Many 14-year-old boys are just learning what they’re interested in. They might be settling into their early years of high school and figuring out which friend group they fit in. While knowing what your teen is interested in makes shopping easier, it’s not necessarily the easiest thing to do. Here are some of the best toys and gifts for 14-year-old boys in 2020, from RC vehicles and scooters to building sets and sports equipment.
Laegendary 1:10 Scale Large RC Cars
GoSports Slammo Game Set
PokonBoy 2 Set Tactical Vest Kits
Lightning Reaction Reloaded – Shocking Game
Lego Technic WHACK! 42072 Building Kit
Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick
Infinity Cube Fidget Toy Sensory Tool
GlowCity Light Up Basketball
Force1 Velocity RC Boat
Razor Jetts Heel Wheels
20 Best Toys and Gifts for 14-Year-Old Boys
1. Laegendary 1:10 Scale Large RC Cars
Laegendary 1:10 Scale Large RC Cars feature powerful motors and 45-degree climbing ability. With its four-wheel drive, oil-filled metal shocks, and large tires, these RC cars are ready to tackle many terrains right out of the box.
In addition to climbing over obstacles, this has a waterproof build so it can tackle muddy terrain, the beach, concrete, and other surfaces. The battery life on these RC cars is about 30 minutes, however, this comes with two rechargeable batteries. It travels at an impressive 30 mph and has a low-speed and high-speed setting. The lower speed is perfect for climbing and learning, while the high speed is perfect for racing friends or traveling across larger areas.
With an impressive 250-feet range, you don’t have to worry about the RC disconnecting from the remote controller. As an added bonus, this is a gift you can feel good about giving. Laegendary participates in the ShareTheMeal program that feeds one child for a day with every purchase from the company.
Something to note is that even though the car has two batteries, the regular cover does not work once they are Velcro’d and secured together. This means the car is not waterproof if you are using both batteries for longer drive time.
- Climbs effortlessly over several types of terrain
- Runs up to 30 minutes on a full charge
- Has four-wheel drive and big tires to climb up inclines
- 250-foot range
- Laegendary participates in the ShareTheMeal program
- Not waterproof if you are using both batteries
2. GoSports Slammo Game Set
The GoSports Slammo Game Set comes with a Slammo target and three balls—two for competition and one for training. It is a fun game that should be enjoyed by four people, similar to a 2-on-2 volleyball game.
To play Slammo, teams work together to get the ball to spike or bounce on the net. They have three tries and then it is the next team‘s turn. While the game is simple enough, there are official game rules included in the set. A storage bag is also included so your teen can pack up Slammo and go anywhere. It is fun like volleyball but significantly easier to set up.
The Slammo net is designed with sturdy, durable legs that let you play on any surface. It’s net also sits flat without any pockets or other problem areas that can throw off your game. Additionally, the netting is durable so this game can be played for years.
- Easy to set up
- Works like a 2-on-2 volleyball game
- Encourages social interaction
- Sturdy, durable build that will last for years
- Everything you need to play anywhere
- We couldn’t find any!
3. PokonBoy 2 Set Tactical Vest Kits
The PokonBoy 2 Set Tactical Vest Kits is ideal for boys who enjoy Nerf-style play. It encourages physical activity as they run around yards, fields, or the house playing with their friend.
The PokonBoy tactical vest kit comes with 2 vests, 2 face masks, 2 storage bags, 2 dart pouches, 2 protective glasses, 2 normal reload clips with 6 darts each and 2 long reload clips that hold 12 darts each, and 80 refill darts. This is everything your child needs to dress up and really feel the part when they are playing. The darts in this set are compatible with the Nerf Elite series of guns.
The tactical vest is made of a thick, durable material and holds darts for easy play and the face mask is breathable. It does have a heavy crease from being folded, however, you can lay in flat in water and let it dry and the crease will disappear.
