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Original Gift Ideas for a 16-Year-Old Boy

Updated March 29, 2017

A 16-year-old boy is entering adulthood and has outgrown the gifts you gave him when he was younger. Many teenage boys are interested in technology and gadgets, so a gift related to these interests will be well received. When choosing a gift, it is important to consider the recipient's interests and personality, as all 16-year-olds are different. If you are unsure, get some hints and tips from friends and family about what he needs.

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Digital Photo Frame

A digital photo frame allows you to upload digital photographs that can be played in a slide show sequence. Many digital photo frames can store hundreds of images uploaded from a phone, digital camera or computer.

Video Games

A new video game will be appreciated by a 16-year-old boy. Find out which game console he owns and buy a new game for him to play. The choices of video games are endless, from adventure to sports and racing; find out which type of game he enjoys playing the most. If you would prefer not to choose a particular game, buy a gift token for a game store so he can choose his own.

Mp3 or iPod

Music plays an important part in a teenager's life. As a teenager matures, he starts to find his own taste in music and spends a lot of time listening to it, be it in his bedroom, on the way to school or while doing homework. Buy him an iPod or Mp3 player onto which he can upload all of his music. For an extra treat, include a music voucher for iTunes so he can purchase a new album to upload to his music device.

Cash or Gift Token

Although it may not seem the most extravagant gift, a 16-year-old is at a point in his life where he begins to want expensive items such as a car or laptop computer. The gift of cash or a gift token will enable him to save toward a larger item, therefore making him more independent and responsible. If you know he is learning to drive or plans to head to college, then the gift of cash will be helpful.

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About the Author

Based in Manchester, U.K., Natalie Baker has been a freelance beauty and fashion writer since 2009. Her work appears in the beauty pages of "The Detour Magazine" and online at Just Makeup Artists. Baker is experienced in both television and print journalism, and holds a Bachelor of Arts broadcast journalism from Salford University.

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