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Old 09-30-2002, 01:24 PM
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For the kids who have everything! Help!

Each year at Christmas time we find ourselves in the same predicament - what to buy our nephews, ages 11 & 16. They come from a divorced home and pretty much have everything they want/need, not to mention that this is a tough age to buy for anyway. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 10-05-2002, 09:30 AM
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I posted the same ideas elsewhere for bday/xmas for 9-yo twins, but I think they'd apply here too. Consider giving them an experience rather than a tangible gift.

Take them somewhere. Yeah, I know at 11 & 16 they don't want to hang out with their family much, but take them somewhere REALLY FUN. Give them a homemade gift certificate they can redeem at the appropriate time, and take pictures when you get there.

Themed restaurants like Rainforest Cafe, Medieval Times, or Magic Time Machine are great fun for kids of all ages. If you can afford it, let them take a friend too so they can brag about it together at school.

Seaworld, Disney, or Six Flags would be fun for both ages, if your kids like that kind of thing. Take them for a fun day (our local parks are open on weekends in December), or maybe get them season passes.

For birthdays, consider a Renaissance Festival. They have them all over the country. The 11 year old can run around like a wild child, and the 16 year old will probably enjoy the sword fights, jousting, and all the pretty maidens.

Another idea is to sign them up for a class on something they are interested in. This will probably be easier for the 11 year old. Check the parks and rec dept, YMCA, museums, public schools, libraries, etc. For the 16 yo, how about Comedy Defensive Driving? Not something he'd ask for, but it could help lower his insurance payments (if he drives). Best of luck, and happy holidays! Dawn
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Old 10-05-2002, 01:58 PM
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How about a gift certificate for the movies?
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Old 10-06-2002, 08:22 PM
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One of my favorite gifts for people who have everything is a gift certficate from Blockbusters. I have gotten many thanks from married nieces and nephews, my teenage grandkids, my daughters, etc. I give them a two-liter soda, box of microwave popcorn and a $25.00 gift certificate-that means several movie rentals and entertainment for them and their friends.
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Old 10-06-2002, 08:36 PM
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The Blockbuster idea is good....not only for movies...but, also for games rentals. Or you can give them a gift certificate for whatever game shop they like, or even a clothing store. Kids like to chose their own clothes. The ideas can be endless. Ask them what they really would really solves a lot of problems and, then they and you are happy!!!
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Old 10-07-2002, 02:44 AM
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16 year old gifts

My daughter will be 16 in February and for her Christmas list she is asking for pre-paid gas cards. We are also looking into getting her a pre-paid credit card for teens. I think this is an excellent way of continuing what we've taught her about budgeting and credit. She can only spend what is pre-paid on the card and for gifts, friends or relatives can put the money on her credit card.

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Old 10-07-2002, 05:45 AM
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I don't know if you get together with your extended family or not, but here's a idea if you do.
My big sister always gives the all time best gift to the kids each year!! CASH!!
But she doesn't just hand over the $25.oo The receiver has to work for it!! Every year they have to do sommething different. She also pulls in the WHOLE familyand everyone has a ball.
One year she gave out order to get her gift each child (ages 6yrs and up) had to guess their individual riddle.
Once she put 25 $1.00 bills into a glass coke bottle (1 for each child) and they had to get them out without breaking the bottle!!
And one year she bought each child a metal bank, and put the money inside and buried them all together in the back yard!! Then she sent the kids on a scavenger hunt to find them!!
These events took alot of planning but they were so much fun for the entire family (adults included)
She never dreamed that it would be as big of a hit as it has turned out to be!! LOL Every christmas the kids can't wait to get her gift and the adults can't wait to see wht she comes up with!! It's always the last gift of the day!!
Just a suggestion. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season! Wild
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Old 10-07-2002, 07:08 AM
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chuckle My idea

My idea is another gift certif. idea. My DD always goes to the Bagel shop next to our church every Sun. morning before Sunday School (my DH & I have to be there about 1/2hr earlier than most). She's 16 and really likes trendy coffees and teas. We got her GC's for Christmas and she used them to pay for her breakfast every Sun. for a couple of months. If you could find out something that is their "favorite" that makes it unique to them. Also GC's to a music store are great too, there is always some new CD they want. My DD loves to read so GC's to a bookstore are good for her. Find out what each of them is "in to" & you can probably find a GC to help them get something they really would use and enjoy.

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Old 10-07-2002, 08:05 AM
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We've found that Best Buy giftcards are always appreciated by teens, especially boys, who I find harder to shop for than girls.

My son once got a plastic popcorn box, with a package of microwave popcorn, two cans of soda pop, and Blockbuster gift certs tucked in Now is that too cool?

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Old 10-07-2002, 11:42 AM
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Lightbulb Gift Cards/Tokens/Movie Passes/Fast Food Gift Certificates

My boys are 11, 17 and 22. These versitile gifts are always a winner. They even love Wal Mart gift cards.

Another idea is gift baskets filled with items customized for each one.

My 11 year old loves his dirtbike and music so they gave him one with a gas card, dirt bike magazines and decals and of course junk food.

My 17 year old is a Disc Jockey so they gave him a gas card and disk jockey magazine subscription for a year, cool music related stickers and blank cd's for burning his music.

My 22 year old is a foreign car addict so he got the newest tool out, magazine subscription, mechanic coveralls and of course some hand cleaner and health food snacks since he is also a fitness instructor.
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