What are best gifts for an 18 year old boy? Turning 18 is a huge milestone for teenage boys. Your teenager is finally blossoming into an adult and ready to take on the world by themselves. 18 year old boys love sports, video games, tech gadgets, music, and of course girls. Many 18 year old boys are graduating high school and preparing to start college or a job, so a gift that helps them with the transition will be greatly appreciated.
Not all 18 year old boys are the same, so we’ve created a gift guide based on different interests whether he’s an adventurer or gadget lover. An 18th Birthday happens only once, and it should be remembered with a special gift so we have included a few splurge-worthy gift ideas. With over 150 gift ideas, we’ve got a wide selection of gift ideas for every interest. Check out the best gift ideas for 18 year old guys.
For The 18 Year Old Adventurer
Whether it’s for jumping off the top of a mountain or backpacking in the outdoors, these exhilarating gifts will leave your 18 year old boy squealing for joy.
About the size of an ice cube and with an entry level price point, the GoPro Session allows anyone to record their adventures. Because it’s small and lightweight, it’s the perfect camera for helmet mounts whether you attach while mountain biking or snowboarding.
You have got to install the Monkey Wheel light on your bike wheel. As you pedal fast, the light will create a light show on your spinning wheel. There are over 40 different themes with 16 colors. As you roll on by, people are sure to notice you and thank you for the free light show. You might even find yourself pedaling faster.
Are you ready to travel around the world? Here is a beautiful and unique product for the traveler in your life. It’s a map with a scratchable gold surface similar to a lotto ticket. That way when you visit somewhere, you can scratch off the country. When you scratch off the film, it reveals a beautiful colored map underneath.
Do you like to ski or surf? With only two wheels, the RipStik is unlike any other skateboard. The RipStik looks like a skateboard with 2 decks joined together with a cross bar. Unlike skateboards, in order to gain momentum you have to twist the front and back of the board back and forth like a maniac. It feels a lot like snowboarding or surfing but on the street.
Learning to ride your first skateboard is a lot easier with the Revolution Balance Board. This wooden board on a plastic roller helps you learn the necessary balance skills you need to ride any board. The best part? You never have to leave your house.
Made out of plastic and featuring many cool designs, Penny Boards are one of the most popular skateboards. If you plan on cruising back and forth to college, Penny Boards roll faster and smoother per stride than comparable skateboards. The trucks and flexible board make it easy to turn. If you are a college student, there is no better way to get around.
If you have never tried long boarding before, you have to try this long board cruiser from Quest. Long boarding is much easier to pick up than skateboarding, but it gives you the rush of carving. At 44 inches, the board is much bigger than a skateboard but still very maneuverable. If you just want to weave around college or by the beach, this board will get you where you need to go.
With this hand warmer, you might not need gloves. Unlike traditional hand warmers, this hand warmer runs on a large lithium ion battery, which means you don’t need fuel. You simply charge it like any USB device. It’s not just a hand warmer. It’s got multiple uses. The best part? If your phone runs of juice at the most inopportune time, it charges just about any USB devices and even functions as a flash light.
If you are tired of uncomfortable cheap sleeping bags, the Teton Sports Celsius sleeping bag is for you. With a solid and durable construction, this bag is massive. It gives you room to stretch out and even sleep on your side. When it is freezing outside, the cotton fiber lining and mummy top will keep you warm and comfortable. If you are an avid camper, you might want to go camping everyday.
The Ugly Stik is probably one of the most famous fishing rods. Known for its durability, this fishing rod is not only affordable but versatile. The rod can handle lightweight fish like trout as well as larger fish like salmon. Paired with a reel, the Ugly Stik is ready for just about any type of fish when the opportunity presents itself.
There is nothing better than a good pair of binoculars for bird watching or exploring the great outdoors. You don’t need to spend a lot of money for a good pair of binoculars. Weighing a little over 2 pounds, these Nikon Aculon binoculars give you a lot for your money. With 8X optical zoom, the image is clear and sharp with a wide field of view.
Like volleyball, Spikeball is a great game for the beach or even the park. Appearing on Shark Tank, the game is easy to play but can get competitive real fast. Played in teams of 2, the idea is to bounce a ball on a hula hoop sized net that is a few inches off the ground. Played to 21, the rules are sort of like volleyball. Teams take turn volleying the ball off the net until one team misses.
If you have never tried slacklining, the Macaco slackline is a great line to start with. To set it up, you simply wrap the slackline around two trees and tighten. When you first start you want to learn to balance on the slackline by walking across it like a tightrope. Once you have mastered that, the rope also behaves like a 2 inch trampoline that you can jump and perform tricks on.
Trampoline parks are super fun and now you can bring the fun home with this trampoline. Trampolines are not only great for bouncy fun, they are a great way to burn calories. The Zupapa Trampoline is not your average home trampoline. Supporting up to 375 pounds with a sturdy frame that is built to last, this trampoline is perfect for teenagers.
Meet the world’s best pogo stick. Pogo sticks are cool but a pogo stick that jumps 10 feet in the air is just crazy. Featured on the Shark Tank, the Vurtego V4 pogo stick has been constructed with the highest quality components in mind. The spring can be tightened or loosened using air pressure which changes how high you can jump. Forget trampolines . . . this is a trampoline that moves with you, allowing you to clear obstacles beneath you.
Carrying around fuel for a backpacking stove is the worst. So the idea of having a lightweight stove that runs on just wooden sticks, twigs, and grass clipping might sound like a dream. That’s the idea behind the Solo Stove Lite, which uses convection to heat food. The bottom vents keeps the fire hot while the top vents causes secondary combustion. The result is very little smoke and the ability to cook food with wooden twigs that you find around the campsite.
While very affordable, the Coleman Sundome is a great tent to camp out with friends. The tent is lightweight which make it perfect for backpacking with. Setup is super easy and can be done in minutes. With great ventilation and a made out of waterproof material, it is perfect for camping trips.
If he loves the outdoors, there is nothing better than a mountain bike, but a good quality mountain bike can be super expensive. For the price, this mountain bike from Merax is much better than mountain bikes you get at big box stores but still very affordable. With 21 speeds, it’s perfect for someone new to mountain bikes. The lightweight frame along with the front and back shocks, make it perfect for off-road action whether you are performing tricks or riding on trails.
With a strong 750 watt motor and a top speed of 20MPH, the Gigabyke is great electronic powered bike. Designed for short commutes, the bike is built with comfort and safety in mind. It features blinkers, brake lights, and a head light. It’s even got hydraulic brakes. There’s even a pedaling option if the battery runs out. The best part? It’s street legal and requires no license.
What would happen if you combined a longboard with an electrical motor? Meet the Boosted Dual board. The Boosted Board is a motorized skateboard that is as cool as it sounds. With a battery that lasts for about 7 miles, the board is operated using a Bluetooth remote control. You know something is cool when it turns heads everywhere. Hit the throttle and it is the closest you’ll feel to riding a hover board.
For The 18 Year Old Gadget Lover
Guys and their gadgets, right? Whether it’s a touch screen phone or something inexpensive that will make his life easier, we have got a must have list of cool gadgets for teenage guys.
The Amazon Echo is much more than just a Bluetooth speaker. You can actually speak to it to make it answer questions, play music, check sports scores, order pizza, and even check your daily to do list. New functionality is being added every day. It’s like having your own digital assistant that always listens to you.
Perfect for college, now you can get access to your favorite entertainment subscriptions on your TV with this little gadget from Amazon. There is very little setup. Simply stick this device in your TV’s HDMI slot to access Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, and more.
It’s no iPad, but this entry level tablet from Amazon is perfectly capable for most users. While it is not designed for high end users, it is perfect for email, browsing the web, playing puzzle games, and watching movies in bed. What more could you want out of a tablet? Dollar for dollar you will not find a better value.
Everyone needs to carry a portable phone charger. We use our smartphones on a daily basis and they always seem to run out of battery life. With this portable battery pack in your backpack, you don’t ever have to worry about your phone dying. Not only can it charge your phone a couple of times, it can be used to charge any USB device including a larger tablet.
If your 18 year old boy loves to read, the Amazon Kindle White will change his life. Why? The Kindle Paperwhite screen is built for reading just about anywhere without having to worry about eyestrain. With a better screen, text has never appeared to be clearer. Unlike a book, you can easily adjust the font to your liking. Compared to a tablet, even the battery life is fantastic at over 20 hours of reading time.
