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stocking stuffers for pre-teen boys

Hi wondernutz (to use ab's expression).

 

I personally HATE to shop in December.  For me, nothing ruins the Christmas spirit better than tackling the mall or shops during that month.  As a result I tend to do most of my shopping late Oct and Nov with a goal of beind DONE by dec. 1.  With the trial I am really trying to use my days off to get these things done. 

 

 

Much of my shopping is done by now but I am stuck for stocking stuffer ideas for my 12 year old son.  I find younger kids easier to do....dinky cars, stickers, a few treats, play dough, crayers...that kind of stuff.

 

But what on earth does one purchase for a pre-teen?????

 

 

HELP please from any of you out there who have pre-teen or teenage boys.  Or any of you who don't but still have good ideas!!!!

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I'm going from what my mom usually gave my brother but some ideas are

 

-gift certificates to movies or to a rental place nearby

-a winter hat with his favourite team's logo

-cards with a face he'll like

-a new CD

-a book

-chocolate

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Greetings!

 

  • nailclippers
  • comb
  • brush
  • magazines
  • keychain
  • christmas ornament of one of their favorite characters
  • gum
  • votive candle with a "manly" scent
  • small tool kit with small screwdrivers
  • small flashlight
  • small after shave cologne
  • special "manly" deodorant
  • little hand held puzzle or game (big boys still like to play with toys!)

 

That's all I can remember for now . . .

 

Hope, peace, joy, love . . .

 

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You'll laugh at me re: last year's stocking stuffer.  I wrapped all the presents and stocking stuffers and realized around midnight on the 24th that I had all sorts of stuff for my daughters and not enough for my son.  Well so he ended up getting the rheindeer decorated hand lotion that was supposed to go to one of the girls.  To this day, he is talking about it.  He loved it!!!  I guess I'll have to get him more this year.

 

Other things:

 

socks

deodorant and other toiletries

scarf, mitts, hat

batteries

gift certificates

chocolate/fruit/chips

cd/dvd

puzzle books (soduko/crossword/wordfind)

magazines/books

model - if they're into building small things

hammer - if they're into building big things (every boy needs their first Estwing at some point)

 

 

 

 

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condoms

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Greetings!

 

lol, LoveJoy! (but could end up being the perfect gift in some situations!)

 

Hope, peace, joy, love . . .

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LoveJoy,

 

You are an inspiration to young men everywhere!   Unfortunately condoms have a shelf life of a couple years, any I recieved in my youth would have been long expired.   But as a minister I can see you understand the meaning of hope, even in the face of insurmountable odds (girls).

 

My recommendation is ALWAYS flashlights.  I loved them as a kid, and bought them for all the men in my life last year.  The new LED ones are amazing.  You can spend $1 to $100.

 

Also young men love pocket knives, although any worth having are probably out of stocking stuffer price range.  Band-aids might make a good stocking stuffer if there is a knife under the tree!

 

Rare earth magnets (don't include if stocking also has cassette tapes!)

Magnifying glass, telescope, or pocket microscope.  Pocket microscope can be found at Princess Auto for ~ $8.

Special pen (metal) or mechanical pencil.  Fountain pen if into novelty.  Feather, pen knife and a bottle of ink if really into novelty.

Something lockable (for condoms and porn love letters and other mementoes of the sensitive man he is growing into but too shy to show)

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Okay lovejoy.  You need to drop everything and come over and clean my computer monitor of the coffee that is now spewed everywhere in sight.  I think I am a fairly liberated mother but condoms at TWELVE!  Come on!  How about I stick to something more like the swim suit sports illustrated?

 

And Bassic, why would he need a locked box for his porn.  I thought the space between the mattress and boxspring was where that went.

 

Otherwise there are some awesome ideas. Keep 'em coming.  I will follow through on many.  I like the swiss army knife idea.  Generally we keep stocking stuffers to fairly inexpensive stuff but I wouldn't mind purchasing one more expensive item. That or his own camping flashlight might be good.

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This is a bit off track, but I thought that if you are going to buy books, cds, dvds etc for stockings, and can do so by shopiing online with Amazon, then there is a way to donate to Red Cross Canada.

 

Forgive me, but I have not taken the time to figure out how to embed a link.

 

But here it is: (maybe it is embedded - don't know) :

http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=11274&tid=015

 

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oh!  I think it worked.  Anyhow, the idea is that Amazon donates a minimum of 5% of your purchase to Red Cross...

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You know about between the matress and box spring, we know that.  I certainly never changed my sheets, so it was fairly obvious that wasn't a secure spot.   UNDER the boxspring, in a carefully cut part of the lining (hence the need for a pocket knife), that's where you need to look!

