Shopping for children is either great fun or a huge headache and very rarely anything in between.
It can be a minefield with age restrictions and guidelines, finding out high school trends and duplicating what kids have already got. But don’t worry, it’s not all bad…
There’s plenty to choose from when looking for great boys toys, from walkie talkies to water bottles, but if you’re in need for a little inspiration, we’ve got 9 of the very best cool gifts for boys in 2019.
1. Walkie talkies
Walkie talkies will never go out of style. With technology ever increasing, it’s great to have a blast from the past and kids love chatting with their friends over the frequencies.
There’s plenty of different styles to choose from, whether it’s a serious bit of kit with plenty of range, or Disney themed devices, great for around the house play. With hours of imagination fueled fun to come, there’s never been a better time to invest in memories.
2. Kool8 – Stainless steel water bottle
A modern, drop-dead gorgeous, fully insulated water bottle is a great gift for any age and with 5 fun colours to choose from, makes for a great gift for boys.
Not only will your son, brother, nephew or buddy, but with 20% of the profit going toward delivering clean water to underprivileged regions in the world, you’ll be gifting the people that need it the most.
The size of the Kool8 bottle is just perfect with industrial strength from the stainless steel, preventing wear and tear no matter what adventures it ends up on. What’s more, the Kool8 water bottle was recently included in CoolThingsChicago Magazine’s 2019 best water bottles roundup.
3. Remote control cars and trucks
There’s little as satisfying as perfectly driving a remote control car or truck around a custom build track in the living room or back garden.
RC cars have come on leaps and bounds since we were kids and there are endless models available with everything from the newest Lamborghini to a classic Ford Bronco.
Prices can be a little steep so make sure you shop around for the best deal, but for a smile on the face for the lucky kid that gets it, it’s more than worth it.
4. Twinkleintime – Custom star map
Give the gift of a magical moment captured in the stars with a 100% customizable, premium quality print of the stars.
Choose a location, a date, message and style for a gift that they’ll treasure and remember for years to come. For a gorgeous piece of art with a timeless design, Twinkleintime is one of the most thoughtful and heartfelt gifts we can think of. It also a sleek and modern design and is guaranteed to become a conversation starter at any social gathering. 100% guaranteed!
5. Magnetic dartboard
The earlier that kids are started on bar games the better, right? Okay maybe not, but that doesn’t mean that darts isn’t one of the best and simplest games known to man.
But if you’re wanting to avoid a selection of mysterious holes under and around the board, it’s best to stick with the magnets for the time being.
Pick one up for super cheap and watch as the family tears itself apart with competitive energy. Don’t worry, it could be worse, it could be Monopoly.
6. Screen Print This – Custom shirts
Custom gifts are by far our favorite pick. Anyone can grab something off a rail or shelf in a supermarket, but it takes some serious thought to create a personalized gift.
With Screen Print This custom athletic shirts or hoodies, sweatshirts, polos and accessories. There’s plenty to pick and with full customization, it’s a present you can look back on with fond memories.
With prices starting at just over $8, you don’t need to break the bank to make an impact.
There’s a special place in my heart when it comes to Lego and with more sets available now than ever, it’s an exciting time to be a big kid… or a regular sized one.
Whether it’s a dinosaur expedition or race car adventure, any and every set of any imaginable theme is around and ready to be played with.
Lego does come with a price tag, so before you blindly pick up every set that you want to gift, it’s worth checking the tag and shopping around.
8. Musical instrument
If you want to torture the parents of any child, the chances are that there’s no better way than with a musical instrument that they have no experience with.
Despite the jokes, any sort of instrument is a fantastic gift that can brighten a day and enlighten a life with the potential to capture the imagination and spark a lifelong passion. It doesn’t have to be a Fender Strat or anything equally as fancy, but a basic, entry-level instrument to get the fundamentals down.
As you’d probably expect, instruments can be a little on the expensive side, so shopping around and finding the best deal is a must.
9. Video games
With all other options exhausted, going down the easiest route to please with video games is a surefire way to maximize the bang for your buck.
The days of spending days on our bikes, riding wild through the neighborhood and exploring may be coming to a premature end – but the future isn’t all that bleak either. Video games allow for a virtual world where everyone is included, so you’ll be gifting friendship as well as a disc (super cute).
Make sure that you’re buying a game that you’re sure is within the age requirements and will be one that they’d be interested in. Ask parents, friends or family if you’re not sure and for the love of god, make sure you get the right console!
Hopefully, we’ve given you a little bit of inspiration with a hint of sarcasm along the way.
Whether you’re heading out to buy a brand new water bottle, custom star map or personalised shirt, we’re sure that the reaction will 100% be worth it.