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I have a weird Christmas problem - please share your wisdom with me

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Time4adrink Wed 29-Nov-17 23:05:22

DS13 can’t think of anything he wants for Christmas. And I don’t have any ideas. I have a few small bits, books and pyjamas, but nothing ‘big’. He’s already got all the sports kit and equipment he needs/wants. His xbox and iPad are only a few years old and he doesn’t want a phone. He’s got a bike. He’s not into clothes yet or music. I’m also worried he’s not asking as we’ve lost a lot of income this year - but I have money set aside for this and could afford around £100 for him...if only I knew what to get.
Please please help with ideas.

LaughingLlama Wed 29-Nov-17 23:06:27

Are there any xbox games he would like?

Time4adrink Wed 29-Nov-17 23:09:05

Nothing he’s keen on, Laughing. maybe he’s just got too many things? He just smiles and says I don’t need anything. And I say, I know but what would you like?

Insomnibrat Wed 29-Nov-17 23:10:41

He sounds like a credit to you tbh.

NoSquirrels Wed 29-Nov-17 23:11:25

Experience type gifts?

Sports match he's love to see, concert he'd like, theatre? Active stuff?

Why doesn't he want a phone? That's got to be quite unusual for a 13 year old?

Insomnibrat Wed 29-Nov-17 23:11:41

How about tickets to Alton towers when it reopens in the spring?

Time4adrink Wed 29-Nov-17 23:11:53

I suppose I’m asking if anyone else has got a teenager like this? And what do you do?
All his friends are into stuff and desperate for new phones, watches, trainers, etc, and he just seems happy with what he has.
Which is lovely in a way
But a problem when it comes to gift giving

NotEnoughCushions Wed 29-Nov-17 23:12:15

Someone suggested recently the driving lessons for 10-17 year olds. Would he enjoy something like that?

DiscoDeviant Wed 29-Nov-17 23:12:34

My 12 year old son is the same. Never asks for anything. I’ve bought him a hoverboard (not one of the explosive ones) because he loves my friends daughters. I think he’ll be thrilled.

BeeFace Wed 29-Nov-17 23:12:37

Would he like an experience day? Like go ape? Or a zoo pass? Tickets to a concert? Something to do rather than something to have?

scrabbler3 Wed 29-Nov-17 23:12:44

I think you might end up having to pop the money in a card for him, as his "main" present. I take it you have already bought toiletries, socks, chocolate etc.

It's a difficult age.

LaughingLlama Wed 29-Nov-17 23:12:58

How about a subscription for Nerflix or Spotify. Or a family day out somewhere like Alton Towers, Harry Potter, Go Ape or similar.

Time4adrink Wed 29-Nov-17 23:13:31

Thanks Insomni

NoS Experience might be an idea.

inneedofchocolate Wed 29-Nov-17 23:13:32

My DS12 is very similar! He still has a lot of money left from his birthday in August! I've bought mine a voucher for a driving lesson, various food items like a big jar of jelly beans, a gooseneck tablet holder that he can attach to his bed, some items from Hype and he'll be getting a Xbox live subscription and game from family.

MyNameIsLola Wed 29-Nov-17 23:13:56

Marking my place as I have the exact same problem with my 13 year old so am hoping for ideas if you don’t mind, OP smile

Time4adrink Wed 29-Nov-17 23:14:23

Oh there’s some good ideas here. Keep them coming please.

Time4adrink Wed 29-Nov-17 23:15:08

Feel free mynameis nice to know I’m not alone

annandale Wed 29-Nov-17 23:15:09

Similar issue here! I think it's OK not to give something big tbh.

Would he like a good quality small rucksack?

DS is getting a solar charger from us, medicine balls from one side of GPs, and is being taken to a sports event by the other set. I thought the sports event was a really good call. E.g. if he likes athletics the World Indoor Athletics Championships are on in March I think in Birmingham, quite cheap. Or is there a band he likes at all? Trip to the National Theatre - they do £15 tickets if you are on the ball (I never have been)?

Prettyprettygood Wed 29-Nov-17 23:16:50

My ds is almost 13 and sounds similar. We’re also on a smaller budget this year due to me being on maternity leave.

He likes gaming so I’ve bought him a gameboy advance sp and all the original old Mario and Pokemon games off of eBay - came in at just under £100 and he’s going to be so pleased!

BeeFace Wed 29-Nov-17 23:17:04

Does he like outdoorsy things? Wake boarding maybe?

buckeejit Wed 29-Nov-17 23:18:16

I agree on experience related to his favourite stuff.

Also putting money in an envelope is a good idea, especially if you show him e.g. How much driving lessons will cost when he's 17-it's not that far away & he should be at an age where he'll get a real thrill from saving which could stand him in great stead for later life. Also if there's something he really wants in the future, kits great to have some money already saved etc

elephantoverthehill Wed 29-Nov-17 23:18:39

Why not just give him a cheque? He will feel ever so grown up and can use it for the sales or save it. If you've got the 'small' bits then he has things to open and amuse him etc. and then plan how to spend his windfall.

MakeMisogynyAHateCrime Wed 29-Nov-17 23:21:56

My DS (13) is a bit like this. We are getting him vouchers for a local outdoor pursuits centre. They have all sorts of things he can choose from.

Goshthatwentwell Wed 29-Nov-17 23:23:18

Mines the same.

Getting money.
Himalayan salt lamp to combat the computer ions
American and Japanese sweets
Stuff magazine subscription.
Nice pen
And a stocking of bits

JustPutSomeGlitterOnIt Wed 29-Nov-17 23:26:23

What a darling.


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