Birthday gifts for 19-year-old boys

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Turning 19 can be a tricky age for boys. They've been recognised as adults for a full year, but they're still transitioning into the world of adulthood. Nevertheless, there are a variety of gifts you can find for 19-year-olds they will love, like cool gadgets, clothing, accessories and more.

Before you head out to find the perfect gift, consider things he likes, as well as his hobbies, to make the gift shopping experience a lot easier.

iPad, iPod or iTunes gift cards

When young men turn 19, generally they are enrolled in university, entering university or working in some capacity. As a result, the iPad not only is a cool gadget for them, but it also can be beneficial. Because of its portability, men can take it with them almost anywhere and work on various assignments from school, catch up on e-mails, or head to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to socialise.

Since an iPad can be pricey, consider giving him an iPod or an iTunes gift card instead, depending on your budget. If he already has an iPod this is a great gift, but even if he doesn't he can use the gift card to download music straight to his computer for workouts, car rides and any other opportunity.

Customised shoes

If the birthday boy is a tennis shoe fanatic, consider giving him a customised pair of tennis shoes. Knowing his favourite colour and shoe style can help with this particular gift, since you'll be designing the shoe for him.

The website Gifts recommends customising Nike shoes for teenage boys, specifically the brand's Dunk Low Premium ID shoe. That particular shoe has a masculine palette of colours from which to choose and has an option of a full-grain leather design.

If you'd rather not design a shoe for him, you can always ask his close friends or girlfriend (if he has one) which shoes on the market he's had his eyes on lately.

Gift cards and money

One of the things most 19-year-old boys can use is an extra bit of cash. If you can't figure out what to get him for his birthday, putting some money in a birthday card is a sure-fire way to put a smile on his face.

If you'd rather not give him money, gift cards also are a great option for presents for him. Picking up a gift card to his favourite clothes shop prevents you from having to guess which clothing he'd like. Or, you can get him a gift card to a more general retailer with a wide range of products and household essentials, which can be a particularly useful gift for students.