Your nephew/son/friend/ is turning 13 this year. It’s time to get serious and go buy a gift. But what are you going to purchase that won’t get you laughed at, ostracized, or banned from future birthdays?
Let me give you a little advice as an 8th grade teacher. I’ll tell you, for some reason these kids today aren’t focusing in class like they used to. Really, I know it’s hard to believe. Here are some things I’ve seen them toying with in class, talking about to their friends, or showing off in the halls.
Starting on the casual side of the gifts, I can tell you the number one thing boys are tooling with in class are Tech Decks.
Tech Decks are miniature skateboards that kids do all sorts of tricks with. Ask them, they’ll know what I’m talking about. Kids even win contests ($$) with them. Check out www.techdeck.com to see some products they sell, from decks to skate parks from about $12 to $50.
If I were able to, I’d sell you the 30 that I confiscated this year.
Enough said. However, don’t go and buy a video game. That would be a travesty. There was no more terrible gift than a poorly picked out video game. You’ll go ask the clerk which is the best one. Of course he’s going to sell you the one he needs to move out the door. (ie the lamest).
Go for gift cards from the nearest Gamestop. The kid will have a great time picking out his favorite Generic Shooter 20xx. Remember that games cost around $60.
Check the console the kid has. They can always use “points” cards for their respective system for online games and such. They come in increments of $10-50.
XBox Live points
Playstation Network Card
Check out the current models of the iPod Touch. Music, videos, games. Its got it all on this thing. Of course you’ll be spending about $200 for the 8GB model, but this is a cool gadget the kid will love. I know from the swarms of kids around a student that he has an iPod Touch.
That’s a good list of items I normally see on/confiscate from any given 8th grader. I hope this has been helpful.