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?
Look no further! Whether they are into robots, playing with drones, exploring virtual worlds, or are just in need of a simpler gift like a smart watch, we have some great tech gifts for teenagers.
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.
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!
The R2-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.
Bring home the perfect virtual assistant with the Echo 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.
Fly a drone with the flip of your hand. That’s what the Aura 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.
Create your own music with your body movements when you wear the Soundmoovz 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.
Hearing 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.
This cool mini printer syncs up to your phone via bluetooth and lets you print photos instantly. The Polaroid 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.
Batman tech toys have always been classed as some of the coolest toys, with the Justice 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.
With the release of Cars 3 in early 2017, Car themed toys have been especially popular, the Sphero 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.
Updated and ready to explore, the 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.
Jump into another reality with the Merge 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.
Trade in your ordinary watch for an updated and packed full of features smartwatch. The Pebble 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.
Draw in the air with the 3Doodler 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.
Let them create their own speaker with the BOSEbuild 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 Goggles
If you are looking at top gifts for teenage boys that will leave their jaws on the floor then check out the Sky 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.
Bring your creations to life with the LEGO 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.
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.
Take flight and take aim with the DBPOWER 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.
Outstanding performance in a smaller and simpler model of the GoPro cameras. The GoPro 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.
Learn to play guitar with the Zivix 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.
Play music for your friends with this cool turntable. The Crosley 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.
Feel like you are bending time with Feel 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 2018-02-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Silvia Gallagher is the Head of Content for AvatarGeneration. Her background is in online learning, virtual worlds, and educational games. In her spare time she likes riding bikes over mountains and playing around with new technology.