17-year old boys are ready to become independent, and they’re just figuring out what they want to do with their adult lives.
Getting them gifts that reflect their interests and giving them things that’ll help them transition into adulthood is always a sure bet if you don’t want to get them another gift that they’ll roll their eyes at.
35 Gift Ideas for 17-year-old boys
For the Notable Guys: Moleskine Notebook
Moleskine notebooks are known as the best notebooks in the world—and your teen boy is sure to think so too! With a premium leather cover, thick non-bleed pages, and a secret pocket at the back to store receipts, business cards, notes, and more, there’s no better way to encourage boys to write than to give them one of these.
For a Guy Who Rocks: JBL Go 3 Portable Waterproof Speaker
17-year-old boys usually aren’t the most careful with their belongings, so why would you get them something that would break? This JBL Bluetooth and wired speaker is waterproof, dustproof, and made to last them many years, no matter how many adventures they take it on.
It also includes a small clip so your teen can blast their music, anywhere they go.
For the Classy Homeworker: Renawe Luxury Wooden Ballpoint Pen Set
This pen is sure to make any teenage boy feel like a respected adult. With a beautiful and sturdy 2-tone wooden grip, a luxury box that makes a great pen stand, and extra gel refills, this pen is the perfect gift for writers, young scholars, and anyone who wants to add some class to their writing.
For the Survivalist: VerifyGear 17-in-1 Outdoor Survival Kit
Boys who are looking for some independence need a kit like this, which will provide them with everything that they might need on their next adventure.
It includes a waterproof box, water bottle clip, tactical compass, tungsten fountain pen, flashlight, two screwdrivers, a multifunctional spork, folding knife, wire saw, a paracord bracelet with a whistle, firestarter, and compass, a collapsible fire tube, carabiner, multifunctional card, ruler, and first aid blanket.
For the Risk-Takers: First Aid Only 299-Piece First Aid Kit
Whether your guy is just starting to drive on his own or is accident-prone, this first aid kit is a must for any teenage boy who’s getting ready to leave home. It includes everything that they might need from band-aids to burn salve, and it all comes in a convenient package that easily fits in a car or medicine cabinet.
For the Visionary: Dr. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector
This small projector is great for parties or casual TV-watching, and your teen will be sure to love sharing it with his friends for movie night or gaming. With the ability to plug any phone, streaming device, or computer into it, it’s a perfect way to give a guy a TV without actually giving them a TV.
For the Guy Who Likes To Hang Out: Eno Doublenest Hammock
Enos are some of the most popular hammocks in the nation since they’re so portable, durable, and comfortable. They’re the perfect gift for anyone who likes to hang out at the park, read in the backyard or go camping since they’re so easy to shove into a backpack and set up anywhere.
No matter where your guy goes, an Eno will have his back.
For the Guys Who Need Some Exercise: Spikeball Game Set
If it feels like your teen never puts his phone down, get him a spikeball set. Teens, college students, and adults love this game for its easy-to-learn rules and simple 4-player setup, making it a perfect way for your guy to spend some quality time with his friends while getting some fresh air and exercise.
The net is small enough to use indoors or outdoors, and since the balls are so small and lightweight, there isn’t much risk of breaking anything.
For the Musicians: Finether 17 Key Finger Piano With Pickup Jack
Whether your guy is a musician or wants to learn to make his own music, this rocking kalimba with an amp pickup is the perfect gift. The kit includes finger protectors, a tuning hammer, a storage bag, a songbook, tune stickers, and an audio line so that he has everything he needs to learn, play, and share his musical talents with his friends and family.
For a Remarkable Guy: Sovereign Gear Leather Bookmark
If your teen likes to read or needs some extra motivation to get his homework done, these bookmarks will add some much-needed class to his reading routine. Since they’re pure leather, they’ll last him a lifetime.
To spice up any gift, tuck one of these brilliant bookmarks into a new book or journal.
For the Wannabe World Traveler: Juvale Corkboard World Map
If you know a guy who likes to travel or has grand plans for a world tour, this map is the perfect gift for him. It comes with push pins and screws so that he can mark off all the places he’s been and all of the areas that he wants to go, helping him set goals and show off his love for traveling.
For an Outstanding Guy: Peraco Wooden Docking Stand for Men
When you’re 17, it can be hard to keep up with all of your new responsibilities, and this docking station makes it easy to keep track of everything your teen needs to start the day smoothly. This organizer and phone stand has spots for keys, glasses, a ring, a watch, a wallet, a pen, and a phone.
It also has a small hole for a phone charger so that you can feed it up through the stand.
This all-in-one station is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to keep all of their necessities in one place.
