Need birthday present Ideas for 11 yr DS

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Registered: 02-12-1998
Need birthday present Ideas for 11 yr DS
Tue, 10-12-2004 - 10:40am
Well, we've pretty much decided against the only thing he is asking electric scooter. First, they are illegal in our state for children under 15 and his 8 year old brother would want one, too. SO......this is the only thing he has been begging for. Plus, they cost anywhere between $200-$300 dollars and I just don't think that sends the right message to kids....that they can have whatever they want, no matter the cost.

I asked him what else he wants, He chose just a few Nintendo games. I want him to be excited about his birthday, but don't know what to get him. What do your kids play with? He has all the basketballs, footballs, baseballs, etc. It's just getting harder and harder. He's getting to like clothing now, becoming a bit more particular, but he needs to pick it out. Anyway, ideas are really appreciated!



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Registered: 06-08-2004
Tue, 10-12-2004 - 12:13pm

Gift shopping does become tougher once their wants start getting more expensive.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 10-12-2004 - 2:49pm
computer games my 10 yr has: Stronghold, Stronghold-Crusader, Warcraft. For Xams he has asked for Age of Mythology 1&2....

Stronghold is excellent..they get the fighting they want..but they also have to build the castle and village, with all the businesses..and they have to figure out how to plant and harvest enough crops for all the villagers and men...and how much taxes should be (too much everyone leaves, not enough they cant pay for their men), they are learning w/out even realizing that they are learning! You can read more about it at:

The other big thing my son has asked for for Xmas is a guitar and a video to learn to can get an accoustic one for under $50.00...

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Registered: 08-20-2003
Tue, 10-12-2004 - 10:18pm
What about gift certificates----I mean at this age they love to spend money...and since it is so hard to buy for could get him a Mall gift certificate where he could spend the money at any of the stores.

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Registered: 02-12-1998
Wed, 10-13-2004 - 9:25am
These are all wonderful ideas, thank you so much. He does like renting games at blockbuster, so I think I will get him a nice gift card there. He does like bionicles, although he hasn't asked for one in awhile. I think I might look for a more age appropriate one for him. I'm going to a Nintendo Game he wants and some clothing. I might even go ahead and let him pick out some basketball shoes. I told the kids today there will be no scooters for their birthdays. They were both very disappointed, but I'm happy with this decision.

Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions. It did really help!


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Registered: 12-16-2003
Thu, 10-14-2004 - 3:26pm
My dd is asking for lift tickets to the local ski place for Christmas. I love these things! For the last two years, we have sent her to horse camp for a week. She loves this. I figure she gets enough "stuff" from my il, and my mom gets her clothes, so dh and I are happy to give ativities. Just for some different ideas.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!