Gifts For 13 Year Old Boys

Find the best gifts for 13 year old boys with our gift guide. We found out from 13 year olds what they want the most for 2013.

At 13, your boy is now an officially a teenager. Finding gifts for teenager guys is not exactly easy. Most boys at this age are still trying to discover who they are. Don’t try to get overly fancy. That new set of Batman boxer shorts is likely to embarrass him. Depending on their personality, 13 year old boys love video games, music, gadgets, science, Minecraft, paintball, and the outdoors. Here are some gifts that make excellent Christmas gifts for teenagers.

For The 13 Year Old Video Gamer

The latest video games are huge with 13 year old boys. It’s a great year to be a gamer. In addition to the consoles already out, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are bringing out new game systems. According to Piper Jaffray, Approximately 49% of teens intend to purchase a next generation console. Here are some great video game gift ideas for a 13 year old boy.


Sony Playstation 4Sony Playstation 4Sony’s latest games console is finally here. With 10X times the power or the previous console, this is one system that it at the top of every 13 year old boy’s wishlist. That is if you can get your hands on it. It’s not only more powerful than the new Xbox, it’s 100 dollars cheaper.
Microsoft Xbox OneMicrosoft Xbox OneNot to be outdone by Sony, Microsoft is also bringing out its next generation console, the Xbox One. While it might not be as powerful as the Playstation 4, it comes packaged with an all new version of Kinect. Not only can 13 year olds play the latest Halo game, but the console brings together all their entertainment in a seamless way.
Nintendo Wii UNintendo Wii UWhile the Nintendo Wii U might not be the most powerful console on the block, it’s the only console that has games like Mario and Zelda. It comes with an innovative Gamepad controller that allows for off-TV play. Right now it has the best lineup of games and is the only console with backward game compatibility. Plus, it’s now 50 dollars cheaper.
Sony PS VitaSony PS VitaThe PS Vita features a stunning 5 inch OLED display and a quad core processor, making it the most powerful handheld gaming device ever. With dual analog sticks and touch controls, there are multiple ways to control the action. Paired with the new Playstation 4, it can even remotely play Playstation 4 games via Wi Fi– a feature any 13 year old would get excited over.
Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XLNintendo has super-sized the fun of the original 3DS with a 90% larger screen. The new version feels better in your hands and the 3D effect works even better. The XL even has improved battery life over the original, offering between 3.5 to 6.5 hours of play.
Nintendo 2DSNintendo 2DSNintendo has released a budget version of the Nintendo 3DS without the 3D effect. Although the company has done away with the closeable shell design, the unit is still comfortable to hold and it plays all of the same games.


