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I'm really struggling to buy for DS (13) and DS (10) - esp compared to DDs!

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celestialsquirrels Wed 20-Nov-13 10:39:04

That's it really. I would be hugely grateful for ideas as I need to aim for some parity with DDs (15 and 7) who are super easy to buy for! Main presents rather than stoking stuffers which I'm doing ok on.

13 yo DS enjoys - reading, cricket, football, computer stuff, making films, his go pro, his bike, family guy, gadgets and black humour.

10 yo DS won't read a novel if you put a gun to his head but likes fact books, nerf guns, football, Lego, minecraft, making and doing things outside. We call him a budding engineer and he is high energy high testosterone.

I have got 13yo some new mounts for his go pro, FIFA 14 for Xbox, a multi- bike tool thingie ummm that's about it. I have got 10yo a mine craft light, a den kit, and ummm that's it. He has so much Lego and so many nerf guns I haven't got him any more but I could if desperate I guess...

Please please mumsnet vipers- inspire me? I would be incredibly grateful...

supermariossister Wed 20-Nov-13 10:47:50 this holographic set for budding film making? requires smartphone or ipod touch for the app I think so would depend if there was one in the house

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 20-Nov-13 10:54:37

I have a DS (who will be 14 in Dec so DOUBLE the headache ) grin

And a DD (11.6) who already has loads of presents in my wardrobe (she will give ideas and a list) DS just <<shrugs>> and says "I dunno"

He doesn't recognise labels so we won't get in the teenist bit excited if I buy him SuperDry , Jack Willis, Hollister
Doesn't wear cologne

He loves his X-Box (of course)

So: there's a game coming out soon
Microsoft points
Gaming chair (folds up and has speakers in it sort of thing)
Money grin but he doesn't spend it

we buy Young Driver Lessons (he's had 3 half hour lessons) , They have to be 11+ and at least 5' tall.

DH is going to upgrade his computer

Last year we bought him surround sound for his TV and X-Box

How about:

Starbucks/Costa Coffee pre-paid card?
Cinema vouchers?
Tickets for sport (we took DD and DS to one of those FreeFalling places (in Milton Keynes) you go in a wind tunnel and 'fly' I hated it grin )

I'll come back on here to check what's been offered because I'm stumped as well .

celestialsquirrels Wed 20-Nov-13 11:19:27

Oh supermario your link doesn't work! That sounds great will try and locate what you are referring to.
70 - thanks so much. He has an iPad from school (sigh- his year is a pilot project, while other story) so no to Hudl. Driving lessons brilliant but he had that for his birthday in Oct. Gaming chair a good idea - anyone know where I can get one which isn't too hideous?!

For their birthdays I got them jointly a table football table which has been a huge success with the whole family. That was my last flash of brilliance.
Oh and his godfather gave him (13Yo) a dartboard which was also v well received, would yours like that 70?

Basically anything that turns the house into a cross between a bar and a bachelor pad is what they want I think. grin

supermariossister Wed 20-Nov-13 11:25:39

It is because I'm on phone ill do link when I can wrestle laptop off ds smile

supermariossister Wed 20-Nov-13 11:43:36

John adams holographics

supermariossister Wed 20-Nov-13 11:50:43 ds and ss have asked for this laser shoot game. spygear glasses? although this would be my idea of hell i think the dc would like it!

Slush cups are currently down to around £9 on amazon if you think they might enjoy them. Build your own robot arm?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 20-Nov-13 15:23:07

Oooooooooooooooooohhhhh now I don't think I'll be buying my chap a dartboard grin

<<rounds up the guinea-pigs and heads for shelter>>

LeonieDeSainteVire Wed 20-Nov-13 17:43:03

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ChestyNut Wed 20-Nov-13 19:27:54

Family guy latest dvd box set?

lljkk Wed 20-Nov-13 19:31:46

What's your budget for additional spending on each boy? Because that's a lot already on my budget.

FariesDoExist Wed 20-Nov-13 19:59:30

For 10yr old:
Walkie talkies
Proper binoculars

For 13yr old:
Lava lamp for his bedroom

MairzyDoats Wed 20-Nov-13 22:30:23

Glad I saw this thread, I'm really struggling for DS1 who is 10. He'd like a phone but I think 10 is too young (plus he already has a tablet and we row about how much time he spends on it so I'm not keen on feeding the technology addiction.) Why do they have to grow up so fast? He's already outgrown his lego apart from the odd occasion... sad

kissmyheathenass Thu 21-Nov-13 13:55:17

Im currently on amazon looking for inspiration for my ds, 13. I have loads for dds and virtually nothing for ds. My ds is quite geeky, hates sport and doesn't read much.

