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Gift Ideas for 13-Year-Old Boys

Stephanie has four teenagers and has hosted many teenager birthday parties!

It's all about the games for 13-year-old boys

It's all about the games for 13-year-old boys

Looking for Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys?

You are in the right place. Not only do I have a 13-year-old son myself, but we also live close to several of my nephews who are heading into the teenage years (12 and 14 in particular).

If the 13-year-old in your life is anything like my son, then you probably won't get a helpful response to questions about what he wants for his birthday or the holidays. A shrug and grunt are all I got, at least. So I had to do some sleuthing to compile this list.

Whether you're shopping for a birthday present or for a holiday gift, bookmark this article for reference. I've included a range of topics, including:

  • Gaming gift ideas
  • Sports-related gift ideas
  • Tech gift ideas
  • Entertainment gift ideas
  • Traditional gift ideas
  • Gift cards

Gaming Gift Ideas for 13-Year-Old Boys

My boy shares an Xbox 360 system with his siblings, and he also has a Nintendo DSI. But he seems to be outgrowing the DSI now that he has a cell phone. The Xbox, however, still gets played whenever he has friends over.

Each year, the holiday season brings many new games for all of the gaming systems on the market: Nintendo DS systems (handheld gaming devices), the Xbox 360, the Nintendo Wii, and the Sony PS3. There are also games to play on the computer and apps that can be downloaded to cell phones.

A 13-year-old boy is likely to want more mature video games. The kids want to play "cool" games. The ESRB uses a rating system that categorizes games as E for everyone, T for teens, or M for mature. Just because you have a teenager doesn't mean that all T-rated games are appropriate. The violence, sexual themes, and language in a T- or M-rated game is likely to be more coarse than that found in E-rated games. Think of it as similar to a PG-13-rated movie. If in doubt, you can ask a salesperson or read online reviews to find out if the game may be too graphic.

That said, I can say that one of my 13-year-old son's favorite games is Halo, which is rated M.

Some games include:

  • Current versions of NCAA, NFL, NBA and MLB sports games
  • Movie-themed games (Harry Potter, Batman, etc.)
  • Rock Band games
  • Halo
  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater
  • World of Warcraft
  • The Sims
  • Final Fantasy
  • Need for Speed
  • StarCraft Battle Chest

Some time-tested games include:

  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Batman Arkam City
  • Call of Duty 3: Modern Warfare 3
  • Assassins Creed

Note that many of these games are rated M for mature due to violence/war.

My 13-year-old son loves anything baseball-related

My 13-year-old son loves anything baseball-related

Sports Gift Ideas for Teen Boys

There is a subtle difference between my 10-year-old and my 13-year-old when it comes to sports.

Apparently, once you become a teenager, it's not as cool to wear caps, jerseys, sweatshirts, etc. of your favorite team. And he'll definitely take down the Red Sox drapes and put away the Yankees bedspread.

Here's a list of items that will probably be appreciated, even if they don't show it:

  • Sports equipment (balls, bats, mitts, helmets, hoops, goals, etc.)
  • Sports memorabilia (trading cards, signed balls, and the like)
  • Brand-name T-shirts (my son likes Nike and Adidas)
  • Tickets to a sporting event
  • Tuition for a sports camps or similar programs

Tech Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys

For some, the teenage years are all about tech gifts. I finally got my 13-year-old a cell phone for his birthday this year.

Keep in mind, however, that not all boys will take good care of these items, like a phone or Nintendo DS, that can be easily lost or broken. Another tip to consider is getting previous models of items (so, a Nintendo DS instead of a Nintendo 3DS) and/or those with less memory (8GB instead of 16GB, for example).

Depending on your budget, there are many tech gadgets available that are sure to be of interest to your teenage boy:

  • iPod Nano
  • iPod Touch
  • Other MP3 players and accessories
  • Laptop computer: There are many inexpensive notebook versions available.
  • Cell phone: You don't necessarily have to go with the new iPhone! There are basic phone models that still allow for easy texting and are available for less than $50 with generous rebates (hint: go for an unlimited texting plan to avoid a shockingly high cell phone bill).
Finding gifts for 13-year-old boys is not always a piece of cake (or pie!)

Finding gifts for 13-year-old boys is not always a piece of cake (or pie!)

Entertainment Gift Ideas for 13-Year-Old Boys

Let's say you want to save money on this gift. How is that even possible?