Call Of Duty: GhostsCall Of Duty: GhostsRated M. Available on both current consoles and next gen consoles, Call Of Duty Ghosts is probably the game that almost every 13 year old boy wants. Parents should be aware that it is violent. With an all new story written by Hollywood script writer, Steven Gaghan, it picks up 10 years after a new superpower called the “Federation” has taken over. The only hope is the Ghosts. While the single player is a fun ride, gamers play Call Of Duty for its rich multiplayer options. New to Ghosts, players have the ability to create squads of soldiers.
Batman: Arkham OriginsBatman: Arkham OriginsFor the last couple years, the Batman games have been super popular with the teen crowd. Featuring the same excellent combat of the earlier games, Arkham Orgins is a prequel that focuses on Batman’s earlier crime fighting years.
Minecraft – Xbox 360Minecraft - Xbox 360If your son is 13, you have probably heard of Minecraft. The hit game Minecraft is now available on the Xbox 360 and it is just as good. There is so much to do and explore in the world of Minecraft that it is easy to get lost in it. Kids get to explore and build their own worlds out of blocks that they collect.
Rocksmith 2014 EditionRocksmith 2014 EditionThis is a great gift for a 13 year old boy that dreams of playing the guitar. This is so much more than a game. It’s actually a great learning tool. This game actually teaches you how to play a real guitar not the fake plastic ones. It teaches you the basics of how to hold the instrument to more advanced techniques like string skipping. Boys will love that the fundamental skills are thought by playing fun videogame like mini games. With a great track selection of over 50 songs, it’s one of the best ways to learn to play the guitar.
Pikmin 3Pikmin 3In Pikmin 3, players have crash landed on an alien planet. Players find plant like people called Pikmin on the island, which players have to use strategically to solve puzzles and collect treasures. The game is filled with gorgeous artwork and environments that would make a Kodak moment.
Super Mario 3D WorldSuper Mario 3D WorldSuper Mario 3D World is the reason to own Wii U. Even with the new systems, there is nothing like Mario. The game adds new power-ups and even new characters with different abilities. There is nothing to blow up or shoot. Even for 13 year olds, the game is colorful and just plain fun. Play with 3 of your friends and the game is impossible to put down.  Nintendo reminds us of why we play video games.
Zelda: A Link Between WorldsZelda: A Link Between WorldsNintendo is finally bringing Zelda to the 3DS. The game is sequel to the hit game A Link To The Past on the Super Nes. This time around Link has the new ability to flatten himself against walls like a pancake, adding a whole new element to the gameplay.
Lego Marvel SuperheroesLego Marvel SuperheroesLego and Marvel fans will love this game. The game features a whole playable cast of more than 100 of the most popular Marvel characters. Hulk? Spiderman? The Xmen? The Avengers? Yes. Even your favorite villains are represented. With a story that is rooted in the Marvel Universe, it’s a Marvel fan’s dream come true.
Madden NFL 25Madden NFL 25It’s been 25 years since the release of Madden. The new Madden allows you to act as the Franchise Owner in Owner Mode. Players can control everything from ticket prices to salaries. The game looks more polished than ever. The next-gen version is even more realistic with details right down to individual grass blades and calculated motion.
NBA 2k14NBA 2k14NBA 2k14 is a great representation of the game of basketball with improvements all round. The next-gen version is the best looking game ever. It looks freaking real. The detail from the facial animations to subtle cloth movement will make you think you are watching a game on television and not playing a videogame.


Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4Turtle Beach Ear Force PX413 year old gamers that get a new PS4 are going to be pleased that Turtle Beach will be releasing a new headset to go along with the new console at launch. Unfortunately, the Xbox One headset won’t come out till next year.
Arcade Light Switch PlatePower-Up Arcade Light Switch Plate 13 year old gamers will geek out over this arcade inspired light switch plate. The joystick turns the lights off and on. Push the buttons for fun sound effects (pew, pew)

For The 13 Year Old Music Lover

Whether its the latest headphones or mp3 player, these music themed gift ideas make excellent gifts for a 13 year old boy.

Beats StudioBeats StudioThere is nothing more that a 13 year old wants than a new pair of Beats Studio audio speakers. It’s been 5 years since the original pair came out. This year the company came out with a new one. With great bass and noise cancelling, the latest ones are lighter and better sounding.
HMDX Jam PlusHMDX Jam PlusThis attractive and fun speaker available in different colors can wirelessly play music from a Smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth. Battery life is about 4 hours. It can be paired with another Jam speaker for stereo sound.

For The 13 Year Old Gadget Lover

The newest gadgets are some of the best gifts for 13 year old boys.

