The 10 Best 15 Year Old Boy Gifts
This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in September of 2015. Want to know how to avoid that less-than-impressed, "Uh ... thanks," this year? It's easy. Just get your teen something from our selection of the coolest 15-year-old boy gifts around. We've picked out an extremely varied bunch of toys, games and electronics that will keep your young man entertained, amused and even educated (if you think you can get away with it). When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best 15 year old boy gift on Amazon.
What Your 15-Year-Old Is Going Through
Things that teach a teen about computer programming or electronic engineering are perfect for the kid who might go to an information technology college.
Monopoly usually puts out a new version each year based on current popular TV shows, and even a fifteen-year-old would find a Walking Dead version entertaining.
Fifteen is an age when many teens start flexing their independence and consider leaving the nest for the first time. So this is a great age to help prepare them for the new autonomy they'll receive in a few years, as well as prepare both their minds and their resumes for college applications. Consider gifts that will force your teen to think critically, and perhaps learn a skill they won't learn in a regular high school class. Things that teach a teen about computer programming or electronic engineering are perfect for the kid who might go to an information technology college.
Around this time, teens are taking advanced math and science courses. Engaging them in activities and games at home that help them develop their math and science skills could increase their chances of thriving in these courses. Because teens of this age are trying to assert their independence, they usually become very devoted to talking to their friends (rather than their family). That means they spend a lot of time on their phones and computers, rather than outdoors. Childhood outdoor games won't engage them the way they used to. Look for more modern, technologically intriguing items like electric skateboards. These provide exercise, and a form of transportation, helping your teen feel more independent.
If you're not yet ready to give your teenager their own full-size laptop, giving them a student-ready tablet is a smart way to teach them responsibility with gadgets. Finally, since 15-year-olds tend to pull away from their family, give them a gift that encourages family time, like classic board games with a modern theme. Monopoly usually puts out a new version each year based on current popular TV shows, and even a fifteen-year-old would find a Walking Dead version entertaining.
Adapting To Your Teen's Schedule
Fifteen is a busy age. Most high schools today begin preparing teens for college around this age, so your 15-year-old might be attending a pre-school tutoring session and after-school activities, in addition to having extra homework. Between worrying about chemistry tests, before and after-school activities, and keeping up with their social group, it can be difficult for them to get enough sleep. Any item that can help your teen sleep, like a good sound machine or noise-cancelling headphones, is a useful gift.
One of the top excuses teens use for missing curfew is being held up by something, and not being able to call because their cell phone was dead.
Around this age, your teen is going to ask you to drop them off at the mall, or wherever the local hang out is. Once teens start spending time out of the house, away from you, they start talking about and even experimenting with things like dating and drinking. Teens mostly talk to their peers about these issues, but their peers can be as clueless as they are. Keeping the lines of communication open is especially important right now. Doing something relaxing with your teen, like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, can be a nice way to spend several hours together and let the conversation flow naturally. This gives your teen a chance to bring up anything on their mind, without feeling pressured to talk.
Because you allow your teen to go out without you now, you'll want to set a curfew. Your teen, however, will want to argue about that curfew. One of the top excuses teens use for missing curfew is being held up by something, and not being able to call because their cell phone was dead. Make sure your teen never has the dead cell phone excuse, and send them out with a wireless charger.
Gift Giving Tips For 15-Year-Old Boys
The teen years make up a very awkward stage for boys. There are a few things that all parents of teenage boys can relate to. First, their boys are messy. This is an age when they're full of energy and distracted by thoughts of girls, sports, and homework. That results in them leaving their shoes, sweatshirts, and dirty snack plates absolutely everywhere. Don't give a 15-year-old boy a gift that comes with lots of parts and pieces because he will leave them scattered everywhere.
This one can be hard to hear for parents but, studies have found the empathy levels drop in boys ages 13 to 16. Don't worry; it's only a phase. But, it's important to monitor the types of video games teenage boys play. Many of the most popular ones are strewn with meaningless and impulsive acts of violence. This is not something you want your 15-year-old boy exposed to right now, at a time when he isn't ready to properly analyze this violence.
Finally, boys at this age are working very hard to assert their own, unique identity. So give them gifts that let them explore that, like musical instruments, animation programs for the computer, or art sets. This is not the time to give them a family photo tree because they're trying to discover who they are outside of the family.
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