For the Guy With a Robe-ust Personality: Catalonia Microfiber Poncho Towel
This comfortable, loose dressing robe is the end of all loungewear. It makes the perfect after-shower robe, travel towel, or coverup, but it’s also fantastic for hanging out around the house. With its absorbent, but loose and soft microfiber fabric, it’ll be hard to change into anything else when you’re wearing it.
For the Guy Whose Head Is in the Clouds: ATTOP Drone With 1080P HD Camera
This amazing drone is bound to amaze any boy’s friends, and it’ll allow him to explore the world from a bird’s eye view. Any teen who likes photography, film, engineering, or technology is sure to use and love this easy-to-control flying robot.
I mean, who wouldn’t love to take pictures from 100 feet (30.48 meters) above the ground?
For Guys With Colorful Personalities: GUSODOR 50 Feet (15.24m) LED Strip Lights
17-year-old boys want to express themselves and develop their own space, and there’s nothing better to help them do that than these programmable, rainbow-colored lights. Anyone can use these lights to learn more about using a computer to program technology, making them an excellent gift for any technologically inclined guy.
For the Tricksters: MagicYoYo Professional Yo-Yo
This professional yo-yo takes things up a level. Teens will love the fantastic designs and superb quality of these durable, fashionable yo-yos. They’re perfect for learning new tricks and showing them off.
Yo-yos are like fidget spinners but are way more practical, so give this gift to any guy who always likes to have something to do with his hands or who wants to pick up a simple but impressive new skill.
For the Gamers: JBL Quantum 100 Gaming Headphones
JBL is one of the most trusted speaker and headphone brands, and they‘re known for being tough enough to withstand the wear of even a 17-year-old boy. With great sound, comfortable memory foam earpieces, and a high-quality microphone, this gaming headset is perfect for any gamer—or any high school student who has to attend online classes.
For the Powerful Guys: Anker Portable Charger
Today’s teens like phones, and many parents use them to keep in touch with their teens while they’re out of the house. Giving your guy this excellent Anker portable charger, which is slim enough to put into a pocket or backpack, will ensure that he always has enough charge on his phone to call mom, check his email, or play games during his time off.
This power bank also works well with Bluetooth headphones and more, so you can’t go wrong with this gift.
For the Happy Campers: Victorinox Swiss Army Climber Pocket Knife
Swiss army knives are the most classic pocket knife, and they’re one of the most trusted brands for their reliability and versatility. This pocketknife will get your guy out of any pinch, whether that means cutting their food on a camping trip or cutting a rope.
If you want to help your teen to be prepared for anything that comes his way during his adult life, get him this pocket knife.
For Young Professionals: Silk Necktie Set With Pocket Square and Cufflinks
These classy silk necktie sets with matching pocket squares and cufflinks are excellent for guys to wear to prom, to church, or just to prepare for their professional lives. They come in many beautiful designs and colors, so you can be sure to find the right one for your teen.
Nothing says adulthood like professional-looking clothes, so giving your guy a classy silk necktie is sure to tell him that you’re confident in his success.
For the Handy Man: Amazon Basics 131-Piece General Tool Kit
17-year old guys are excited to move out of the house, but they’ll need some things to ensure they can take care of everything independently. This toolset will provide them with everything they need to put together furniture sets, hang art, and make quick fixes around the house.
He’ll love that he can use this toolset when he moves out on his own, and when he does, everyone will want to borrow his tools.
For the Loungers: Milliard Reading Pillow
A reading pillow is a must for any high-school or college student, and it’s sure to get many years of use. You can prop yourself up while reading, watching TV, or gaming, so this gift is perfect for absolutely any teen guy who has comfort in mind.
It’s also machine washable, which will help prolong its life, no matter what your teen puts it through.
For the Guy Who Is Always Late: Neff Men’s Daily Watch
When you’re just starting to get adult responsibilities like driving, a job, college applications, and school, it’s essential to keep a schedule. If you know a teen boy who’s always late, this watch is the perfect gift for him.
With a comfortable silicone band and trendy design, Neff watches are some of the best daily-use timepieces out there and are sure to impress his friends.
They’re also water-resistant, so they can withstand any hard wear that teens throw at them.
For Guys Who Hate Being Bored: Hasbro Gaming DropMix Music Gaming System
Teens love to hang out with their friends, and stocking your home with new and exciting board games is essential if you want to keep the party alive. Dropmix is the modern board game for modern teens that’s sure to bring game nights to the next level.
It’s compatible with an app, and when you drop down cards on the playing mat, it plays some of the most popular songs in the nation.
For a Champion: Champion Men’s Powerblend Pullover Hoodie
Every teenage boy needs a comfortable and versatile hoodie, and with Champion’s trendy designs and cuts, you can’t go wrong with this one. This cozy hoodie is everything a guy needs to look cool while keeping warm.
