If your kid is getting harder to shop for as he gets older, consider these gifts (or suggest them to relatives when they call, uncertain about what to buy):
A twist on gift certificates
He's probably already gotten toy-store gift certificates. This year, why not give him a more grown-up gift card, like one to a movie theater? Assure him that he can pick the movie, bring a friend, and not worry: You'll pay your own way. Other ideas: a certificate to a video arcade, an ice cream parlor, or a nail salon.
An afternoon together
Whether it's a visit to a tea shop, tickets to a ball game, or a weekend afternoon bike outing for just the two of you, this kind of gift creates memories, not clutter.
A gift that really lasts
Inspire your child to move, think, and grow with a museum membership, knitting classes or rock-climbing lessons.