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The holidays are upon us and that means it is time for our annual Holiday Gift Guide for Boys!
As The Dudes have gotten older, so have the recommendations on this list, so if you’re looking for an awesome gift guide for older kids, tweens, and teenage boys you’ve come to the right place.
The only thing you won’t find on this gift guide for boys is recommendations for babies and toddlers, or kids under the age of like seven.
Baby boy gift guides are a thing of my past.
Speaking of my past, you can find previous editions of my gift guide for boys here:
Great Gifts for Boys ages 5+: 2015 Gift Ideas for Boys
Last year’s gift ideas for boys: 2017 Dude Approved Gifts
Now, let’s get shopping for 2018!
The 2018 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Boys
Dude Approved Gift Guide: 25 Best Gifts for Boys Ages 7-17
For Active Outdoor Dudes
Rollplay Turnado Ride-On
In case you haven’t seen how fun this toy is, you should seriously check out this video. Dude 3 thinks it is major fun.
Buy here: Turnado by Rollplay
Vintage inspired cornhole boards designed to look like repurposed barnwood planks featuring the American Flag provide hours of fun with friends and family.
Buy here: American Flag Cornhole Set
It’s not an iWatch, but it’s also not gonna run you over $400! This fitness tracker does plenty for a young athlete looking to keep track of his progress in the gym and on the road.
Buy here: FitBit Versa
Portable Ping Pong
We have this and it is perfect for snow day fun. It sets up easily and connects to pretty much any basic dining room table.
Buy here: Portable Ping Pong
They’re great for late night reading, camping trips, and outdoor exploring. The Dudes all have them and love them.
Buy here: Energizer Headlamps
Zing Air Storm Bow & Arrow
Dude 3 has had this for ages and still plays with it. It’s super affordable and tons of fun.
Buy here: Air Storm Bow & Arrow
For Connected Kids: Phone Accessories, Gaming, and more
Offers a secure grip so you can text with one hand, snap better photos, and stop phone drops. Also functions as a convenient stand so you can watch videos or take pictures on the fly. Allows for hands-free use. They come in tons of fun designs too.
Buy here: Popsockets
You know how your iPhone cord is always getting broken and frayed at the base? Cord buddies protect your cord from its own worst enemy… YOU! Stop the wear and tear that comes with use with these cute cord protectors.
Buy here: Cable Bites
Because Fortnite isn’t going away anytime soon and the sooner you accept that, the better your holiday shopping experience will be. And by better, I mean easier, because BUY ALL OF THE FORTNITE THINGS (see below for ideas). This headset is a great value (according to Amazon editors and the over 2,000 reviews) for gamers who like to get social with their friends online.
Buy here: Gaming headset
BNext VR Headset
Or, maybe a simple gaming headset using something so basic as sound waves is so 2017 to your kid. A VR headset may be the perfect gift to help him level up his tech life. This one that is compatible with a smartphone is affordable and allows them to have some pretty neat gaming and 3D movie watching experiences.
Buy here: BNext VR headset for Phones
GoPro HERO Session Waterproof Digital Action Camera
Perfect one-touch intro action camera for the young flick maker who is just starting out. It’s super easy, durable, and fun to use. Plus, the GoPro app makes video editing on your smartphone super easy.
Buy here: GoPro HERO Session
Logitech G-602 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Mouse
For all of those gamers in the house who prefer a mouse and a keyboard to a controller, this wireless gaming mouse is lag free with a long battery life to give you gamer plenty of time to play.
Buy here: Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse
For Fortnite Fan Boys
So they can wear it while gaming their holiday break away.
Buy here: Fortnight T-shirt
This way they can even have something for those rare days when they have to pull themselves away from Fornite to venture out into the cold.
But here: Fornite Sweatshirt
For when school is all turn off that game and rehumanize yourself.
Buy here: Fortnite Backpack
For Music Lovers
JAM True Wireless Headphones
They’re a great alternative to the pricier Air Pods and their carrying case holds a charge so you can pump them back up on the go.
Buy here: Jam Wireless Headphones (they’re on super sale today!)
A for real waterproof speaker with great sound, long battery life, and the ability to float. Will up the awesome of bath time in the winter and pool time come summer.
Buy here: Wonderboom Speaker
Hi-Fi Man Earbuds
If your dude doesn’t dig the wireless thing, these are a great upgrade for when the one earbud of their free-with-phone set starts crackling out. Made the Best Earbuds of 2018 list by CNET.
Buy here: Hi-Fi Man Earbuds
Beats On-Ear Headphones
Because they’re cool and every kid isn’t down with the earbuds (Dude 3 hates them). This entry-level pair isn’t too insanely priced and you get some good sound quality in them. They made the Best On Ear Headphones of 2018 list from CNET.
Buy here: Beats on ear headphones
For Big Thinkers Potter Heads
Harry Potter FunKo Pop! Figures
They have so many of the characters and they are all adorable.
Buy here: Harry Potter People
Harry Potter Illusrrated Editions, Books 1-3
If you love Harry Potter you’re gonna love these beautifully illustrated versions of the stories.
Buy here: Harry Potter Illustrated Editions
3D Hogwarts Puzzle
I’ve never loved puzzles, but Dude 3 does. This is a cool new puzzle option for the 21st century kid and it’s 3-D!
Buy here: 3D Harry Potter puzzle
For Dudes Who Want a Cool Space
Indoor Basketball Hoop
For those days when the weather outside is frightful and they still want to be able to work on their game. Or just fool around with a friend.
Buy here: Indoor Basketball Hoop
Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with the hottie, but it will be a hit for your kids. Super comfy and oversized for ultimate relaxation mode.
Buy here: Fatboy beanbag
3D Dinosaur Night Light
This is an awesome night light the dinosaur lover in your house will really dig.
Buy here: 3D Dino Light
You can view our entire 2018 Gift Ideas for Boys list here: 2018 Holiday Gifts for Boys