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I am really trying to think of something to give to my 2 nephews who are 12 and 14. All they have listed that they want are video games and video game related stuff. I *really* would love to think of alternatives that they would like. What would a boy that age like, that isn't a video game??
 

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At that age, just get them what they ask for. That's what they want. Anything else will most likely be tossed aside.<br><br>
My boyfriend's 14 you daughter just wants Apple and Abercrombie Gifts Cards. So that's what she'll get. Maybe I'll put them in a cute purse or something.
 

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I have 6 nephews 13 and older, and one son who is 13, so I have a bit of experience in this area <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. When I tried to get my nephews anything other than what they wanted, they would roll their eyes, and/or toss the thing aside with a perfunctory thank you. I quickly learned to get them a) money, b) giftcards to Game Stop, or Borders (for CDs), or Best Buy. That's it, that's what I do for my 6 nephews.<br><br>
For my own son, here's what's on his list this year: A video game player - we've never had one - and video games <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. He wants a Wii or a Playstation. My husband has been absolutely against them, until this year when I convinced him that not all video games are centered around plots involving murder, war, auto theft, and prositution. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. Dh even thinks the Wii sounds pretty cool, so I think that's what we're getting. My 11 y.o. dd wants one too, so it's all good.
 

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I have to agree with PP. Gift cards are always great if you don't want to/don't feel confidant about picking out the actual stuff. Good luck!
 

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Er, the ONLY thing he will tell ANYONE s an Xbox 360. (well, he also wants an Ipod touch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) we don't have that kind of money, but I really want to give him the chance to find a way t get what he wants. I am telling everyone to give him money towards it. I am trying to find a used one I am upset that he may not have anything tangible on Xmas am, but it is a lesson in patience and saving/planning for him.<br><br>
For a boy who is not my son, I would go with a giftcard unless the mama can give me a specific. They can just be so picky (so can the girls)
 

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My 12 year old is getting a set of 8 mile range walkie talkies. A video game for his PS2. A new baseball cap. A duck call. Binoculars. New gloves. And a Sports Illustrated subscription.
 

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My 13 year old wants a digital camera, a Rubik's Cube, some specific books, graphic t-shirts and gift cards.
 

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If anyone can find a WII for less than double the retail price atm, please tell me where! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
My son loves K'nex, and he's very into video games. The K'nex keeps him happy when he's grounded off the video games and / or outside of his available gaming hours.<br><br>
This is my son's Christmas list:<br><br>
Computer - gaming computer (with sound )***********<br>
Nintendo DS Lite any color but pink<br>
Numa Numa remix - mp3 if no remix do normal****<br>
mp3 player****<br>
Ben10 Earth Hero (video game)****<br>
heelys****<br>
punching bag****<br>
runescape subscription password clana55 somanger ***<br>
Rattatoi (video game)***<br>
K'nex**<br>
Bionicles (newer versions if possible)**<br>
New Glasses - flexible titanium * (he just got a new pair in November and doesnt like them)<br>
bean bag chair<br>
pottery wheel and art supplies
 

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You do could CG to the movies, or a book or two. My 14 yr old would love a restaurant GC. He also likes sports, and apparently you can't have too many drumsticks or drum pads...lol
 

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I guess it depends on how much money you want to spend. My boys are 12 and almost 15 and these are some of the less expensive items:<br><br>
Pirates 3<br>
Cool tees<br>
boxers<br>
pajama pants<br>
belt with big(ish) buckle<br>
digital camera<br>
electric shaver for older boy<br>
R/C helicopter<br>
Docking sation for IPod that will charge and play their music for alarm<br>
Vans<br>
iTunes gift cards
 

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DS (almost 12) wants:<br><br>
most things screen related<br>
-wii<br>
-PSP<br>
-PS2 or PS3<br>
-DS (not short for Darling son, is actually the name of a handheld video thing!)<br><br>
He also likes/wants:<br>
-anime/magna<br>
-Mad magazine subscription<br>
-a specific kind of sled<br>
-more memory for the computer<br>
-a yr long memebership to runescape<br>
-camcorder or digital camera<br>
-a cordless phone<br><br>
GC to a videogame store would work well!<br><br>
Kathy
 
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