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#1 chickendrumstick

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:51 PM

My cousin is 20 years old and it's the first time I've seen him in about 5 years. We aren't a huge family so we will be buying presents for all of the 'kids' but I have no idea what to get him!
He hasn't started uni yet and I'm not sure if he's going to, still living at home but has just been backpacking for about a year. He lives in NZ too so gift vouchers aren't an option.
Would like to spend $40-50.
Any ideas? I have no idea what he's really into in terms of technology/sports/tv etc.

#2 Feral_Pooks

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:57 PM

Speakers for a iPod? Wallet? Poker set? Mini foozeball table?

#3 Sancti-mummy

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:29 PM

Sorry, I misread the post in "todays active topics" and thought you said "want to buy 20 year old boy/man?"

Now, I am not in the market, but I thought "there is a thread that is set to derail"!!

And now I have read your whole post fully, have to strike most things I would answer...

Was there a book/album/movie that was defining for you at that age?  Clothes?  A nice pen and letter writing kit?  (lol that was my grandmother's go to present)

Edited by suziej, 06 December 2012 - 10:29 PM.

#4 starsg

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:39 PM

iTunes gift card? pretty sure you can use them anywhere. or a nice bottle of scotch?

#5 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:41 PM


#6 Rosepickles

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:46 PM


#7 Sancti-mummy

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:48 PM

QUOTE (starsg @ 06/12/2012, 10:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
iTunes gift card? pretty sure you can use them anywhere

From what I recall of going through this with a work promotion, you can't transfer cards between countries.

#8 erindiv

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:18 AM

QUOTE (Mummyone1 @ 06/12/2012, 11:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


Or, failing that, can't you ask any relatives who are closer to him?

#9 pinkcupcakes

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:58 AM

QUOTE (suziej @ 06/12/2012, 10:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry, I misread the post in "todays active topics" and thought you said "want to buy 20 year old boy/man?"

Now, I am not in the market, but I thought "there is a thread that is set to derail"!!

roll2.gif hehehe... sorry late night giggles...ummmmmmmmm does he like novelty things perhaps?stuff for his car, assuming he has one?will google. brb, k?jus wait.............

#10 pinkcupcakes

Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:06 AM

...so... weren't sure where you are or how long he's staying for but there's a lot of places covered n some cool sounding experiences. hope that helps? or, my other suggestion... a cool western style hip flasky thing for his own alcohol...but then im not sure of the price.. all the best!

Edited by pinkcupcakes, 07 December 2012 - 01:07 AM.

#11 Bernard Woolley

Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:38 AM

A copy of 'Best Australian Essays 2012' is my go-to present for when I'm stuck.

And then I'd add food/alcohol.

#12 amesv

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:55 AM

We got this for my cousin who travels a lot: http://shop.bigpond.com/Product.asp?Action...l&ID=184379 a funky world travel alarm clock.

Otherwise aftershave or poker set?

#13 opethmum

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:01 AM

Ticketek gift card, maybe he could use that for going to sports AFL/NRL/RU or music gigs and the like.

#14 scooty

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:02 AM

The hobbit comes out on boxing day, you could get him tickets for that. I don't know of any male who doesn't want to see it! Lol

#15 chickendrumstick

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:13 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions!I did ask his mum but she gave me suggestions that would make me look like that person in the family who gives gifts everyone hates!! An Australian themed t-shirt for a 20 year old living in New Zealand? I don't think so!!I do like the aftershave/wallet suggestions as I'm not sure on his iPod/car/technology situation. Also thinking a Swiss army knife could be a good idea.Thanks ladies!

#16 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:16 AM

QUOTE (chickendrumstick @ 07/12/2012, 08:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for all the suggestions!I did ask his mum but she gave me suggestions that would make me look like that person in the family who gives gifts everyone hates!! An Australian themed t-shirt for a 20 year old living in New Zealand? I don't think so!!I do like the aftershave/wallet suggestions as I'm not sure on his iPod/car/technology situation. Also thinking a Swiss army knife could be a good idea.Thanks ladies!

What about a nice t-shirt from an Australian designer - I think you could do a search for Australian mens labels on The Iconic, and the postage there is apparently really quick.

#17 Chelara

Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:33 AM

Does he play sport? New golf balls, sports socks, cap, cricket ball, sports bag, water bottle etc

Haviannas, board shorts, billabong or surf style tshirt, beach towel, mag torch for the car, tool box, box set of DVDs, key ring,  stubby holder,bottle opener.

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