Welcome to Day 2 of 30 Days of Gift Guides. Today I am sharing the best gifts for 8 to 10-year old boys. This is a fun group to shop for because they are full of spunk, creativity, and finally enough logic and fine motor skills to take on more challenging projects. Don’t forget to bookmark the 30 Days of Gift Guides page (click on the image below to go there) since I will be posting a new guide every day this month. By the time December gets here, you’ll have gift ideas for everyone on your list.
Best Gifts for 8 to 10-Year Old Boys
Boys of all ages love to play with remote control vehicles. Boys 8 and older finally have the fine motor skills to be able to actually control faster, more maneuverable toys. This rock crawler is perfect for this age since its all-terrain capability encourages their bright, young imaginations to create obstacle courses that they can then maneuver the vehicle through.
There’s a reason that you can’t drive through any neighborhood without seeing at least one basketball hoop in someone’s driveway. It’s one of the most popular games among boys. Though younger kids can play, kids aged 8 and older really enjoy it. Better yet, they continue enjoying it for years so you get a lot of mileage out of this gift compared to others that they will quickly outgrow.
What kid doesn’t want their own zipline? I like this one not only because it has built in lights, but also because it has great reviews. The maximum recommended weight is 250 pounds which means most moms and dads can make use of this gift too.
Minecraft is a game that has attracted the attention of boys and girls of many ages, but it’s especially popular among boys 8 to 10-years old. Pair that with Legos, an all-time favorite toy in this demographic, and this Minecraft Lego kit is the perfect gift.
Boys at this age love anything that is gross or yucky (some boys, like my husband, never outgrow this phase). This age group is typically intrigued by science (hence the popularity of chemistry sets among 8 to 10-year old kids). Once again, pairing these two unique interests makes one great gift idea, which is why 8 to 10-year old boys will love this glowing putty gels & slime kit.
For boys who are more interested in mechanics than chemistry, snap circuits kits are wonderful toys for stimulating their imaginations and introducing them to the basics of electronics and circuitry. This Snap Circuits Motion set helps them create circuits that create visible (motion) effects for an added “wow” effect.
Unlike teenagers, 8 to 10-year old boys aren’t in a hurry to become grown-ups. They are in the prime of their childhood and enjoying every minute of it. The Encyclopedia of Immaturity will help them revel in this period with instructions on how to hang a spoon from your nose and how to do a wheelie. Essentially, it’s full of wisdom all boys should have before they enter adulthood.
Even though the Pokemon phenomenon started two decades ago, it’s still going strong. My elementary school aged child assures me that the boys on her bus and in her class are constantly trading Pokemon cards. This Shiny Rayquaza EX Box set includes a rare shiny card (this is like Pokemon gold!) and 4 booster packs, plus a code card for the online game.
Take playing with Legos to a whole new level with this Chain Reactions kit. Kids use the instructions and pieces included in the kit to create machines that spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop. By placing each component carefully, kids can create dozens of different chain reactions.
I’ve already mentioned that kids are crazy for Minecraft. Chances are you already have Minecraft for your computer or game console. Did you know there was a mobile version? Now your kids can play on the road or on a tablet, freeing the TV up so you can catch up on Modern Family.
When my boys were this age, their favorite activity was to have Nerf wars with their friends. Each boy has a different preference as to what type of weapon he prefers. Some prefer long-range while others prefer rapid fire. So, here’s a selection of some of the best Nerf guns, since it’s impossible to pick just one!
Since they can’t drive yet, boys this age spend a lot of time traveling by bicycle. These colorful LED lights are the perfect way to add some pizzazz to their ride (just don’t use that expression when you explain how cool these are to them since my kids have notified me “add some pizzazz” is a nerdy grown-up phrase).
Don’t forget to check back each day to find a new gift guide. If you have an especially difficult person to shop for, let me know and I’ll try to find some gift ideas for you.