Whether your own boy has a big birthday coming up, he’s graduating school, or he’s just done something that warrants giving him a gift for, it’s probable that at some point during the year you’re going to have some gifts to buy for a boy. Of course, that means it’s time to start thinking about shopping. So, as always, we’re here to help point you in the right direction when it comes to picking great gifts.
This mega list of the top 100 best cool gifts for boys contains something for every type of boy for birthdays, Christmas, or whatever other gift-giving occasion you’re looking for. Whether they’re into gaming, sports, computers, toys, RC cars, Marvel or any other bit of pop culture (maybe the new Batman v Superman toys will interest you), this list is filled with toys and tech that will satisfy.
So if you’re looking for gift ideas, here are the top 100 best cool gifts for boys in 2016:
See also: Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Boys
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1. Sky Rocket Fuze Cyclone Bike Water Blaster
Sure, you could also pick him up any of the cool super soakers that are currently available, but how about something with a unique spin? Check out the Sky Rocket Fuze Cyclone Bike Water Blaster, one of our picks for the best water guns out right now. It awesomely attaches to the front of a bike and sits on the handlebars, so he can easily aim and shoot without having to get off of his bike.
2. Arris FPV250 Racing Drone
Have you heard the recent story about the 15 year old British boy who won $250,000 by winning a drone race? It’s just one of the recent events that has doused the flames of drone racing with fuel. Now, it’s more popular than ever, and more and more kids are looking to get into the rising sport. The Arris FPV250 is one of the best racing drones to buy right now, as it comes pre-assembled and nearly ready to fly. It’s a good starter racing drone for those who want to learn quickly.
3. Nyrius Aries Home+ Wireless HDMI Transmitter
The Nyrius Aries Home+ would be one great gift that they probably don’t have any idea about. What the Aries Home does is allow gamers to wirelessly stream any HDMI-capable device — like your Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, BluRay, etc — to a second TV or PC monitor, so that if someone else is occupying the main living room TV, they’re still able to use their consoles or media players on another TV without having to go through the painful process of unplugging them from one TV and bringing them to another. The Nyrius Aries streams your content, flawlessly, laglessly and in full 1080p HD to another TV. I have my Xbox One and PS4 both plugged into it in case one of my kids is occupying the TV so that I can always game when I want to. Don’t let the higher price tag fool you — it’s much cheaper than buying a second gaming console. And, this will especially come in handy if they’re moving back home after college (they won’t hog the living room TV) or if they’re moving to a dorm with a shared living room.
4. Anki Cozmo
The Anki Cozmo is one of our top picks for the best gifts for 8 year old boys, and for a few good reasons. First, it’s one of the top new STEM toys available right now, it’s incredibly cute, and even you’ll have some fun with it. Basically, Cozmo is a robot that has its own personality that evolves with your children as they hang out with it, expressing “real” emotions in response to their actions. It’s controlled and updated through an app on your smartphone, with new games and upgrades being unlocked the more that they play with it. It isn’t a robot that’s just controlled like a drone or RC car, but instead, it explores and discovers, learning more as it’s played with. The Cozmo is going to be on many of the best toys for boys lists this year.
5. Elgato Game Capture HD60 for PS4, Xbox One or Wii U
One way to waste the day away is to stream on Twitch (which can also actually earn them a decent income if taken seriously). To stream their Xbox One, PS4 or Wii U gameplay on Twitch, they’ll need a gaming capture card, and the best available is the Elgato Game Capture HD60 which captures their gameplay in full 1080p and 60 fps (the highest quality possible). Streaming gameplay on Twitch is not only fun, but some people actually make a living off of doing it, and they’ll also be able to create videos for YouTube as well.
6. Xbox One S
If the boys you’re shopping for have yet to upgrade to the next generation of gaming consoles, consider buying them an Xbox One S this holiday season — they’ll love it. The Xbox One S has tons of games, apps, and social features (like Skype & voice chat). It is the more social of the two consoles, and it has a ton of great games. The Xbox One S brings along 4K resolution and HDR technology to make games look the best they have ever looked. And, it’s 40% smaller than its predecessor. With some of the console’s biggest exclusives coming in the next few months, including ReCore and Gears of War 4, now is the best time to jump aboard the Xbox ship. For more information, you can check out my Xbox One S review, and if you’re looking for the hottest Xbox One games to buy along with it, we’ve got you covered there, too.
7. CybertronPC Patriot-HBX Gaming Desktop PC
If you’re looking to pick up one of the best cheap gaming PCs for him this holiday season, the CybertronPC Patriot-HBX Gaming Desktop is one of the best gifts for boys who love games in 2016. It comes with an AMD A4-6300 3.7GHz processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB SSHD hybrid drive, and a Radeon HD 8370D graphics card. It’ll run less graphics intensive games like Overwatch and World of Warcraft with ease. What’s more, it’s upgradeable, so if you want to upgrade the processor and graphics card, you can do so easily.
8. Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One
If they already own an Xbox One and are really into fighting games like Killer Instinct or this year’s Mortal Kombat X, consider getting him a Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One as a graduation gift. It has all premium-quality components with OBSF-30 action buttons and a durable metal base with non-slip foam padding. It has the layout that you’d typically see for arcade fighting games. It’s tournament ready, and it’ll help prevent accidental interruption (which happens frequently on a standard Xbox One controller due to the placement of the Xbox home button). There is also a PS4 version available.
9. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Tech Manual
It’s hard to fuel an interest in reading these days, but what about reading about their favorite hero? This Batman v Superman Tech Manual takes an in-depth look at the many toys Batman has at his disposal, including his arsenal of weapons, vehicles, Batsuits and the Batcave. It’s on our list of the best Batman v Superman toys for sale right now, just before the movie’s release.
10. New Nintendo 3DS XL
The newly announced Nintendo 3DS XL adds a C Stick for enhanced controls and is faster than the one that was on the market previously, and most importantly, it has a bigger screen. It’s also NFC enabled for their amiibo. If your boy loves Nintendo — and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? — he’ll love the brand new version of the Nintendo 3DS XL. Also, Nintendo recently announced a brand new colorway for the 3DS XL named Galaxy, which adds a star-filled sky to the back of their TV.
