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My son is by no means spoilt, but we do have a trampoline and a wii and a bike and books etc. He is 8 and will be almost 9 by the end of the year. Most years I have known what to buy him . This year I’m totally stumped. I used to buy a few small things to make it look plentiful at Christmas time. Does anyone else have a 9 year old boy that they are buying for this year and what do you recommend? Like most children these days he is into technology but I don’t want to go overboard. Any suggestions would be great. I want to start now and possibly layby. Thanks again Mums.


Posted anonymously, 6th September 2014


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  • Nerf guns are a big hit, water guns, board games, id try steer clear from electronics, im sure he would already have plenty of that.

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  • Look for things he can build himself (or with a bit of parental help) it’s a great age for learning skills that require a bit of concentration and mental power….it will also make him feel very proud of himself when it’s completed and he will treasure it because he made it himself.


    • That’s a great idea. Next year I’ll get my nephew a model or something similar.

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  • If you like going to the beach, a body board is a lot of fun. If your son is sporty, sporting gear, clothes, maybe something from a team he follows

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  • I had a friend who gave her boy a lego set but wrapped it up in various pieces/boxes to make it look really big.

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  • I pad I pod

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  • What hobbies or sports does he like? That’s usually the track we went down when buying presents.

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  • I get them a cd player as well as a trendy clock radio as one is into Star Wars so last year I got him a Darth Vader clock radio so he can learn to get up to the alarm but also the alarm goes off for home work time and when it is time to get off his games. I also like to get them a good qaulity towel with what they are into on as they do swimming at school as well as social but I always get the stocking full of chocolates and such.

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  • I’m still a couple of years off having an 8 year old myself, but how about taking him out for a Mummy/son or Daddy/son day? Either to a theme park, zoo, or his favorite place to visit. So that he has something to unwrap, you could perhaps get the tickets in advance, or do up an itinerary/day plan (i.e. where you’re going for lunch, where you’ll be spending the afternoon). Or even an “amazing race” day, and travel all over. Hope this helps, and good luck! :)

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  • My nephew is 10 so pretty close. I’m getting him t-shirts and skylander items for Christmas/birthday as there both in December. Other ideas could include board games or what about some movie tickets.

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  • I have this issue too – my son will be 8 in a few weeks and so far I’ve got nothing…and then I’m stressing about Christmas for my son and daughter. They don’t need anything – but want plenty! I don’t want them to feel entitled to whatever they want.

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  • Thanks ladies you have just got my mind ticking. Both were great ideas, as he has a mad Harry Potter obsession at the moment and there’s nothing like a good set of hard covered books. As well as that he is learning keyboard so a stereo would be great and fuel his desire for music, as he’s very much into it. Fantastic ideas. It’s funny because you can wrack your brain all day and then when people give you a couple of idea threads, suddenly you get heaps of ideas. Thanks again.

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  • I remember at that age, my parent’s purchased me a stereo for my room….the mini stereo kind. Perhaps has that is a possibility? It is not ridiculously over priced, but it fuels that tech desire…

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  • A box full of craft things (scissors that cut in fancy patterns, stamps, gel pens etc) went down VERY well here a couple of years ago. Fairly cheap, looked like he was getting lots, and he loved it. What about some personalised name labels to stick inside his books? If you get them as address labels that’s pretty cheap, and you can get nice pictures on them. Or start him on a new book series. Good luck… it can be hard sometimes!

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