The Best Gift For a 16 Year Old Boy

Whether he is a gamer, outdoorsman, athlete, bookworm, DIY’er or all the above, we’ve rounded up a list of excellent selections for that guy in your life.

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2021's Best Gifts For a 16 Year Old BoyManual to Manhood:Electric Razor 5-in-1 Grooming SetBeard Head BeanieFlipslide GameRIMABLE 22 inch SkateboardThe Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don't Know to AskSolo Stove LiteHanes Men's Graphic Tee-Humor, I'm Thinking Black, SmallVisa Gift CardEmergency Survival KitBlu-Ray or Video Game RackHow Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette GuideSofia + Sam Memory Foam Lap DeskLightning Reaction Shocktato Party Game - The Hilariously Funny Game of Shocking PotatoUpgraded V4.2 Bluetooth Beanie HatHomeLabs Mini FridgeI Paused My Game to Be Here23 and Me: Ancestry KitCall of Duty: Black Ops 3Google - Pixel 3a XL Cell PhoneWorld Wide Snack MixYou Suck at Cooking: The Absurdly Practical Guide to Sucking Slightly Less at Making Food: A CookbookJBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with Protective Travel CaseAmazonBasics Book SafeCall of Duty MonopolyFIFA 20Video Game Design Coding SoftwareEcho Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart PlugThe Last of Us Part IIPopSocketsTETON Sports 101R Celsius XXL -18C/0F Sleeping Bag; 0 Degree Sleeping Bag Great for Cold Weather Camping; Black, Right ZipTravel-Proof BackpackApple AirPods with Wireless Charging CaseMinimalist Wallet CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Starter Kit - 4GB RAMProfessional Art Set: Drawing and SketchingKnife Throwing SetWorld's Largest Gummy BearG-Shock Sports WatchApple iPad Pro 3rd GenerationLaundry Punching Bag and HamperMadden NFL 20Stash Your Cash Puzzle BoxBeginner Electric Guitar KitOutdoor Dart BoardTile Inc: Item LocatorSafe-One Car Flashlight/Window Breaker/Seatbelt CutterRazer Kraken Pro V2: Lightweight Aluminum Headband - Retractable Mic - In-Line Remote - Gaming Headset Works with PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, & Mobile Devices - GreenPizza BlanketCall of Duty: Modern Warfare - PlayStation 4How We Selected Gift For 16 Year Old Boy / Buying Criteria for Gift For 16 Year Old Boy / Gift For 16 Year Old Boy Buying CriteriaWhy did we choose these items?What else is important to consider?FAQs About Gifts For 16 Year Old BoysWhat do you get a 16 year old boy?What are fun, small gifts to buy a 16 year old?What do you get a 16 year old boy for his birthday?Gifts for Similar AgesFinal Word

2021’s Best Gifts For a 16 Year Old Boy

Manual to Manhood:

How To Cook The Perfect Steak, Change A Tire, Impress A Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need To Survive

The Manual to Manhood is for the the 16 year old boy who want to unlock all of the secrets to being a well rounded man. Both amusing and educational, this book comes in both paperback and kindle format, so it can be available whenever needed. Need to change a tire? Manage a credit card? Get a reference? The most complete guide to adulthood you’ll ever need cover all of this and much more.

Image of the Manual to Manhood: How To Cook The Perfect Steak, Change A Tire, Impress A Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need To Survive

Electric Razor 5-in-1 Grooming Set

Roziapro Electric Razor for Men - 5 in 1 Rotary Shavers for Men -Mens Electric Razor Grooming Kit - Wet and Dry Razors for Men - Cordless Mens Razors, Waterproof Electric Shavers for Men, USB Charging

With advancing age comes facial hair. A 16 year old boy will love this rooming set that comes with 5 different shaving attachments. As their facial hair grows in they will want to experiment with their look. Clean shaved? 5 o’clock shadow? Soul patch? The possibilities are endless. The 5 in 1 Electric Razor for Men is easy to grip, and the durable blades provide smooth, nick free shaves. It is also waterproof for the shower shaver.

Beard Head Beanie

Beard Head Stubble Populous Beard Beanie - Original Handmade Knit Hat and Removable Beard

Growing a beard just isn’t an all the time look for everyone. The Beard Head Beanie is here for their daily style needs! This beanie is cozy for the head and will also warm his face with the knit beard. He can impress the ladies with his sudden beard growth, or exude a masculine lumberjack vibe whenever he wants. This gag gift is hilarious and great for any 16 year old, regardless of the gift-requiring event.

