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12yo boys are officially the hardest to buy for

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MikeLitoris Sun 18-Nov-12 12:35:09

Ds is 12 soon and im struggling to find things to get him for Christmas. I have his main gift. That was easy. So far i have also got

2 ps3 games
Hollister hoodie
Pjs and slippers
2 board games
Books (hunger games)

Now im stuck. The only things I can think of are possibly

New ps3 headset
Speakers for laptop (main gift)

Any other suggestions?

He doesnt really like lego or similar. And paper jams were not a huge hit last year.


colditz Sun 18-Nov-12 12:38:14

If you have what his non main gifts come to over a hundred pounds, surely that's enough?

colditz Sun 18-Nov-12 12:39:19

2 ps3 games
Hollister hoodie
Pjs and slippers
2 board games
Books (hunger games)
Plus a laptop

Seriously, that's enough. That's a lot of stuff, and a lot of money spent. He doesn't need anything else!

ggirl Sun 18-Nov-12 12:42:14

I am going through same thing for 10yr old ds

you've done well so far , that would be enough in my books

but what about framed poster for room?

MikeLitoris Sun 18-Nov-12 12:46:53

Im just after a few little bits really.

He had a sort out in his room this week and all he has atm is his tv and ps.

Maybe some posters and an alarm clock?

I wish he would just give me some inspiration!

ggirl Sun 18-Nov-12 12:51:06

I'm getting ds a Messi poster

alarm clock is a good idea

also gettting him a onsie

one of those watches you slap on your wrist (£2.99 from sports direct)

3b1g Sun 18-Nov-12 12:51:59

DS1 will be getting a card game, The Maze Runner books, a Bear Grylls book and Lego LOTR Wii game.

For his birthday in Feb he wants us to pay for half of a Nokia Lumia (he has saved up enough money for the other half from jobs he has done for neighbours & friends).

AudrinaAdare Sun 18-Nov-12 12:54:09

I think there might still be 30% off Jack Wills today (use code FF2012) for some sort of accessory perhaps?

MikeLitoris Sun 18-Nov-12 12:59:16

Whats the card game 3g? He might like that.

Ill have a look at jack wills, hollister was rubbish today.

3b1g Sun 18-Nov-12 13:05:07

It's called Fluxx. A strategy-type game. Lots of different themed spin-offs; we're getting him the Space one as he likes his sci-fi.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 18-Nov-12 13:33:18

My DS is 13 next month (so we have to find 2 lots of presents <<sigh>>)

So far he's got (and some of these he's had a bit early)

Halo 4 and Assassins Creed game (I gave him these on the release date, it wasn't fair to make him waut, and he knows they are early presents)
Surround sound for his TV/X-Box. (Again he knows it's early)

A Young Drivers Lesson (we couldn't get a booking for Dec so rather than wait till Feb, he's had his 2nd lesson)


Other things waiting for him:
Primark jumper (he's not label 'aware' thankfully grin so no Hollister yet

A wallet (Halo pattern )
A nice crispy new £50 note in a box (he's a saver bordering on miser )
Lynx spray and wash

A Halo figure (no idea which , £10 from Sainsburys)

Yes they are a nightmare to buy for. My DS isn't old enough for alot of 'man things' (he's not shaving yet) and too old for some of his previous childhood presents.

DD is much easier (10 yo). Clothes, smellies, more clothes, jewellry and guinea-pig related things.

Tortoise Sun 18-Nov-12 13:54:14

I have a 13 yr old and 15 yr old DSs to buy for.
Ds2 is impossible to buy for! He sold his Xbox a few months ago and bought a laptop off ebay. So can't buy any games.
He hasn't played with any toys for years.

I really have no idea what to get him and he can't think of anything other than £100+ beats headphones and sweets!

MrsHBaby3 Sun 18-Nov-12 14:31:01

My DS has asked for a nerf gun, so bought that for £40 from Argos. Also some pjs, but that'll be all tbh. Perhaps some smelly sprays.
Have some time off work and looking forward to hanging out with him and family for Christmas (although he's bound to be lost to the world of MineCraft!)
Hope helps!

