What Are Good Gifts For Boys Age 13?

Choosing gifts for 13 year old boys can seem like a daunting task. With many toy and video game fads seeming to rule the wants of boys this age, picking out something teenage boys like often seems next to impossible.

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It is not impossible, though, if you remember that the best gifts don’t have to completely follow fads; in fact, your gift will stand out among the rest if you try to choose gifts that are perhaps a little outside the boy you’re buying for’s comfort zone, but still play to his interests.

While 13 year old boys might not seem as enthusiastic about certain gifts as they used to, the best gifts will still pique his interest, even if he doesn’t show it at first. Bonus points if your gift can somehow manage to encourage him to hang out with you, his family or friends while he uses it.

There are a few categories of gifts to guide you that will never fail you if you manage to tie in a few of their interests:

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Reading Materials

Although some boys this age may say that they do not enjoy reading or are not interested in it, many boys just haven’t come across the right reading materials to get them interested. These can vary from graphic novels to magazine to fiction and non-fiction books.

Thus, the possibilities of reading materials you can gift to a boy this age are nearly endless, making this one of the best gifts out there.

You can choose a magazine subscription that you think he might be interested it: for example, if he likes nature, you could purchase a subscription to National Geographic, while if he is into video games, you could purchase a subscription to a magazine centered on games. If you’re unsure, there are also more general magazines like Boys’ Life that will surely have content that interests him.

Graphic novels can feel a little bit harder to pick out because there are so many different styles, from manga to comics, but if you know generally what kind of graphic novels he is interested in, then you can speak to a local librarian about suggestions. If you’re unsure, many toys and video games have associated graphic novels, so you could choose one that goes with a toy or game you know he has. 

As far as books go, if he is interested in fiction, books like the Percy Jackson series and the Ranger’s Apprentice series are very popular among this age group.

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Musical Instruments Or Art Supplies

If the boy you’re trying to buy gifts for is interested in art or music, there are many small gifts that can keep him busy for a long time. These are some of the best gifts for boys age 13 because they often get their eyes off the screen and onto something else.

One option is to buy relatively easy-to-learn instruments like a recorder or even a ukulele. This can also open the door to future gifts if the boy you buy them for gets very interested in them. In later years, you can buy him accessories that go with the instrument or more instruments.

On the other hand, if you know the boy you’re buying the gift for is interested in art, most artists, whether painters or sketchers, always appreciate new paints or pencils, since these items can sometimes exceed the budget of boys this ag.

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Gift Cards

Although sometimes giving gift cards as a gift can seem to some people impersonal or not as exciting as a physical item, gift cards can be some of the best gifts for 13 year old boys because their interests are often changing quickly.

Teen boys love to hang out with friends, and gifts cards are one way you can gift them that time. Gift cards to movie theaters or even other places where they can do activities, like an escape room are great choices to give more personalized gifts that play to the ways they like to spend time.

Boys this age are also often starting to be more interested in their appearance. Giving a gift card for a store they like or even to a place where they can get a fancy hair cut are some of the best gifts a boy this age can receive because they allow him to shape his own style and budding interest in his appearance. 

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Frequently Asked Questions On Gifts For Boys Age 13

What’s a good gift for a 13 year old boy?

A good gift for a 13 year old boy plays upon his interests, but also expands them. The best gifts for 13 year old boys help them discover something new as they grow older and more independent.

What can a 13 year old boy do when bored?

13 year old boys often choose to play video games or use social media when they are bored, but some boys also enjoy reading, doing art and playing board games with family and friends. They sometimes like to go to the park with friends or exercise with friends, too, by riding bikes or playing basketball.

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Is 13 a milestone birthday?

13 is a milestone birthday. A kid goes from being a pre-teen to a teenager when they turn 13, and that means that they often start to look for more independence and their parents usually start to give 13 year olds more responsibility. 

A great way to celebrate this important year is to somehow contribute to that newfound independence or responsibility. That could be anything from gifting an after-school activity that helps them build skills are budding young adults or a gift card to an activity that they can do independently for the first time, like going to the movies. 

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What do 13 year olds do for their birthday?

13 year olds do parties with their friends on their birthdays. Sometimes those parties center around an activity, like ice skating, laser tag or video games, but other times they just consist of the group of friends gather in one place for games, food and gifts. In any case, birthday parties often center around time with friends.

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Last Updated on June 10, 2021 by Marie Miguel

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