Our son is 13, and I find it's really tough to find small-ticket-item gifts for a boy that age. He's done with action figures and Legos. And unlike girls, he doesn't require accessories. He does like to read, so books are still a good gift for him. But aside from that, he's hoping for some video games, which can be pricey, so those will be limited. I still like to get him a couple non-clothing gifts that he doesn't expect. And every once in a while I come across something on Etsy (it's rare) that would work for him.
The button above is one of those items. It's as if it were made for our son. We could be having a perfectly nice, civilized dinner, and all of the sudden he'll point his elbow at whoever is talking and go "pew pew pew!" His elbow laser is often met with retaliatory lasers from his sisters' and dad's elbows, and suddenly dinner is chaos. At beanforest, where I made my purchase, there are pages of hilarious buttons. I got my son the magnet version for 50 cents more, for a total of $1.50 plus shipping. Such a deal for something that seems custom-made for our kid. I can't wait 'til he opens it.
In the last year or so, our son has grown a very faint mustache. Very faint. A shadow. But still, it's noticeable. So my husband decided to get him an electric razor - as a gift. I know this gift will not thrill the boy. He may appreciate it, but for something to plug in and not at least make laser noises, I'm not so sure. So, in keeping with the mustache theme, I got him one of these on Etsy:
Surely you've seen them. They're pint glasses with a mustache etched on the side of them, and they're made by breadandbadger. Our boy opened his last night and enjoyed a nice cold glass of milk in it.
So, has anyone else had luck with buying gifts on Etsy, or anywhere else, for boys in their early teens?