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When teenage boys were little, they were easier to figure out in many ways. They loved lining up cars in neat rows, wrestling and giggling with you (more! more!), and teasing sister (on repeat). You step into murkier waters once your little dude turns into a teenager. Then, what he likes is less clear — in part because teenagers don't share very much with grownups. So where does that leave you with a gift? Here's your get-unstuck guide to shopping for him.

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How to Choose Cool Gifts for Teenage Guys

Teenage boys are coming of age, which means they're developing new interests and abandoning some of the old. They're not kids anymore, but they're not quite adults either. They're in maturity limbo! Here are some great ways to think about buying gifts for the teenage dudes in your life.


Appeal to his musical side

So many teenage boys want to be rock stars it's become a cliché. But there's nothing silly about encouraging musical skills. A musical instrument, state-of-the-art headphones, or even a concert T-shirt are bound to be a mega-hit.


Get sporty

Whether he's into hockey, baseball, football, basketball, or even tennis, there's an accessory or a portable game set that's perfect for your teenage boy. At a loss? Get him something to wear with his team's favorite logo.


Accessorize him

The stylish teen cares about his look, from outfit to accessories. A cool wallet, a youthful belt, or a sharp tie or cuff-links for formal events make cool gifts for teenage boys. Or appeal to another sense - his sense of smell, with a bottle of cologne.


Be a techie

Lots of teenage boys are into cool gadgets, but most already have smartphone, tablets, and iPods. Get original with a GoPro, a WiFi camera, or a quality speaker. On a lower budget. A charging station or an iPad case are always come in handy.


Incentivize studying

A funky desk lamp, a wacky paper weight, or an incredible pen make school work (a little) more fun.


Keep him organized

Teenage boys aren't known for their organizational abilities. A cool key chain, a desk organization system, or something to keep his wardrobe under wraps is a start.


Be funny?or gross

A mug, welcome mat, or T-shirt emblazoned with a silly saying or something that appeals to his inner child is a cool gift for any teenage boy.


Go for the comfort factor

A comfy chair for gaming, a cozy sweatshirt, a cushiony blanket - all of these things are great gifts for the casual teen who loves to chill out.