We continually update this page with the hottest gift ideas and trends for 17 and 18 year olds. If you have a great gift idea for this age group please feel free to share it using the message form at the bottom of this page! Thanks for stopping by today and good luck shopping!
“Build Your Own” New Balance Sneakers:
Do you have a picky teenage boy or teenage girl on your Christmas shopping list and you don’t know what to buy them? How about giving them an opportunity to design their very own pair of custom New Balance sneakers? The sneakers are made right here in the USA (in the great state of Maine). These are PREMIUM sneakers! They can’t get upset about the colors because they get to design that part themselves. Pretty cool right? To learn more about custom New Balance sneakers and to purchase gift certificates, visit their website today:
Remote Control DRONES!!!
Looking for an extra special gift for the teenager on your shopping list. Check out the amazing new drones available from our friends at Drones Etc.. You’d be amazed at the bang for your buck when it comes to buying a next generation drone (unmanned aerial vehicle). These drones give the operator full control over the flight of the drone from take off to landing and most come with high definition mini-cameras allowing the operating to take fun aerial photos and videos of their favorite activities. Drones Etc has some of the best value packages for drone enthusiasts from beginners to professionals. Order today and get free shipping on most orders: Free Shipping on Drones and Drone Bundles
Inexpensive Gifts Under $15:
The gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Does the teenager on your shopping list have a particular hobby you’d like to support(sailing, boating, ATVs, sports, hiking, camping, etc.), consider buying them a subscription to a magazine focused on one of their interests. Most monthly magazine subscriptions centered around these themes can be purchased for less than $20. You can order magazines online through each magazine’s respective website, but I would just buy a single copy of the magazine at my local book store and wrap it as a gift after I filled out the subscription card inside.
Gift Ideas Between $15 and $25:
iTunes Gift Certificates
iTunes Gift Certificates are a versatile and inexpensive gift to give the 17-18 year old boy on your shopping list. Cards typically come in $10, $15, $25, and $50 denominations. There is also a “3-pack” of $10 cards you can buy to split if there is more than one teenager on your shopping list (you could also keep one for yourself!). You can buy iTunes gift cards at Target, Wal-Mart, and most major supermarkets (usually at the checkout counter areas).
The Gift of Carbon Neutrality:
What do you give to the earthy, environmentalist teen on your shopping list? How about giving the gift of Carbon Neutrality? With carbon offset certificates from TerraPass, you can effectively offset the amount of “carbon” you release into the air from your normal everyday routine (driving, eating, heating your home, etc.). When you purchase a carbon offset from TerraPass, the money is then invested in a sustainable energy technology such as wind, tidal, solar, or hydro power making the world a better place all in the name of the teenager on your shopping list! There are a variety of carbon offset packages to choose from including “symbolic” purchases of 1,000lbs carbon offsets for $5.95.
First Aid Kit ($28):
As kids get older, they spend more and more time away from home (and the protection of their parents). While we cannot protect them 100% of the time, the “adventurous” teen on your shopping list will no doubt appreciate a quality first aid kit he can keep with him on “road trips”, camping trips, or even in their dorm room at college. The Total Resources International 250 is the exact same first aid kit I pack on my annual camping trip to Northern Maine with my old high school buddies.
Liberty Graphics:Environmentally Friendly T-Shirts
Liberty Graphics offers a variety of cool and unique t-shirt designs that you’re teenager is simply going to love. These t-shirts are made with 100% organic cotton fibers right here in the USA using water based inks that penetrate and bond to the fabric. This attention to manufacturing results in a more environmentally friendly t-shirt that is softer to the touch, more breathable (than oil based inks) and…if you want…you can even iron the t-shirt without worrying about melting the designs. To learn more about Liberty Graphics Designs and how to order them read our full review here.
Guinness Book of World Records ($17):
If nothing else, Guinness World Records 2014 serves as a great reference for the adventurous teenager. Who hasn’t thought they could be better than anybody else at stacking golfballs, doing sit-ups, or eating raw oysters? Armed with this reference book, the ambitious teen on your shopping list will have a new benchmark to work towards (just be thankful the editors have removed the most dangerous records such as “sword swallowing” and “holding your breath under water”).
Remote Control Helicopters!!!
You’d be amazed at the bang for your buck when it comes to buying remote controlled helicopters. These helicopters give the operator full control over the flight of the helicopter from take off to landing and some even come with tiny mini-cameras allowing the operating to take fun photos. There are many great places to buy these great helicopters. Our friends and AirsoftRC has one of the largest selections on the internet and if you act this week Remote Control Helicopters on Sale
Looking for gift ideas for a teenager with his or her own car? You can’t go wrong with buying a gas card! I know gift cards can be considered very impersonal, but when it comes to teenagers and gas money, an exception to this “rule of thumb” can be made. Just be sure you give a gift card that can be used in the recipient’s location. I once received a Chevron gas card that I couldn’t use in any New England state (there are no Chevron Gas Stations that I know of in Maine, New Hampshire, or Massachusetts). Gas cards can be purchased from just about every “major” gas station.
