What to Buy a 12yo Boy for Christmas?

I'm looking for some ideas here folks! We are buying a gift for a needy child through our church and we were given a 12yo boy and I have to say I'm a bit stumped as to what to get him. I'm out of touch with the current must have, cool, hot items for 12yob's seeing as my boys are 9yo and a 20yo. We know absolutely nothing about him except that he is a size medium, so a video game is out as I don't know what system he has , or even if he has a system.

What's on the typical 12yo boy's Christmas list this year? Any one have any suggestions? Any and all suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. actually I'm trying to buy stuff for my 12yo bro for christmas and his birthday.... lol. he likes air planes so i got him a paper air plane book with instructions and cool paper in the back that he can fold up. i think he'll like it :D good luck!

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  2. Well, my son's 10 but he gave me suggestions as to some things that his 12-year-old friends are asking for: Lego (the tricky, intricate kind), movies, a gift card for a store that sells video games. Sorry there's not more on there- my son primarily asked for books and video games for Christmas! But Lego never goes out of style.....OR what about an inexpensive MP3 player??? Often you can get one for about $20 if you watch for sales. Good luck!!

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  3. Well, from a book stand point I'd say the Ranger Apprentice series by John Flanagan. Excellent.
    Toys? I'd bet Star Wars action figures/ships/etc. would go over very well.

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  4. Thanks for all the suggestions so far. Taking them under consideration.

    The problem with a book is that I don't know if he is a reader. He may be dyslexic or read on a grade 3 level or something and if I get him a book for 12yo's,... it could not go over well ...

    I am thinking of a graphic novel at this point though, along with something else.

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