11. ASTRO Gaming A50 Xbox One Headset
Nothing beats a great gaming headset, and the best wireless gaming headset available is the ASTRO Gaming A50 Xbox One headset. It has a great design, blending great looks and great features. It has full Dolby 7.1 surround sound and is wireless, so they don’t have to worry about annoying wires getting in their way. They’re tuned by pro gamers and top audio designers to deliver the highest level of clarity at every frequency. It also uses a higher frequency than most wireless headsets, as it uses 5.8GHz wireless technology (meaning clearer sound and further range). The ASTRO Gaming A50s are a great addition to any gamer’s Xbox One.
12. Amazon Prime Gift Subscription
There’s a lot to love about Amazon Prime, such as unlimited free two-day shipping on Amazon.com, discounts on great products, unlimited ad-free access to over a million songs, instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Instant Video, free books to read each month through Kindle First and Lending Library, and free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive. All that for $99/year? It’s a Christmas or birthday gift that keeps on giving.
13. GoPro HERO4
GoPro cameras are bigger than ever, as people like to show-off the fact that they’re not sitting on the couch eating corn chips (although, I’m sure a GoPro video of that exists, too). Your graduate probably isn’t a sit-on-the-couch type, given that they were at least able to have enough motivation to graduate college. The Go Pro HERO4 is the best-selling and highest-rated action camera available, as it captures 1080p video at 60fps. It won’t necessarily help their career in any way, but they’ll appreciate getting one as a graduation gift since they’ve wanted one for the past year. Now, the GoPro Hero4 has dropped $50 to $349 for the holiday season, so it’s a great time to pick one up.
14. PS4 Pro
Just yesterday, Sony unveiled the PS4 Pro, the long-rumored next iteration of the PS4 that was previously codenamed PS4 Neo. The new PS4 Pro will add 4K, HDR and TWICE the gpu power of the original PS4. Despite its mixed messaging caused by it releasing alongside the PS4 slim (or, rather, the new PS4 standard model), the PS4 Pro is one of the most formidable gaming consoles on the market. Sony showcased some of the most anticipated games running in 4K, including Insomniac’s Spider-Man game and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. What’s more, it comes with 1TB of hard drive space, so there’s plenty of room to install new games. The PS4 Pro is going to be one of the best gifts for boys in 2016, and it’s more than likely going to be sold out come Christmas time.
15. Google Nexus 9 Tablet
There’s a lot to love about the Google Nexus 9 8.9-inch tablet. It’s the best Android tablet on the market right now. It has an 8.9-inch IPS LCD screen, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3 GHz Processor, 8MP Rear camera and 1.6MP selfie front camera, and 2GB DDR3 RAM. Of course, it runs the latest Android OS, Lollipop. Not only is it the most powerful and fastest Android tablet available, it also weighs less than one pound. It also looks the part, with bold colors and a sleek design. If your boy hasn’t upgraded to a new tablet in awhile, the Google Nexus 9 tablet is definitely one of the best gifts for teens, especially.
Price: $268.97 (27 percent off MSRP)
16. Logitech G920 Force Xbox One Racing Wheel
I’ve already raved about the Logitech G920 Force Xbox One Racing Wheel in my review, but it’s easily the best Xbox One steering wheel available now. Logitech is well-known for their high quality gaming peripherals, and this wheel is no exception. It looks great, has great controls, and it’s easy to set up. If your son owns Forza 6 or Project CARS, he’ll definitely want to play them both with a steering wheel. (Check out more of the best Xbox One steering wheels here).
17. Space Bar Keyboard Organizer & USB Hub
Sitting on my desk right now, I have a Witti Notti, a mouse, keyboard, my smartphone, and a couple of remotes. So, if you can imagine, my desk might seem a little cluttered. But since I use the Quirky Space Bar Keyboard Organizer & USB hub, it all fits nicely and looks organized on my desk. This sleek monitor stand allows you to slide your keyboard underneath it, and set your devices on top of it. It’s a great way to keep your workstation looking clean.
18. Divoom Voombox Wireless Speaker
Don’t be fooled by a lot of the other Bluetooth speakers out there. Sure, many of them come in at about $30 less than the Divoom Voombox, but they also sound like they should at $30. The Divoom Voombox is the most impressive Bluetooth speaker for the money. It sends out 15W of rich, resonant sound with impressively deep bass. It has a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 12 hours of playtime, so you don’t have to worry about charging it as frequently as some of the other speakers on the market. It has a rugged design, and is splash resistant. Although it’s built for the outdoors — and you’ll definitely use it outdoors — its loudness makes it perfect for dorm parties.
Price: $59.90 (20 percent off MSRP)
19. Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 Wireless Earbuds
A lightweight pair of earbuds that sound great and are long lasting is an important item for boys to have. The Plantronic BackBeat Go 2 Wireless Earbuds last for up to 4.5 hours of listening and 5 hours of talk time, and their holder doubles as an on-the-go battery charger. They stay in your ears nicely, and sound great. They’re also quite durable, and I’ve had the same pair for nearly two years without any damage.
20. Hyperkin Supaboy Portable Pocket SNES
Retro gaming is all the rage nowadays, and the greatest video game console of all-time is the SNES. The Hyperkin Supaboy allows you to bring your SNES games with you on the go, and even has a headphone jack so you don’t disturb those around you. It makes the perfect retro-inspired gift for gamers, allowing them to play their classic Super Nintendo games like Super Mario World, Battletoads, and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo.
Price: $65.99 (18 percent off MSRP)
21. Logitech Prodigy G213 Keyboard
Logitech’s gaming division has seriously stepped their game up by releasing a new wave of awesome gaming PC peripherals. One of their newest additions is the Prodigy G213 gaming keyboard. It not only looks great, with up to 16.8 million colors to choose from and five individual lighting zones, but it’s also spill-resistant and durable. it has adjustable feet and dedicated media controls to make their music listening easy. It’s also 4x faster than standard keyboards as it’s tunned to enhance the tactile experience with ultra-quick and responsive key presses.
