15/16 yo boy - trying to figure out his gift request?

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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:11:32 AM
I got my kid for our church Christmas gift program. He's almost 16 and he asked for iTunes GC, socks, tshirts, hoodies, jeans. He also listed headphones.

So....is he asking for like Beats headphones (not gonna happen) or earbuds do you think? Or would some other headphones be OK? Do 15/16 yo boys use earbuds or only headphones?

I already got the iTunes GC and I'll get some tshirts and hoodie then maybe a Kohls GC for the other clothes on his list.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:29:19 AM
Well Beats are the gold standard of headphones among the teens, but I doubt most people who draw a name from a gift donation program are expecting to spend that kind of money, on top of the other things you are buying for him. My boys both have Skull Candy headphones and have been quite happy with them. Earbuds are cheap so you could throw some of those in if you want, but I'm sure he's asking for headphones.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:30:22 AM
I am sure if you got him beats he wouldn't give them back , but I doubt that is what he is expecting. My 15 year old ds wears earbuds, they are the skull candy brand. The ones he has are more expensive than the base model ones, but I like the base model ones fine.

Really, if he is reasonable enough to ask for socks, he will probably be happy with anything. I am sure he will appreciate whatever he gets.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:33:48 AM
skull candy is very popular here as well among the teens, not many of them in my area wearing beats. I have a pair I wear when I do my walking and cleaning in the house.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:33:53 AM
At my school the smaller earbuds are in. I don't really see the Beats size headphones.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:34:09 AM
My kids have both, Beats and regular head phones. They bought the Beats themselves and only use them at home. They use regular head phones everywhere else.

Although, one prefers the in ear type and one prefers the flat ones that come with iphones/ipods.

All in all, I think that no matter what you buy will be appreciated.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:43:45 AM
I have 2 teens and have never heard of Beats, so I looked them up. I have never seen teens with those, just the small ones that go in the ears (earphones? I am so uncool!). I saw how expensive the Beats are and I can't imagine kids expecting that. But they do look way more comfortable than the plugs. Maybe a cheaper headphone?

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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:47:42 AM
Thanks for the input everyone. I'll take a look this weekend at the store and see what I can find.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:51:31 AM
skullcandy has some headphones like Beats but much less expensive, I think I would get a pair of those and a pair of the cheaper earbuds. My kids have both and wear the full headphones around the house and take their earbuds with them to school(for bus rides and study hall etc. ).


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:52:52 AM
At home they do like to listen on headphones vs earbuds. Those earbuds can hurt after awhile. My 15yo likes the Skull candy kind. I buy them at TJMaxx or Ross cheaper.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:54:53 AM
Thanks for the hint on TJ Maxx or Ross. I never even thought about looking there!


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:57:12 AM
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Can anyone tell me if they make small earbuds? Every kind I buy has the different sizes covers, but even the smallest rubber cover is too big and hurts my ears. Do you know if any that might have an extra small fitting?

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Posted: 11/11/2013 10:30:52 AM

skullcandy has some headphones like Beats but much less expensive, I think I would get a pair of those and a pair of the cheaper earbuds.


I like this idea.






As for smaller earbuds, I know that they do make them. I think Amazon has them. My sister buys them, but I don't recall the name. they're really cute. I'll see if I can find out.



Here are one pair:

Petite Earbuds on Amazon



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Posted: 11/11/2013 11:05:47 AM

Here are one pair:

Petite Earbuds on Amazon


Thank you! I will give those a try. I never really thought that ear canals could be different sized until I tried to wear earbuds for a while. After a time, they hurt the inside of my ears. The ones that my son uses (the flat ones from Apple) won't even begin to stay in my ears.

