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#1 Edited by panvixyl (325 posts) -

My little brother is now 16 and my family knows fuck all what to get him this holiday season. The problem is that the kid is boring, or perhaps just a tad too complacent - his interests are few and any questioning on what sort of gift he'd like are met with "meh whatever". Of the shit he does like are skateboarding (have everything i want there plz dont get me crap u dont know about :P), guitar (nothing 2 difficult im just doing it for the ladies lol XD), and first person shooters he immediately sells when hes finished them. His tastes in music are all top 40 hits he torrents and his favorite movie is Alien vs Predator. Boringboringboring.

At any rate I have been enlisted by my entire fucking family to figure out what they should all get him for Christmas. So far I've picked out a swiss army knife, Sleeping Dogs, and Far Cry 3 with only 20 or so relatives left bugging me for gift suggestions. I am going to go insane.

Bombers, please help me out. What kind of shit did you like as gifts when you were 16??? Because I am seriously running out of ideas that he'll like and will not totally blow up in my face.

(One time I just bought him fireworks and had this actually happen. Ugh.)

Edit: If my kid brother and I, as his older sister, were ever forced to acknowledge anything even vaguely sexual about the other we would most likely leap through the nearest plate glass window in a desperate bid for escape and/or the sweet embrace of death.

#2 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

I don't remember what I got when I was 16 actually. 
But that problem was more with me having a job and just buying what I actually wanted so I didn't really have anything to wish for when my Birthday(or Christmas) came around.  
Give him a Green Mushroom(The Mario kind!) Then you can write a little card that says "If you don't want to get a life I'll just give you one" :P

#3 Posted by SharkEthic (1057 posts) -

Find an online gadget store and buy him a cheap rc helicopter or some shit...been doing that for years with my little brother, and though we usually break whatever I give him within an hour, it's always super fun and ridiculous!

#4 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

You can't go wrong with money!

#5 Edited by Grillbar (1872 posts) -

giftcard to someplace he might use.

i never know what i would like for Christmas/birthdays since i usually buy the stuff i want or need and the few things i want and dont have are to expensive and even if they were willing to pay that much i would feel bad about it. so i end up with giftcards socks, bath towels and maybe T-shirts, since we cant wish for money and i also feel its a bit tacky

and have had this problem since i was about 15-16ish since i allready had a fulltime job besides school.

#6 Posted by Christoffer (1868 posts) -

Give him a little freedom. A.k.a money.

Ya, it's boring, but useful.

#7 Posted by Hugh_Jazz (363 posts) -

I was gonna go full snark, but maybe you wouldn't take too kindly to my ill-informed remarks about your brother.

Here's my actual advice. If he's got an electric guitar and isn't already highly proficient, maybe try gifting him Rocksmith. It seems like a pretty interesting learning tool and maybe he'd stick with it for a while. I know that's what I'd want if I was just getting into learning the guitar. Generally speaking, if you can't think of anything, give him nothing.

If he can't be gracious about receiving gifts that may not be completely to his satisfaction, then give him no gifts. You could always offer to pay him for something he picked out himself.

#8 Posted by Inkerman (1452 posts) -

A teenage girl. What every teenage boy wants.

#9 Posted by Gamer_152 (14091 posts) -

I'm no expert here, but here's what I'd do: Ask him again what he wants for a present, but explain it along the lines of "I want to give you something, not just for you, but because if I can't get you anything, it's going to make me feel like a dick".

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#10 Edited by UitDeToekomst (720 posts) -

socks. that will insure that this is the last year he doesn't tell you what he wants.

#11 Posted by _Zombie_ (1462 posts) -

Cocaine.

#12 Posted by supertuna (82 posts) -

Your fraternal Love. Or a guitar pedal.

#13 Posted by DelroyLindo (387 posts) -

I had a family member who consistently said they didn't want any gifts. So one year I got them nothing and they were incredibly pissed off. But now they tell me what they want.

My suggestion: get him fuck all and learn him a lesson.

#14 Edited by Bell_End (1208 posts) -

cigarettes.

#15 Posted by Nentisys (896 posts) -

Buy him a prostitute. Sex was all I could think about that 16.

