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    Christmas Present ideas - 14 year olds

    Hi all,
    My friend has asked me what he should get for his 14 year old son.
    His son is very geeky and likes baking and we have often had very geeky chats with him understanding everything! He has just gone and set up a raspberry pi as a mail server and a DCHP server in one.
    The son says that he has everything he needs (high spec pc and nexus 7). He does not know what he wants!

    Any ideas what my friend should get his son? The budget is £150-200 so it rules out any games consoles

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    Does he have an Arduino? A starter kit like the one below would make a fantastic gift for any geek IMO:

    K000007 - ARDUINO - STARTER KIT, ARDUINO, WITH UNO | CPC

    (there's a lot more included in the kit than listed on that page, click the "Technical Details" PDF for a better idea what the kit involves)

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    @LosOjos Looks cool, I have sent it to him

    Any other ideas anyone else?

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    A Subbuteo kit, job done.

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    A kit to build a quadcopter.

    It's all @JAB1a's fault.

    Ben

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    @plexer can you do a @JAB1a quadcopter for £150-£200?

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    @hawc you can almost make a JABcopter for almost that kind of money, I think @TwoZeroAlpha managed to get it around the £200-£250 mark, but its a hobby that does not have to be done all at once...he can build it up bit by bit while learning the ins and outs...

    FPV Quadcopter basic parts list (JABcopter)

    Check page 15 for TwoZeroAlpha's parts he will purchase.

    If he is as good as you say and got a good geek streek in him then he has probably already thought and dreamed about the idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawc View Post
    Any ideas what my friend should get his son?
    A Dremel multi-use power tool, every 14 year old should have one. Plus you can get him a box of accesory bits to go with it if you're buying him a present too.

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    i was happy with pokemon at that age.
    a wii u is in that bracket and they be fun :P

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    A dremel or a quadcopter would be much more fun than pokemon or a wiiu

    Ben

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    The Arduino kit sounds exactly right. Supplement it with an Ethernet shield and he can get that and the Pi talking.

    Lego Mindstorms might be a good bet, but is over budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushby View Post
    i was happy with pokemon at that age.
    a wii u is in that bracket and they be fun :P
    What, if your idea of fun is finding a game for them?

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    My 14 year old son has asked for a camera, I've got him a nice bridge camera and all the accessories.

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    £150 on presents?!?
    My parents were never that generous and I'm only in my early 20s!

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