22. Fire TV Stick
The Amazon Fire TV stick is the easiest (and I believe, cheapest) way for them to get all of their streaming needs to their TV. At just $35, it has all of the apps he’ll need, including Netflix, SlingTV, Amazon Video, Twitch, and Spotify. It has its own dual-core processor and dedicated GPU, as well as 8GB of storage, which is 4X more than the Chromecast. It’s easy to setup, and it works with any HDMI capable TV or PC monitor. In fact, they’ll be ready to bingewatch their favorite shows in no-time.
23. Chromecast Audio
Google just recently announced the Chromecast Audio device, which basically works like the Chromecast does for video content, but for your music and stereo system. So, using your smartphone, tablet or PC, you’re able to stream your music to the device, which is plugged into your stereo’s aux in. It works like a dream, eliminating the hassle of pairing that Bluetooth requires.
24. Black & White by Jae Lee Statue
This black and white Batman statue is based on the designs of Jae Lee, and is sculpted by Jonathan Matthews. It’s a collectible that’ll instantly take your boy’s collection to the next level. There are only 5,200 of these made, so it’s a limited edition. It’s approximately 7.8″ high, and is modeled after the DC Comics series Batman/Superman.
Price: $62.99 (21 percent off MSRP)
25. Traxxas 6608 LaTrax Alias Quad-Rotor RTF Heli
Traxxas is mostly known for their incredibly fast Traxxas XO-1 RC supercar, which is one of the fastest RC cars available. But Traxxas also makes toy drones, including the Traxxas 6608 LATrax Alias Quad-Rotor RTF Heli. This little guy has four rotors and an auto-leveling 6-axis flight system that make it incredibly easy to fly. Its clean-sheet design focuses on durability, speed, and responsiveness, making it one of the best drones for sale. New pilots are able to fly faster and perform aerobatic maneuvers sooner than ever possible with Alias’ unique flight control system. It has a 10 minute flight time, and has a fast USB charger. The transmitter also comes with four AAA batteries. The LaTrax Alias comes ready to fly, so buyers can take it for a spin right when it is shipped to your home. The Traxxas LaTrax also has bright and colorful LEDs for night flying.
Price: $99.95 (33 percent off MSRP)
26. Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Drift Car
The Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Drift Car is a standout in the price range among RC cars. It sports a 2.4GHz radio (which requires 8 AA batteries), aluminum capped oil filled shocks with a stellar polycarbonate body with 3 color options. The black and orange Lamborghini style has an undeniable aesthetic appeal. It’s fast and durable as well. And, as expected, it drifts wonderfully, allowing you to turn corners without hiccups. The battery leaves much to be desired, but if you or your child is seriously starting to get into RC cars as a hobby, Redcat Racing’s Lightning EPX Drift Car is a great choice.
Price: $135.34 (29 percent off MSRP)
27. Hot Wheels 1/18 Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine Replica
While it will appeal most to specific tastes, this Hot Wheels Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine Replica is incredibly awesome on so many different levels. It looks just like the famed DeLorean from the series, and the hood and doors flip up. If he likes the Back to the Future trilogy, the DeLoren Replica makes a great gift for boys.
28. Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII 25-Key USB Keyboard & Pad Controller
At first glance, the Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII might be intimidating. But, if you want to get his creative juices flowing, this is the best selling computer recording midi controller system on the market today, and Akai’s quality is second to none. Basically, the MPK is a tool that helps create electronic music with a computer. Not only is it one of the best music-making tools available, it’s also a ton of fun to use. And if he doesn’t have any idea what he’s doing at first — and trust me, he won’t — there are a ton of YouTube videos with how-tos and best practices.
29. The Astronaut Instruction Manual Book by Mike Mongo
The Astronaut Instruction Manual isn’t your everyday normal book for kids. Instead, it’s a functioning instructional guide for the first steps into becoming an astronaut. It’s super cool, and it’s driven by enthusiasm for space exploration. It’s clear that the author, Mike Mongo, has a genuine passion for space exploration, and this bright-eyed take on becoming an astronaut is a great way to get them interested and possibly excited for life in space.
30. Nintendo amiibo
Whether you love them or hate them, Nintendo’s marketing plan for Amiibo is rather genius. Basically, make kids want these “functional” action figures for their Wii U or new 3DS because they look cool. Well, kudos to Nintendo, because everyone is craving more Amiibo. Amiibo are going to be THE hot toys of 2016 this Christmas.
Price: Starting at $7.99
31. Funko Pop Figures
Funko Pop figures are everywhere. They’re taking over cubicles, desks, backpacks, bedrooms and dorm rooms. Funko has created a multi-million dollar toy company by just taking the best movie, TV and video game franchises and creating cute-ified action figure toys for them. The result? Hundreds and hundreds of uniquely designed action figures we can’t get enough of. Whatever pop culture your boy is into, there’s a 99.99% chance that there is a Funko Pop version of it available.
Price: Starting at $6.69
32. Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster
While there is also a super cool Nerf zombie strike water blaster, the FlipFury blaster can be used indoors and year-round. Toy Nerf guns are always a hot seller come Christmas time, but the design of the FlipFury is incredibly cool. We also spoke about its bigger brother in our post of the best toy guns of 2015. I’ll also note that Nerf guns make great beach toys because they’re typically cheap, easy to pack up and take with you, and kids absolutely love them.
33. HobbyZone Delta Ray RC Plane
Another great starter RC plane is HobbyZone’s Delta Ray with SAFE technology. Like the Sports Cub S, the Delta Ray will help you train and hone your flight skills. But where the Delta Ray stands out is in its physical design — it looks like a cool, unique plane. In fact, it’s what we were imagining as kids when we’d fold-up our paper into planes. It gets up to 10 minutes on one battery. It also has the panic button that self-corrects any flight errors. In fact, it has one of the quickest recovery switches we’ve seen (as they’ll demonstrate in the video above). Also worth noting about the Delta Ray is that it has a place for you to hold it with your hands on its bottom so that it’s comfortable and ready for a hand-launch. It’s also very lightweight, thanks to its heavy-duty foam construction. It is controlled by a DX4 controller that will feel like home to any gamer.
