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Vanity: Need gift ideas for the 15 year old boy who has everything
12/14/11 | Huntress

Posted on 12/14/2011 10:09:57 PM PST by Huntress

Dear FReepers,

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.

Thanks.

Huntress


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1 posted on 12/14/2011 10:10:06 PM PST by Huntress
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To: Huntress

Have him feed the homeless for a couple of hours.


2 posted on 12/14/2011 10:11:44 PM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, then he must learn under the worst of times.)
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To: Jonty30

I was also going to be a jerk and say a job.

Joking aside.

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.


3 posted on 12/14/2011 10:16:22 PM PST by pennyfarmer (Even a RINO will chew its foot off when caught in a trap.)
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To: Huntress

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.


4 posted on 12/14/2011 10:16:28 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Huntress

Contribute $50.00 in his name to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Show him some pictures of our wounded soldiers missing limbs.


5 posted on 12/14/2011 10:16:36 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Jonty30

IBIS (In Before It Starts)

This is gonna be fun...


6 posted on 12/14/2011 10:18:08 PM PST by BigDaddyTX (Don't Mex with Texas)
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To: Jonty30

He’d probably get a nice case of the flu, great gift idea.


7 posted on 12/14/2011 10:18:39 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Huntress

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...


8 posted on 12/14/2011 10:20:51 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Huntress

Either of Rush’s books are good.

Also, “Starving the Monkeys” by Tom Baugh is a good book.


9 posted on 12/14/2011 10:21:58 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Huntress

Get him a used Ruger 10/22 and a Hunter’s Safety course.


10 posted on 12/14/2011 10:22:19 PM PST by Washi (Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, one head-shot at a time.)
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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.


11 posted on 12/14/2011 10:22:42 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Smokin' Joe

That was great


12 posted on 12/14/2011 10:25:39 PM PST by Haddit (Heartless)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Good idea.


13 posted on 12/14/2011 10:27:46 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Huntress

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.


14 posted on 12/14/2011 10:28:03 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Huntress
To quote something I saw recently:

"Why was this something that you thought we would care about or should know?" : )

15 posted on 12/14/2011 10:29:15 PM PST by jmax
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To: Huntress

William Bennett’s book....Being a Man (I think that’s the title)


16 posted on 12/14/2011 10:29:24 PM PST by goodnesswins (Call your Congress Critters...HB1996...end the environ. atty's raping of the system)
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To: Huntress

17 posted on 12/14/2011 10:29:34 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Huntress

A girlfriend! ;0


18 posted on 12/14/2011 10:30:02 PM PST by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumbass Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Huntress

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...


19 posted on 12/14/2011 10:32:15 PM PST by Tigerized (Occupy Wall Street? Go find the real culprits in the Capitol Building...)
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Give him a $50 Amazon.com gift card. Let HIM figure out what he wants to buy.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/gc

20 posted on 12/14/2011 10:32:23 PM PST by TChad
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To: Huntress

Everyone loves a gift card.


21 posted on 12/14/2011 10:33:27 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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To: Huntress
He's also an enthusiastic reader. Does anyone have any ideas for a unique gift that might appeal to him.

Get him an ebook reader - maybe the new Kindle Fire. Load it up with John le Carre's Smiley novels - I noticed there's a new movie version of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" out, with Gary Oldman playing George Smiley and excellent reviews. Challenging and interesting reading for a 15 year old, and he can compare it to the movie. Maybe even load the Kindle Fire up with the BBC TV version from the '70s.
22 posted on 12/14/2011 10:33:31 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: jmax

That’s why I put it in chat. You don’t have respond, you know.


23 posted on 12/14/2011 10:34:34 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Huntress

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/

Seriously.

Actually building something is a novelty to most kids now days.


24 posted on 12/14/2011 10:34:44 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Huntress

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.


25 posted on 12/14/2011 10:37:54 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Huntress

An osage orange bowstave and a drawknife...


26 posted on 12/14/2011 10:39:10 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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A couple of bird-feeders, one for seed, one for suet, and then bird food to fill them up.


27 posted on 12/14/2011 10:39:53 PM PST by onona (FR is continuing education)
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To: Huntress

Raybans, aviators.


28 posted on 12/14/2011 10:42:24 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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A weather station.

29 posted on 12/14/2011 10:43:39 PM PST by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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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.


30 posted on 12/14/2011 10:45:38 PM PST by warsaw44
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To: Huntress

My grandsons always liked GameStop gift cards.


31 posted on 12/14/2011 10:46:51 PM PST by Judith Anne (For rhe sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world.)
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To: Huntress
If he has an artistic side you might consider art supplies...pad, pencils, whatever. Worse that can happen is that he complains about his lame Aunty Huntress. Just a thought.
32 posted on 12/14/2011 10:51:25 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: Huntress

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R2y88xMMe0


33 posted on 12/14/2011 10:52:55 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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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.


34 posted on 12/14/2011 10:53:49 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Huntress
Tactical Spork. I love mine.
35 posted on 12/14/2011 10:56:48 PM PST by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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I'll add this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Invasion-Eric-L-Harry/dp/0515128422

36 posted on 12/14/2011 10:58:15 PM PST by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

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.


37 posted on 12/14/2011 11:01:12 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Now, that’s an excellent idea.

Am going to give one to both of my teenage daughters.

Thanks for the suggestion.


38 posted on 12/14/2011 11:01:51 PM PST by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: Huntress

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..


39 posted on 12/14/2011 11:05:02 PM PST by sockmonkey
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$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.


40 posted on 12/14/2011 11:07:01 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: Kirkwood

Thanks for the suggestions. I’m going to put these on my reading list, too.


41 posted on 12/14/2011 11:10:41 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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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. :)


42 posted on 12/14/2011 11:11:17 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Washi

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.


43 posted on 12/14/2011 11:13:17 PM PST by sockmonkey
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>>> "That’s why I put it in chat. You don’t have respond, you know." <<<

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.)

44 posted on 12/14/2011 11:16:38 PM PST by jmax
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As a Karate Practitioner I found this book to be an interesting read. It is not a how to book but a historical text which is quite informative and intriguing. This specific text is a very good interpretation.

http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Karate-Bubishi-Patrick-McCarthy/dp/0804820155

He sounds like a great kid. His uncle (or aunt) sounds cool too :).

45 posted on 12/14/2011 11:31:26 PM PST by GOP Poet (Time for Bambi and his commie crew to go.)
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Hi there, Huntress.

Two books I recommend are by Ted Bell:

Nick of Time.

Time Pirate.

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.


46 posted on 12/14/2011 11:34:35 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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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?


47 posted on 12/14/2011 11:37:34 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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I like the blank book idea circa post 8.

Get him a couple of Mark Levins’ books?


48 posted on 12/14/2011 11:38:25 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Gun store gift certificate. An idea whose time has come.)
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To: warsaw44

“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.


49 posted on 12/14/2011 11:47:19 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Gun store gift certificate. An idea whose time has come.)
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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.


50 posted on 12/14/2011 11:50:26 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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