Believe it or not, some young teenagers still enjoy reading books and watching movies. There are a number of popular series available, depending on his interests (sorcery, magic, history, fantasy, vampires, etc.) Just think—you'll save money and probably a few of your 13-year-old's brain cells when you get him a book for a present.

Recommended popular young-adult book series (so they don't stop at just one):

  • Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  • Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
  • Stormbreaker series by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
  • Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
  • The Vadelah Chronicles series by Julie Rollins
  • The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima

Other great books (classics he should enjoy):

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Traditional Gift Ideas for 13-Year Old Boys

When I was growing up, video games were fairly new, and no one had cell phones (at least not the kids). These days, 13-year-old boys' tastes have matured, while the price of gifts has increased. You'll be hard-pressed to find a typical teenager who will appreciate a board game for a present.

Traditional gift ideas for teen boys are often focused on what's "cool." They probably won't admit it if they still like to experiment with SpyWare or build Legos, so take those off the list.

Instead, consider:

  • Skateboards and accessories
  • Rollerblades
  • Bicycles
  • Scooters
  • Other sports equipment, like gear for snowboarding, wakeboarding, skiing, sledding, etc.
  • Pool table, balls, and cue
  • Table tennis set
  • Foosball table

Don't forget accessories: helmets, gloves, boots, bindings, batteries, and any other item necessary for your child to enjoy these gifts.

Lucky number 13—how to buy gifts for boys of this age

Lucky number 13—how to buy gifts for boys of this age

When in Doubt, Go With a Gift Card!

Let's face it: teenagers are difficult to communicate with. Trying to please a young boy with a gift may be more difficult than getting him to clean his room.

Fortunately, you don't have to worry about a gift card being a cop-out for a present. Teens will appreciate the freedom of shopping for their own gift on their (mostly) own terms. Even better, after the holidays, most retailers slash prices on their products—right when your kid will go shopping.

Gift cards are available in a range of values (usually $25–100) from a number of specific retailers. The boys in my family enjoy getting gift cards from:

  • Target
  • Old Navy
  • Wal-Mart
  • Game Stop
  • REI and other sporting goods stores
  • iTunes

If you want to give your boy even more flexibility in shopping with a gift card, pick up one a Visa or MasterCard cash card. They work just like cash!

© 2010 Stephanie Marshall

Comments

Abriana on October 10, 2019:

These idea's are very helpful!! Thank you!

Jordan C on November 25, 2018:

I think this list is pretty accurate. Everyone says boys hate books and music and non-violent video games but I'm a boy and I love that stuff! Just saying you can't go wrong with that, everyone loves a good book and a baseball mitt.

sam on May 06, 2018:

old people are so out of it. DO NOT buy anything except for somehthing they ASK for like a phone. If they dont tell you then give them STRAIGHT UP CASH.

Elijah on November 24, 2017:

I am a 13 year old and actually most of its true, I really only want an Xbox or some sort of cool hat or backpack, because an average kid like me likes gaming, looking cool, and staying inside. If your like me, then let me know.

Heff on October 09, 2017:

Can't go past a baseball mitt!. If they are into tech stuff "The Amazing Annoyatron" is a pretty cool gift for this age group. It was developed by a 14 year old kid in Australia and won some award. I know its available online, not sure if its hit stores yet.

harley doolan on September 09, 2017:

if hes into mountain bikes trails and jumps get him a mountain bike that is just under 600, i started mtb a year ago now and i love hitting massiv jumps with my mates ps i am currently riding a voodoo hoodoo

Frustrated on August 16, 2017:

I really don't know what to get my 13 year old brother,

Any ideas?

bayoulady on June 09, 2017:

These ideas are rubbish

Eli on March 22, 2017:

I think they should add some gaming consoles... They have the games, but what if someone doesn't have a console with which to play the games?

JulieHub on February 18, 2017:

He has an xbox 360 with lots of games, a new bike, a scooter, his room decorated, and many other things. I will have to think outside the box and also inexpensive. Any ideas?He likes football all of a sudden but I think that is due to a girl he likes, there is already a basketball thing and he has a ball, I have an extra computer but he cannot use that because it drains my computer. Cannot get cable in his room. He has a watch. He wanted one so bad but never wears it and it beeps all the time and he has no idea how to fix it. I can't see well enough to do it. He could use a coat, he has one and he never wears them. He burns up all the time. Spring will be here next month and he has lots of hoodies he wears. He just got new shoes and a haircut. I will just have to think about it.

