14 years old is a difficult age to buy for. On the one hand, they’re too old to be considered a little kid, but not yet old enough for you to buy them the kind of gifts that an adult would be thankful for.
You want to find the kind of gift they actually want – the kind of gift that won’t be shrugged at. But that’s the difficulty – what could the perfect gift be? Gifting is a great thing and should be considered carefully!
Maybe you remember being 14 yourself, but it was such a long time ago that it’s hard to keep up. Or perhaps you don’t remember being that age and need a reminder. If you find yourself struggling to come up with gift ideas for a 14 year old boy, then don’t panic yourself! We’re here to help you!
A good thing to realize is that you have a huge amount of different possibilities to choose from. Below we have compiled an extensive list of different gift ideas that are perfect for 14 year old boys.
From video games to musical instruments, to smaller gifts such as cool books and mini-projects!
We’ve aimed to create a list that caters to what boys of that age actually want, rather than something out of touch.
We’ve also included an extensive buyers guide at the end of the article that will take you through some of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing, as well as a short FAQ section to answer all of your questions.
Video Games and Consoles
Video games have come a long way since their earliest beginnings in the 1950s. After their big boom in the 1980s, video games have replaced TV and Radio as an international pass time.
The truth is that kids of all ages love video games – especially teenage boys. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of American kids play video games.
If the person you’re buying for is into Nintendo, PlayStation, PC, or Xbox, then it’s a sure thing they’ll be grateful for a video game-related gift.
But if you don’t play video games yourself, it can be a hard world to approach. There are so many different kinds of consoles, games, and accessories that it feels overwhelming to read through all the names and technical terms.
Below are some of the best consoles, games, and accessories that a gamer would love to have!
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Nintendo Switch is a console that was launched by the famous Nintendo on March 3rd, 2017. Since its launch, it has been one of the most popular consoles for kids because of its versatility and removable controllers that allow you to easily play with friends.
A Nintendo Switch console would be an amazing gift for a teenage boy, as it would not only be an awesome console for them to play on their own, but also offers them opportunities for social interaction.
Of course, investing in a whole console for a gift is a big ask. Maybe the boy you’re buying for already has a Nintendo Switch, or maybe it’s just too much for one gift- but that is one of the great things about Nintendo Switch.
Switches come with a long list of smaller accessories that can make great gifts!
For example, you could get them a Nintendo Switch Case that is small and compact and gives them the ability to store their console, controllers, wires, and games all in one place.
We recommend this case by HEYSTOP as it also comes with protective cases for the console and controllers.
You could also buy extra controllers! Switch controllers tend to be more affordable than controllers for other consoles, and Nintendo Gamers like to have more than just a single pair so that they can always swap in new friends when playing together.
These Joy-Cons are a great additional gift for a boy who owns a switch!
The last thing you could buy in relation to a Nintendo Switch is a game! Although many gamers opt to buy online these days and download games directly to their console, physical copies are still cherished as they would have been ten years ago.
Some of the essential Nintendo Switch Games include Mario Kart 8 (A racing game that is great to play with friends), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (a beloved open-world adventure game), and Super Smash Bros – Ultimate (a fighting game with all of the most beloved Nintendo characters).
Maybe the 14 year old boy you’re buying for is more into Xbox or PlayStation. These consoles are typically thought of as the more ‘grown up’ option for gamers and have a wider variety of games with age ratings up to M for Mature, whereas Nintendo tends to cater more for younger kids with games that have colorful characters and lower ratings.
These consoles give you a wide variety of different options and have many different accessories and games that would make great gifts for any teenagers who are big into gaming!
The Newest Xbox (as of the time this article was written) is the Xbox Series X. There are a lot of confusing specs and technical information when it comes to shopping for these consoles, but it’s worth noting that the older consoles are the Xbox One and Xbox 360.
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Although some gamers might be grateful for an earlier model, it is important to note that gamers tend to play the most modern console until the end of its lifecycle.
PlayStation has recently brought out their new console the PlayStation 5, which has seen incredible success and has been unavailable to gamers because of high demand.
Gift Cards for Gamers
The problem with gifting something related to video games is that it can be very difficult to know what the person already has. If you’re their parent, you can go searching and see yourself – but if you’re not – it’s really difficult to know what games and accessories they may or may not have.
As we mentioned before, every game that you can buy physically for a Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X, or PlayStation 5 can also be purchased online.
All of these consoles have online marketplaces where you can buy games and download them at a moment’s notice. Because of this, a great gift for a gamer would be a gift card that gives them credit for these online stores.
You can choose the denomination of money you’d like to put on for this card and it will give the user access to any item worth that amount on the Nintendo eStore.
These are easy to use and give you an option to buy a gift without worrying about buying a duplicate or something they won’t want.
