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Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 16, 2015 12:37pm CST
Every year I have such a hard time on what I should buy my son for Christmas, this kid has everything which is sick. he has doubled some stuff in between the 2 households. I need some advice, what would you buy a 12 year old boy?
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@yukimori (9040)
• United States
16 Nov 15
Well, I tend to give my kids experiences rather than toys. They'll get a few presents for holidays and birthdays, but the 'big' gifts are things like a trip to the zoo or a children's museum. Is there anything your son has been wanting to do for a while? Musical instrument or sport he'd like to play? Local attraction he'd enjoy visiting? You can find some really cool stuff on sites like Groupon and Living Social. I get ideas from there pretty often.
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• Minneapolis, Minnesota
16 Nov 15
Groupon is a great idea! My kid has done so much is the little time he has be here, more than I ever got to do. That is the beauty of beeing split between houses he gets a variety of things and gets to go all different places. Im at a loss. I want him to open stuff up for xmas though too
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@yukimori (9040)
• United States
16 Nov 15
@Castlerock34 Well, what are his major hobbies? Is there something connected to that that you can get him? I buy my kids new clothes and wrap them to fill out the things under the tree. They think it's great... but we're talking an almost 2-year-old and a 5-year-old. It's probably not so cool to a 12-year-old boy.
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• Minneapolis, Minnesota
16 Nov 15
@yukimori Well right now he likes to read Japanese comics which I had already bought for him over Amazon, I bought him 3 volumes. He has just recently joined a soccer team at his school. My kid will try anything he isn't picky. He likes doing arts and crafts, music,and writing. He doesn't play as many video games anymore because I have limited them at my house and I think his school work and soccer has consumed his time
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@allknowing (62983)
• India
17 Nov 15
I can well understand about kids having everything. That is the saddes part really. Nothing excites them. Why don't you open a bank account and teach him the saving habit.
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• Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 Nov 15
I really like that one too!! Great idea :-)
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@marlina (72523)
• Canada
23 Nov 15
I like the idea of opening a bank account for him. Then you can just buy him a small thing that you can wrap. Kids do not need so many things you know.
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• Minneapolis, Minnesota
23 Nov 15
@marlina you are very right :-)
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@Bella128 (2480)
• United States
17 Nov 15
Well Star Wars is very popular right now and I think it's great for all ages really.
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• Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 Nov 15
Yeah my kid likes Star Wars I am not sure if he Loves it though. He goes through so many phases of things he likes, its so hard to keep it now days. I know one thing for sure is he Loves hockey and the Wild. So I was thinking maybe I could get him a jersey with his name on the back and maybe throw in some hockey tickets. Do you think I should do the jersey thing? I mean it is expensive and he will just grow out of it ..ugh
@Bella128 (2480)
• United States
17 Nov 15
@Castlerock34 That's always an issue with the jerseys but I've seen things people have done with them, like make a quilt out of them, frame them, or even hold onto them until grandkids come around and pass the jersey down to them.
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• Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 Nov 15
@Bellatricks very creative, I really like that.
@Orson_Kart (4353)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov 15
I am trying to think what I wanted when I was 12. It was pre-technology. So something wooden probably. And no, not like my head. I'll come back to you on this one.
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• Minneapolis, Minnesota
16 Nov 15
Its hard to think of stuff isn't? It's kind of hard to relate because him and I liked different things. I know he loves cats!!!
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• United Kingdom
16 Nov 15
@Castlerock34 The musical? I am more of a Jersey Boys man myself. I suppose a trip to the theatre or concert with his dear old (sorry, young) mum wouldn't be cool, or would it? I
• Minneapolis, Minnesota
16 Nov 15
@Orson_Kart I'm not sure how he feels about theater, I don't think he has ever watched a play or a musical. He went to a Imagine Dragons concert and loved it. He really really likes Cold Play but I'm not sure if they are touring
@sharon6345 (121122)
• United States
16 Nov 15
My nephew is about 12 and he is getting the new bike with fat wheels. I know there is a lot more he could want or need. But,the bike is going to hit the mark. if I can't find anything for my niece she will get 50$
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• Minneapolis, Minnesota
16 Nov 15
He has a bike and I just bought him a ripstik for his birthday in August. This is so frustrating
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@Marcyaz (35695)
• United States
16 Nov 15
My grandson already has a bike.
• United States
15 Dec 15
A membership to a library full of all the classics in literature schools might forget to add to the learning list . . .
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@Marcyaz (35695)
• United States
16 Nov 15
Wow now I was wondering what to buy my grandson who is around 12 also maybe there will be some good ideas from someone on here.
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• Glasgow, Scotland
16 Nov 15
A gift voucher so he can choose something for himself. :)
• Minneapolis, Minnesota
16 Nov 15
The only problem with those I feel that they look like not a whole lot of thought was put into them.
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• Glasgow, Scotland
16 Nov 15
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• Dayton, Ohio
17 Nov 15
At that age I think he would like some legoes. Rigt star wars Lego sets are really popular. I always give at least one age appropriate book. Maybe a book on the history of the cartoon comics he likes.
• Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 Nov 15
Legos are always a hit ;-) I mean who doesnt like Legos?
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
17 Nov 15
My kids are getting clothes, books, pajamas, slippers, and a few items from their wish list. Unfortunately my 13 year old son wants some expensive things like new release video games and an expensive jersey. He will probably get 1 of the video games and a few of the action figures he asked for.
• Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 Nov 15
Ive noticed the older they get the fewer items they want but there's always a catch, they are uber expensive ones. The thing I remember asking for that was expensive at the time for my family was a game boy and a few games.
@suziecat7 (3399)
• Asheville, North Carolina
16 Nov 15
Movie tickets? At his age something electronic would probably be welcome too.
• Minneapolis, Minnesota
16 Nov 15
maybe a movie basket, some popcorn, movie tickets and some candy could be an idea. great thank you :-)