Price: $179.99 (22 percent off MSRP)
34. Star Wars Millennium Falcon Model Kit
Every Star Wars fan needs a millennium falcon replica in their room. It’s not an opinion — it’s a fact of life. This Star Wars Millennium Falcon Model Kit is easy to assemble and doesn’t require any glue. It also comes pre-painted, so you don’t have to do that yourself, either. It includes an opening cockpit with two figures and a boarding ramp.
Price: $35.50 (41 percent off MSRP)
35. Atomik RC Barbwire Self Righting RC Boat
RC boats make great gifts for boys, although some of them shouldn’t be considered a toy. But the Atomik RC Barbwire Self Righting RC boat (which is the best-selling RC boat) is the perfect price for a birthday or Christmas gift, coming in at $150. It’s fast — super fast — and fun to drive, and self-corrects itself so that you can literally throw it in the water and you’re ready to ride. RC boats are a great new hobby to get into.
36. Loot Crate Subscription
Loot Crate also saw a significant rise in popularity this year. Basically, if the boy loves pop culture and video games, he’ll like the Loot Crate subscription box, which ships a box with toys, books, comic books and shirts worth over $40 every month. Each month is a new theme (for example, the theme above was “Play”).
Price: Starting at $11.95-$13.95/month
37. BB-8 Sphero
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will bring a new droid into the Star Wars universe. It’s named BB-8, and there’s a replica Sphero droid available that is, simply put, awesome in every way. It’s controlled with a smartphone, and BB-8 recognizes and reacts to your voice, also. We love this little thing, and it’s why we also included it on our list of the best robot toys for kids.
38. Meccano Meccanoid G15 KS
The Meccano Meccanoid G15 KS is a completely revolutionary toy that allows kids to build, program and play with an intelligent robot. It’s powered by an 1800 mAh battery and has 10 motors to make it move. It can capture motion and repeat it, as well as be configured in many different ways for different functions. It teaches kids basic programming while providing them with endless hours of fun. If your boy loves building things, the Meccano Meccanoid is a fantastic choice, which is why we also included it on our list of the best robot toys for kids.
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39. iTunes Gift Card
Media isn’t cheap. Whether they want movies, TV shows, music, games or apps, they can get it on iTunes. Buying an iTunes gift card will allow him to pick his own music, movies or whatever else he wants.
40. Fascinations Levitron Revolution Platform w/ EZ Float Technology
If your son has a lot of cool action figures, there’s a cool new way to display them: Fascinations Levitron Revolution Platform. Basically, it uses magnets to float action figures in the air and shines a light on them. His room will look even cooler!
Price: $62.22 (38 percent off MSRP)
41. Hey Vegetarians, My Food Poops on Your Food
It can be annoying to hear vegetarians talk about how great their life style is and how much better they feel living off of vegetables and fruits. And, while they’re right, nothing is better than reminding them that the food you eat takes a big ‘ole dump on the food that they eat. So, you know, neener, neener, vegetarians. But funny shirts always make great gifts for boys.
Price: $12.99-$29.99 (Size Dependent)
42. Fender Stratocaster Guitar
Whether it’s his first guitar or an upgrade, Fender is the most trusted guitar brand in the music industry. The Standard Stratocasters sound great, and have a maple fretboard. It has a fast neck and string-bending is easy. It offers a great range of classic and contemporary tones.
43. Star Wars Yoda Mug
Want to know what you look like every Monday morning? Look no further than the Vandor Star Wars Yoda mug, which has a big photo of Yoda plastered on the front of it. The mug also reads “May the Force Be With You” on one side, and the bright green color of the mug is sure to wake you up. It’s dishwasher and microwave safe, and holds 18-ounces of coffee. Vandor also has a Storm Trooper mug and a R2-D2 mug available, but Yoda is likely your son’s favorite (because, you know, he’s everyone’s favorite Star Wars character).
44. The Art of the Last of Us
The Last of Us won award after award after award after its release, and then it was re-released on the PS4 last year, and won even more awards. The majority of its acclaim comes from its incredibly creative post-apocalyptic world that has spectacular design. The cities re-taken by nature create fantastic artwork, and The Art of the Last of Us delves into the character model design as well as some great concept art from the production of the game. The Art of the Last of Us makes a great conversational coffee table book.
45. Back to the Future Trilogy 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray
2015 was the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future Trilogy, one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time. If he loves Marty McFly and Doc Brown, he’ll want to check out the 30th anniversary Blu-ray, which contains hours of bonus features from Steven Spielberg, and “the two Bobs,” Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.
46. Cougar 700K Mechanical Keyboard
A mechanical keyboard makes PC gaming much more responsive than it would be with a standard keyboard. The Cougar 700K Mechanical Keyboard is, in my humble opinion, the best gaming keyboard on the market. It not only looks great, with illuminated keys and a brushed metal back drop, but it’s also highly customizable and responsive. And even if they don’t play games on their PC, the Cougar 700K keyboard makes typing a breeze.
Bose is well-known for high-quality sound output in their speakers and their headphones. Their Soundlink On-ear bluetooth headphones provide crisp and powerful sound and sports a whopping 15 hours of playtime on one single charge. They’re very light, weighing in at just .3 lbs, and the white design looks especially great. The earcups rotate for an adjustable fit, and the headband is soft and rests gently on your head. The earcups are soft, and fold up so that you can store them in its compact carrying case. A quick 15-minute charge gives an extra 2 hours of playback, which is the quickest charge out of any wireless headset in its class. The SoundLink Bluetooth headphones also adjust their volume as the noise around you changes. These are the best wireless headphones for the price available for the non-athlete.
48. Nike NFL Jersey
The NFL is the most-watched sport in America, and it’s likely that your boy is a fan of American football. Even if their favorite team is having a bad season so far (like, for example, the Carolina Panthers), an official NFL jersey from Nike will cheer them up.
49. “Blood Spatter” Xbox One Custom Controller
The “Blood Splatter” controller looks like something out of Dexter, and will let his friends know that he takes his gaming seriously. This is one of the best Xbox One controllers on the market.
