Buying a Christmas gift for a teenage boy may seem difficult at first, but with a little thought and effort, you'll find there are many gift options available. Whatever your price range, you're sure to find a gift the teen will appreciate. Sixteen-year-olds are old enough to enjoy more mature gifts, such as a laptops and cell phones, but young enough to still value gifts like footballs.
Video and computer games
Many teenage boys enjoy playing video and computer games. Find out what types of games they enjoy playing and the type of computer console they own before you buy. Check the age restrictions to make sure you are buying an age-appropriate game.
Most 16-year-old boys enjoy receiving money for Christmas. At this age, many of them are saving to purchase a car. They might also enjoy having money to buy clothes or other items.
If the teen you are buying for plays a sport, he might appreciate a new item to add to his sporting goods collection. For example, if he plays football, he might need some extra shine-guards. If he's a cricket player, a new bat might be just what he wants. Consider asking him what he needs and what brands he prefers before you make your purchase.
If you would rather not give money, but don't feel comfortable picking out a present, a gift card is a good idea. Find out his favourite shop or restaurant and buy him a gift card to use there.
If you are spending a large amount of money, a laptop is a good investment. He'll be able to use it for school as well as to communicate with his friends. If you do not want to spend too much money, consider purchasing a netbook instead. Netbooks can do many things that laptops can do, but are smaller and less expensive. Many times, netbooks are all a teenager needs to do the things he wants to do on a computer.
Most teenage boys love listening to music, so a music player is a great Christmas gift. If he already owns a music player, buy him a gift token to purchase songs he can download to the player.
If the 16-year-old boy you are shopping for doesn't already own a mobile phone, he would probably appreciate one for Christmas. Keep in mind that there is monthly bill and decide if you will pay all or part it. Some phone providers offer family plans when you add another user. You can also purchase a prepaid phone which will let him add minutes as he needs them.
Clothes are a great option for Christmas presents for teenage boys. Notice what he likes to wear and purchase something similar. If you are unsure of his size, ask his parents or estimate what size you think he wears and ask for a gift receipt so he can exchange it if it doesn't fit.
If he is a music or sports fan, buy him tickets to watch his favourite band or team play. Depending on your relationship, you could offer to go with him or let him take one of his friends.
You don't have to spend much money to make him happy on Christmas morning. He may value simply spending some time doing something fun with you.