Gifts for the Teen

Having children spread so far apart means that for the past 10 years or so I have run into the same gift giving problem . . .

What to buy the teenager in my life?
This is an especial problem here in the early teen years when they want games and toys — but not really — but maybe they do — but they don’t want to be seen “playing” with anything — but they’ll be disappointed if all they get are clothes and practical gadgets.
I asked Colin this morning what was on his Christmas list.
I dunno.  (This is a standard answer for nearly every question.  What would you like for supper?  How was school today?  Would you like a swift kick in the butt?)
Well, maybe a racing game. (Okay! Now we’re getting somewhere!)
For a PlayStation 3. (No.  We don’t have a PlayStation.  We have a Wii.  A PlayStation 3 is outside of the Christmas budget, especially for a family who just returned from “Central Florida.”)
Colin looks at me and smiles and dashes upstairs.
I am back at square one.

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