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What do we buy 12 and 10 yr old boys? (I have no ideas at all)

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loubielou31 Sun 07-Oct-12 22:24:28

DSSs are 12 and 10, they live with their mum and stay with us in the holidays. This year is our turn for Christmas Day.

I think most of the family are going to cop out and give them money which they will like but I know that on Christmas day it is nice to get some actual presents and not just money and or clothes.

We have two DDs age 5 and 2, and I am not short of ideas for them because they are here all the time so I know what they like better than DSSs, they are younger so it's easier and they have less stuff in the first place. They also usually get boring stuff like pants, bath towels or bedding dressed up as presents.

DSSs don't seem to have any hobbies other than playing computer games and they already own every gadget going, a DS each, playstation 3, i pod touches, i pad. These things are all from their mum and we couldn't afford to get them anything like that, (and it's never been a competition just a statement of fact). The 10 year old still plays with toys a bit but mainly thinks he's "a bit old for them now". They also both have swanky scooters which they do like.

Please help me, all suggestions will be gratefully received because beyond new bedding and clothes I am completely stuck.

oreocrumbs Sun 07-Oct-12 22:57:07

Accessories for the computer games: DS covers, themed stylus [sp], head phones, funky controller for the PS3.

Do they read? If so books, my DP is a computer geek and he likes books along the lines of 1000 video games to play before you die. Lots of things like that if you have a look on amazon.

When DSD was between 10 and 13 she like to collect figures. Not toys as such but character figures (she was a tom boy), things like star wars, movie memrobilia.

Gadgets and gizmos. Little science sets, puzzles, things to build - is meccano/knex too young for them?

For my DSD I always asked for a list because with her mother buying her stuff, and her mothers family I had no idea what to get, so although I will always get her a few little surprises I like a list!

loubielou31 Sun 07-Oct-12 23:06:22

I like the accessories ideas, and yes they do read plenty so they will get some books. Thank you
The problem is when you ask what they want you just get, "I don't know" and I think this year even their mum is finding it harder to come up with ideas. Is it just an age thing?

I am going to look on the science museum website too.

SonnySpain Sun 07-Oct-12 23:16:06

How about tickets for something? A tour around the stadium of the their favourite football team? or the Harry Potter museum? Or the Dr Who experience in Cardiff?

seeker Sun 07-Oct-12 23:22:14

My ds wrote his draft list this evening. He intends to narrow it down and refine it over the coming weeks. He's 11.

FIFA 13 for playstation, a basket ball, a Swiss army knife, a liverpool kit, a premier league football, another ps3 controller, Mumford and Sons album, Muse album, Biffy Clyro album, Chinos, Levis, a new guitar strap, the new Simon Mayo book, a giant bar of Dairy Milk and a goal.

Hope that helps someone!

loubielou31 Mon 08-Oct-12 08:47:40

Seeker Your son's list is a good one, we bought Swiss Army knives a few years ago and they have been very popular. I frequently find wood shavings outside from where they've been making arrows or tent pegs.

The Harry Potter Museum is an excellent idea. I think they'd love that. I have to sell DH on that one now. grin

Do people buy actual CDs these days for teenagers or an i tunes download?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 08-Oct-12 22:19:01

I've posted this idea before, but we got our DS (13 yo this December) a Young Drivers lesson.

They are aimed at 11-17 yo, their website shows where they hold them.
DS had a 30 minute lesson for approx £30 (this was a very late birthday present from last year).

He's keen to do another lesson soon. (And I have to say, he looked very calm and in control behind the wheel. No silly larking about, but a leetle bit heavy on the gas- which his instructor agreed with)

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 08-Oct-12 22:20:32

I mean he agreed with me that DS was a bit accelerator heavy, rather than agreeing he could be a bit liberal with his speed. confused

inchoccyheaven Tue 09-Oct-12 01:43:18

My boys are 10 and 12 so know how hard it can be. So far I have ordered for them: magic choc which can be moulded into things, wireless lego brick mouse, red spoke wheel thing that goes on ike spokes and glows red when spinning round, farting fine money tins and space food. Most of these were from

seeker Tue 09-Oct-12 08:02:40

Ds has added to his list. A Soundasleep Imusic pillow, The Haysack, and Woboba Blast. I know what one of these is!

SoupDragon Tue 09-Oct-12 08:08:37

I know what two of those are, Seeker. [smug]

No idea what to get my 13 & 11 yo boys. Fifa 13 for the eldest but that's it and I bet his father gets it for him leaving me with nothing

seeker Tue 09-Oct-12 08:42:14

Which two?

loubielou31 Tue 09-Oct-12 08:55:28

The Waboba blast appears to be some kind of bouncy ball.
Is the haystack something to do with Wrestling?

seeker Tue 09-Oct-12 08:59:26

It won't be wrestling- football if anything! I've googled but no luck.

Let's hope it doesn't make the final draft!

SoupDragon Tue 09-Oct-12 09:00:40

The pillow and the Wobaba thing. I bought DSs Wobaba balls last Christmas - they bouce on water and were great on holiday.

SoupDragon Tue 09-Oct-12 09:04:51

Could Haysack be Hacky Sack - a bean bag ball you do football type kicking tricks with ?

Almondroca Tue 09-Oct-12 11:30:37

My son is nearly ten and he wants:

A digital watch
Lego sets
A laser sphere
Books (the new Wimpy Kid book is out soon)

There might be other ideas on iwantoneofthose and firebox.

Vagaceratops Tue 09-Oct-12 11:55:10

My 11yo wants

The new David Walliams book.
New Converse trainers - black ones
New DOAWK book
New DOAWK dvd
Guiness book of world records
Maroon 5 album

TheDetective Tue 09-Oct-12 12:03:06

My DS who is 10 just looks at me blankly when I ask him what he wants.

I've decided its a hard age. Last year I was still buying him play sets, as he likes lego and army figures. This year he doesn't seem to play with them as much, and said said he doesn't want any for christmas.

He has a tv for his main present, as I got that ages ago. But smaller presents are proving difficult to think of. He really isn't in to much stuff! I suspect that will come when he hits high school next year!!

The one thing I had thought of was having virgin installed in his room, as he is getting the TV (he has a small one for DVD's at the moment). I am due a new baby very soon, so figured things to make his room more inviting for him may help ease the transition from only child to one of two! But that isn't really a present to unwrap! Well, not unless I wrap the remote or something!

I am going to get him some Skylanders stuff too, as he likes those.

Other than that, I need ideas!

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