Gifts For 13 Year Old Boys 2021 – Best Gift Ideas

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Texas Instruments TI-84 PLUSTexas Instruments TI-84 PLUScheck price

In high school, just about everybody needs a graphic calculator for math class for anything above basic arithmetic. There is a reason that the TI-84 PLUS CE is one of the most popular graphic calculators of all time. You can do everything from graph equations to store functions. It now comes in different colors and features a color screen and rechargeable battery. It’s a onetime investment that will last him throughout high school and is even permitted on the SAT.

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit (2GB)CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit (2GB)check price

This amazing set includes the Raspberry Pi 4 B Basic Kit. It’s a fascinating kit for learning about computers and even coding. It’s really fun to tinker with it. Who would think you could pack so much power into a credit card sized chip? Now it’s 3x more powerful than its predecessor and everything has been overhauled from the CPU and memory to the multimedia, display output (dual 4K), and more. Simply amazing! It’s a super powerful mini PC. The best part? Since it can be programmed, the creative possibilities are virtually endless. It’s the perfect gift for budding creators.

Flirc Raspberry Pi 4 CaseFlirc Raspberry Pi 4 Casecheck price

Looking for a great case for your Raspberry Pi 4B? Made from quality aluminum, the Flirc Raspberry Pi 4 Case is thermally designed for the Pi 4. It offers efficient cooling, operates quitely, and allows access to all main connectors. The heat sink is built-in, so you don’t have to worry about it overheating.

Elegoo EL-KIT-003 UNO Project Super Starter KitElegoo EL-KIT-003 UNO Project Super Starter Kitcheck price

For the 13 year old boy who dreams of making his own electronics one day, the Arduino Starter Kit is the best way to get started. You get a ton of electrical components along with Arduino Uno R3 board. The best part? It comes with a PDF tutorial with diagrams and explanations that walks you through 22 lessons. Anybody 13 and up will have no problem creating their own projects.

LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor 51515Ages 10+LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor 51515check price

This 949-piece LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit lets you build 5 different robot models from a 4-legged walker to a bipedal wheeled robot that gives high-fives. What’s cool? You can program your robots to perform tricks — grabbing items, firing projectiles, avoiding obstacles, and playing various sports with a ball. The kit includes an Intelligent Hub block, 4 medium-angular motors, a color and light sensor, and a distance sensor. You can even create your own robots and combine it with your Lego Technic and System pieces. The app supports Scratch and Python programming languages, which allows for open-ended creativity. It’s a fantastic kit for those interested in tinkering with robotics and programming.

DJI Robomaster S1Ages 14+DJI Robomaster S1check price

DJI’s Robomaster S1 is an educational robot for kids that you build, program, and battle other robots with. Overall, it feels solid and well-built. It’d definitely not a kids’ toy. Although you can use virtual sticks in the app to control the robot like an RC vehicle, the separately sold Gamepad offers more precise controls. It is capable of recording 1080p video and shooting water beads through a turret. The coolest part? Kids can learn to program the robot in Scratch or Python. There are near limitless programming possibilities, making it a great value. While it won’t come cheap, the Robomaster S1 is an excellent introduction to the world of programming and robotics.

Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer KitAges 8-17Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer Kitcheck price

The Raspberry Pi family expands with the Raspberry Pi 400, a personal computer built into a keyboard. It brings back fond memories of the Commodore 64. If you’re looking for a full desktop replacement, note there are performance, RAM (4GB), and storage limitations. It’s perfect for light web browsing, email, social media, coding, watching YouTube, creating documents, and simple gaming. It’s a great first personal computer for young tech learners.

Nibble DIY Game ConsoleAges 9-17Nibble DIY Game Consolecheck price

Teach your kids electronics and coding with Nibble DIY Game Console. This STEM kit lets kids build their own working handheld game console. It comes preloaded with 4 games: Bonk (Pong), Invaderz (Space Invaders), Snake and SpaceRocks. You can even program your own games in Arduino, CircuitBlocks, or Python. The best part? No coding or electronics experience is required. Build your console in as little as 2 hours. Kids will be having so much fun that they won’t even know they’re learning.

Elenco Learn to SolderAges 10-15Elenco Learn to Soldercheck price

With this fun step by step kit, teen boys can learn to solder. The kit is set up like a course. It ‘s the perfect gift idea for anyone interested in electronics.

Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder KitAges 12+Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder Kitcheck price

Here’s a great kit to get started in the world of electronics. This complete hands-on kit from Elenco comes with everything you need to learn how to solder and understand basic electronics. The set includes solder, a soldering iron, and wire cutters. You’ll need a 9V battery to test your circuit. You will learn how to solder and even build a flashing European siren. It makes a great gift for budding electronics engineers.

Elenco FM Radio KitAges 17+Elenco FM Radio Kitcheck price

How would you like to make your own FM radio? Anyone into electronics needs this kit. This is an advanced soldering kit on FM radios. Before you move onto this set, you need to know how to solder. Practice with the learn to solder kit and this set is very doable with the easy to follow directions.

Makey MakeyAges 8+Makey Makeycheck price

With Makey Makey anybody can become an inventor. This little board allows 13 year old boys to use ordinary objects as a replacement for a keyboard and mouse. Imagine playing a video game with bananas and apples.

Sphero BoltAges 8+Sphero Boltcheck price

Experience endless creative fun and possibilites with Sphero Bolt. It’s a next-generation app-enabled robotic ball. Featuring advanced sensors, an LED matrix, and infrared communication, teens can create and customize games, discover a range of activities, or simply drive and play. Blocky is a great introduction to programming. The best part? Teens will have so much fun they’ll forget their learning. We love that there are limitless possibilities as to what you can do.

HEXBUG VEX Robotics Catapult LauncherAges 14+HEXBUG VEX Robotics Catapult Launchercheck price

Teens can build their very own mini catapult with the VEX Catapult Launcher kit. What’s cool? It actually launches things 20-feet away with an adjustable arm. It’s great for experimenting with real-world physics like trajectory motion in a fun way.

Simply Coding Create Your Own GameSimply Coding Create Your Own Gamecheck price

What 13 year old boy wouldn’t want to create his own game? Simply Coding offers tons of courses for teens to learn coding. With this package, you get an online access code to access the course material online. This one walks 13 year old boys through creating their own simple games with Javascript through step by step online tutorials.

4M Water Rocket KitAges 14-154M Water Rocket Kitcheck price

Who wouldn’t want to launch a rocket in their backyard? This is a toy that doesn’t disappoint. It blasts 2 liter Soda bottles sky high up to 100 feet into the air with nothing more than a bottle, a little water, and a bike pump. Simply load the bottle up with a little water, pump the rocket, and pull the string. 3 … 2 … 1. Blast off!

EcoSphere Closed Aquatic EcosystemEcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystemcheck price

The Ecosphere is an amazing little hassle free aquarium. It comes with live red shrimp, plants, and algae inside. The coolest part? You never have to feed them or change the water. The Ecosphere is designed to simulate life on Earth with a self supporting life cycle. Simply place it in an area with indirect light and it’s designed to last between 2 to 3 years, though it can maintain life even longer if you are lucky.

Snap Circuits LightsAges 8-15Snap Circuits Lightscheck price

Snap 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.

Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 Electronics KitAges 8-15Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 Electronics Kitcheck price

Snap Circuits are great for teaching thirteen 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 Green EnergyAges 8-108Snap Circuits Green Energycheck price

With over 125 STEM-based projects and over 45 parts, budding engineers can explore alternative ‘green’ energy. Build an array of electrical circuits employing green energy sources. Parts include a geared motor, snap wires, rechargeable battery, liquid holder, wind fan, solar cell, capacitor, and instructions. The best part? It’s easy to assemble without any glue or tools. Simply snap them together. Aspiring engineers will have fun through hands-on learning of alternative energy.

Make: ElectronicsAges 10-17Make: Electronicscheck price

With a hands-on approach, this book is a necessity for anyone who wants to get into electronics. All the concepts are explained through hands on experiments instead of just theory. It’s a wonderful approach to studying about the basics of electronics.

TreehouseTreehousecheck price

Does he want to create his own website or learn how to make his own app? Check out Treehouse. For $25 dollars a month, it offers a variety of video learning courses for beginners to learn programming. It has never been easier to learn how to code.

GraviTrax PRO Vertical Starter SetAges 8+GraviTrax PRO Vertical Starter Setcheck price

Let’s get VERTICAL! Build your own thrilling, action-packed marble runs with GraviTrax Pro Vertical Starter Set. With 153-pieces — including height tile towers, balconies, walls and high-speed tracks — literally take your tracks to new heights! It’s a super fun way to experiment with gravity, magnetism, and kinetics.

