2019’s Best Toy and Gift Ideas for a 14-Year-Old Boy


Besides an unlimited supply of food, what delights the heart of a 14-year old boy? When it comes to gifts, a young teenager has outgrown the “little guy” toys. As gift givers, we like to find something age-appropriate, fun, challenging…and cool. If the gift can draw a teenager away from screen time, that’s even better.

With four teens currently living in our home, I have been personally motivated to search for the best indoor and outdoor gifts for this age group.

So, enjoy browsing the list to find the best gift for the 14-year old boy in your life!

Top Recommendations
Multi-player Outdoor Fun
ArmoGear
Laser Tag Kit
Rewarding Hands-On Activity
Fascinations
5 Metal Models
Relax Outdoors
Wise Owl Outfitters
Wise Owl Hammock
One Size Fits All
Hangry Kit
Hangry Snack Kit
Quality Beginner Drone
Holy Stone
Holy Stone Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera
Creativity Using Handy Resources

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Best Toys and Gifts for 14-Year-Old Boys

ArmoGear Infrared Laser Tag

Summary

For boy gifts, you can rarely go wrong with noisy, glowing weapons. ArmoGear Infrared Laser Tag has these features and more. The set is an exciting gift for teens, but is safe for many ages, since child sensors have been built in.  We recently visited a local laser tag arena and it wasn’t cheap. With this handy set, you can have the active fun of laser tag right in your own backyard.

Each player needs six AAA batteries to be armed with LED armed blaster and light-up vest. Take note that ArmoGear is still a toy, and doesn’t offer the accuracy you’d find in a bona fide blaster. And, although it can be played in the house, ArmoGear Laser Tag makes a generous racket; best to let the warriors bring it outside to have a blast.

Pros:

  • Good exercise 
  • Multi-player, multi-ages.

Cons:

  • Needs six batteries for each player
  • Requires outdoor space

What we love about it:

This laser tag set keeps the fun in your own backyard.

Set of 5 Metal Earth 3D Laser Cut Models

Summary

Not all days are meant for rough, outdoor play. This Set of 5 Metal Earth 3D Models offers hands-on creativity for ages 14 and up.

These metal models are small projects that are waiting to be assembled without glue or special tools. Using a tweezers and easy instructions, builders can construct a display-worthy collection of metallic bugs. The set includes a scorpion, stag beetle, tarantula, praying mantis and dragonfly.

My son created these and begged for more. Building tiny metal models is intricate work and requires some patience, so consider that when purchasing.

Pros:

  • Great indoor activity
  • Model-building can be creative and relaxing.
  • Requires no specialized tools or equipment
  • Good value / inexpensive

Cons:

  • The tiny models take good eyesight and patience.
  • The metallic parts are delicate and can tear or break if mishandled.

What we love about it:

Model building gives a creative opportunity to make something unique.

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

Summary

The best promo for this book comes from a 14-year old reader, who says: “This book is one I would recommend to any of my friends, teen or not. If it doesn’t help you, you are lying.”

Do Hard Things is an inspiring book that challenges teenagers to rebel — against low expectations, bad attitudes, and cultural lies that limit their potential. Though written from a Christian perspective, readers say that it’s a solid, interesting read for teens of different world views.

For some 14-year old boys, simply picking up a book and reading it may be one of those “hard things.” If so, this powerful book is also available as an audiobook.

Pros:

  • Inspiring 
  • Adds to character development
  • Comes in hard copy and audio formats

Cons:

  • None!

What we love about it: 

This book, if taken to heart, may inspire, encourage and change the course of a life.

Spontuneous

Summary

This rollicking family board game requires no musical talent. Spontuneous was a surprise hit at our house, involving teens, adults and younger children with ease.

It’s a board game that lets you stump other players with key words you choose. You’re so busy trying to be the first one to blurt out a song, that you don’t worry about the quality of your voice. Even shy players tend to let competitive spirit win over timidity.

Next time we play, we might narrow down the song genres and not allow made-up songs by YouTubers, but you can make up your own rules. Our teen boys were very successful in this game…but a rematch is coming soon!

Pros:

  • No musical skills required
  • Interactive
  • Multi-player

Cons:

  • Inter-generational play could be difficult

What we love about it:

This game allows performer-types to do their thing, and gives quieter people a fun time, too.

Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock

Summary

There are days to run around with a blaster and then there are days to take it easy. The Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock is ideal for camping or relaxing in the backyard.