#16 Posted by believer258 (11999 posts) -

Tell him that if he doesn't tell you anything then you'll get him something really embarassing. A dildo, perhaaps.

#17 Posted by Bollard (5666 posts) -

Get him a gun.

That or a mould of your dick.

#18 Posted by panvixyl (325 posts) -

I use to tuck my little brother in at night and read him bedtime stories - the one time I accidentally found his porn we both wanted to commit seppuku on the spot. I can think of nothing more horrifying than having to admit that my bro is anything other then sexless.

Now drugs on the other hand, yeah, think I might head on down to the local meth dealers at the supermarket round the corner! Seen 'em on the bus plenty and they always seemed like good folk, sides their fucked up Lohan teeth.

#19 Posted by impartialgecko (1631 posts) -

When I was 16 I was reading history books so I can't be of much help. I was legitimately dull at that age and probably still am.

#20 Posted by sungahymn (1023 posts) -

Replacement wheels for skateboards, a guitar pick, and Halo 4/Black Ops II. Get some soap for good measure.

I'm half-joking.

#21 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

Get him nothing. Next year he will be more forthcoming.

(Also, what ever happened to the verb to give?)

#22 Posted by Rattle618 (1463 posts) -

Teach him a lesson, make up a bunch of interests for him (use your imagination, preferably stuff you are into so you get to keep the gifts). Or be a good bro and use this opportunity to get him interesting stuff he might not know about, like good books, movies and stuff.

I´d go with the first option though.

#23 Posted by Sweep (8927 posts) -

@panvixyl said:

His interests are few and any questioning on what sort of gift he'd like are met with "meh whatever". Of the shit he does like are skateboarding (have everything i want there plz dont get me crap u dont know about :P), guitar (nothing 2 difficult im just doing it for the ladies lol XD), and first person shooters he immediately sells when hes finished them. His tastes in music are all top 40 hits he torrents and his favorite movie is Alien vs Predator. Boringboringboring.

Herpes. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

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#24 Edited by Neurotic (632 posts) -

Clothes? Although that could go horribly wrong...

Some good headphones?

You're right though, he does sound pretty boring. My sister is more or less the same age and I never have too many problems coming up with gift ideas for her.

#25 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11306 posts) -

Cash.

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#26 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -
@zyn

You can't go wrong with money!

This, money is also way better than a gift card too.
#27 Posted by psylah (2181 posts) -

Fleshlight.

#28 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

A family that fucking cares.

#29 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1663 posts) -

Vegetables, teenagers love vegetables. Actually, on that note, why not give him some baked goods? Food was always a winner with me, especially homemade sugary delectables.

#30 Posted by TooWalrus (13237 posts) -

He's 16?

Gas card.

#31 Posted by LikeaSsur (1565 posts) -

A pre-paid credit card. Better than cash, because it can be used online!

#32 Posted by kre8havoc (174 posts) -

What's the spending limit? He just started driving, I assume....a GPS perhaps? A nice watch? I like the idea of good headphones that . I love my Bose a lot. Don't waste money on Dre's, listening to them and Bose immediately next to each other. Rhe bose had better balance with the mid ranges and still had great bass, Dre's were not bad, but too focused on the bass, and it doesn't balance worth a damn. Dre's are typically $100 more than the 'equivalent' (Probably going to get some flack for what I just said).

Try to think of something he doesn't need, but is useful when you have it.

You can get him a giantbomb subscription!

A year of PS+/Xbox Live/Xbox points.

Hope some of this helps.

#33 Posted by Little_Socrates (5683 posts) -
#34 Edited by NTM (7485 posts) -

I think I got a TV, a stereo system, and Half Life 2 on the original Xbox when I was 16. I just played Half Life 2 (almost) all day 'cause I loved it. And yes, it was on the original Xbox. That was good memories. Or wait... Maybe I was 15 then. Tell your brother that if he doesn't think of something you're not going to get him anything.

#35 Posted by jmood88 (396 posts) -

@zyn said:

You can't go wrong with money!

ding ding ding

#36 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

BEES!

The inevitable many stings you'll receive when gift-wrapping a beehive will be worth the surprised look on your brother's face on Christmas morning.