Do you find that your gadgets or cords are always getting lost in the bottom of your bag? The Cocoon GRID-IT! case keeps all your gadgets organized using little straps that hold everything securely in place. The grid system allows you to hold phone chargers, adapters, and small gadgets. It’s a great addition to any backpack.
Who doesn’t misplace their keys? The next time you misplace your keys, this little device allows you to find them . It’s very easy to set up. Simply add one of the receivers to your key ring. When you lose your keys simply press the colored button on the key finder to find your keys. The receiver will beep loudly allowing you to easily locate your keys.
Do you notice every time you are running late or have to pay a bill, your keys or wallet goes missing? Tile is a Bluetooth tracker that promises to eliminate the panic attack you get. You simply attach the Tile to the item that always seems to runaway. When you lose the item, you simply whip out your phone and locate the item using the Tile app. When the item is within 100 feet, it will play a loud tune.
Everyone loves working out with their phone. This phone case with an elastic band allows you to attach your phone to your arm or wrist without having to worry about your phone slipping. The phone easily slips in and out of the case. When your phone is inside, the case gives you access to all the features including the volume rocker and on/off buttons.
The Anker Ultra Slim is not only a phone case for the phone 6, it doubles the life of your phone. When you are roaming around college all day, it is very convenient not having to worry about an electrical outlet being close by. The best part? This case is not only beautiful, it is surprisingly thin. You wouldn’t even know there was anything special about it.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could design a case that was completely original? Now you can thanks to Izercase. Simply upload a picture to customize the back of the phone case and specify the phone model. Put your puppy on it, your girlfriend, your mom, your favorite videogame, or the year you were born.
Imagine if you could always carry a compact USB cable in your pocket? The Nomad Key is small key shaped USB cable that you can never lose since it attaches to your key ring. When you need to charge something, you just have to find a USB source.
Does your phone charger cord always seem to fall behind your nightstand? This simple gadget holds your cords on the table. The wire is clamped between the bottom and top half so you no longer have to try to catch the cord before it falls off the table.
Most tablet stands seem to be designed for people who sit at a desk. Who does that? Most of us like to use our tablets when we are lounging on a comfortable seat or lying in bed. The iProp is designed for us. The iProp is an innovative beanbag stand that contorts to any surface, allowing you to view the iPad in the most comfortable position. You can use it to prop up any tablet or even a book on uneven surfaces.
Do you love using your iPad in bed? The Tablift is designed for you. The tablet stand has flexible legs on it that allows you to position the legs anyway you like on any weird surface. After positioning the bendable legs, you simply use the elastic band to hold your tablet in place on the stand. If you are tired of holding your iPad in bed, you have to own this stand.
If you have a ton of gadgets that you have to charge at the same time, then you have to own this 10 port charger from Anker. It not only charges 10 devices at the same time, it charges them much faster than other USB chargers thanks to its higher amp output. It’s great for charging both Android and Apple devices.
More and more people are relying on their phones to capture memorable moments. Most phone cameras have a basic lens for point and shoot. This lens kit from CamKix is an inexpensive alternative to buying a fancy DSLR camera. The kit comes with 4 lenses: Wide Angle, Macro, Fish Eye, and Telephoto. All of the lenses are very easy to screw on to the iPhone and give your photos a more professional look.
It might not be the Apple Watch, but the Pebble Time Steel does everything you need a smart watch to do. While everything is controlled through buttons, the Pebble Time Steel complements your phone by bringing all your notifications to your wrist. With a big bezel around the screen, the Pebble Time Steel has a unique look. You can choose from thousands of different watch faces to customize the watch on the screen. The best part? You get 10 days of battery life.
As an 18 year old man, it is impossible to live without a wallet. Another thing we can’t live without is a phone. At first the Nomad Wallet looks like any ordinary wallet, but the Nomad Wallet has a built in rechargeable battery that can extend the battery life of your phone by one full charge. It might be the world’s most useful wallet.
When we graduate from high school, we take a ton of photos on our phone of our friends. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could print them? With this portable Smartphone printer, you can turn your phone into an instant camera. The only problem? You might find yourself going through rolls of film as you will want to print off every photo on your phone.
If you have ever tried to take a picture of yourself, you know it can be hard. With a selfie stick, you can take cool shots to make it look like someone else took them. No need for strangers! This Bluetooth enabled selfie stick makes it super easy to take the most flattering pictures and nobody has to know you took them.
Don’t get stuck watching basic cable in your dorm. The Amazon Fire TV connects you to your favorite subscription services like NetFlix, Playstation Vue, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime. Compared to the Amazon Fire Stick, the Amazon Fire TV streams in 4K, adds voice search, and is much faster thanks to better hardware. If you watch more TV than doing homework, it is a great gift.
This pen will make you feel like James Bond. While it looks like a normal pen, it actually houses a ball point pen, 32 GB USB flash drive, stylus, and flashlight. Even James Bond needs one of these.
With a small footprint, this compact inkjet printer from Brother is perfect for dorms. It does everything a modern printer is supposed to do including wireless printing , printing from a Smartphone, scanning, copying, and faxing. Running the printer is fairly economical with its four cartridge ink system.
Designed to be a companion for your phone, the Apple Watch is an amazing piece of technology. Simply by looking at your wrist, you can see the time, the date, the temperature, your notifications, fitness information, and so much more. It connects you to the digital world right on your wrist. Even an expensive Rolex can’t do that.
Phones screens have gotten bigger, but if you want to watch movies with friends, this portable projector from LG is a great gift. It’s small enough to carry anywhere but blows up your phone’s screen in HD onto just about any surface.
If you don’t need the Apple pencil, keyboard accessory or performance upgrades, the iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini is the tablet you should get. The iPad Air 2 is still Apple’s thinnest and lightest iPad. The best part? Apple has dropped the price of both of them, making them more affordable than ever before for budget conscious consumers.
With a stunning 9.7 or 12.9 Retina inch screen, the iPad Pro is the ultimate iPad upgrade. With better performance, the iPad Pro can do more than ever before. Featuring a 12 megapixel camera, pictures and videos have never looked better. With the optional Apple pencil and keyboard attachment, the new iPad Pro might be able to replace your laptop.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is a 2 in 1 tablet with a full size detachable keyboard. Unlike the iPad Pro, this tablet doesn’t run a mobile operating system so it’s more like a computer. With a gorgeous 12 inch AMOLED display, it runs Windows 10. If you are a college student who just needs to use Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and check email, this hybrid computer is all you need.
With a strong mix of performance and portability, the Surface Pro is really the ideal laptop for college especially with Windows 10. This lightweight device is easy to carry in your backpack and bring to class. On its own, it is perfect for watching movies, checking email, surfing the web, and taking notes. When paired with the typecover, you can use it like a laptop using programs like Microsoft Office.
While the 13 inch MacBook Pro will give you more power, we think the new 12 inch MacBook is perfect for college. It’s got a beautiful 12 inch retina screen, beautiful design, and is extremely portable which makes it easy to lug around college. While it might not have the latest processor, it has enough computing power to get stuff done for most students.
The iPhone has become one of the most iconic Smartphones. Now Apple fans have more screen choices than ever before. Apple has created a smaller 4 inch iPhone with all of the power of the larger iPhone 6S. The ultrathin design allows it to easily slip in and out of pockets. It’s got all of the features you expect including a fast processor, 12 megapixel camera, and fingerprint reader.
This phone from Samsung is a thing of beauty. Samsung has taken everything that has made the Galaxy great and improved every aspect of it. It’s got a better camera, expandable storage, and an intuitive interface but Samsung has gone further. The battery life is now better. It’s a beautiful phone with great features.
This year is supposed to be the year of VR. Those who have one of Samsung’s newer phone can jump on board with VR at an introductory price. The phone plugs into the headset. With the headset, you can try over 100 different apps that do everything from taking you to space to standing in the middle of a Hollywood movie.
Currently, the best Android tablet on the market is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Samsung claims that this is the thinnest and lightest tablet. This beauty has to be seen to be believed. About the size of a standard magazine, it’s even thinner than the iPad Air 2. Just like the iPad, the Galaxy Tab 2 is available in an 8 inch and 9.7 inch screen. In terms of specs, the Galaxy Tab 2 performs just as well as the iPad.
Tech Toys For 18 Year Olds
So he loves things made of plastic? Here are the best toys for 18 year old boys who want to feel like a kid again.
Star Wars fans will love this app enable version of BB-8. Sphero has taken the design of the original Sphero and given it a Star Wars makeover along with the fun personality of BB-8. Using an app on your phone, you can direct and control BB-8 all over your house chasing friends, family, and even pets.
