As a parent, I know that we don’t always want to be giving “toys” to our boys. Sometimes we want to give something that is actually useful. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that these practical gifts may be received with a bit of a lack of enthusiasm from your 13 or 14 year old. But after all, I know some things will be useful for him, even if they’re not considered fun and they will be appreciated, even if this appreciation is never verbalized. None of these items are big ticket items, but they are cheap enough so that they could be an add-on gift to something which is considered fun.
Ratchet Screwdriver and Bit Set
low For the boy who likes tinkering with tools, this may be the perfect set. This set, which comes in a plastic box, includes many different bit types, including Flat Bits, Phillips Bits, Square Bits, Star Drive Bits, Pozi Bits, Hex Bits, Clutch Bits, Tamper Star Drive Bits, Tamper Hex Bits, Tri-Wing Bits, Spanner Bits, and Torq Bits.
Wind ‘N Go Flashlight
low No need to worry about hunting for batteries for this flashlight. You just need to wind the crank for 1 minute to charge the internal battery to provide up to 1 hour of light. Great for camping, traveling, or for him to carry in his backpack for emergency situations.
Stainless Steel Water Bottle
low This stainless steel water bottle with more than one thousand 5 star ratings on Amazon, comes in a range of colors, sizes, and cap types. It is toxin-free and BPA-free. The most popular size is the 27 ounce bottle. Perfect for school, sports, camping, and other many more activities.
Basic Lightweight Field Compass
low Here’s an easy-to-use but durable compass. I think it is important for your lad to know how to read a compass and use it to orient his map and navigate, rather than simply relying on a GPS which is only effective as long as it has battery power and satellite signal. Teach your boy how to use a compass because one day this skill could just save his life.
Size: 2.2″ x 3.5″