Homemade Gifts for teenagers?

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Homemade Gifts for teenagers?

Post: #38011 2steps
Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:48 pm

Has anyone got any ideas for 14 and 18 year old boys? really suck on this one :s food is ok for the older one Laughing he'll eat anything but my littlest brother has food issues so its not poss. He's also not especially in to anything - he likes computers and aeroplanes

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Post: #38042 Stonehead
Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:04 pm

2steps wrote:Has anyone got any ideas for 14 and 18 year old boys? really suck on this one :s food is ok for the older one Laughing he'll eat anything but my littlest brother has food issues so its not poss. He's also not especially in to anything - he likes computers and aeroplanes


Hmm, water bottle rockets? I managed to pressurise one up to 115psi - it travelled 115 metres (measured with a wheel) horizontally and about 25-30 metres vertically. Most of the time you just shoot them straight up and see how high they go.

The University of Leeds has a web page about them, which includes links to various sites on how to build a water bottle rocket.

You could make a basic rocket for them and them give them plans and parts for more sophisticated models.... but stand well clear!
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Post: #38052 bwaymark
Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:38 am

We've done water bottle rockets as well and my 14 year old particularily loved it! Had some real fun one day blasting them into the air (basically you use a bike pump to fill a plastic bottled with air (but using a ball inflation needle through a cork) until the preasure builds up so much it launches into the air.

You could also make an advanced paper airplane kit (basically research some good designs and get some pens, paper etc into a package for him). You could also do a (safe) homeade explosives kit (I am not thinking huge bombs here, just things like ping-pong balls full of match heads etc) if you think he is responsible enough not to do something stupid.

Another thought it to cultivate him a plant (or a cactus).

You could also try your hand at making a rubber band gun out of wood (http://www.geoffholden.com/content/projects/rubberband/) or something else....
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Post: #38056 den_the_cat
Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:19 am

or a nice lockable wooden box for him to keep his, erm, homework in?

Redecorate his room for him.....customise a pair of jeans.......make him a cd or DVD rack..... boys are a real pain to get presents for whatever their age :(

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Post: #38059 bwaymark
Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:32 am

Or make him a good compilation CD .....
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Post: #38067 legendaryone
Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:46 am

Give him a packet of Mentos and some diet cola and get him to make a cola rocket :shock:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_q ... tos+rocket


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Post: #38068 2steps
Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:49 am

was thinking a cd of useful freeware too?

Should of said they are both a bit designer labelly :roll: I think they'll like the rockets haha but will my mum! :lol:

Found this site too http://www.york.ac.uk/res/sots/activities.htm think I'll do some fizz powder and found instructions for making ginger beer

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Post: #38070 den_the_cat
Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:15 am

2steps wrote:Should of said they are both a bit designer labelly :roll:


There are some people for who homemade isn't appropriate. Charity shops have designer stuff though :wink:

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Post: #38078 bwaymark
Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:34 pm

knit them both black jumpers with the parada logo in white going across the chest :-)
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Post: #38079 2steps
Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:35 pm

now thats a good idea :lol: definatly agree with you though. I don't do homemade for my birthmum or sister as they don't appreciate it at all and act like it's not a real present or didn't take any effort

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Post: #38196 Wombat
Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:19 am

If you want to get them something they will appreciate - a 14 and 18 year old girl, respectively :mrgreen:

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Post: #38207 den_the_cat
Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:25 pm

tricky to wrap though.....

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Post: #38208 legendaryone
Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:29 pm

But think of the unwrapping :wink:

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Post: #38212 2steps
Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:49 pm

:lol: should I just kidnap some? any volenteers? :wink:

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Post: #38377 red
Wed Oct 25, 2006 9:33 pm

how about homemade t shirts,, you know with those printable iron on thngs.. . or.... put together a kit of such... you know some plane white t shirts,,, some of the special transfer paper stuff.. maybe a cd of freebie banner maker arty software...
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