Say goodbye to Hot Wheels and welcome to the next generation of slot car racing. Just like Hot Wheels, in Anki Over Drive, you will race physical cars on a physical racing track. With the modular track pieces, you can even create 8 different layouts. The twist? An app allows you to control the cars and even battle with other cars, merging the physical world with the digital world.
Before you invest in a large drone, the Syma Quadcopter is the perfect first drone. Designed to be easy to fly and take crashes, this drone gives you hands on experience flying a drone. The built in camera is a cool feature but don’t expect the quality to compete with a Go Pro Hero.
The DJI Phantom is the drone every 18 year old boy wishes he could fly. With built in stabilization, it’s easy to learn to fly. The built in camera records movie quality 2.7K video. With built in GPS assisted flight, you can even make the drone follow you around, taking the coolest selfies ever.
How cool is this sonic screwdriver? When you wield its power, it can change the channels on your TV. That’s because it’s a cleverly styled universal remote control for your entertainment equipment. It even flicks open and makes sound effects just like the Doctor’s screwdriver.
For the 18 Year Old Gamer
There has never been a better time to be a gamer. These consoles, games and accessories are sure to tickle the fancy of the 18 year old gamer on your list.
Virtual reality is here. Designed to work with the Playstation 4, the Playstation VR headset allows you to experience virtual worlds and movies in 360 degrees. With the most affordable headset, Sony is bringing VR to all Playstation gamers. With over 50 titles at launch, gamer developers and filmmakers are on board to deliver the next generation of entertainment.
If you don’t know what to get your Playstation gamer, get them the Playstation Plus subscription. It allows gamers to play online and gives users discounts, exclusive features, and more. The best part? Every month, members of the service get free games.
For gamers that have an Xbox One, a prepaid subscription to Xbox Live is a no brainer. If you want to play online with friends, you need the subscription. The coolest part? Microsoft gives members free games every month.
While the Playstation 4 came out a few years ago, it is still the best place to play the coolest video games. The system is slightly more powerful than the Xbox One. If he doesn’t already own the Playstation 4, he will probably love you forever if he receives one as a gift. This year you’ll have a blast playing the new Uncharted game and there is even an optional VR headset. Greatness has arrived.
It’s the Xbox One. What is there not to love? Microsoft has improved just about every aspect of the system with a sleek modern look. The interface allows you to control all your entertainment through the system. The best part? The games. The Xbox One offers a great collection of games for 18 year old gamers from the latest Call Of Duty to the newest Halo game.
Here is an inexpensive gift for the gamer in your life. These raised thumbsticks for your controllers make it easier to stay on target, leading to more accuracy. They work especially well for first person shooters.
There is one game every Playstation gamer wants to play this year. It’s called Uncharted 4, which is the final game in the Uncharted series. With action straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster, the game promises to be one of the most visually stunning games ever released. In Uncharted 4, you will take the role of Nathan Drake as he tries to uncover hidden pirate treasures. Will he make it out alive?
Many gamers have been playing Call Of Duty for years and every year it is just as fun. There is something so thrilling about playing clan wars with a bunch of friends. This year you have the option to play the main campaign online with friends, but everyone knows that the most addictive aspect is the multiplayer. This year we are getting a wide variety of maps and fun customizations.
Who wouldn’t love taking their favorite team to the Super Bowl? Madden is back and it is better than ever. The game has never felt more realistic thanks to changes with the throwing mechanics. Your quarterback now has the ability to control the type of throw. This means you can position the ball only where your wide receiver can catch it. Player matchups have never been more important.
If you are tired of your controllers dying in the middle of your game, this charging station is the perfect gift. Designed for Xbox One and Playstation 4, it allows you charge 2 controllers at the same time on spring loaded cradles. It’s a completely standalone product that doesn’t take too much space so you don’t need to turn on your console to charge your controllers.
If you play online multiplayer, you need a quality headset. With a lightweight aluminum design and a detachable microphone, the Cloud X is the headset every gamer wants. Why? Even after playing first person shooters all day long, this is the most comfortable headset ever. Because of its aluminum design, the headphones are extremely lightweight, living up to their name.
While it’s made of plastic, the Playstation Gold Wireless headset is one of the most popular PS4 headsets. For a very affordable price you are not only getting a good headset, but the headset is also wireless. Setting them up extremely simple and the 7.1 sound means you will hear every gunshot whizzing on by.
If you plan on taking your PS4 or Xbox One to your dorm room, this “suitcase” is a great way to bring the fun along. There aren’t too many cases like this. The coolest part? It’s not only a case, but it has a built in 19 inch display and speakers. While you still have to plug in everything, it’s a great option for gaming on the go.
Everybody nowadays is live streaming videogames on Twitch. When streaming, you want the best quality video to show your friends or the world all of the coolest moments. Most people are using the Elgato Game Capture HD60, which works with all the modern consoles. It records high quality 1080p 60fps video, which means the video quality is fantastic. You can even record live commentary over the video.
While it is designed only for serious gamers who are looking to get an edge, the Xbox Elite controller might be the best controller ever created. Everything from the weight of the controller to the rubberized grips feels premium quality. The coolest part? The controller can be customized on the fly with trigger stops, interchangeable thumbsticks, and more. You can even remap the buttons.
Most of us play Playstation 4 or Xbox One on an HDTV. There is nothing wrong with that. However, playing Call Of Duty on a 1080P projector designed for gaming is an experience like no other. It’s the closest to being on the battlefield. What makes this projector so special? With a 25MS response time, it has almost no lag.
Who isn’t in love with Nintendo characters? Amiibo toys make cool stocking stuffers for Nintendo lovers. These toys not only look cool but unlock additional features and content in Nintendo games.
Nintendo fans who can’t get enough of Nintendo’s plastic Amiigo figures will love this Amiibo stand. Mario fans may recognize that it’s the flag pole that Mario grabs at the end of levels in Super Mario games. The stand holds six Amiibo figures and looks awesome at the same time.
Do you play first person shooter competitively? Regular LCD HDTVs are not really designed for the fast action of videogames. Available in both 24 inch and 27 inch sizes, this BenQ monitor gives you close to zero input lag with a 1ms response time. Hook it up a PS4, Xbox One, or PC and in fast games like first person shooters, you never miss your target.
The standard Xbox One controller runs on AA batteries. The Play and Charge Kit includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery so you don’t have to burn through AA batteries every day. It is so much easier to just plug in the included charging cable and charge the battery when the battery of your controller is running low.
Don’t you hate when you don’t have enough space to download that new game? Now you don’t have to delete a whole bunch of stuff just to clear space. This Western Digital hard drive adds 4TB of external hard drive space to either the Xbox One or PS4. When you plug the external drive into the USB slot, the console automatically recognizes the drive so it is super easy to install.
For those don’t have enough of HDMI ports to hook up their media equipment, this HDMI switch solves the problem. You can hook up to 5 devices to the switch and the Kinivo switch takes care of the rest automatically switching to the active input.
While you need a super powered computer, the Oculus Rift headset promises to bring virtual reality to PC gamers. For those that don’t have a modern system, you can get the headset bundled with a PC powerful enough to run the headset. The headset comes bundled with 2 games to get you started immersing yourself in new worlds.
For The 18 Year Old Airsoft Lover
We guarantee that the shooters in your life will love these gifts that go boom.
Nerf guns got a whole lot cooler with the Nerf Rival line. What makes them so cool? Not only are these guns designed for older teens, these guns fire foam projectiles 70 MPH through air. Powered by 6D batteries, the Nerf Khaos is fully automatic. This baby fires 40 rounds in just 11 seconds. Are you ready for “Khaos?”
If you are new to paintball, the Tippman Cronus is one of the best paintball guns to get started. This set includes everything you need including the safety gear to get out there on the field. Capable of firing 280-300 fps, this paintball gun not only looks cool, it performs well and shoots accurately.
Do you love to destroy things? You won’t believe how far this potato cannon blasts potatoes into the air. It fires potatoes up to 1/4 of a mile. No wonder they call it the Bully. Using hairspray as an accelerant, this thing is massive. When you fire it, it sounds as loud as a rifle and blasts a huge flame out the other end. This is not a potato gun, it’s a potato bazooka.
You will never find a water gun that shoots as far as the Stream Machine. During the summer, this water gun is a must for pool parties. With a 36 inch barrel, this thing holds a lot of water. Simply fill it up by submerging the gun under water and pulling the plunger back. Now find a target. Depending on your strength, you could get this water gun to fire a stream of water over 40 feet away.
