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under the tree present ideas for teenage boys.

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VoldemortsNipple Mon 22-Oct-12 16:36:03

I think most people would agree that teenage boys are notoriously hard to buy for. So I thought I'd start a thread for mid range presents. Not Hawkins bazaar type stocking fillers. Decent presents which will be well received and useful.

Last year ds1 received;
Skullcandy headphones
A swiss army knife (with his name engraved on the blade)
A hoody
Smelly set from boots
Feckin Skyrim xbox game which to be fair, he is still playing.

These were all well received, especially the swiss army knife, which was a complete surprise to Ds.

This year I'm at a loss what to buy. All he wants more xbox games. His aunt and uncles will buy him one each and I think that's enough.

Please come and share your ideas smile

tiredteddy Mon 22-Oct-12 16:40:00

Have a look at the school gates to see which labels are most popular e.g superdry? Hollister? Then get hoodies or t-shirts.

iTunes giftcard?


What is he into? If he's into skateboards or scooting you can get a huge range of parts that would make cool gifts.

VoldemortsNipple Mon 22-Oct-12 17:24:43

He's not that bothered about names tbh. Although he will be able to choose what he wants for his Christmas clothes.

His biggest hobby is the army cadets and I've asked him to let me know if there is anything he wants or needs for that.

I just thorght if we all shared ideas that have gone down well it would give us fresh ideas and a decent pile of gifts under the tree

Annunziata Mon 22-Oct-12 17:56:19

Oh good, I need ideas too! I'm going to go for an aftershave/ deodorant gift set thing as normal, maybe a tshirt each. I had thought about a watch or maybe sunglasses.

Can anyone recommend some DVD box sets for teenage boys?

sb6699 Mon 22-Oct-12 18:05:27

I'm totally stuck too. It's his birthday today and he got a new phone so will get him some posh accessories for. that but everything else he would like seems to be connected to the Xbox which I'm trying not to encourage as e spends so much time on it.

Will do smellies and have got him a cookbook and a new dressing gown but I'm stuck for a main present.

Annunziata Mon 22-Oct-12 19:00:49

Oh- a dressing gown! That's a good one.

Mollydoggerson Mon 22-Oct-12 19:07:50

Body Armour - that sporty vest stuff.
Poker set.

Mollydoggerson Mon 22-Oct-12 19:09:57

DVD - Breaking bad (suitable for older teens).

VoldemortsNipple Mon 22-Oct-12 19:24:25

DVDs what about The Inbetweeners or some classic 80s teen flicks. My dcs love Ferris Bueler's day off and The Breakfast Club.

A watch would be a great idea if I could find a good adventure type one smile

ajandjjmum Mon 22-Oct-12 19:30:38

Starbucks vouchers always go down well here.

ajandjjmum Mon 22-Oct-12 19:31:00

Pre-taxed of course!!! grin

insanityscratching Mon 22-Oct-12 19:34:25

A onesie,dvd's like Big Bang Theory, Californication,Rocky boxset, ticket to a sporting event, sports gear, paintballing voucher.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 22-Oct-12 19:37:56

Mines not a teen (yet) but he's nearly 13 (birthday in December)

He's getting 2 X-Box games (in November)
A £50 note in a nicely wrapped box
A Young Driver Lesson (he had one last month and he loved it)

DS isn't a label person either. He wouldn't recognise Hollister if it bit his bum.
He does like Bart Simpson and anything Big Bang Theory (so Batman/Superman tops )

And I've bought him Lynx blush

Annunziata Mon 22-Oct-12 19:59:29

We have the Inbetweeners and Big Bang Theory! Thanks for the recs. I think Rocky would be good.

Mines appear to be the only vain label-liking ones, but they also want Kleins and D&G boxers.

