Boy and Christmas tree

Boys can be hard to shop for, especially when it seems like they already have everything they could ever want or need. This is especially true when they start to get a little older.

So, as a boy mom, here are eight gift ideas for boys of any age.

1. Bean bag chairs. Talk about a blast from the past! Back in the '90s I had a lovely mauve bean bag chair in my room. God only knows what happen to that thing, but now the bean bag chairs are back. What I didn’t expect was how much they would cost! But you can get them in all different sizes, shapes and colors now from the smallest little bean bag all the way up to a couch (which apparently were a thing when my friends were in college). So there's something for every budget.

2. Headsets. It seems like more and more of the video games require a good headset so they can hear the smallest of footsteps and talk to their friends. Of course the headsets can double as a great way to listen to music in the car or talk to friends or family on FaceTime or Skype.

3. Blank comic books. If you have a creative little person who loves graphic novels or comics, then this is the perfect gift idea for them. These notebooks have blank boxes that look like comics strip boxes so kids can start dreaming up their own graphic novels. I’ve found these both online and at brick-and-mortar bookstores.

4. Books. I’m huge on reading to your kids when they are young and encouraging reading as they get older by finding books that interest them. So to me, books are a great idea. To find a new book series your son might like, google their interests or check Goodreads, BookBub or Scribd to get some ideas. Still not sure? In my experience, graphic novels (the ones that look like comic books but in actual book form) are always a hit. They’re a quick, easy read that usually has great humor as well. Some moms don’t count graphic novels as “real” books but research by Northwestern Center for Talent Development would disagree.

5. Experiences. If the kids in your life have it all, give them experiences rather than more stuff this year. Tickets to a local concert or movie theater are great. If you want to think bigger, how about that ski trip or adventure in Disney World you’ve been thinking about for years? Combining your Christmas and family vacation budget in this way can be helpful.

6. Remote control cars. Boys of all ages love remote control cars. My kids have been playing with them since they could hold the controller, and our neighbors — who are almost 30 — were having great fun with one up and down our sidewalk just last year. Come to think of it, who doesn’t love a good remote control car? If you go this route, remember to buy batteries and maybe take it out of the box ahead of time to make sure it works. Last year, we had a dud on Christmas morning and it was a bummer. Remote control cars don’t last forever, or at least not in our house with two rowdy boys, so this is always a good repeat gift as well.

7. Gift cards. At 9 and 12, my boys are totally into buying v-bucks on Fortnite, so an Xbox gift card is definitely the way to go. My nephews, who are a little older and starting to drive, asked for gift cards to fast food restaurants and sporting good stores. Gas cards are good, too.

8. Nerf guns and ammo. No matter how many Nerf guns my boys have, they could always use just one more. There are so many styles and variations. Plus, they love to have extras so when friends come over there are plenty for everyone to choose from for a Nerf war. And if a Nerf gun is out of your price range, consider restocking their ammo supply. There’s nothing worse than running out of darts in the middle of an epic Nerf gun battle.

In the United States, we are blessed in so many ways. Most of us have what we need, but if you’re looking to add a little fun to this Christmas, I hope this list gives you some ideas!

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Jenni DeWitt is married and has two sons, the youngest of whom battled childhood leukemia — and won. Jenni writes twice a month for Momaha.com. She is the author of "Forty Days" and "Why Won't God Talk to Me?" You can read more about Jenni here.

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