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Gift Ideas for 8-Year-Old Boys

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What are some good birthday gifts for 8-year-olds?

What are some good birthday gifts for 8-year-olds?

Struggling to Find a Gift for Your Son?

In my home, I have three boys: a teenager, a pre-teen, and an 8-year-old boy. As expected, they all have very different interests.

As I've learned over the years, this age, 8, is difficult to shop for, considering that they are no longer very young children that enjoy many traditional toys. At the same time, they are too young (in my opinion) for cell phones or other expensive electronics. Plus, some of the more mature video games are probably a few years away.

As with any gift-buying guide, you will want to consider what the recipient enjoys. My son is not really into sports like his older brothers are. However, he has a keen interest in astronomy and geography. So, while I might not shop in traditional outlets for gifts for this unique boy, I can still find some affordable, interesting gifts for him.

Here's an overview of what you can expect to learn about in this article:

  • Traditional gifts
  • Electronic gifts
  • Entertainment gifts
  • Sport-related gifts
  • Imaginative gifts
  • Gift cards, cash, or gift certificates

If you're looking for a birthday gift, a holiday present, or just a treat for a special occasion for your special 8-year-old, look no further.

Joy in the face of a young boy opening presents

Joy in the face of a young boy opening presents

Building Toys

Back when I was young, the gifts that most 8-year-old boys on my street received were a bit different. Fortunately, this age still enjoys affordable gift selections.

Building toys like Legos, Kinex, Jenga, or even Lincoln Logs are popular. Again, know the specific interests of the child. Some enjoy Indiana Jones, while others may be more into Star Wars or Dinosaurs. There are a wide variety of sets available, with price ranges from $6–8 (for small individual sets) to over $100. At this age, they may still enjoy building their creations with an adult. Consider spending time together after gifts are opened.

Classic Board Games

Young boys may still enjoy board games or games to be played in person (i.e. not electronics). These games are popular and easy to learn to play:

  • Sorry!
  • Monopoly Jr.
  • Scrabble Jr.
  • Angry Birds
  • Sequence for Kids
  • Bananagrams
  • Uno!
  • Connect 4
  • Trouble
  • Yahtzee

Don't forget classic games such as:

  • Checkers, chess
  • Dominoes
  • Chinese checkers

Or, why not gift a deck of cards and teach your boy how to play solitaire or war?

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Speaking of cards, sports trading cards could be gifted to help start a collection. Of course, Pokémon cards are quite popular among young boys (and some girls) too. They are collected, organized, and traded among kids.

As you will notice with the range of gifts suggested in this section, games and toys for 8-year-old boys cover a relatively large spectrum of maturity levels. Children who have older siblings, or who are exceptionally bright, may be ready for regular Monopoly or Scrabble, rather than the Jr. versions.

Also, don't forget to keep in mind whether there are younger children in the home that might be subject to choking hazards from small pieces.

Gear related to a favorite sports team is a great gift idea for young boys.

Gear related to a favorite sports team is a great gift idea for young boys.

Electronic Game Gifts for 8-Year Old Boys

Video game systems and handheld devices continue to be popular—from Nintendo DSI consoles to the Xbox 360, Wii, and the Sony PS3. Whether you're going to purchase a new system or device, or merely add to a game collection, most 8-year-old boys would be excited to receive that gift. Check with the boy's guardians regarding games he currently owns and any restrictions on content and age ratings (for example, some games are rated T for teen, or M for mature).

Popular gaming gifts for 8-year-old boys:

  • Current versions of NCAA, NFL, NBA and MLB sports games
  • Games based on movie or T.V. characters (i.e., Spongebob Squarepants)
  • Mario Brothers (many different game selections)
  • Pokémon (again, many different games to choose from)
  • Rock Band games
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Mario Kart
  • Kinect Sports

Other Electronic Gift Ideas

There is a wide range of electronic gifts that young boys will enjoy. My son is begging for a digital camera this Christmas. You can find beginner cameras for as low as $35. Some manufacturers have also introduced video cameras that are also quite affordable. Keep in mind that children this age may drop or lose electronics, so buy a sturdier, less-expensive model.

Boys who enjoy music might like an MP3 player. Again, there are lower-priced models available, including pre-owned. Along with the digital music player, a gift certificate for tunes will be appreciated. Adults should help an 8-year-old in selecting songs and redeeming a certificate.

What about cell phones? My personal belief is that 8-year-olds are too young for one, although not everyone agrees. My older sons were in middle school before I determined they were responsible enough for a phone. That being said, though, my 8-year-old son and his 8-year-old twin sister would both obviously be thrilled to get a new cell phone as a present—it's up to you as a parent to gauge whether or not you think your boy (or, girl) is ready (or if his parents would appreciate you gifting him with one).

Books are a good gift for boys in this age range.

Books are a good gift for boys in this age range.

Entertainment Gifts for 8-Year-Old Boys

Boys who are eight are usually in the 2nd or 3rd grade. Many of these children are reading, and some are even enjoying books on their own.