Please don't take my comment--which was deliberately full of third-person pronouns, and *not* the "universal 'you' " as a judgment on *you* or on *your* family.
Ok, I won't. Thanks.
And yes, his broadest interests are available to his cousins. He's a 15yo boy (which carries its own set of ideas in and of itself), and they see him 6 times a year. That's enough to have *that general* of a list of ideas. People who see him less often aren't the people who give him gifts. (which is why I spoke only of him and his life.)I'm completely baffled by the bolded. My now 20yo male cousin is without a doubt the most difficult person to buy presents for - and has been so since he outgrew toys - which unfortunately included Lego. I see him a lot more often than 6 times a year, but that doesn't seem to help me any.
Just out of curiosity, what kind of ideas does being a 15yo boy carry in and of itself? Other than perhaps popular action movies, I can't think of anything I'd assume was an obvious choice. Like I said, I really suck at this.
Maria, I agree with you. I can't see what gender and age have to at all with what gifts someone would like. My sister and I were very different. My wish list at 15 (as a girl) was my own tent, my own kayak complete with paddles, probably some books, and maybe a video game system. My sister's at the same age was clothes, different books entirely, body products, and her own kayak. A friend of mine at the same age wanted porcelain dolls, clothes for them, and anime. A friend of my sister wanted nothing more than sewing and crafting supplies.
OTOH, you can see someone every day and still have no idea what to get for them. Case in point, my mother. I had people asking me what her favorite cake was, what her favorite cookies were, what kind of snack foods she liked. I have no idea. I've rarely gone a week without speaking to her, I've lived with her most of my life, and to this day all I can say about her food preferences is that she doesn't like raisins. I have no idea what to get her for her birthday or Christmas because she's always gracious about everything and has likes all over the place. I hate trying to find the "right" gift for her because there seems to be no "wrong" gift, leaving everything wide open.