It probably wouldn’t be too far from the truth to say that the most socially active time of my life was bar- and bat-mitzvah season. Back in sixth and seventh grade at my Yeshiva middle school, we had some sort of party or event every weekend for two years. Friend-group drama and Shirley Temple consumption were at an all-time high. And each celebration of manhood or womanhood came with a windfall of gifts. No girl moved onto the next grade without a Tiffany Heart bracelet, while boys collected piles of cash and portable DVD players. But that was years ago, and everything is out of date, so we caught up with today’s bar-mitzvah boys to see what they’re all pining over (stay tuned for the bat-mitzvah edition). They weren’t all that talkative, it’s teenage boys we tried to engage here, but we were able to squeeze out a few hot tips.
William requested “signed sports memorabilia,” so we found a baseball autographed by Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
Jonah also replied “sports memorabilia,” so we found this Russell Westbrook collage that includes a piece of a team-used ball.
Jeremy brought us into the electronics zone, saying, simply, “a Segway.” This mini version is far more accessible, though definitely still extravagant. Get a group to chip in on it.
The most detailed request came from Ben, who wants “an iPhone 7 Plus with lots of storage space, so I can download a lot of stuff.” Me too, Ben.
Dovi, perhaps the most mature of the group, says he wants “sterling-silver cuff links.” The above are a simple starter pair, but Paul Smith also makes can-opener and peace-sign cuff links for the more irreverent and adventurous 13-year-old dresser.
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