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Best Gifts for 8 to 10-Year Old Boys

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Last updated on May 1, 2022

I’ve put together this list of the best gifts for 8 to 10-year old boys because this is a fun group to shop for! They are full of spunk, creativity, and finally enough logic and fine motor skills to take on more challenging projects.

If you’re looking for gift ideas for a young man between the ages of 8 and 10, I’ve got you covered in this gift guide. Whether it’s for a birthday gift or Christmas gifts, you’ll find some great options below.

And best of all, they’re all available on Amazon so you can knock out all your shopping from the comfort of your couch.

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Best Gifts for 8 to 10-Year Old Boys

Shopping for boys who are in fourth or fifth grade is a lot of fun. At this age, they have lots of interests and generally aren’t too picky.

During the pre-pubescent years, toys and games that let them imitate adulthood in a way that still appeals to the child in them are great choices (e.g. toy chainsaws or drones).

The biggest challenge when shopping for this age range is choosing items that can withstand tough handling and can hold the interest of rambunctious boys. I kept that in mind when putting together this list of toys for 8 to 10-year-old boys.

A surefire hit is Starlink: Battle for Atlas. More than just a popular video game, Starlink also includes modular toys so that players can build custom starships they can use within the video game.

Players can choose from a variety of wings, hulls, weapons, and pilots. The starter pack comes with a controller mount where the starship connects that allows the player to pilot the controller.

There are so many places in the game to explore (seven planets, each with its own environment and hidden secrets to discover) along with several challenges, there’s no risk of boredom here!

The content in the game is appropriate for kids 7 or older. It’s perfect for boys who have outgrown kiddie games without all the inappropriate content of teen and mature video games.

Starlink Battle for Atlas

RC Vehicle

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.

Rock Crawler remote control truck

Basketball Hoop

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.

basketball hoop


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.

Slackers Night Riders Zipline

Lego Kits

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.

Minecraft lego kit

If your son is a Star Wars fan, there are also dozens of Lego Star Wars sets to choose from. Another popular collection of lego bricks are the Harry Potter sets.


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 science kits 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.

glowing putty gels and slime kit

Snap Circuits

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.

snap circuits motion set

Solar Power Robot

One of my personal favorites for this age group is anything to do with robotics. These gifts combine the fun of building (like Legos) with the magic of science and engineering.

The best thing is, they aren’t as expensive as you’d expect! Check out this STEM Solar Power Robot.

Encyclopedia of Immaturity

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.

The Encyclopedia of Immaturity

Trading Card Games

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.

Shiny Rayquaza ExBox

Chain Reactions Kit

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.

Lego chain reactions kit

Marble Run

While kids don’t play marbles like they did when I was younger, marbles still make an amazing gift for kids 8 years old or older when they come as part of a marble run.

There are several different marble run kits, depending on how fancy you want to get. I like this one since it comes with glow in the dark marbles and includes a storage bag.

Mobile Games

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.

Minecraft pocket edition

Nerf Guns

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!

Nerf gun

Bike Bling

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).

colorful led monkey light on a bike wheel

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6 thoughts on “Best Gifts for 8 to 10-Year Old Boys”

  1. Love this article. Very helpful. Thank you. Being a single dad nearing 40, I missed out on Pokemon and can’t tell a Pikachu from a… what else is there? Aren’t they all Pikachu? lol. I found another helpful list here with some other ideas in case parents needed Pokemon backup. http://myeasygifter.com/boy/10-best-pokemon-gift-ideas-for-boys/

  2. THANK YOU!! Trying to figure out what gifts to buy my soon to be 8 year old son that don’t involve video games!! These are great!

  3. It can be really challenging finding gifts for 10 year old boy, so this gift guide is perfect! My nephew just turned 10 and I feel certain he would love everything on this list (especially snap circuits!).

  4. I have three nephews and I’m always stumped when it comes to gifts for a 10 year old boy. I’m bookmarking this so I’m prepared for all the gifts for 10 year old boy events that are coming up this year. Since I truly dislike shopping, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  5. Thanks for the advice. 50(something) dad here. Kids grown up and wan ted to do a little Toys for Tots shopping.
    Thanks again! Happy Holidays

  6. This is a great list. I really think the legos and the glow slime and gel is a cool gift. Happy Shopping!


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