Of course, vanity wise, it is nice to know that at least one part of me is tiny.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 12:44:37 PM
Ear pollution are ones the my son likes.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 2:39:14 PM
My kids both just use the earbuds type, but I visited a college with my daughter last Friday and noticed a ton of students, mostly boys, with headphones either on or sitting on their necks.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 2:56:02 PM
I really doubt he's asking for beats. Probably just earbuds. I don't know any teens who want anything other than earbuds. Skull candy brand are all I ever see anyone wear.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 5:28:33 PM
For headphones,

Try these: great price. Not sure if that price is just for today.

http://www.mommysavers.com/save-79-soundbot-bluetooth-noise-cancellation-stereo-headphones/


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Posted: 11/11/2013 5:36:49 PM

doubt most people who draw a name from a gift donation program are expecting to spend that kind of money, on top of the other things you are buying for him.
Not always true. I've run these programs and you'd be shocked at the expectations some (not all) of the recipients have. Our society in general is one that teaches entitlement and not one that teaches gratitude, so it's not really a surprise. We had recipients throw out the gift, demand the money instead, ask for the "real" gift, etc. Again, not all, but enough had that attitude that it was quite disheartening.

Therefore, when I do participate I don't buy the expensive item. I buy something else off the list and leave that wish unfulfilled.

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Not always true. I've run these programs and you'd be shocked at the expectations some (not all) of the recipients have. Our society in general is one that teaches entitlement and not one that teaches gratitude, so it's not really a surprise. We had recipients throw out the gift, demand the money instead, ask for the "real" gift, etc. Again, not all, but enough had that attitude that it was quite disheartening.



Sadly what I've seen with the charitable organization I work with is that the parents will take the expensive gifts from the kids and return them and keep the cash.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 5:52:54 PM
Thanks again everyone for all of your help.

Last year the kid I had wanted Axe body spray, movie gift card and Cici's pizza gift card. This kid is asking for socks and t-shirts so I didn't think the headphones request was too crazy. I'll look at all of your suggestions and decide if I'm going to get them or not.

Like I said, I already got the iTunes gift card and plan on getting a Kohl's gift card he can spend on clothes or whatever along with some socks, tshirts, etc.

I usually spend between 50-75 dollars.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 6:02:23 PM
The angel tree has fake names and lists. The volunteers then match the gifts to the children in the program. They keep socks and underwear for emergencys and I have even heard that they use the gift cards to buy an actual gift. I have also heard if they get a really popular toy they will sale it to buy others.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 6:04:31 PM
These names aren't from an angel tree. We get names straight from our local youth services. One of our church members works there. I've been doing this for years and this is the first time someone has asked for socks so I don't think the lists are made up.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 6:11:33 PM
He may have put them on the list as wishful thinking.

The Beats headphones are HUGELY popular here. I have no idea how some of the kids can afford them. But they are a big thing at my kids' high school.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 7:17:38 PM
My boys all prefer actual over the ear headphones over earbuds. Earbuds are only for the bus, everywhere else it's headphones...especially for video games.




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Posted: 11/11/2013 7:27:01 PM

I really doubt he's asking for beats. Probably just earbuds. I don't know any teens who want anything other than earbuds. Skull candy brand are all I ever see anyone wear.




As a middle school teacher I have to disagree with this. Headphones are the thing, not earbuds. Well, maybe earbuds if you want to run them up under your clothes so maybe the teacher won't notice you are listening to music during class. I've seen that application. But for most other uses headphones are preferred. Obviously Beats are out of your price range but Skull Candy headphones would work.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:53:25 PM
My son is 15 and he doesn't have Beats but he has pair of equally expensive headphones that my FIL got him for his bday. He prefers his headphones to earbuds and he brings them in his backpack when he's going away with his cross country team for a race. He also uses them in the car, around the house, etc.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:13:59 PM
I'm not picky about headphones, but my husband and son are. We got these ones for my son for Christmas last year. He broke the wire in one of them b/c of the way he carries his mp3 player in his pocket and they replaced them for us, no questions asked. Sennheiser has great customer service, and Amazon has a great deal on them right now.

ETA: I have small, very curved ear canals, so I have the same problem that you have. Either they don't fit at all, or they're very painful. I have a pair of these Sony in pink/purple

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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:52:44 PM
My DD and her friends use headphones not earbuds. You can get them cheaper than Beats, usually $30-40.


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