- Comes with goggles, face mask, and vest to look the part
- Compatible with Nerf Elite guns
- Plenty of extra bullets for play
- Easy to reload and hold onto darts you aren’t ready for
- Comes with two of everything so your child can play with a friend
- Vest is folded and creased when it arrives
4. LaScoota Scooter
The LaScoota Scooter is designed for kids 8 and older up to 220 pounds. It is loaded with features and has large 7.9” wheels that are great for cruising around town.
The large wheels and dual-suspension system make it easy for this to roll over obstacles while still providing a smooth ride. It also has an extra-wide deck so there is enough room for your teen to keep one foot on the board and the other ready to press the rear-brake if necessary. Rubber grips cover the handlebars for added comfort and this has three adjustable height settings.
In addition to being fun to ride along on, this is portable. The scooter has a quick-release folding system and comes with a carrying strap, which makes it a great choice if your teen is walking to and from school. It also comes in a wide variety of colors.
- Encourages physical activity
- Great for cruising around town
- Large wheels and good suspension
- Comes in a wide variety of colors
- Extra-wide deck
- Rubber grips and adjustable height for comfort
- We couldn’t find any!
5. Lightning Reaction Reloaded – Shocking Game
The Lightning Reaction Reloaded –Shocking Game is perfect for encouraging your teen to be more social. It is designed to work with up to four players and recommended for kids ages 14 and up.
To play the game, each player grabs onto one of the handles. Music plays and a light turns from red to green in the middle of the base. When the light changes, everyone presses a button. The last person to press the button gets a small shock.
Lightning Reaction Reloaded is all about testing reaction time while having some fun. It also has variable shock control so low, medium, or high levels of shock can be set. This does take three AAA batteries, which is not included with the device.
In normal mode, the slowest person is the only one to receive a shock. In extreme mode, everyone except the fastest person receives a shock.
- Encourages your teen to play with others
- Unique gameplay
- Variable settings
- Option to adjust the shocking amount
- Fun way to test reaction time
- We couldn’t find any!
6. Lego Technic WHACK! 42072 Building Kit
The Lego Technic WHACK! 42072 Building Kit lets your teen build and then play with their high-speed creation. The kit has 135 pieces and comes together to create a pull-back toy stunt car.
Once finished, the car looks like it was built for speed. It has low-profile tires, a large rear spoiler, and a sturdy front bumper. There’s even more fun when it crashes into the wall, obstacles, or other cars because the engine pops out.
If your teen gets tired of playing with this, the Legos can be used with the other building sets. There are also a variety of other Lego Technic stunt toys that can be used for racing friends (or crashing into them).
- 135 pieces is a fun but not extremely time-consuming build
- Easy to put together
- Sleek, speedy looking design
- Compatible with other Lego playsets and pull-back stunt cars for more fun
- Engine pops out when the car bumps into things
- We couldn’t find any!
7. Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick
The Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick comes in a wide variety of colors and accents so you can choose your teen’s favorite. It is designed for kids weighing between 80 and 160 pounds and comes from the company Flybar, which has been making pogo sticks since 1918.
This features a wide bounce tip that makes it easier for kids to keep their balance, especially as they are learning to jump. This also has non-slip footpegs, which make it easier for older kids to find stability and do tricks.
The pogo stick is covered in foam, from the grips to the frame. This enhances comfort and keeps the stick looking great. While this is great for beginner riders, you’ll also want to be sure your teen wears safety gear as they are trying it out. This also has to be used on flat, dry surfaces and should not be used in the grass or wear it’s wet.
There is a break-in period with this pogo stick, especially with lighter kids because the spring is a little stiff at first. However, with a little practice, your teen will be bouncing along in no time.
- Foam grips are comfortable
- Wide variety of colors available
- Can do tricks
- Comes from a company with a long history of satisfaction
- Non-slip footpegs
- Break-in period for the spring
8. Infinity Cube Fidget Toy Sensory Tool
The Infinity Cube Fidget Toy Sensory Tool is the perfect pocket-sized toy for kids who like fidget spinners, pencil tapping, or drumming their fingers. It folds up into a small cube when not in use and is the perfect size to fit in your teen’s hand.
