What toy would make a 10-year-old's eyes all aglow?
December 13, 2007 7:39 PM Subscribe
I'm seeking affordable gift ideas for a 10-year-old boy we've "adopted."
posted by justonegirl to shopping (30 answers total)
My husband and I are "adopting" a couple of families this holiday season through a charitable organization, and one of the children, a 10-year-old boy, has me stumped. His requests on the form (or those his parents specified for him) consisted of a robe, pajamas, a comforter, and roller skates. We've acquired all of these things, as well as a helmet and pads to go with the skates. However, I'd really like this child to have some additional things to open on Christmas, but I don't know what kinds of toys 10-year-old boys generally like these days.
I've ruled out any type of video game (unless there exists some type of individual handheld game) since I doubt he has a gaming system of any kind. Similarly, I've also ruled out anything having to do with digital media of any kind. I'm looking for fairly universally adored toys and games for kids of this age. I reckon he's probably an active child since he asked for skates, but I have no idea what other interests/abilities he may have.
We're looking to add gifts totaling about $50-75. I'm partial to this boy having several things to unwrap, but if there's something awesome and worthwhile that will blow the whole budget, that's OK too. I'd appreciate it if the toys could either be purchased in a major retailer (Target, TRU, Walmart, etc) or ordered online with rush shipping, as we need to deliver gifts in about a week.
Oh, and if it makes a difference in your suggestions (not sure that it would), he's an African American boy from an underprivileged part of Baltimore, and the only child in his immediate family. Thanks so much!