Price: $99.95 (23 percent off MSRP)
50. Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
External hard drives are always great to have around, but now more so than ever, because of our new generation of gaming consoles. With the average Xbox One and PS4 game requiring 30-50GB of data, it’s no surprise that reaching the original PS4 and Xbox One’s 500GB capacity doesn’t take long. There was a recent update to the Xbox One that made it so that users are now able to use external USB 3.0 hard drives, as long as the drive has over 256GB of memory. A truly great, cheap and portable hard drive to use is the Seagate 2TB 2.5-inch USB 3.0 Portable External Drive. 2TB for less than $100 is a great price, and would make a great addition. Did I also mention you’re able to play movies from your hard drive as well? So if you’re son has an Xbox One and doesn’t have an external drive yet, it’s probably time for a storage upgrade.
Price: $94.99 (41 percent off MSRP)
51. Lenovo G50 Laptop (AMD Quad-Core A8 Version)
If you’re looking for a middle of the line laptop under $500 for your child, your best bet is the impressively-designed Lenovo G50, which comes in at just $321.99. It has an AMD Quad-Core A8 processor with 6GB memory, 500GB HD, a DVD drive, and all of the standard laptop features you could want, such as Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and an HDMI port. It even has a USB 3.0 port. The Lenovo G50 also has a webcam, but it’s just 0.3MP. But, most impressively, it also contains an AMD Radeon R5 graphics chip that will allow you to play the less-graphically-intensive PC games like World of Warcraft, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and Minecraft. It makes a great gift for boys and girls alike, as it’ll double as a gaming rig and a workstation.
52. How to Survive Anything Book by Lonely Planet
Obviously, How to Survive Anything is a book that isn’t intended to be taken seriously. It’s filled with wit, and it’ll teach your son how to survive anything form an earthquake to a zombie apocalypse. It’s funny and well drawn, and it’s a great, funny stocking stuffer that’s good for a quick read and a laugh.
53. SodaStream Fountain Jet
When you buy brands like Coke, Pepsi, or Surge, you’re buying chemical garbage. With the SodaStream Fountain Jet, you have better control over what’s contained in your soda, so it’s easier to make soda that isn’t as toxic. It’s one of the best boy gifts because they’ll love creating their very own soda flavors.
54. Sky Viper Nano Drone
The Sky Viper Nano Drone is a great toy for boys who like a few moments of distraction. It’s perfect to keep them occupied for a little while. It measures just 2.75″ blade to blade, so it’s incredibly tiny and fits in even the littlest of hands. It has an unprecedented level of control, and it’s super fun to fly. The Nano drone can do tricks and flips with the push of a single button, which is one of the main reasons we put it on our list of the best drones under $100.
55. Griffin PowerMate USB Multimedia Controller
Mostly, the Griffin PowerMate USB multimedia controller serves one function: looking cool. But it’s a cool gadget that kids love, because it allows them to change their music, turn the volume up or down, and a number of other functions from across the room. Note: don’t buy the Bluetooth one, as it doesn’t work very well.
56. Samsung Gear VR
If he has a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, you can pick up a Samsung Gear VR headset for just $99 that will allow him to get great 3D content on his phone. It has some great apps like Oculus Cinema, Cinema 360 videos and Oculus Games that will provide him with endless amounts of amusement.
57. Meccano Meccasaur
Meccano’s latest product, the Meccasaur, takes their popular robot toy from last year and gives it a prehistoric spin, basically turning it into a dinosaur. It’s one of the best building toys available this year, and I personally can’t wait for my son to unwrap his on Christmas morning so that we can begin putting it together. It responds to yes or no questions and stomps around, and it also reacts to being petted. Its cool look is noteworthy, and thanks to its bright green, grey and dark grey colorway, they’ll be proud to have it displayed in their room.
Price: $69.59 (30 percent off MSRP)
58. Intocircuit Power Monster
The Intocircuit Power Monster is especially useful on long car trips to help power his car toys (like his tablet or smartphone). So, it makes a great gift for boys and girls if he/she is power hungry for their gadgets on the go. It has enough juice — 32000mAh — to fully charge most laptops, or charge most smartphones over 15 times on a single charge.
59. popSLATE Second Screen for iPhone 6/6S
If they have an iPhone 6 or 6s, check out the incredibly cool popSLATE Second Screen. It’s a smart case for the phone that has a full-sized e-ink screen on the back that can showcase images and information on it. He can get updates for his favorite teams, display a cool image, or get social media notifications without even having to swipe his phone on. It’s a unique gift that he’s sure to love.
60. Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard
Remember all of those shoddy hoverboards that released late last year but were then recalled just before the holidays? Well, the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboards are nothing like that. With Razor, you can be sure that you’re getting a quality-built toy, and these hoverboards are even more popular than they were last year at this time. Because of the brand name you’re getting with this hoverboard, we included it in our list of the hottest new toys for Christmas 2016.
Price: $349.99 (24 percent off MSRP)
61. Final Fantasy XV
One of the hottest PS4 games for Christmas 2016 is easily Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix’s newest entry in the Final Fantasy franchise. Not only does it bring an all-new epic story to the franchise, but also it sets Final Fantasy in an open world for the first time ever. There’s also a flying car, and he’ll be able to play co-op with his fellow PS4-owning friends. We’re not calling FFXV game of the year just yet, but we have a feeling it just might be.
62. SCOSCHE reVOLT dual
If your son has just entered the driving age, or he frequently rides in the car with you, the SCOSCHE reVOLT Dual is a cool product that shoots out 12 watts per charging port. Keeping his devices juiced is important — probably moreso than you realize. He uses his devices to connect with his friends, play games, get information from the internet, and more. The SCOSCHE reVOLT has the fastest charge rate on the market, making it a great stocking stuffer.
63. Satechi LED IQ Strip
For another cool gadget gift they’ll have some fun with, check out the Satechi LED IQ Strip. It’s a light strip of color-changing LED lights that they can control via a smartphone app, allowing them to illuminate the LEDs with a color palette of over 16 million colors. It also has a Disco Mode where the lights dance to the music and sound it hears. It uses an adhesive strip, so it’s easily installed.