What could be cooler than a straight shooter gun that fires mini marshmallows? These Marshmallow shooters are super fun. The harder you blow, the further the marshmallows go. This set includes a 4 pack of blasters, but everyone is going to want to join in. Simply load them up with mini marshamallows and let the marshmallow wars begin.
If you are looking to get into throwing knives, these throwing knives are excellent for beginners. While it looks easy, throwing a knife at a wooden or cardboard target takes a lot of practice. It’s like darts with knives. If you are new to it, it’s fun to get a group of friends together and practice your form. Once you get the knives to stick on a target, there is no better feeling in the world.
Safety goggles are required if you fire air soft guns, BB guns, or pellet guns. These ones from Lancer are extremely durable and comfortable. When you put them on you not only look cool, but the goggles are wide enough so they don’t get in the way of your vision. These are a must have for any air soft lover.
If you are looking for your first automatic air soft gun, get the Lancer Tactical LT-12B. With a full metal gearbox, you are getting a whole lot for your money. The sense of weight is perfect, making it fun to fire. Firing at a rate of 400 FPS, this thing puts out shots like crazy. It’s a beast on the field.
Is there anything cooler than a 1911 pistol? Using .25 BBs and a 12 gram CO2 cartridge, the Elite Force 1911 is an air soft version of that very gun with a two tone tan and black finish. It’s even got a tac rail that lets you install attachments. This gun is dependable, fun to shoot, and has a powerful kick. Here’s an air soft gun that will never go out of style.
The Daisy Red Ryder is the world’s most popular BB gun. It’s been around forever and is still fun to shoot today as it was when it first appeared. It’s a great BB gun for target practice. This set is a great value for your money because you not only get the BB rifle but a backyard shooting kit with safety gear and accessories to get started.
Are you a fan of Westerns? You will not find a cooler BB gun. Styled after a .45 colt, this not only looks like the real thing, it feels like it too. It’s powered by CO2 which screws in at the bottom of the hand grip. It fires six BBs, Clint Eastwood style. To fire it, you cock back the hammer and pull back the trigger.
You have probably seen cheap slingshots, but the Scout Sling Shot is in a league of its own. With its amazing ergonomics, this thing is fun to shoot and super versatile. If you have never fired a slingshot, don’t worry the manual walks you through the basics and the various grips. Set up a bunch of cans in the backyard and this thing is wickedly fun.
What could be cooler than a boomerang? This one looks hand made with an Australian Aboriginal design on it. The fun part is learning how to master the art of throwing it so it comes back to you. Until you get it to come back to you, you will probably not even play videogames or eat lunch. It is super fun to throw.
For The 18 Year Old Music Lover
What should you get the audiophile on your list? Whether he loves playing music or listening to music, these are the ultimate gifts for any music junkie.
For college students on the go, there really is no pair of headphones as stylish as a pair of Beats. Beats are super popular not only because they look super cool but because they are heavy on the bass. They are perfect for commuting to school, listening to between classes, or even listening to recorded lectures. The Beat Solo 2 headphones are now completely wireless which means you don’t have to worry about the cord.
While they are not as stylish as the Beats, these headphones from Bluedio are just as nice. They sound pretty comparable to the Beats. The headphones are lightweight, fit well, and have a pretty stylish design. They bend and flex and are even collapsible, which makes them easy to store in your backpack while you are walking around campus. The best part? They are completely wireless which means you don’t have to plug them in.
Are you tired with earbuds that constantly get tangled? Zipbuds are earbuds that have a built in zipper around the wire. Simply slide up the zipper before you throw them in your backpack and there is no more tangled mess. Use the time you get back to do your homework.
With a rugged cylindrical design, the UE Boom 2 is one of the best sounding Bluetooth speakers on the market. The Boom 2 not only has a superb wireless range of 100 feet but its battery life can last up to 15 hours on a single charge. The colorful little speaker shoots out an impressive amount of sound in every direction with no distortion. If you love bass heavy music like hip hop, this is the speaker to get. No wonder it is called the Boom.
This fun pint sized Bluetooth speaker delivers great sound. You can even pair 2 together. For such small speakers, they have great bass. With a wireless range of 30 feet, setting it up couldn’t be easier. You’ll want to blast your music all the time. Besides, doing homework is a lot easier when you can blast your music.
For on the go fun, there is no better Bluetooth speaker than the UE roll. You will not believe the sound that comes out of this with very little distortion. It’s got a little bungee cord on the back that allows you to attach it just about anywhere. It’s super portable, loud, has a wireless range of 65 feet, and completely waterproof. It’s the Bluetooth speaker that goes everywhere you go.
While it looks like something out of the 1980s, the Bose Soundlink is probably the best sounding Bluetooth speaker on the market. It pumps out rich deep sound with great bass throughout the whole room. With an 8 hour battery life, this is the speaker you want to have at your next frat party.
What could be cooler than a Bluetooth speaker shaped like the Star Wars Millennium Falcon? With a wireless range of 30 feet, the ship stands 8″ X 6″ and looks incredibly cool. While it is doesn’t get super loud, this is one of the coolest personal Bluetooth speakers. Even the backthrusters glow blue when the speaker is on. It’s the perfect gift for Star Wars fans.
With the Blue Yeti Microphone, you can add a dramatic improvement to your voice recordings. The sound quality you get with this microphone is comparable to studio quality. Whether you are singing, recording voice overs, or game recordings, everything is crystal clear.
If you have always want to learn how to play the guitar, but never got around to taking lessons, check out Rocksmith. The game comes bundled with a real guitar and everything you need to get started. The lessons walk you through everything from how to hold the guitar to playing a song.
If you play the guitar, Pick Punch is a must have. With Pick Punch, you never have to worry about losing your guitar picks. You can make them anytime out of old credit cards. The best part? You never have to buy another guitar pick again.
PBone is a trombone that is made out of plastic. This is not a plastic toy, it’s a real instrument. The coolest part? It sounds almost as good, is much cheaper, and weighs considerably less than a trombone. It’s perfect for new players or players who want a lightweight trombone to practice with.
Getting into vinyl is the coolest new hobby. If you are looking at collecting records, this turntable from Audio Technica is a great way to start. Hook this baby to a powered speaker system and you are ready to go. The best part? This turntable is fully automatic, which means you only have to worry about collecting records.
For The 18 Year Old Scientist
While he may know all the elements on the periodic table, surprise the science geek in your life with the element of surprise with these great science gifts.
This little computer called the Raspberry Pi is so amazing when you consider how many wonderful things it can do. This kit comes with everything you need to get started including a guide with cool projects to build. You’ll learn everything from basic Linux commands to building your own retro arcade machine.
Arduino boards are electronic boards that can be used in DIY electronic projects. It’s hard learning about Arduino boards on your own. Now there is a starter kit the pulls everything together, giving you the foundation you need. The kit not only includes the project boards, but you get a project book that walks you through 15 different projects.
With Lego Mindstorms, you can create your own DIY robots. The instruction manual walks you through creating your first robot and programming the p-brick brain. You will learn various design patterns and how you can use the various sensors. Once you have built the tutorial models, it time to build and program your own robot from scratch. While you can use Lego’s basic programming tools, advanced users are going to want to install ev3dev to program with Linux.
If you want to learn how to solder circuit boards, this soldering kit from Elenco has everything you need to get started. The instructions walk you through all the components inside. The way everything is laid out is like taking a class. There are even quizzes to test your knowledge. By the end, you will have a strong foundation on soldering so you can move onto bigger projects.
For those that already have soldering experience, here is a great kit that lets you build your own AM/FM radio. The kit walks you through all the components of a radio and how to assemble the parts. While it includes everything you need, you will need a multimeter to test that the circuit is working as expected. The coolest part? By the end, you will be able to listen to both AM and FM stations.
This tiny circuit board opens a world of possibilities. The board tricks your computer into thinking everything is a keyboard or mouse press. This allows you to use fun things as input devices for your computer. You can make a drum set out of play dough or even banana piano. The board is an Arduino board so it is completely open source if you want to take it further. What will you invent?
Is your 18 year old addicted to Minecraft? This 60 hour course teaches them how to make their own Mod so they can add fun things that only they can dream up. They will learn how to use Java, using concepts like Booleans and conditional statements. If they are thinking about majoring in computer science or engineering in college, this course is a great start.
It’s never been easier to get into the world of astronomy. This tabletop telescope is not only easy to set up but super portable. Unlike larger telescopes, you can set it up anywhere. With great optics, magnification, and a 4.5 inch aperture, you will be able to see Orion’s Nebula, constellations, and even Saturn’s rings. For the price, you can’t beat the Orion Starblast telescope. It’s small, affordable, and super portable.