Thames & Kosmos CHEM C3000Ages 12+Thames & Kosmos CHEM C3000check price

Teen 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.

AmScope M500 MicroscopeAmScope M500 Microscopecheck price

You don’t have to spend a lot of money for a good quality microscope. Comparable to a high school microscope, this reasonably priced microscope is constructed out of all metal. With a built in light source, it is easy to see the specimen you are working with. It comes with 4 different object lenses with magnification settings from 4X to 100X.

Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector TelescopeOrion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescopecheck price

Does he dream of being an astronaut and know all the constellations? He will love looking at the sky with this portable telescope that simply mounts on your tabletop for easy viewing. With the included magnification settings, you will be able to get a glimpse of everything from Jupiter to craters on the moon.

Bill Nye’s VR Space LabAges 8-13Bill Nyes VR Space Labcheck price

Bill Nye’s VR Space Lab, an interactive space STEM kit, engages kids with learning activities that leverage the latest cutting-edge technologies, including AR and VR. Virtual Bill Nye guides kids through over 40 interactive lessons. Learning science can be COOL!

Gravity Bugs: Free-Climbing MicroBotAges 8-14Gravity Bugs: Free-Climbing MicroBotcheck price

Defy the laws of gravity with the Gravity Bug! Build a Gravity Bug that climbs smooth surfaces. The Gravity Bug defies gravity as it climbs, crawls, and moves around windows and other surfaces. As they build the 78-piece microbot, kids will learn about gears, the robot’s inner mechanisms, air pressure, and suction.

19 Responses to Gifts For 13 Year Old Boys 2021 – Best Gift Ideas

  1. Anonymous November 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    It is kind of insulting on how the male section for thirteen year old gifts holds actual useful and exciting gifts that stimulate the brain. The female section is fairly vapid with most of the gifts merely affecting physical appearance. The games suggested were “Just Dance” in the female list but games that are more fully enriched with action such as “Fallout and Halo” which I as a girl play myself along with a large portion of my friends play. Also the athletic section for female held yoga pants and a fitness tracker but the male list had a punching bag and things that actually help you work out. Another complaint is that there was no “scientist section” for girls. The chemistry set C3000 I received in second grade and completed it before I started my third grade year. So overall my complaint is that the female and male lists are vapid, stereotypical and seemingly just based off of assumptions.

  2. AGF November 28, 2015 at 12:42 pm #


  3. Samblez November 1, 2016 at 11:45 pm #

    good list =P

  4. Somekid November 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    I have the UE BOOM and I love it super loud

    Just enough to get in a Lil trouble ;p

  5. Emily November 10, 2016 at 7:12 am #

    Amazing list – thanks!

  6. Person November 13, 2016 at 11:05 am #


  7. Some guy who is 13 November 26, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    This list is lit to the max

  8. pffhh December 1, 2016 at 1:45 pm #


  9. Emily December 2, 2016 at 11:42 pm #

    Omg thx sooooo much I definitely have this Christmas planned

  10. Some other kid who's 13 December 17, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    This is lit

  11. Some other guy who's 13 December 17, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    Yup, lit to the max.

  12. Aunt Chrissi December 17, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    Thank you for helping me – a 47 year old aunt – find a cool gift for my 13 yo nephew! And I found cool gifts for many adults on my list too 🙂

    • mm
      Toy Buzz December 19, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

      Hi Aunt Chrissi, thanks for the comment! Glad you found so many super cool gifts.

  13. Sarah December 7, 2018 at 9:49 am #

    I found several things from this list that I purchased for my son. By far the most relevant list of this type. Thanks!

    • mm
      ToyBuzz December 7, 2018 at 11:13 pm #

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for your feedback. Hope you and your family have a very Happy Holiday!

  14. Mom of many boys October 21, 2019 at 3:15 am #

    Overall a great list!! A couple items, like the “f#*k off socks” are not appropriate for a 13 year old, and should not be on this list.

    • mm
      ToyBuzz October 21, 2019 at 10:24 pm #

      Hi Mom of many boys! Thanks for you comment and feedback. When the list is next updated, we will take your comment into consideration.

  15. Ann Onymous March 31, 2020 at 4:15 pm #

    Ann Onymous here, I think that if you were working on a Christmas list, you could scrool through this and add stuff that seems appealing to you to your list

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