Stephen on November 23, 2016:

Lol, this is all wrong, not to be rude, but to help

Harry on September 18, 2016:

I am thirteen and most of those gifts aren't that great. Sorry for being judgemental but it's the truth.

jaydon on October 17, 2015:

hey, im a 13 year old boy and all of this stuff is wrong. 13 year old boys want money, electronics, skateboards, and other stuff like that. so if you have one just ask him and tell him what you are going to get him, its not that big of a deal.

Daquan on October 10, 2015:

Hey can anyone think of anything 13th birthday boy

briana on September 20, 2015:

great gift ideas this is the first time i been on your web page and tbh i love these ideas bc i have a guy friend and his birthday is coming up and idk what to get him but this helped me thanks alot!!!

a person on December 21, 2014:

pretty good ideas though needs to be updated to video games like destiny, c.o.d. advanced warfare, titanfall, skyrim

dmoney on December 15, 2014:

i agree these are terrible

fddd on December 05, 2014:

just saying all of those are horrible gifts

Drew on December 04, 2014:

"They probably won't admit it if they still like to experiment with Spy Ware or build Legos, so take those off the list."

Hello, I'm 13 and absolutely LOVE Legos. My Christmas list is packed full of items from the Lego website. So, it looks like I'm an exception!

Alex on November 25, 2014:

I'm a 12 year old boy and my birthday is in 2 weeks and I still don't know what I want...

Logan on November 15, 2014:

Nate from three years ago is my cousin

srr on November 09, 2014:

Ok Im a 13 year old boy and some of these are good and some are not. Most kids do not want a flip phone they want an iPhone (tip: go with a 4 or 4s if on a budget very cheap at verizon or at&t) also Beats are a good idea they are a little more expensive but they are what kids want now a days. (solos are about 150-200$) A long board would also be a good idea,I know that I love mine. Most kids love $$$$ so they can buy what ever they want!! Most kids also like video games (if you do not have a console think of that idea most new ones are 350$) Some games we like are call of duty,halo,assassins creed, Gta 5 (depending on what you let your kid play) Another great idea if you have a higher budget would be an A.R drone it is kinda pricey going for about 300$ if your kid has an iPad/Iphone (there is also a mini A.R drone for about 100$) thanks hope this helped

Jtz on November 07, 2014:

hey, I'm a 12 year old boy and I'm turning 13 tomorrow and I don't know what i want for my birthday

mangifter on October 22, 2014:

My sons are always tricky because I have one that loves everything sports and another that really isn't serious about any hobbies yet. Some great ideas for sure.

Liz on September 19, 2014:

I love all these kid sposting all their gift ideas!!! lol spoken just like a person that has NEVER earned a PAY CHECK

Kaili on July 13, 2014:

I have 9 year old brother and he does not like me what should I do be for I give up on him for ever

Harry on April 23, 2014:

I am a 13 year old boy and I think third phones you showed were horrible I would never want one of them

lynn on February 19, 2014:

What do you get a kid when they have all that listed above? A dirt bike!

Vincent on January 31, 2014:

Hi, I came here because i wanted to know what i should choose for my 13th birthday. I don't have any idea what I should do.

Naomie on January 27, 2014:

My brother birthday is tomorrow (he is turning 13) and he likes sports especially basketball what should i do

anonymous on December 31, 2013:

I play pokémon, not halo. violent doesn't mean its a good game.

Angie on December 16, 2013:

Our son and his friends (All 13, 7th grade) love playing the Xbox version of MineCraft. There is a youtube person (Stampy Longnose) who posts his in game play on youtube for tutorials or story telling and is quite hilarious. The boys love watching him and his site is pretty popular among the teens. So we got him an El Gato game recorder so that he can record his game play and upload it to youtube or other gamer sites. He can also do that for COD and other shooter games.

Tyrone bickerman on December 14, 2013:

This is pretty gay like legit what kid wants to read books my god are you raising some kind of nerds you get them some fresh js and some snapbacks and nike elites there not 5 make them play e games cuz like there gunna be little sissys let them bust a cap in some people on cod ghost like my god don't by them scooters either if you want him to get some girls by Gucci give him Some $w@g

Gmoney on December 14, 2013:

Look I'm 13 and kids hate reading I mean c'mon get them good stuff like beats and who's cares if the games are violent that makes them funner were not 5 or get them the latest jordans or holister clothes

bin bo bagins on December 13, 2013:

i am a predator on miners so yeah

Your name on December 12, 2013:

I'm 13 I looked through this list and although it felt old i Still believe you did a great job

