I write these older-kid gift posts not because I feel like they contain Such Incredibly Awesome Ideas, but rather because there are SO FEW ideas of ANY CALIBER, it seems like we should put ALL the ideas OUT THERE. If I tell you what my 12-year-old boy is getting for his birthday, and if you tell me what your 12-year-old boy is getting for his birthday, then between us we have TWO ideas!
Spherification kit (photo from Amazon.com). We got this idea from Catherine Newman’s post. The gist, I gather, is that you add this stuff to liquid, and it turns the liquid into spheres. This seemed like the perfect present for a boy who spent one million hours with the water marbles he got for Christmas.
Magic Books and Paper Toys: Flip Books, E-Z Pop-ups, & Other Paper Playthings (photo from Amazon.com). We have a 12-year-old of the crafty/projects variety, and this looked like his sort of thing.
Geek/game shirt (photo from ThinkGeek.com). The kids find shirts like these and think they’re awesome, but then I look and say, “TWENTY DOLLARS FOR A T-SHIRT??” So they make good gifts.
Beartato and the Incredible Event (photo from Amazon.com). This is a comic strip the kids read online; I thought he might like to have it in paper form.
Fly Stick Van de Graaff Levitation Wand (photo from ThinkGeek.com). My parents gave William one of these for Christmas and it was a huge hit. Really weird and fun—like science MAGIC!
Life Picture Puzzles: Spot the Difference (photo from Amazon.com). I thought he might like these (he likes the ones in my People magazines), and it was bargain-priced so it seemed like a good way to try it.
Coin pocket pages and cardboard inserts (photo from Amazon.com). This does not make the most exciting photo for a photo-based post, but I think he’d really like this: he’s recently been very interested in pennies, and he’s been getting rolls from the bank and picking through them looking for good ones. I’d thought about getting him a special penny-collecting book, but right now his collection is more “all the old ones” rather than “one each from every year.” I think I’ll combine the pages and cardboard holders with a binder and something like ten rolls of pennies to pick through.