Price: $39.99 (11 percent off MSRP)
64. Hercules DJ Control Glow
You can’t go wrong with a DJ Controller, as pretty much all kids love to make music. The 2-deck Hercules DJ Control Glow allows users to mix two tracks with 2 jog wheels, 1 cross fader, 2 volume faders and more buttons and switches than I, personally, know what to do with. It’s USB-powered, so there’s no need to worry about needing another plug. And, of course, it wouldn’t be called Glow if it didn’t illuminate and look cool.
65. Fluance: Fi50
The Fluance Fi50 Bluetooth Premium Wood Speaker System provides high fidelity sound that results in clean, undistorted bass, a clear midrange, and natural sounding highs at any volume level. It hooks up to smartphones via Bluetooth, allowing him to use his favorite music app to play his music. It also has a classic, clean look to it. If sound is important to him, the Fluance Fi50 is the best choice in the price range.
If they love great board games, and they love all-things zombie-related (and, what boy DOESN’T), check out Zombicide, a fun new board game for ages 13 and up. Playtime can range form 20 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the board used, and you can play with up to six players. It’s a fun strategy game that, obviously, revolves around zombies and survival. Each player controls one survivor in a zombie-infested town, in which players frequently turn from preys to predators. Your goal is to find weapons scattered about, kill zombies, and as players level up, more zombies enter the game. How long will they be able to last?
Price: $59.28 (34 percent off MSRP)
67. Zootopia Funko Pops
Disney’s Zootopia absolutely enchanted audiences this past weekend, even beating out Frozen‘s debut weekend. It’s going to the biggest animated movie of the year, and thankfully, there are tons of great Zootopia toys for your kids to play with. Of course, our go to default for movie merch is a cutesy Funko Pop, and there are plenty of Zootopia Funkos available.
68. Inflatable Donut Float
With the warm weather just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about some awesome beach toys, and this cool inflatable donut float will surely make him laugh. It’s a great gift for boys who love the beach, the lake, and the like.
Price: $20.72 (59 percent off MSRP)
69. Alienware Alpha ASM-1000-1580 Steam Machine
Steam Machines are going to make great gifts for gamers this holiday season. If you’re unsure of what they are exactly, they’re basically gaming computers in the shape/form of a home console. So, you’re able to play your PC games from the comfort of your couch and on your living room TV, as opposed to being forced to play hunched over a computer desk. The Alienware Alpha ASM-100-1580 is a lower-end steam machine, but it still provides high quality gaming capabilities. It comes with an Intel i3, 4GB DDR3 Ram, 500GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive, and Windows 10. You could also buy them a gaming laptop, so check out our Top 5 Best Gaming Laptops Under $1000 2015 list.
Price: $424.53 (23 percent off MSRP)
70. Magnetic Car Loader by Melissa & Doug
While the majority of this list is aimed at the slightly older crowd, I realize that some of our readers might be looking for great gifts for their toddler boys. And, for the younger crowd, we always begin looking at Melissa & Doug toys because they’re typically of the highest quality. One great toy that my own son loved when he was younger is the Melissa & Doug Magnetic Car Loader, which featured a big red loading truck that magnetically loaded smaller cars onto its bed.
71. GAEMS M155 LED Portable Gaming Monitor
Taking his TV on the go with him to a friend’s house isn’t an option, but with the GAEMS M155 HD LED Portable Gaming Monitor for PS4, he won’t have to. This portable HDTV outputs up to 720p resolution, and it’s perfect for gaming on the go. It’s powered with just a USB cord (via computer or wall adapter), and it’s easily the best thing since sliced bread.
72. Xbox One Elite Controller
We all scoffed with the Xbox One Elite controller was originally introduced, but upon further review, and getting our hands on it ourselves, we’re more than sold. In fact, I’d probably call it the best video game controller of all-time. Not only does it have a hefty weight to it, but it also has swappable thumdbsticks and D-pads, as well as hair trigger locks that allow gamers to fire faster. It also has a rubberized grip, and it’s a serious step-up from the original Xbox One controller.
73. LG Electronics 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED TV
For the ultimate gift for boys, especially those over twelve years old, check out the LG 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED TV. It has beautiful picture quality with Triple XD video processing, 20W audio output and Clear Voice technology (so they can hear the whispering in movies without having to blast your TV). Whether they’re gamers or movie-lovers, they’ll love you forever with this gift.
74. Akracing Ak-6014 Ergonomic Series Gaming Chair
The Akracing AK-6014 Ergonomic Series computer chair is THE chair to own for long gaming sessions on PC, with adjustable tilt, height and back, armrests and back angle. It supports up to 396 lbs, and comes in four different colors (red, blue, green and white). These chairs are built to last, and make a great gift for him.
Price: $349.99 (26 Percent off MSRP)
75. Batman v Superman Rock ’em Sock ‘Em Robots
Batman v Superman Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots is a must-have for any superhero-loving boy. It pits Batman against Superman in a battle of fists. It plays like the original game, where players press their buttons to punch left or right in an effort to dismember their opponent. It’s an absolute blast.
76. Zootopia Deluxe 10 Figure Character Play Set
Zootopia has become one of Disney’s best animated movies of all-time, and it’s on pace to break box office records. If they’ve seen the movie, they’re going to want some sweet toys to play with, and this Zootopia Character Play Set is a solid choice. It’s recommended for ages 3 and up, and it comes with 10 figures that represent characters from the animated film. See more Zootopia toys for sale.
77. Treasure Trove
If you want to take them away from the screen and interact with them a bit more, try Treasure Trove, a family board game that’s great for ages 7 and up. It has a playtime of anywhere between 20 and 45 minutes, and it puts you and your boy on a treasure hunt around the world. To read more about it, check out our list of the 20 best board games for kids.