Flipslide Game

Flipslide Game - Electronic Handheld Game | Addictive Multiplayer Puzzle Game of Skill | Flip, Slide & Match Colors to Beat the Clock | 4 Thrilling Game Modes | Ages 8+ | Includes Batteries

Flipslide is an addictive test of dexterity and speed that is difficult to put down. The game is programmed with four modes of play. You can test your own speed, challenge your memory or pass it around in multiplayer mode. The puzzles advance in complexity as the game progresses. This increasing need for skill keeps the gameplay fresh.  Flipslide is as fun for a 16-year old boy as it is for their parents.

RIMABLE 22 inch Skateboard

RIMABLE Complete 22 Inches Skateboard (Galaxy)

A version of the “penny” skateboard, these smaller boards were designed for speed and agility. It is smaller than the average trick skateboard and is also more transportable. The size allows easy travel inside a backpack after using it to commute around the area. The RIMABLE Complete 22 Inch Skateboard is very durable, don’t let the small size fool you. This is not just for little kids, many college students actually use this type of board to travel around campus and it holds fully grown men with very little wear and tear. No matter the skating experience level of the 16 year old you’re getting this for they won’t be disappointed.

The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don’t Know to Ask

The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don't Know to Ask

The rite of passage that is learning to drive a car is as terrifying for parents as it is exhilarating for the new driver. The Driving Book is a great gift for the new driver. They have learned to handle the car, but this book teaches your 16 year old son how to handle getting pulled over, as well as how to drive in the rain and what to do if an accident happens. Perfect for birthdays or graduations, it gives peace of mind to both driver and parent alike.

Solo Stove Lite

Solo Stove Lite - Portable Camping Hiking and Survival Stove | Powerful Efficient Wood Burning and Low Smoke | Gassification Rocket Stove for Quick Boil | Compact 4.2 Inches and Lightweight 9 Ounces

This lightweight little stove burns super hot, due to the novel design, with no fuel other than random twigs and pinecones. It can boil water in 8 minutes and fits in a backpack. If camping and backpacking are a regular occurrence, he doesn’t need to use massive amounts of wood cooking on a campfire or lug a propane stove along. The Solo Stove Lite heats up fast, doesn’t use expensive or electric fuel sources. He shouldn’t have to light an entire fire for a cup of hot coffee before a hike and now he won’t have to!

Hanes Men’s Graphic Tee-Humor, I’m Thinking Black, Small

Hanes Men’s Short Sleeve Graphic T-shirt Collection

Funny T-shirts will never go out of style. This design is for the computer or gaming obsessed 16 year old boy. The computer-savvy lad in your life will appreciate the perpetually loading graphic design that doubles as a funny conversation starter. This shirt is a slimmer cut and lends a trendier vibe to a simple t-shirt.

Visa Gift Card

$50 Visa Gift Card (plus $4.95 Purchase Fee)

Sometimes getting a card filled with money is easier than cash in an age of cards and chips. Include it in a themed gift when you present the card and give instructions for its use. “For that concert you want to go to,” “Vacation money for Disney World,” “To help you buy that PS4,” and even, “For dinner out with your friends.” He will appreciate cash as well, but if you know there is something specific they want to do but can’t afford this is a great way to show you know them and to support whatever they want to do. The thought is always appreciated!

Emergency Survival Kit

ASSABER Survival Kit,13 in 1 Survival Gear and Equipment, for Dad, First Aid Kit with Survival Bracelets Emergency Blanket Tactical Flashlight for Camping Adventures

Everyone should have some sort of emergency equipment, but if the 16-year old explorer in your life is much more prepared than the average Joe then this 13 in 1 outdoor wilderness Survival Kit is perfect. Never worry about him getting lost or being without the necessary tools on a campout. The whole kit weighs less than one pound, ensuring that it is never too unwieldy or heavy to have along.

Blu-Ray or Video Game Rack

Atlantic 52-DVD/BLU Ray Disc Tower - PN 63712035 in Gunmetal

This rack was originally designed to be used as a storage unit for blu-rays, but few 16 year old guys have too many of those any more. TheAtlantic Nestable Rack can be used to store video games, however. The design saves space and gives them a place to store the games instead of just piling them up next to the console. All major consoles, except the switch, have similarly sized game cases that will fit neatly into the unit.