The fabric is unbelievably soft, and it’s super durable with double-stitched seams and anti-stretch fleece. Indeed, this hoodie is sure to provide your guy with years of ultimate comfort and style.
For the Guy Who Hates Being Grounded: Hoidokly Wireless Charging Station
This wireless charging station has room for two phones, AirPods, and a smartwatch so that he can charge all of his devices at once. With all the convenience and ease this practical gift provides, he’ll never have to deal with a dead battery again!
For the New Driver: Allett Sport Wallett
This slim wallet is the perfect way to make your teen feel like a responsible adult, especially if they need a good place to put their brand new driver’s license and debit card. With its durable and simple design, this wallet is one of the best men’s wallets out there.
It’s small enough to fit in his pocket comfortably and durable enough to last him for the rest of his adult years. Gifting this wallet is a sure way to help your guy prepare for adulthood.
For the Park Player: Westside Discs Disc Golf Starter Set
If your teen loves to hang out with his friends, get him this awesome disc golf starter kit, which comes with five of the most popular disc golf sizes. This set will give him and his friends everything they need to have a fun day playing frisbee outside at the park, in the backyard, or behind their school.
The set also comes with a mini disc, perfect for packing into a backpack for after-school playing.
For the Artist: US Art Supply 82-Piece Deluxe Art Set
Whether your guy is an artist or wants to add some color to his school assignments, getting this colossal art set is sure to please. It comes with colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, mixing trays, sketch pencils, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, sketch pads, and a wooden easel with a storage drawer.
So, whether he’s a beginner or a seasoned artist, this kit will provide him with everything he needs to refine his skills and make beautiful art.
For the Guy Who Brightens Your Day: Maglite ML25LT LED Flashlight
It can be scary sending your teenage boy off in his first car, but ensuring that he’s prepared for anything can make it easier. Maglite flashlights are some of the most reliable portable flashlights on the market, and they’re perfect for beginner drivers, campers, hikers, park-goers, and, basically, anyone.
This flashlight is so durable and long-lasting that he’ll be prepared for anything and will never have to rebuy a flashlight, even into his adult years.
For the Guy Who Loses Everything: Cube Key Finder
Do you know a teen who constantly loses his keys, phone, jacket, or wallet? This Bluetooth waterproof tag is perfect for finding lost items. Pair it with your phone and clip it to the things he loses most often.
Later, when he loses them, open up your cube app and find the lost object.
These tags help find all kinds of things, and their batteries only need to be replaced once a year, so you can always count on the cube to find whatever he has lost.
For the Cool Guys: Carhartt Beanie
Carhartt beanies are some of the most beloved hats in the world since they last so long, go with anything, and offer optimal comfort. They come in tons of colors and stretch to fit any size head, making them the perfect gift for any guy.
For the City Slickers: LEGO Architecture New York City
This lego set is perfectly advanced and chic for any guy who loves to build models, loves New York City, or wants to go into design or architecture. With 598 pieces, teens will be challenged and engaged for days.
The party started: NERF N-Strike Elite Disruptor Twin Pack
Nerf guns are fun for kids of all ages, including teens and adults. With tons of foam and suction-cup “bullets,” these nerf guns are perfect for staging mock battles in your home. They shoot at ranges of up to 90 ft (27.
43 meters), and best of all, they come in a twin pack, so all you need to do to get the party started is invite a friend over.
For the Guy Who Is Always on Key: Otomatone
Otomatones are simple, cute, and ingenious synthesizers shaped as an adorable instrument that resembles a music note. When you press your finger on the neck of an Otomatone, it plays music, and you can slide your finger up and down to adjust pitch and play any song.
You can also squeeze your Otomatone’s cheeks to adjust your music’s volume, pitch, and bass.
Buying Presents: tips
17-year-olds have started thinking about their future goals, college, romantic relationships, and friendships that’ll last them a lifetime. They’re constantly vying for independence, which can be scary for them and their parents.
17-year-olds want to feel supported as they become adults, which means that they wish for gifts that recognize their talents, help them transition into adulthood, and help them get closer to their friends.
Showing teens that you support them and are interested in their personalities can help them feel safe as they explore what adulthood will mean for them.
Practical items, such as wallets, watches, tech, tools, and more, will make them feel more prepared for their futures.
17-year-old boys also spend more time with their friends than with their families, which can mean a difficult transition for parents and kids.
Encouraging them to get closer to their friends with games, activities, and outdoor gear can also them develop strong relationships outside of their families and show them that you respect their commitment to their friendships.
Preparing teens for driving and living alone is another great way to teach them to solve problems independently, making them feel more independent.
Getting them essentials like first-aid kits, flashlights, and clothes can help them feel respected and ready to take on the world.
17-year-old boys can be hard to shop for, but we hope this guide has helped you find some great ideas. If you found this list helpful or have any suggestions, let me know in the comments below!