If you ever wanted to get into building electronics, this book is a must have. Unlike traditional books written on the subject, you will dive right in and work on real projects that walk you through from the basics to programmable microcontrollers. This is not a book about definitions. It’s very hands on. You will build everything from an intrusion alarm to audio processors.
For The 18 Year Old Tool Lover
Whether it’s a multi-tool or backpack, give your tool lover one of these gifts that he will use for life.
Every 18 year old boy needs the Leatherman Wave. There are a ton of multitools but most of them are just novelties and not very useful. With an all stainless steel construction, this multitool is designed to last forever. With a nice selection of 17 tools from pliers to wire cutters, you never know when it will save you.
If you don’t have a Swiss army knife in your pocket, you should. Not only it is built to last, but the tools it has are useful every day. The best part? All 33 tools fold into a compact form that easily fits in your pocket. It’s impossible to list all the tools but there is saw, scissors, pliers, and more. Never leave home without it.
Everyone who turns 18, needs a basic tool box with wrenches, screwdrivers, a hammer, and so forth. He might not appreciate it right away, but the tools will probably come in handy the first week he lives on campus. This 65 piece tool set from Stanley is not only useful, but will encourage him to fix more things on his own.
This super inexpensive LED flashlight is pretty awesome. What’s so cool? The bendy legs allow you to not only position the light but attach it around things like bikes or helmets. Its usefulness is endless.
If you are an avid backpacker or love running in the dark, this Vitchelo headlamp is the perfect gift. At 168 lumens, it is extremely bright and will light up the path in front of you. With 3 different brightness settings of high, medium, and low, the brightness is completely adjustable.
Who knew a flashlight could be cool? At 1000 lumens, this is one of the brightest flashlights you can buy. Once you turn it on, it’s like WOW. In the night, it will light up a whole room. The coolest part? With a flat design, it fits in your pocket and doesn’t roll around.
Here is a cool key holder that saves so much space in your pocket. While it looks like a swiss army knife, it actually holds about 3-5 keys in a very compact way. When you sit down, you won’t even notice that your keys are in your pocket because they don’t rattle around.
You might have heard of the Ka-Bar. Made in America, it has a legendary history and has been around since WWII. It’s the unofficial blade of the US Military. Made of hardened steel, this fierce looking knife is impossible to break. It’s a great knife for camping or hiking. You don’t have to be in the Marines to own this knife, it’s a piece of history that makes a great graduation gift.
This is a great way to learn how to pick locks. It comes with 9 pick tools and 2 tension wrenches. The padlock is completely transparent which helps you understand how the lock works. It is nice to see the internals when you are working. After picking this lock, your 18 year old will want to move on to more difficult locks.
Whether you are using it for school or camping, you can’t go wrong with an Osprey Quasar backpack. With a lifetime warranty, these backpacks are built to last throughout college. This backpack has pockets for anything you can think of from a water bottle to even textbooks. There is even a padded laptop sleeve that hold up to a 15 inch laptop. It’s spacious, comfortable, and high quality.
If you are looking for a messenger bag that is going to last you throughout college, get the Timbuk 2 Command Messenger bag. This comfortable and lightweight messenger bag distributes weight across your back instead of shoulder. It not only has superb storage options, it features a laptop sleeve with added protection. If you don’t need the laptop protection, then you can save some money with the Timbuk2 Classic. These bags are super stylish and versatile.
At this stage of his life, your son might be traveling a lot or moving away from home. A carryon bag would make a great gift. This one from Maxpedition is easy to roll and holds enough clothes for a 4 day trip. Unlike most big box store carryons, this one is designed to hold up well and takes a beating.
We’d rather not talk about what happens at college parties. With all the crazy stuff that happens at college parties, it is a good idea to have a first aid kit. This 85 piece kit has everything you need in case of an emergency.
He’s going to be doing a lot of writing in college. The Rolls Royce of pens is the Mont Blanc Meisterstuck. While super expensive, it’s a very popular gift for graduations. But why spend so much on a pen when you can get a great one for much less? The Fisher Bullet pen writes at any angle even on vertical surfaces, which makes it super useful when you are in a rush to take notes or fill stuff out.
For The 18 Year Old Car Lover
With a cool set of wheels, the days of walking are officially over. Help him celebrate his new ride with these great gifts for car lovers.
Everybody should have an emergency kit in their car. With 66 pieces, this inexpensive roadside kit has almost everything you need from a hand crank flashlight to booster cables to a first aid kit. Everything comes in a bag so it is ready to be tossed in your car.
If you spend a lot of time a lot of time in your car, you need a car charger. Not only is it a life safer when you forget to charge your phone, but this one can charge two large devices at the same time. Simply plug it into your cigarette lighter and it charges your devices as fast as plugging them into a wall socket.
The ZUS USB car charger is so much more than a car charger. With a titanium coating, the gadget looks futuristic. With an output of 4.8A in each USB port, you can charge 2 USB devices very fast. That’s cool but the coolest part is the car locator feature. Using an app on your phone, the app directs you with a compass like interface in the correct direction to your car.
While you may never use this handy device, it is great to have it in your car. It is both a seatbelt cutter and window breaker. The coolest part? The tool attaches to your visor where it is within your reach if you ever need it. The seat belt cutter is super sharp and will work if the need arises. If you have a vehicle, this is a must have as it could save your life.
Who needs roadside assistance? Even if you have jump cables in your car, it is hard finding someone who will let you jumpstart your vehicle. This portable battery back can jump start your vehicle when the car battery goes dead. Not only that, it charges your phone, tablet, laptop, and any usb powered device. Every parent should get this for their college age son.
There is nothing worse than getting lost. While it might not be fancy, this Garmin GPS does everything it is supposed to do. It is very easy to use and the directions get you where you need to go, giving you the name of the street to turn on. It even alerts you when you are near a school or are over the speed limit.
Do you love your car? This car care kit has everything you need to take care of your car. It comes with a car wash, clay, paint cleaner, and liquid car wax. After using all the products, your car should look as good as new.
If you have ever tried to clean the rims of your car, you know that it can be difficult to get into the tight spaces. Meet the Brush Hero. Simply attach this gadget to your garden hose and you’ll easily be able to clean between the spokes. The coolest part? The brush spins on its own using the torque applied by the water.
This powerful, lightweight, and affordable wet/dry vac is perfect for cleaning the inside of your car. The 2 horsepower motor picks up dirt really well and the portability of the unit allows you to reach hard places. It comes with a ton of attachments for every job and even has a wet and dry feature for accidental spills.
For the 18 Year Old Artist
Gifts are all out celebrating what makes a person unique. Whether he loves crafting his own drinks or customizing his kicks, here are great gifts for the artist and crafter in your life.
What’s more fun than drinking root beer? What about making it? This kit comes with all the materials you need to make 2 gallons of root beer including four 1 quart bottles. You will have to experiment with getting the root beer to taste good as the carbonation process does involve yeast. Once you figure it out, you will want to gulp the whole thing down.
Who doesn’t love drinking soda? The Soda Stream allows you to create soda from ordinary water. It works as advertised. The machine carbonizes water with CO2 canisters that you must refill. You can even flavor the sodas with diet or regular flavors like lemon lime, grapefruit, and cranberry. The best part? It’s healthier too. None of the flavors use high fructose corn syrup.
Here’s a great stocking stuffer. If you love modeling kits, you will love the detail on this 2 inch model of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon. It’s challenging but the finished product is so cool. In order to construct the model, you will have to bend metal sheets and connect everything with tabs. Even though it’s small, there is great detail on the model.
If you have ever wanted to get into drawing your own comic book strip, this is a must have resource. It’s not really about drawing Marvel characters but about drawing techniques used in Marvel comics. You will learn about perspective, how to break a character into shapes, layouts, and more. This book not only shows you all the techniques, it is written in a way that will appeal to comic book fans.
Don’t laugh but coloring books are great if you are stressed out. This one here is filled with delightful and whimsical illustrations that are just begging to be colored in. There are a lot of leaves to color in and once you start you will just get lost in this coloring book.
Would you like to customize or restore your shoes? You need acrylic paint. These acrylic paints are perfect for painting custom designs or restoring your shoes. Simply prepare the shoes by cleaning it and using Nail polish remover or a leather deglazer to remove the clear coat. Now you are ready to take your kicks to the next level.
