Christmas Suggestions


Christmas Suggestions

Postby sherr on October 6th, 2010, 11:53 am

Ok guys...i have the day off from work....which doesn't mean much because I have a staff meeting tonight so I have started my Christmas shopping early (as per usual). We have three boys 14, 13, and 10....I'm looking for something unique to get them for Christmas. We are on a budget of $200/kid. The oldest is a video game addict (who is in love with Lynsay because she is the only woman he knows who plays video games)....the 13 year old is a Star War enthusiasist and my youngest has ADHD and loves wolves. We do a lot of charitable stuff around this time since I'm not a Christian but Samhain is approaching....my children are Christians so we do the church thing during the holiday. i need some suggestions!!
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Re: Christmas Suggestions

Postby grlnxtdr29 on October 6th, 2010, 2:33 pm

Well, I don't know about the two oldest boys, but for the youngest, how about adopting him a real Live Wolf? Wolf Haven international is a nonprofit orginazation that helps protect endangered wolf species, and takes in sick, injured, and abandoned wolves. You can adopt a wolf online, and you can watch Live webcasts of your Wolf. They are Located in Washington State, just south of Olympia, if you ever get the chance to visit!
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Re: Christmas Suggestions

Postby sherr on October 6th, 2010, 3:12 pm

that's a great idea GND....I'm going to look into it.
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Re: Christmas Suggestions

Postby wren on October 9th, 2010, 10:47 am

sherr, what game system do your sons play on...XBox360, Playstation3, Wii, Computer or other...my sons are 15yo & 17yo next month. The 17yo has always had a super interest in Star Wars. They both play a wide variety of video games, but my 15yo Donovan aka Thing2, said it would help him know what to recommend if he knew which game systems you prefer & also if you have any specific rules of what you don't want them to play. Their dad always reviews any games rated M for mature before allowing them to play, so Donovan can tell you what is in any mature games they are allowed to play that your son may have requested.

In North America, ESRB rating system is as follows:

E=everyone (usually mild cartoon or mild fantasy violence at most)

E10= everyone age ten & above (usually fantasy violence, may have animated blood or suggestive themes, possibly crude humor)

T =Teen (usually for violence, blood, mild or brief language, suggestive themes, possible tobacco/alcohol/drug reference...which can mean any medicine, not just illegal drug use...for instance, in one game, a character has Malaria where meds are required or the character dies, possible simulated gambling depending on game.)

M = Mature & most places Wal-mart & GameStop won't sell to anyone under 17yo. (usually for frightening images or situations, blood & gore, intense violence <such as war>, mild to explicit language depending on game, suggestive to sexual themes, but not nudity in most cases - will explain, likely tobacco/alcohol/drug references including as meds, simulated gambling, in extreme cases strong sexual situations/nudity...which is borderline M rating)

AO = Adults Only (All of the above in most explicit forms...generally no one makes them because no one is willing to sell them...reputable retailers will not stock them.)

Btw, Donovan aka Thing 2 in some of my posts, is studying game design as a possible future career (which is why he knows quite a bit about it. :) He says always look at both T & M rated games...some will overlap and get a T rating when it might deserve the M & the other way around. Little things can make the difference in how a game is rated, and of course, for companies producing the games, the end goal is to sell them...so they want the best rating possible.

Introducing 17yo Duncan, aka Thing1 & our resident expert on anything Star Wars 8-) , (anyone recognize these Dr. Seuss references? Their dad called them Thing1 & Thing2 from The Cat in The Hat when they were little tots! :lol: ) Duncan says a new Star Wars video game is being released. It is called "The Force Unleashed 2" & is being released in North America on October 26. It will be released on all platforms...meaning XBox360, Playstation3, & Wii and is rated T for Teen. Also, for those who enjoy Star Wars items and like to build, Legos produces various vehicles from their Star Wars collections that are complicated & collectible...once Duncan builds one, he puts it on display. These can be quite costly, upwards to $100+ for the very large ones (over 1000+ tiny pieces.) So far, he doesn't have any super-costly ones, but he does have a few faves that were in a more reasonable price range. My nephew, who is 18yo, is a collector of Action Figures & comics, but he doesn't remove them from the box, as the items remain more valuable that way. He has been collecting since he was your younger son's age.