78. Plantronics RIG 500E Lightweight eSports Gaming Headset
Lugging around a high-end headset is troublesome, in that they’re big, bulky and typically heavy. But Plantronics’ new Rig 500E eliminates all of that, as it has a lightweight and modular design that makes it perfect for travel. Boys will love how light it feels while they’re gaming, and the audio quality has top-notch 7.1 Dolby tech with surround sound. It also has interchangeable ear cups for a different type of sound quality. Out of all of the PC, PS4 and Xbox One headsets I’ve tried, I use the Rig 500e the most.
79. SanDisk Extreme 64GB MicroSD Card
MicroSD cards have gone way down in price, and now is the best time to pick one up. And, it makes for one of the best gifts for boys in 2016 because virtually all of their electronic devices can benefit from it. Whether they frequently complain that their smartphone is out of storage, or their tablet needs new life, or they need a storage option for their GoPro, the SanDisk Extreme 64GB MicroSD card is a great choice. It’s temperature proof, water proof, shock proof, and x-ray proof, and it’s built for harsh conditions.
Price: $27.99 (72 percent off MSRP)
80. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-Ray
The biggest movie of 2015 was easily Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with millions lining up on release night to watch (we were there in our wookiee suit). On April 5, the movie will be out on Blu-Ray, meaning he’ll now be able to marathon watch all seven films on beautiful Blu-Ray. It’s a must-have for sci-fi movie fans.
81. Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo has come a long way since its rocky launch last year. Instead of the barebones experience it once was, the Amazon Echo has a lot of great features and apps that your kids will absolutely love. Not only does it play all of your music from Amazom Prime, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and more, but it also allows for hands-free convenience. Your young ones can simply tell Alexa (that’s what the Amazon Echo’s name is) to play their music. They don’t have to get up or pick up their smartphone. More importantly, it will make it so that you don’t have to answer all of their curious questions, as the Echo is a compendium of knowledge, there to answer their every query (which is why we also consider it one of the best smart home products out there).. What’s more, it provides sports scores, can read them audiobooks, and can even order pizza from Dominos.
82. GoSports Slammo
Summer is on the way, and pretty soon, they’re going to be looking to get outside and play with their friends (sorry, I mean “hang out” with their friends because kids don’t “play” any more). Still, GoSports Slammo is a fun game to play with their friends that will keep them active. It was the best-selling new game of last year, and it’s going to only rise in popularity this year.
Price: $38.29 (4 percent off MSRP)
83. 1byOne Bluetooth Sport Wireless Earbuds
Wireless earbuds have come a long way since their original introduction to techies. Now, they are built to last, and deliver great sound. This pair of 1byOne Bluetooth Sport Wireless Earbuds are absolutely perfect for your kids to wear around the house, while playing, or on their way to and from school. Not only do they have a great bright, neon green color to them, they also use a high quality Panasonic battery for longer battery life. They connect to any smartphone or tablet (or any Bluetooth enabled device). They’re also sweat-proof, so you won’t have to worry about your sweaty children ruining their new headphones. And whether they want to get lost in their music while lounging around the house, or they’re outside shooting hoops in the driveway, your kids will quickly appreciate their new gift.
Price: $38.99 (44 percent off MSRP)
84. Logitech G900 Wireless Gaming Mouse
The Logitech G900 Wireless Gaming Mouse is a modern marvel of sorts. Basically, anytime a gamer hears the term “wireless mouse,” they cringe and run in the other direction, as wireless PC mice have a stigma that they aren’t as accurate/responsive as wired mice. But Logitech has set out to prove that stigma false, and the G900 wireless gaming mouse has a lot to love about it. It’s ultra responsive, and you can change your pointer speed with buttons on the top of the mouse (so if you need to change on the fly to adjust to a new weapon, you can do so). Secondly, it can be plugged in as wired and used as well, so if it needs a charge, it’s as simple as plugging it in. It uses Logitech’s most accurate optical sensor yet, using pixel-precise performance that even the top-tier eSports athletes can rely on. What’s all that mean? Basically, it’s the best wireless gaming mouse available, and he’ll absolutely love it.
85. Batman Voice-Changer Helmet
Every kid dreams of one day being Batman, and with Mattel’s new Batman Voice-Changer Helmet inspired by the look of Batman in the recently released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they can at least sound like the Dark Knight. The mask is perfect for role-playing, and it plays sounds from the movie as well. If your kid loves all things relating to the Caped Crusader, he’s not going to be able to stop wearing this mask.
Price: $24.86 (17 percent off MSRP)
86. Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Electric Drift Car
RC cars have come a long way since the hobby first started up. Now, it seams as though every new RC car to hit the market aims to be the fastest (or the fastest for the money, rather). Redcat Racing’s Lightning EPX Electric Drift Car doesn’t shoot for speed (although, admittedly, it does have some zip to it). Instead, it aims to be the best rc drift car on the market, allowing your child to take top speed turns with ease, helping them to win races with their friends. Plus, it is one of the coolest-looking RC cars on the market.
87. Fitbit Charge
Kids are all about competition, and just about every child in their early to late teens has a Fitbit (or something similar) to track their activity to compare it with their friends and family. I actually bought one of these for my seven year old, and he won’t take the thing off, wearing it at school, at home, at karate, and at baseball practice. They are both highly functional and stylish. Kids will be able to accurately track their daily stats like number of steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and the like all from a smartphone app (or their desktop). Creating competition through technology is a great way to start them on the right path towards living a healthy lifestyle in the future.
Price: $109.95 (15 percent off MSRP)
88. NFL New Era 9Fifty Turnover Two-Tone Snapback Cap
At one point, we all cringed at the thought of not owning a fitted hat. But those days are over, and now the world has moved onto the classic look of a snapback cap. It’s undeniable that the snapback has made a comeback over the past few years, and whether they love football, baseball, soccer, or virtually any other sport, there is a great-looking hat for them. Check out these NFL New Era 9Fifty Turnover Two-Tone Snapback Caps and see if it’s something they might be interested in wearing.
89. Batman: The Killing Joke Deluxe Edition
Batman: The Killing Joke is one of the greatest Batman graphic novels of all-time, and it’s a perfect read for boys ages 13 and up. It has some PG-13 content in it, but if they love Batman, it’s an essential read that provides an interesting addition to the Batman mythos. It’s easily Alan Moore’s best and most memorable work to date. What’s more, now is the perfect time to pick it up, since there will soon be an animated The Killing Joke movie hitting shelves soon.
