Some thing's just about any teenage guy would appreciate: Cash (or a visa card), a good leather wallet, and Electronics (depends on what he already has).
Depending on your family and surroundings/state, a gun might actually be a good gift. I like the swiss army knife idea.
Try to force him to find some clothes he would like under threat of you buying him clothes anyway. I'm sure he can find some. :P If he still refuses, go to threadless anyway and get some shirts you think he would like?
If he doesn't have access to weights, some decent quality dumbbells might be nice.
@FoolishChaos: Naa, they don't let me take maths modules as I'm already taking maths. Its a bit of a silly system. The only module I've taken outside of maths is accounting, and its god fucking awful. As uninteresting as I'm finding maths at the minute, accounting is ten times that.
I guess I really don't understand how the system works.
In the US if I was a math major, and had taken several calc courses but then decided I wanted to major in Engineering, I would still be able to use those math courses towards my degree. If you switched to Engineering you wouldn't be able to use anything you have taken thus far?
I imagine your flatmates studying engineering are also taking loads of boring math courses. Are you just a straight math major or... ?
I don't really know how the college system differs across the pond, but 2 years of straight math/general ed would probably transition quite nicely into something else you are interested in. Engineering, computer programming, etc.
This is tangential but planet side 2 might be the first game I truly wished I could have just payed $60 for. Its just so good.
As a f2p, I could easily put $60 into this game and would hardly put a dent in the things you essentially need to buy to have access to. I say "essentially", because you can pay credits for everything non-cosmetic, but most guns for infantry/vehicles come out to 1000 credits, which even if you are good will probably take you 15 hours to accumulate. :(
In the interest of transparency, I've only watched a couple of playthrough videos of the game on youtube, and those gave me little to no indication that Lee's past was vital to the story. It seems to me that most of the game's story would still play even if Lee wasn't a criminal. Couldn't his dark past have been something like say PTSD, or couldn't he just have been a selfish post-apocalyptite who has to learn to take care of a helpless girl? Couldn't he have had internal conflict without being a murderer? Point is, he didn't NEED to be a criminal.
He didn't need to be a criminal. He didn't need to be anything.
But Lee is a good character, and I will fight anyone who says he would have been better off selfish or a combat veteran. The sympathetic criminal background fits him well.