I need two (birthday and Christmas) presents for an 8 year old. He has aspergers and goes threw phases of collecting things, but his family have bagged all the things he is into this year. He also likes computer games but they are above budget. He has severe allergies so treats are out. I dont want to get vouchers because we are on a tighter budget this year and it will show and also because I like his to have something to open, also its one of the few that his mum doesnt know what is in it, so adds to the fun iyswim. He doesnt do art or lego or playmobile. Since he was about 4 I have got him books but I dont think he really likes them. arggg help!
You say he doesn't do art but would he make things? You know, those kits where you can construct a dinosaur skeleton or something like that. You can also get a good range of science-type sets in The Entertainer or look online for kits that can be used to explore elements of science. I have bought things like this for my nephew in the past and they have been successful.
A metal detector (there is a child one available here in the usa for about $15)...I got it for my ds' friend who has aspergers and he loved it. Music. How about a Dan Zanes cd. Or Abba. Magnetic Poetry for the fridge. Rock tumbler (don't know how much they are...but remember those...you put rocks and polish in and they shine them up to shiny rocks.) Disco ball (ds' friend with aspergers desperately wanted one of those last year when he turned 8).
I have this problem with my own 7 year old son who has asperger's - he's not really into playing! We often get him 'factual/sciency' presents. He loves mineral digs where you 'dig' for crystals/gemstones, they are about £10 from Amazon, or grow your own crystals, atlases or are there any DVD's you could get?