How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide

How Not to Be a D*ck: An Everyday Etiquette Guide

The How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide is a funny and illuminating guide to the toughest and most commonly perpetrated acts of insensitivity. Perfect for the 16 year old entering the work force or as a prophylactic read to guide character development or you son, brother or friend. This book reads as a witty commentary and old-school Dick and Jane illustrations accompany it. It will is a hilarious read as well as an informative text to help out in those tricky situations.

Sofia + Sam Memory Foam Lap Desk

Sofia + Sam Oversized Lap Desk with Memory Foam Cushion | Detachable USB Light | Fits Laptops Up to 20

Sitting at a desk isn’t always super comfortable, especially when there is a bed or couch nearby that just looks so much better. A classic problem with sitting on the couch to work is that using a mouse is almost impossible to do comfortably. The Sofia + Sam Oversized Memory Foam Lap Desk comes with a detachable usb light and a slide out side area for a mouse and phone. The lamp lights up the work surface no matter where he’s working and he doesn’t have to force a weird hand position to use the mouse properly. The base of the desk is made of memory foam for extra comfort.

Lightning Reaction Shocktato Party Game – The Hilariously Funny Game of Shocking Potato

Lightning Reaction Shocktato Party Game - The Hilariously Funny Game of Shocking Potato - Gag Gifts and Fun Party Games for Teens

Reviving an old classic with an electric twist is theShocktato Party Game. Not for the faint of heart, pass the game around either with or without music, and the last player holding it gets a shock. The manufacturers even suggest using it to prank your friends by turning off the music and handing it to an unsupecting person, giving them the shock of their life. A hilarious birthday gift, or birthday prank, for the 16 year old man in your life.

Upgraded V4.2 Bluetooth Beanie Hat

Bluetooth Beanie Hat Headphones Unique Tech Gifts Stocking Stuffer Dark Gray

For any music lover living in a cooler climate, this Upgraded Bluetooth Beanie Hat is a winner every time. 16 is the age to wrap yourself up in sound and cultivate good taste in music. This beanie charges up to have a 12-16 hour battery life that allows for uninterrupted listening all day long. Also consider this: A hat is harder to lose than a pair of AirPods, and less likely to be irretrievably dropped down a storm drain.

HomeLabs Mini Fridge

hOmeLabs Mini Fridge - 3.3 Cubic Feet Under Counter Refrigerator with Small Freezer - Drinks Food Beer Storage for Office, Dorm or Apartment with Removable Glass Shelves

16 year olds are in the process of growing up and, like all of us as teenager, like their independence! Adding theHomeLabs Mini Fridge to their room, or to whatever space they use the most gives them a place to put things they have bought themselves. Maybe they like Kombucha and the sight of it grosses their dad out? Or they bought a pack of soda that is NOT to SHARE, mom! This is the perfect way to give them that space and allow them to start being independent in their purchases.

I Paused My Game to Be Here

Ann Arbor T-shirt Co. I Paused My Game to Be Here | Funny Video Gamer Gaming Player Humor Joke for Men Women T-Shirt-(Adult,M) Sport Grey

I Paused My Game to Be Here. The T-shirt that probably says what most 16 year old gamers are thinking. This shirt is funny, useful and is made in the USA! It’s tapered, but not slim fit so it is fitted enough that it could be a daily shirt but not so snug that it couldn’t be an ironic gym shirt. This shirt is good as a stocking stuffer, a birthday gag gift, or really just because it reminds you of them and is sure to amuse the most apathetic of teens.

23 and Me: Ancestry Kit

23andMe Ancestry Service - DNA Test Kit with Personalized Genetic Reports Including Ancestry Composition with 3000+ Geographic Regions, Family Tree, DNA Relative Finder and Trait Reports

At this point most have heard about about the genetic testing kit that gives information on their geographical ancestry. It now also comes with the ability to determine, based on your genes, a wide variety of different traits. There is also an upgraded version that predicts the likelihood of various diseases and health related information. This is a super cool gift idea for a 16 year old who wants to know more about where his family came from, and where his genes predict he is going

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Standard Edition - Xbox One

The Call of Duty franchise of games has made an indelible mark on the world of gaming, with factions having been born as to which series is the best. The Black Ops series is a huge hit among all gamers. This makes it an easy choice for someone new to the world of  first person shooters, or for a veteran who needs a chance of pace. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is available on all major game consoles, and can be played on single or multiplayer modes, including the signature Zombies mode.

