fit.
22. Master A Million Ball
This is a simple looking gift that doubles as a challenge to the recipient. The ball will track how many times it bounces, either against a hard surface or with a single catch counting as a bounce.
You can also connect the ball to your smart device, and this allows you to compete against friends online.
23. GlowCity Light Up Basketball
The GlowCity basketball is shipped deflated but has the two LEDs pre-installed, so all you have to do is pump it up, and you’re good to go. An official size seven ball, the weight is indistinguishable from a standard, unlit option.
The ball lights up when in use and then turns off automatically after a period of inactivity. You get approximately 30 hours of active play before you have to change the batteries.
24. MrCool Night Light Bluetooth Speaker
Give the gift of music with this wireless Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a nightlight. The speaker plays music from a device you connect via Bluetooth or from an SD card via the slot on the underside.
The RGB color changing technology can cycle through an amazing 16 million colors. It has seven distinct lighting modes, including a low-level night-light and a reading mode with minimal blue light.
A full charge takes three hours, and that gives you 10 hours of medium volume music and up to 120 hours of low-level light.
25. Adjustable Dumbbells
These adjustable dumbbells provide you with the flexibility of five pairs in the same space you need for two.
Along with the basic dumbbell structure, there are 16 small weights and two large ones. These weights are then fitted inside the head of the dumbbell, allowing you to use different weight levels depending on your abilities or fitness goals.
26. Emergency Survival Kit
This small but well-equipped survival kit packs 21 outdoor basics into a bifold zippered case.
The flintstone and scraper firestarter has a thick 5/16” rod that’s good for up to 16,000 scrapes. The LED flashlight has three modes, including a strobe light, making it an indispensable item should you get lost in the wild.
A foldable knife, whistle, credit card multi-tool, and wire-saw are included, along with band-aids, gauze, an alcohol wipe, and more.
27. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
A roadmap for success in a hardback, softback, spiral-bound, or electronic package, this book will guide your teen along the difficult road to adulthood.
Updated to reflect the modern world, this book can help teens develop a positive self-image, resist the pressure of their peers, and achieve their goals while navigating the complexities of social media use, cyberbullying, and digital footprints.
28. Do Not Disturb I'm Gaming Socks
Do you have a teen who is reluctant to squeeze out a couple of gruff syllables? No worries, give your mono-syllabic teen these socks, and they won’t have to strain themselves for a few words.
Available in a short ankle length size, a mid-calf, and a long, these socks are ideal for keeping warm while not having to speak to anyone.
29. Jellymoni Duvet Cover Set
Whether your teenager has their own room or has to share with others, their bed is a spot on which they can stamp their personality. If your child has been begging you for more grown-up bedding that doesn’t have cartoon characters all over it, this might be a good gift.
This duvet set features a cover with a hidden zipper at the end built-in and a tie in each corner to keep the duvet in place. There are three sizes to choose from, and the no-fade color stripes are available in nine colors.
30. NSI Wood Burning Kit
This kit includes everything your child will need to explore the hobby of woodburning.
There is a basic woodburning pen that heats up when plugged into a regular outlet and a stand to prevent accidentally scorching your work surface. A variety of wooden and cork pieces are augmented by all of the elements of a pre-cut birdhouse.
31. York Adjustable Laptop Stand
Labeled as a laptop stand, this foldable table works just as well for meals, books, or anything else you might want on your lap while sitting on the sofa or lying in bed.
Pre-assembled, this stand is ready for use straight out of the box. As well as being useful for working at, the stand is ideal for resting your laptop on while you’re in a Zoom meeting or class.
32. BlissLights Laser Star Projector
This projector from BlissLights throws a field of stars onto your ceiling and walls. The stars will drift slowly across your walls, floating against the backdrop of a swirling nebula.
A built-in six-hour timer means the light will switch off if you fall asleep with it on, so there are no worries about overheating.
33. Oculus Quest 2
You don’t need a computer or laptop to use the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset and controllers. Instead, you set up the system through a smartphone app and log in with your Facebook account to begin.
As well as games, you can watch YouTube and Netflix, meet up virtually with your friends, and use the virtual desktop.
34. Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light
A traditional book light that clips directly onto the cover has little use outside of reading.
This clever little LED lamp fits around the back of the neck and has a lamp at both ends, providing you with twice the light. It has the added advantage of being usable in other situations where a book light will not.
35. Braun Electric Razor
If he doesn’t already have one, now is an excellent time to get your 13-year-old boy his first electric razor.
With this one, a full charge takes an hour, while five minutes of charging provides enough power for a single shave. Three flexible heads follow the contours of the face, and the simple shape makes this razor comfortable to hold.