Apple iPad MiniApple Ipad MiniThe iPad Mini is perfect tablet for 13 year old boys because of its smaller form factor. It plays all of the apps that the larger iPad Air plays. With a new one announced featuring a Retina display, there are great deals to be found on previous models.
Apple iTouchApple iTouchThe newest iPod Touch borrows some of the best features of the iPhone except it can’t make calls. It’s also half the price. The screen is now wide screen which makes watching movies and playing apps look great.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDXAmazon Kindle Fire HDXIt might not be as cool as the the iPad Air, but the Kindle Fire HDX is a great tablet for 13 year olds. With a better display, a more affordable price, and lighter than the new iPad Air, the Kindle Fire HDX is the best tablet to consume media on.
Amazon Kindle PaperWhiteAmazon Kindle PaperWhiteFor 13 year old boys that love to read there is no better e reader than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. It’s got outstanding contrast and a fantastic resolution that is easy on the eyes.
Google Nexus 7Google Nexus 7The Google Nexus 7 has one of the highest resolution screens next to the new iPad Mini. If he loves movies, give him a tablet that plays great video. With an excellent price and all the features that 13 year old boys will love, the Nexus 7 is a great gift idea.
Google ChromecastGoogle ChromecastThis cool inexpensive device lets teens wirelessly stream Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, and Google Play from their smart device to their TV.
Apple MacBook Air Apple MacBook Air Give your gadget loving 13 year old boy the new Mac Book Air with a dramatically improved battery life of 12 hours thanks to a new Haswell processor. It’s now 100 dollars cheaper.
Fujifilm FinePix XP200Fujifilm FinePix XP200This rugged sports camera is perfect for 13 year old boys who love the outdoors whether biking, rafting, or backpacking. It even shoots underwater. It comes in four fun colors. The built in Wi Fi makes it easy to share photos.

For The 13 Year Old Scientist

Here are some great science gift ideas for 13 year old boys.

Lego Mindstorms EV3Lego Mindstorms EV3Lego Mindstorms EV3 is the newest and best programmable robotic kit for 13 year old boys. It combines a programmable brain and Lego blocks. It comes with multiple sensors that can be programmed to do different things. The robots are programmed through your computer. The kit shows kids how to build 5 different robots but boys can experiment building their own robots with a little experience.
Raspberry PiRaspberry PiThe Raspberry Pi is a complete micro computer that is under 100 dollars. It was created by a team at Cambridge University to get children interested in computing. With it, teens can learn about basic computing and electronics. It comes as a circuit board. There is so much you can do with it from using it to surf the web to building retro arcades. It’s great for 13 year old boys interested in computers and tinkering around with Linux operating system.
Snap Circuits SC-300Snap Circuits SC-300Snap Circuits are great for teaching 13 year old boys how electronics work. There are no tiny wires to mess around with which makes it less intimidating. All of the components including the resistors and capacitors can be snapped together on a plastic board to connect them to make electrical circuits
Snap Circuits LightSnap Circuits LightSnap Circuits Light introduces light up orbs and bulbs to the electronic snap circuits. With 81 pages in the instructions, kids can create over 175 different projects. One of the projects allows the circuits to light up with the beat of the music from an mp3 player.
Learn to Solder KitLearn to Solder KitWith this fun step by step kit, 13 year old boys can learn to solder. The kit is set up like a course. It ‘s the perfect gift idea for anyone interested in electronics.
Thames & Kosmos Physics Pro Kit Thames & Kosmos Physics Pro KitThis physics set from Thames & Kosmos is a great gift for 13 year old teen boys interested in physics. With the various building projects, kids will learn about hydraulics, speed, and forces.
Thames & Kosmos CHEM C3000Thames & Kosmos CHEM C3000 (V 2.0)13 year old boys interested in chemistry will love this large set from Thames & Kosmos. It comes with an excellent manual with detailed pictures and diagrams containing many fun experiments
Little Bits Starter SetLittle Bits Starter SetLittle Bits are the next generation of Legos. It was created by Ayah Bdeir. These small colorful circuits snap together, using magnets to create electronic circuits. It’s easy to build something since all of the components are color coated. What you build is all up to your creativity. The starter set has everything 13 year old boys need to get started.

For The 13 Year Old Builder

Got a builder? These building sets are the perfect gifts for teenage guys.

