Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gifts for the boys in my family

This is the gift that I have chosen for 2 of my nephews. They are at that age were they are impressionable, and I want that impression to be a good one. The American Boy's Handy Book is the ideal gift in my opinion for any boy that falls into the 9 - 12 age group. Hey, I'm 41 and I think it's the greatest thing ever. A lot of good useful information in this book for people of all ages I think. Below is a product description of the book and you can click here to learn more.

Product Description
Originally published in 1890, The American Boy’s Handy Book is the ultimate collection of timeless boyhood activities. Written and illustrated by America's founding father of scouting, this book shows how to have fun while being constructive, creative and daring. The American Boy’s Handy Book is packed with tips, instructions, and illustrations for things boys don't learn while playing video games and surfing the Internet. From making fireworks, shooting arrows, and fighting war kites, to building a raft, riding a sled and training a dog, the author encourages boys to be boys, be active, enjoy some innocent mischief, and develop their self confidence and character (although they probably won't realize these last two are happening).

Now does that sound pretty cool or what?? I would have loved a book like this when I was their age. I have read some of it, don't tell, and man it's full of great stuff that they can use for the rest of their life. This is a wonderful addition to any young (or old) boys collection. I added a little hand written message for each boy on the inside flap of each book also. Maybe some day they will pull that book from it's shelf and remember the great times it provided them over the years and maybe, just maybe they will remember ol' Uncle Chris too.
Now with a book like that you gotta have a good knife to go along with you on the journey, right? OK, so I added to each a inexpensive 7 function swiss army (type) knife. I have carried one on my key chain for years and it has been a life saver for me.


HermitJim said...

I think this is an EXCELLENT choice of gifts. In fact, if I had someone to give that book to, I'd get one. Hell, I may get it for myself!

As far as the bet! Now is the time to get then started in taking care of their tools the right way!

Good post!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous gift! Plus, it encourages time together because an adult can come along and help teach! Good one! Gen--IL Homesteader

The Scavenger said...

Jim, thanks, I would love something like this even at my age too. I belive every boy needs to learn to care for and carry a knife.

Gen, Time together is the greatest teacher of all. Lot of good stuff in this book.

Thanks for the comments, love to hear from ya all.


Marie said...

That looks interesting--if it's easy to do basics, I could probably use one myself, but as mentioned in other comments, it would be great for family fun activities as well. Nothing like increasing your skills sets. Thanks for the info!

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

My oldest boy (10) is getting that book for Christmas as well! Brilliant minds.....

Your nephews are going to have so much fun!

The Scavenger said...

Marie, I read a little and wish I would have got one for me too. Good start for their Survival Library.

Pearls, He will sure love that book. Brilliant Minds....I love it. lol I want one too, Brilliant mind that is..

Thanks for stopping by, love to hear from ya anytime.