DameEnidsOrange Mon 22-Oct-12 20:48:40

I've got a cadet as well (sea) - he wants some new boots as the ones he's been issued with he can't get shiny enough. He also wants some outdoor expedition type stuff - new sleeping mat and bag; ration packs hmm hexi cubes and hexi stove - he wants to spend a day in the hols camping out in the garden cooking for himself.

Chocolate, lynx, itunes vouchers are all staple gifts

VoldemortsNipple Mon 22-Oct-12 21:40:34

Ooh dame there was a camping stove thingie that he wanted smile and he mentioned something about new boots too. I'm not sure if he wants a new pair to replace the ones he's got or an extra pair. He's also mentioned webbing, which I took as some of that army camoflauge netty stuff. Aparently not. It's a jacket type thing with loads of pockets grin

Do you know what I want. Something that will get the big reaction when the wrapping is pulled off and will keep them entertained for hours. Unless it comes In a Xbox case, its not happening is it grin sad

DameEnidsOrange Mon 22-Oct-12 21:51:39

I feel your pain Vold - DS has been doing the odd bit of work for a neighbour and seems to get paid more than me, so he's rolling in it.

His birthday was a bit of a let down as unless it was an ipad or somesuch it just wasn't going to be the big WOW that you used to get when your wee 5 year old discovers a shitload of plastic tat in gaudy wrapping paper from Toysrus that Santa has been

muddydevilsonhorseback Mon 22-Oct-12 21:58:41

What about those waterproof notebooks. DS goes through loads of them.
Dutch mess tins (better than uk ones)
Large army water bottle with cup lid.
Assault vest (better than webbing for field craft), plus lots of extra pockets.
Their own Bivvy sheet, pack of bungee cords( DS says most useful)
Boiled sweets.
Good socks (Dickies type)
Twists ( by the 100's)
Head light with red light.
wet wipes
Own camo cream
Good quality spork
Fingerless gloves

I made DS a Cadet hamper last year. grin

NorksAreMessy Mon 22-Oct-12 22:13:05

Gadget show live tickets were DSs favourite thing last year. They were a complete surprise and he loved the anticipation as well

VoldemortsNipple Mon 22-Oct-12 22:17:55

I like the idea of a cadet hamper smile

Ds already has lots of those things but not all of them. His mess tins were from B&M and I must admit, even after one annual camp, they are a bit rubbish. They scrape together when storing them.

Where do you find a waterproof notepad?

lisaro Mon 22-Oct-12 22:19:34

New canteen. Wind up torch. Hand warmers are the cadet related ones I can think of.

grumpyoldbookworm Mon 22-Oct-12 22:21:37

Under 17 driving lesson- various places do this off road, Breaking Bad DVD for older teens- v popular with ds1, posh ish headphones for gaming, Arsenal themed tat (maybe that's just my ds2) available from official online shop at huge prices or sports direct at more reasonable cost... More ideas gratefully received!

follyfoot Mon 22-Oct-12 22:24:17

My DSSs loved their remote controlled helicopters last year - around £20 - £25 iirc.

Roseformeplease Mon 22-Oct-12 22:25:50

Up here in Scotland all the boys want "Bawbags" which are a very funny range of boxer shorts (Ball bags). Dare I also mention books. My son always gets Guinness Book of Records and a paperback or two.

BigBroomstickBIWI Mon 22-Oct-12 22:32:02

Although mine are older (20 and 17) I always buy them something childish - last year bought DS1 a silly Lego game, and a couple of packs of Lego mini figures. Lego was such a big part of his life growing up, and he loves it!

I'm always taking DS2 to task for how horribly violent all the X-Box games seem to be, so this year I've bought him the Lego version of Star Wars game. He's mad keen on Star Wars, as well as Lego, so that should go down well.

Other things that have gone down well have been personal grooming things, like hair dryers and a beard trimmer.

For DS1, a set of guitar strings
Sheet music for the piano/guitar

I usually buy them a couple of books, even though reading isn't either of their favourite thing.

And some lovely Hotel Chocolat goodies as well.

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