TIMEX Ironman Wrist Watch ($28):
Looking for the perfect gift for an active teenager? The Timex Ironman Wrist Watch Model T5E931 is definitely worth a look. All watches are not created equal, and this watch by Timex is as stylish and “cool” as it is functional. In addition to the standard alarm, stopwatch, and lap counters, this watch incorporates the Timex Flix system, which activates the Indiglo night-light with a simple flick of the wrist. To activate FLIX, put the watch into Night-Mode by pressing and holding the Indiglo night-light button 3 seconds until it beeps. With the watch in Night-Mode, a forward “flick” of the wrist with a sharp “stop” will activate the Indiglo night-light for three seconds.
A Good Quality Wallet ($25):
When I was a teenager (I can’t remember the exact age), my grandmother gave me a Nautica Wallet for Christmas. That wallet withstood 12 years of abuse and was a faithful accessory to my person through thick and thin. Naturally, when the time came to get a new wallet, I once again went with another “Nautica” wallet (perhaps there was a sentimental connection between the brand and my grandmother). With that said, a good quality wallet is essential to the teenage boy in your life and will serve him well for many years to come! I’m sure there are other great wallet companies out there as well, perhaps when my current wallet wears out (10 years from now), I’ll give another brand a chance.
A “Cool” Sweatshirt, Shirt, or Other Clothing Item:
Although they probably won’t admit it, most teenage boys want to look “cool” for the ladies! Now remember this is “cool” from their perspective (not yours!). If you don’t want to go the gift card route, Urban Outfitters has an excellent assortment of “teenager approved” sweatshirts, shirts, pants, hats, shoes, gloves, and other accessories. You’ll need to use “a little bit” of judgment such as what sizes to get, but you can rest assured that most of the styles found in this store (or online) will be “acceptable” to the teenage boy on your list.
Cool Gifts Between $50 and $100:
An Authentic L.L. Bean Sleeping Bag ($59)
Yes I’m from Maine, and yes my in-laws work at LL Bean headquarters in Freeport, ME, but that doesn’t stop me from making an unbiased recommendation of an L.L. Bean sleeping bag as a great gift for a teenage boy or girl! I literally grew up in one of these bags! Whether crashing on friend’s living room floor, or camping, teenagers are always “crashing” in unpredictable places. A good quality sleeping bag (especially one from L.L. Beans) will stand the test of time and keep the teenager in your life warm and cozy no matter where they end up sleeping! If you’re not lucky enough to live by an L.L. Bean retail or factory store, you can shop for L.L. Bean sleeping bags online.
Leatherman Wave Multi-Purpose Tool ($70):
This tool (some might call it a pocket knife) has come in very handy for me over the years. I work on commercial ships and this knife has been a life saver (literally) on more than one occasion. It is especially handy if the teenager on your shopping list enjoys boating, hiking, camping, fishing, or hunting. I love the Leatherman Wave so much that I bought one as a gift for each of my groomsman as a thank you gift for being in my wedding. You can even get the tool engraved with the recipient’s name or initials. You can find these tools in most major sporting good stores.
Awesome Gifts Over $100:
Volkswagen Bus VW Camper Van Lego Set T1 ($150):
When I first saw the new LEGO® Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van 10220, I knew it was going to end up on this site as one of the perfect gifts for 16, 17, and 18 year old teenage boys. Not only is it one of Lego’s most advanced kits (it contains over 1300 pieces, including a lava lamp), but it is by far one of the best examples of inter-brand marketing I’ve ever seen. No matter how far removed today’s generation of teenagers may be from the original “Summer of Love”, the VW Bus Camper is still familiar to them as one of the great symbols of freedom, independence, acceptance and hope. The LEGO® Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van 10220 is currently in high demand and will no doubt be one of the hottest Christmas Gifts of 2014.
Fender Starcaster Acoustic Guitar Starter Package ($125)
Although it may seem intimidating, learning to play basic song structures on the acoustic guitar is achievable by almost anyone. This Starcaster® by Fender® Pack delivers a great-sounding dreadnought acoustic guitar and all the essential accessories a starting player needs! Accessories include strings, picks, a strap, a tuner, a gig bag and an instructional DVD. This is very similar to the package I learned to play on! You can find a similar package at most local music stores in your area.
Sporting Event or Concert Tickets:
Another excellent gift idea for teenagers is to purchase tickets to see their favorite sports team or music group. Of course it wouldn’t be fun to go alone so make sure you purchase at least two tickets so the recipient can bring a friend, girlfriend, or maybe even you! Finding out what his favorite sports team or music group is shouldn’t be too difficult. Even if the game or concert is sold out, you should easily be able to find tickets from online ticket brokers like StubHub and AceTicket.
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