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Best Gifts for a 13 Year Old Boy

by Amy A. Sylvestre -

If you have a thirteen-year-old boy in your life, finding the perfect gift for holidays or birthdays can prove challenging. In our research, we have taken polls of parents who have chosen winner gifts for the teens in their lives. From their suggestions, we have selected what we have found to be the best gifts for a 13 year old boy.

Here we share a list of cool gifts that your thirteen-year-old boy will love to open no matter the occasion. Whether your teen boy is interested in sports, group games, shooting, music, technology, or architecture, there will certainly be something on our list that will delight your pre-teen or teen boy.

Ten Best Gifts for a 13 Year Old Boy

1. Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster

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This gift for a thirteen-year-old boy will not disappoint. The Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster can fire up to five darts per second. With the blaster, your teenager will also receive twenty-five Elite darts, the twenty-five dart drum, and an instruction manual. It does require Four D Batteries that are not included in the purchase. You may want to include those in your gift so that your teen can enjoy hours of the Blaster right away.

2. Bluetooth Wireless/ Wired Headphones

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Most every teen loves anything to do with technology. These high-quality headphones are not your average headphones. They offer noise reduction for clear listening quality and a mic for hands-free calling. Your teen can choose to use Bluetooth to connect these headphones or he can choose to use the wired audio line. These unique speakers use 3D HD stereo sound technology that is powered by a professional brass amplifier chip. Your teen will appreciate that they are lightweight, compact, and foldable for easy transport. You can recharge the battery for four to six hours of active use. To achieve a full charge, you will need to charge the headphones for around two to three hours.
These headphones are great for traveling and are compatible with almost all Bluetooth devices. As the gift giver, you can rest easy with the three-month money-back guarantee in addition to the twelve-month warranty. They are also very reasonably priced. These headphones are made with a comfortable, stretchable ear band to be sure that it will not fall off from being too loose or hurt your head or ears from being too tight. This is a great buy for your thirteen-year-old boy!

3. Reason to Be Happy I Paused My Game to be Here T-Shirt

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Your teen can make a statement with a new fun t-shirt designed with a thirteen-year-old in mind. Reason to Be Happy makes many quirky, fun, and sarcastic t-shirts that will likely appeal to your teens. This one, in particular, is perfect for teens with a sense of humor who love computer or video games. It is a lightweight t-shirt with a classic fit. You can choose either them in either navy or black. It is suggested to machine wash it on cold. I think this best gift for a 13 year old boy will give everyone a good laugh.

4. ArmoGear Infrared Laser Tag Guns and Vests

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To get friends together to go play laser tag can be great fun for teens. This authentic laser tag game set brings the game home. The advanced ArmoGear laser tag gun set can easily turn your home or backyard into a laser tag arena for four teams. This laser tag set comes with real target vests, invisible mode, night vision flashlight, and voice-guided directions. Your teen can choose powers between pistol, shotgun, rocket, or machine gun.

Whether your teen has friends over or the whole family joins in, this gift will certainly provide hours of active fun. Your teen’s imagination can go wild as they create indoor or outdoor fun. This could be a great birthday party real action activity. These laser tag guns are safe, top-quality, and durable. Also, a full money back guarantee covers your purchase. Keep in mind that the set of four guns and vests requires a total of twenty-four AAA batteries that are not included in your purchase. 

5. QCopter Quadcopter Drone with Camera Live Video

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Is your teen interested in flying or in filming? This drone might just be the perfect gift for your thirteen-year-old. The intuitive controls are great for beginners and teens.  Using your smartphone as the controller, you can view your footage in real time. The stabilization system makes it simple for shooting footage from the sky from a unique vantage point.

Your teen is certainly going to grow in many skills as they learn and enjoy aerial photography. This drone is equipped with a high definition wifi camera that allows you to zoom and crop photos and videos easily. With your purchase, you will receive a crash replacement kit so you can do a quick repair without needing to order new supplies. The included battery is unique as it offers around thirty minutes of flight time compared to other drones that offer under eight minutes of flying time to enjoy. Also, a spare battery is included to extend your fun, flying, and filming. It is certainly one of the best gifts for a 13 year old boy.

