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post #1 of 27
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If you've got a brilliant idea for an easy last-minute gift, post it here! And if you're in desperate need of an idea, post that here too...

My brilliant idea: AAA membership. It's $50 (or $80 for the premium membership), it includes all sorts of useful services for anyone who drives much, and right now, there's a nifty little chill-pack picnic thing that's free with a gift membership!

My desperate need: Something smallish to give my nephew, who is about to turn 10. We have a big gift for him, but we need some other small things. What do ten-year-old boys like these days?
post #2 of 27
what boys like have never changed,
toy guns, toy swords, etc, lol
the famous little green army men,
hmm legos, and i forget the name, lots of sticks with differt shape stuff you stick the sticks into,, you bulid your owne stuff,,

let me go see if i can find

http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-54809-T...toys-and-games

they say the age range is 7 but let him make his owne toys
post #3 of 27
I have got no idea
As a child my Aunty bought me a book. Hughh!! I thought it was called things to make and do, and I got more pleasure from that book than I ever did from a toy.
post #4 of 27
Get the nephew some Lincoln Logs- omg i used to LOVE them when i was little!!!! Or a tent- those are always fun too! I had a pink barbie doll tent i pitched right in the middle of my bedroom and thought it was the most cool thing ever to sleep in it

I am still trying to figure out what to get my 13 yr old niece
post #5 of 27
i had one of these also as young kid,
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=family
post #6 of 27
magazine subscriptions??

Teen magazine?
Mad comics?
Cosmo Girl
Sports Ill.
Glamour
Time
etc.....


Give them a card with something written about when they should expect the first issue.
Most you can do online.
Hearst Publishing has Cosmo.

Plus they get 12 presents so they always remember you every month.
post #7 of 27
Also, big with the young teens are MP3 players.
post #8 of 27
I think that most kids now-a-days love anything that's electronic (like hand-held games, or something similar).

For a last-minute gift? Gift cards are what I get, if I can't think of anything else, or if I'm desperate.. They're not really all that personal, but at least the recipient can get what they really want.

~KK~
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
what boys like have never changed,
toy guns, toy swords, etc, lol
the famous little green army men,
hmm legos, and i forget the name, lots of sticks with differt shape stuff you stick the sticks into,, you bulid your owne stuff,,

let me go see if i can find

http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-54809-T...toys-and-games

they say the age range is 7 but let him make his owne toys
Tinker Toys?
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
Tinker Toys?
Yep, good thing to play with
i got my nephew some when he was 9 or so,
model airplanes, cars and stuff is good for young boys i think
post #11 of 27
My daughter loves those, and Legos too. She's 15, LOL.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
...My desperate need: Something smallish to give my nephew, who is about to turn 10. We have a big gift for him, but we need some other small things. What do ten-year-old boys like these days?
Here, 10 year-old boys want hockey gear and WebKinz. Maybe doesn't help you though.

I found this: http://www.findgift.com/Holidays/Chr...oys/Ages-9-10/
post #13 of 27
what the heck is webkins?? my sister has ordered like 60 of those things on ebay lately


my nephew is into magnetix this year, and his big thing he wanted from santa was two guinnee pigs! I think we talked him outta that though
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Here, 10 year-old boys want hockey gear and WebKinz. Maybe doesn't help you though.

I found this: http://www.findgift.com/Holidays/Chr...oys/Ages-9-10/
wow ...

I got this off that site
http://gtvstudios.com/heroshop/SAFET...-Kit-P6C9.aspx

for the new teen girl
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
wow ...

I got this off that site
http://gtvstudios.com/heroshop/SAFET...-Kit-P6C9.aspx

for the new teen girl
that is sooo cute!!! when taylor turns 16 i'll have to get her one if she starts driving! thankfully we're about 3 yrs away from her needing that oh i just can't imagine that girl behind a car
post #16 of 27
that has got to be the strangest emergency kit i have ever seen nailfile and lipgloss and breathfreshner?, unless the teen girl is ms. mcgyver i hate to see whta kind of emergency this is for. my SO asked what would be in the guys version, lol.
post #17 of 27
For a smaller gift for a 10 year old, I agree - go with a lego kit.

For the 13 year old girl, what about a gift card for best buy or whatever store around that area that sells cds, dvds, and games? (aside from walmart because not all of them have decent selections). That or a gift card for JCPennys, let her pick out her own clothes.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
For a smaller gift for a 10 year old, I agree - go with a lego kit.