The cube is made from 8 smaller cubes linked with metal rivets that are durable enough to withstand flipping and folding. The outside of the cube is smooth with curved edges and is ergonomically designed to sit perfectly in your teen’s hand.
Like most fidget toys, this is designed to relieve stress and anxiety. It can also be used to replace distracting habits like leg shaking, nail–biting, or knuckle cracking. Many people use it while thinking or working to improve their ability to focus on the task at hand.
This is good for a plastic cube and is not especially disruptive. However, it is not as heavy as some of the cubes made out of metal so it might not work for everyone.
- Small, compact design
- Smooth outside and edges
- Several ways to manipulate the cube
- Metal rivets are durable enough to withstand constant flipping
- Relieves anxiety and improves focus for some
- Lightweight design might not be preferred by everyone
9. GlowCity Light Up Basketball
The GlowCity Light Up Basketball is regulation-sized and perfect for shooting hoops anywhere. This gift for fourteen-year-old boys can be used for solo shooting sessions or with friends, all while improving social interaction, physical activity, and hand-eye coordination.
The ball has 2 LED bulbs inside that result in a luminescent glow. It also requires two batteries, which are included. There are no switches or buttons on the outside of the ball—the glow feature is activated once the ball hits the ground and it will shut off when it is not being used. The batteries are replaceable.
As your teen gets older, you might be comfortable letting them go outside alone at night or to the park with friends to play ball. The bright glowing ball ensures it won’t get lost.
Something to note is that the painted black stripes on the outside of this ball are likely to come off after playing a few times. It is not very durable, however, it does not impact the quality of the basketball in any way.
- 2 LEDs make this glow brightly
- Batteries are replaceable
- Easy to see at night
- Encourages hand-eye coordination, physical activity, and social interaction
- Great for playing alone or with friends
- Regulation size
- Paint wears off quickly
10. Force1 Velocity RC Boat
The Force1 Velocity RC Boat travels along at speeds up to 20mph. It also comes with an extra rechargeable battery so you can bring it back to shore and dock.
This boat is perfect for lakes, indoor/outdoor pools, and other freshwater sources with low levels of surface debris. The 14” long boat looks great zipping across the water being controlled with a 2.4GHz remote. The remote also has four different frequencies, which lets you choose a channel to prevent interference if you are racing other boats.
This RC boat has a double-sealed hatch to stop water from getting inside, an emergency stop function, and a safety function that prevents the propellers from moving unless they are in the water. Another nice feature of this boat is capsize recovery. If the boat flips over and capsize, you can push a button and it will right itself.
An alarm will sound if the battery life is low or the boat starts to go out of range. It does have a 120-foot range, however, so this might not be an issue. The rechargeable batteries last about 10 minutes each and require a few hours to charge, so you may want to pick up some extras to use this for a longer period of time.
- Low-battery and out-of-range alarms
- Travels up to 20mph
- Emergency stop function
- The boat rights itself when it capsizes
- Comes with extra batteries
- 120m range
- Short battery life
11. Razor Jetts Heel Wheels
Razor Jetts Heel Wheels let your teen have fun anywhere. From zipping down the sidewalk with friends to moving around the mall, these fun wheels keep them on the go and encourage your fourteen-year-old boy to get up and be active.
Another benefit of these is that they are adjustable, so your child can even let their friends take them for a spin. The adjustable quick-click frame has a hook and loop strap compatible with US shoe sizes youth 12 to adult 12 and can be used by kids up to 176 pounds.
The heel wheel attaches to the outside of the shoes your teen already has. Once they’re strapped up, the 50mm urethane wheels roll smoothly over linoleum, concrete, and more. The wheels are available in green or purple.
Most kids will need a little bit of time to adjust to these. Wearing protective gear can help prevent injury, especially while testing them out the first few times. The heels are also a little bulky and heavy, however, that’s too be expected.
