Ideas for My Son's 16th Birthday

Updated April 17, 2017

A boy's 16th birthday is very important to him. It symbolises a milestone in his life. Although you still consider him a child, a 16-year-old boy looks to this age as entering manhood. On your son's 16th birthday, look to his hobbies for gift and celebration ideas.


In most states, a driver's license is issued at 16 years old. Your son is probably going to want to borrow your vehicle when he turns 16. Free up your vehicle by buying one for him to use. Before buying the vehicle, research the insurance rates for his age group. Also, consider maintenance and ownership costs, such as gasoline, oil changes, required mileage interval services and tires.

Boy's Sweet 16

Girls are not the only ones who can have sweet 16 parties. However, your 16-year-old son could want to call it something else. Choose a theme for the party, such as "16 Years Ago Party." For a 16 Years Ago Party, flashback to the year your son was born. If he was born in the mid-1990s, hire a cover band that only performs music that was popular during the time. Dress in clothes from the mid-1990s.

Video Gaming System

If your 16-year-old son loves to play video games, purchase a gaming system for him. With a gaming system at home, he won't have to spend a lot of time at a video game arcade. Throw in one or two games for him to play on the system. You can also purchase a membership to an online video game rental outlet, or a gift card to a video game retail or rental store.

Sports Camp

For 16-year-old boys who are athletes, it's important for them to improve on their skills to get an edge over fellow players. Talent scouts from colleges and professional teams are looking at 16-year-olds as future players for their organisations. On his 16th birthday, enrol your son in a sports camp. Check with local youth sports organisations, golf courses and community centres for information on sports camps in your area. Sports camps are sponsored in many different sports, including golf, football, baseball, basketball, soccer and other sports.

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Eric Ervin has more than 10 years of experience as a print journalist, having worked at newspapers and magazines in Alabama, Texas and Georgia. His work has been published in the "Houston Press," "Houston Chronicle" and "Mobile Press Register." Ervin received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of South Alabama.