How to find a cool gift for 12 years old boys
Teens and preteens are very hard to please, especially when it comes to toys or any sort of gifts. Parents tend to forget how difficult this age is per se, without adding the extra pressure of school or extracurricular activities.
Boys at that age go through puberty, so you should expect sudden mood changes, rage, anger or, on the contrary, a complete shutdown toward other members of the family. Unfortunately for parents, these mood changes will last a few years and you may feel like you cannot get along with your child anymore.
Now try to imagine you also have to buy a 12-year-old a birthday gift. Apart from the constant nebula regarding the kid’s personality, you also have to try to find the perfect gift. And although there are numerous options available on the market, trust us when we say that it’s not going to get easy. We have decided to narrow down the research for you and have come up with a comprehensive and (hopefully) useful guide on how to better understand teenage boys and how to get inside their mind by buying thoughtful gifts. Our buying guide will provide you plenty of tips on how to approach a teenage boy as well as some of the coolest gifts you can purchase for kids who seem to have everything.
How we chose the coolest gifts for 12-year-old boys
As previously mentioned, guessing the needs and desires of a 12-year-old is not going to be an easy job. You have to stop assuming what you used to like back when you were 12 will automatically apply to your child as well.
On the contrary, most of the boys nowadays are not interested in sports or physical activities any longer, but rather have a large affinity for tech gadgets, drones, and video games. We hope that our cool suggestions will make your life a little easier and will impress a boy who seems to have everything he wants.
Although it seems quite the logical starting point, many parents don’t actually ask their children what they want but instead assume that a certain toy or gadget will raise their interest. Therefore, before jumping to any conclusions and emptying your credit card, we advise you to have a simple heart-to-heart talk with your kid.
Ask him what he truly wants or what his hobbies or interests are. You may not hear a clear answer from the beginning but it will still give you a clue about some items toward which you should focus.
Parents who are lucky enough to receive a straightforward answer from the beginning might actually end up with a list of requests which, summed up, may cost more than a beach house on the coast of California. Thus, we suggest you put on some restrictions regarding the amount of money you are willing to pay to satisfy your child’s desires. Limitations will also teach your child that he must work hard in order to receive something he wants.
Know his hobbies
Another really important thing to consider whenever buying a gift for your adolescent child is that you always have know their hobbies. Understanding what they are into really solves 90% of the gift problem, at least if you have the money and desire to fulfill their wishes.
Most hobbies at this age are related to music, sports, and technology. In order to narrow down the possibilities, we suggest the following items.
If your child is passionate about parkour or skating, buying a skate or additional gear is the most obvious choice. We do suggest going to specialized stores and seek professional advice as skateboards can be quite complicated to decipher. They do come in various lengths and are made from different materials depending on the type of skating practiced; so, unless you are an expert yourself, we might also suggest bringing in your kid.
The same principle applies if your kid is passionate about mountain biking or activities involving a bike. Buying a bike is the obvious choice but, again, if you’re not into this, we suggest seeking the advice of a professional.
How about music?
Music is an even larger field of interest appealing to adolescents, so don’t be surprised if your kid decides to join a band or experiment with various musical instruments. The most popular choices for kids are drums, guitars and electric guitars.
If you are not keen on spending up to a few thousand dollars for a new guitar, buying a second hand one would be a more budget-appropriate choice, especially if your kid is a beginner. Just make sure the guitar sounds good and has all the strings attached.
Beatboxing is another activity appealing to the youth so if your kid is interested in this type of music making, you can consider yourself lucky. You won’t have to spend thousands of dollars on musical equipment but you should invest in a qualitative pair of headphones, a microphone, and a recording unit.
Just kidding, you will probably have to spend more than on other hobbies, so be prepared to cash in your latest checks. As a piece of additional information, look for wireless Bluetooth headphones as they are the best. You will receive extra points if they so happen to be from a well-renowned brand.
Is he a tech aficionado?
Last but not least, if your kid is passionate about technology, you can easily score extra hugs and candid smiles with numerous gadgets and tech devices. A new laptop, a higher performance tablet or a trendier phone are on top of the wishlists for many children. However, if your kid already owns these devices, we suggest you opt for a new video-gaming station or, why not, the more popular drones.
In fact, drones are some of the coolest gadgets to own at the moment but they won’t cost you cheap. If you want the budget option, there are some brands manufacturing quite handy drones for under one hundred dollars.
Just think about the main function of the drone or what your kid wants to achieve with it. If he only wants to record and take high-quality pictures, look for drones with integrated HD cameras and professional recording skills.