Stressing over Christmas

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Thatusernameisalreadytaken Fri 17-Sep-21 09:51:20

I have a DS13, He has most things that any 13 year old has, Switch, PS5, Phone, Fitbit watch, bike,...(These have been Birthday/Christmas gifts)Which means I have no idea what to get him this year for Christmas. I can't even think of stocking fillers. I will get him some books as he enjoys reading, (Prefers paper books, to a Kindle) Other than that...Not a clue. I'm starting to panic now and don't want to end up getting "just something" AIBU to ask what you are all getting your DC's this year?

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Thatusernameisalreadytaken Fri 17-Sep-21 09:52:02

He also has a laptop - Forgot to add that

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ManifestDestinee Fri 17-Sep-21 09:53:59

Er, not all 13 year olds have all of those things, by any stretch!

As to what to get him, it's a radical idea but you could just actually ask him?

GertrudePerkinsPaperyThing Fri 17-Sep-21 09:54:56

Blimey he has a lot of expensive things! Lucky boy!

How about an experience/ day out as a gift?

Member984815 Fri 17-Sep-21 09:55:03

I'm in the same position, is there any games he wants for his console or headset ? A gaming chair ?

PumpkinKlNG Fri 17-Sep-21 09:58:03

Just ask him? At that age I don’t think they need “surprises”

PinkyU Fri 17-Sep-21 09:58:17

Activity day vouchers, does he like any sports, bands, events you could get tickets to? A VR set? Does he play any online games you could buy a gift card for? Would he like a bedroom makeover? Gaming chair?

As an aside, I don’t think it is that common for a very young teen to have quite the amount of tech your DS has, perhaps spacing out any other larger purchases a bit more and at an older age might be helpful.

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1stTimeMama Fri 17-Sep-21 09:58:40

Mine is 12 and has none of those things.

They will be getting mostly Lego, books, things for their hobby, clothes and they have asked for a laptop so I will consider that.

Cazzovuoi Fri 17-Sep-21 09:59:03

PumpkinKlNG

Just ask him? At that age I don’t think they need “surprises”

Was going to say this. The rest of the smaller gifts you get him will be a surprise.

PinkyU Fri 17-Sep-21 09:59:49

Also a lot of young teen boys are getting more into skincare, maybe a skincare hamper for a less mainstream gift?

Thatusernameisalreadytaken Fri 17-Sep-21 10:01:26

ManifestDestinee

Er, not all 13 year olds have all of those things, by any stretch!

As to what to get him, it's a radical idea but you could just actually ask him?

I have asked him...He keeps asking for a gaming PC - No way am I getting him one though

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XelaM Fri 17-Sep-21 10:02:44

Money, tickets to something he loves, a holiday

XelaM Fri 17-Sep-21 10:03:33

Anything Apple

LolaBaby75 Fri 17-Sep-21 10:05:56

Humourous parody coffee table books, such as "The Joy of Photoshop: When You Ask The Wrong Guy For Help"

Laces (funky colours)

Instant print cameras

Any favourite youtubers merch

"vintage" vinyl record player

Wireless headphones

vlogger light

portable bluetooth speaker

sharpie pens

chocolate pizza

imported candy

lumie sunrise alarm clock

ElevenSmiles Fri 17-Sep-21 10:06:12

What about a Oculus Quest 2.

ManifestDestinee Fri 17-Sep-21 10:07:56

I have asked him...He keeps asking for a gaming PC - No way am I getting him one though

Well then you tell him that's a no and what else might he like. Honestly, it's not hard!
It sounds like he has too much already, tbh.

FizzyDibdab Fri 17-Sep-21 10:08:52

Post on the Christmas bargain board as there's lots of people with a similar issue who can give you ideas. Lots of live bargains and discounts posted as well to save money. This is what happens when you give your kids too much too early and then you run out of ideas.

gardeninggirl68 Fri 17-Sep-21 10:09:30

So he'll be getting the gaming pc then!!

Looks like he eventually gets everything else he wants to keep him static indoors!

Vickles20 Fri 17-Sep-21 10:10:19

He’s 13. Why can’t you get him a gaming pc. It’s a natural progression from gaming consoles. If he wants it and you can afford it. Then get it.

Or if it’s a complete no no. How about a hover board.

www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/outdoor/hoverboards/c/SM060327

PumpkinKlNG Fri 17-Sep-21 10:11:00

I don’t think it’s too much, I think it’s more unusual that pp said their 12 year old doesn’t have any of that including a phone?! Or a bike 😶

BiddyPop Fri 17-Sep-21 10:12:56

We have a 15 yo who has all they want in terms of tech, good equipment for their 2 (expensive!!) sports, and clothes. No interest in books or hobbies. And whose birthday is 26th Dec.

So I am also stuck.

There is a thread on the Christmas board for stocking fillers for teens that might be useful - I can only see the one for teen/tween girls just as I flick through now but I'm pretty sure I saw a more generic one too. At least for that part of your dilemma.

Kuachui Fri 17-Sep-21 10:13:00

A drone, a go pro camera, experience day, clothes, game vouchers, phone app voucher, chocolate, new console controller with his fave game skin, console gadgets a room makeover

Kuachui Fri 17-Sep-21 10:13:51

Vr headset

Weenurse Fri 17-Sep-21 10:14:13

I am another one who thinks an experience like passenger in a race car or skydiving.

Thatusernameisalreadytaken Fri 17-Sep-21 10:15:25

gardeninggirl68

So he'll be getting the gaming pc then!!

Looks like he eventually gets everything else he wants to keep him static indoors!

I am in no way getting him a gaming PC - Have you seen the price of them.

The only thing that "keeps him static in doors" is the PS5, - which I monitor to make sure he isn't on it to long, as I do the Switch,

The fitbit is to tell the time, as well as to keep an account of any exercise he does....on the bike!

Laptop he uses for homework

Phone is to make calls, keep in touch with his friends and family.

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