These are my ideas:

Bean bag for gaming - not really a gaming chair but doubles up as one.

Banksy poster/print - loads of these on Ebay

Call of Duty Wall transfer - again on ebay, loads of designs and colours

Big Bang Series 6 and 7

A new Onsie

War Hammer stuff - possibly a stand to hold the tiny bastard figures while they are painted.

Stocking - gadget wipes, zombie books, big Bang T-shirt, sweets, mini coke/dr pepper cans

Will keep lurking here for any inspiration.

CarmonEileen Thu 21-Nov-13 14:15:24

Hi Op, my Ds is 13 and so far he will be having, Canon bridge camera, tripod & accessories. Lego 16+ campervan, 2 superdry hoodies, funky usb stick, cup / pingpong ball game from home bargains, aftershave & smellies, new trainers & choc goodies.

myron Thu 21-Nov-13 14:26:21

My DS turned 10 last month. Main present was a RipStik which turned out to be a massive success. Spent most of half term mastering it.
Also loved his Minecraft Creeper T-shirt
Minecraft Book
Lego DeLorean
Latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book

For Christmasmas, he's requested the just released Lego Marvel Superheros game plus the Minecraft Redstone Book and yet more generic lego - we'll in our 6th year of lego (sigh).

bimbedybam Thu 21-Nov-13 16:49:26

Last year my DS15 had a "Junior Supercar Driving experience" at - he chose the lamborghini experience.

This year he is getting The Wrong Mans dvd (he likes the black humour and also that one of the actors is from Horrible Histories!)...maybe too old for a 13 y old though??

Am finding it difficult to top the driving voucher this year tbh... hmm

kissmyheathenass Thu 21-Nov-13 20:14:15

The driving lesson is inspired. Thank you! Booked one up for ds - he will be thrilled.

kissmyheathenass Thu 21-Nov-13 20:23:02

Forbidden Planet has some different stuff for teens -

bimbedybam Thu 21-Nov-13 21:55:15

ditto kissmyheathenass (nice nn!) Bought the minecraft playset from there...

Also is recommended for quirky stuff...sneaker-style socks, IQ test game,, bacon flavoured toothpaste (an in-joke here!)

Herecomesthesciencebint Thu 21-Nov-13 22:15:12

I have godsons this age and I find them way the easiest to buy for out of everyone! Much easier than the teenage girls. That may be because i just get them all the ace stuff Id like to get my boys (8 and 6) but they are too young for!

Recent years xmas and bdays have included:
Technical lego
These flipper fins type things you wear like gloves when swimming and go really fast
Snowball shooters
Snow scooters, like an upright sledge thing, worked really well last year
Serious cross bows with targets
Technical fleeces and cycling tops, merino base layers etc (they are v outdoorsy)
Anything from the bushcraft store so flint firelighters, , hammocks you suspend, books and pens you can use in the rain on mountains
A pistol shaped alarm clock that when you fire at the wall it projects the time in digital lights
Campfire cooking tripods and pans
Waterproof rucksacks
Orienteering course
NERF do a rugby ball that glows and when you wear special glasses provided sort of streaks thru the air
Headphone hats, like a beenie with built in earphones
Portable ipod speakers
Magazine subscriptions to various titles
Tickets to sports games, concerts

lovetoski Thu 21-Nov-13 23:16:22

Gaming mouse
Gaming mouse mat
Headphones, gaming or small bud ones
Haynes manual how to survive zombie apocalypse

robinblue Thu 21-Nov-13 23:29:25

For the 10 year old, what about a laser pegs set. It's a light up construction set and is lego-compatible eg

Or a stomp rocket- can be played with indoors or outdoors.

Sorry, I'm a bit stumped for the 13 year old, except I think you can get clay/plasticine animation sets in the line of Wallace and Gromit/Morph. Maybe he'd like that? Or would either of them like a good board game?

serin Thu 21-Nov-13 23:48:52


We got our lads into kayaking last Christmas and seriously it has been the best thing ever! They were out on boxing day and at least weekly ever since.

It is a bit of effort to strap them onto the car but really worth it for the fresh air and the improved fitness! (and the dog goes too!)

This year they are having remote controlled planes, quite big ones, not babyish!

3monkeys Fri 22-Nov-13 10:24:05

14 yr old Ds so hard! Dd is 12 and has loads. So far he has a superdry hoodie, and some books! Will get some chocolate and some Microsoft points, DH says he wants an Xbox game so he'll get that. They open presents in turn so they need roughly the same number to open!

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