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I have 3 DS that only like computer games. Toys are sooooo last year, Mum. Ideas for presents that don't resemble toys?

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Pinot Mon 26-Sep-11 16:44:41

DS1 12
DS2 10
DS3 8

...all are apparently 'too old' for toys. Computer games is the only bit of the Argos book they care about <sobs> What else can I get them? They have bikes, scooters, skateboards, TV's, CD players... any ideas for boyish prezzies that aren't toys?

<breathes deeply into paperbag as Xmas shop can't be done in one large Argos order this year>


LittleJennyRobyn Mon 26-Sep-11 17:14:51

My boys are like this, aged 12 & 15, christmas gets harder and harder each year, last year i got them new bag, wallet, quilt cover set, deodrant gift sets, socks, boxers, trainers,

They also like gadgety stuff, got ds2 a talking ATM money bank a couple of years ago, but i broke it so replaced it last year with a digital money jar that counts money as you put it in. Hawkins was good for that kind of stuff also some fun stuff on, i can usually find something they like

I also get eldest the guiness book of records every year. He loves top gear/cars so any books, dvds to do with them, they usually get a comedy dvd each as well

Are there any clothes that they want that you wouldn't otherwise buy ie a jumper or jeans that maybe cost a little more than you would usually pay.
It sort of makes it special if they know you wouldn't buy it otherwise.

If i think of anything else will let you know smile

Pinot Mon 26-Sep-11 17:17:11

Ooh thank you! I've scribbled down those ideas - just the sort of thing I'm after. Do you think it's a boy thing?

LittleJennyRobyn Mon 26-Sep-11 17:28:48

I think so, for a good few years now all they wanted was x-box, Nintendo DS, PSP.. Etc, consoles and games!!

Then last year i decided enough is enough!! I told them they could get a couple of games but i would buy them something different for a change and wouldn't be telling them what i was buying. grin
Eldest DS is also into skateboarding so got him a carry bag for his board as well as a new helmet.
Ds 2 is taking an interest in rollerblading so might get him some decent skates this year

Girls are so much easier to buy for!! smile

ja9 Mon 26-Sep-11 17:35:53

What about music things? Guitar? Drum pads? John lewis have a tabletop drum kit for about £50. or a pool table thingy? Or gift vouchers for a theme park type place? Or what about vouchers for an experience like junior quad biking, or the hamster ball thing...whatever you have nearby...

ja9 Mon 26-Sep-11 17:38:43

Or are they into sports? A rugby shirt or football strip or tickets for a game?

DilysPrice Mon 26-Sep-11 17:45:29

Top Gear annual and Doctor Who Brilliant Book usually go down well.

Best thing I bought for my tomboy DD is a Den Building Kit from the National Army Museum shop (can't do links but google will find you the shop. Well worth considering if you've got a decent sized garden.

SecretNutellaFix Mon 26-Sep-11 17:50:31

How about decent remote control cars or kits for them to build one themselves? It's techy and they get to have fun with the results.

Do they already have digital cameras? MP3 players?

Hawkins bazaar could now be your friend for the next few years.

mumatron Mon 26-Sep-11 17:59:13

My ds (10) has been like this the last few years. he is getting a home cinema system this year and a new gaming chair.

His other gifts will be ps3 games, books and clothes.

I'm dreading whgen he hits the teenage years.

Pinot Mon 26-Sep-11 20:03:41

See I knew MNers would be wiser than I!!

thanks to all of you <stupidly happy to have new emoticon>

LordOfTheFlies Mon 26-Sep-11 20:22:36

I have this dilemma with my DS (12 in December) so have to buy Christmas and birthday.

I've pre-ordered an Assasins Creed game (due out mid-Nov)
He's got X-Box, Wii, Ninendo DS, mobile phone and digital camera.

TBH, I will buy him X-Box games if that's what he wants. He'll get a stocking of little things for early morning clandestine present rustling (he sleeps in DDs room on Christmas Eve, and it's lovely to hear them quietly trying to make no noise grin )

DS doesn't think clothes are a real present, chocolate yes, books yes, annuals (Dr Who, Pokemon) yes.