6. Profect Sports Pro Agility Ladder and Cones

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This ultimate agility training set just might be the perfect gift for your teen athlete.  It includes a fifteen-foot agility speed ladder, four metal ground anchors, twelve disc cones, one equipment bag. You will also receive access to two bonus ebooks called, “Speed and Agility Ladder and Cone Drills.” This set is durable and built to last.

Your teen can grow in speed, strength, fitness, endurance, and footwork. Whether your thirteen-year-old boy enjoys soccer, basketball, track, hockey, tennis, baseball, or football, this athletic set is a great gift! Plus, your purchase is backed by a one hundred percent money-back guarantee. Whether for active training for your young athlete or for active fun as a family, this could be a great gift for your teenage boy.

7. U.S. Marine Corps Two Airsoft Pistols with Target Kit

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This is a great gift option for a thirteen-year-old boy who is interested in growing in target shooting. Adult supervision is definitely required. The airgun is easy to use and the kit comes with two airsoft pistols, a twelve-inch sticky target, and two packages totaling one thousand airsoft bbs.

The sticky target is helpful as it catches the included bb’s so that they can be reused for target practice again and again. These pistols are spring powered and the magazine clip holds twelve airsoft bbs. An included instruction book offers six different games for target practice.  This product set cannot be shipped to the state of New York. Be sure that your mature teen enjoys this gift alongside a responsible adult. Different types of protective gear are also required for safe use.

8. LEGO Architecture New York City 21028 Skyline Collection

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By the time your child turns into a teenager, he has probably already found a love for building and creating with Legos. This particular architectural building set is a favorite at our house because it is New York City! The set is an incredibly detailed version of the New York City Skyline plus the Statue of Liberty. It includes a total of five hundred and ninety-eight pieces that are all compatible with all LEGO construction sets.

Your thirteen-year-old will learn the different features of many famous buildings including the triangle shaped building called the Flatiron Building, the Chrysler Building, the new One World Trade Center, and the most famous, the Empire State Building.

An included collective book provides additional information about the architecture, history, and design of each building in the Manhattan skyline. The New York City Skyline measures ten inches high, nine inches wide, and one inch deep. This great gift will surely give your teen boy a great deal of fun and develop his imagination all while exposing him to one of the best cities in the world.

9. Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker

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This Bose Bluetooth speaker will be a hit with your teen boy who loves music, movies, or gaming! Many times phones, tablets, and computers lack the crisp sound and volume desired by your teen. It is a rugged waterproof speaker that is great for indoor or outdoor use. It is durable, portable, and great for the beach, camping, or at home use.

You can choose a speaker that is either black, midnight blue, or bright orange depending on your teen’s preference. It lasts up to six hours with active use and the battery is easily rechargeable. Your teenager can even make or take calls out loud with their smartphone. At the time of your purchase, you can choose to buy the case, car charger, or wall charger. In fact, you might even be tempted to use this speaker for yourself!

10. eGift Cards

Amazon eGift Card

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After polling parents of teens on the best gift for a 13 year old boy, the most repeated answer we received was that teens love gift cards. When you offer a gift card to your new teenager, you are acknowledging a bit of his growing independence and allowing him to step out into the world to make a choice for himself.

It is a great opportunity for your thirteen-year-old to choose something he really wants while staying on budget. The gift card will only allow a purchase with the selected prepaid amount.  I can imagine your new teen’s face lighting up as he opens his gift card and begins to dream about what he might choose for himself. This is definitely one of the best gifts for a 13 year old boy.

Amy A. Sylvestre
Amy is a writer, mom, and southerner living in the suburbs of Chicago. She has also worked for several large non-profit organizations. Amy is married to her hunky pilot husband, and they have two sons, Graham and Hudson. Graham is a hilarious, talkative, three and half year old. After a strong fight with congenital heart disease, Hudson passed away at eight months old. Amy is also in the process of growing her family through adoption.

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