The Top Christmas Gifts for 2015
Gift ideas for Christmas and Birthdays!
We continually update this page with the hottest gift ideas and trends for 7 year old boys. If you have a great gift idea for this age group please feel free to share it using the message form at the bottom of this page! Thanks for stopping by today and good luck shopping!
Snap Circuits: Electronic Science Experiment Kits:
Does the child on your Christmas or Birthday shopping list have an interest in electronics and conducting science experiments? If so, you can’t go wrong with the Snap Circuits SC-300. This amazing science project kit comes with everything you need to easily build over 300 amazing electronic contraptions including AM Radios,burglar alarms, doorbells, and motion activated lights.
As the name implies, Snap Circuits utilize patented button snap wires, resisters and other components that easily “snap” together with no messy wire terminations or soldering required. Even better, the kits come with a detailed instructional manual that not only walks the child step-by-step through each science experiment but also explains exactly what each component does and how the circuit works together to perform the desired result. My 7 and 9 year old girls and 5 year old boy absolutely love playing with this great kit.
Slackers Zipline Kits
If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity for a boy or girl between the ages of 4 and 12, you can’t go wrong with a Slackers Eagle Series Zipline from Brand 44. Hands down these are the safest and easiest to install ziplines you can buy for home use and they cost a lot less than you might think (around $140 for a 90′ model). Best of all, they’re a TON of fun!
My wife and I have 3 kids (ages 9, 7 and 4) and they absolutely love their zipline. Don’t take chances trying to build a homemade zipline system yourself (chances are it would cost you more money to do so anyway). Slackers Ziplines are specifically engineered for outdoor fun and take less than 30 minutes to install with two adults.
For more information read our full review of the Slackers Eagle Series Zipline we bought for our own kids which includes a demonstration video of the zipline in action!
Lego Compatible OYO Mini Sports Figures:
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Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty ($10):
Never heard of Thinking Putty? Neither had we until we saw a vendor selling this stuff at our local mall. This stuff seems to defy the laws of physics. It acts as both a solid and a liquid. It can bounce like a rubber ball, stretch like taffy, or smash like ceramic if you hit it on the sidewalk. It also changes color when it comes in contact with warm hands. This stuff is crazy and will certainly be a hit for the young man on your shopping list!
“Spot It” Game by Blue Orange:
Spot It by Blue Orange is a great child development game that can be played by children of all ages. My wife and I love it because the game is super easy to set up, its fun, and best of all, all three of our children (3 year old boy, and 5 and 8 year old girls) can play it with us (although our 3 year old needs a little “help”). The game encourages kids to match pictures on their own cards to the pictures on the cards from the deck as cards are flipped over one by one. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins (after the deck of cards has been flipped over). You can by Spot It at most major retail stores or online. You can also read our full Spot It Game review.
Legos Legos Legos ($10+):
Boys love building things, and Legos are an exceptional outlet for this passion. A simple search on major Internet sites reveals over one thousand different Lego Kits and its easy to get overwhelmed with which set to buy. The good news is it really doesn’t matter which set you get because boys will typically end up building (or trying to build) anything that comes into their head. With that said, I think the LEGO Maersk 2005 Sealand Ship is about as cool as you can get (must be because I’m a ship captain myself)!
Money Soap ($10-$60):
This is probably one of the most clever gifts I’ve seen in a long time! Not only does it encourage kids to wash their hands and take baths more frequently, it also makes a great gift! You can order Money Soap in $1, $5, $10, $20, and even $50 denominations. Soap is scented with a pleasant “pear/green apple” smell. This gift will serve as a great “gag” gift for older kids and adults too!
