Re: I'm bored
- From: Narelle <n3310@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 09:45:29 +1000
John Gregory wrote:
Our son will be 15 in a couple of weeks. We asked him what he wanted
for a birthday present. snip<
I'd like to
limit recommendations here to the question at hand: what kinds of birthday presents can you think of, for the boy whose aspirations
need a little jumpstart?
I have 15yo boy and here are some non-computer things that he is into that may give you ideas for presents:
Warhammer: he has collected this for quite a few years now and still enjoys painting them and playing with it. From what I can work out, many adult men still play this game as well, so it is something that may hold his interest for a few years and he can build up a collection (handy b'day presents). In my city, there are shops that specialise in warhammer, and competition days are held, not just for playing, but for painting the figures and creating "worlds" as well. The figurines are quite intricate and you collect one or two types then compete against others. A bit like a modern version of toy soldiers. Might suit your son, as although it is "real", it is also very much fantasy in line with many online games. Although it is seen as a "boy" thing to do (I don't think I've ever seen a girl playing), they do sit around painting very tiny models, make scenery, and play out scenarios for hours on end.
Poker: This seems to be the latest craze amongst teenage boys, around here at least. They don't play for money, but they have fun and play at school or arrange pizza and poker nights. You can buy poker sets in toy stores or chain department stores.
Boxing: My son has been going to the local Youth Club for a few years now, where he has learnt to box. I've never been keen on it and much to his dismay won't let him spar competitively, but he loves it and is extremely fit and muscley from it. You can buy punching bags, gloves, shoes etc at sports stores to use at home. Might suit your son as it is not a team sport and he is only competing against himself, or can practice in his own time at home. Good for self-image as well as his body will get noticeably stronger. Alternatively, some other type of individual gym sport, or just general fitness training at a local youth club/gym; you could look into gym membership as a present.
Frisbee: The sport for nerds and growing in popularity around here. This is a co-ed, mixed aged team sport that is competitive but not so much so that someone becomes just a benchwarmer. Games are played on a soccer field and there is 6 a side (I think). I like the way it is organised as it is self-refereed even at National level. Promotes fair play and sportsmanship. Might be worth seeing if there is a club near you; something you and he could do together. Not much in the way of birthday present ideas tho: frisbees are fairly cheap and no special clothing is needed, although soccer boots are worn during "serious" (eg State, National) games.
Hope this gives you some ideas for presents. I live in a city, so have all these things reasonably close, which makes it easier. DS also has an after-school job at a juice bar which he really likes; not just for the money, but he has said he likes working with people that he wouldn't normally meet otherwise: adults and kids from other schools. Might be something to look into for your son.
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