Hello readers, I know I can rely on your creative and resourceful skills to give me some ideas because this time I’m stumped!
We’re invited to a friend’s 16-year-old son’s birthday party this Saturday, and I simply cannot think of what to bring as a gift. Let me elaborate… this boy spends 90% of his time in front of a computer or TV screen playing video games, plus his mom will buy him anything he wants or take him anywhere he wants to go. I was trying to think of an “experiential” gift, but once again, whenever there is a conference or activity he is interested in, his mom will know about it and bring him to it.
I’ve been rather amazed at how simple it’s been to give creative nonconsumer gifts for almost any occasion for almost three years now. And since I’ve made an exception of books and handmade items, it really hasn’t been a problem at all. My favorite gifts are still of the experiential variety, and if that isn’t an option, a book, bottle of wine, homemade baked goods, flowers or a plant, or a framed photograph have all worked out well.
So even though I’ve managed to come up with good ideas for infants, toddlers, siblings, and parents, this 16-year-old boy has proven to be my biggest challenge.
Readers, I need your help! Can you think of a nonconsumer gift for a boy who has everything? Please leave your suggestions in the Comments section.