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15 year old DS! Argh!

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timeou Sun 06-Sep-15 10:21:03

Apart from an Xbox game he doesnt want anything! He doesnt 'play' with anything any more - won't do anything craftlike. I am struggling to know what on earth to get him. He's not into clothing brands or designer things.

Any ideas? He likes science and geography - likes magic trick type things and unusual things. Ideas - especially stocking filllers would be most appreciated smile

MTWTFSS Sun 06-Sep-15 10:27:34

Or at 15 couldn't you get him to create an Amazon wish list?

DVDs from way back that are still great but he wouldn't have heard of, like The Matrix trilogy or American Pie series?

Jessica78 Sun 06-Sep-15 11:24:18

Any TV he's a particular fan of? Big Bang Theory? Lots of bits associated to this I can help you out with if so...

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 06-Sep-15 15:05:13

15 year old DS.! Argh!

Nothing more to say fgrin
I have one too (16 in December so I need to buy two lots of presents because Christmas and The Hallowed Arrival of PFB are two seperate celebrations )

Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper type TShirts (DS has the "Evolution " one, DD has "Soft Kitty" )

We always give him a new,perfect £50 note (rolled up and tied with a ribbon) in a gift box. He's a skinflint keen saver grin

Microsoft Points (though he can get these online, I buy them so he has a physical receipt that I can wrap up)

Young Driver lessons ( driving lessons for 11-17 yo)

Stocking gifts are tricky. Hard to buy little things that don't break my £5 maximum limit .
Wallet (though he has one that was £10 so doesn't need another)
M&S had a wristband with a zip pocket , handy to keep cash and a key for sports. We bought one for DD for a ski trip
Starbucks or Costa card preloaded (though I expect these are all on Apps now)
Cover for iPhone
Chocolate (those Selector packs from Hotel Chocolate, the bars or the Lindt Reindeer)

Will be back to add more / steal everyone elses ideas wink

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 06-Sep-15 15:11:19

Ooh batteries.
Little toad is always asking for them. Then I find a million in his room that I have no idea if they work or not confused

So - because he doesn't keep track , we're going to get him his own charger + batteries that HE will be responsible for.

PandasRock Sun 06-Sep-15 15:16:56

For magic tricks/illusion type stuff try this website:

A fair few bits on there, from little to big and expensive!

Idontseeanytimelords Sun 06-Sep-15 15:22:48

I have a Christmas born 15 year old too... aaaargh just about covers it grin
He's got so far a TBBT t-shirt (rock, paper,scissors one), a small tent for summer camping... And that's it so far. He'll get an xbox game and a live subscription definitely but apart from that am a bit stumped.
He got a new wallet last year and that many lynx type sets as little extras off various people he was a little bit offended!

timeou Sun 06-Sep-15 18:22:49

Young driver lessons sound amazing, I shall have to look into that. Money, yes mine is a keen saver too. He doesn't appear to like much in the way of TV but like to watch lots of YouTube videos (not sure what thoughhmm

Thanks for all the ideas and links - if see something suitable for all you other sufferers of teenage boys I'll let you all know.

KTlee Sun 06-Sep-15 18:38:01

You say he likes unusual things... what about the Ripley's believe it or not book?

Other general ideas...

Character Lounge pants (Family guy; Simpsons etc)
a Hoodie
ITunes vouchers
A nice watch
Hand weights - if he's into that kind of thing
new headphones
gaming chair
one of those scratch map posters
Big Bang Theory boxset
The boardgame Ephemeris

Maybe look at the science museums online store?

Wankarella Sun 06-Sep-15 18:40:53

Oh I'm watching this, I'm struggling with DS. He would like a £700 guitar hmm

Jessica78 Sun 06-Sep-15 19:28:50

Big Bang Theory related gifts for anyone who might need them:

The Lego Big Bang Set: - buy directly from Lego as the price is crazy on Amazon

Big Bang Top Trumps:

Donkey Kong Jenga
Try eBay

TShirt Folder - Sheldon uses this doing his laundry all the time (one can dream)

Stephen Hawking - a brief history of time

Richard Feynman's biography

Schrodinger - What is Life?

Firefly Series on Blu-Ray:

Indiana Jones Ultimate Collection:

Also - don't under-estimate the power of 'The Force' - Star Wars is back this Christmas in a big way. I like these light up lightsaber chopsticks...
And this darthvader bowl...

Jessica78 Sun 06-Sep-15 19:33:55

And if your son is musical maybe consider a Cajon?
Very cool
You need one that's the right size to sit on...

timeou Sun 06-Sep-15 19:50:14

Wow some fantastic ideas here, that's ever so much!

Rivercam Sun 06-Sep-15 20:11:27

I also have a Christmas-time baby.

Jessica - love your list. I'm going to order half the stuff of it!

Other suggestions.
Magazine subscription - Top Gear, T3, national Geographic,
raspberry pi
Air fix models
Volcano kit

Solar kits

Electrical kits - available from Maplins

Weather stations

Maplins, at Chrsitmas, can have some good stuff

Radio controlled helicopter


Rivercam Sun 06-Sep-15 20:24:46

Confession time - several on Jessica's list now purchased for my December born 15 year old! A big fat thank you (guess what I have on TV). I shall watch the development of this thread for more ideas.

Jessica78 Sun 06-Sep-15 20:32:27

Glad I could help! 15 years of teaching teenage boys does help...

yaffle Sun 06-Sep-15 20:49:24

An experience type gift , segway , young offroad driving , indoor skydiving , go-karting etc - these often come up on Groupon etc .


Google Chrome stick / Now TV

Season Pass for his favourite X-box game

If he's into magic , Dynamo's latest book and I think he's doing a tour so that might be worth investigating .

Stocking wise
Pringles .
Cinema Voucher
Voucher for local milkshake place
Sweets/ Chocolate
Lounge pants
Torch /Headlight /clip on light
Cheap dvds /xbox games
Itunes card
Christmassy bath bomb

Mine still gets kiddy stuff to keep up the pretence to the younger ones and it's beome a tradition (they'd be a mutiny if the fat guy didn't bring a slinky , strechy man and a bouncy ball , oh and everyone gets a wind up toy as well ).

HerdOfRhino Sun 06-Sep-15 21:07:18

70isaLimitNotaTarget - Do you have a link to the M&S wristband?

If not, and it was in store, was it by the wallets? I think I know someone who would like one.

RJnomaaaaaargh Sun 06-Sep-15 21:08:45


No help sorry but I feel some of your financial pain - I've got a dd who is 16 just after Xmas. All the millennium babies eh?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 06-Sep-15 21:55:28

The wristband - it was last year (but I;m sure they;ll have similar this year)
Near the till, there was a stand. Travel things, a plastic cable tidy, money belt (other things I can't remember blush )

bootygirl Sun 06-Sep-15 22:05:18

Not much to add. Cinema voucher. Themed socks p,j novelty onies. Mine asked for personalised Nutella today he is 14.

HerdOfRhino Sun 06-Sep-15 22:33:43

Thanks, 70isaLimitNotaTarget flowers

WoodleyPixie Sun 06-Sep-15 22:38:55

Found these on Amazon?

HerdOfRhino Mon 07-Sep-15 14:02:34

Thanks, Pixie flowers

MrSlant Mon 07-Sep-15 14:18:31

Great thread. Those young driver lessons look brilliant, perfect for family members too who don't know what to get him.

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