LEGO Minecraft (Original) 21102LEGO Minecraft (Original) 21102Minecraft is all the rage amongst the 13 year old crowd. It started out as a game that now has micro building sets. This is the original set. It allows you to build four blocks connected together out of tiny micro bricks.
LEGO Minecraft The VillageLEGO Minecraft The VillageWith 466 pieces, and 3 micromobs, this is one of the latest Minecraft sets. These Minecraft sets are neat because you can connect them together to form an even bigger world. Like the other sets, it has four different areas including a mineshaft, garden and Snow Mountain in addition to the village area.
LEGO Minecraft The NetherLEGO Minecraft The NetherWith 469 pieces and 3 micromobs, this is one of the more recent sets in the Lego Minecraft line. It lets kids build a fiery nether region. It comes with a purple Nether portal just like the one in the game. All 3 Minecraft sets can be combined.
Star Wars Republic GunshipStar Wars Republic GunshipAny 13 year old Star Wars fan will love this 1075 piece Gunship. Star Wars fans might remember it from the Clone Wars. It is one of the largest Star Wars sets with 7 minifigs. The cool gunship has so many moving parts including turrets, flick missiles, and opening compartments.

For The 13 Year Old Sports Enthusiast

Some boys just love the smell of fresh air. Here are the coolest sports gifts for 13 year old boys.

Spyder MR100 Paintball SetSpyder MR100 Paintball SetPaintball is one of the most requested gifts by 13 year old boys. The Spyder MR100 is a great starter set.
Nerf CyberhoopNerf CyberhoopThe classic Nerf hoop is being reinvented for the app generation. After downloading the app, it not only keeps score but it records highlights of the action that can be shared on Facebook or Twitter.
Viper Shot DartboardViper Shot DartboardThis inexpensive dart board is perfect for 13 year old boys. It comes with 6 darts.
Ripstik Caster BoardRipstik Caster BoardIs your 13 year looking for street cred? Give them the skateboard of the future. RipStick Caster boards are just like skateboards but have two small decks connected by a crossbar. Unlike skateboards, they have two inline caster wheels. To move forward, you make a twisting motion.
Everlast 70-Pound BagEverlast 70-Pound BagA boxing bag is a great gift idea for 13 year old boy who just wants to let out some steam while having a bit of fun. This 70 lbs boxing bag is just the right weight for 13 year old boys. It includes the boxing gloves and wrist wraps which are essential for protecting your wrists.
L.E.D Light Up Flying DiscL.E.D Light Up Flying DiscLED lights on a Frisbee? Now that is cool. How could that not be fun? To appreciate this Frisbee you have to see it in the night. It looks like a flying UFO.
Rollerblade Spiritblade SkatesRollerblade Spiritblade SkatesInline skates is another wonderful gift idea that 13 year old boys love. This is a good pair of inline skates for 13 year old boys with excellent ankle support, great cushioning, and a great fit. They roll around smoothly on sidewalks and streets.
1080 Launch Ramp Skate Park1080 Launch Ramp Skate ParkAny self respecting 13 year old skateboarding-loving boy has got to have one of these ramps for catching some sweet air.

For The 13 Year Old Book Lover

He won’t put his favorite book down? These books make excellent gifts for teenagers.

House Of HadesHouse Of HadesThe House of Hades is another gripping entry in the Percy Jackson series. The book is a lot darker than previous books in the series with terrible beasts that our heroes must battle. 13 year old fans of the Percy Jackson series will love this new book.
The Hunger Games TrilogyThe Hunger Games TrilogyWith a second movie coming out this year, the Hunger Games are more popular than ever. This beautiful boxed set contains all of the books in the Hunger Games trilogy. The books speak to young adults and are impossible to put down.
The Complete Kane ChroniclesThe Complete Kane ChroniclesWritten by the same author as the Percy Jackson series, The Kane Chronicles pulls 13 year old readers into the world of Egyptian mythology. This boxed set contains the entire series.
Doctor Sleep: A NovelDoctor Sleep: A Novel13 year old fans of horror will love Doctor’s Sleep. It’s Stephen King’s sequel to his classic The Shining. It’s just as creepy as the original.
Zelda: Hyrule HistoriaZelda: Hyrule Historia13 year old Zelda fans will love this large sized book dedicated to a behind the scenes look at one of the most memorable games of all time. With a beautiful cover and 300 pages, it is filled with tons of artwork and concept art.
Ultimate Hitchhiker’s GuideUltimate Hitchhiker's GuideEven if you don’t like to read, the Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a great book. This book is really a collection of all the books in the series. It follows Arthur Dent who wakes up one morning only to find out Earth is going to be demolished. He is rescued by his friend Ford Prefect and the two of them go on an intergalactic journey. The book is hilarious, making fun of everything.