Look for Scene It Deluxe Movie 2nd edition (it includes Star Wars), Star Wars DVD Trivial Pursuit, or Star Wars Monopoly if your kids like board games. There are many posters, novels, comic books, or graphic novels for Star Wars, as well as models for putting together & painting of characters, vehicles, planets, the death star, etc. Duncan has a regular gumball machine that his brother got him last Christmas. We have discovered by doing a search for Star Wars merchandise on the internet that there are Yoda & Darth Vader gumball machines for $20 each. The characters are on top & it says Star Wars across the front of where the gumballs go, and they would sit on a nightstand, end table, dresser, bookshelf, etc. I thought they were cute & fun. There are also Star Wars Bobble Head pens and Giant Pez Dispensers. :lol:

Look on Fantasy Toyland - http://www.fantasytoyland.com/

link to Yoda gumball machine - http://www.fantasytoyland.com/fm-cim-69193.html8-)
link to Darth Vader gumball machine - http://www.fantasytoyland.com/fm-cim-69192.html

The official Star Wars store - http://shop.starwars.com/
(You will love this store...has a variety of everything from clothing, watches, iphone covers, headphones, video games, books, comics, card games, lamps, electronic sabers...well, you get the idea...prices vary from reasonable to outrageous!) Trust me, electronic light sabers are cool at any age and so are nerf guns of any sort...look for those kind that might be a Star Wars design or similar. ;) My three guys will run through the house with nerf guns now when they can get away with it...I'm including my beloved frog prince! :lol:


It just so happens that my 14yo niece, Seashell's daughter, loves wolves, too. She likes posters, dreamcatchers that you hang up, calendars, t-shirts, playing cards, books, and some jewelry such as a necklace or a keychain.

WOLVES for your younger son - most of these sites have reasonable prices, or may give you ideas to help you find similar items elsewhere:

http://www.boomerwolf.com/ This is a fun website for kids his age. Games, stories, a weekly newsletter, a lot of fun things.

http://www.everythingwolf.com/ - Wow!! The ultimate wolf site!! Educational pages and In their shop, over a thousand items including Adopt-a-wolf kits, wolf cds (sounds of howling wolves & music), wolf-fur pendent on leather cord (fur is in a small bottle - look for it in the "unique gifts" section), wolf playing cards, wolf thermos, wolf lamps, all kinds of wolf decor, wolf apparel (all kinds from t-shirts, sweatshirts, to jackets for everyone, and pjs & purses for ladies)...as their name says, everything wolf! :D They also have a webcam for the wolves that they help, very similar to the website gnd mentioned.

http://www.krittersinthemailbox.com/animals/wolves/index.htm - I really like the cookie stamps,
night light, rubber stamps, and signs you can hang on a bedroom wall...but they have many other things.

http://www.thejunglestore.com/ - several fun things like puzzles, puppets, masks, and plushies

http://www.animalden.com/ - Lots of nice wolf items similar to above

http://www.jigsawpuzzlestore.com/ - Beautiful wolf jigsaw puzzles of all sizes (My family loves jigsaw puzzles.)

Duncan loves muppets & puppets, so here are a couple of sites!
http://www.puppetville.com/store/ - a nice selection of various wolf puppets
http://www.thepuppetstore.com/ - Grey Wolf Marionettes - just put wolf in the search -

Found at http://www.amazon.com/
The following are cast in lead-free pewter and come with an adjustable leather cord instead of
a chain. These are the type my boys wear. Jodi sent them each an arrowhead & a shark's tooth from
Canada that was a similar type necklace & they wear them often. Amazon has a large selection in their jewelry section, these were the three that I thought would be most appealing:

