The male 16th birthday is a milestone just as worthy of celebrating as that of the female, but often the event is planned with less fanfare than that of the typical Sweet 16 party. But you can acknowledge that this is a special birthday with gifts that reflect his new level of maturity. Consider more expensive gifts that support his hobbies, while providing him the opportunity to prove he can care for them responsibly. For less costly options, consider gifts that grant him more independence or the freedom to make his own choices.
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Teens especially enjoy music as an outlet for self-expression. Give him the gift of a digital music player or a gift card to use at a music download site so he can update his playlist and keep his favourite songs on hand.
If the 16-year-old boy in your life is an avid gamer give him the latest gaming system, new games for his existing system or a gift card to a game shop. Is there a new system on the market he has been wishing for? Consider granting his wish in honour of this milestone. Make it a group gift if cost is an issue or give him a gift card he can combine with his own savings at the electronics store. As an alternative to the whole gaming system, choose a game for his existing system. Check if there is a new edition to a series of games he has enjoyed and pick it up so he can continue his quest.
Give the jock new equipment for his game. Think about sporting gifts that are practical yet still serve up the cool factor such as a new hockey stick, baseball glove or pair of cleats. Apparel that bears the logo of his favourite team is a good choice for the sports fan. Consider other professional sports gift items as well such as team plaques, autographed balls or tickets to a game.
Give him a cell phone for his 16th birthday. If he already has one, consider giving a new phone or upgrading his plan. This is a gift best left to parents who can determine the best type of plan for their son and show their faith in his ability to act maturely and responsibly with his new phone or extended service.
Help him embark on the road to independence with the gift driving lessons. Take him for his learner's permit and sign him up for driver's education classes. Consider giving the gift of your time and use of your vehicle with personal lessons as an alternative to driving school. If you live in a place where your teenager is already licensed at 16, give him scheduled time slots for use of the car.
Give him a gift card that he can choose to spend on himself, on a date or with his friends. Gift cards can be purchased for the movies, restaurants or clothing stores. Major credit card companies also offer gift cards of a value you determine that look like credit cards and can be used anywhere that card is accepted.
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