But once kids get up into ‘tween and teen territory, I’ve found that it gets trickier to find gifts that the young ‘uns will love as much as they once enjoyed their Barbies and Hot Wheels, and that’s particularly true when it comes to boys between the ages of about 12 and 16.
By the time a boy hits middle school, the pickins seem a lot slimmer when it comes to finding Christmas gifts. The toy aisles seem to narrow down to mostly electronic gadgetry. And while it’s tempting to rely heavily on video games and gaming systems when gifting our adolescent offspring of the male persuasion, Playstation and Wii and the like aren’t the only game in town when it comes to fun stuff that bigger boys will actually be excited to find under the Christmas tree.
As the mother of two boys and multiple nephews, I’ve had some hits and some misses with my Christmas shopping as they’ve grown (and grown), and I thought I’d share some of our own adolescent-boy holiday hits of recent years.
If you are the mother (or grandmother or aunt or godmother…) of a tween or teenage boy, what holiday gifts have you found to be big hits? Have you ever given a gift to a boy in this age range that just fell completely flat? (In my case, that was the year E received a little “home gym” thing that he’s never once used. He has also never played a single round with the Bocce Ball set he got last year…
Do you know a deserving family, school, or charity this holiday season? We’re giving away one grand set of 20 toys from Target, including those mentioned in this post! To nominate, simply comment and tell us why you’ve selected them!
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