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Are you searching for a birthday gift to buy for a boy about to turn 13? Or perhaps you are looking for ideas for what to give a 13-year-old boy for Christmas (because his Christmas list is somewhat vague?!)

I know from experience that it can be hard work trying to decipher what 13-year-olds would like. They’re just at the start of their teen years, tripping over themselves to grow up fast whilst also still being so young. I’ve noticed that some teen boys do a good line of giving only ‘yes/no’ answers and leaving parents and other adults bemused by their teen vernacular.

So, I’ve poured my recent experience of gift shopping for a 13-year-old into a curated list of gifts that teenage boys are actually interested in, will want and love. In short, I’ve done the hard work, so you don’t have to.

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Gifts that 13-year-old boys actually want


Get ready to know exactly what to get for a 13-year-old boy, you will find all the gifts that 13-year-olds will actually want and love.

  1. The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager

    This is a lovely, meaningful 13th birthday gift to give someone entering their teen years. It's a best-seller that encourages each and every teen to be their best self.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Waterstones
    02/18/2024 07:59 pm GMT
  2. HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

    HyperX Cloud gaming headsets are super popular within the gaming community. They are lightweight and super comfortable (HyperX has its own signature memory foam), have a swivel-to-mute noise-cancellation microphone and they work across multiple platforms, including Nintendo and PCs.

    This is the entry-level version, which is perfectly great for 13-year-olds, there are more expensive versions.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from HyperX
    02/18/2024 09:38 am GMT
  3. Coca-Cola 4L, 6 Can, Mini Fridge

    There is a teen trend for having mini fridges in the bedroom. I can't say I dislike the idea. It's perfect to give them a little autonomy for after-school snacks and this Coca-Cola fridge looks super cool too.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/18/2024 07:38 pm GMT
  4. LEGO Star Wars Droid Figure Model Building Kit

    Ignite your teen's creativity with the LEGO BD-1™ Star Wars Model Building Kit that has1062-pieces. Perfect for Star Wars fans, this set is for building a 25 cm tall BD-1 with posable limbs.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Lego
    02/18/2024 09:58 am GMT
  5. Headphones Wall Art Poster
    Various sizes starting at £3 (at time of publication)

    Doesn't this piece of wall art just sum up teen life perfectly?! The thing I love most is that it can be appreciated by both parents and teens alike.

    There are various sizes that you can order. You can also choose to order a digital download to print or an actual print. The frame isn't included (especially not with the digital download!!)

    Buy from Etsy
  6. Sneaker Freaker. The Ultimate Sneaker Book
    £40.00 £37.03

    This book, by the independent sneaker magazine of the same name, is a cult-classic book and a must-have for teen sneakerheads.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Waterstones
    02/18/2024 05:33 pm GMT
  7. Apple AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case
    £179.00 £149.00

    13 is a great age to graduate kids up to AirPods. These 3rd Gen AirPods have a MagSafe charging case, which makes life super easy (just what every teen boy wants!)

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Apple
    02/18/2024 09:54 am GMT
  8. Catalyst Waterproof Glow In The Dark AirPods Case

    Teens aren't great at keeping track of their stuff, so an iPod case like this Catalyst one is a really good idea. It can be clipped onto a belt loop or bag, easy to open and close without the AirPods coming out, and this special edition version is glow-in-the-dark.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Apple
    02/18/2024 09:28 am GMT
  9. DJI Tello Ryze Mini Drone

    I hesitated to include a drone (kids aged 12 can legally fly them in the UK), but I'm emphasising the creativity this palm-sized drone offers.

    It can be used to shoot short videos and perform stunts and is programmable using Scratch (the MIT-developed coding system that most kids learn at school in the UK), so kids can programme in their own flight patterns.

    Just make sure that you and your 13-year-old are au fait with the UK laws on drone flying.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from DJI Store
    02/18/2024 09:49 am GMT
  10. Casio Digital Watch
    £24.71 £22.49

    Casio Classic digital watches are having a bit of a moment with teens. Way more easy on the wallet than an iWatch, they come in a range of colours.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Argos
    02/18/2024 04:53 pm GMT
  11. CASETiFY iPhone Case
    £47 (at time of publication)

    I can 100% vouch that Casetify smartphone cases are unbelievably tough and protective. My 13-year-old's iPhone is still in perfect condition after a whole 18 months, unlike some of her friends' phones.

    There are myriad designs to choose from. The prices aren't cheap, but they are so worth it to avoid spending out on smartphone repairs or replacements.

    Buy from Casetify
  12. 60 Minute Under 17's Driving Experience - Virgin Experience Days
    £87.99 (at time of publication)

    What 13-year-old boy isn't going to love getting behind the wheel of a car? This is a great way to get kids started early on the safety and skills of driving. I have my eye on it as a Christmas gift for my nephew.

    Buy from Virgin Experiences
  13. AROMA ACTIVE LABORATORIES Muscle Recovery Soak
    £15.00 £7.99 (£3.20 / 100 g)

    From the team behind Aromatherapy Associates, this muscle soak has plenty of active essential oils to soothe achy muscles and tired legs for sport and gym-loving teens.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Look Fantastic
    02/18/2024 04:38 pm GMT
  14. Nike Brazilia Shoe Bag

    This bag will help keep mucky trainers separate from other sports kit. It also works as a man-bag! It has storage for a pair of trainers, socks and extra laces.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Nike
    02/18/2024 11:38 pm GMT
  15. Basic Stüssy Tee
    £45 (at time of publication)

    Stüssy, the Californian streetwear brand that dominated the surfer, skater and hip-hop scenes through the 80s and 90s, is back in full force, with teens hankering after its iconic Ts and sweats.

