Best Gifts for 15 Year Old Boys

15 is usually the age where young teenagers start feeling like they’re ready to take on the world. Some hints of rebellion here and there, but for the most part, it’s the most instrumental period in helping them gain the skills necessary to know their life purpose and gain the skills they need to become a responsible adult.

Where am I going with this? Well, a simple gift that sparks your boy’s interest can be the primary reason behind his future success. Maybe your boy is a musician at heart. Maybe he’s a scientist that can make a change in the world. It’s all about observing his interests and providing him with whatever can help him take his skills and talents to the next level.

I’m aware that picking a gift for a 15-year-old isn’t the easiest task ever, but no worries, I’m here for the rescue. In this article, we’ll be looking at a wide range of gifts that will certainly be the fuel that gets your boy to the finish line. I’ve also categorized this list into different fields of interest so that you can easily find the right gift. So without further ado, let’s jump right into it.

Gifts for Crafty 15-Year-Olds

Activities that are revolved around arts and crafts depend mainly on one’s hands. Such activities are extremely beneficial when it comes to developing fine motor skills. Being good at a craft can help your boy learn how to critically reflect on their own work and teaches him how to think like a creator or an artist. Here are some gifts that can shed some light on your boy’s creativity.

Wristband Making Kit


Teenagers like to look cool and fresh. They go to Hot Topic and squander some pretty penny on a bunch of different accessories such as wristbands. So why not provide the tools necessary for them to create their own awesome-looking wristbands? At the same time, they’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when they showcase their creations. They can even sell it to their friends.

The Glow-in-the-Dark Paracord Wristbands from Creativity for Kids is a perfect gift for your fresh prince. This set will allow your boy to create 6, glow-in-the-dark bracelets to wear and showcase to his friends. The set includes everything your young boy may need, such as a parachute cord, different buckles, scissors, glue, and an instruction manual to help them get started.

This might not have occurred to you, but learning this craft can be a great social skills enhancer. With this kit, your little man will be able to make enough bracelets for a small group, so your boy can invite his friends to a paracord wristband-making party where he can show and sell some of his merchandise.

We Liked:

  • Super fun activity
  • Easy to use
  • Very affordable

We Didn’t Like:

  • Not enough cord
  • Buckles are a bit small

Wood Burning Kit

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NSI Wood Burning Kit

‘’Hold it there, I don’t want any burning to take place around my little boy, says the voice in your head. Hey, I hear you loud and clear. That’s why I highly recommend the NSI Wood Burning Kit. This kit is specifically designed for kids and it’s completely safe to use. But why would you want to burn wood anyway? Wood burning, also known as pyrography, is the art applying burn marks from a heated object onto wood as a form of decoration. Sounds like a bundle of fun, right?

So what’s this NSI Kit all about? As the manufacturer describes the process, all you need to do is trace it, burn it, then paint it. Basically, this is a wood-burning tool that you plug into a socket and then wait for the tool’s tip to get extremely hot. I’d highly recommend wearing leather gloves while working with it. Once heated, you then start burning your design onto wood or leather.

Working with such a tool and with such a broad medium of artistic possibilities will develop your son’s eye-hand skills and serve as a foundation for his mechanical and artistic abilities. This kit comes with an instruction book that provides a bunch of different project ideas and techniques in full detail. All the patterns, paints, leather, wood, foil, cork, sandpaper, and paintbrush you need are all included in the package. Adult supervision is advised.

We Liked:

  • Very useful craft to learn
  • Comes with all the needed tools
  • Develops mechanical and artistic skills
  • Surprisingly affordable set

We Didn’t Like:

  • Takes practice to maneuver the tool
  • Dangerous activity without supervision

Catapult Wars Game

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Boy Craft Catapult Wars by Horizon Group USA

This game combines the craftiness of building your own catapults and the unlimited fun of doing battle with your friends. So you’re basically hitting two birds with one stone. I think it’s hard for a teenager who’s into building things to resist this game to the point where I can actually see your 15-year-old spending countless hours building his wooden army.

Boy Craft Catapult Wars gives players the ability to create and customize their own catapult with colors and included decals. Once fully constructed, you can use your catapult to aim and fire off mini bean bags at your opposing target. This game is an amazing group activity for boys as you can create multiple catapults and assign them to teams for a fun game of catapult wars.

