Gifts for boys over 12 years old

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Gifts for boys over 12 years old
Gift giving for older boys can be challenging experience. (happy teenager image by Lisa Eastman from

As boys get older, they can be harder to shop for. Many preteen and teenage boys are no longer interested in cartoons or other things they find childish, and several prefer to wear the current fashion trends. Do not despair now that your boy has become pickier about his presents. Instead, look for simple gift gestures that caters to his interests and still exudes his desire for more independence.

Movie Passes

Everyone loves movies, but no one more than young teens. Movie passes for your gift recipient and his friends will likely put a smile on his face. Many movie theatres also offer special gift tokens that can be used for popcorn, sodas and other food items at the concession stand.

Sports Memorabilia

If the boy in your life is into sports, he will love to receive posters, trading cards, memorabilia and other athletic gear. You can also purchase personalised jerseys of your boy's favourite team. Athletes may need other apparel, like athletic shoes, knee pads or balls.

Sporting Event Tickets

Another great idea is to purchase tickets to a local sporting event. Many professional teams sell season tickets, one-day event tickets or special promotional packages, even during the sport's off season. For example, the St. Louis Cardinals sell holiday packs starting in December. Fans can purchase bundled weekend packs against their arch rival Chicago Cubs, seating for opening day and special game packs for events on Friday and Sunday.


Electronic gadgets are always a top of Christmas and birthday lists. You can find video and computer games in a variety of categories, and new releases come out every week. The games are rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, which gives parents and other guardians an idea of the kind of content inside the game. Children of all ages also like music, and you can find a music player for a fairly reasonable price. Apple's own iPod has been a hot commodity since its debut in 2001, and newer versions include the iPod Touch and the sleeker iPod Nano. You can also purchase gift cards for music stores or iTunes for the boy in your life to pick and choose what kind of songs he would like to play on his iPod or MP3 player.

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