Boys can be a difficult set to buy for around the holiday season. However, it doesn't have to be that way. Talk with the boy on your list and find out what it is he's interested in and what he's studying in school. You'll find buying a unique Christmas gift for the kids on your list is fairly simple.
Telescope or Star Finder
Telescopes and star finders are excellent gifts for teenage boys, especially those who have an interest in astronomy or are studying the solar system in school. Telescopes and star finders are available at a variety of price points, with some much more complex than others. Think about purchasing a more complex telescope for the boy with more than a passing interest in astronomy. RedEnvelope offers a stellar scope in which the boy must simply put the date and hemisphere of his location and the night sky will be revealed in order to help him locate stars and constellations.
A compass is a great gift for a boy with an adventurous spirit. Whether he's in a scout trope and must explore for his badge or he just enjoys exploring the area around the house with his friends, a compass can help him figure out the way to do so. Like telescopes, compasses are available at a variety of price points and complexities. RedEnvelope offers a finished pocket compass of heirloom quality that can be engraved with up to three initials: perfect for the older boy with an exploring spirit.
A personalized puzzle is the ultimate in unique Christmas gifts. Many stores (both online and off) that offer personalized prints on products will do so with puzzles. Simply pick out the perfect photo of the boy and his friends or family and submit it and in a few days or weeks, you'll have a totally unique jigsaw puzzle the entire family can have a blast putting together. RedEnvelope offers a personalized puzzle geared toward the younger set, featuring the child's name and a variety of zoo animals.