Trying to play Santa for anon 14yo boy
November 12, 2010 11:37 AM Subscribe
Can you help flesh out this Xmas wish list? 14yo boy; "sports clothing, gift cards, books."
posted by kmennie to shopping (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
And that and a first name and 'men's size small/medium' is all I know. This is via a pick-a-name-off-the-community-tree thing.
My budget is very roughly $250 and every year I shoot for: a good spread -- lotsa loot, a pleasing pile-up; decent quality stuff, fearing as I do that kids ending up on this tree have probably had enough of things that break; things that could be brought to school, either to be useful (nice pens) or to boost status. Having grown up in the 1980s when even the brand of one's pencil case could affect one's social life I...yeah. It's not ideal but I don't want to pretend it doesn't exist. Usually I have a better idea of what to get but I am drawing some blanks this year.
The wish lists were written by a 3rd party and I don't know if "sports clothing" means "find a hoodie with an NHL logo," or "stuff I could wear to gym class."
One consideration: I am in a rural-ish area and this kid may not have easy transportation to anywhere, so I am not sure about buying passes to the local whatnot.
I would love to get him books; I do not know where to start. I would have scoffed, angrily, at "young adult" fiction at 14 and would rather avoid that. Perhaps there are reference books I should consider?
In a previous year I was advised that mini Sharpies were the bomb for the demographic I was buying for, and told this by so many parties that I was pleased to've asked around and confident in the value of my mini Sharpies stocking stuffer. I am (also) interested in your tips for good add-on whatnots for 14yo boys in 2010.