any ideas on what to get my 14-yr-old Son for his birthday??

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help!! does anyone have any new or original ideas on what i can possibly get for my son's 14th birthday coming up in a week? he already has about everything that a kid his age could want. YIKES, I'm clueless????
thanks,
Darlene :O

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yes - i always 'ask him', but he shrugs his shoulders and says, "I dunno." he is an only child and my budget is tight. however, his dad has spoiled him totally rotten with whatever and whenever he wants it!!!! that made/makes it harder for me.

Cheryl - posted on 06/04/2010

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Hmm now that I read a little more about your situation, some of the things I suggested might not be so good! It is a hard place to be in when one parent can lavish stuff on their kids and the other can't!! That might take a little more creativity on your part! Does he like having his friends over?? Maybe a party and a sleepover where you can make his favorite foods and just a fun time with his friends?? Take him someplace he has never been and wants to go, like a museum or? That is reasonable or free..(We lived in LA and the Getty Center Museum was free wi only 5 dollars for parking a few years back) Or once I took my oldest to Planet Hollywood, he always wanted to go there! And all we could afford were sodas and french fries, but he didn't care, he was just happy to go and glad that I would take my time to take him there!! we even had Sabrina the Teenage Witch go by our table!! So not sure where you live, or where he would llike to go, but sometimes it's you they want and not just stuff....If you give him your time, your effort, a special outing that doesn't have to cost much..does he like camping?/ can you take him and a friend camping? these are just ideas and things that worked for me!! Or a trip to a sporting event wi a team he likes?? you might sit far away but might be fun to go..

Mama - posted on 04/07/2014

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U shuld get him a computer or a phone todays teens dnt care bout stuff lik dat -_-

Cheryl - posted on 06/04/2010

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Clueless..speaking of which..has he dropped any hints?? At 14 you might start a savings account for a car or?/( if he doesn't already have one).. I had 3 sons..they were teens in the mid 90's and up to a couple years ago.. all three wanted and got different things.. trips wi dad to DC, paintball parties, paintball guns. What does he like to do or what has he been talking about.. learning guitar?? get the guitar(student only til he is serious about it), building something? get a set of tools or a simple bandsaw or? Maybe be more creative wi the gifts.. just ask what he wants maybe sit down and talk about getting into something creative like I mentioned.. pay for a ceramics or art class?/ I am just speaking of my own experiences.. you know your own child and what he likes or doesn't.. maybe a trip to local theme park wi 2 or 3 friends, Mine loved this one.. we lived near Disneyland and KNott's Berry Farm..then there is Cash.. the universal gift certificate!!

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Iridescent - posted on 06/04/2010

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It's a hard age! Does he have all the outdoor equipment he likes? Bike in decent condition, skateboard, roller blades? We really encourage outdoor activities in our house. We also have a lot of game systems, but they generally collect dust. Any interest in a musical instrument, if he doesn't already play one? Or if he does, one of his own if you're renting? No idea what kind of area you live in, but hunting and fishing are huge here. Some states have a lifetime license available for each, so as adults they will never have to buy one, even if they move out of state, to hunt/fish in your state. Or equipment for either is also good. What is driving age where you are? Here it starts at 12 years old, the next county over it starts at 14 years. Do they require driver's ed and has he had it? That could be considered a gift.

Jodi - posted on 06/04/2010

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Darlene, I hate that. My step-son is the same. He gets spoiled rotten at his mum's house, and we find it really hard when his birthday comes around. We got lucky this year for his 11th birthday because he really wanted an MP3 player and he didn't already have one!! My son is easier because his dad never buys him anything much - he won't even buy him clothes to keep at his house, and refuses even to allow him to have a friend over for the night because it costs money!!!

Some good ideas there from Cheryl.....
Is there a particular sport he is into?

Jodi - posted on 06/04/2010

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Have you asked him? My son is going 13 this year, and these days I consult with him as to what he really wants - it makes it easier. He knows we don't have an unlimited budget, so this year, we are going halves with him in an iPod Touch :)

Sarah - posted on 06/04/2010

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www.fatbraintoys.com
they have everything from a rubic's cube to human anatomy models. My favortie site for cool gifts and toys!

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