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40 Great Gifts and Toys for 13-Year-Old Boys That He'll Actually Love

For 2022, you're going to want to go with something funny or a cool STEM product.

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When he turns 13, you have a full-blown teenager on your hands. Suddenly the blocks, trucks and other toys for kids are giving way to tech, games and cool stuff for their rooms. In one way, that make shopping for the best gifts for 13-year-old boys easier: By now, they might be interested in delving deeper into certain areas, be it STEM sets, art kits, outdoor sports or some other pursuit. But that doesn't mean he doesn't still have the time or desire to play, with more sophisticated games with more online components or more complicated rules.

With all that in mind, these are the best gifts and toys for 13-year-old boys in 2022. They include some toys that have been through testing at the Good Housekeeping Institute (including current and former Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award winners), bestsellers from Amazon and other items that teens can't get enough of. From the just-a-little-something, like fidget toys and cool accessories, to the big, techy, splurge-worthy luxury gifts, to funny gifts he'll want to show all of his friends, you'll be sure to find something for every 13-year-old boy on your list, no matter if it's for his birthday or Christmas.

And if you're shopping for others, Good Housekeeping also has recommendations for gifts for tweens, gifts for teens and gifts for teen boys, too.

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Unusual Gift for 13-Year-Old Boys
MYNT3D
Professional Printing 3D Pen
MYNT3D
Best Overall Gift for 13-Year-Old Boys
WEKAPO
Inflatable Lounger
WEKAPO
Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner
Educational Insights
BrainBolt Genius
Educational Insights
Unique Gift for 13-Year-Old Boys
Lightning Reaction
Lightning Reaction Reloaded Game
Lightning Reaction
Inexpensive Gift for 13-Year-Old Boys
Soundbot
Bluetooth Wireless Smart Beanie
SoundBot
Trendy Gift for 13-Year-Old Boys
Shashibo
Shape Shifting Box
SHASHIBO
STEM Gift for 13-Year-Old Boys
Snap Circuits
Arcade Electronics Exploration Kit
Snap Circuits
Sky Castle
DoodleJamz JellyBoards
Sky Castle
Best Tech Gift for 13-Year-Old Boys
MRCOOL
Bedside Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker
MRCOOL
Best Gift Under $20
SAIJI
Gooseneck Bed Phone Holder
Saiji
Frigidaire
Mini Retro Beverage Fridge
elago
3-in-1 Charging Station
elago
Best Game for for 13-Year-Old Boys
Pandasaurus Games
The Mind Card Game
MemorySweets
LOGROTATE
Moon Lamp
LOGROTATE
Now 20% off
Holy Stone
HS110D FPV RC Drone
Holy Stone
Funny Gift for 13-Year-Old Boys
Winkon
Do Not Disturb Socks
Winkon
Best Teen Gift Under $10
CreateSpace
Blank Comic Book
Lux Reads
Gift Republic
100 Movies Bucket List Poster
SAYM
Galaxy Sweatshirts
SAYM
Cool Gift for 13-Year-Old Boys
MINGER
LED Strip Lights
Minger
Acer
Chromebook Spin 11
Acer
Outdoor Gift for 13-Year-Old Boys
Spikeball
Spikeball Game Set
Spikeball
Now 15% off
For Marvel Fans
LEGO
Marvel I Am Groot
LEGO
Luxury Gift for 13-Year-Old Boys
Beats_by_dre
On-Ear Headphones
Beats_by_dre
Now 20% off
DK
Marvel Encyclopedia
DK
Now 50% off
Ann Arbor T-shirt Co.
"I Paused My Game to Be Here" Shirt
Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company
Lingo
In The Driver's Seat Kit
Lingo
Fun Gift for the Teen Who Has Everything
Pick-A-Palooza
Guitar Pick Punch
Pick-a-Palooza
Now 14% off
Timex
Weekender 38mm Watch
Timex
Think Fun
Escape the Room: Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat
ThinkFun
Rhyme Antics
Rhyme Antics
Rhyme Antics
RIMABLE
Rimable Skateboard
Rimable
Anker
Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker
Anker
TUPARKA
Animal Bite Cable Protector
House of Marley
Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
House of Marley
Uncanny Brands
Millennium Falcon Waffle Maker
Pangea
For 'Stranger Things' Fans
Stranger Things
Hellfire Club Raglan Tee
Stranger Things
Ubuntu Life
Beaded Leather Bracelet
Ubuntu Life
The Sill
DIY Terrarium Kit
The Sill
Now 40% off
KingsleyLeather
Leather Key Fob
Kingsley Leather
How we choose the best gifts
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For toys, the Good Housekeeping Institute does year-long toy testing to evaluate for safety, durability and ease of use, then hands the toys over to real kids to make sure they have the all-important fun factor. While non-toy gifts are not evaluated in the Lab, editors still look for gifts put out by trusted brands, gifts with great reviews from purchasers, bestsellers and editors' favorites. The list is then vetted by Good Housekeeping editors, who, after years of curating gift guides and keeping track of trends, tries to match the items with what is popular now and what Good Housekeeping readers and families have loved in the past.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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For decades, the Good Housekeeping Institute has provided expert reviews and advice on everything parents and children love, including STEM toys, educational toys, sensory toys, board games and outdoor toys. While not all the selects on this list have been specifically vetted by our experts, Marisa LaScala, Good Housekeeping's Senior Parenting and Relationships Editor, has scoured the internet and spoke with tweens and teens for the other top-picks. Marisa has covered all aspects of the world of parenting, from the postpartum years through the empty nests, since 2015, and she's pitched in with Good Housekeeping's toy coverage since 2018. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, who are both avid toy collectors.

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