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Should I give Lego for Christmas?

Should I give Lego as gifts this Christmas...to adults...to adults who may have never played with it before? I'm feeling in a mischievous mood this year and am thinking about giving Lego to my nearest and dearest as kind of a fun present, figuring if I enjoy it they will.  I mean, what can go wrong? :)

Needless to say I don't want to break the bank on this (I may have to leave the country quickly if it goes pear-shaped) so any suggestions of small, fun introductory sets/packs for the Lego neophyte would be gratefully received. 
Toc13

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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,645
    It depends on the person. Is there overlap between a hobby they like and a lego set? If so, get that one. Or maybe a CMF doing what they like to do with a substituted head if need be so it looks like them.

    brickrikkPrin12s
  • thedoctor46thedoctor46 UKMember Posts: 212
    My advice is to proceed with caution. I bought my mum the Lego Ideas Birds set for her birthday. This was in April, the Robin has been finished but is not on display and the remaining birds haven't been touched. She was full of enthusiasm when it was unwrapped but, truth be told, couldn't care less now.
    brickrikkRainstorm26
  • brickrikkbrickrikk UKMember Posts: 13
    My advice is to proceed with caution. I bought my mum the Lego Ideas Birds set for her birthday. This was in April, the Robin has been finished but is not on display and the remaining birds haven't been touched. She was full of enthusiasm when it was unwrapped but, truth be told, couldn't care less now.
    Mmm, that's sorta what I was afraid of, hence the need to not spend a fortune. Figured it might be a good icebreaker and a family gathering, though.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,899
    I often fall into the trap of buying other people gifts that I would like and usually it doesn't go as well as I imagine it will. For example, buying the wife a blu-ray I wanted more than she did didn't exactly go over very well.
    brickrikkTheBigLegoskikiki180703OldfanJern92
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,539
    well, it sometimes feel like people offer you what they like and not what you like.
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 1,008
    You could make personalised minifigures of the recipient. 

    A friend did that as 'favours' for her wedding and put them on the tables to show people where to sit. They went down a storm! Even non-Lego fans enjoyed the novelty.

     She spent nearly 6 hours in the Lego store who were really helpful (she built about 100 minifigures). Staff were helping build them and kept disappearing to then come back with alternative hair pieces.

    i think it suggests thought.
    Toc13kiki180703DanGPcatwranglerJern92legogal
  • RakulRakul USAMember Posts: 183
    ^^  My wife and I did that for Christmas one year as just small gifts.  We presented each of them in the white brick built minifigure displays you used to be able to order from [email protected]  It was very well received.
    brickrikk
  • kiki180703kiki180703 Montreal, CanadaMember Posts: 1,051
    You could give the vignettes. They're not that big and fun to build!
  • MrJ_NYMrJ_NY A flick missle away from Brickagara FallsMember Posts: 592
    edited November 2015
    You could go with #40154 - Pencil Pot. Who couldn't use a pencil/pen holder & the design has charm/wide ranging appeal & it's moderately priced.
    Prin12sbrickrikkpaul_merton
  • beabea Member Posts: 227
    I wouldn't. I gave a lego set for one of those gift exchanges at work and nobody wanted it.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,421

    In terms of actual sets it's a lot about the recipient's personality, I've given a few sets to non FOL friends, but all were the type to enjoy that kind of activity and the sets were appropriate to the person. E.G Ecto 1 for my brother who has always been a GB fan or a City boat (I forget which) for a friend who is ex navy and still enjoys sailing at any opportunity.


    brickrikkgmonkey76
  • SalamalexSalamalex UKMember Posts: 297
    And who doesn't love a key ring?
    Kevin_Hyattbrickrikk
  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,407
    The rang of Lego and Lego related products means there really is something for everyone these days.
    films, books, activity books, toys, computer games. Etc. It is all down to who you are buying for and what they would like.
    personalised Lego figures or even MOC's are always great as gifts as it is all about the recipient and the fact it happens to be a Lego build is almost secondary.
  • Thanos75Thanos75 Member Posts: 1,120
    I always give LEGO as birthday presents at the numerous birthday parties my kids get invited to. I fight the urge to give LEGO to friends because I'm scared of starting them down the path of destruction. They will lose all their free space in their home and a chunk of their extra money. Not to mention free time that they will then spend driving around or on the internet on the never ending hunt for deals........plus then their will be less clearance sets for me. So nope.....It's Amazon gift cards for everyone.
    kiki180703pharmjodchibhawkbrickrikkricecakelegogal
  • Prin12sPrin12s OklahomaMember Posts: 47
    bea said:
    I wouldn't. I gave a lego set for one of those gift exchanges at work and nobody wanted it.
    You should quit. Not worth working with those kinds...hahah.  I kid, but seriously, even before I was a AFOL I would have chosen the Lego offering!  Lego is just fun.  I've been considering gifting the personalized CMF for my family, still on the fence but I know they would love them.
    Jern92
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 1,001
    No, yes...wait....no.....really, how would we know?  You know your friends and family better then us.   For the record, I give legos to some people and some people I dont.  And you know what?.. I dont care if they do or dont like getting them.....I like giving them....unless I dont give them. 

    This year, I will give a few Big Bang sets out, and a few winter vignettes  to others....and again, I dont care if they like them or not.  
    brickrikk
  • brickrikkbrickrikk UKMember Posts: 13
    MrJ_NY said:
    You could go with #40154 - Pencil Pot. Who couldn't use a pencil/pen holder & the design has charm/wide ranging appeal & it's moderately priced.
    Great idea. Thanks.
  • brickrikkbrickrikk UKMember Posts: 13
    Forgive me, I still emerging from the Dark Ages, where does one find personalised figures and what level of personalisation is possible?
    personalised Lego figures or even MOC's are always great as gifts as it is all about the recipient and the fact it happens to be a Lego build is almost secondary.
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,942
    Minifigs.me offers completely custom minifigs with completely custom printing (well, decals really, but they have a very professional look). They are also long-standing Brickset members to boot!

    At the other end of the scale, you could just mix and match preexisting minifig parts bought on Lego's Pick A Brick service or a third party site like Bricklink.
    brickrikk
  • bortan88bortan88 Member Posts: 19
    CMFs are good if you can match one to the persons interest, although this can prove an expensive task. I've given Chima animal builds, the Legend Beasts sets 70123-70126 and they've gone down well with adult friends. What I'd recommended above all these are Mixels, they have a lot of character, are inexpensive and promote creativity and rebuilding.
    brickrikkAanchir
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,890
    I think that if they're the sort of people who you might buy novelty or gadgety gifts for anyway, Lego might go down well - specially if they like nostalgic stuff from their childhoods. Sometimes people who'd buy a t-shirt of The Goonies, Ghostbusters or something like that wouldn't think of buying themselves a toy like Lego, but would like it if someone else got it for them. I'd pick something small like a keyring, or a model that they could easily display on their desk at work.
  • Jern92Jern92 MalaysiaMember Posts: 838
    I have made personalised minifigures as gifts before, pretty much by going through my existing collection, visiting the Build-A-Minifigure section in the Lego, and occasionally Bricklinking a particularly hard to find hairpiece or body, instead of buying the large set it comes in. Not sure if this has gone down well with the recipients, because they always look happy when they see it (but could possibly be pretending to make me feel better).

    Personalised vignettes make excellent gifts too. I've just finished a couple.
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    I think you're better off trying to give people what they really want, otherwise you and them could both end up disappointed.  I've gotten LEGO as Christmas presents and was disappointed because it was something I already had and not what I had specifically asked for.
    TheBigLegoski
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