- Encourages physical activity
- Can be moved between shoes
- Adjustable to fit wide range of shoe sizes
- Urethane wheels roll smoothly over flat surfaces
- Encourages physical activity
- Bulky and heavy
- Learning curve
12. Mixi Magnetic Dart Board
The Mixi Magnetic Dart Board has a double-sided magnetic board with 10 magnetic darts. Being magnetic, the darts are safe to throw inside without worrying about damage to the walls and the surrounding area.
The dartboard features a rope used to hang the board so it can hang easily with the placement of a nail. It unrolls similar to a scroll. The darts come in two colors; red and yellow. This gives your teen the option to play with friends if they would like to.
On one side, the board features a traditional dart layout. The darts are a little over three inches long and have strong magnets that have no problem sticking to the dartboard. The opposite side has a target bullseye. Playing either game improves hand-eye coordination.
- Easy to set up
- No risk of putting holes in walls
- Magnets are very strong
- Option to play with traditional dartboard or a bullseye
- Improves hand-eye coordination
- We couldn’t find any!
13. Remote Control Helicopter
The Remote Control Helicopter uses hand-control to make the drone levitate over your hand. The mini helicopter charges using a USB so you don’t have to worry about batteries and its 720-degree awareness allows it to hover over your hand.
In addition to hovering, this drone can move 360-degrees. It also comes with a small remote controller with an on/off switch that you can use to stop it from flying. Alternatively, you can grab it from the air and flip it upside down.
The drone lights up as it flies through the air. A protective cage circles the drone which makes it durable in the event of crashes. Inside, four mini motors power the drone through the air. The battery life could last longer but that’s to be expected from most drones. This also senses objects like the ceiling, walls, and your hand and automatically moves away from them.
- Lights up
- Charges using a USB cord
- Protective surrounding prevents damage
- 720-degree awareness of obstacles
- Has four small, powerful motors
- Battery life could be longer
14. National Geographic Kids 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!)
The National Geographic Kids 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) book is perfect for teens that don’t necessarily want to read. It’s packed full of interesting facts that make great conversation starters and keeps your fourteen-year-old entertained.
Each unique topic is covered in a two-page spread that is full of vivid, engaging photos. The set up makes it easy for kids to learn more about one topic and set the book down until later.
The table of content makes this book easy to navigate, with topics like “75 Ice Cold Facts About Antarctica” and “35 Lethal Facts About Deadly Animals. With so much to learn on each topic and hundreds of pages, your teen will be occupied for hours. As an added benefit, books are easy to set down and pick back up again later. The hardcover keeps this safe from damage.
- Two pages on each topic
- Bright, vivid photos included with each subject
- Table of contents makes chapters easy to navigate
- Hundreds of pages of information
- We couldn’t find any!
15. Buddha Board Relaxing Water Painting Board
The Buddha Board Relaxing Water Painting Board comes with a board, stand, and bamboo brush. You fill the stand with water, dip the brush in, and make soft, beautiful images that will disappear slowly over time. This is said to help with the zen practice of letting things go.
The brush included with this board is perfect for creating images with a rich, inky Japanese look. This is a great gift for the teen artist in your life, especially if they don’t have a lot of room for their creative space. As it only uses water and is free of any toxins, the Buddha board is environmentally friendly, too.
The board included with this is high-quality and will not peel, crack, or stain over time. With proper care, this could last for years. The board is 12” x 9.5” and comes with a manufacturer’s warranty.
- Environmentally friendly
- Board, stand, and brush are included—all you need to get started is water
- Bamboo paintbrush creates rich, inky images
- Bold design is fun to play with
- Painting disappears after several minutes for more fun
- We couldn’t find any!
16. Potensic Upgraded A20 Mini Drone
The Potensic Upgraded A20 Mini Drone is a great drone for kids just starting out. It is easy to control, has a hover function, and comes with two detachable batteries for longer flight time.
