He gets OK grades in school. He has a few friends. They seem passable. He eats at the table every night and sits in the back seat of the car every weekend, but really, he's a teenage boy. You don't know him.

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You think you do, but you don't. He's a mess. Underneath his skin he's all hormones and confusion and angst and misunderstanding. Oh, and video games.


A Jar Of Mortal Terror

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With pimples and/or an awkward teenage gait, the boy won't be scaring anybody any time soon. So a jar of Mortal Terror should help him out, in case he absolutely needs to scare the heebies out of somebody.

($10)


The Nic Cage Adventure Set

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He's old enough to appreciate the irony, but still young enough to maybe actually play with it when nobody's looking.

($12)


Meat Bun Shirt

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There's a very real danger that your son may be shopping somewhere like Hot Topic. Stop this madness at once with a t-shirt from Meat Bun. Your safest/best option would probably be their classic "4th Gen" shirt, now available in grey-on-black.

($25)


4000 Microsoft Points

You might think buying him a game is a good idea. It's not. He's likely to be very fussy with his games. Very snobby. So get him this. It'll let him buy his own games!

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($50)


PlayStation Vita

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It won't actually be released by Christmas, but present him with a pre-order receipt for one and he'll still be happy. It's a gaming handheld, it's new, it's shiny, he'll likely want one, so you'll be doing a great deed by getting one for him.

($250)


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