- but what I hate is my mom keeps asking me what I want for Christmas and I honestly don't know, I can't decide on anything due to me having every thing that's not it the hundreds zone. :( I don't know what I can do

Just saying don't answer this with any ideas because I probably won't come back :D

hi on December 09, 2013:

these are great ideas thanks

jack on December 07, 2013:

i am a 13 year old boy and most boys my age want cell phones this includes iphones and music players

hii on December 07, 2013:

this is dumb

Moon B on December 04, 2013:

Candy

Anything from a joke shop

Sunglasses(vans preferably)

Cool shoelaces(neon)

And if you want to go big,

A mini air hockey table

Moon B on December 04, 2013:

Hi I commented several months ago giving cool teen boy gift ideas.I'm a 13 year old girl so I know what teen boys are into.In my earlier comment,I suggested an iTunes gift card,something bike surf or skate related,or a slingshot.You will notice I didn't write anything about video games.This is because I know boys revieve A lot of gaming gifts already.Also,giving them a gaming gift will encourage them to stare at a screen and 90% of teenage boys are already obsessed with video games. You may think that electronic gifts will be a bigger hit at the party but trust me. The teens will love my ideas!!!Here's an entirely new list of of 13 year old boy gift ideas:

JOE FUDACZ1 on December 02, 2013:

Well im 11 and my birthday is friday and i don't no whai want i like sports guns rely any thing any ideas

13 ice yo on November 30, 2013:

yo sup well 13 is a cool age well if ya son don,t like FOOTBALL AND SUFF LIKE THAT wow let not TA GOD XBOX 1 or XBOX 360 GAMES ta **)

epic on November 26, 2013:

think about like 100 dollar RCcars and stuff if you give them like a sunfire or traxxas or mad fire they will be excited i'm 12 and I love my sunfire it goes twenty miles an hour with a brushed motor good choice for 8-50 years of age there fun make Shure its not a crap one though

Racegirllisa on November 24, 2013:

Snap circuits are really cool

A 13 Year old Boy on November 23, 2013:

It depends on your child - Does he like sports related things or techy things? If sports related, buy him an airsoft gun or whatnot. If he like having new things buy him a product made by apple. If he has a 'Gaming' computer (One that can run games well) Ask him what game HE wants. You need to understand that a teenager likes blood, guts, gore, guns. So buy him games with those things! And don't buy him a Wii.. People just don't like them.

Benjamin Berg on November 22, 2013:

I'm 13 and this isn't vary accurate

hi on November 21, 2013:

i don't know what i can get my boyfriend for his birthday does anyone have any ideas

Richard Parr from Australia on November 17, 2013:

Bought my 12 year old a remote control 4WD. He loves it, uses it everyday. Many to choose from to suit various budgets. His is the Vaterra Twin Hammers.

foxy mama on November 17, 2013:

this did not hep me Im soooooooo confused on what to get

gros bedon on November 16, 2013:

was good but didn't help me

ggg on November 09, 2013:

Didn't help

BoB Awesome on November 06, 2013:

I'm 11 and i figure reading all this comments ( Which took FOR EVER!) helped but i would add a lot more things like call of duty Ghost or the xbox 1 and maybe the playstation 4. Some kids love nerf guns i do but not as much as airsoft and paintball. Also don't forget bb guns ( don't shoot at people in face or shin). One time i shot my friend in the shin with his bb gun and he was in pain but he shot me in the shin also. Don't be stupid like my friend and i!

Hope this Helped!

thx girl on November 03, 2013:

thx that helped a lot

Werewolf on October 28, 2013:

Hey, I'm 13 and I came on to see what other boys my age do.

My friends and I are ALWAYS on xbox/computer.

A game that is becoming really popular lately is Minecraft. (Many adults play this, just look it up on Youtube. Every song has a Minecraft parody)

It came out on disc about 2 or 3 months ago but I downloaded it through xbox live.

It is on computer and can be downloaded to phones and ipads.

It is very good but many people (myself included) say do NOT get it on phone or ipad!

Computer is best, though it is easier to get it on xbox.

Hope this helped!

P.S. Usually, the more violent the better.:)

Danielle on October 24, 2013:

I was hoping for some fresh ideas. If I bought my son what he wanted he would have an xbox. That's easy. I don't want him to have games so it was disappointing that was the first thing I saw. Sports are also easy, at this age they play everything so we already have everything. I'm leaving this site without any new ideas. Disappointed.

Richard Parr from Australia on October 12, 2013:

Some great ideas here. My son and I both got into Remote Control vehicles. Heaps of fun, with the added advantage of teaching them electronics as well.