Constructed of strong, soft nylon, it can be set up quickly on poles or sturdy trees, and it packs down into the size of a grapefruit.

A hammock isn’t only for nature lovers, it’s also a great way to relax alone, or enjoy a nap under the stars.

Pros:

  • Sturdy and high quality
  • Use at home or away
  • Great for outdoor lovers

Cons:

  • Not a lot of bells and whistles — it’s just a relaxing outdoor bed.
  • Used seasonally

What we love about it:

It’s easy to assemble and can be used for a lifetime.

Codenames

Summary

This team board game has an intriguing spy theme. We played Codenames recently and it worked for a variety of ages. This is a high quality game with sturdy cards and simple directions.

Two spymaster-leaders know the codes and try to give one-word clues to their field agents. Field agents can win points for the team, but could always meet up with the dreaded assassin card along the way. It’s ideal for players ages 10 and older and smaller groups seem to make the game more suspenseful, but it can be played with more people, too.

There are other versions of Codenames if you like this original version. The other varieties include:

Pros:

  • Easy directions
  • Multi-player game
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Win or lose by the group
  • Simple strategy

What we love about it:

It involves both skill and chance. 

Hangry Kit

Summary

As mentioned above, 14-year old boys are notoriously hungry. The Hangry Kit is a snack-filled care package that comes in many varieties.

If you like low carb or sweet snacks you can choose those kits, however, you cannot substitute snacks if you don’t like a certain item. The Men’s Hangry Kit offers 23 snacks, including goodies like protein bars, beef jerky, pistachios, and power bars.

Sure, you might be able to assemble your own kit, but these edibles come pre-collected for you and packed inside an official Hangry box. What’s not to like about that?

Pros:

  • One Size Fits All
  • Food is a great gift for a teen boy

Cons:

  • More pricey than do-it-yourself
  • Not a “keeper” gift
  • You can’t substitute items

What we love about it:

The gift-giver knows it will be used and enjoyed.

Holy Stone F181C RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera 

Summary

Drones are cool — even budget, beginner type drones. The Holy Stone Quadcopter Drone is perfect for a teen boy who wants to experiment with drone flying indoors or outside.

With about 20 minutes of flight time before a charge is needed, this drone comes with charging cable, controller, four replacement propellers and small tools. Don’t expect professional quality from its camera, but this drone takes great shots and video footage for personal use.

To prevent losing the drone, it comes equipped with one key return and a security system. The Holy Stone F181C RC Quadcopter Drone is lightweight, so be careful when flying on a windy day.  

Pros:

  • Easy to control
  • Durable when crashed
  • Lights for night flights
  • Easy directions

Cons: 

  • Batteries are difficult to replace
  • The charger light doesn’t turn green when battery is charged

What we love about it:

It’s an affordable drone with cool features, making it a great gift for a teen boy.

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 

Summary

Believe it or not, your kitchen may hold all the supplies necessary to create pocket-sized weaponry. Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction teaches how to create fun and (mostly) harmless mini-weapons out of household items.

The supplies needed include things like: pens, clothespins, toothpicks, and plastic utensils. It’s an easy read that offers instructions to create 35 devices such as: darts, catapults, crossbows and slingshots.

The book may be an entertaining way to learn about physics and mechanics, all while you’re planning mischief and mayhem.

Pros:

  • Great for hands-on play and learning
  • Simple directions
  • Creative

Cons:

  • Take care with sharp pieces
  • Not for young children

What we love about it:

This book inspires creativity (using a boy’s intrinsic love of weapons) and the projects use easily found materials.

Tangle NightBall Glow in the Dark Football

Summary

The Tangle NightBall is a great way to get that teen boy outside — day or night. Since this youth-sized football lights up when it moves or makes impact, it’s easy to find.

However, you can’t see the other players, unless they are wearing glow-in-the-dark gear. That could be a problem…or it could make the game even more thrilling. 

Pros:

  • Portable fun
  • Night or day play
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Battery is not replaceable
  • Use caution when playing in the dark

What we love about it:

It offers outdoor fun, night or day.

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Wrap Up

This may be obvious, but take time to consider the unique qualities of the teen gift recipient. Ask parents, siblings and friends to see what they like and don’t like. Ask open-ended questions to uncover their preferences. Then, start shopping. But always include a gift receipt.

Lisa Luciano
Lisa is a homeschooling mom, freelance writer and power napper. She and her husband are raising their eleven children in the rural Midwest. When she's not cooking for a crowd, Lisa loves reading, thrift-shopping and walking around her favorite lakes.

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