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Getting a good gift for an 11 year old

 
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My daughter got a 4.0 in school this last term and her 11th birthday is coming up. I've been away working on a contract for a long time. I thought it would be cool to get her a really good present.

Any suggestions?
 
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A horse! lol :roll:
 
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Just browsing for what's out there may give you a few good ideas: Toys: Ages 12-14. Here are some things that I like -- telescope, microscope, metal detector, motion detector, all under $30. I deliberately set the toy category to "Science & Nature" and the age group higher than your daughter biological age.
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Nintendo Gamecube!
 
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yes, a horse (plus associated riding lessons...) would be good.
Get her out from behind that television for at least a few hours a week and when she tires of it you can sell it for a gamecube (or whatever the fad is next week, those things change models faster than application servers change version numbers).
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
yes, a horse (plus associated riding lessons...) would be good.

[ June 13, 2004: Message edited by: Jeroen Wenting ]



Paul's daughter bought her own horse, after writing a business plan which Paul approved.

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Originally posted by Max Habibi:


Paul's daughter bought her own horse, after writing a business plan which Paul approved.

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hmm, expand the business with a stud?
 
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Yup, she wanted a horse and I told her I didn't want a hay burner. I told her I wanted a report on what is the annual cost of keeping a horse, a business plan on how she was going to come up with that money and $300 in the bank. This was when she was 8. A few months later, shortly after turning 9, she had her horse.

She milks goats, makes goat cheese and sells the cheese. She's also about to start a biz raising mealworms and is looking into expanding her dairy goat empire.

I suppose she would take on more horses if given the opportunity.

I like the microscope idea ...

Looking through the lists. Maybe a guitar? She mentioned wanting to learn ...
 
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guitar is nice, but include lessons.
I tried to learn using books and a mailorder course and it just didn't work so mine is currently gathering dust.
 
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Well you have to expect geek-like answers...

A Go set

or... Lego MindStorms !!!

or... a book or CD on Parelli horse-man-ship
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paul, you mentioned you have been working away for long time. i think your presence make her happy than any other thing, spend more time with her.
my bday wishes to her
 
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A good book, like "The Hobbit" maybe...?
 
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She's an avid reader and has already read the tolkein trilogy. Not sure if she's read the hobbit. I'll look into that.

My presence: We'll be together all day on her birthday. On the weekend before her birthday, we're going to lay out a spot for one of those horse round pen things (where you train your horse I guess). We'll be cutting down some trees and preparing the logs for use in making the round pen.

(Gonna spend time with the boy too. He has an interest in welding, so we'll be practicing that.)

Mindstorms: Got that for the boy a while back. It doesn't seem to get much use.

Guitar with lessons: Yup - don't know how else she would learn. She's already quit good with a flute and recorder. Not bad on a piano. She's also mentioned a trumpet.

I think I hit the jackpot yesterday. The link here to toys'r'us had me fishing around there. And in the electronics stuff was a DVD player. I thought "She would really like that. But, hell, you could get a used laptop for that much money and play DVD's on that ..." A little time on e-bay and she's now goin to get a Thinkpad like the one I had last year that died. I can salvage extra memory and DVD from my old one. I think this would be a great tool to help with her studies and she can look up horse junk all day long.
 
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Since she has the horse, improve on that - Take her to a Buck Brannaman Clinic. Very inspiring!
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Just a quick comment if the ThinkPad thing falls through and you decide on a guitar. While it would seem to fly in the face of logic, I recommend getting a beginner a fairly decent guitar to learn on. Cheap beginner's guitars suck hard and are difficult to play (the action is usually way too high, they rarely stay in tune very well, etc...) compared to a decent one. Getting a decent guitar instead will make it much easier to learn the instrument (especially for children with their smaller and weaker hands), greatly reduce frustration, and increase the chance that they will stay with the instrument instead of dropping it after a couple of months. Plus, if things don't work out, a nicer instrument will hold its value better if you decide to sell it.
 
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A diary - girls that age love writing. It's quite a good habit to cultivate if they also read a lot. A present from a Grandparent perhaps.

Helen Steiner Rice diaries have motivational poems and stories.

My horse Andy.
Personal Statement: God's Hidden Agenda

Motivational Story: In 2000, my dad bought me an 18 year old horse named Cowboy. I loved this horse more than anything. In '02 I loaned him to someone for a show. He came back with a cough that wouldn't go away. We took him to the vet but couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. After 5 months, the 3rd vet diagnosed him with sever emphysema. Earlier that year my mom bought 6 year old My Hidden Agenda "Andy". She didn't really ride and I didn't really like him. I thought he was a waste of money. When cowboy got sick, andy was his friend and mine. I started riding Andy but still wasn't very fond of him. Cowboy died in nov. '03. Andy helped me through cowboy's death and probably with out him, Cowboy wouldn't have lived so long. Now I will go off to college soon and I can't leave him behind. I 'm so thankful that God gave me Andy. Ididn't know why Andy was with us, but I am so thankful and blessed.

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A telescope. With a book on what to look up in the sky if you have a telescope.
 
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