Budding engineers will love assembling this V-twin motorcycle engine model. The instruction manual walks you through all the steps in putting the 100 different parts together. The model is pretty detailed with pistons, rockers, and even spark plugs. The model is great for learning how the engine works and even for displaying.
For The 18 Year Old Sports Lover
What do you get the guy who loves sports so much that he lives in his house or tailgates outdoors when a big game is on? These gifts are sure to satisfy the 18 year old sports buff in your life.
The Hydroflask water bottle is great for quenching your thirst on a hot day or for carrying hot coffee on a cold morning. Put ice in your drink in the morning and a few hours later it will still be filled with ice. With double wall vacuum technology, it supposed to keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and warm drinks hot for up to 6 hours.
The Wilson Elite basketball is hands down the most popular indoor basketball. What makes it so great? With thousands of micro touch points and laid in channels, the basketball strikes a balance between grip and control. This ball never slips out of your hands whether you are dribbling, passing, or shooting it. It goes where you want it to go.
Are you ready to start a flag football tournament? This 10 Flag Football set is perfect for playing a quick game of football with friends. You get everything you need including 10 flags along with the belts. The best part? The flags are pretty durable. Plus, the belts are completely adjustable and stay put when the flags are pulled. Ready, set, hike.
Baseball gloves are expensive. You don’t have to spend a lot of money for a great glove. With an easy break in period, this baseball glove from Rawlings is an amazing glove for the price. The padded pocket allows you to gracefully catch balls. With strong durable leather lace and a great fit, it’s the type of durability and quality that Rawlings is known for.
You won’t find a better dart board than the Winmau Blade 4. What makes this dart board so special? It is made with thin wire which means your darts will stick to the board instead of bouncing of it. The level of thoughtfulness has been extended to every facet of the board’s design. Even after playing with it round after round, it stands up to abuse. What more could you want out of a dartboard?
Are you ready to take your fitness to the next level? Then this 70 pounding punching bag from Everlast may be what you are looking for. If your son loves slamming his PS4 controller on the floor when he loses, why not get him something that is designed to beat the heck out of. This set includes everything you need to practice including the wraps and gloves.
This is not your typical soccer ball that falls apart after kicking it around a bit. Unlike department store balls, this one is designed to be kicked around. You can tell this is a high quality ball from the hand stitching. It’s made of latex bladder which is typically used in high quality balls in order to preserve the integrity of the ball. When you kick it, it’s got a nice rebound.
This duffel bag from Adidas is perfect for carrying all your gym stuff. While it is offered in many sizes, the small size is suitable for the gym. Anything larger is too huge. You won’t believe all the stuff you can carry inside. The size is very generous. It even has a mesh shoe compartment on the outside.
Ready to hit the gym? Made of waterproof material, this gym sack from Nike is very convenient and stylish. It’s got a zipper compartment on the front and the main compartment is divided into 2 sections. You can fit a ton of stuff inside whether you are using it for school or for sports. It comes in so many cool colors so you can probably find a color that he loves.
If you don’t have time to hit the gym, this pull-up bar is a great way to build upper body strength. It simply mounts onto any doorway with no additional assembly. You won’t believe what a great workout you can get with just your own body weight.
These dumbbells are pretty cool. You can easily adjust the weights by adding or subtracting plates and using the nut to lock them in place. The weights are easy to swap out and it beats having a bunch of free weights around your dorm room.
Pushups are a great way to build strength in your chest and arms. These pushup handles raise your body above the floor which puts less stress on your wrists. Not only that, Perfect Pushup really maximizes the effect you get thanks to an increased range of motion which really stretches out the chest muscles. You will be able to get stronger faster.
You haven’t done a cardio workout until you have tried Insanity. In the latest version, you will do 30 minutes of the most intense exercise of your life. It’s okay if you can’t make it. You go as hard as you can until you can’t go anymore. Are you ready to max out?
Based on an iOS game, Tiki Toss is a fun game to pass time with friends at parties. The game takes minutes to set up and is sort of like darts. The idea is to toss a ring onto a hook. It sounds simple but is addictive. Requiring focus and eye hand coordination, it the perfect pick up and play game when you are just lounging around.
What do you get if you combine the Fitbit with a SmartWatch? You get the Fitbit Blaze. If you are serious about your fitness, you will love the Fitbit Blaze. You not only get accurate fitness tracking, but it now supports text notifications. The coolest feature? The amazing battery life, which lasts up to a week.
This Frisbee is wicked. Everyone will be asking you where you got it from. Like a normal Frisbee, you can throw it around during the day, but this Frisbee is meant to be tossed in the dark. As you throw it through the air, the LED light inside creates an out of this world light show.
Made out of 100% acrylic, this NFL themed sweater is ugly. What more could you want out of an ugly sweater? It’s got his favorite team logo and colors. It is the perfect gift for NFL fans.
Don’t you wish you could be Stephen Curry? While you can’t, you can still put on his shoes. The shoe is designed to be very lightweight, which allows you to move around quickly on the basketball court. Plus, it looks cool.
The Dorm Room
Dorm rooms are pretty boring. These gifts are perfect from livening up a dingy dorm room.
A memory foam mattress topper is probably the best gift you could get for a college student. Don’t get the stuff filled with high density egg crate type foam which loses its shape over time. You want something with real memory foam like this mattress topper. Even if your mattress is terrible, you will have the most comfortable bed in college. The only problem? Everyone will want to sleep in it.
When you go sleep in a dorm you need bedding, really good quality bedding. This all season duvet cover is fluffy, smooth, and soft. With fabric that feels like you are sleeping on pillowy clouds, it’s the type of cover you see in the movies. You will want to stay in bed all day.
There is nothing like waking up with a warm comfortable blanket with your favorite NFL team on it. This NFL blanket is super soft and plush and looks so good that you might even want to hang it on a wall.
There is nothing like chilling out on a massive 4 foot bean bag chair in your dorm room. Unlike normal beanbag chairs, this one is filled with memory foam. With memory foam inside, this one beautifully conforms to your body when you are playing video games, watching movies, or reading. It’s easy to position yourself just right. The only problem? Your roommate may want to sleep on it.
Is your 18 year always late to class? Does he never come on time to dates? Does he love sleeping in? Then this clock is a clever and fun gift that fits his personality. What’s the time? Whatever o’clock!
There is hardly any place to do you work in college dorms. You can use this laptop desk anywhere even on your bed or sofa. With memory foam, it is very comfortable even with a 15 inch laptop on top of it. There is even room for a mouse pad and USB light means you can work in the wee hours of the night.
Here’s a laundry hamper that actually looks great in any dorm room. Made of heavy duty oxford fabric, it holds about 2 to 3 loads of dirty laundry. It’s completely collapsible so it is easy to travel with. The coolest part? It has handles on it so it is easy to tote around and carry your clothes to the laundry.
This laundry bag doubles as a punching bag. It is the perfect for anybody who hates doing their laundry. Simply hang it up, and knock it around when it is full. Every once and awhile you can wash the dirty clothes inside or maybe not. It’s up to you.
This book light can come in handy when your roommates need to catch a little shuteye but you have got a final exam coming up. The book light will provides enough light to cover two pages of a textbook. The flexible shaft allows you to position it just right.
Made out of 100% nylon, this hanging shower tote is perfect for hanging in the shower to keep your toiletries organized. The mesh pockets are roomy enough to hold large items and drain easily.
You don’t want a TV larger than 22 inches for the dorm. For the dorm room, this inexpensive 22 inch HDTV from LG is perfect. The LG 22LF4520 is one of the best performing TVs in its size range. It delivers an excellent 1080P crisp image with great color and contrast along with a wide viewing angle. With one HDMI port, it perfect for using as a monitor or even for playing video games.
Isn’t this the coolest HDTV you have seen? With chrome legs, a giant volume dial, and throwback design, this 22 inch TV from Seiki looks like an old school retro TV. It adds a whole lot of character to your dorm room. The best part? It’s actually a decent HDTV for casual viewers who don’t need the latest tech.
Retro gamers will love adding a bit of originality to their room with this Pac Man Mood Light. It screams ” I Love Video Games.” When you plug it into a USB slot, the lights slowly transitions to different colors every couple of seconds. In music mode, the light changes with the beat of the music. Pac Man fans will eat this one up.
This super cool compact set turns any table into an impromptu ping pong table. The set features a retractable net, two paddles, and 2 balls. 18 year old guys will love using this in their college dorms. It’s a great way to take a break from college.
Is your 18 year old a huge sports fan that loves his team more than anything in the world? This sports banner is the perfect gift for the sports fan in your life whether they love the NBA, MLB, NCAA, or NFL.
