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Gift Ideas for Boys in High School – Freshman

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Unless you’re the parent of a boy in high school, it can be difficult to pick the right gift. Being a decade or two out of their loop can make us dangerous gift givers. Who would want to be responsible for giving the gift of social ridicule?

With the help of my freshman son, we’ve put together some safe gift ideas for boys in high school. This post contains affiliate links and some items were sent for review.

Hallway in a highschool with lockers.

Gift Ideas for Freshman Boys in High School

Tall Socks

Crew socks are all the rage right now. In fact, my son prefers to wear shorts — even in the cold — for the sole purpose of showing off his socks.

Teenage boy wearing tall colorful socks with inspirational sayings on them.

Name brands like Nike and Under Armor are the faves and anything colorful. He loves these inspirational socks from Inspyr as well.

If you haven’t seen the teen you’re buying for in colorful socks, go for the safe bet of white or black crew socks.

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02/13/2023 10:27 pm GMT

Even if they’re not tall, bold and colorful socks are still a trendy and fun gift.

Society Socks

Gift fun and colorful socks from a company that gives back. Socks are the most needed item in shelters. With Society Socks, you buy a pair and they give a pair!

I was sent samples to try out. The socks are soft and comfortable with unique designs and bold colors. Explore their site to find several gift options to choose from!

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Outdoor Games

Want to encourage more outdoor play? Let these boys still be boys by getting them out there with friends and family.

Capture the Flag REDUX is a new spin on a classic game. In fact, the whole family will want to join in on this glow-in-the-dark fun. The game set comes with everything you need to play right away and includes different game variations to keep it interesting.

Glow Battle: A Ninja Game

Battle like a ninja samurai using harmless glowing swords! Family, friends, and neighbors play organized sword fighting games using (harmless!) glowing foam weapons. With 10 variations, it encourages kids and families to play together.

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02/14/2023 04:05 am GMT

If you need a gift around Halloween, Wizards & Werewolves is an excellent choice for fans of DnD and RPG games. Workout mind and body with this strategic glow-in-the-dark fantasy game!

Wizards & Werewolves

Combine hide and seek, tag, and scavenger hunts with this spooky glow-in-the-dark game. Perfect for the Halloween season and beyond. Great gift idea for lovers of fantasy games who want to get outside and get active with friends!

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02/14/2023 07:20 am GMT

Phone Accessories

At this age, they need a phone. But the stress and financial burden of a contract? No way. A prepaid phone allows boys in high school to learn what having a monthly bill is like and the privilege of having their own plan with unlimited talk and text.

Plus they are not sucking all the data from your shared plan. We use ours as an incentive to keep grades up. If he’s dedicating his time to his studies and not just socializing, I pay the bill.

During the summer months, it’s his responsibility. If they already have a phone, put money into their account to pay for a month or two.

Or, snag some fun phone accessories like cases or extra chargers.

Bluetooth Speakers

Bluetooth speakers are the perfect gift for any high schooler. They can put them in their bedroom or bring them outside and share their jams with all their friends.

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02/14/2023 05:55 am GMT

Gaming Chair

I guess not all boys in high school are gamers? I don’t know the statistics here, but I’d guess the majority dedicate some time to a favorite video game.

A gaming chair is like a throne to a teenager. I’d be shocked if anyone would be disappointed to receive this gift.


Not just high-quality earbuds, but good inexpensive pairs. Busy teens are always going through earbuds. Earbuds are easy to lose, leave in pockets to end up in the laundry, or just wear out from constant use.

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02/13/2023 05:56 pm GMT

Vocabulary Book

I know, I know. You’re thinking nice one mom, you snuck this in here. But I didn’t! Adam is actually interested in broadening his vocabulary. It’s because he wants to impress the girls, but hey, I’m okay with this as long as it’s making him more articulate.

I found this book, 100 words every high school freshman should know and the whole family is actually loving it. I grab one word a week and put it on the fridge to encourage all of us to learn it.

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Yes, I know we are in the age of streaming, but sometimes you just want to own the movie, too. The beauty is, most Blu-rays these days come with a digital code. You get the best of both worlds with the beautiful disc for your collection and the digital code for your teen to stream on their device!

Blue Beetle (Blu-Ray + Digital)
$39.98 $20.99
  • Dynamic Storyline: Follow Jaime Reyes, a recent college grad, as he discovers his new destiny.
  • Alien Technology: Jaime becomes the host of an ancient alien biotech, the Scarab.
  • Superhero Transformation: Witness Jaime's transformation into the Super Hero Blue Beetle.
  • Unpredictable Powers: Explore the extraordinary abilities granted by the Scarab's armor.
  • Bonus Content: Includes multiple "Blue Beetle Generations" and "Scarab Vision" episodes, plus "Blue Beetle's Nana Knows Best".
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12/20/2023 02:56 am GMT


OMG the shoes. Now, this is a tricky topic. I will see a pair I think Adam with just flip for and I’ll show him, and he’s completely repulsed. So to be safe, I’d say a gift card for shoes is the best way to go. Perhaps a gift card in a card shaped like a shoe to be more fun.


Similar situation as with the shoes. This is a major time for self-expression. It’s best to let them have the freedom to do so. Be safe with gift cards, but you can present them in a creative way with fun things like a puzzle box they have to solve before they can get their card.

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02/14/2023 02:40 am GMT

Discounted Gift Cards

You can purchase gift cards at a discount at sites like Raise or Gift Card Granny.

Monthly Subscription Boxes

A gift that comes once a month is a no brainer and amazing. I’d suggest any kind of snack box, like MunchPak, or find out their favorite hobby and see if a subscription box exists.

Have you seen the subscription boxes available on amazon? This snack box with 75 snacks would sure be a fun surprise for a teen.

Snack Box Variety Pack
  • Loads of Yummy Snacks: It's got all the good stuff – Airheads, Cheez It, Chex Mix, and lots more.
  • Really Cool Box: The packaging is so neat, it's a treat by itself!
  • Grab and Go Snacks: Everything's in its own little pack, plus there's a cute card inside.
  • Awesome for Gifting: Perfect for sending some love to friends, family, or anyone who loves snacks.
  • Just a Heads Up: Sometimes they switch up the snacks with something just as great (or even better!).
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12/20/2023 01:18 am GMT

Food Gifts

If he’s not growing like a weed yet, he probably will be tomorrow. If he’s athletic, the daily calorie requirements are enough to break the bank.

How to gift food? Here are a couple of ideas:

  • Drive around his area and grab gift cards to some of the local food establishments. Bonus if they are places to hangout with friends.
  • Get a gift card to the nearest grocery store or better yet, take him shopping. Let him load the cart with all his favorite foods to stock his very own shelf at home.
  • Again, a snack subscription box like the one above is a fun food gift to send.

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Do you have any gift ideas for boys in high school to add?

laurie q

Friday 27th of November 2015

My older son would love the earbuds. I would give these to him. They seem top of the line! Awesome!!!

Shakeia Rieux

Friday 27th of November 2015

My boyfriend would definitely love these

denise low

Friday 27th of November 2015

I would love to be able to give to my husband. He would love them.

Carissa joslyn

Friday 27th of November 2015

My boyfriend would love these earbuds! As would I. one of my kids is special needs, and he doesn't like loud sounds or music, so we'd love these so we can still enjoy our music!

Terry Cross

Monday 23rd of November 2015

My grandson would love these!

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