33 Perfect Gifts Even For The Pickiest 16-Year-Old Boys

By Christian Collins | Updated: January 15, 2023

    Turning 16 is a big deal for a teenage boy! He is officially one year closer to being considered an adult. But before you worry about the headache of him reaching that milestone, you need to worry about the headache of finding a good gift for a picky teenage boy. Don’t worry, this gift guide has the perfect gifts for any 16-year-old boy.

  1. Wireless Fast Charger
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    This wireless charger makes an excellent gift for an on-the-go high school student. This charger supports all wireless charging-enabled devices and has a sleek and slim appearance. It also lights up in different colors as it chargers!

  3. The Manual to Manhood
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    As 16 year old boys are edging ever closer to adulthood, which means they don’t have a lot of time to learn a lot of essential skills. This book teaches 100 important skills any teenage boy should know before becoming an adult.

  5. Moon Lamp
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    This cool gadget is honestly one of the best gifts for just about anyone. This 3D-printed moon lamp looks great anywhere (wireless!) and can change to 16 different colors.

  7. Phone Camera Lens Kit
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    If you need a gift for a budding artist, this camera lens kit does the trick. The kit fits most new smartphones and comes with several lens attachments: zoom, wide-angle, super wide-angle, and macro.

  9. Don’t Do Stupid Shit Keychain
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    Let’s face it; teenage boys do stupid shit. Because that is always accurate, what better way to remind him to be safe than with this keychain? Don’t worry, dads; you can personalize this keychain to be from you! A funny Christmas gift stocking stuffer.

  11. Playstation 5
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    Playstation 5 is among the best gifts for 16-year-old boys. The Playstation 5 features a lightning-fast CPU, GPU, and SSD that allow it to play the most stunning games for an immersive gaming experience. He will love you forever for this gift!

  13. Personalized Wallet
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    Now that he is 16, he might get a job or learn how to drive. A personalized leather wallet is an excellent fit for these big life events! This wallet comes personalized with a name or initials, is made from super-soft leatherette, and even offers RFID protection. 

  15. Camera Drone
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    Does the teenage boy in your life enjoy photography? With extensive improvements to its great craftsmanship and quality control, creative and stunning features, and varied fly modes, Holy Stone HS440 offers one-of-a-kind immersion into all facets of drone flight and culture – where everything is joyful. A truly unique birthday gift idea for any teen boy.

  17. Ultimate Snack Pack
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    Growing teenage boys love snacks (maybe a little too much), so this ultimate snack care package makes a cool gift for any guy. It comes with the most popular snacks and candy, ranging from M&Ms and cookies to Cheez-Its and fruit snacks!

  19. Cell Phone Stand
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    This cellphone stand is an excellent option for tweens, teens, and everything. The stand is fully adjustable and fits all phones, iPads, and tablets – ideal for long mobile gaming sessions or streaming their favorite shows—a really great gift for teen boys.

  21. Gamer Headset
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    Another excellent gaming gift, this headset has everything needed for long hours of gaming. The retractable headband and breathable ear pads allow for comfortable and high-quality audio while gaming on any system.

  23. Adidas Hoodie
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    You’d recognize it anywhere. The Trefoil logo stands for creativity and self-expression right side up or upside down. So get cozy in the extra-plush French terry of this Adidas hoodie, and let it inspire you to dream, create and play. By buying cotton products from them, you support more sustainable cotton farming.

  25. Novelty Blanket
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    16-year-old boys love food, so why not get them a useful comfy blanket that looks like their favorite meal? This super-soft blanket has rave reviews on Amazon and comes in a wide range of food-inspired designs.

  27. Colorful Bluetooth Speaker
  28. This wireless Bluetooth speaker has impressive specs and rich bass and overall high-performance sound quality. It is also equipped with some pretty rad LED lights that bring the party atmosphere anywhere and beat the rhythm of the music.

  29. Lego International Space Station
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    Build and display this spectacular LEGO Ideas International Space Station. Packed with authentic ISS details, including a posable Canadarm2 and two rotating joints that coincide with eight adjustable ‘solar panels,’ this 864-piece set is a beautiful gift idea for space enthusiasts, adult LEGO fans, or any experienced builder. This fantastic LEGO spaceship model comes with a display stand, a buildable mini NASA space shuttle, and three mini cargo spacecraft, plus two astronaut micro-figures to create a striking centerpiece in any room. 