While this foosball table is not commercial quality, it still manages to capture the fun. The players look great with their painted faces and uniforms. Even the soccer field graphics look pretty cool. Using the metal rods, the players are easy to control. Invite some friends over and it’s time for the World Foosball Cup.
The DXRacer chairs are the hottest new gaming chairs. They are all over Twitch. It’s actually manufactured by a company that designs racing seats, which is why it looks so cool. These chairs are pretty comfy and force you to sit correctly. The pillows provide great back and neck support. In the late hours, the reclinability feature is pretty rad as it allows you to go completely horizontal.
The classic game of NOK Hockey is back and it is just as fun today. The retro tabletop game combines the fun of air hockey and Carom. The idea is to shoot the puck in the opponent’s goal using the hockey sticks. Take the shot off the side, off the triangle, and off the wall. It’s all about angles.
Books For 18 Year Old Boys
While he is probably not going to want to read a college textbook on English Literature, these books are sure to entertain the 18 year old boy in your life.
Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss is a go to graduation gift for high school students. Written in classic Dr. Seuss style, the colorful illustrations and whimsical rhymes make it the perfect send off for 18 year olds who are leaving the nest and ready to embark on their own journey. Don’t forget to write a personal message inside. Will he succeed? Yes, indeed.
Have you ever wondered what college is really like? The Naked Roommate is a wonderful book for those entering college. You will learn everything you need to know about college from dating to the party scene. You will meet the different types of roommates including the naked roommate. Every 18 year old guy needs a copy of this book, but be warned there is stuff you might not want to know about.
At 18, your son is on the verge of becoming a gentleman. What makes a gentleman? This book addresses everything from survival skills to basic knowledge that most of us are afraid to ask. You’ll learn about personal grooming, dating, cars, and even how to treat women. Gentlemen are not born, they are taught.
Fans of Star Wars will love this 80 page visual encyclopedia that covers the characters, sets, props, vehicles, and spaceships of the Force Awakens. With beautiful huge pictures, you get an inside look at your favorite characters including Rey, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Hans Solo, and more. It’s the perfect addition to any Star War fan’s library.
This Book Love You is probably the most inspirational book you will read this year. It’s written by Pew Die Pie, the world’s most famous Youtuber. This literary masterpiece is up there William Shakespeare. Okay, we are exaggerating a bit. Still, this book will have you laughing with some of the silliest quotes that Pew Die Pie has ever said like “Don’t be a salad, be the best damn broccoli you could ever be.”
Did you know that the heaviest tomato grown was 8.8 pounds? Every year it is so interesting to see new world records. With information on just about everything, the Guinness World Records is a fun book to read at any age. Everyone needs a copy on their coffee table. This book is fun to pick up when you have nothing to do.
If you love video games, you will love the fun facts in this book. Did you know that the longest marathon with a Call Of Duty game was 135 hours? It’s like Guinness Book Of World Records with information about video games only.
Do you love going to concerts, sporting events, or dance parties? Why not preserve the memories? Just the Ticket is essentially a photo album for concert tickets. With 20 pages, the pages have 8″X 4″ pockets that allow you to put your tickets stubs inside. There is even a little place for writing notes about the events.
Boys never grow up. Even 18 year old boys will get a bang out of the projects in this book. The 16 projects teach you how to build things that shoot projectiles through the air and go boom. You will build everything from a potato cannon to a hydro pump rocket. All of the projects are presented in a unique way as you will learn a little history, the science behind everything, and even safety.
For The 18 Year Old Movie Lover
Whether he is a superhero fan or science fiction fan, these movies are sure impress the movie lover in your life. You can even have a movie night over with him unless you are his mom.
It’s Star Wars. What could be better? The prequel trilogy will benefit any Star Wars lover or someone looking to get caught up on the series. You will watch little Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader, witness the Battle of Naboo, and watch the rise of the evil Galactic Empire. The movies have never looked better than in HD.
Everyone has to watch the original trilogy in the Star Wars legacy. It’s a part of American history. You will be an lifelong instant fan. You will see Princess Leia, meet Chewbacca, and watch Luke Skywalker take on Darth Vader. It’s one of the best science fiction movies of our time. Don’t miss it.
If you haven’t seen it already, you have to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s been 10 years since the last Star Wars movie. If you have seen it, it is now available on DVD so you can watch your favorite scenes as many times as you want. Set 30 years after the Battle of Endor, the movie really reinvigorates the excitement of the franchise with brand new characters, setting up the next 2 movies in the trilogy.
For The 18 Year Old Board Game Lover
Bring these board games to your dorm room and your roommates will love you.
What would happen if Apples To Apples went to college? Cards Against Humanity! Bring this game to your college dorm and it will be a sure fire hit. In the game, one player draws a card with a sentence that contains a missing a word. The rest of the players have to finish the sentence. Do not play Cards of Humanity with anyone unless they are okay with very offensive and dirty humor. It’s a riot unless you take it seriously or are easily offended.
Pandemic Legacy is so good that you won’t want to stop playing. Get a group of friends together and play this game. In the game, you must stop a disease from taking over the world. What makes Pandemic Legacy so special is that you cause permanent changes to the game as you play. The first time you have to rip a card, it’s a bit unnerving. With so many twists and turns, it’s like watching a thriller unfold.
Codenames is a fun party word game with a cool spy theme. The game is very easy to play. The idea is to get your team to pick out a certain word from a larger group of words. In order to do this, you have to give your team words clues without actually revealing the word. If your team guesses wrong, the other team will get a point. You’ll feel like a real spy.
Ticket to Ride is an award winning board game played with 2 to 5 players. In the game, players choose a color and have to build a railroad route between the 36 cities on the board. On every turn, you will have to make a strategic decision. The longer your route, the more points you score. The colorful train pieces are beautiful, the artwork is wonderful, and the game is exciting to play.
Settlers of Catan is a classic game where the idea is to gather resources in order to build your settlement on an uninhabited island. The coolest part? Every time you play the game, the game board will differ, which means it never gets boring. When you roll the dice, it determines what resources you can get. You can then turn around and trade with other players so you can build your settlement.
With artwork from the guy behind the Oatmeal, Exploding Kittens is very simple card game. Players take turns playing cards from their deck and drawing a single card. You are still in the game as long as you don’t draw the Exploding Kitten card. The catch? There are action cards that allow you to dodge the Exploding Kitten Card. If you don’t have an action card to stop it, you are out. The person who is left standing wins.
With 5000 phrases and multiple categories, Electronic Catchphrase is a great game to play with college buddies. The rules are very simple. You will be given a word and you have to get others to guess it without using the word and before time runs out. Feel free to use other words, act, or sing. The game will have you dying with laughter.
For The Fashionable 18 Year Old Guy
Now that he is 18, he might want to dress like an adult along with grooming himself. These gifts are perfect making a statement in a job interview or for impressing the ladies.
With an elegant two tone design that is the perfect marriage of gold and steel, this beautiful watch from Invicta can be mistaken for a Rolex. Available in different styles, it’s actually gold plated from 23K to 18k. With automatic movement, it makes a quiet the statement on your wrist.
If you are looking for a ruggedly designed watch that will survive 4 years throughout college, get the Casio G-Shock. This watch is basically bullet proof and designed to take nonstop abuse. It’s super comfortable to wear and simple to use. What more could you want out of an affordable watch?
When guys turn 18 and graduate, one of the most popular gifts is a pair of cufflinks. Cufflinks are a great way to add some flair to a shirt and usually given at graduation as a sign of success. These copper cufflinks from Van Huesen are perfect for 18 year old boys because they are super classy but don’t cost a whole lot. They come in a very classy packaging which makes them the perfect gift.
There is no better way to say Happy Birthday to your 18 year old son than this 100% cotton t-shirt. Your son will be smiling ear to ear when he sees this shirt.
This is a great gift for the 18 year old guy that won’t stop arguing until he gets the last word. Hopefully, he won’t argue with you when you tell him to put this shirt on. Just explain that it fits his personality.
What a super funny shirt! On the front of the shirt it says: Ask Me About My Ninja Disguise. When you pull the shirt over your head, your ninja mask is revealed. Just be sure you wear something underneath if you don’t want to look stupid in front of a girl.
Everyone needs a nice quality leather belt with a stainless steel buckle. Who knew belts could be cool? No more punching holes or using a belt that doesn’t fit quiet right. The Mission belt has no holes and instead uses a sliding mechanism to adjust the belt to fit to the perfect width. With no holes to weaken the belt, this belt might last you for the rest of your life.