Tree2000 Sun 18-Nov-12 14:54:04

Assassins Creed - surely 18+?

Dr Dre Beats we had for 12 year old last year & he's used all year. Well worth the money.

JD Bug scooter?

Have recently bought alarm clock for birthday & chose one which projects time on the wall. Went down a storm.

Lyle & Scott/Ralph Lauren scarves - £20.00 TKMax

Tree2000 Sun 18-Nov-12 14:55:41

Does anybody know if there's a new limited ed. Lynx?

4lovelychildren Sun 18-Nov-12 15:14:29

A mini white board to remind himself of things? Or calendar - got my DS a Where's Wally one. Subscription to a magazine such as BBC Focus.

derekthehamster Sun 18-Nov-12 15:18:06

Skyrim game
Sam Stern cookbook
Monopoly deal game
Cuddly toy grin
The secret diary of Adrian Mole

lljkk Sun 18-Nov-12 15:30:44

I disagree with thread title, but to try to give ideas:

Any sport equipment bits he might like (DH is buying DS new cycling shoes)
Sub to a good magazine/comic, like Flipside or The Phoenix.
Experience, like tickets to a footie match.
accessories for game consoles (like keyboard for an iPad)
iTunes vouchers, iPod, iPad
Browse the Firebox catalog (gotta do this for DH, too, sigh)
One trendy hoody (whatever his mates think is cool)
Archery or Air Rifle lessons/sessions

My 13yo has a long Warhammer list.

DS would like but won't get:
Hunger Games on DVD, BB Gun a nubile 14yo girl.

CiderwithBuda Sun 18-Nov-12 16:07:07

My DS is 11 and I have got him:

A Minecraft t-shirt
Mine craft poster
minecraft Lego (spot a theme?)
He loves Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers so got him a book and DVD
Full set of the Harry Potter movies - we have never watched them
Superdry Hoodie
Logo board game
Cube board game

Some other stuff which I can't remember.

He wants some PS games but that will involve an argument as he wants ones he is not allowed have!

I might get him one of those Young Driver lessons.

I agree it's a hard age for boys. Girls are so much easier!

georgeclooneyfan Sun 18-Nov-12 16:16:00

My ds is 11 and I am struggling too for ideas all he keeps saying is laptop,laptop?? If this is what he really wants he wont be getting much else.He is obsessed with playing minecraft ,drives me nuts to be honest.He used to love lego and has heaps of it too,bit sad that he thinks he is too grown up now to play with it.He has i pod,xbox,ds so running out of main pressies ideas,sorry im not much help am I!

JJWMummy Sun 18-Nov-12 16:47:31

As somebody mentioned above, Halo 4 16+? and Assassins Creed 18+?

you did say ds is 12yrs didn't you?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 18-Nov-12 17:03:24

Guilty I did buy Assassins Creed & Halo4 for my DS.

We let him play 16 Fantasy Games (not Real Life style like Call of Duty)

I checked re the 18 and was told that there has been a change (? with the manufacturers) and it is more a 16.

Any road up- some people/lots of people wouldn't buy a 16 for a 13 yo.
But I will check them before I give to my DS, so I give selected ones.

3b1g Sun 18-Nov-12 17:06:12

I'm glad I'm not the only one re: Minecraft. DS1 and DS2 both love it and could spend hours on it if I let them. Some of the stuff they have built is amazing though, and they don't get stroppy when I ask them to save & quit, which has been known with other computer games.

3b1g Sun 18-Nov-12 17:09:04

Some warning re: scooters, this might be a regional thing but around here all the boys are obsessed with scooters until the end of primary and then once they're in secondary, being seen on a scooter is a bit like being seen holding mum's hand.

bigTillyMint Sun 18-Nov-12 17:09:50

Mike did you forget to take a torch into Hollister? Hence why you couldn't find anything for him grin

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