Boys who are turning 16 are well on their way to adulthood and are typically no longer into the traditional toys of childhood preferring more grown up types of gifts that they can use both now and in the future.
Knowing what types of gifts boys this age will appreciate can be a challenge so we have devised a list of some of the best premium gifts for boys for 16 year old guys!
In a Rush? See Our Top 3 Picks Just Below
Top Pick: Timex Wrist Watch
Runner Up: Roadside Emergency Kit
2nd Runner Up: Set of Resistance Bands
Our Criteria for Evaluating Gifts for 16 Year Old Boys
Our criteria for choosing gifts for guys who are turning 16 is somewhat different than the criteria we use when choosing toys for younger children. The criteria we use includes:
One of the criteria we consider is the entertainment value of an item. Will the gift offer the guy hours, weeks, or even months of enjoyment? Will it be something that he will continue to be interested in the future? We look for gifts that will bring the teen not only enjoyment, but also help them to relax and rid themselves of stress.
We also consider how useful each gift will be to the sixteen year old. Is it something they can use in their day to day life or will it meet some specific need? We look at whether or not it will make their life more convenient, easier or help them to accomplish some goal.
The Best Gifts for 16 Year Old Boys List
1. Carhartt Wallet
Carhartt is known for the durability of their products and this Carhartt wallet is no exception made of 100% leather exterior with a man made interior and hidden compartment to keep a spare key. This wallet is perfect for any young man who enjoys quality and needs a wallet for carrying around cash and ID.
Nice thin size
Card holder seems to split easily
2. Timex Unisex Weekender 38mm Watch
This classic looking Timex watch is ideal for any on the go 16 yr old boy. A good watch makes a great birthday or Christmas present for a teen and will help him make his appointments on time.
Shows both regular hours and military time
3. Over the Door Mini Basketball Hoop
Guys spend a lot of time in their rooms studying and when it comes time to take a break this Over the door basketball hoop will make a great gift and give that teen something to do when they want a short break from their hours of studying.
Miniature version of a real hoop
Not easy to assemble
4. Emergency Car Tool Kit
If that 16 year old has a car then he is going to need tools to help him keep that car on the road and make repairs in case of an emergency. This Emergency roadside tool kit has everything any drive would need including jumper cables, tire repair kit, and a variety of tools. A great Christmas gift for any young driver on your shopping list.
Everything needed for a roadside emergency
Everything stored in one bag
Not the best quality
5. Backpacking Tent
If that 16 year old in your life likes spending time outdoors hiking and camping then giving him his own tent that is light enough to take backpacking or car camping for a Christmas or his 16th birthday will make a great gift that he can use for years to come.
Easy set up
Plenty of room
The floor is not reinforced and lacks a footprint
6. Toiletry Bag
By the time a young man hits his mid-teens he normally spends a good deal of time on his grooming. This masculine toiletry bag will make a great present and allow that young man in your life to keep all of his toiletries together in one place. It’s great for travel as well.
Smaller than expected
7. Vortex Binoculars
Whether that young man enjoys attending sporting events, concerts or spending time viewing wildlife a pair of good quality binoculars will help them catch all of the action. What a great present for the 16 year old guy who seems to have everything.
No eye cups
8. Kids Against Maturity
Kids Against Maturity is the perfect birthday gift and game for those boys turning 16. Guaranteed to get everyone laughing and using a little crude humor.
Teen humor, but anyone can play
Great for family night or to play with friends
Some people think there are too many poop and fart references
9. Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard
A great birthday gift or Christmas present for any guy who enjoys spending time on the water. This inflatable kayak is perfect for paddling about and enjoying for hours at the lake with friends. Perfect for stiller waters this can provide years of fun for those outdoor lovers. Once done just done just deflate, pack and go!
Easy to transport
Easy storage upon deflation
Can get a hole if users don’t take care of it
10. Resistance Bands for Working Out
Many guys want to stay in shape, but simply can’t afford going to a gym and don’t have space in their bedroom for large exercise equipment. These resistance bands make a great gift and will allow that teen to get a full body workout without taking up a lot of space.
Can take this fitness equipment with you when traveling
Comfortable hand grips
The guy needs to have the motivation to use them
What Are Good Gift Ideas for a 16 Year Old Boy Who Has Everything?
Many guys age 16 seem to have just about everything they could need or want, which could make it difficult to find the perfect gift the high schooler would really appreciate. Here are some alternative gift ideas for the age 16 boy that seems to have everything.
1. Gas Cards
Whether the boy has his own car or rides with friends a gas card will come in handy during those times they are a little short on cash. Gas cards and other gift cards can make a good gift for those 16 year olds who seem to have everything.
2. Tickets to an Upcoming Event
If you can get concerts to an upcoming concert or sporting event that the teen would like to see, those tickets can make a killer gift for Christmas, a birthday, or some other special occasion.
Tips for Finding the Best Gifts for 16 Year Old Boys
- You can always ask the guy you’re buying for for a list of items that he would enjoy getting as a gift for his birthday or Christmas and then simply choose from the list.
- Listen to the teen and make a list of those hobbies and other things that they appear to be interested in, this will give you several good ideas of gifts that will like and appreciate.
- Make sure that the gift is high quality because young men want items that are durable and will be useful long term.
Wrapping Up Our List of Gifts for 16 Year Old Boys
We hope this gift ideas list will help you find a gift that young man in your life will love for years to come!