The classic Rockport Oxford Almartin is both a comfortable and stylish dress shoe. When you first get them, they almost break in immediately. The man made sole is durable enough for daily wear. With a wing tip styling, these shoes would go great with a suit or even in a business casual setting.
Do you own a pair of socks with holes in it? With a lifetime guarantee, Darn Tough wool socks live up to their name. Made in Vermont, these thick wool socks keep you warm and last forever. Everyone needs at least one pair.
If you own one pair of boots make it the Red Wing Iron Rangers boots. Made in America and handcrafted in Minnesota, these iconic working boots are the best money can buy. Tripled stitched with waterproof leather, they are super fashionable and go great with jeans and casual outfits.
At 18, he’s probably going to start going for job interviews and formal parties. For his first suit, you want to go with either a navy or charcoal colored suit with two buttons like inexpensive one from P&L. For the price, it is extremely well made with a silk lining, classy pleat, and beautiful fabric. The best part? You are basically buying a suit for the cost of a rental. At this price, you can easily get it tailored and save a bunch.
What guy doesn’t love North Face jackets? College guys can’t live without this North Face jacket. This lightweight soft-shell jacket is perfect for keeping you warm throughout the year without the bulkiness. Plus, they look super stylish on guys.
Yup socks! These aren’t just any socks. Designed to keep your feet dry and odor free, these Under Armour socks hug your ankle and foot to provide natural cushioning. They come in so many different styles so you can find a pair that matches his college’s colors.
You won’t believe that these are texting gloves. They look too good. Made out of leather with a 100% cashmere lining, these texting gloves are classy and stylish. They have special conductive inserts that allow you to use the gloves on a touch screen phone.
Does your 18 year old boy live and breathe football? Then he will love this wallet with his favorite NFL team’s logo embossed on the front. The wallet does everything it is supposed to do, holding credit cards, cash, and ids. He will love carrying it everywhere and bragging about his favorite team.
Made out of 100% acrylic, this Neff beanie is an essential piece of clothing when you are at college. Even if you are having a bad hair day, you can just throw it on and head to class. It feels super lightweight but helps you stay warm.
This water repellant hoodie from Under Armour may be the most comfortable thing your 18 year old boy could ever wear. On cold days, it keeps the wind out but is still breathable indoors. The best part? You don’t have to spend a whole lot on it.
Every college guy has to own this bathrobe. It turns you instantly into a Jedi Master. It’s got the hood, sleeves, and belt. Imagine walking around with this in your dorm room with the hood on. Your roommates will be jealous. If you’re a real Jedi, you might just want to wear it to class.
While you can get him a nice high quality shave kit with a straight razor, in college most guys just need something that gives them a quick in and out shave. This one from Philips Norelco is completely cordless making it very easy to get a presentable shave in the morning before classes. It’s cheap and gets the job done.
If you are looking for a luxurious shave, get this safety razor set that includes the Parker 29L safety razor. With solid weight, this blade requires no pressure to shave and is an excellent way to get started wet shaving. It comes with a stylish stand that holds the razor sideways and a high quality shaving brush. Pair it with some Taylor shaving cream and you will get the closest shave ever.
Most men swear by Acqau Di Gio, but Perry Ellis 360 is the cheaper man’s version that smells just as great. Most people will not be able to smell the different between the two. With a citrusy lemon scent, it’s a very versatile fragrance whether you are headed to the gym, to class, or on a interview.
For The 18 Year Old Foodie
From quirky themed mugs to chocolate paradise, these gifts are sure to satisfy the foodie in your life.
You can’t live in a dorm without a mini fridge. For most dorms, you want one less than 3 cubic feet. With 1.7 feet of space, the cool looking retro coke fridge allows you to stock fruits, veggies, and even some cold milk for cereal. Or you could just stock it with your favorite drinks.
If you are living off campus or your dorm allows a microwave, it can be a life saver. Easy to use and super compact, this 0.6 cubic foot microwave from Westinghouse is perfect for dorms. With no digital controls, using it couldn’t be simpler. Simply use the dials to reheat food.
When you need something quick in the morning, a smoothie can keep you full till you can pick up some lunch. Smoothies couldn’t be easier to make than with the Magic Bullet. With 600 watts of power, this thing can pulverize anything from frozen fruit to kale. The best part? You can drink straight out of the blending cup.
College students live on coffee. Who needs Starbucks when you can brew your own coffee? With a 12 cup capacity, this coffee maker from Hamilton Beach allows you to even make a cup for your roommates. Simply grab a cup in the morning and head to class.
Students with early classes might not have time for breakfast. However with this breakfast sandwich maker, they can whip up their own breakfast in just 5 minutes. Simply choose a bread and layer on the toppings you love. Pop in an egg and top it with bread. You never have to skip breakfast again.
There is nothing cool about a pizza slicer. That is until now. Shaped like the Star Trek Enterprise, this flying saucer doubles as a pizza slicer. Even if you don’t love Star Trek or don’t eat pizza, you have to own this.
Shaped like the Dr Who Tardis, this might be the coolest cookie jar in existence. Of course, it does a fine job holding cookies. When you open or close the top, it turns on with lights and sounds. Luckily, it doesn’t disappear with the cookies inside. Plus, you will know your roommate tries to steal your cookies.
What could be cooler than a gum ball machine? With a glass dome, this one from Great Northern is a replica of a real gumball machine. You can even make it optionally dispense the candies inside with coins. That way you can collect money from your roommates to pay your student loans.
Is this even real? It’s a Hershey Bar that is like 50 times bigger than a regular one. That’s like 5 pounds of heavenly chocolate. You could lift weights with this thing.
Take a bite out of heaven with this gift box filled with 18 pieces of Ferrero Rocher chocolate. It’s creamy, crunchy, and a delicious gift for any occasion.
You don’t have to spend a lot on a Birthday or Christmas gift. This decorative chocolate gift box from Seattle Chocolates contains a wide variety of chocolate truffles inside. It’s a great go to gift if you don’t know what to buy.
Holy smokes! This is Gummy Bear must have been injected with some experimental gummy genetics. He’s a monstrosity. This thing weighs 5 pounds. You need some real guns to carry this thing.
Do you find that you can go through Snickers in a few seconds? Imagine you took a Snicker Bar will all its carmely peanut goodness inside and blew it up. Weighing 1 pound, this is the world’s largest Snicker Bar.
Are you looking for a unique gift for your 18 year old boy? A chocolate pizza? With a milk chocolate crust and crunchy popcorn drizzled with more chocolate, this candy pizza is the perfect gift for those with a sweet tooth. How come nobody thought of this sooner?
If Darth Vader ever had a mug, it would be this one from Vandor. This fully sculpted Darth Vader mug is huge, but you will want to drink every last drop out of it.
Pair this mug with the Dr. Seuss book of the same name and it makes the ultimate high school graduation gift for 18 year old boys. With beautiful colors, it looks just like something out of the Dr. Seuss books.
Fun Ways To Give Gift Cards And Money
Gift cards and cash gifts usually get a bad rap, but they are one of the best gifts for 18 year old boys. There is nothing more flexible that allows him to spend on the stuff he loves. Here are some gift cards he will love and fun ways to dress these ordinary gifts up.
While your 18 year old boy will love cash, there isn’t something terribly exciting about cash. Here’s a great way to present cash in a unique way. Simply slide your cash gift into this money maze puzzle. Your 18 year old will only be able to unlock it when he completes the Money Maze.
Imagine the look of confusion your 18 year old son gets when he opens his gift. He was expecting a video game but not about doing chores. This prank box will have him laughing hysterically when he sees the real gift inside.
Puzzle Pod Crytex allows you to give a gift card or cash as a gift. While he will be able to see his gift inside, he won’t be able to open it until he knows the secret 5 letter code. Of course, you know the code since you set it, so have a little fun with him before revealing it to him.
A cargo pant? Okay wait listen. Here is a very unique way to gift cards or cash. Simply stash them in the pockets of a cargo pant and ask him to pick his pockets one by one.
Made of 100% plastic, this Starbucks gift card tastes so good. Okay, it doesn’t but who would love a gift card to Starbucks? So he can get that carmel macchiato he’s always drinking instead of that pair of underwear with Scooby Doo on it that you wanted to buy for him.
What does Amazon not sell? If he loves shopping online for stuff, there is nothing better than an Amazon gift card. Amazon has practically everything he could ever want.
If you don’t know what to get the video gamer in your life, just hook them up with a gift card to Gamestop. It’s the perfect gift for any gamer.
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