Gifts for teenage boys or girls can be hard to figure out, with so many cool tech toys on the market, which are the best of the bunch?
Give the gift of education with build-your-own toys that get teens building robots and other cool toys. This adds to their STEM skills that can transfer over to the classroom as they learn.
Some of the best gifts for teenagers can be musical. Whether learning how to play an instrument, mixing sounds on a turntable, or making their own sounds on a computer program, music can bring a lifetime of happiness and creativity.
See also: 20 Best Toys & Gifts for Tweens
Teens love tech, and everything from smartwatches to virtual reality headsets are on the list. Old gift favorites like Lego and Star Wars are not missed out, so there is something for every teenage boy or teenage girl!
Check out the best tech gifts for teens and take the stress out of your Christmas shopping.
Best Tech Gifts for Teenagers
1. Star Wars R2-D2 Droid by SpheroR2-D2 by Sphero is the perfect tech gift for teenage guys that love all things Star Wars. This upmarket droid has so many cool features, it’s the gift you’ll want to keep yourself. The droid moves like the real R2-D2 and is controlled by an app. When you watch the Star Wars films with him, he actually reacts. Plus he interacts with other Star Wars App-enabled Droids.
2. Echo DotEcho Dot. This hands free, voice controlled device lets you connect Amazon’s Alexa to any room. Alexa is on the job to make sure you are informed, organized and have everything that you need. To use the Echo Dot, simply say “Alexa” followed by a command. She can play music, order stuff from amazon, tell you facts like your calendar or the weather, and even order a pizza from Dominos.
3. Aura Drone with Glove ControllerAura Drone is all about. Drones are the ultimate gifts for teen boys and this is a tech toy with a unique twist. The next best thing to an app controlled toy is gesture controlled. Over the years there have been a few gesture tech games like the Xbox Kinect, but this is really futuristic.
4. SoundmoovzSoundmoovz bands. These watch like bands connect around your wrists and ankles. When paired with your smart device they will begin to play sounds and music when you move. You can have pop music, techno, ballet or even robot sounds. The bands are very responsive to movement and can be paired with friends to create a full band of music playing. These cool tech gifts for teen girls come in a set of two.
5. Hearing Things GameHearing Things is a great take on the classic guessing games, with teens using a set of headphones that cancel out noise, while trying to guess what their friends are saying from the selection of game cards. An exciting tech game for all the family or for teens to play with friends.
See also: 10 Best Board Games for Teens
6. Polaroid ZIP Mobile PrinterPolaroid ZIP prints out photos that are 2×3, waterproof, tear proof and that have a peelable adhesive backing. This printer works with zinc paper so that you don’t have to worry about dealing with any ink. It weighs only 6.6 ounces so you can take it with you wherever you go.
7. Justice League Batmobile CollectibleJustice League Batmobile being one of the best looking, and most exciting new toys of 2017. Included inside the batmobile is a Batman action figure that can come out and fight before hopping back in to steer the batmobile. Link your phone to the car via the bluetooth app and explore Gotham City from your phone.
8. Ultimate Lightning McQueen Vehicle by SpheroSphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen Vehicle being one of the top toys on the market. Themed after the Lightning McQueen character in the movie, the app controlled car is an interactive toy with its own personality. For teens that love remote control cars, there is plenty of fun to be had.
9. Star Wars Hero Droid BB-8 (Life Size)Star Wars Hero Droid BB-8 is the perfect option when you are seeking gifts for teenage boys. What’s different about this droid is that he is so big! The robot has three modes; you can put him in explore mode and he will respond to certain questions and check out his environment. When you place him in drive mode you control where he goes. Finally in follow mode, BB-8 will go where you go, tagging along behind you.
10. Merge VRMerge VR headset. This super comfy virtual reality headset is made from soft lightweight foam and will fit any face even with glasses on. It is bendable and durable so you can take it on the go with you. It is compatible with Android and IOS phones and allows you to be immersed in scenic areas or play VR compatible games.
Just new out is the Merge Cube, a physical cube you hold in your hand, but get to experience augmented reality with.
11. Pebble SmartwatchPebble Smartwatch is a personalizable watch that caters to all ages. Set it up to receive your email, call, calendar and text alerts. You can download compatible apps to better cater to your interest, like a fitness tracking app. Also available are fun watch faces to fit your style.
12. 3Doodler Create3Doodler Create pen. This easy to use 3D pen comes with fifty plastic colorful strands that allow you to create many projects and bring objects to life in 3D. This pen is nontoxic and has a continuous flow while in use. The pen heats the plastic strands which allows you to draw with them, and when they hit the air they begin to instantly harden, so it won’t flow on you as you take your drawings to new heights.
13. BOSEbuildBOSEbuild set. This kit includes everything your teen needs to create their own bluetooth speaker and then customize it to fit their style. When they build this speaker, your teen is learning how simple components like coil, magnets and paper play into making a speaker come alive. When they have finished, there are interchangeable covers and different colored lights that they can choose from.
14. Sky Viper v2450FPV Streaming Drone with FPV GogglesSky Viper. This drone features a pair of first person view goggles so that you can see the sky from your drone’s eyes. It has flight assist features such as auto launch, auto hover and auto landing. Perform tricks like barrel rolls and flips with one touch to impress your friends and family.
15. LEGO Technic Bucket Wheel ExcavatorLEGO Technic Bucket Wheel Excavator. This two in one model allows you to build an excavator with motorized moving parts, then take it apart to build a Mobile Aggregate Processing Plant model. With the built in motor, this toy will move backwards, forwards, has rotating bucket wheels, moving conveyor belts and a rotating super structure.
16. Flashforge 3D Printer
One of the best gifts for teen boys that you can give, is the gift of a learning experience. The Flashforge is a popular starter 3D printer with an affordable price tag. Easy to use for beginners, getting into 3D printing will be an exciting experience. For more 3D printers ideas, take a look at our list of 3D printer for kids and teens.
17. DBPOWER MJX X400WDBPOWER MJX Drone. This cool drone is small yet mighty in what it can do. Built in high quality sensors allow this drone to have good stability in flight or hovering. To control the drone you use a smartphone attached to a remote, and you can use the headless mode with a VR headset.
18. GoPro HERO SessionGoPro HERO Session is durable, water resistant and has the ability to adjust and capture with the simple touch of a button. It records video and audio with high quality, and the single button control turns the camera off when you are done recording, in order to save the battery. Any teenage boy would love one of these gadgets as a gift.
19. Zivix Jamstick+ Smart GuitarZivix Jamstick+ Smart Guitar. This miniaturized version makes it easier for you to handle and learn to play guitar. The guitar does not make sound, but when plugged into your computer it will play through the speakers like an electric guitar. It is small and easy to take with you wherever you go. This guitar also comes with easy to pick up and learn guitar lessons.
20. Crosley TurntableCrosley Turntable is a small and classic piece for any teenagers room. This updated oldie has bluetooth capabilities to link to different devices. It can play 33s, 45s and 78 Rpm records. When not in use the turntable folds down to resemble a small suitcase. It’s very portable and easy to use and comes in a variety of colors and prints.
21. Feel FluxFeel Flux toy. This ultimate tech gift for teenage guys will have them questioning physics as they understand how science can impact gravity. Once the introductory thrill is over, they can purchase the skill set version and learn to do cool gravity defying tricks with this toy to wow their friends and family.
Last update on 2017-12-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API