10 Cool Gift Ideas for 16 Year Old Boys

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!

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.

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

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

Quartz movement


Not waterproof

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

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

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

Water repellent


The floor is not reinforced and lacks a footprint

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.


Good workmanship

Very durable


Smaller than expected

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.


Solid build

Impressive clarity


No eye cups

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

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

Quickly inflates

Easy storage upon deflation


Can get a hole if users don’t take care of it

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

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.


We hope this gift ideas list will help you find a gift that young man in your life will love for years to come!