Yhis works in the same way, giving the freedom to pick whatever gift they want. Xbox gift cards can also be used to buy apps, films, and TV programs. There is also a digital version here.
This gives you the same as the others, just for PlayStation, letting you pick denominations of up to $100.
NOTE: If you’re not the child’s parent – make sure you check with mom or dad before committing to any of these gifts. Video games have ratings for a reason – so make sure the rating is suitable for who you’re buying for!
Okay, so now that gaming is out of the way – let’s look at something more practical. Maybe the teenage boy you’re buying for isn’t much of a gamer, or maybe you just want to buy them a more practical gift.
Something they can learn that will be of a real benefit to their life; a skill that will stick with them and give them new opportunities.
If this sounds like what you’re looking for – then a musical instrument can be a great choice for a gift! But what is the best musical instrument for a 14 year old boy? What would they be interested in?
A guitar is a great choice as an instrument to gift. Guitars have been one of the coolest and easiest to pick up instruments since the 1950s for a reason.
Here is a list of some of the best electric/acoustic guitars we could find, as well as some of the best accessories you could gift to a 14 year old who is already a guitarist.
This is a great guitar for beginners. Acoustic guitars tend to be better for those starting because of their softer strings and easy ‘pick-up-and-play’ nature.
We think that this guitar would be a great gift because of its accessories that including a poster, padded gig bag, a strap, tuner, capo, and extra strings. It also comes with guitar picks.
If you’re looking to buy them an electric guitar, then we found this set by LyxPro.
It comes with an impressive array of accessories including an AMP, which is essential for those who want to annoy Mom and Dad with loud guitar playing!
If you’re looking for a smaller gift, then this capo/guitar pick combo is an awesome choice! The capo is made of excellent rosewood and the picks come in 5 different colors.
A Ukulele is a smaller, 4-stringed version of a guitar with bright tones. Ukuleles are a great, affordable musical gift.
They’re unique and very easy to pick up in comparison to other instruments because of the simplicity of their chords.
Soprano Ukuleles have the most recognizable tone and are also the smallest you’ll find.
We thought this starter pack by Everyjoys was great due to its ukulele with colorful strings as well as its several accessories including a tuner, strings, picks, strap, and carry bag.
A full-sized piano is far too large of a gift for most people, but if you’re considering gifting one then perhaps you could go for an electric keyboard instead.
Keyboards are a great introduction to music, and an even better extra instrument to pick up for those who are already musicians – mostly because they give you a great overall understanding of music.
This electric keyboard by Ohuhu is a great starter for anyone looking to get into keyboards. It’s affordable, has 300 tones, rhythms, and demo songs already programmed.
It also comes with a USB port and a headphone jack which allows the 14 year old you’re buying to play in silence – which could be a great relief for mom and dad.
Books are a great, simplistic gift that is easy to find and a sure-fire hit. They’re also a great way to encourage the teen boy you’re buying to read more. Depending on the child, it can be difficult to get teens to read. That’s the problem when buying books for this age range – how can you be sure you’re buying the right thing?
It’s all too easy to buy something too simplistic, and equally as possible that you’ll get them something too adult.
Thankfully – that’s where YA comes in. ‘YA’ stands for Young Adult, a term coined to describe the category of books that are not for children, nor for adults. 14 years old is the perfect age for a child to transition from readings little kids’ books to YA.
The subject matter of YA tends to lean closer to things teenagers would be interested in, as well as characters that match their age. Here is a list of the best YA books that would be perfect for a 14 year old boy.
If the person you’re buying for is into fantasy, then Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a great book to gift them. It’s set in a Dutch-inspired fantasy world and features a group of thieves who are tasked with stealing from a dangerous ice palace.
This book is recommended for ages 14+ and is quite dark at points, so if you’re looking for something enthralling that won’t feel much like a kids’ book, this is a perfect match!
Because of its impressive popularity and film series, you’ve probably heard of this book before.
The Hunger Games is the first book in a trilogy that follows protagonist Katniss Everdeen, who is thrown into a reality-tv style contest where other teens must fight to the death. It’s a great entry to dystopian fiction and loved by teens worldwide.
Another fantasy book written by Christopher Paolini, who began to write the book when he was only 15 years old himself. it follows a boy named Eragon who finds a dragon egg. It’s a YA book that is becoming a classic in time and a great gift for anyone who loves reading!
So far all of our recommendations have been specific books, games, and musical instruments. We would like to add this section to take you through some more general, smaller gifts that are less specific.
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Exploding Kittens is a card game based on Russian Roulette that sees players features kittens, laser beams, and explosions. The game is simple – draw an exploding kitten and you lose!
The other cards in the deck help you avoid these exploding cards, as well as helping to make the people you’re playing against draw one themselves.
