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Old 12-03-2009, 05:56 AM
 
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I've adopted a family for the holidays and have to get a 16 year old boy something. He asked for a hoodie and sweat pants but nothing else. I have no clue what fun thing a 16 year old boy might like but I'd like to get him something as well as clothes. I guess electronics but I don't want to spend too much money.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:20 AM
 
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IPOD (you can get these refurbed at a great cost); nintendo. Gamestop sells used electronic games that are pretty good priced.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:22 AM
 
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My daughter always likes iTunes gift cards, but I guess you wouldn't know if he had a MP3 player. And you don't know if he has any kind of game player like a DS. With teens, picking out the right things can be really hard. Most of them like to do their own shopping, and I think a kid who doesn't have a lot would enjoy that. Maybe a gift card to Blockbuster or GameStop, or even Walmart or Target. No point in giving him a DVD if he doesn't have a DVD player, you know? I like that you're giving him the hoodie and sweat pants that he wanted, too!
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:27 AM
 
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I adopted a 5 year old and it was much easier- I have a 15 ad 17 year old and they are so hard- I really think a Wal mart gift card is best-
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:23 AM
 
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I'll 3rd the gift card. Teens love free money of any kind that they can spend on whatever they want. The thought of a gift card may not sound like fun to you but it will be a fun gift for the teen.
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Florida
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is he into music? we bought my younger bro a shirt that hooks up to an amp and he can play guitar on his shirt. ...its kinda cool and unique
think i will be buying one for my hub too.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Denver area
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Having a 16 y.o. boy, I would echo the gift card (Targeta, Walmart, Best Buy). Another thing would be earbuds - they really like the Skullcandy ones because they fit into ears better than the ones that come with the Ipods. They come in a variety of prices starting at about $20 I think. One the "more boring" side, my 16 y.o. is always going through socks - they like those no-show ones (get a good thick sock though not a generic one)...
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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American Express gift cards are more "awe" inspiring that fixed store like Target, WalMart or Best Buy. Believe me, those kids know how to hunt for cheap stuff. Can even use this kind of gift card to buy stuff over ebay / internet.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:54 AM
 
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Thanks all for the advice. I should have added that they discourage giving gift cards as they are often taken from the kids and not used to buy them stuff. Why oh why couldn't I get a 6 year old!
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:01 AM
 
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I would suggest anything that would give him his own music - an MP3 player with a small gift card from ITUNES cant be used anywhere else and allows him to get lost in his own musical world - which is one of the true joys of being a teen. Bless his heart that all he asked for was sweats. The other option are a great pair of sneakers if you could get his size or boots or a good coat if winter is a factor.
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