The best gifts for a 17-year-old boy encompass everything from high-tech drones to fun reference books.  Learn about different gifts for your son, nephew, brother, friend, or grandson by checking out our list of the best presents for a 17-year-old boy.

Comparison Table

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Product FAQs

If you’ve never shopped for a 17-year-old boy, before, you may have some questions. Keep the following in mind when making your decision:

What products make great gifts for the average 17-year-old boy?

Seventeen-year-old boys love electronic gadgets – iPhone, iPads, Kindle Fires, and any accessory that makes using them easier. Sports and camping equipment are high up on the gifts for any teen boy. Backpacks for school or traveling, wallets, keychains, and sneakers are also popular presents for 17-year old boys.

Are these products available online and offline?

Most affordable gifts are available online. You can buy most of the same products at some retail stores or on the company website, but online retailers offer delivery for many gifts.

How do I know what gift is appropriate for my friend or relative?

Asking someone what they want as a gift takes the surprise out of receiving a graduation or birthday gift. Talk to the boy’s friends or relatives about what he likes to do, his hobbies and favorite school subjects, or use your own best judgment about his interests.

How We Reviewed

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We looked at popular items online and in retail stores geared to teenage boys. Seventeen-year-old boys have a wide range of interests, but to determine the best gifts for a 17-year-old boy, we looked at:

  • Popularity
  • Online reviews from customers and experts
  • Warranty
  • Customer Service
  • Construction and quality

Top 10 Gifts for 17-Year Old Boys

Here’s our list of top presents for 17-year-old boys. We have included a cross-section of gifts that teen boys will enjoy.

Men’s Leather Tommy Hilfiger Wallet

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All young men need a wallet to carry money, IDs, drivers’ licenses, and other important items. This Tommy Hilfiger wallet is an excellent choice for soon to be high school graduates. This wallet has one compartment for bills and a removable cardholder.

Key Features

  • This wallet is made of 100 percent leather. It has the Tommy Hilfiger logo
  • Provides built-in RFID lining to stop radio frequencies and deter electronic theft
  • The leather wallet is 4.25 inches long and 3.25 inches high.
  • Made of handcrafted leather
  • Hand washable
  • Sleek design, fits in a pocket without bulging

WindFeel Vintage Army Green Retro Canvas Backpack

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This vintage army backpack is large enough for a laptop, iPad, camera, lunch or any clothes an active seventeen-year-old boy might need. The WindFeel Vintage Army Retro Backpack measures 18.1 by 12.6 by 7.8 inches. This backpack is made of high-density canvas.

This retro backpack contains one front pocket, two side pockets and a large compartment with two pockets inside for smaller items. You can close the main compartment with a drawstring.

Key Features

  • Has multiple compartments
  • Made with strong canvas fabric PU leather and vintage brass accents
  • The multipurpose backpack can be used for school, hiking, traveling, or camping
  • This backpack has several small compartments for cell phone, water bottle, etc.
  • Easy to wash and dry
  • Flap-over, the button closure cover
  • Excellent customer service via Amazon

My Map Ancient History Scratch Off Christmas Gift

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This large wall map is more than a decoration. This antique-looking, gold-coated map lets a teen boy use a coin to scratch the countries or cities he’s visited or is dreaming about traveling to. (The scratch coating is similar to what you’ll find on a lottery ticket.)

Key Features

  • Boys can scratch off the cities they’ve visited.
  • The map has over 10,000 cities and countries featured
  • The map is 35 inches wide and 25 inches tall
  • Inset maps of Europe and the Caribbean at the bottom of the map
  • Helps your son learn more about geography and history
  • This map is a fun, visual way to remember vacations and study trips
  • Online reviews are almost unanimously positive
  • Attractive looking vintage design

Guinness Book of World Records

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The book is inexpensive, a favorite and any boy can like it even if he doesn’t normally read books. He can share it with friends and family members of all ages. Learn about the world records for inventors, craft makers, and other achievers.

The Guinness Book of World Records was first published in 1955 and has sold over 141 million copies. There’s also a Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition, which debuted in 2007.

Key Features

  • The Guinness Book of World Records has lots of funny and intriguing world’s records, and it’s updated every year.
  • Great for anecdotes and inspiration
  • A quick, fun read.
  • Lots of photos.
  • Updated yearly
  • Emphasis on tech, LEGOS, and current trends

TIMEX Ironman Wrist Watch

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Stylish and gives a teen boy an easy way to check the time and other info without carrying the Smartphone out of its case at all times. The Timex Ironman Wrist Watch has lap counters, a stopwatch, and an alarm,

Activate the Timex Flix feature and the Indiglo night-light by flicking your wrist. You need to press and hold the Indiglo night-light button for three seconds. Once it beeps, the watch is in night mode. When the watch is in night mode. A forward wrist flick and a quick stop activate the Indiglo night-light for three seconds.