Google – Pixel 3a XL Cell Phone

Google - Pixel 3a XL with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Clearly White

The Google – Pixel 3a XL  is reliable, affordable, and connected to basically anything else you could want. We know the Pixel for its crystal clear photos and advanced camera settings. We also know that it is a lot cheaper than the leading photographic competition. It also charges in just 15 minutes, getting seven hours of use time from that one charge.

The phone also comes unlocked, it runs Android 9.0 Pie and comes with all the google apps built in, including Google drive, Gmail, Duo and more. There are three years of updates, both operating system and security, built in, as well as a Titanium-M chip.  If you want to give your 16 year old a phone that gives more bang for your buck, try the Pixel 3a XL.

World Wide Snack Mix

World Wide Snacks Mix - Global Food from Around the World

Food is always a great gift and food that is less easy to get add novelty to the whole experience. This snack box contains foods from countries all over the world. You can do a one time box or make it a subscription so that he will get a new selection every month or so. The mix will never include any food items made in the USA and there are at least ten items in every box. Eat like an Australian one day and an Italian the next.

You Suck at Cooking: The Absurdly Practical Guide to Sucking Slightly Less at Making Food: A Cookbook

You Suck at Cooking: The Absurdly Practical Guide to Sucking Slightly Less at Making Food: A Cookbook

You Suck at Cooking: A Cookbook walks the reader through the basics of cooking, which is perfect for a 16 year old who will, eventually, go out and fend for himself. Why not lay the foundations now so he can impress the ladies with his solid cooking skills?

JBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with Protective Travel Case

Summer is upon us, and with it comes the expectation of pool parties and beaches, and what adds atmosphere to any location? Music of course! The JBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker is waterproof, so if it gets dunked into the pool or rained on your teen will have peace of mind. If staying inside all summer is on the agenda, the speaker will easily fill up a whole room with skip-free, high quality sound.

The speaker can connect to devices via bluetooth or wired connection and lasts up to 12 hours. It also comes with a rigid travel case so he can easily take it along with him, whether he wants to take it along on a hike, or just to a friend’s house.

AmazonBasics Book Safe

Amazon Basics Book Safe, Key Lock, Black, 2.2

This New English Dictionary blends in perfectly with the other books on the shelf,. The secret? Inside is a solid steel box that only opens with one of two included keys. An AmazonBasics Book Safe can be used in the room to store credit cards or to keep prying eyes away from whatever secrets 16 year old boys keep. The safe blends in the best when surrounded by other books, but a high school student probably has some kind of book in his room. Maybe?

Call of Duty Monopoly

Monopoly Call of Duty Black Ops Board Game | Based on Call of Duty Black Ops Video Game | Officially Licensed Call of Duty Merchandise | Themed Classic Monopoly Game

Monopoly Call of Duty: Black Ops is an excellent example of combining an interest with a fun gift. If your 16 year old obsesses over the Call of Duty games, try this version of monopoly. The game board is a combination of the 4 most popular multiplayer maps from Black Ops 1-4, and players can choose to play as one of 6 iconic game pieces from the series. Bring the whole family together for a game of monopoly, gamer style.


The draw of the latest sports game is the ability to play as their current favorite team or player. Every updated game has the full complement of current players. Sports games add new versions to stay fresh and up to date.  FIFA 20, for example, lets you build a character and customize its style. Street soccer is also available as a play option, adding a whole new level of culture and authenticity to the game play experience. If you need a gift for a 16 year old who is just as big a soccer fan as he is a fan of video games, FIFA 20 would be a fantastic gift.

This links to a PC version of the game, but it is available on all major consoles. No matter what console ihe plays this game on the fluid gameplay and graphic rendering are stunning.  If this game checks the interest box buy it with no trepidation.

Video Game Design Coding Software

Coding for Kids: Learn to Code Javascript - Video Game Design Coding Software - Computer Programming for Kids, Ages 11-18, (PC, Mac, Chromebook Compatible)

This is a very cool course that teaches them the basics of Javascript, with the end goal of creating a computer game. It is a 45 day course with live mentorship and they do not need to have any prior experience in coding. The Coding for Kids: Learn to Code Javascript focuses on project completion, and having an end goal leads to greater motivation, and practical application so the lessons stick! It works on any chromebook, PC or Mac, and it does not require extra equipment or have restrictive system requirements.

Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug

Have you ever wanted to gift someone the ability to control everything in the room with voice commands? What about giving them a screen that can help organize their day and play their shows, podcasts and audiobooks? What about expressing a desire to own a smart home? If you teenager has made any of these desires known then take a look at the Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug. The Echo Show acts as an organizer and alarm clock, makes video calls and finds recipes. If he connects it to Amazon music it even displays song lyrics. He controls whatever plugs into the smart plug via voice command. The Echo Show comes with a physical, built in shutter for the camera, and the microphone and voice commands can be turned off with just one button push. If you worry for their privacy and safety, you can rest easy.

The Last of Us Part II

The Last of Us Part II - PlayStation 4

One of the most anticipated video games of 2020, The Last of Us Part II is on pretty much every gamers list, including that of the 16 year old boy you are trying to buy for. The storyline and visual presentation is quite simply spectacular. This links to the Playstation 4 version but you can find it for other recent consoles. This game is rated M for violence.


PopSockets: Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones and Tablets - Black

These phone grips have gained popularity in the last year or so. PopSockets attach to the back of a phone and can be telescoped in and out. He can extend it and use it to prop up the phone to watch a show or video chat, or to hold his phone and decrease the risk of dropping it. They come in all sorts of colors and designs and are easy to swap out and remove, so why stop at getting him one? Get him a different design for ever occasion and feel secure that he is less likely to drop his much more expensive cell phone.

TETON Sports 101R Celsius XXL -18C/0F Sleeping Bag; 0 Degree Sleeping Bag Great for Cold Weather Camping; Black, Right Zip

TETON Sports Celsius XXL 0 Degree Sleeping Bag with Compression Sack, Right Zipper, and SuperLoft Elite Material for Camping and Base Camp, Black

This sleeping bag is heavy duty and large enough for the fastest growing 16 year old. The TETON Sports 101R Celsius XXL -18C/0F Sleeping Bag has a mummy-style hood built in to retain heat and it is designed to handle the cold down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, so unless they are planning to literally sleep in the snow it’s  got them covered. One of the most frustrating things about sleeping bags is getting them back into the carrying cases after using them. This TETON bag comes with a compression sack that you stuff the sleeping bag into so they never have to worry about kneeling on the ground to carefully roll up a sleeping bag ever again.

Not using this in the winter? No problem. It unzips at both the top and the bottom for ventilation and temperature control.

Travel-Proof Backpack

This Travel Laptop Backpack backpack is full of cool features. If he plugs a power bank (or a smaller external battery) into the backpack, there is an external USB port perfect for him to charge his phone. It also is water resistant, saving his laptop from anything smaller than a monsoon, and it has a combination lock built in to the top! Now he won’t have to worry about someone sneaking something out of the bag.

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case

If your teenager has an iPhone then he probably wants AirPods. The sleek, wireless design is just so handy for the day to day lives of the average teenager. There are three version of Apple AirPods. The baseline model is your basic set of earbuds and built in microphone. The kit listed here is the Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, a combination of AirPods plus a wireless charging case. The latest version is AirPods Pro. This pair comes with active noise cancelling technology.

Minimalist Wallet

Access Denied Slim Minimalist Wallets For Men & Women - Leather Front Pocket Thin Mens Wallet RFID Credit Card Holder Gifts For Men

Everyone carries a phone now, so there is one more thing for a 16 year old man to carry in his pockets. Try swapping his traditional tri-fold wallet for a Slim Minimalist Wallet. It fits 3 cards, and protects them with RFID blocking technology, plus has an ID window and a pocket for cash. It is practical in terms of size and is more streamlined in shape, so it won’t wear out the back pockets of their jeans.


CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Starter Kit – 4GB RAM

The CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Starter Kit contains all the basics to start playing around with this mini-computer. It comes with a Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Model B with a 1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU. It also has a 32GB Samsung EVO+ Micro SD Card (Class 10) Pre-loaded and a CanaKit 3.5A USB-C Raspberry Pi 4 Power Supply with Noise Filter. 