Samita Sharma from Chandigarh on October 10, 2013:

Thanks for the ideas............

Isabella on October 05, 2013:

well my brother likes games and art :)

Kenneth C Agudo from Tiwi, Philippines on September 09, 2013:

age 13 above love games, for i have experienced that =)

He will surely love a new game for xbox or play station...

A new game to be played with his friends

Adrian Cloute from Cedartown, GA on August 28, 2013:

With Christmas coming up, thanks for the great gift ideas. My kid will love these gift ideas.

Moon B on August 25, 2013:

My best guy friend is turning 13 and even though I'm a 13 year old girl I know what teenage boys like. They're really into music so I would suggest buying them an iTunes gift card or something similar.Most teen boys are also into active outdoor activities such as skateboarding,biking,and surfing so something along those lines would be great!I once gave my best friend a slingshot which he really likes to.I hope this helped!

Bob Miller from Georgia, USA on August 23, 2013:

I like this gift idea article. I think that the best gifts are ones that make boys get up and be active.

Peggy is sharing on August 19, 2013:

Believe if or not, my 19 year old niece, never spent her birthday money and everyone was shocked when she announced this summer she had $3000!!

w on July 20, 2013:

airsoft, bb, and paintball guns

Ryan Wilson on July 11, 2013:

Hey, as a 13 year old boy, think that this is a great post, i would love anything that you described, to bad that my mum does not understand that i will not be sad if she gives me some money!

Cheers

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on July 10, 2013:

Good choices and gift ideas. And of course, the best thing a parent can give to his/her teenage son/s is time. Wouldn't it be more fun if a father and son play those gadgets and sports together (I'm a dad myself so I should know) ;-)

marion langley from The Study on July 05, 2013:

I'm thinking to adopt a handful of teenage boys in the future so I need to print out this article and file it away because it is awesome. I had to vote "other" on best gifts. I think the best presents you mentioned were centered around skill growth - like sending them to a sports camp. "The glory of young men is their strength", the bible says. :-) Thanks for writing!!!

JoshBoy on May 06, 2013:

hi, I'm a 13 year old boy. I am putting beats headphones, licensing case, a pbone (plastic trombone), and xbox live. Your list was very accurate though. I have a lot of it

Ethan on April 07, 2013:

Not suitable for a 13 year old

Music_life4eva on March 01, 2013:

My really good guy friend just turned 13 , but he doesn't really like video games or sports or anything like that so I just went to JB-HIFI and got a pretty good pair of head phones and he loves them!

It's great for people that you don't know the interests of as well!

joshua cook on December 17, 2012:

A mop. They need to learn how to clean.

Sid on November 24, 2012:

Thanks! I'm thirteen and I didn't know what to ask for...but you're right! These are great ideas! Thanks.

Swope on November 24, 2012:

good info.

annoyed on November 23, 2012:

this website is terrible. i am 13 and i don't think u got the gifts right :(

maddieH on November 22, 2012:

I'm sorry but I cannot agree that the video games are great idea for a 13 year old boy - my younger brother is very very smart, a genius, in my opinion - he's already taking college courses - he likes video games just like any other boy his age, but I wish this had more of an academical beneficial suggestions - I got him the Ben Carson Gifted Hands book for his birthday and he loved it

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 02, 2012:

Thanks mpropp - the age can be difficult to shop for. Best of luck to you!

Steph

Melissa Propp from Minnesota on November 01, 2012:

I have 2 boys, age 11 and 15, and I agree they can be tricky to shop for. You made a very thorough list, though. The video games and gift cards rank the highest in our household. Thanks for sharing!

13 year old boy on October 26, 2012:

you do realise that limiting it to any less than 3 and a half hours a day and going to bed at 8:30 average

You are going to get a lot of anger

F. Cabral on October 14, 2012:

Great gift ideas. Video games seem to be the a popular choice. But I really want to limit the amount of time they spend in front of those games.

baseline on September 17, 2012:

Hi i have some ps game console for sale if interested hit me up..... shop.zone3@live.com

tyujj on August 11, 2012:

get him a nice rugged tough puppy

luke on August 05, 2012:

hi. i am a 13 year old boy and i wanted to give you some advise. we have gooten to the age where we appreciate expensive things and treat them nicely. i know my friends and i love things such as beats by dre, and oakleys, and even netbooks. i would recommend finding out which one of these items they like the best. just mention one of these next time you ask and the"ll perk up.

kid on July 09, 2012:

sorroy parents but ur kids or grandson are growing up

IF U WANT HIM TO REMEMBER THAT CHRISTMAS GET HIM A PAINTBALL GUN OR BB GUN

colombostock from Colombo Sri Lanka on June 20, 2012:

Really useful gift ideas. Thank you very much!