Earth-Spirit-Necklace-Wolf-Claw
Earth Spirit Necklace Wolf Dream Catcher
Earth Spirit Necklace - Howling Wolf

Other ideas:

http://www.target.com/
Skullduggery Eyewitness Kit "North American Animals Casting Kit"


Safari LTD "North American Wildlife Toob" ( you can find at Amazon or do a search for Safari toys - Toobs are tubes of small toys...this one includes the wolf with several other animals) or Safari Mini Wolf Cubs (these come in a little bucket and are "good luck cubs")

http://www.squidoo.com/wolf-theme-decor - Wolf Tambourine Dream Catcher and other wolf decor

Playmobil Knight Playset - Bowman with wolf. I don't know if he still enjoys playing with these kinds of toys, but you can find Playmobil toys at Toys r Us or Amazon.com, or many toy stores.

Wolves 2011 Calendar & Books on Wolves

Hope some of this helps...let me know about the games! :)
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Re: Christmas Suggestions

Postby sherr on October 9th, 2010, 11:57 am

Wow!!Wren thanks for all the suggestions...I'm going to check out some of these things after the holiday. #1 son Joshua collects old game system attempt (I mean sttempts) to fix them up and plays them.So the only system we don't have is xBox...anything. We have a PS1...2....3. Wii....nintendo.....super nintendo......sega.....coleco.....intellivision and those are the ones I know about. not to mention Game Boy.....Advance.....Colour.....nintendo DS...PSP. He just bought NHL 2011. he can play the Mature rated games. Besides hockey and video games....he thinks Lynsay is a great author...not for her books because she plays video games...lol He is 14.
Jacob who is 13 loves Star Wars...I knew about the new game and we will probably pick it up.
Jadon 10....I'm going to check the website out about adopting a wolf.

Thank you for the wonderful suggestions. It is exactly what I need to shop at home and have everything delievered. ;)
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Re: Christmas Suggestions

Postby grlnxtdr29 on October 9th, 2010, 9:54 pm

Sherr, Here is the website for Wolf haven International...


http://www.wolfhaven.org/


It's not very expensive to adopt a wolf, about $25, plus any additional donations you wish to make. I Hope your son enjoys his Living Gift.
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Re: Christmas Suggestions

Postby wren on October 10th, 2010, 2:07 am

grlnxtdr29 wrote:Sherr, Here is the website for Wolf haven International...


http://www.wolfhaven.org/


It's not very expensive to adopt a wolf, about $25, plus any additional donations you wish to make. I Hope your son enjoys his Living Gift.



I love this idea, gnd. I may do this for my niece's birthday, which is only a month after Christmas. Thanks for telling us about it! :)
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Re: Christmas Suggestions

Postby grlnxtdr29 on November 30th, 2010, 11:20 pm

Sherr, just wanted to know if you'd checked out the Wolf Haven website yet? They also have an online Gift shop if you want something else to go along with the Wolf adoption. My Husband and I visited Their compound when I was Pregnant with my daughter. We took two of my Neices along. They loved it. The facility is located just south of Olympia Washington, if anyone ever gets a Chance to visit (Lynsay, you would love it, it might even inspire another Argeneau book!). We were lucky, our tour group was gifted with a wolf song, the various packs howling for us, which the tour guide said was a rare occurence during the day. When I checked out the website recently the web cams weren't up anymore, but you still get a Photograph when you adopt a wolf.
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Re: Christmas Suggestions

Postby sherr on December 3rd, 2010, 5:38 am

Sorry about that Grinxtdr....i did adopted a wolf for my son and the stuff to confirm it should arrive soon. it was a great idea thanks for the suggestion. I was actually going to leave it for his godmother to do as she is a doctorate in zoology and she goes for these type of causes but she never got around to it....but it will make a wonderful gift and he will be so excited.
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Re: Christmas Suggestions

Postby grlnxtdr29 on December 3rd, 2010, 8:47 pm

I'm glad to hear that, Please post and let us know what his reaction is when he learns about his Living gift!
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