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Posted on 12/14/2011 10:09:57 PM PST by Huntress
Can you help me? I'm wracking my brain trying to come up with a Christmas gift for my 15-year-old nephew. He's a great kid, but he doesn't lack for material things. He's into sports, martial arts, weapons, and video games. He's also an enthusiastic reader. Does anyone have any ideas for a unique gift that might appeal to him. I'm looking to spend around $50. If you've got any suggestions for books, I'm always on the lookout for those. But I typically buy him books whenever I come across something in my own reading I think he'd like.
Have him feed the homeless for a couple of hours.
I was also going to be a jerk and say a job.
My opinion is that teens appreciate gift cards. They can hang out with friends and get the chance to use them while they are at the mall or otherwise socializing.
15? I know what he wants, but it’s not legal to buy it. ;-D
If he likes video games I recommend “Skyrim” if he doesn’t have it already. It’s available on X-Box, Playstation and the PC.
Contribute $50.00 in his name to The Wounded Warrior Project.
Show him some pictures of our wounded soldiers missing limbs.
IBIS (In Before It Starts)
This is gonna be fun...
He’d probably get a nice case of the flu, great gift idea.
Get him a nice, blank, hardbound book. Inscribe it with words to the effect of ‘This is your future, yours to create, yours to document, yours to decide how to live. You may need additional volumes. Create for yourself a life such that you would be proud to have people read it in your old age, and document it here.’
It is a challenge, provokes thought, and will provide for him a place to record himself for himself as he grows and learns...
Either of Rush’s books are good.
Also, “Starving the Monkeys” by Tom Baugh is a good book.
Get him a used Ruger 10/22 and a Hunter’s Safety course.
I want him to come visit me in the nursing home when I’m old and decrepit, so I’m looking for something that he’d actually like.
That was great
When my sons were this age I got them a hip-type tool box and put a good tool in it (like a hammer).
Then every Christmas after that they got another good tool (screwdriver, crescent wrench, etc.)
Every man needs a good set of tools.
"Why was this something that you thought we would care about or should know?" : )
William Bennett’s book....Being a Man (I think that’s the title)
A girlfriend! ;0
Double up the $50 and get him an intro flight at your local general aviation airport.
It will allow him to see the world as it really is, from a few thousand feet above ground. Once he personally experiences the ability to control an airplane in all three dimensions, he will never be the same.
There’s nothing like a dose of physical reality to shape one’s perspective...
Everyone loves a gift card.
That’s why I put it in chat. You don’t have respond, you know.
Less than $50 unless you get him some of the paraphernalia, which is a nice idea.
A plastic model. Car, ship, plane, tank whatever he is interested in. http://www.squadron.com/
Actually building something is a novelty to most kids now days.
California Legal Switchblade.
it’s 2”, legal, of course he can’t wear it to school, and it must have a safety and pocket clip.
You will be the coolest Auntie EVER!
JUST REMEMBER THIS, KNIVES ARE TOOLS.
An osage orange bowstave and a drawknife...
A couple of bird-feeders, one for seed, one for suet, and then bird food to fill them up.
Get him a metal detector. You can find one for under $50.00
I got one when I was a young boy and I just loved it. It was the best gift I ever got.
My grandsons always liked GameStop gift cards.
If he likes to read, here are some book recommendations. They are all also available as audio books.
The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara (Pulitzer Prize). This was the basis for the movie Gettysburg.
Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer (Pulitzer Prize). Washington as a General.
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow. Washington the complete story.
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph P. Ellis (Pulitzer Prize). The men who created a nation.
Champlain’s Dream by David Hackett Fischer. Sounds dull, but it is not. Gets into Champlain’s exploration and dealing with friendly and savage Indians.
Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado. Fascinating account of starvation, cannibalism, and climbing mountains with no cold weather gear.
The Family that Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery by DT Max. This is about prions and mad cow disease, and the clues that came from a family where members died because they could never go to sleep. Gets heavy in spots, but fascinating.
House to House: An Epic Memoir of War by David Bellavia. The War in Iran from someone who lived through it.
I think he’d love that, but it might get me in trouble with his folks. Then again, they didn’t blink when I gave him a samurai sword last Christmas.
Now, that’s an excellent idea.
Am going to give one to both of my teenage daughters.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Since I just saw that post about the viking loot found with a metal detector, my first thought was metal detector.
If you want to spend $299 bucks, get him a parrot drone so he can spy on the neighbors..
$30 cash in his hand, a savings account with $10 in it, and a $10 tithe to God.
Then advise him to follow this pattern with all that he earns from this time on.
He will be set for life.
Thanks for the suggestions. I’m going to put these on my reading list, too.
Give him a card stating he has an entire day of your time to do whatever he wants to do. You’re game. That, or take him hunting. :)
I did that hunter’s safety course for some city kids who moved here to TX, but with Mosin Nagants instead of Ruger 10/22’s..
Biggest hit as a gift ever, especially the bayonets.
They also liked the fire that comes out of the barrel, and the big noise, and the bruises on the shoulder..Teenagers like that.
They were surprised shooting real firearms is not like shooting stuff on their x box.
Come on, Auntie....lighten up. You know you left yourself wide open with your post and question.
Oh....by the way, for that gift, just put him in your will, make him the executor and give him a copy of it if you "want him to come visit you in the nursing home when you're old and decrepit". (If he brings you a strawberry shake or a snack while in the home, be sure to make HIM taste it first.)
He sounds like a great kid. His uncle (or aunt) sounds cool too :).
Hi there, Huntress.
Two books I recommend are by Ted Bell:
Nick of Time.
These are novels about an English boy named Nick, age 14, who lives on an island in the English Channel on the eve of WW2. He has a time machine that was created by Leonardo da Vinci and is a friend of Lord Hawke who owns a really cool castle that is a military citadel...
Very exciting books as Nick travels through time and does stuff 14 year olds ARE NOT supposed to be doing.
Getting away from reading, if he is into sports, you could buy him a cap and hoodie sweatshirt of his favorite team. I’m an old dude and even I would like that.
Does he shave yet? An electric shaver or a really nice razor / grooming kit would be nice for someone who will soon be shaving.
Toolkits are nice if he is mechanically inclined.
Does he go camping? Camping or hiking gear might be good. How about fising? Maybe a new reel or rod?
I like the blank book idea circa post 8.
Get him a couple of Mark Levins’ books?
“Get him a metal detector. You can find one for under $50.00”
Real modern-day metal detectors start at about $600, go to $1200-1700 and can get up to $5K. If the kid has contemporary computers and video games, I don’t think primitivo is something he will mind-meld with. Also, the practice of metal detecting has certain aspects to it, namely strong patience....but real metal detector guys have to put up with either a load of pull-tabs and nails and bottle tops in public areas and/or have to deal with digging up plugs and then replacing them on private property or in parks and that may be beyond his responsibility horizon. I’m just saying, a kid may not appreciate the concept of searching all day to get 13 cents in loose change, even if there’s a silver mercury dime in there.
Just sayin’. I’m not intending to diss your idea.
If he’s into weapons, he might like a piece of historical militaria. You can find everything from Civil War buttons and bullets to World War Two maps and documents on E-Bay and hundreds of specialty shops online.