    Buy from Stüssy
  16. Big Lil Starter Skincare Kit
    £28 (at time of publication)

    It's as important for teen boys to look after their skin as it is for teen girls. Get them started with a good basic routine with a cool-looking (but also efficacious) skincare kit from StarFace. There's a face wash, moisturiser and cult-faves, Hydro-Stars pimple patches.

    Buy from Starface World
  17. HUVUDSPELARE Gaming chair
    £70 (at time of publication)

    We have the white version of this gaming chair, but this black and red one is fierce looking! Being a mum, I think it's hugely important to make sure that kids need to have proper back support when they're sitting gaming or at their computers, and this chair does the job perfectly.

    Buy from IKEA
  18. Squier by Fender Electric Guitar

    Got a son who dreams of being in a rock n roll band? Or any kind of band? This Fender Squier is a great starter electric guitar at a great price point.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/18/2024 09:33 am GMT
  19. Fatboy Original Giant Beanbag

    13 is the age when kids/teens start to spend a lot more time in their bedrooms. Give them somewhere other than their bed to loll around by buying them a beanbag. FatBoy is the OG US beanbag chair brand. We've had one of these for 20 years, and its still going strong!

    Buy from Amazon Buy from FatBoy
    02/18/2024 06:19 pm GMT
  20. Otherworld: Last Reality Series
    £8.99 £8.27

    More keen for your teen boy to read than he is? Otherworld is the first book in the Last Reality series. It's based in a virtual world of video games, full of intrigue and might just be the book to enthral your 13-year-old.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Waterstones
    02/18/2024 05:23 pm GMT
  21. Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers

    If your teen already has a Nintendo Switch, perhaps a pair of Joy-Con controllers in one of the latest colourways would be welcome.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from John Lewis
    02/18/2024 06:03 pm GMT
  22. LeBron NXXT Gen Basketball Shoes

    Buying trainers gets very expensive once kids grow out of kids' sizes, so they make great birthday and Christmas gifts. The LeBron NXXT Gen is one that many teens have their eye on this season.

    Buy from Nike
  23. Fleece Camouflage Oversized Hoodie (7-16 Yrs) | M&S Collection | M&S
    £18 (at time of publication)

    Oversized hoodies are still a thing (thanks to the success of the Oodie). This camo version from M&S is a great alternative to a dressing gown for cold winter evenings.

    Buy from Marks & Spencer
  24. Hypebeast Air Jordan Sneakers Poster

    For teens who worship at the altar of Nike Air Jordans, here's the ultimate room decor poster. It comes unframed, it's 12 x 16 inches. You can pick up a frame on Amazon too.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/18/2024 04:53 pm GMT
  25. Led Strip Light, 10m with remote
    £15.99 £9.99

    I wasn't overly keen on my daughter having these, but they are actually brilliant (and now my nephew has a set in his room too). They totally change the mood of her room depending on which combination of colours she chooses with the remote. They are really easy to put up (though be prepared to repaint when they eventually get taken down!).

    Buy from Amazon
    02/18/2024 04:59 pm GMT
  26. Neon Gamer Sign

    This has to be the perfect neon sign for teen boys into gaming. It's 25 x 17cm and can be wall-hung or sit on a desk or table.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/18/2024 05:09 pm GMT
  27. R2D2 Alarm Clock
    £35 (at time of publication)

    How about your teen son getting to start his day with Star Wars icon R2D2? It has a digital display showing the time and date, and it plays official R2-D2 sounds when the alarm rings.

    Buy from Urban Outfitters
  28. Nike Air Jordan Candle with Gift Box

    This is another great gift idea for teen boys who worship at the altar of Nike Air Jordan. Clearly it needs to be used under supervision for younger teens (and maybe older ones too!!)

    Buy from Amazon
    02/18/2024 05:23 pm GMT
  29. Mr Maria X Smiley Lamp
    £129 (at time of publication)

    This smiley lamp by Mr Maria has a really cool colour-changing function and six brightness settings so your teen can match it to their mood.

    Buy from Urban Outfitters


Q: Is it appropriate to give gift cards to boys aged 13?

A: Absolutely. A gift card for their favourite store or digital platform can be a great gift, allowing them to choose what they want. It can be particularly useful if you’re unsure about their specific tastes or interests.

Q: I want to buy a book as a gift. What genres are popular for 13-year-old boys?

A: Fantasy, science fiction, adventure, and mystery are popular genres among 13-year-old boys. Series like “Harry Potter,” “Percy Jackson,” “Artemis Fowl,” and “Alex Rider” are often well-received. Graphic novels can also be a great choice.

Related: The parents guide to buying gifts for 8-year-old boys

Q: What are some educational gift ideas for a 13-year-old boy?

A: Educational gifts can be engaging and fun. Consider science kits, robot-building kits, telescopes, coding games, or puzzle-solving games. Books on topics they’re interested in can also be educational and entertaining.

Q: What should I consider when buying tech or gaming gifts?

A: Ensure the gift is age-appropriate and aligns with the family’s rules on screen time. If buying a game, ensure it’s suitable for their age (check PEGI ratings in the UK). If purchasing gadgets consider durability, user-friendliness, and whether it needs additional accessories or subscriptions.

Q: I’d like to encourage creativity. What gifts should I consider?

A: Art supplies, music instruments, digital drawing tablets, LEGO sets, and DIY craft or model kits can help stimulate creativity. A journal or notebook could also be a thoughtful gift, offering a space for them to jot down thoughts, ideas, or sketches.

Q: What’s important to remember when shopping for a 13-year-old boy?

A: At 13, boys are transitioning between being a child and a teenager, so it’s a time of change. They might start to desire more independence and develop new interests. While it’s important to consider their hobbies, also pay attention to their evolving tastes. Personalisation can make a gift special – showing you’ve considered their unique interests can make a big difference.

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What to get for a 13-year-old boy