The catapults are constructed from pre-cut pieces of wood that are ready for assembly. Also, the wood is very high-quality and is highly durable. The set includes 20 pieces of wood, 2 wooden dowels, 8 mini bean bags, 2 rubber bands, 1 sticker sheet, 2 braided ropes, 1 glue tube, and an instruction manual that’s easy to follow.

We Liked:

  • Great group activity for boys
  • Develops mechanical skills
  • All needed tools are included
  • Very affordable game

We Didn’t Like:

  • Smaller than anticipated
  • The included glue isn’t sticky enough

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Gifts for Athletic 15-Year-Olds

At the age of 15, most boys probably have a favorite sport. Some of them want to make it to the NFL, others want to be major players in the NBA. Regardless of which sport your son is into, the need for physical strength is the foundation. Hard work early on makes it easier in the future. So here are some gifts that are fun and empowering at the same time.

Pull-Up Bar

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Garren Fitness Maximiza Pull Up Bar - Locking Doorway Pullup Bar/Chin up Bar with 3 Sets of Screw-in Door-Mounts (2 Heavy-Duty and 1 Medium-Duty Sets), 26 to 39 Inches Adjustable Width

When it comes to developing upper body strength, muscle mass, and extreme endurance, doing pull-ups is the most effective. Pull-ups train different muscle groups to work in unison. There are also many variations of pull-ups that allow for different muscle engagements. Additionally, doing pull-ups promote great grip strength that can help in plenty of different sports.

Looking for a high-quality pull-up bar? The Garren Fitness Maximiza Pull Up Bar isn’t only that, but it’s also a great looking bar that will add to the aesthetics of the boy’s room. This heavy-duty pull-up bar is made of chrome steel which grants it incredible durability. It’s a door-mount bar, so you’d expect it to come with heavy-duty mounts as well for a great support. The package includes screw-in door brackets for the installation process.

This pull-up bar features a very comfortable, non-slip foam grip that minimizes hand fatigue and allows for painless exercise. With this bar, your boy will able to do pull-ups, chin-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, dips, hanging leg raises, and crunches. This is a very versatile tool for building strength which I’m sure your boy would love to have. Oh, and it can be used as a laundry rack!

We Liked:

  • Sturdy with great support
  • Multifunctional workout equipment
  • Simple installation process
  • Very comfortable foam grip

We Didn’t Like:

  • The foam grip can only last so long
  • Can be harsh on your door frame

Archery Set

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Adventure Awaits! - 2-Pack Handmade Wooden Bow and Arrow Set - 20 Wood Arrows and 2 Quivers - for Outdoor Play

At some point in our early years, we’ve all attempted to create a bow out of wood and some rubber bands, but it never seemed to work properly, at least for me. Apart from feeling like Robin Hood, your boy can actually get into archery contests and indoor archery leagues. It’s super fun and it just feels great to be able to hit the bull’s eye right in the middle. An archery set is also the ideal gift for a boy who likes watching Arrow or if his favorite Avengers member is Hawkeye.

One of the absolute best beginner archery sets on the market is the 2-Pack Handmade Wooden Bow and Arrow Set from Adventure Awaits! This set is great for both youth and adults. The set includes 20 arrows with safe rubber tips. All arrows are made of extremely sturdy bamboo wood that will last for years. The set also includes 2 bows and 2 quivers so that your boy doesn’t have to play alone. Also, it’s worth noting that the arrows and bows are handmade, so let’s show the maker some support.

We Liked:

  • Incredibly fun activity
  • Bamboo construction
  • Good accuracy

We Didn’t Like:

  • Doesn’t come with a target board

Caster Board

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RipStik Ripster Caster Board - Blue - FFP

Assuming your boy already has a bike and is looking for something new to try, a caster board is an amazing gift that promotes outdoor play and unlimited fun. Although caster boards may look like skateboards, they’re a little bit more tricky to learn and require more practice. However, the end result of mastering the caster board is much more enjoyable because of the variety of tricks that can be done on it and it provides a more intense workout than a skateboard.