The full kit comes with a lot more pieces and everything needed to connect all the parts together.  A guide to what can be done with it all is included as well. It runs a Linux operating system so it is a good beginner project for someone wanting to learn to program, or a fun device to tinker with if they are already fluent. Good as a fun at home project, but it will make a neat addition to science fairs or even to test out a possible future career.

Professional Art Set: Drawing and Sketching

COOL BANK Professional Art Set 42 PCS Drawing and Sketching Set- Drawing, Sketching and Charcoal Pencils. 2 x 50 Page Drawing Pad!Kneaded Eraser Included. Art Kit for Beginners, Teens and Adults

It is never too late to pick up a new hobby, but it is easier when you have the tools. This Professional Drawing and Sketching Set comes with everything he needs to get started on his illustrious career as a charcoal artist. Just make sure he remembers you when he becomes famous.

Knife Throwing Set

Z Hunter Throwing Knife Set and Target Board - Set of 3 Knives, Black/Satin Steel Blades w/Bio Hazard Graphic, Green Cord Wrapped Handles, Full Tang, Target Board and Nylon Sheath - ZB-155SET, 6

I know what you’re thinking. A Three Piece Throwing Knife Set? Why not four knives? But seriously, knife throwing is an actual sport. Owning a nicely balanced set of throwing knives is helpful if he is starting classes as a new hobby, or if he currently practices the skill. Owning throwing knives is also pretty cool. The three 8-inch stainless steel blades each comes with its own nylon sheath. The lucky teenager receiving this gift will now transport them from point A to point B safely.

World’s Largest Gummy Bear

For the 16 year old who already has everything you have to think outside the box, and what better opportunity is there to give someone a 5 lb gummy bear? Think about it and wonder if 5 lbs is even really enough? Is it? Yeah, it definitely is. The World’s Largest Giant Gummy Bear comes in many flavors. Pictured above is a combination of their three top selling bears, and will probably require help to consume so have him call some friends and dig in to this mammoth, sugary treat.

G-Shock Sports Watch

Casio - Mens Blk Digital G-Shock Watch (DW9052-1BCG)

TheCasio Men’s G-Shock Black Resin Sport Watch is rugged enough to withstand anything a 16 year old guy can throw at it. It is shock resistant, water resistant for up to 200 meters, and can take a serious beating. You don’t have to worry that accidentally smacking it into a wall or falling off of a bike will destroy it, it can survive the most active teenager. There is a built in stop watch, and a back lit crystal screen. He’ll be thrilled to own it when he sees the comfortable band, reliable function, and stylish appearance.

Apple iPad Pro 3rd Generation

Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 512GB) - Silver (3rd Generation)

The Apple iPad Pro is the closest you can come to a Macbook without it actually being a Macbook. It can be customized in term of storage, ranging from 64 GB to 1 TB, and the hardworking 16 year old you are giving this to can add whatever accessories and tools, such as an mouse or keyboard, he could possibly need. The iPad Pro also has crystal clear photo and video capabilities, stereo sound speakers, as well as access to the host of products on the Apple Store.

iPads can now run off of a data plan through the phone company. The tablet can connect to WiFi as well, giving them the best choice of coverage for that project. Especially for someone who is constantly in need of an internet source, whether for work, school or study, connecting to data can provide peace of mind that if the WiFi router stops working, they don’t have to.

Laundry Punching Bag and Hamper

Suck UK Laundry Bag Punching Bag Shaped Hamper, Black, Portable, Foldable, Handle, 15

This Punching Bag & Hamper is a great gag gift that can actually function as a punching bag! Laundry goes in, and stress can be taken out on the bag. It is made of sturdy canvas that holds up to a punch will not break under the weight of piles of dirty clothes. Hopefully the clothes will now end up in a hamper instead of on the floor.

Madden NFL 20

Madden NFL 20 (Xbox One)

As mentioned above, people like to play as their favorite players, so the games must keep being updated! Madden NFL 20 not only lets your sixteen year old run and tackle in the shoes of his NFL fave, but also allows him to simulate an entire NFL career. From drafting to retiring as a coach or civilian, he can call the shots. Available for all major consoles, there is nothing holding him back from that perfect football legacy.

