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#1 BadCat

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:19 AM

DS turns 12 shortly.  He is a geek boy.  He reads fantasy books but he got 7 books for christmas.  He is not heavily into lego.  He doesn't want an experience gift.

The only thing I can find that he actually wants is a Tokyoflash watch.  I would buy him one but the damn things are over a cm thick and are much to chunky to look sensible on him.  He has agreed that they are too thick and chunky.

So, wise denizens of EB, what the hell can I buy for him?

#2 unicycle

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

A dragon picture for his wall? A camera? iTunes voucher? Money? I feel your pain. Gift giving can be torture trying to get it right and make it meaningful instead of symbolic.

#3 BadCat

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:38 AM

I offered him an ipod but he doesn't want one.  He doesn't listen to music so headphones are out.  We already have tickets to the cricket.  He doesn't need new cricket gear.  He still has money from Christmas 2011 from relatives.  He just throws it in the bank.

I was trying to think of something for his room but he already has glow in the dark star wallpaper on one wall, space invaders decals on another, a massive minecraft poster on another, planets all over the ceiling and there's no room on the fourth wall.  It's a smallish room so I can't put a desk in there and he wouldn't use it anyway.

I'm at an absolute standstill here.  I have 7 days to think, source, purchase and wrap something that will interest him.  Right now he's getting a big box of nothing.  sad.gif

#4 Fr0g

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

My nearly 12 year old son, when I asked him, said "a frog... an easy to maintain, interesting pet. Or a mouse."

#5 hjv

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

Movie tickets??? Gold class even?? (he must want to go and see the hobbit?)
Does he play games ie computer games.  Or maybe some kind of fantasy board game.
Good luck

Helen

#6 twinboys

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:45 AM

Can you take him shopping and he can choose the clothes/shoes/hats that he wants.

Or could you let him surf an online store and let him choose something and then have it shipped?

I found Think Geek for my Christmas shopping ( thanks to an EB thread) and it was so easy to get some different stuff for my kids.

#7 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:46 AM

BC, have you looked at the Think Geek website? All sorts of fun stuff there. I know you have a short timeframe and there's a chance even with expedited shipping that it won't arrive in time, though.

If he's into Star Wars and you're desperate, I have a spare Light Sabre torch left over from my Christmas shopping that I could send you (turned out I'd already bought a gift for someone and completely forgotten about it until I started doing the wrapping!)

ETA - snap twinboys!

Edited by WootFerretOfDoom, 04 January 2013 - 10:48 AM.


#8 CG123

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:58 AM

Would he be interested in a chess set? Maybe a novelty one like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings?

A pet of some description- lizard, turtle or similar

A DVD with collectable like Darth Vadar helmet

I'll be back...

#9 Riotproof

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:03 AM

Something like http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/dde2/ but I'm not sure it would get here in time.

#10 Ianthe

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

He might get into music if you buy him an ipod. My eldest is 16 and really only got into music at around 14. DVD's?

#11 unicycle

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

My kids like getting money. They don't really spend it, but they love watching the numbers increase. It seems a cop-out, but they rarely want anything, and we have a really small place and have no room for unwanted gifts. ( would anyone like one of those ceramic balls that are meant to obviate the need for washing powder...new, never used, still in box? rolleyes.gif

#12 caitiri

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:11 AM


One of those kits to build seige weaponary
DVD's
Movie tickets is a good idea

#13 *dreamer*

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:18 AM

Kindle?


#14 Domestic Goddess

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:19 AM

A wallet with movie tickets and cash for snacks to take inside?

#15 NinjaMum

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:30 AM

I noticed you said he has a Minecraft poster on his wall, so what about a Minecraft shirt/wallet/keyring/etc? There's some pretty funky stuff out there.

#16 BadCat

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:47 AM

Thanks for the ideas.  I trawl ThinkGeek regularly but I'm not finding anything that really hits the spot at the moment.

Thanks for the offer of the lightsaber torch Ferret but I don't think it would excite him much.

He just seems to be at that not interested in anyting you have to offer stage.  I just offered him a full on hovercraft that he could ride across the lake and he said no.  I wasn't going to get him one of course but he couldn't even raise enthusiasn for it.  Sigh.

#17 AntiBourgeoisie

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:54 AM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 04/01/2013, 12:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He just seems to be at that not interested in anyting you have to offer stage.  I just offered him a full on hovercraft that he could ride across the lake and he said no.  I wasn't going to get him one of course but he couldn't even raise enthusiasn for it.  Sigh.


Ah, the disaffected teen geek!
Magazine subscription?

#18 SMforshort

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:54 AM

Have a look at www.jinx.com

SM

#19 Reader

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:57 AM

If he spends time reading on/in his bed, what about a couple of big European pillows? My son likes to sit on his bed and draw, and we bought him some of these for Christmas - he loves them.

#20 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:01 PM

Maybe you could get a t-shirt for him that just says "Meh..."

#21 SMforshort

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

Also the CSIRO Helix science magazine is really good if you're looking for a magazine subscription.

SM

#22 BadCat

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:06 PM

Big pillows might be a good idea.

He has a Helix subscription.  Might go check out CSIRO shop.  Hadn't thought of that.

#23 laridae

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

One of those balls that have lightning in them?
What about a soldering iron and some electronics kits from Jaycar? & mulitmeter and other bits & pieces like that...

Edited by laridae, 04 January 2013 - 12:15 PM.


#24 Pearson

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

anything from redbubble?

My DS loved Itunes - he could buy games or music.

Kindle? with credit?

There is geekery on Etsy and madeit.com.au as well



#25 BadCat

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:19 PM

QUOTE (laridae @ 04/01/2013, 01:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
One of those balls that have lightning in them?
What about a soldering iron and some electronics kits from Jaycar? & mulitmeter and other bits & pieces like that...


Thank you!  You just reminded me that I have a kit put away for him from Jaycar.  He has the soldering iron and all that and love to make their little electronics kits.  I'll give him that and a new project book from Jaycar also.

I also saw some Minecraft watches on Etsy that I might get for him.  They are only cheapos but I fully expect him to lose a watch in any case.  laughing2.gif

And I just bought THIS. So now he will have a comfy place in his room to sit and pretend he can't hear us calling him for dinner.  laughing2.gif

Thank you all for your suggestions.




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