Turning 16 is a special age for a young man because in many states it means he can get a license or permit to drive. That sense of freedom makes him one step closer to becoming a full-fledged adult and accepting the responsibilities that come along with it. If you are dating a boy turning 16, think about his hobbies and tailor a gift to those sensibilities.
If your 16 year old boyfriend is currently enrolled in driver's education or obtaining his permit shortly, you can purchase items for his vehicle. This includes small gifts such as soap, sponges, wheel cleaners and other detailing equipment; it also includes large gifts such as a set of rims or a state-of-the-art sound system. Next time you are in his car, investigate what you think he might need. If you decide on a new radio, MP3 player hookup, or sound system for him and you need help choosing the right one, go to an electronic store and give the make, model and year of the vehicle to a salesperson. He can tell you what sound system is compatible with what is already in place.
The cost of a laptop computer has come down to the level where it is affordable as a nice birthday present for your boyfriend. If your boyfriend likes a particular brand or style of computer such as a Mac or PC, investigate what he might need on the computer in terms of memory, sound cards, video capability, and programs. If your boyfriend simply writes papers and searches the Internet, a basic model should suffice. If he is into cutting home movies, creating music, or gaming with friends online, he may need more functionality. Speak with a salesperson at an electronics store and have her guide you to a particular brand and model. If a computer is too expensive, you can also give computer programs, video games, and printer-scanner combinations to complement what he already has at home.
Cell phones are a status symbol among some people and especially teenagers. Kids want to text, take video, snap pictures, surf the web, and talk all from their handheld device. If your boyfriend is already on his parents' plan, ask his mom or dad to help you with purchasing a new phone. You may need to get their permission to switch over a phone to the account. Also, if your boyfriend has already had a cell phone for a period of time, he may have a credit toward a new phone depending on his service provider. Working in conjunction with his parents, you can use that credit toward the purchase of his birthday present. If he already has a phone he likes, another option is to pay for a month or two of service for his cell phone plan.
A 16 year old boy may have started shaving or is just about to start shaving. Purchase a manly shaving kit that includes a shaving brush, razor handle, and razor cartridges he can use while grooming. Other ideas along the same line include nose hair trimmers and sideburn clippers. If your boyfriend prefers to shave with an electric razor, purchase an electric razor unit or a smaller travel unit he can take with him when he travels for club or sporting events.
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