Stash Your Cash Puzzle Box

Bits and Pieces - Stash Your Cash - Secret Puzzle Box - Camouflage Your Cash Money Holder - Brain Teaser - Wooden Secret Compartment

If you really just want to give a teenager money, make him work for it! Perfect for the 16 year old who loves puzzles, the Stash Your Cash: Secret Puzzle Box Brainteasers will have him scratching head over how to extract the cash. This is a solid wooden box full of hidden secrets. And no, dismantling it with power tools isn’t the answer.

Beginner Electric Guitar Kit

Best Choice Products 39in Full Size Beginner Electric Guitar Starter Kit w/Case, Strap, 10W Amp, Strings, Pick, Tremolo Bar - Sunburst

If he dreams of being the next great rockstar, gift him a Beginner Electric Guitar Kit. It comes with a 39 inch guitar, soft travel case, 10W amp, extra strings, picks and a shoulder strap. This plus some guitar lessons will get him ready to rock the stage. It is also a great kit for the slightly more experienced player who wants to travel with something more compact that his usual setup. Side note: If he thinks he wants to learn to play the guitar, this kit is good enough to begin on that if he gives it up it is not a huge loss of investment!

Outdoor Dart Board

Yuham Magnetic Dart Board Indoor Outdoor Games for Adults and Family, Toys Gifts for 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Year Old Boy Kids, 12pcs Safe Darts, Easily Hangs Anywhere

This is listed as an outdoor dart board, but honestly it can be used inside. Yuham Magnetic Dart Board Indoor Outdoor Games for Kids and Adults with 12pcs Safe Darts, Easily Hangs AnywhereMagnetic darts attach to the board in a test of skill and precision that he and his friends can play for hours, and won’t shred up the inside walls if they miss the hanging entirely. It’s reversible so he can flip it over to change gameplay when he and his friends have exhausted the first version.

Tile Inc: Item Locator

Tile Mate (2018) - 4-Pack - Discontinued by Manufacturer

Everyone has lost their keys or wallet or any other often used object that isn’t literally attached to them. These Tile Inc Bluetooth Tracker and Finder fobs can be attached to the usual suspects, like his house or car keys, and then when he is running late and scrambling to find the lost item, he can just open the app and locate it. The fobs are waterproof so even if the item was dropped outside and left in the rain for hours the app will still work. A discombobulated 16 year old who isn’t used to having car keys to keep track of yet needs one of these fobs.

Safe-One Car Flashlight/Window Breaker/Seatbelt Cutter

Safe-One Car Flashlight LED Light with Window Breaker, Seatbelt Cutter, USB Port for Devices, Arc Lighter and Roadside Lighting for Auto, Camping, Home Safety, Hand Crank (Lighter + Compass)

With the age of 16 often comes the advent of another driver in the family. This gift will give you peace of mind as your teen drives off into the sunset. The Safe-One Car Flashlight contains a battery that can be charged via a built-in crank. A window breaker and seatbelt cutter, which are pretty standard safety features, are also included. The USB port connected to the battery is the coolest part of this flashlight. The crank generator provides a replenish-able amount of power so he can always charge his phone in an emergency.

Razer Kraken Pro V2: Lightweight Aluminum Headband – Retractable Mic – In-Line Remote – Gaming Headset Works with PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, & Mobile Devices – Green

Razer Kraken Pro V2: Lightweight Aluminum Headband - Retractable Mic - in-Line Remote - Gaming Headset Works with PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, & Mobile Devices - Green

Playing video games is not a solo-pursuit by any means. With the ever increasing popularity of online multiplayer gaming headsets have become almost necessary accessories. The Razer Kraken Pro V2: Gaming Headset lets players speak to each other, coordinate, strategize and socialize all from home. The lightweight headset is made of aluminum. Their ears will be comfortable due to the padding and full ear coverage. The microphone is high quality and crackle free and when he does not need it flips up, taking it out of his sightline.

Pizza Blanket

Pizza may as well be the lifeblood of a 16 year old boy, and now it can warm him from the outside as well as the inside! The Lhedon Pizza Blanket is 71 inches of warm, fuzzy pizza goodness. If he wasn’t already hungry all the time this blanket might just change that. Great as a gag gift, but in reality these blankets are also super soft and comfortable, so is it truly a joke?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – PlayStation 4

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - PlayStation 4

The Call of Duty games have long been a piece of any complete game collection, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is an alternative, or addition, to all of the other Call of Duty games. Each has their own distinct storyline, and all come with various multiplayer maps that will keep even the most blase of teenagers entertained. This version of Modern Warfare came out in 2022 and hasn’t disappointed, with thousands flocking to play it. His reaction will not disappoint you if you hand over this game. This link leads to the playstation 4 version but it can be found for other consoles as well.

