Typical Birthday Gifts for a 17 Year Old Boy

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Although there are myriad out-of-the-ordinary birthday gifts for 17-year-old boys, it's true that there are just as many no-fail gift ideas that have been around for years. Stick with typical birthday gifts for your special 17-year-old boy and you're sure to find a hit.

A 17-year-old boy just wants something fun and cool for his birthday.
A 17-year-old boy just wants something fun and cool for his birthday.

Hobby Gifts

A typical 17-year-old boy's budget doesn't allow him to enjoy top-notch supplies for his favorite pastimes, so take his birthday as an opportunity to give him an upgrade. Give him a set of high-quality golf clubs or a new, monogrammed bat bag. For a budding guitarist, get a session at a recording studio; an aspiring actor may enjoy a month of acting lessons outside his high school theater coach. Give a new deer stand or bow for a hunting enthusiast or a couple of automotive magazine subscriptions for a car lover.

Gift a handcrafted ivory chess set to a budding master.
Gift a handcrafted ivory chess set to a budding master.

Electronics

There aren't many 17-year-old boys who would turn down a new gadget. Get him an MP3 player; if he already has one, upgrade it to a newer model. Buy him a smartphone and cover the data plan for it for a year. Get him a video game console; buy a couple extra controllers so he can enjoy it with his friends. You could also buy him a new laptop.

A new digital camera can help him capture memories.
A new digital camera can help him capture memories.

Transportation

If you can afford a new car, it will certainly be a big hit. If you can't, however, you still have many options for helping your 17-year-old boy get around. If he'll be living in a dorm soon, consider buying him a bike. Get a mountain bike so that he can use it on weekends to go off-road. If he lives in a rural area, buy him a four-wheeler. Suburban boys may enjoy a new skateboard, while urban 17-year-olds may be delighted with a year pass on the subway, bus or tram.

Give him freedom and independence with the gift of transportation.
Give him freedom and independence with the gift of transportation.

Experiences

Sometimes the best gifts don't come in a package. Give your special 17-year-old boy an unforgettable birthday experience. Get him flying lessons or a skydiving session. Take him to a track and let him ride in a race car with a professional driver, or experience drag racing at the wheel. You could also send him and a few friends on a trip to the mountains; rent them a cabin and let them enjoy hunting, fishing and roasting marshmallows all weekend. Or, give him two tickets to an important professional sporting event or a concert.

Surfing lessons can be a very cool gift for a 17-year-old boy.
Surfing lessons can be a very cool gift for a 17-year-old boy.

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