90. Kingdom Come (Superman Graphic Novel)
Like Batman, the Man of Steel has his own essential graphic novels that fans of Supes should read, with Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come being at the top of that list. It’s the winner of five Eisner and Harvey Awards, and it’s a tale about the struggle of good vs evil within superheroes, themselves. Also, if you don’t know about artist Alex Ross, he is one of the most prolific comic book artists still alive.
91. Darth Vader Motion Activated Battle Buddy
The Darth Vader Motion Activated Battle Buddy is a great addition to any kid’s room (although, admittedly, I actually keep one of these next to the very desk I’m writing this article from right now). He’s a great-looking replica of Darth, and with the touch of a button, it plays catchphrases heard in the original trilogy. It doesn’t serve much other function than looking cool, but that’s really all that’s important to kids anyway.
92. Glow in the Dark Basketball Hoop
You could pretty much paint anything with a glow-in-the-dark colorway and kids would be into it, so it’s no surprise that the Pro Performance Glow in the dark Basketball Hoop and Ball set makes a great gift for boys and girls alike. It’s made with a polycarbonate shatter-proof backboard that has a foam padded back. It comes with a 5″ mini glow-in-the-dark ball for the breakaway rim, which is 9″ diameter. It’s perfect for their rooms or the garage.
Kubb is another one of the best outdoor games for kids, and it’s certainly one of the most unique. It takes strategy and wit to beat your opponent in a game of Kubb. Of course, it also requires throwing skill and good aim. There are two teams, and players layout their kubbs as they see fit. Then, each team will take turns throwing a baton across a field at the other team’s kubbs. However, it’s not just about knocking kubbs out of the game, as each kubb becomes a defense of sorts when they’re hit. The object of the game is to be the first team to knock over the king (the biggest kubb). It’s super fun, and it is a perfect backyard game for the family.
94. Nike Jordan Kids Air Jordan 1 Retro High GG Basketball
Your kids will always be cool just the way they are right now, but these Nike Jordan Kids Air Jordan 1 Retro High GG Basketball shoes will take their level of cool to an entirely new level, at least among their peers. The mulberry, dark grey and black are the best-looking colorway available, and they create an undeniably clean look. Plus, they look great with a variety of different clothes, from jeans to shorts. Prices start at $47.14.
95. Ratchet & Clank PS4
Nowadays, it’s hard to recommend video games for kids, since the majority of them are filled with at least some inappropriate content. Ratchet & Clank isn’t one of those games. Instead, they’ll get clean, simple fun. After a many year hiatus, the Ratchet & Clank series is making its PS4 debut, bringing our two unlikely heroes together for a re-imagining of their very first adventure. The animated duo will use cartoony weapons including a Sheepanator, Glove of Doom and Magma Blaster to make their way through their enemies. The game is heavy on the platforming elements, and it’ll likely become a game of the year contender for the PlayStation 4.The game has an ESRB rating of E for everyone.
96. Roku 3
In my binge-watching experience, the best streaming media device for the money is the Roku 3. I know, I know — there’s a Roku 4 already available, but I had one issue with Roku 4 that stopped me from loving it (at least right now). Basically, the Roku 4 doesn’t play nice with Sling TV, where as Sling TV works better on Roku 3. So if he’s a Sling TV user, you’re definitely going to want to get the Roku 3, which also has other great apps of course, including Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Amazon Music, Amazon Video, and more. If he’s big into TV and movies, the Roku 3 makes for a truly great gift.
Price: $89.99 (10 percent off MSRP)
97. Blank Skateboard Deck
Skateboarding is a great way for kids (and adults) to express themselves. Sure, you could go the simple route and buy him a complete skateboard deck, but what kind of fun is that? Admittedly, it’s still fun, because skateboarding is awesome, but why not tickle their artistic side by letting them design their own skateboard. Buy them a blank skateboard deck, some paint, and let them pick their own grip tape. Their skateboard will grow with them, and it’ll be an experience they’ll talk about for years to come (the time they built their own skateboard).
Price: $18.00 (10 percent off MSRP)
98. Blue Snowball USB Microphone with Studio Headphones and Pop Filter
If they’re into podcasting and have talked about making their own podcast with their friends, or they want to start creating YouTube videos or other audio or video content, chances are they’re going to need a better than average microphone to provide great sound capturing capabilities. If you want to fuel their creative side, a Blue Snowball USB Microphone is a great entry-level podcasting microphone that’s super easy to setup and use. And, this bundle comes with the mic, studio headphones and a pop filter. Think of it this way: would you rather him be in his room, recording his voice with his friends, or out terrorizing the neighborhood with his friends? Tough choice.
99. Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar with Interactive Guitar Lessons
Learning the guitar is incredibly tough, and it takes a lot of practice. But lugging around their guitar with them everywhere isn’t ideal, give the typical size of guitars. But having this Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar in their arsenal of learning tools is a great way to allow them to practice and learn on the go. It is the world’s first digital guitar that connects wirelessly to iOS devices, and it comes with interactive teaching apps to help them learn. The guitar has the ability to sense the actual placement of your fingers and display them in real-time on-screen, showing the user what they’re doing right and what they’re doing wrong AS THEY’RE DOING IT. What’s more, he’ll never have to tune the Jamstik+, so he can just connect it and start jamming. It also works as a MIDI controller, so he’ll be able to record songs easily.
Price: $239.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
100. Intex Challenger K1 Inflatable Kayak
With the warmer weather slowly creeping in, he’s going to be looking to get out of the house and into the water, or in this case, on the water. Check out the Intex Challenger K1 Inflatable Kayak, a perfect entry-level kayak that’s easily transported and reliable. It’s nimble, and it has eye-catching graphics that will keep him noticed on the water for added safety. When inflated, it measures 30 by 15 by 108 inches, and it weights 27.2 pounds. It has a 220 pound maximum capacity. It makes for a great gift for older boys entering into their teens.
Price: $65.99 (55 percent off MSRP)
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