Key Features

  • Lightweight build
  • 30 lap memory recall
  • Reminders for 15 occasions
  • 24-hour countdown timer repeats up to 99 times
  • This watch has a resin strap and buckle closure.
  • Water-resistant; you can wear it while swimming
  • Available in many colors and styles

Fender FA-115 Acoustic Guitar Bundle

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The Fender FA-115 Acoustic Guitar Bundle helps any 17-year old boy learn how to play guitar, whether he’s musically inclined or not. The FA-115 has a dreadnaught body suitable for rock, pop, country, and all musical styles.

There are dot inlays on the 20 fret rosewood fretboard. The rosewood bridge features a synthetic bone saddle.

Key Features

  • This starter kit includes a gig bag and instructional DVD.
  • The guitar has a spruce top that’s laminated.
  • Also comes with a tuner, picks, strings, and guitar strap.
  • This bundle has everything you need to learn acoustic guitar
  • Nice-looking guitar
  • Receives great online reviews from customers

Leatherman Wave Multi-Purpose Tool

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The Wave Multi-Purpose all-in-one tool offers lots of functionality for repairs at school, on a part-time job, or around the house. This Leatherman Multi-Purpose tool has serrated and plain knives, several pliers, replaceable wire cutters, a ruler, spring-action scissors, can and bottle openers, and a wire stripper, among other items.

Key Features

  • The tool requires only one hand to use.
  • All-locking blades for safer cutting
  • Lightweight fits in your pocket
  • Great for fishing, hunting, and camping
  • You can get the recipient’s initials engraved on the tool
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Available in silver or black
  • Offers 18 easy to use tools for daily use

Stomp Super High-Performance Extreme Rocket

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The Stomp Extreme Rocket is a well-reviewed toy by online customers. All you need to do is run and jump – and then stomp on the rocket for it to fly several hundred feet into the air. The rocket can fly up to four hundred feet, longer than a football field. This low-maintenance rocket is a great break from Smartphones and computers. Use the High-Performance Extreme Rocket in the park, in a large open field, or on vacation.

Stomp Rocket won the Creative Child Top Toy of the Year Award and other awards for excellence in toys for young people.

Key Features

  • Durable
  • This rocket doesn’t need electricity, batteries, or any other power source.
  • The more you weigh, the higher the rocket goes when you stomp on it.
  • Encourages interest in STEM subjects
  • Easy to assemble
  • No batteries

Tello Quadcopter Drone

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This small drone is great for 17-year-old boys, but the whole family can use it. You can use this drone with a VR headset and get an amazing view of the mechanism in flight. The Quadcopter Drone has a powerful battery to keep the drone in the air for a long time.

Toss the drone into the air and watch it fly. There are two antennas for better video transmission and a slide-on screen for aerial stunts and flips. The superior image processor will give you high-quality videos and photos from up in the air.

EZ Shots records professional videos that you can share from your Smartphone on social media or your blog.

Key Features

  • Flight time averages 13 minutes
  • This drone can travel up to 100 meters
  • DJI flight controller allows you to perform tricks with the drone
  • Has Scratch, an MIT coding system
  • Good for learning about coding
  • Compatible with virtual reality headset
  • Advanced users can develop their own programs for the drone
  • Has Failsafe and Vision Positioning System

Batman Car Seat Covers

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Seventeen-year-old boys can combine their newfound love of driving and their superhero cravings with these classic Batman logo seat covers.

The set includes two top and two bottom seat covers, a top bench cover, five headrest covers, two front carpet mats, two rear carpet mats, one top, and one bottom bench cover.

Key Features

  • Classic Batman logo
  • Made to fit most cars and vans
  • Complete set includes floor mats and headrest covers
  • The covers are designed for most bucket seats.
  • Officially licensed
  • Machine washable
  • Great for personalizing a teen boy’s car

The Verdict

All the products on our list are appropriate for most 17-year-old boys, but like gifts for anyone of any age, a lot depends on the individual’s interests.

The Tello drone and Stomp Rocket may be of interest to boys who like science, computers, and programming. The vintage map is a great choice for boys who like to travel and go camping. Most of the other gifts are suitable for any 17-year-old boy.

The best gifts for a 17-year-old boy depend on the boy’s interests and your budget, but we think the best choice overall is the Timex Ironman Watch. Boys can wear it anywhere, anytime, even while swimming. It’s not as expensive as other high-tech watches, and aids boys with sports recordkeeping, keeping appointments, or just telling time without reaching for a cell phone.