Coltensplat on June 16, 2012:

I am a 12 year old turning 13 in about 3 weeks. I would love getting a little money cause I REALLY want a playstation 3 system. I don't wanna ask for it though cause I wanna be able to have a money goal and save up for it myself. I'm no money hoarder though

Sue on April 19, 2012:

Our 12yr old grandson just had a bday and we surprised him with his first zip line tour. Last year we took him and a friend to rock climb & the archery range .... fun, fun, fun. He still talks about it.

Gabe on April 05, 2012:

I am thirteen and I love books, sports equipment, video games, and tech stuff. Airsoft guns are popular as well and a cell phone is virtually a must have for a while hirteee

pooilum from Malaysia on February 19, 2012:

good stuff... now i can get some gifts for my cousin. Voted up and followed

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on December 19, 2011:

Hi Michele - gosh, that sounds tough! New shoes, perhaps? He's probably outgrowing those that he owns and if he is really picky, you could go shopping together and he can show you what he likes! Or, you could get him a gift of an event or experience to enjoy together. A pro sports game? A music concert? Good luck and happy early birthday to your son!

Michele Knicks on December 19, 2011:

that good) but he already has a lot of sport things. I really don't know what to get him. Can you help me pleaaaaaaase he is really fussy and hard to shop for! He really doesn't care what brand of clothes he has but he does like polo and his clothes closet looks like it's gonna burst any second! help before february so i can be ready for him!

Michele Knicks on December 19, 2011:

Hi I have a 12 year old son who is turning 13 in a couple of months and he likes video games but not too much. He has a phone already(It's not

JamesIsAwesome on December 15, 2011:

Those gaming ideas are very awesome! Skyrim is the coolest!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on December 13, 2011:

Hi Clara! Great to hear from someone with local connections!! So, my 14-year old is on my Verizon plan and I am getting my 12-year old a phone for Christmas (shhhh!) too. The phone itself was only 1 cent (awesome for a gift) and adding him to the plan is only $10 per month (both boys are a total of $20 per month with unlimited texting). Curious as to why T-Mobile is charging so much to add him to your plan?? We paid a $25 connection fee and that is it, beyond the $10 each extra per month.

I hear you on the issue with losing the phone. Go with a basic model and have him earn a "better phone" in 2 years with chores and responsibility. My biggest tip, he must leave the ringer on so you can find the phone when its lost. My older son always has the ringer off and then its impossible to find later!!!

I'd love to hear what others say regarding the plan issue. Good luck and Happy Birthday to your 13-year old boy! :-)

Ciara West on December 13, 2011:

Hello in Bend OR! I live in Ky but the rest of my family lives in Bend and Remond! My son will be 13 this weekend. I wantto buy him a phone but not sure if I should add him to my plan with T-Mobile for an outrageous amount or buy him a non-contacted, individual monthly plan...either way Im nervous he will lose it like the last one before I have even had a chance to weigh the final costs. I really need him and I to be in better contact so its important but Im also a tightly budgeted single mom! Any ideas from anyone??/

zach on December 13, 2011:

i am 13 just bored and wanted to look up what others had to say so in my opinion if someone likes to read get a kindle some like buttons some like touch screen feelings so try to find out what the one you buy for likrs without saying kindle in any word with your talk because we are smarter than you think and find things out and wont say so i know im getting a kindle this year because i saw on my familys amazon acount so don't buy things from a normal account make a new one if you buy online don't get us a kindle fire it will distract us and we will get bored and not use it use a simple kindle keybord i don't recommend most don't like it stay with other 2 save money and get the one with advertisements if they don't like then spend 40 dollors and upgrade some deals are good on there anyway there was a lot more i was going to say but forgot my bad but yea just tips from a 13 year old electro geek you can tell because i said electro remember have multiple accounts to whatever you buy from

Grayson (13 yrs old) on December 11, 2011:

i was looking here to help with my christmas list and i know i like and want airsoft+paintball guns. it hurts but not to bad.

Derek on December 11, 2011:

Thanks for all these ideas!

Kimsey on December 10, 2011:

My son and all his 13 year old friends would do anything for xbox live points :-)

nick on December 07, 2011:

wrong wrong wrong

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