When it comes to offering the best riding experience, RipStick is simply unmatched. The RipStik Ripster Caster Board is the smaller version of the classic RipStik caster board. It comes with a shorter wheelbase that’s perfect for your boy if he wants to be able to do a lot of tricks. It’s also a better choice than the classic board for those with a narrower stance.

The Ripster features a slip-resistant concave deck that allows for great stability and much better foot control. Moreover, it’s equipped with a steel torsion bar that’s padded with rubber, allowing for turning and acceleration without pushing. The inclined trucks on this board, coupled with the pivoting deck, allow for a carving ability that’s very similar to that of a snowboard. An all-around high-quality caster board.

We Liked:

  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Rubber padding allows for great control
  • High-quality urethane wheels
  • Great for smaller riders

We Didn’t Like:

  • Take a while to get the hang of it
  • Can be too small for some boys

Walkaroo Stilts


Okay, enough with all the talk about fitness and strength, let’s talk about some serious fun. I can remember looking children on walkaroos with their pants covering the frame of the stilts and just wonder how can a kid at such a young age be taller than me. Silly me! Not only do these stilts make you look taller, but you can perform some pretty rad tricks on them such as air kicks.

I absolutely love the Geospace WALKAROO Xtreme Steel Stilts because you can easily adjust their height to accommodate anyone from 4′ 6″ to 6′ 6”, which means that you get to try them as well. I mean, come on, we’re all children at heart. These stilts can elevate you 5 more inches off the ground when you add the included Vert Lifters, which is a total of 17 inches off the ground. Imagine that!

The Geospace stilts are made of heavy-duty steel, ensuring their longevity and your safety. The assembly process is pretty simple and can be completed in just two steps. And you don’t have to worry about losing stability because the S-Bend design puts you in the right position needed for successful walking. The foam handles and shoulder rests allow for ideal comfort while stilt-walking.

We Liked:

  • The height is easily adjustable
  • Can take you 17” off the ground
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • Two-step assembly process

We Didn’t Like:

  • The design is a little heavy
  • Takes time to get used to it

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Gifts for Artsy 15-Year-Olds

This is a very important category of gifts to consider because everyone is an artist in some way. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your boy has to be into painting, drawing, or sculpting to fall under this category. He can be into photography, filmmaking, or even literature. With that being said, here are some cool gift ideas that can bring out your boy’s artistic side.

Digital Camera


Photography is an incredible stress reliever and a great way to inspire imagination. I like to think that photography can afford immortality. Just look at some pictures of your 15-year-old when he was younger. And with a true passion for it, photography can be a fruitful career. After all, who do you think takes all the stunning pictures on the internet.

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS Digital Camera is a great camera for beginners. It features all the functions that a photographer would need. It’s also pretty affordable when compared to other professional models. With a 20-MP, 1.2.3″, CCD sensor and a DIGIC 4+ processor, your boy will be able to take high-resolution pictures with incredible fidelity. In addition to the ability to record 720p videos at 25 frames per second.

We Liked:

  • Great bang for your buck
  • Super sharp lens
  • Incredible 42x optical zoom
  • Lightweight construction

We Didn’t Like:

  • No manual exposure mode
  • Battery life isn’t the best

Modeling Clay


Ever wonder how makeup artists bring those monsters we see in horror movies come to life? It’s simple as you may think, but it boils down to prosthetics that are based on clay that’s then made into foam latex or silicone masks. I bet your boy would be amped up if he can lay the foundation for this year’s Halloween mask, don’t you think?

The Monster Clay Premium Grade Modeling Clay from Monster Makers offers a beginner set of modeling clay that your boy will enjoy using to create his own creepy creatures. Monster Clay is completely non-toxic and free of sulfur. It can be used with silicone molding compounds as well. The good thing about it is that it can be remelted and reused indefinitely so the fun never stops.

Monster Clay has a much lower density than most oil-based clay products on the market, meaning that in every tub you get around 25% more clay for each pound without added expenses. Every 5-pound tub of Monster Clay is packaged individually and it’s not that expensive. So you can try one of their tubs out and if your son happens to like it, you can buy more and help him more so that he doesn’t have to melt his creations every time he needs to do more.

