Teenage boy gifts: practical tips to getting a gift he will appreciate
If you’ve had children you’ll know, the older they get, the harder it is to please them when buying a gift.
Teens can be particularly picky about the things they want around them, and pick a gift that will live up to their expectations is always difficult.
For teenage boys it’s even more of a challenge so here are a few tips on how to pick out a gift he’ll appreciate.
If you get to know the person you intend to give a present to, then choosing the right gift becomes so much easier, although it will never be risk-free.
Find out from the teen what their interests are.
If you have a chance to have a conversation with them you will also be able to get a feeling for their personality.
✓ Knowing Your Teenager
Discovering their interests. Try to get to know the teenager you intend to buy the gift for.
By getting into a conversation with them you can pick up clues about their interests, and what they may be looking for.
Ask about their favorite things, and what they are passionate about, and also what they get up to in their spare time and at the weekends.
When you’re chatting to them, take a close look at what they’re wearing, how they carry themselves, and how they talk, as all these are great clues to the person within.
If it’s your own teenagers, then this is all second nature, but if they’re nephews, it may mean a trip to their home.
Try and get a peek into their room, as what you see there can give you some great clues on what they like, and the sort of gift they’ll appreciate.
When you have the conversation, doing it in the room can help start the questioning by relating to things that are as decoration.
Open questioning. Teenagers are notorious for not answering questions, and if they do use as few words as possible. Some people liken it to getting blood out of a stone.
In order to get a response, you have to ask what are known as ‘open’ questions and is a trick used by the best interviewers on television.
If you ask ‘how do you spend your free time?’ or ‘what’s your favorite band?’ you’ll never get a yes or no answer.
The trick is to ask questions starting with W. Who, What, When, Why, Where, and How?
Also try not to make it like an interrogation, open up yourself, and talk about some of your likes and experiences, so you can begin to interact with your nephew.
Social media. Looking through a teenager's social media account can give you a better insight than just talking to them.
It should give you an understanding of what interests them, and what gets them excited about life.
Ask the parents. If all else fails, ask the people who know the teenager the best, his parents.
Parents are the best people to know what the teenager loves and hates, and what they passionate about in their lives.
If the teen has brothers and sisters, why not talk to them to see if they can shed light on what might make an excellent gift.
Or if you know anyone teens that have similar interests, why not ask them about what would make a good gift.
✓ Choosing the Right Gift
Compile a list. Once you have your research done and have an idea of the teen’s personality, interests, and style, make a list of the things that you consider define them, and what they like.
Spend a little time considering his attributes and write down as many things as you can. Once you have a list, try and pair a gift idea with each of those attributes.
For instance, if he’s a movie buff, why not consider a subscription to one of the streaming services or get them a basket full of merchandise (is he a Stranger Things fan? Get him Stranger Things related merchandise!), or maybe an upgrade if he already has one.
Think back. Try and remember when you were a teenager and the sorts of things you liked to do.
The things that interest teenagers when you were that age are not much different from the interests of teens today.
Focus on your options. With lots of ideas buzzing around your head, you need to focus on one specific gift.
Bear in mind that the gift you choose will have to be within your budget (10 dollars? 50 dollars?), and not something that they may already have. Don’t forget to check with the teenager’s parents.
You may decide on a ticket to a concert by their favorite band is a good idea, but their parents may not agree.
So be ready to compromise with a CD or a download subscription instead.
Try to avoid gifts that the teen’s parents are likely to buy them such as clothes.
Try and think of something they would not necessarily buy for themselves, or have bought for them.
✓ Choosing a Safe Gift
Gifting made simple. If you really can’t think of something for the teenager but have an idea of his likes and dislikes, then a gift card can be a safe choice and a soft option.
Lots of stores offer gift cards, from clothes retailers to electronics, music, and games.
If you haven’t discovered their favorite stores, you could always consider a rechargeable credit or debit card, which can be used at any type of retailer, bricks, and mortar or online.
Cash can be king. I don’t know of any teenager who would not want or accept some money as a gift.
You can buy them a card, and slip the cash inside, so the gift comes with something to remind them.
Receipt it. If you are going to gift a teenager, try and include the receipt so that if they don’t like your choice, or already have something similar they can return it to the retailer for something else.
If you are going to choose a gift, make sure the store you buy it from has a return policy and is flexible enough to provide a refund, credit note or exchange.
A Gift for Every Budget
Even if the teenage boy in your life has expensive taste, we can help you find a gift that not only is awesome but also doesn’t break the bank.
The perfect gift is not necessarily expensive, but it creates a memory for or with the person.
No matter what the occasion, holidays, birthdays, graduations or accomplishments, or whatever you are purchasing the gift for, we have your back.
We love providing people with the perfect gift for everyone in their lives.
Remember to tap into their passions or hobbies. People love functional gifts, something they can use in their everyday lives.
It is a great way to find an awesome gift that you know will be used over and over again.