I’ve got kids. Six of them. And a grandkid. I’ve bought more Christmas presents over the years than most people which is why I’m pretty good at it. For some reason, though, there are certain ages that always throw me off my game.
Eleven year old boys are difficult for me. By that age, all of mine were no longer interested in cars and trucks unless they were in the $300+ price range. Other than an $80 NFL sanctioned football jersey, they’re not that into clothes, either. Video games are an easy choice but that’s it. Until now, that is.
Before I go on, I will confess that I did not wait until Christmas to give this gift. I’m weak. I knew that Levi would love it now since he’s in the middle of basketball practice so I gave it to him already. I’m a bad Santa.
I ordered these dog tags for Levi and had his name, school and year engraved on it. I loved that there were several styles available and that the medal ones that I chose had so many colors! Oh, and just about every sport imaginable is listed, too. There were even options for “Academics” which I thought was really nice. (Sometimes we praise our kids too much for sports and not enough for academics, you know?)
Anyway, there’s always a question about quality when you order online. I’ve been doing my gift shopping online for over seven years so I know that the first order should be small, just in case. Right now I wish I’d ordered these tags for my other kids and a few of their friends, too. The quality is excellent and the price is fantastic. The fact that it’s personalized make it so special, too.
As soon as Levi saw the tag with his name on it (I smeared our last name out of the picture) he put it on. He called one of his friends who also plays basketball to tell him about his new dog tags. And then he asked me where I got it because he thinks his coach might like to give all the kids on the team one!
Remember when I said how hard it is for me to buy for 11 year old boys? Well, one of the great things about 11 year old boys is that when you find something they really like, they don’t care how much it cost and they don’t mind telling you how much they like it. You’ll know they like it because they want all their friends to have one, too. (Girls are not like this but that’s another post.)
Anyway, consider this a Christmas gift hint. From the reaction of Levi’s older brother and sister, I’d say it’s safe to say that older kids would like these, too. So go ahead, click on over and look around. Grab a few dog tags for those special kids in your life who participate in sports or just work really hard at academics. And be sure to NOT follow my lead – save it for Christmas! Or not. Look at how much my kid loves his tag.