On the controller, two joysticks give you the ability to fly the drone with ease. It has easy touchdown and takeoff, flies at three different speeds, and has a hold altitude mode that lets the drone hover. While you are flying, out-of-power and altitude alarms let you know when your drone is out of range or needs to touchdown to be recharged. An emergency stop button lets your child land the aircraft with ease.
Another benefit is the warranty, which guarantees no manufacturing defects for the first 12 months or your money back. The drone is also sturdy, having four round propeller guards that surround the hardware of the drone.
Something to note is that with the two batteries, there is 12-minute flight time. This is not an especially long time, however, the batteries are easily rechargeable to be ready to play again (usually within 30-40 minutes). This drone will not do flips or crazy stunts, however, it is a great starter drone.
- Great starter drone
- Easy to fly
- Automatic touchdown and takeoff
- Sensors to alert you to low battery or being out-of-range
- 12-month warranty
- Comes with two batteries
- Only runs for 12 minutes
17. Kidzlane Infrared Laser Tag Game Mega Pack
The Kidzlane Infrared Laser Tag Game Mega Pack comes with the lasers and equipment for four players. It’s a great way to encourage your child to be social and have fun with their friends doing something physically active instead of playing video games.
This best gift for fourteen-year-old boys has four guns loaded with features. You can select between four colors to set teams, playing with teams or every man for himself. The gun also emits a noise when the trigger is pulled and kids can choose between four guns, including a pistol, shotgun, submachine, or rocket. The gun vibrates when a shot comes in range of the child.
Each gun lights up while shooting and has an impressive range of 130-feet. Something to note, however, is that the laser sensor is most effective from the front and might not detect enemy fire from the back or sides of your child.
- Guns light up when fired
- Option to choose teams or pay every person for themselves
- Shooting range of 130-feet
- Comes with four guns to encourage social play
- Option to choose between four gun noises
- Hit sensor could be better
18. Elenco OWI Hydraulic Arm Edge Kit
The Elenco OWI Hydraulic Arm Edge Kit lets teens explore hydro-mechanical technology as they operate the arm. It has a suction apparatus that vacuums and lifts objects, base rotation of 270-degrees, and rotation of the wrist, elbow, and shoulder of the robot arm.
The arm comes with a detailed booklet of graphic illustrations to help your fourteen-year-old assemble and operate the arm. Being hydraulic powered, it uses water instead of electricity or battery. The arm has 229 pieces for assembly. Once assembled, it can pick items up and manipulate them. The hydraulic braking system I the arm makes it accurate to command once your child tinkers with it a while.
This fun, innovative toy is perfect for the teen who has everything or when you aren’t sure what to buy. The hydraulic arm was winner of the 2016 Top Toy of the Year Award, on the 2016 toys, tots, pets, & more Most Wanted List, and a Dr. Toys 100 Best Award winner.
- Uses hydro-mechanical technology
- 229 pieces for fun assembling
- Winner of several toy awards
- Can pick up and manipulate different objects
- Robot arm is very flexible and has great range of motion
- Hydraulic tubing comes off sometimes
19. FOCO NFL 3D BRXLZ Puzzle Replica Helmet Set
The FOCO NFL 3D BRXLZ Puzzle Replica Helmet Set comes with over 1300 bricks that your teen uses to assemble their favorite football team helmet. The building of the helmet takes hours and your teen can use it as a decoration once they are done.
This helmet is perfect for the football enthusiast in your life. This comes in varieties for any of the NFL teams which are perfect for letting your teen put some of their personality on display. The finished product is well-detailed and features the authentic team design including the logo on the side of the helmet.
Something to note is that the bricks included in this are smaller than traditional Lego building blocks. They fit together well but the face mask especially can break off. You should use an adhesive spray if your teen plans on putting it on display. Finally, the instruction booklet is easy enough to follow but the labels for the bricks could be clearer.
