Bedding. Seriously, don't bother. He'd be comfortable sleeping on the floor covered in newspapers.
A video game he didn't specifically ask for. Power Rangers Dino-Thunder is not - repeat, not - the same as Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

Underwear. Only mommy buys him underpants.

(For Your Co-workers)
9 under $25


Just because your boss says no gifts over $25, you don't have to give only junk to co-workers and customers. Savvy companies are busy creating cool and useful $25-and-under gifts. Such as? By Robert McGarvey

1 - Franklin 5-Language European Electronic Translator, $20 Calculator-size, with 210,000 total translations at your fingertips. www.staples.com

2 - Sticky Fingers Starter Kit, $13 Finger-lickin'-good barbecue spices. www.stickyfingersribhouse.com

3 - Rosenthal Pink Heart Paperweight, $18-$27 Crystal, also in cobalt, red, lavender, turquoise, or amber. www.ashford.com

4 - FitDeck, $18.95 A deck of playing cards, each with an exercise you can do right now. www.fitdeck.com

5 - APC's USB Mobile Phone Charger, $15-$20 Recharge a GSM mobile phone directly from a laptop's USB port. Leave the transformer at home! http://buy.apc.com

6 - InnoDesk Battery Powered Personal Shredder, $15 A personal shredder that's portable. Ideal for conference and hotel rooms. www.iteminfo.com

7 - GoFit Yoga Mat, $25 Pack your own mat, and do yoga anywhere. www.kmart.com

8 - Soft-Eze Comfort Pillow, $20 Perfect for resting a traveler's weary head. www.irus.com