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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.


amck5700 Sun 18-Nov-12 22:33:14

I have 11 & 12 year old boys so I feel the pain.

12 year old wants an Architect drawing board and A2 paper - special peb=ncils set squares etc. Well, he actually wants a new gaming PC at 1000 pound so this is 2nd choice! He is also wanting a graphics tablet, gaming mouse/keyboard, some PC games, Guinness Book of record/Ripleys, A onesie, some DVDs, I picked him up a Devid Beckham shower gel and spray set. He has some other books he wants too. He is also getting an upgrade to his little pen-knife of a proper Scouts knife.

No 2 son wants a PS Vita and games, some manga and anime books as well as some art stuff and books and a onesie - he is getting a multi tool pen knife for scouts too.

They both like some Lord of the Rings Lego Stuff

No 1 son got a Superdry wallet for his birthday that might go down well and they both got Minecraft Mouse mats last year

lljkk Sun 18-Nov-12 21:14:07

There's loads of Minecraft stuff on Amazon, too.

lljkk Sun 18-Nov-12 21:08:00

omg omg, I love this thread. So glad I posted something, loads of stocking stuffer ideas MCraft on Ebay. <<gleeful>>

Scooters are okay here until you're too big for them, really.

3b1g Sun 18-Nov-12 18:35:58

I've bought some Minecraft stuff from eBay; only place I've seen it.

MikeLitoris Sun 18-Nov-12 18:22:08

I've not head him mention minecraft so no idea where to start with that stuff.

He did ask for a scooter back in the summer but the one he liked was £300 shock didnt look any different to thr cheapo asda ones imo. His dad is supposed to be getting him one now anyway.

tilly Im a seasoned hollister shopper these days. I've got him a tshirt and sweatshirt from there for his birthday in a few weeks.

Projection alarm clock is exactly what im looking for. Will check out amazon for one.

this afternoon i have ordered him a couple of pre-owned games and a few laptop accessories.

Just his stocking to do and then I need to finish his sister confused

ggirl Sun 18-Nov-12 17:58:17

i need a minecraft t-shirt but for a small 10yr old, i can find loads of mens sizes (saddos)

ggirl Sun 18-Nov-12 17:56:26

would love links to minecraft stuff please

NorksAreMessy Sun 18-Nov-12 17:11:21

Have bought mine craft periodic table tee shirt for DS
Plus quite a few other funny tee shirts from ShotDeadIn the head (careful though, sme are RUDE!!!)

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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!

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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