- Good detail
- Authentic logo on the side of the helmet
- Steps are detailed
- Over 1,300 pieces for hours of fun
- Works as decoration once assembled
- Facemask is a little flimsy once assembled
20. Beeasy Digital Watch Waterproof with Stopwatch Alarm
The Beeasy Digital Watch Waterproof with Stopwatch Alarm is an easy gift that all teens will enjoy. It is waterproof up to 50M and has a collection of dials that makes it both useful and a great gift.
In addition to telling time on a digital face, this watch functions as a calendar, alarm clock, and stopwatch. There are four buttons to set the date and time. Something to note is that there are no instructions and it can be a little difficult to adjust the date/time/alarm functions at first. However, there are video tutorials online and your fourteen-year-old will be able to figure it out in no time.
The adjustable wristband is made of soft, polyurethane material. It ahs ten notches for an adjustable fit. Additionally, whether your teen is showering or swimming, this watch is waterproof so you don’t have to worry about them remember to take it off.
Another benefit of this watch is that it comes in several colors, giving you the option to buy your teen’s favorite.
- Waterproof up to 50m
- Adjustable wristband made of soft polyurethane
- Has clock, stopwatch, calendar, and alarm functions
- Several color options
- Four buttons are easy to figure out with practice
- Buttons can be confusing
Buyer’s Guide for Gifts for Teenage Boys
Solo vs. Group Gifts
Having friends is important for navigating the difficult teen years. Most kids are distancing themselves from their parents as they learn their place in the world and having friends gives them someone to vent to and communicate with. While there are plenty of gifts you can buy a fourteen-year-old boy that he can play with alone, something like darts or a game that he can play with friends encourages the social interaction that is important at this age.
It is always easiest to shop when you are aware of a teen’s interests. Pay attention to which types of video games they are playing, the movies and TV shows they like, and what things they may like to collect. You could also think about what they do on weekends and the activities that they participate in with friends. Try to choose gifts that are related to these different interests and activities.
Even though fourteen-year-old boys are technically teenagers, they’re still several years from being considered an adult. Even at the age of 14, it’s important to choose age-appropriate gifts. Avoid video games that are rated Mature and games that are more appropriate for older teens or adults. Likewise, try avoiding gifts that are too childish. Notice the ways your child has changed as they’ve aged. Even if your teen has collected teddy bears most of their life, for example, does not mean that they’ve outgrown collecting them.
FAQs About Buying Gifts and Toys for Teens
Does the age range matter?
Once your child is a teenager, they don’t have the same choking hazards as younger children. The recommendations on different toys, therefore, are based on skill level. If your teen is more advanced for their age, it is okay to buy them something more complex. For example, a child experienced with model building kits might be okay with one for a more advanced age range or skill level.
How can I find out what my teenager likes?
Giving something like a gift card can seem impersonal, especially if you aren’t even sure what stores your teen might enjoy. One thing that parents can do to learn more about their teen’s interest in check out their social media accounts. Pay attention to the things they have shared and if anything might make a good gift.
Alternatively, you could have a conversation with the teen in question. Of course, it can be notoriously difficult to get an answer other than ‘yes’ or ‘no’ out of a teen who has better things to do than answer questions. Try to ask open–ended questions. For example, instead of asking if they have any good bands they listen to, ask what bands are their favorite. Some other things to consider are hobbies, weekend activities, what they do with their friends, and video game interests.
Should I limit how often my son is playing video games?
For a lot of teenage boys, one thing that holds their interest is video games. If you are going to buy a video game as a gift, it’s important that you set limits on how much screen time your child has during the day. It is all too easy for
A great alternative is choosing a gift based on the types of video games that your teen plays. Boys that like FPS (first-person shooter) games may appreciate an archery set, while boys into racing video games might enjoy an RC vehicle.
Even though teenage boys can be hard to shop for, you’ll make a lot of progress paying attention to the media, friendships, and hobbies that your child holds close. Buying a game they can play with friends is a great way to encourage bonding. Gifts that encourage your teen to tinker, learn, get physically active, or just enjoy themselves are also a good choice. Hopefully, this guide has been useful in helping you choose the best toys and gifts for 14-year-old boys.