We Liked:

  • Non-toxic and sulfur-free
  • Holds details beautifully
  • Professional-grade quality

We Didn’t Like:

  • Medium firmness

Writing Guide

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Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

So you’ve noticed that your boy likes to write, huh? It’s time to take his writing skills to the next level then. There are studies that show positive relations between writing and expressiveness, happiness, gratitude, clear communication, leadership, and the overall ability to learn. So how can you help develop your boy’s writing? Roy Peter Clark’s bestselling guide for writing, Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, is the answer.

Roy is considered the Obi-Wan Kenobi of all writing teachers, so what better way to learn how to write than from the master of the craft. Other books you should consider include How to Write Short, The Art of X-Ray Reading, and The Glamour of Grammar. All previous books are written by Roy Peter Clark.

We Liked:

  • All above-mentioned books are affordable
  • Great for both beginner and advanced writers
  • Featured in audio, kindle and other formats

We Didn’t Like:

  • What’s there to dislike?

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Gifts for Sciencey 15-Year-Olds

Teenagers who are into all the sciencey stuff aren’t usually impressed with traditional gifts, they want a gift that’ll make them wonder and think or a gift that they can use to apply what they’ve learned in school. Well, I’ve got a few good ideas.

Solar System Crystal Ball


Sometimes all you need is a simple gift. It doesn’t have to be all that complicated to garner the attention of your boy. The Onnetila 3D Solar System Crystal Ball is a marvelous 3D crystal ball that’s carved with 3D laser technology and includes the entire solar system inside of it. The ball is stereoscopic and transparent so that you can observe every planet. The package also comes with 10 science cards that include interesting facts about space and the solar system.

The Onnetila 3D Solar System Crystal Ball features an LED light base that lights up the crystal ball with various stunning colors, making the solar planetarium look even more gorgeous in the darkness. This product is backed by a satisfaction-guarantee policy, meaning that if your boy doesn’t absolutely fall in love with it, you can return it and get a full refund. How cool is that?

We Liked:

  • A great gift you can get an astronomy fan
  • Features a light base for a stunning presentation
  • Satisfaction-guarantee policy

We Didn’t Like:

  • Nothing! An all-around great gift

Water Rocket Kit


The 4M Water Rocket Kit includes all the components needed to transform a regular soda bottle into a fully-functioning water rocket that can be blasted up to 90 feet in the air using water pressure. This is an ideal kit for your young science enthusiast. You don’t have to be a scientist to build the water rocket because the package includes a detailed instructions manual that will clarify the process step by step.

This is what I was just talking about: a toy that demonstrates a scientific principle. It’s the ideal gift for an aspiring mechanic or science enthusiast. It’s also great because your boy gets to see his creation ascending to towering heights. You never know, maybe this will help give him the push he needs to become a valuable member of NASA one day.

We Liked:

  • Highly affordable
  • Practical application of scientific principles
  • Easy to assemble

We Didn’t Like:

  • The pump isn’t included

Geodes Set


Geodes are hollow, rounded voids in rocks that are usually home for crystals and minerals. Geodes are typically formed when the air bubbles inside a volcanic rock begin to form cavities. As mineral-rich water flows into the rock, tiny crystals begin to form on the sides of the hollow cavity. But where can you find geodes? Well, the National Geographic Break Open 10 Premium Geodes is all you need.

This set includes 10 premium geodes that your boy can open to find stunning crystals inside. Each geode is hand-selected so that each one presents a different-colored crystal. There’s also a 16-page learning guide included that describes how geodes are formed and showcases the variety of geodes found in nature. This is a truly beautiful gift for you 15-year-old.

We Liked:

  • Various-color crystals
  • Great for geology enthusiasts
  • Very affordable

We Didn’t Like:

  • Some geodes are hard to crack

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Conclusion

So these were some of the best gift ideas that you can buy for a 15-year-old boy. Personally, I’d find it really hard to pick just one gift from this list since they’re all pretty awesome and practical. However, if I have to choose one, I’d go with either the archery set or the digital camera. What about you?

If you’ve enjoyed our list and were able to find the perfect gift for your boy in it, please share it with your friends. Also, feel free to email us if you have any other suggestions and requests. Till next time.

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