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As of 20 November 2014, this is still a rough draft, but most of the stuff should be here.
I’ve setup Ari’s Amazon Wishlist so that Amazon can handle all the details… For links outside of Amazon below, unless you know me personally there is no way of handling that right now… That wishlist doesn’t include everything, like Steam gift cards.
Ari is a gamer, so he enjoys video games and board games. We tend to keep him away from the violent first person shooters.
- The best bet for video games is a Steam gift card. You can get these in various amounts, $20, $50, $100. They can be found in the gift card section of most large retailers that sell a variety of gift cards. He’s less able to use a Game Stop or other retailer card.
- Smash Up A board game that Ari greatly enjoys. There are lots of expansions available for it now as well. Available at the link there, but I’ve also seen in in the Magic the Gathering section of Walmart recently.
Ari reads at the 9th grade level, so about where most American’s read at. He’s read the Harry Potter books and Divergent books (most of both anyhow). Books along those lines, young adult, may be good. For the purpose of this list I’ve just stuck with a certain style of books which I’ll explain with the first one…
- I got Ari the first Destiny Quest book, The Legion of Shadow – The Destiny Quest series is an advanced reader’s version of the Choose Your Own Adventure type books you may recall from Elementary or Jr High… It’s a bit more than that. There’s a character sheet, dice rolling and other stuff. The author’s page for the series gives some additional details… The Amazon linked book there is the first book in the series. It should land on the paperback version as Ari doesn’t have a Kindle device… and for this series a paperback version may be more effective anyhow since you have to have a character sheet and all that anyways.
- Heart of Ice (Critical IF gamebooks) – Sort of like the Destiny Quest series, though I don’t believe there is any dice rolling in this one. You still need to make a character sheet and track changes to your character. This one has a bit of a scifi angle.
- The Battlepits of Krarth (Blood Sword) (Volume 1) – Like the above, books. This one can be played solo or with up to 4 people…
- Outside of the adult choose you own adventure books above, as I said, young adult books along the lines of Harry Potter and Divergent (just not the overly romance ones like Twighlight)… or an Amazon gift card… or a gift card to Books A Million (the local book store chain). There is a Barns and Noble in the north end of Akron, but not sure when he’d be able to make it there for that one.
I’ll put this down near the bottom as the type of Lego sets wanted are generally a bit more expensive…
- LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (8547) – Despite the price, I’ll leave this at the top… obviously we don’t expect to get it, but hey…
- LEGO Technic type sets.
Other items to consider… He’s into science, engineering and the like, so science kits, books and the like. Of course he’s into video games, like Minecraft and the like. His computer and video game time is limited though.
He might be interested in some littleBits kits… I don’t think he’s ready for a Raspberry pi yet… that’s more advanced, though he’d probably figure it out quick enough as there are plenty of resources to learn both on the Internet and locally. The Canton Hacker and Maker Place has a fairly regular class on it.
An example of littleBits kits in use:
An Introduction to Hardware Hacking goes into some details about littleBits and the Raspeberry pi for those who want to learn more. Great thing is they would eventually be great for Sidd too, and Ari could perhaps help teach Sidd.
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