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Swiss Army knives are the BEST for kids who go camping, as are the wind up LED flashlights with the built in radio (too big for a stocking, though)

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ha!  bassic, you are giving away all the secrets :)

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http://scientificsonline.com/Default.asp?eid=EID01&bhcd2=1225318040

 

This was my 12 y/o son's "dream book".

Very cool stuff, but I don't know how much is "stocking stuffer" inexpensive.  Just the catalogue would make a great one, though.

Also those interest-based magazines, 'zines, and any reading material, especially for non-readers.  BMX magazines etc.

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  • CDs
  • Candy
  • Gift certificates for movies, swimming, or bowling. Something he can go do with his friends
  • Books
  • batteries
  • iTunes giftcard so he can download some music
  • socks and underwear
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This is coming from someone who hangs out with my friends twelve year old brother and all his friends:

Itunes card

Stuff relating to the sport he is into

If he plays an insturment something like picks or neck/shoulder straps(depending on instrument)

Anything with fire on it

Manly beaded neck chains( trust me, I gave one to my friends brother and he won't take it off)

Anything metal

Pocket knives

Anything to make them feel like a man

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LoveJoy wrote:

condoms

 

LoveJoy, you knew I would have a story. Gave my 17 year olds 3 piece suit( that didn't  fit anymore) to a cousin in Manitoba. When she got it, she found a condom tucked in that little inside pocket To cover my embarrassment, I told her that second hand clothes should always be  sent prepared.

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LOL Crazyheart!

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We always put a puzzle or game of some sort in the stockings.  Last year my son got one of those goofy paddle-ball things - kept him busy for hours - and he's 20 - much longer lasting than the condoms! 

 

Some special boxers; that stinky manly shower gel stuff; gift cards etc.

 

And if you put that swim-suit edition in ... maybe a "do not disturb" sign for his door! 

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I really work to keep stocking low priced.

magazine

candy,

guitar pics for my son

chapstick for winter

mitts

deck of cards

nice pen

 

as a gift, pen knives are great.  they really vary in price and we gave one to both our kids at around 12 but as an important "coming of age" we trust you kind of gift

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ha ha crazyheart!

But seriously folks...ok, so 12 is a bit extreme but every single one of my kids got their first condoms in their stockings at age 16. Our kids are 34, 25 and 23 now and they tell us that although they laughed their heads off and pretended it was the stupidest thing ever...nobody threw them out....!

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I was out running some errands yesterday and picked up a few things that I thought I would share.

 

- swim goggles

- hockey stick tape

- golf tees (he obviously golfs, in fact owns his own clubs)

- Maple Leaf boxer shorts

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Hey - I ordered the avon hand cream for my son yesterday.  He'll love it!

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Well at least we know he will enjoy the gift.

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Had a great time doing some Christmas shopping today with pinga and busymom.  Hit a fantastic toy store where I picked up some fun gifts (both for stockings and under the tree).

 

At ten thousand villages picked up some tree ornaments and a fun wooden top for younger brother.  Also got some coffee for me and some neat Fair Trade  Chocolate Advent Calendars.

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Had a great time doing some Christmas shopping today with pinga and busymom.  Hit a fantastic toy store where I picked up some fun gifts (both for stockings and under the tree).

 

At ten thousand villages picked up some tree ornaments and a fun wooden top for younger brother.  Also got some coffee for me and some neat Fair Trade  Chocolate Advent Calendars.

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Get pink camoflague hockey tape.  Trust me, All the guys I am friends with that play hockey use it.  Or pink laces for their skates (or other colors if you wanna be a party pooper)

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specialmom wrote:

 

At ten thousand villages picked up some tree ornaments and a fun wooden top for younger brother.  Also got some coffee for me and some neat Fair Trade  Chocolate Advent Calendars.

I love Ten Thousand Villages! I try to buy as many of my gifts there as I possibly can. Didn't know you guys had that in Ontario.

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Suggestion:

-- boxers -- joe boxer's rock, as they last FOREVER, and stay looking good.

-- socks (real ones)

-- everyone gets a large apple and a large orange..

-- candy (special favourite)

-- gag gift

 

Note re knife.

** our boys got them, but they stayed in Dad's sock drawer unless we were going camping, or they were going somewhere which they were allowed to take.  This was a safety precaution as much for them, as it was for us.  It taught them to respect the knife, and that though we felt they were old enough to use it, that it was a controlled substance.

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ps...ditto on the magazine, books,  cards,

pps.  yes, we did have a fun time...three cheers for wondercafe friends.

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