For the 13 year old girl, what about a gift card for best buy or whatever store around that area that sells cds, dvds, and games? (aside from walmart because not all of them have decent selections). That or a gift card for JCPennys, let her pick out her own clothes.
That might work i was going to get her some stuff to draw with (she LOVES to draw) as well so a gift card could be good too!
post #19 of 27
They have new electronic Rubik's cubes out also.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
That might work i was going to get her some stuff to draw with (she LOVES to draw) as well so a gift card could be good too!
Oh, well if you're going to get art supplies get quality. How about a nice set of prisma color pencils? (not cheap ). Other options are good quality paper -such as strathmore, general or kimberly drawing pencils are ok too. In fact real art supplies are kind of pricey - If you have a hobby lobby there it might be worth checking their site for coupons.
post #21 of 27
Thread Starter 
Bruce, that electronic lab kit is fantastic! I want one for ME! Either now or for his birthday in March, that kit is gonna be happening! Thanks for the tip!

SW, there's some very cool stuff on that site, too... everything I look at gives me ideas! And one of the things they mention there is "The Dangerous Book For Boys," which I've already got for him. I spent a little time with it myself, and it's just such fun...wonderfully eclectic, full of the kind of quirky details that intrigued me as a kid. I think Grant will love it, and I think his grandpa will too.

Nikki, when I was 13, I loved adventure books (not silly teen romances, but travel and intrigue)... and also kits that allowed me to make something. I remember a really cool acrylic molding kit -- I mixed up some clear acrylic, put a pearly white seashell into a mold, poured the acrylic in to cover it... and then mixed some black acrylic to pour on top, to make a background for the shell. I still have that paperweight somewhere!

There are some very cool kits at Barnes & Noble for making origami and kirigami... and you could also give her a book on making macrame jewelry, with some pretty colored cord and beads.

And at Kohl's, they have some boxed pendant sets that have gorgeous interchangeable stones in different colors! If I were a 13-year-old, that would dazzle me!
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
They have new electronic Rubik's cubes out also.
My mom is searching for one of them for my little cousin, I didn't know they had such a thing!
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by blondrebel76 View Post
what the heck is webkins?? my sister has ordered like 60 of those things on ebay lately

A Webkinz is like a furry beanie baby. But every one has a special code linked to that particular animal. When you get the animal, you online and put in the code and it knows what animal it is. You can name it, and it's like an online game. You can buy things for it, and build it a house. All online and all pretend though.
post #24 of 27
Great ideas everyone!!! Thankyou for all the suggestions!!! Hehe last night i wound up getting my niece (The 13 yr old) a cool pillow- it's all soft and squishy and it has a spot on it where she can plug in her MP3 player (her parents are getting her one for Christmas so i thought it'd go along well!) so she can lay down and listen to her music without using the ear buds all the time We also found some more arts/crafts stuff the other night as well so we got her some more stuff t odraw with

I LOVE the idea of some of those other kits that were suggested- i will definitely look into getting some after Christmas when the sales are good so i can give those for the next b-day or holiday!
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Great ideas everyone!!! Thankyou for all the suggestions!!! Hehe last night i wound up getting my niece (The 13 yr old) a cool pillow- it's all soft and squishy and it has a spot on it where she can plug in her MP3 player (her parents are getting her one for Christmas so i thought it'd go along well!) so she can lay down and listen to her music without using the ear buds all the time We also found some more arts/crafts stuff the other night as well so we got her some more stuff t odraw with

I LOVE the idea of some of those other kits that were suggested- i will definitely look into getting some after Christmas when the sales are good so i can give those for the next b-day or holiday!
I have one of those and I LOVE it!

I agree! get a kit where they can be creative and make something of their own. They'll love being able to show it off!
post #26 of 27
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We went out last night and found a nice big binder with six wire-bound books on drawing collected together -- and they're really good books, great simple technique, written with a sense of humor. They have lots of examples and instructions on how to draw cars, animals, insects... all the things kids like.

Today, I'm going to get a drawing pad, some pencils, a kneaded eraser, and a whatchamacallit grey-rolled-paper thing you use to smudge the pencils with. Grant will love this!

And the best thing about it -- it's not trendy, it doesn't take batteries, and it will actually help him develop a skill! Woohoo!
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
We went out last night and found a nice big binder with six wire-bound books on drawing collected together -- and they're really good books, great simple technique, written with a sense of humor. They have lots of examples and instructions on how to draw cars, animals, insects... all the things kids like.

Today, I'm going to get a drawing pad, some pencils, a kneaded eraser, and a whatchamacallit grey-rolled-paper thing you use to smudge the pencils with. Grant will love this!

And the best thing about it -- it's not trendy, it doesn't take batteries, and it will actually help him develop a skill! Woohoo!
I'm always amazed that kids love to create things so much. I gave my 10 year old neice an embroidery kit for her birthday and she didn't put it down for DAYS!
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