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Teenage boys are notoriously hard to buy for but when you try and buy eco-friendly or zero waste gifts, it can seem twice as hard.

However, one thing you can always get them is a book. A book for a teenage boy may sound like a bad idea but there actually some really fun books that teen boys will love.

Books are obviously easy to recycle and pass on to bookshops and others to read so they are a more  of an eco-friendly option than lots of other gifts

If you want to go super ecofriendly and zero waste, buy a kindle e-book as a gift. He can read it on any device that he has. Follow the instructions of how to buy a kindle book as a gift. 

Read on for lots of awesome books for teenage boys that make great gifts.

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Manual to Manhood

The Manual to Manhood is a fab gift for teen boys from aged around 14 to 17.

It covers lots of skills, habits and character development traits which will help him when he moves into adulthoods. Some of the subjects it covers includes  wear cologne correctly, grill a steak tie a tie , manage money, talk to a girl, plan a date,  write a résumé, ask for a reference, clean a bathroom, throw darts,  change a tire and fold a shirt among many others

Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 

The Gamer’s World Book of Records is the perfect book gift for any gamer.

It covers interesting facts about all kinds of video games and gamer.

Find out about the world’s popular Fortnite player, which country is best at Pokemon and Minecraft’s strangest records.

97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School

97 things to do before you finish high school encourage kids to think about extra curricular activities they can enjoy in their teen years.

Plan a road trip, make a podcast, learn a language, host a house party, go camping, learn a marial art, write a manifesto and tons more ideas.

The Naked Roomate is a book that is for teenagers who are at college or about to embark on the adventures of going to college.

From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).

It covers all kinds of topics from what to expect in class, to how to manage money to dating, college living and the party scene.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens can be a life changing book if even some of what is written about is put into practice.

It introduces teens to 7 key habits to help them with the tough issues and life-changing decisions teens face. It covers issuses such as improving self-image, building friendships, resisting peer pressure, achieving goals, and getting along with their parents, as well as tackle the new challenges of our time, like cyberbullying and social media.

Teens will love the way this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world.


Backyard Ballistics

Backyard Ballistics is a great book for a teenage boy who likes to make stuff.

He can use inexpensive household or hardware store objects and this step-by-step guide to make ballistc devices.
They include making little rockets powered with a match, potato guns,  tabletop catapult and a tennis ball mortar.

There is a strong emphasis on safety in the book too.  The book also givestroubleshooting advice, explains the physics behind the projects, and tells the reader about scientists and extraordinary experimenters such as Alfred Nobel, Robert Goddard, and Isaac Newton.



For boys who love pulling pranks and this Pranklopeida has it all. 

Discover the homework hoax, the squirting blister and the movie popcorn that grabs you back.  Freak out your friends with food pranks: a self-peeling banana and the “misfortune” cookies.

There’s lots of ideas in this book, just tell siblings and family members to watch out!


The Teen’s Guide To World Domination

The Teen’s Guide To World Domination gives advice on life liberty and the pursuit of awesomeness

The author, Josh Ship has many years of experience talking to teenage audiences and this book shows it.

He is able to catch the reader’s attention and talk to readers in a way they understand and relate to.

It’s an inspiring and motivating read.

It passes on excellent advices, wisdom and tips how how to lives life now and in the future.


The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens

The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make shows teens how to make smart choices about the six most crucial choices they’ll face during teenage years.

The challenges teens face today are tougher than at any time in history: academic challenges, getting on with parents, media bombardment, dating drama, abuse, bullying, addictions, depression, and peer pressure, just to name a few. And, like it or not, the choices teens make while navigating these challenges can make or break their futures.


Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a very visual book full of unusual information and wacky facts.

Find awesome feats, bizarre animals, crazy creations and strange humans.

There are lots of fascinating, grotesque and wierd stories from around the world.

The layout is good  lots of photos and it’s really interesting to look at and read for any teen boys that are interested in things that are a little bit different.


Mini Weapons of Mass Descruction

Mini weapons of mass destruction has 35 projects with step-by-step instructions, including materials and ammo lists, clear diagrams, and construction tips. The 35 devices include catapults, slingshots, minibombs, darts, and combustion shooters. Build a tiny trebuchet from paper clips and a D-cell battery. Wrap a penny in a string of paper caps to create a surprisingly impressive “bomb.”

Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat

Teens Cook is a great book for teens to start cooking themselves. The book features 75 delicious recipes for meals at all times of the day – breakfast, snacks, sides, dinners, and dessert, too.

Teens Cook is a guide to everything teenagers need to learn about conquering the kitchen without accidentally setting the house on fire. Written by teens and for teens in easy-to-follow instructions, authors Megan and Jill Carle give young readers advice on how to maneuver their kitchen in a language they’ll understand (and actually listen to).


The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don’t Know to Ask

What a great gift for new drivers.
The driving book is an excellent book for those who have not longed passed their test (and for those of us who need a few refreshers).
It covers lots of areas perfect for teen lads such as pressures from friends and dealing with your parents. But it also covers the basics of things he should know when driving such as what to do if there is an accident and his car breaksdown, driving down country roads and driving in bad weather. There is lots of informative advice in here covering a wide range of driving topics.


Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens

Richard Carlson examines the contradictions and challenges unique to teenage life and offers high schoolers (and their parents) tools for learning not to stress about homework, peer pressure, dating, and more. Along the way, he addresses such issues as breaking up, getting out of the emergency lane, being okay with your bad hair day and dropping the drama.


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