His main birthday present this year will be a Young Drivers driving lesson at Bluewater and a birthday pizza/sleepover.

mumatron Tue 27-Sep-11 09:24:32

lof my ds is 11 mid december and really struggle with getting him something for both. Especially since he has grown out of 'toys'

feetheart Tue 27-Sep-11 09:31:08

Not sure if it helps but friend's 8 yr old DS is screen obsessed and I refuse to pander to it (evil, wants child to get off his backside emoticon needed smile) Over recent years I have bought him a set of juggling balls and a diablo. If I get him in our 'Secret Santa' draw this year he is getting a devil stick.

titchy Tue 27-Sep-11 09:52:14

A home cinema for an 11 year old shock Blimey no wonder you're dreading the teenage years... Get him less now then you won't have run out of ridiculously expensive stuff he doesn't have later.

OP - Nerf guns might be an idea - one each! Otherwise what about an experience of some sort? Camping equipment?

pramsgalore Tue 27-Sep-11 10:19:45

my nearly 12 year old has asked for an ipad2 , oh and the 32 one shock

pramsgalore Tue 27-Sep-11 10:21:47

suddenly moxie dolls don't seem that bad anymore grin

Pinot Tue 27-Sep-11 11:50:37

heh heh pramsgalore grin

Thanks all of you for sharing ideas - I hope this thread is useful to other Mums of boys too smile

Lizzylou Tue 27-Sep-11 11:54:33

Oh Gawd.
I am scared and am now saving manically for the years ahead.
Mine are 7 and 5 and the youngest has only asked for a lunchbox.

Although he is on school meals hmm

Pinot Tue 27-Sep-11 11:58:05

<swaps all my kids with lizzy's>

girlywhirly Tue 27-Sep-11 12:00:50

I think that when DC start requesting no toys as presents, they are old enough to accept gracefully things like socks, underwear, clothes and toiletries, and other more adult things. Perhaps pinots 8yo hasn't quite grasped this yet!

melodyangel Tue 27-Sep-11 12:14:19

Ok I'm going to say this but please don't hate me forever if they get into it DS1 really likes warhammer. Little figures you paint, role playing dice game. He is a nerd though, and proud of his nerd status I hasten to add. The reason for the plea not to hate me is because it is really expensive so if they do get into it say goodbye to your wallet! There are also books and PS3/ xbox games to to go with the series and a monthly magazine. If you have a games workshop near by they offer free painting and gaming lessons once the kids are 11. Great way for your DS's to spread they're wings you to get some peace and quiet

Or maybe Electric guitar/ bass guitar.

Tickets to a show/ gig. This is what we have done for the last couple of years for DS1. He went to the top gear show, then to see Tim Minchin and this year he wants tickets for a two night concert at the Albert Hall. He's 17

Scalextric? They do a four car set they could all share?

Remote control car although they also get really expensive when they break or need upgrading.

Trip to a theme park, go karting or a visit to their football teams grounds and a match?

WinterIsComing Tue 27-Sep-11 12:18:17

My four year old won't play with any of his toys any more sad and I want my laptop back so we're getting an X-box Kinect thing. Hopefully will get him off the sofa and my machine!

LOL at girlywhirly getting the DC to gracefully accept socks and pants as presents.

Pinot Tue 27-Sep-11 12:24:20

girlywhirly my 8yo definitely wouldn't get the excited present buzz from pants. The fussy git hmm grin

SomekindofSpanish Tue 27-Sep-11 12:32:09

Are any of your boys into stunt scooters? Maybe you can update thier scooters or customize them?

DS1, 10, only wants Xbox games and new bits for his stunt scooter hmm.

A Kinect is a good idea as are Nerf guns, if you are ok with the idea of them. DS1 and 2 (6) have had many a happy hour having Nerf gun 'wars' in our garden....

DilysPrice Tue 27-Sep-11 12:32:40

I'm getting my 42 year old a Lego VW camper van. Can't wait to see his little huge face when he opens it. smile

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