Gift ideas for 17 year old boy...

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@Bev1986 (1428)
United States
November 28, 2007 9:00am CST
I have a nephew who will soon be 18 and I am stumped on what to get him for a Christmas present. We only spend about $20 on each of the older nieces and nephews, so that's not a lot to go on... He's not really into anything... he's in the band, he's the drum major actually, and he's a boy scout working on his eagle... but other than that, he doesn't do a whole lot.... He's already got TONS of boy scout stuff, so I really don't want to buy him anything related to that. Any unique gift ideas that aren't too expensive?
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@Rozie37 (15508)
• Turkmenistan
28 Nov 07
He's an seventeen year old boy. I am sure he would adore a seventeen year old girl, lol. Get him a $20 gift card at a place of his interest. Buy him a movie or some music. You can still get a pretty good gift for 20 bucks.
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@Bev1986 (1428)
• United States
29 Nov 07
LOL! He already has the 17 year old girl! lol!
@lillake (1635)
• United States
28 Nov 07
For about $20 you could get him a CD of his favorite band, or a hat and scarf combo for the winter in his school's colors or that matches his scoutting uniform. If he likes movies make him a gift basket of a big bowl with some microwave popcorn, a bottle of soda, and a gift card for a movie rental place. Maybe get him a subscription to a magazine he likes, or a pass to a place he likes to go like a museum or zoo. If he's got a laptop of a cell phone there are awesome skins you can buy and place on them. Stuff like at this site: http://www.gelaskins.com/index.php
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@Bev1986 (1428)
• United States
29 Nov 07
Thanks! Those are some great ideas! He just got a cell phone so I'll check those out...
@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
28 Nov 07
what about just getting him a visa gift card? then he could use it where ever he wants. to make it interesting you could wrap it in a small box, then wrap the small box in a bigger box, then keep going as many boxes as you want. lol. Or, if he plays the drums, maybe some drumsticks with his name on them?
@Bev1986 (1428)
• United States
28 Nov 07
Thanks... I was kind of hoping to actually get him something instead of a gift card. I've given those to him in the past and just really hoped to actually buy him a present this time. He's not a drummer... he's the drum major in the marching band. He a senior in high school and helps lead and direct the band. He plays trumpet, but once he graduates from high school, he won't be playing it in college... But thanks for the ideas!
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@stjmen (86)
• Australia
29 Nov 07
Last Christmas when my wife and I couldn't think what to buy my dad, we found someone on eBay selling of parcels of land in Scotland (I think it was a little over $20). They send you a land title as well as a certificate certifying you as a Laird (a Scottish Lord). year later and my dad is still raving about it. The plot is only 1 foot square, but the land it resgistered as either heritgae or conservation. With 1000+ people owning the couple of acres that we bought into there is no way that anyone will ever be able to build on the land as they would need to track down and buy back each and every plot.
@Bev1986 (1428)
• United States
29 Nov 07
What a unique idea! I doubt he would like it, but it's a great idea for the inlaws! Thanks!
@Zelmarq (11228)
• Philippines
29 Nov 07
Thats my problem when it comes to giving gifts to men, not unless of course if they have implied something they wanted for christmas. Well you can check out the things he likes doing and see if you can relate things, like his favorite band, you can buy cd. Or with 20 dollars you can get a cool boy band t shirt or outfit. Or if he likes reading you can give him a book of some sort.
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@Bev1986 (1428)
• United States
29 Nov 07
He does love to read.... but I have no idea what books he already has. Maybe a gift card to a book store would work. Thanks!
@cher913 (25902)
• Canada
29 Nov 07
well obviously food would be appreciated as well as batteries no doubt, but how about something that relates to his favourite sports team? gift certificates are always a good idea if you are stumped!
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@erikssion (109)
• Philippines
29 Nov 07
Hmmm... he is in a band, right? Like my cousin, because he is just very good with the drums (and the guitar and bass) I just got him a drum stick. But, I did get him the best kind... so that kinda hurt my wallet a bit... it made him happy.. that was all it mattered. How about that?
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@subha12 (18475)
• India
29 Nov 07
Gift him a gift voucher of any super store. in that way you are gifting him the whole shop to chose from! He can buy things as his choice and if additional money needed he can pay it himself. In this way he can choose his own gift also.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
29 Nov 07
What band CDs does he like maybe one that he cant get ahold of would be good. 18 year olds are hard to by for boys or girls. If ya cant think of any thing else I hate Gift card but if ya have too. Or a christmas card with a $2o bill in it.
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@coffeebreak (17829)
• United States
29 Nov 07
Gift card to: auto parts store, boy scout store, favorite fast food place, gas card to local gas station for gas, record store - well guess they are called DVD place now, but you get the picture! Gift card to a place like Starbucks or other speciality treat place. Movie tickets, theater tickets, or just a VISA. I think kids get so much these days that it doesn't really mean anything to any of them. Popular things change so fast that you can hardly keep up with the "in" things, so let the kids do the keeping up!
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• United States
29 Nov 07
You could get him a gift he could use. Like shoes or a hat. You could just get him a gift card. That is what I would do.
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@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
29 Nov 07
As other posters have said, I'm a big fan of the gift card,especially for teenagers.
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
29 Nov 07
Any Hot-blooded boy would Love a giftcard from Hooters Restaurant!
4 Dec 07
$20 doesnt get you far anymore in the gift buying arena.I personally think that the giftcard would be the way to go if you are not sure what he's interested in. If you can up your spending about 10bucks there are some teenager friendly gifts that are cool. All teenage boys love gadgets. I found a website with some fun stuff on it called gadgetuniverse.com. They have items for around 30bucks like solar flashlights, and a just boy stuff. Good luck
@Bev1986 (1428)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I'd love to increase the amount we give, but we try to be fair to all of our nieces and nephews and we have too many! Adding $10 to each one of them is just not possible :( But, thanks for the link to the gadget site! They have a few items I might be able to consider, or pass the link on to my sister to see if there's anything she'd like to give him....
• United States
13 Mar 10
I gave my brother who turned 18 in December a gift card to Wawa, a local convience store/deli BUT I put it in those gift card puzzle boxes. I found it also locally in a puzzle and game store. I also have a brother turning 17 this year. For Christmas he got a gift card to Applebee's so he could hang out with his friends there and check out the hot waitresses. Finally another gift idea would be something he could use for his car and or to go to college soon!!!
• United States
24 Nov 08
A lot of guys around that age are into video games. You didn't mention whether he was or not, but if he is, you could get him a gift card to someplace like GameStop, or a new memory card for his playstation, or whatever. If he's into sports - either playing or watching, that could provide for some good ideas, too. For example, if he likes to play baseball, you could get him a new bat, or if he likes the local college football team, you could get him tickets to a game. Price ranges vary on all of these ideas. Truth is if you think back you'll remember that 17-year-old boys aren't that much different from 12-year-old boys. They just act more mature when they know they're being watched. lol. At 17, a lot of boys are focused on their girls. I read that he already has one. You could use that to your advantage. You could make him a basket for a 'date night' with his g/f. This could include popcorn, candy, a movie, soda pop... stuff like what you'd get if you went out to a movie.
@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I see someone else mentioned this..the idea of getting him his favorite CD of music...how about also instead a DVD movie? Does he like Harry Potter? The movie Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix is coming out Dec 11--even a book maybe? If you know what he likes to read, a book might do too
@SpankMe (69)
• Philippines
29 Nov 07
clothes. :P band shirts!