How We Selected Gift For 16 Year Old Boy / Buying Criteria for Gift For 16 Year Old Boy / Gift For 16 Year Old Boy Buying Criteria

Why did we choose these items?

The first consideration is value versus impact. Is it something they have always wanted, but it more on the expensive end? Is it something funny or an inside joke that is cheaper? You can see in the list that there is a balance of more and less expensive options, but that they take into account the experience as well. Obviously an iPad is more expensive, but if you can afford it and if it will help him out with school or a hobby then it becomes more worth it. Key trackers are small and much cheaper, but the daily function value is absolutely enormous in comparison to the price.

What else is important to consider?

Availability! It is super great that you want to get him something unique and fun, but often that is hard to find, and sometimes difficult to physically obtain. We chose items that are widely available on credible sites to enable ease of purchase. Just because something is on a well known retail site doesn’t mean everyone will have it. It just makes it easier for you to show up with something amazing to your brother’s/son’s/friend’s 16th birthday party.

FAQs About Gifts For 16 Year Old Boys

What do you get a 16 year old boy?

It completely depends on who you are to him. Are you a friend? A sibling? Are you a parent or grandparent looking for inspiration?

  • If you’re a friend then chances are you are also around 16 years old. Gag gifts are a great way to celebrate your friendship with something small that you’ll both remember. Something like the Lhedon Pizza Blanket is good if you tend to be eating buddies. Or if your relationship is a little more mischievous then try pranking him with the  Shocktato Party Game.
  • If you’re a sibling you are in a position to know a little more about your brother’s interests. Maybe you even know what he kinda wishes he would get even though he hasn’t said. If he’s trying to pick up a hobby get him a Professional Drawing and Sketching Set. Also, as a sibling you may have fewer qualms about bringing violent video games into the house, so maybe pick up The Last of Us Part II and win sibling of the year.
  • Moms, Dads and Grandparents, if you are trying to give a leg up to your 16 year old son and grandson consider something that is slightly more expensive than something he could buy himself. Does he have a laptop, but having a tablet would make his school life easier? Then look at the Apple iPad Pro. Is he super into the outdoors and likes to go backpacking? The Solo Stove Lite is not a truly necessary item but would be hugely convenient! If you want to give cash try gifting the money in a fun or unique way. The Stash Your Cash: Secret Puzzle Box is a fun way to do so.

What are fun, small gifts to buy a 16 year old?

Sometimes it is just not the time or place to give a larger, more traditional gift. There are plenty of smaller items that are useful and thoughtful without breaking the bank. For the guy who loses everything, give them easyazon_link identifier=”B07GM59D13″ locale=”US” tag=”ugift-20″]Tile Inc Bluetooth Tracker and Finder[/easyazon_link] fobs to attache to their commonly lost items. easyazon_link identifier=”B00KY6WC9W” locale=”US” tag=”ugift-20″]World’s Largest Giant Gummy Bear[/easyazon_link] is not physically all that small, but 5 lbs of sugar is funny, delicious and a massive conversation starter. Another useful idea is a new wallet like the Slim Minimalist Wallet. It’s stylish and useful and not over the top! Emotional value is a factor to weigh in as well, so choose a small gift with a big meaning.

What do you get a 16 year old boy for his birthday?

Gifts for Similar Ages

Final Word

When looking for a gift for a 16 year old boy it is important to consider what he will be doing in the upcoming year. Find the perfect gift by combining this with his interest. Will he be commuting to a job? Is he someone who is super into the outdoors and also likes gadgets? A gift is only as good as the thought behind it. Unless it’s cash, but we’ve given ideas for that in this article as well.

A lot of these recommendations are born from a combination of functionality and interest. If that’s not for you then you could swing to the other end and invest in the ever popular gag gift. He may already have everything he needs, so something that is more of an experience. A safe bet is something just plain funny, as well. The key is to provide a good gift experience as well as a physical item. Overall just pay attention! If you really don’t have an idea, just ask! In the end you want to give them something they actually want.

Jason Collins

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Now, living in Las Vegas. Freelance writer and world traveler. My interests include Pink Floyd and Lemony Snicket.