36. Analog/Digital Watch
Not everyone wears watches these days, but if your child likes to, this is a good pick. This watch is chunky enough to stand up to child-like shenanigans while being adult enough to appeal to those boys who have grown past “childish” things.
You can choose from a large watch or a smaller size for smaller teens, and this digital and analog combo comes in 37 color combinations.
37. Stomp Rocket Extreme Rocket
An entirely teen powered rocket, the Extreme Rocket Set comes with the familiar air-filled stomp launcher and six extreme rockets.
Kids run, jump, and stomp onto the launcher, and the rockets are sent heavenward. Whereas the original missiles flew up to 100 feet, this new updated version is said to fly up to 400 feet.
38. Wireless Bluetooth Beanie Hat
Pair this beanie with your Bluetooth-enabled device, and you can enjoy music streamed directly to your headwear.
It’s excellent for those times when earbuds may end up being lost, or simply to take a break from having plastic in your ears. This beanie allows you to enjoy music on the go without the need for any headphones.
39. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
No photography skills are required to use this instant camera from Fujifilm.
The camera has automatic exposure, a built-in macro mode, and a selfie mirror for capturing your best self. The photographs themselves are ejected from the camera, are around credit card size, and take approximately two minutes to develop.
40. Artagia Games Chill Chat Challenge
The Chill, Chat, Challenge game from Artagia comes with three packs of cards, the contents of which are used as conversation starters for members of the family or a group of friends.
The “chill” pack has easy, less contentious questions, “chat” contains questions around subjects like social media, and “challenge” provokes difficult conversations.
41. RockDove Memory Foam Slipper
These memory foam slippers have a firm rubber sole that is both soft enough to be comfortable and firm enough to protect the soles of your feet.
The upper is made from thick 95 percent cotton material, which keeps cold feet warm but doesn’t make your feet sweaty and sticky in hotter weather.
42. Outdoor Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
This Bluetooth-enabled speaker not only streams music from your device, but it also allows you to make hands-free calls.
Two hours of charging will give you approximately four hours of continuous use. The charging cable gives you the option of using it, even without a Bluetooth connection. It’s suitable for use in the shower, garden, beach, or other outdoor spaces.
43. NERF Fortnite Bolt Action Blaster
Modeled on the blasters used in the popular game Fortnite, this NERF gun has a removable scope, a six dart clip, and a bolt action mechanism.
The six NERF Elite darts have an accurate range of about 50 feet, and you can test your shooting skills with the three targets included with the gun.
44. Electronic Drum Set
If you have a 13-year-old boy in your family, but you don’t live with them, consider this electronic drum set. And don’t worry about the noise. This seven drum set has two pedals, a built-in metronome, and a headphone jack to save everyone else the pain of listening to a budding teenage drummer practicing for hours on end.
45. MasterChef Junior Cookbook
Whether you have a budding chef in the family or a boy who can’t boil water, the Masterchef Junior Cookbook is a great gift.
As well as over 100 recipes, there are top hints and tips from professional chefs and instructions around specific techniques that can be applied to other dishes.
46. Kidzlabs Robotic Hand Kit
A basic kit for budding robot builders, this gift from Kidzlabs allows your child to explore articulation and movement without the need for any programming or electronics skills.
Thread the jointed finger parts onto the plastic “palm” piece and connect them up to the pullers. Then hold the hand, bend your fingers, and see the robotic fingers bend too.
47. Fortnite Stinger Wrap
This small but sturdy remote control ATK is driven by a removable four-inch articulated action figure and features realistic lights and sounds.
The vehicle itself is decorated in colors that coordinate with the Copper Wasp action figure. Both the vehicle and the game controller style remote are battery-powered.
48. SteelSeries Arctis 1
The steel-reinforced, flexible headband on these SteelSeries headphones makes them comfortable to wear for an extended period. They are also strong enough to stand up to being flung across the room in frustration after a heavy day’s gaming.
The Discord certified, detachable, clear cast, noise-canceling microphone makes these good for streaming as well as gaming alone.
49. ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run
This fabulous product from Think Fun Games rolls a puzzle, a logic game, and marble run all into one fun package.
Blocks must be placed on the grid so that marbles can run from the top, through the cubes, and out again at the bottom. Start with the first puzzle in the manual and move through them all, each becoming progressively more difficult than the last.
50. Anker PowerCore
Small and light, the PowerCore block from Anker will provide a minimum of two full charges to your smartphone, making it a good back up to take with you while you are out and about.
The block has universal usability and is charged via a USB-C charging cable.
The Joy Of Giving
Finding the right gift for anyone can be tricky, but kids on the cusp of adulthood are incredibly difficult to buy for.
We have tried to find a wide range of items for kids with various interests and gift-givers with different budgets. Even if there isn’t something exactly right on our list, hopefully, there will be an item that will inspire you.