ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

Selecting presents for my son is one of the most frustrating quandaries I face each birthday and holiday season. He’s never been very interested in toys, and even less so now that he’s officially a teenager. Electronics are tough because they need to motorically accessible to him and most are not. He’s happy enough with gift cards and the random clothes and accessories, but it never seems satisfying as the gift-giver.

I scour the internet and accessibility/special needs catalogs in hopes of finding the unique items that elude me in local shops and stores. Some things seem too therapeutic and others seem too young or not quite fitting of his age.

While he likes science, I’ve learned from experience that he’s less inclined to want to do science projects at home with his parents than he would be with friends or at school or camp. He likes music, but with nearly anything he wants to listen to available for free on Spotify, CD’s are kind of passé, and the same goes with the availability of most movies and television shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or iTunes.

I love the tangibility of an actual book, but for him electronic books and audio books are more readily accessible and manageable for him. He’s got more art supplies than he’ll ever need and his room is well appointed. Which leaves the question nagging evermore…What to get the boy for Christmas!?

One Response

  1. Yesssss! We totally understand this. Our boy is only 5 but also has never really liked toys. One thing he does like is to go places and meet new people. So, it may be a bit much or perhaps out of budget but maybe a special trip somewhere. For our son, trips don’t have to be far far away. Sometime if we just make a big deal out of the entire event it can be as simple as driving 2 hours to the zoo or a football game, or a museum, or art show, or whatever your son likes. But either way, Good Luck and Merry Christmas!

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