Skip to comments.Seek Suggestions for 17 Year Old Grandson's Chirstmas Present:
Posted on 11/30/2012 8:05:10 PM PST by Vinylly
I have a 16 year old grandson that spends too much time on the computer and playing X games. He doesn't read books. So, I am thinking of giving him a couple of books for his christmas present. Two books I am thinking of is; 'The Richest Man In Babylon' by George Clasan and 'Anthem' by Ayn Rand. I would like suggestions from other writers that counter act the teaching he is getting in his school, and still be interesting for a 16 year old.
Make that *have* one son, not had.
You have no idea what you’re talking about.
How about tools? Get him something hands on, off the computer. Craftsman or Snap on... How about a multi-tool like a Gerber? Or maybe a combo pocket knife with a seatbelt cutter and glass breaker. Or a serious camping/survival knife like a Ka-Bar.
Actuality I do.
Disagree if you wish but sequential games develop math skills.
since people are going to argue about computer games, just give the kid a puppy
My husband bough a junker for our daughter when she was 15...”
One of our neighbors was looking for a junker for he and his son who will turn 16 next spring to work on and restore. Couldn’t find very many any more. Remember Cash for Clunkers?
Get him a college co-ed. Bring me one, too, while you're at it, grandpa.
Bet he would enjoy and remember a hooker more then books!
It was hard, but I think it was a fantastic thing they did.
He just didn’t want her to have to depend on others to do basic skill repairs on the car.
Very bonding for the both of them.
My husband is a great guy but not very magnanimous, it was a way to show her how much her loved her.
Oh, and she knows a lot about cars.
A gift card to a bookstore. Choosing books for someone who isn’t interested in reading might not have the desired result.
May I suggest to You Four Very Important Gifts:
1. The Geneva BIBLE 1599 A.D.
2. A Movie/Documentary entitled: "MONUMENTAL" Narrated by Christian Actor: Kirk Cameron.
3. Tyrrany And Liberty - By Mark Levin.
4. The American Ideology - By Brian Vanyo (Ret. Navy Vet).
All of these reading and viewing materials should keep your Nephew very busy and he just may LEARN Something about his COUNTRY!
GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!
A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith. Made readers of all my boys! Is possibly the best boy/man book EVER!
Some of the most influential books my husband and I both read in our late teens were the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis. There's just enough geek in there for geeks to like. They are profoundly conservative. (Titles: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra & That Hideous Strength).
If he has long trips in the car, you might consider audio books to listen to on his iPhone, if he has one. He can wear a wireless bluetooth device on his ear to listen. That's what my husband does to get his book fix in these days. My kids really appreciate audio books in the car.
Andrew Klavan (an awesome conservative commenter from PJTV) has written a youth thriller series called the Homelanders series.
This is the latest: If We Survive.
I think these are short and thrilling enough to keep a kid's attention.
That should Be...GRANDSON...NOT NEPHEW!
I vote for the bow..If he is that old and not handled fire arms he might hurt himself.
Ah the issue of what shall the grandma get the grandchild for Christmas. I have an XBox at my house and my youngest grandson is interested in all things cars so we have every car game ever made and I play them with him. He spends more time going through all the design and redesign phase of the cars than playing the games. He thinks it’s cool because no one else has a grannie that plays the XBox with their grandsons. He and I have also been to every car lot in Houston at one time or another and we always go to the car shows - not one of my interests but.... What you do with them is more important in the long run than what you buy them.
I would stay away from the books if he isn’t interested or take him to a book store and let him pick out something that interests him, although it may not interest you. I would think that as an obviously very concerned grandmother, your first issue would be to get him to read. Then you could work on the issue of steering him in the direction of preferred topics. Maybe get him his own subscription to a gun or auto magazine. Membership at a gun club and a gift certificate for range time where we went together turned out be the gift that the oldest grandson appreciated the most. I also bought him a set of golf clubs and a series of lessons and we play golf together.
The book store at our church had a Bible especially edited for teenage boys. I gave it to the oldest several years ago just as a gift but not for Christmas. He has looked at it on occasion and will read it in his own time. eventually.
get him an Ak-47 semi auto. I got one for my kid when she turned 12. She liked it better than any of her other birthday presents that year.
WOW!...NOW THAT'S MY KIND OF...PICK UP!
AND LOOK AT THE EYE CANDY ON TOP!!! POP...GOES THE WEASEL!
I LOVE GOD & COUNTRY....TEXAS, BIG GUNS...AND HER BAD OL' COUNTRY BOYS TOO!
MERRY CHRISTMAS & GOD BLESS!
You really think a 16 yo is going to read that? LOL