My father-in-law asked me the same kind of question for his son. I pointed him to the 5 gal. starter kits that MoreBeer! and Northern Brewer sell. They come with everything you need minus the pot. I guess it depends on what kind of batch size he wants to get started with. A 5 gal. pot is great for a 3 gal. partial boil, a 8 gal. pot is decent for a full 6 gal. boil and a 10 gal. pot would be perfect for a 6.5 gal. full boil. Or, would it be better to start his son with something like Mr. Beer that is quick and simple to make, requires less space and can get him hooked and ready to make 5 gal. extract batches.