For The Fashionable 13 Year Old Boy

It’s hard buying clothes for teenagers. These are the perfect fashion gift ideas for a 13 year old boy.

Casio G100-1BV G-ShockCasio G100-1BV G-ShockThe G-Shock line of watches are fashionable enough for even a 13 year old boy. These watches are made to be very rugged. This one features a digital and analog display.
Nike Dri-Fit Elite SocksNike Dri-Fit Elite SocksSocks? These aren’t just any socks. These socks have become the latest fashion statement for 13 year old boys. They come in different colors so you can even get your school colors.

For The 13 Year Old Board Game Lover

Board games are the perfect gift for a 13 year old boy who can’t get enough of them.

Laser Maze Logic GameLaser Maze Logic GameLasers? Okay every 13 year old boy is interested now. The object of this game is to bounce a laser through a maze to hit a target. The only problem is that there are various obstacles in your way including splitters and mirrors.
PandemicPandemicThis is a fantastic cooperative game. The idea of the game is to cure the different diseases that are spreading across the world that could cause a Pandemic. Each player has a different role which gives them special powers. The only way to win is stop all four diseases.
Carcassonne Basic GameCarcassonne Basic GameEvery time you play Carcassonne, the game is different. Players pick up tiles and connect them to the existing tiles by matching various elements. The object of the Carcassonne is to score the most points by placing knights, farmers and thieves on the tiles. The player who scores the most points wins.
Ticket To RideTicket To RideAward winning, Ticket To Ride is a classic board game that everyone should play. It’s so simple to play. The idea is to claim railway routes, connecting cities. The longer the routes, the more points you collect.
Small WorldSmall WorldThis fantasy game combines strategy as players have to conquer territories. Players pick different fantasy races each with special powers.
King Of TokyoKing Of TokyoCreated by the same guy that made the popular Magic card game, this dice game has players battling with monsters to be the King Of Tokyo. Depending on the roll of the dice, a player’s monster will perform different actions like healing, scoring, punching, or generating energy. The first player to score 20 points wins.

For The 13 Year Old Movie Lover

Whether it is the latest action movie or comedy, movies make memorable gifts for a 13 year old boy.

Big Bang Theory: Sixth SeasonBig Bang Theory: Sixth SeasonWhether they are into nerd culture or like laughing at it, 13 year old boys will love the Big Bang Theory. It is the best comedy on TV right now. Season 6 focuses on the relationship between Penny and Leonard with Sheldon and Raj providing some great laughs.
Family Guy: Volume 11Family Guy: Volume 11Join the cast of Family Guy with Volume 11. Seth MacFarlane continues the series crude sense of humor while poking fun of American culture. Fox crammed 23 episodes & special features with this set. Parents should know that the episodes in this volume are all uncensored so the f words are not bleeped out.
Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters13 year old fans of Percy Jackson will love the Sea Of Monsters. In the movie, Percy has to find the golden fleece to stop the evil Titan.
Iron Man 3Iron Man 313 year old Marvel fans will find a lot to like with Iron Man 3. It is pretty hard to top The Avengers, but Iron Man 3 delivers the goods. It’s entertaining throughout with some really cool gadgets and great action sequences.

For The 13 Year Old Camper

So he loves the outdoors? Here are the best gift for him.

Victorinox Swiss Army KnifeVictorinox Swiss Army  KnifeIf your 13 year old does a lot of camping and woodwork, this swiss army knife is a handy all in one tool.
Joby GorillatorchJoby GorillatorchTeens that go camping will wonder how they ever lived without this. It is a crazy bright focused light. The coolest part is that you can wrap its legs around anything even your head. Perfect for camping.

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