  31. Mobile Gaming Controller
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    This mobile gaming controller was designed to provide console-level control to your mobile device. It attaches to your smartphone and allows greater accuracy and tactile feedback in your favorite mobile games.

  33. Apple AirPods Pro
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    The Apple Airpods Pro is a fabulous gift idea for a 16th birthday gift. These noise-canceling wireless headphones connect seamlessly with any Apple product for crisp and high-quality audio on the go.

  35. Graphic T-Shirt
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    This funny graphic T-shirt might be a perfect gift for any romantically challenged teenage boys (which is honestly all of them). This T-shirt is made from 100% high-quality cotton and features a fun graphic that will make others chuckle.

  37. Desktop Skee Ball
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    Sometimes the best gifts are something simple. Skee ball is one of the most classic games at an arcade, and this desktop version is no different. Plus, everything is cooler when it is miniature.

  39. Wood & Leather Watch
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    Sure it isn’t a smartwatch, but you can’t go wrong with this fantastic gift. This watch features an eye-catching wooden design and leather strap. Made with quality materials, it will net him plenty of compliments for his fashion sense.

  41. Portable Record Player
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    Retro gifts are all the rage right now, and this portable record player fits the eclectic taste of 16-year-olds. No records? No problem! This record player also comes with some newer features, like Bluetooth capability, to play it anywhere. One of the coolest gift ideas for a music lover.

  43. Nintendo Switch
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    Nintendo Switch Lite is a compact, lightweight addition to the Nintendo Switch family, with integrated controls. It’s great for people who have lots of opportunities to play alone and anyone who wants to play online or local wireless multiplayer with friends or family who already own a flagship Nintendo Switch console.

  45. Star Wars Backpack
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    The Star Wars Boba Fett Tech Bag Backpack has an interior tech pocket designed to hold your laptop or other tech gadgets. It’s a great work bag, gym bag, or weekend travel bag. Made of polyester, it can take a beating. Nevertheless, this is the best Star Wars gift for the commuter or traveler.

  47. Xbox
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    He is bound to love the Xbox Series X, another impressive video game console. This console comes with an impressive 1TB of SSD storage and top-end specs for seriously amazing gameplay. It offers True 4k video, which is also a great option for streaming Netflix or Blu-Ray movies. One of the most incredible gifts you can get a 16 year old boy.

  49. Kanoodle Puzzle Game
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    While not all 16-year-old boys are known for enjoying puzzles, this one might change his mind. This gift features both two and 3-dimensional puzzles that are great for sharpening his puzzle-solving skills. It also makes an excellent stocking stuffer or Christmas gift.

  51. Apple iPhone
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    Teen boys love the latest tech and gadgets so they would appreciate the newest iPhone 12. He will be able to access his favorite social media and mobile video games and keep in touch with his friends.

  53. Old Skool Vans
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    Vans are one of the best-selling shoe brands out there, and they look great with almost anything. So whether he likes to skateboard or just wears them to high school, these shoes are a great option.

  55. Exploding Kittens
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    If you need a gift for someone that loves board games or card games, then Exploding Kittens is a great gift idea! The game is easy to learn, making it great for an entertaining game night or party. 

  57. Anker Wall Charger
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    Whether he needs to charge his headphones, controllers, or smartphone, the Anker wall charger will do it all. It has some seriously impressive reviews on Amazon and tech that allow for any device’s fast charging!

  59. Brixton Heist Beanie


    This trendy beanie is a great gift option if he enjoys wearing hats. This beanie sports a clean and classic design and comes in 19 different colors.

  61. PopSocket
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    Teen boys are on their phones a lot, which can seriously cramp your hand. That is where the PopSocket comes in. You can easily attach it to any phone, allowing you to hold it comfortably all day or use it as an adjustable stand.

  63. Dinosaur Taco Holders
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    Thanks to these dinosaur taco holders, plates are about to go extinct on Taco Tuesday. This gift is a natural fit because 16 year old boys love tacos, dinosaurs, and funny gifts. They even come in T-Rex or Triceratops options!

  65. DIY Fortunate Cookies
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    Do you need a gift for a future chef? This DIY fortunate cookie kit is a great way to encourage his passion for cooking. This kit comes with everything you need to make your own fortune cookies, including fortunes, ingredients, and an edible-ink pen for decorating.