If you are stuck and not really sure what to get for your teenage boy, or a teen boy you know, we have the perfect selection of inexpensive gifts for teenage boys. Bonus: they are all unplugged gift ideas.
Finding gifts for teen boys can be a challenge. They are getting older and may not be as interested in some of the toys they played with earlier. All of these selections are inexpensive gifts for teenage boys.
When I wrote this all of the teen boy gift ideas were listed for under $20.00 each! Some starting as low as $3.50!
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Inexpensive Gifts for Teenage Boys
- These small metal models are a challenge and best suited for teens. The Star Wars Millennium Falcon 3D Metal Model Kit is likely the hardest of the bunch and provides the most challenge. Another good Star Wars choice is the R2D2AT-AT kit. If they are more into Transformers then you have to get this one!
- If you are looking for another building toy that is similar to LEGO take a look at Nanoblock. There is a wide selection of subjects available from vehicles, to buildings, to animals and much more. Click the pictures below.
Nanoblock Castle Neuschwanstein (550 pcs)LOZ Star Wars Diamond Nano-Block 2 pc set- R2D2 & Fighter with BOX!Kawada NanoBlock – NBC-171 – Electric Guitar Micro Block Miniature Collection Puzzle (160 Piece), Rednanoblocks Nbpm001 Nb – Pikachu – Pokemon Building KitNanoblock Great Horned OwlKawada NanoBlock – NBC-175 – Phoenix Micro Block Miniature Collection Puzzle (140 Piece)
For LEGO (and you knew I would be mentioning LEGO, right?!) please see our Ultimate LEGO Gift Guide for suggestions.
- Forbidden Desert and Forbidden Island are two great games to try for those who like the survival theme choose your theme survive in the desert or become an explorer on an island. Either choice is great and fun for the whole family.
- Dragonwood is a 2015 Mensa Select Game that will get them thinking strategy. Gobblins, Orcs, and fire-breathing dragons abound and you have to collect adventure cards to earn your dice.
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away…. Incredibly fun projects with specialty paper!Make: Paper Inventions: Machines that Move, Drawings that Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and RollAnimal Origami for the Enthusiast: Step-by-Step Instructions in Over 900 Diagrams/25 Original Models (Dover Origami Papercraft)
- Slip this in for your mathematically inclined boy: The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations , it is inexpensive and highly recommended.
- The Mazes by Dave Phillips are the BEST. We have quite a few of his (ok, a lot) and they are all very high quality, challenging, maze books that my son has thoroughly enjoyed.
- If your boy likes adventure and logic puzzles, this one is a winner. We have several of these puzzles that we pull out on a regular basis. Temple Trap.
- Fit twisted pieces onto the board. Sounds easy, right? Well, IQ Twist can be quite the challenge!
- In Lazer Maze Logic you have to try to light the target with real laser action. It is easy at first but quickly begins to get harder.
My husband is a magician, and he absolutely loves this brainteaser game as would boys who like puzzles and magic.
You get a Houdini cutout which you have to trap with ropes, locks, rings etc. using the cards included. Next, you have to figure out how to help him escape!
Grab this seriously fun brainteaser puzzle game today.
- For the science-minded, hands-on kid who likes to, ahem, blow things up this book is a must! Super popular among boys.
- Grab some basic office supplies that are laying around the house and pair them with this book and your boy will be able to build a secret agent arsenal!
- We are totally getting this one. I checked it out and it is really great. Full color pictures, included with awesome projects for the win!
Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices than you can shake a stick at!Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2: Build a Secret Agent Arsenal. From a mini-catapult in a breath-mint tin to milk-jug cap blow-dart wristwatches this book has them all.Rubber Band Engineer: Build Slingshot Powered Rockets, Rubber Band Rifles, Unconventional Catapults, and More Guerrilla Gadgets from Household Hardware
- These are the droids you are looking for. Grab this Star Wars puzzle and you will have one happy teen boy. 1000 pieces.
- Comic book style + Batman! This collage puzzle is absolutely perfect for super hero fans. 1000 pieces.
- Tolkien fan? Then his one is the right choice. The artwork on this Smaug puzzle is stunning. 1000 pieces.
- This desktop size Miniature Ballista Kit can fire up to 30 feet! It is a fun kit to put together. It does require some patience as it is likely best to glue the pieces together in order for it to be more sturdy and ready for battle.
- Another wooden Medieval weapon kit is the catapult. The suggestions for the kit above apply here too. Glue and wait before trying it.
The boys I know really like all of these choices! I hope your teen enjoys them as well.
Finding inexpensive gifts for teenage boys that they are actually going to like isn’t that hard now that you have a list to go by.
See what other ideas you can come up with and also check out our other gift guides for boys of all ages for more choices.
Gift Guide for Boys has a variety of lists to choose from and our Best Books for Boys page for great books they are sure to like, including 9 Thrilling Book Series for Teen Boys That They Won’t Be Able To Put Down.