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    Unusual, cool X-mas present ideas for kids

    We have 5 nieces (ages 12 thru 19) and 1 nephew (15 yrs old) that we buy X-mas presents for. I'm not a big fan of commercialization of Christmas ... but hey, they're kids.

    Anyhow, we always have a difficult time buying for the kids since we don't have any of our own, and aren't up on all the cool stuff. I think we got lucky this year with a present for our younger nieces. It's a charm bracelet with magnetic charms that you pop on and off. They're pretty cool. http://mogocharm.com/

    We also picked up some weird animal-look toques (or for my American friends ... winter hats) for our neices. Apparently they're the in-thing for winter-wear

    Thought the rest of you clueless uncles and aunts could use some help

    Anyone got any other good ideas? We still need to find things that will work for the older nieces and the nephew ... and we're quickly running out of time

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    Is there a price range you are looking to stay within? What are some of the hobbies the nephew and other nieces have?

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    He already has a compound bow. His father and him go on bow hunting trips. Great idea though. I'd love to have one myself. It's been at least 20 years since I last used a bow.

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    cool socks at www.sockittome.com
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snicklefritz View Post
    Is there a price range you are looking to stay within? What are some of the hobbies the nephew and other nieces have?
    Trying to keep it around $100 - $150 max.

    15 year old Nephew's hobbies:
    - big into military history. Loves to go to our local army surplus store when he's in town.
    - Also likes to make home movies.
    - They live at a lake in Northern Canada. Parents run an Fishing / Hunting outfitter business.

    12 year old Niece's hobbies:
    - likes jewelry (thus the friendship bracelet)
    - other than that we're not too sure what she likes. Haven't seen her in two years. Need to make a trip back home

    14 year old Niece's hobbies:
    - big into science fiction / fantasy books and online games.
    - She loves anything to do with the Lord of the Rings / Hobbit movies / books.

    Other 14 year old Niece's hobbies:
    - best was to describe her is a Jock. She's into anything sports ... and excels at it. Her family lives in a town centered in the Rocky Mountains, so they have plenty of opportunities to do cool sports (skiing, snowshoeing, running, biking, kayaking, etc).

    17 year old Niece's hobbies:
    - into the clothing phase. We don't buy clothing presents since we likely won't get the right sizing.
    - also likes variety of sports.
    - loves to cook / bake.
    - is an accomplished pianist. Actually likes playing apparently. I like it now, bt I hated taking lessons as a kid.

    20 year old (originally posted she was 19 ... oops) Niece's hobbies:
    - big into Biking
    - going into her second year of University.
    - also a good musician.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
    cool socks at www.sockittome.com
    Are you kidding me!!! The 'Funky Sock' section has some awesome girl's socks with skulls on them. We were hunting all over town for something like that. I'll have to run these by my wife. I think she'll want to get them. Thanks!

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    Here are a couple of ideas assuming gifts for all 5 should total up to $150:
    1) 15 year old nephew: Maybe a gift certificate to the army surplus place? If he doesn't live close perhaps you could take pics of what sorts of things he finds cool and are in your budget and he gets to choose from amongst them. Kind of like a virtual shopping spree with Uncle Alfster. Could make it cool, personal and unusual too

    2) 12 year old niece. Sounds like you already have something for her. if not, perhaps a book on finger loop braiding and supplies to make the bracelets, belts, etc. You can get the cotton thread at any craft store like Michaels, Richards or Jo-Ann's fabrics. Cost for supplies would be ~$10 to get three colors. If you can't fin any books, I can PM you some links on where to download instructions. This stuff is way cool.

    3) 14 year old niece: If she's into sports as much as she is, perhaps a set of shades? Not the uber expensive ones but something that doesn't fog up. Or since she's young and hip, perhaps a really funky hat depending on her personality.
    http://www.mentalgear.com/funky-fleece-1.html or this: http://www.mentalgear.com/helmet-covers.html

    4) 17 year old niece: If she plays classical, perhaps get her the G. Henle Verlag edition of some of her favorite pieces. For example if she plays a lot of Bach, then perhaps Well Tempered Klavier book 1 or 2 for example. These editions are very nicely bound, printed on great paper and pleasantly designed. I've seen some editions where they cram too much music on one page in an effort to save paper and it ends up being an eyesore. The Henle's are a favorite of many musicians. If you would like to try something for cooking instead, Here are some ideas: Maybe she could share this with the 14 year old: https://www.boocoo.com/auction/detai...14&refsrc=gshp Or perhaps a book on how to make cake pops: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/titles/cake-pops-kit.html. Everyone loves cake pops and they are fun to take to parties.



    5) If the 20 year old is at University and is riding her bike there, perhaps a gift bag filled with spare tubes, a patch kit, front and/or rear light...

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    Those are some good ideas. Our budget is $100 - 150 per kid. So we can either do one bigger present, or a bunch of smaller ones. I like the idea of a repair kit for our 20 year old neice. Great idea! Also like the idea of the virtual shopping spree with Uncle Alfster. He only gets a chance to go to an Army Surplus when he's here, and we live 3000 km away. Thanks for the suggestions.

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    Other ideas for the one who cooks:
    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produ...day-%20copy-_-

    Zoku pop maker. The gift set is ~$80 and for another 20 to $50 you can get lots of cool accessories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    How much do you like your brother and sister? If they were naughty this past year, get the kids a drum, a puppy and an espresso machine.
    LOL, I did that one year. When her first kid was around 4, I got her one of those noisy keyboards that you hit with sticks

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    I deleted my post when I saw how old they are.

    Teens are tough to shop for. Have you considered condoms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    I deleted my post when I saw how old they are.

    Teens are tough to shop for. Have you considered condoms?
    My nieces and nephews are good kids, and won't have sex till they're married ... in their 30's!!!

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    check out www.sierratradingpost.com for some good deals on all sorts of sports stuff & clothing. They have skull socks on SockItToMe? I'll have to check THAT out - I order about every other year. Last big time love on the socks was the Rocky Raccoon socks!
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    My nieces and nephews are good kids, and won't have sex till they're married ... in their 30's!!!
    Or so we'd like to think. Check out where they're going on the internet when they're by themselves and you may get a surprise.
    Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike

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    For the niece that lives near the Rockies get her a membership and Gift certificate from MEC , include an IOU for a trip there this summer then take her when you go visit them. For the cook, a good set of knives and a copy of Joy of Cooking (great reference book). For the nephew a bus ticket to your place during spring break include an IOU for a days touring of the surplus shops with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    14 year old Niece's hobbies:
    - big into science fiction / fantasy books and online games.
    - She loves anything to do with the Lord of the Rings / Hobbit movies / books.
    YAY! A geekling! check out http://www.thinkgeek.com

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