We recommend this game for 14 year olds who like to play tabletop, board, or card games. It’s especially fun to play with friends!
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A drone is a toy that even teenagers will love. Drones are probably some of the most high-tech and cool toys that money can buy.
We understand that getting your teen boy a super expensive and complex drone might not be the best gift, so we’ve chosen this mini drone that lets them control it and fly around without too much complicated setup or maintenance.
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Let’s face it – everyone loves hoodies! We’ve chosen this hoodie as a simplistic gift that you can choose with over 6 colors available. A hoodie is a great gift that can be worn outdoors or indoors when lounging and watching movies.
This hoodie in particular doesn’t feature any specific branding and is a safe bet in terms of style providing you get them a color they vibe with!
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The days of wired chargers are almost over! now there are a variety of wireless chargers that are starting to gain traction and we think this would be a great, practical gift for a 14 year old boy. At this age, going out alone becomes more prevalent and they must keep their phone charged!
This is a cool charger that can ensure this. This specific wireless charger from KEYMOX is great as it fits a variety of different phones and can also charge air pods!
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A dartboard is an old but gold choice as a gift for a 14 year old. It is social, fun, and great to blow off some steam. It’s also a great addition to a teen’s room and a fun game to play with friends!
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Magic the gathering has long been a favorite card game for nerds since 1993 when it was first released. it is a battle-based trading card game with high fantasy artwork and a variety of different cards.
Your 14 year old might be too old for Pokémon, Yu-gi-oh! or other trading card games from their childhood, but Magic the Gathering lets them keep that spark alive in a more adult trading card game.
Now that we’ve given you a long list of different gifts for 14 year old boys, we hope that you’ve already got some idea of what the best choices might be. But still, it can be difficult to understand why some of the best gifts end up being that way.
So we’ve compiled this handy buyers guide that will explain some of our choices. It will also serve as a guide of things to consider when deciding what is the perfect gift for your 14 year old.
Likes & Interests
There’s nothing better than receiving a gift based on your hobbies or passions. This is probably our top advice to somebody looking to buy a gift for a 14 year old boy. Find out what they’re into!
For example, if they love Star wars – then any kind of Star Wars gift is going to give you some major points! Similarly, if they’re a major gamer, then something gaming-related is a great idea!
This doesn’t always mean you have to buy them the latest and greatest console, sometimes a small gift that is related to their main hobby can go far and be a favorite gift.
Another good way to consider what gift to buy is to think about what they might need. For example, if their headphones are always breaking, then perhaps you can get them a good pair of sturdy headphones.
Electronic devices are becoming ever more important in the lives of teenagers, so getting them something handy like the wireless charger we mentioned above is a great way to give a gift that will get used to!
If you’re not their parent, perhaps ask them if they have any clothing they need like hoodies, hats, or socks. Clothing is a great gift, that providing you take care not to buy anything too far away from their style, will always be appreciated.
As we said before 14 years old is a difficult age because it sits right between older teenager and little kid. This can make deciding whether or not a gift is suitable very difficult.
For example, age ratings on games are something that is hard to wrap your head around. Some of the most popular and coolest games are rated M for mature, usually for violence. Make sure you check age ratings for these products before committing to a purchase.
Similarly, books can be difficult to decide because the reading ability of different teenagers varies so much. If your 14 year old is an avid reader, kids books are going to be far out of their reach and perhaps you could even gift them more adult books and classics.
Knowing the reading ability of your teenager is a sure-fire way to make sure they get a gift that is suitable for them.
We hope that this guide has given you at least a few good ideas as to what the top gifts for a 14 year old boy would be.
Hopefully, we’ve given you enough of a range of books, games, instruments, and more random games that you’ll be able to select something that will suit the 14 year old in question.
It’s certainly a difficult age to buy for, but as long as you go into your purchases with them in mind, we’re sure you’ll find something that will be loved and used for years to come!
Before we finish, below is a short FAQ section that will answer some of your more burning questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Makes A Meaningful Gift?
Gift-giving is hard. You often want to make sure you’re giving the perfect thing. This can be difficult as the perfect thing is often hard to find.
The most important thing when it comes to giving a meaningful gift is to know the person that you’re gifting to. As long as you give something that either adds value to their lives or aligns with their passions and interests, you’re sure to make them happy!
What is YA?
YA stands for Young Adult Fiction, which is a category of fiction that is aimed at readers between the ages of 11 and 19 years of age.
YA fiction tends to have themes that relate to identity, adulthood, relationships, and friendships.
What is a Console?
A games console is an electrical computer device that is used to play video games. Consoles are usually their device, not unlike a DVD player, that is connected to a TV to use as a screen.
Games consoles sometimes have screens built into them that allows the user to play without a TV, such as the Nintendo Switch.
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