#37 Edited by Synaptic (311 posts) -

Everyone loves food. Gift card to a restaurant he really likes is a winner. Besides that, buy him cds you enjoy that might be a little bit out of his comfort zone and try introducing him to it. Maybe he'll like it. As far as video games, try getting him something action oriented with a good story that isn't an FPS in the vein of Call of Duty etc. Far Cry 3 is a good start, if you have a ps3 pick up Uncharted or a similar game for a different system. Maybe introduce him to something like Limbo or Braid, they got my older sister back into games after not playing them since childhood.

#38 Posted by dekkadekkadekka (736 posts) -
#39 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3906 posts) -

Money or gift cards seem like the way to go.

Barring that umm...I have no idea. Karate lessons.

#41 Posted by jozzy (2042 posts) -

@panvixyl said:

My little brother is now 16 and my family knows fuck all what to get him this holiday season. The problem is that the kid is boring, or perhaps just a tad too complacent - his interests are few and any questioning on what sort of gift he'd like are met with "meh whatever". Of the shit he does like are skateboarding (have everything i want there plz dont get me crap u dont know about :P), guitar (nothing 2 difficult im just doing it for the ladies lol XD), and first person shooters he immediately sells when hes finished them. His tastes in music are all top 40 hits he torrents and his favorite movie is Alien vs Predator. Boringboringboring.

If a 16 year old is boring when he likes skateboarding, guitars, fps's, pop music and violent movies then there are a lot of boring teenagers in the world.

As for an idea, aren't there some "cool" Aliens or Predator merchandise out there, like this ... thing: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/c534/?srp=3

Or some "sweet" action figures: http://www.planetavp.com/features/merchandise/alientoys.shtml

If he has a pc, the game Natural Selection 2 basically nails a multiplayer version of aliens vs marines (not predators sadly).

#42 Posted by Ben_H (3384 posts) -

Hookers and blow. 
 
In all seriousness, I was skeptical of how boring he actually was, but from your description he definitely sounds like a really boring and shallow person.

#43 Posted by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -

At 16 all I ever wanted was cash to buy myself what I wanted.

Also giftcards work. Since he is into skateboarding; check out CCS.com; maybe some clothes? New hat or something skaters wear now a days (in my day it was baggy jeans, can't understand how you could possibly kickflip in skinny jeans, it blows my mind just thinking about it)

#44 Posted by BelligerentEngine (348 posts) -

I think Far Cry 3 seems like a good choice it's at least a lot longer than most of the FPS he's used too.

Also Alien vs Predator simultaneously destroy what was one good property and one alright property so tell your brother that some dude from the internet says "BOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Though to be fair I really liked Alien Resurrection so I guess I don't get to say shit...

#45 Posted by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -

@kre8havoc said:

What's the spending limit? He just started driving, I assume....a GPS perhaps? A nice watch? I like the idea of good headphones that . I love my Bose a lot. Don't waste money on Dre's, listening to them and Bose immediately next to each other. Rhe bose had better balance with the mid ranges and still had great bass, Dre's were not bad, but too focused on the bass, and it doesn't balance worth a damn. Dre's are typically $100 more than the 'equivalent' (Probably going to get some flack for what I just said).

Try to think of something he doesn't need, but is useful when you have it.

You can get him a giantbomb subscription!

A year of PS+/Xbox Live/Xbox points.

Hope some of this helps.

Don't waste money on Beats, but waste em on overpriced Bose. Lol k.

#46 Posted by Butano (1746 posts) -

Well, I wanted video games when I was 16, so.....

Maybe an Amazon gift card or something? If he has a PC capable of gaming then I would say a Steam gift card is perfect!

#47 Posted by Rxanadu (509 posts) -

Booze. That'll lighten up his mood. That or take him to a place he likes. Just to get to know him better.

He can't be that boring.

#48 Edited by MarkWahlberg (4606 posts) -

Not to be that guy, but 'gift' isn't a fucking verb. I really don't understand why people use it like that.

Like people said though, money is what he'll most likely want. From what I remember of being a sullen 16-year old is you don't want anyone else deciding what you should have, and hate not being able to get the stuff you do want.

#49 Posted by MaFoLu (1858 posts) -

Get him two pieces of tape and a hair dryer. Trust me, he'll know what it means.

#50 Posted by procrasturbate (277 posts) -

Gears of War 3.