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Since: 2.1.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.46
Hi all,

Need an idea here. My son turns 11 next weekend and I need present ideas.

He loves sports, especially hockey and basketball, loves music (he has a i-Pod), has a DS that he plays lots, and we also have an X-box.

We've thought of Leafs or Raptors tickets, although he got Leaf tickets for X-mas last year, and we are already going to a Raptor game in December.

DS and X-box games are OK, but we have lots of those already.

We need something that would be really cool, that would knock his socks off and be a big surprise.

Thoughts???



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.90
    Originally posted by haz
    DS and X-box games are OK, but we have lots of those already.


An eleven year old can NEVER have enough DS or Xbox games.......at least mine thinks so.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by haz
    Hi all,

    Need an idea here. My son turns 11 next weekend and I need present ideas.

    He loves sports, especially hockey and basketball, loves music (he has a i-Pod), has a DS that he plays lots, and we also have an X-box.

    We've thought of Leafs or Raptors tickets, although he got Leaf tickets for X-mas last year, and we are already going to a Raptor game in December.

    DS and X-box games are OK, but we have lots of those already.

    We need something that would be really cool, that would knock his socks off and be a big surprise.

    Thoughts???

Does he have any favorite players? Some sort of autographed or game used item might be cool.
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Since: 9.12.01
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Buy him a classic car that he can fix up over the next 5 years until he gets his license.

There is a cool hydrogen rocket kit at Radio Shack. I kinda want one I think an 11 year old probably would too.

Concert tickets? Too young for an all ages show?

Savings bond for college?




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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Savings bond for college?
Geez, why not get him a nice sweater and some socks while you're at it.



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Since: 2.1.02
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.46
Hey, thanks for the ideas. I might use some of them...

>Savings bond

- At this point, with his paper route, the kid has more money that I do... I said knock his socks off, not buy him socks!

>Classic car

- A neat idea, possibly a little early in the game. Besides, if he is as mechanically inclined as I am, the car will just sit and rust more... Can I give him my 1997 Saturn???

>The Rocket

- That's a possibility. I need to take some time to wander in a few stores to find something like that. I will have to do that later this week...

>Concert tickets

- I will have to look and see what's coming. He has already been to a Tragically Hip show, last year. I am sure he could handle another one.

>Favorite player stuff

- He has a bunch of Maple Leaf stuff, including stuff for his favorite Leaf, Matt Stajan. If I get anymore of this type of stuff, my wife might kill me.

> DS or XBOX games

- That's probably my wife and I saying too many. Keep tripping over the stupid things. Any games that would be cool? The kids both mention Guitar hero now... He has also asked for Mario Kart...


Keep 'em coming. Every little bit helps.



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I loved Nerf guns and for one birthday my parents bought me basically one of everything I didn't yet have. I had all my friends over and we were allowed to transform the house into a massive combat arena with bunkers, safe zones, and ammo stations. Everyone had one larger weapon and two small sidearms. It was the greatest event ever and we still talk about it a decade later.

Another time when I had first gotten really into jam music and I was dying to see Phish live. My dad bought 5 tickets (me, him, and 3 of my friends) and we drove up to Albany for the show.

Regardless of whether things like this would work, I think something that includes all his friends having a blast together is a good way to go. All the video games and various toys/games I got a kid are long gone, but the official kills tally from NerfWars '95 and the poster I got at my first Phish show are still tacked somewhere to the wall of my old room at my parent's house.

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    Originally posted by CRZ
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      Savings bond for college?
    Geez, why not get him a nice sweater and some socks while you're at it.



I could have said open an IRA for him. Come on, there are more boring options!




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If you do not have guitar hero already, that's what I would get. I am a church small group ;eader for 6th and th grade boys and they will play guitar hero all night long if you let them. GHIII just came out, so I haven't seen it yet, but GHII is fun, and there's a Strongbad song.

Although my kids MUCH prefer the Wii - they love the games on the Wii and ir just doesn't seem to matter which ones.



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I considered getting GHIII for my fake niece and fake nephews*, the youngest being seven.

They cut the nasty words out of the songs, but are still moments of questionable content. You know what your kid can handle. I decided against not being the guy my stepsister curses before explaining what "Talk Dirty to Me" means.

But yes, if they can take the content, that game will keep him happily amused for ages. Longer with two guitar controllers and a friend.

(The kids are getting movies they'll like now and will love when they're old enough to get all the jokes.)

* My father's girlfriend's daughter's fiance's kids from his first marriage. They are the Lonestars to my Dark Helmet.



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