Gift Ideas Between $15 and $25:
Razor Kick Scooters:
More Great Gift Ideas for Kids
You just can’t go wrong with these Razor A Kick Scooters! Our kids absolutely love them and when used with helmets, they’re a great way for the kids to burn off some of their energy and get exercise. These scooters are offered in a variety of different colors and they’re built to last. They’re rated for children (and adults) up to 143 lbs but they feel sturdy when I stand on them (6′ and 180 lbs). You can order them online through Target, Toys R Us or just about any other major online retailer. Good Luck and Have Fun! Shop at Target.com
Crocs Shoes and Footwear Accessories
Everybody loves Crocs shoes, especially kids! While the original Crocs shoes where a huge hit with parents thanks to their versatility, a variety of new “themed” Croc designs and styles have increased the appeal of Crocs to children as well (Shop Crocs.com Now for Huge Savings!). Crocs are a perfect gift for virtually anyone on your holiday shopping or birthday list. Our children loved their Lego themed Crocs we bought them last year and this year our son absolutely loves his “Spider Man” Crocs with glow in the dark eyes. Our older girls love the cool “animal print designs”. Crocs even come in fleece lined versions to help keep children’s’ feet warm during the cold winter months. Free Economy Shipping on All Orders Over $60 at Crocs.com!
Flying SeaHawk Ceiling Mounted Airplane ($19):
This is the perfect gift for the boy or girl who loves airplanes! I bought this exact airplane for my 4 year old daughter in the Houston, TX airport on the way home from a business trip. She loved decorating the body of the airplane with her own “princess” stickers! The plane dangles from a ceiling mounted swivel and propels itself 360 degrees around the room.
Live Butterfly Garden ($16):
We first bought one of these Life Butterfly Garden kits for our children about 4 years ago and our kids absolutely love it! You really do get to watch the butterflies grow, and hatch! Our kids love watching the beautiful butterflies “hatch” and come to life. The kit is reusable and when they’re not filled with butterflies, our kids enjoy reusing the net to keep other critters like lightening bugs, lady bugs, grasshoppers and any other little critters they find around the house. This is probably the best $16 we’ve spent on a gift.
Zentangle Arts and Crafts Gift Basket:
The Zentangle craze is upon us! If your looking for gift ideas for a creative boy or girl on your shopping list who loves art, you should really look in to the various Zentangle arts and crafts products available on the market. Simply put, Zentangle is an artform that formalizes the the “doodling” that children (and adults) love to do anyway. By using structured shapes and containers on a piece of paper, zentanglers are have the freedom to fill in the shapes and containers with any shapes, patterns or design of their choosing. You can arrange the containers and block shapes into various objects, or you can just keep stringing them together and see where your imagination takes you! You can put together and inexpensive gift basket, or you can go all out and put together a high end zentangle package with the latest books, pencils, pens and stencils.
Junior Scientist Weather Station Kit ($15):
My First Weather Kit will blow you away! Learn all about extreme weather as you have fun with this complete weather station. Learn what makes a tornado form, and how to check windspeed. Learn what the eye of a storm means, and why are we having so many hurricanes and typhoons. The young man on your shipping list will discover all this and more as he becomes a weather “expert”.
Tech Deck “Fingerboard” Skateboards ($15):
I fully expect these tiny skateboards to be the next “big thing”. When I was 10 or 11 years old, I used to build my own miniature skateboards out of cardboard and broken pencils. They were primitive, but they were still fun to slide up ramps and across flat surfaces. These “modern” fingerboards include graphics from real Skateboard Companies. This pack comes with a skate rack, 3 complete fingerboards (each with real metal trucks, grip tape and real skate company graphics). You also get 3 additional decks to mix and match to suit your style, a tool, risers and bolts, and two sticker sheets to customize your boards. If only I had patented this idea when I first came up with it 20 years ago!
Solar System in My Room ($24):
A perfect gift for the junior astronomer on your shopping list. Now you can explore the wonders of the solar system right in your own room. Just look up at your ceiling and watch as all nine planets orbit around the light-up sun. Listen as the audio CD takes you on a fascinating tour of our solar system. Use the included light-pointer to locate each planet and make comets and meteors streak through the sky.
Model Rocket Kit by Estes ($24):
Parental supervision required! If the boy on your shopping list lives (or has access to) a wide open area, we highly recommend giving him a model rocket kit from Estes. Building your own rocket is fun, and launching it is even better! This kit from Estes includes two easy to assemble model rockets built with a cardboard body tubes and plastic cones. One rocket can fly up to 600 feet high and the other an amazing 1150 feet high. Pre-assembled plastic parachutes automatically deploy and allow the rockets to safely return to earth. Illustrated assembly guide and detailed launching instructions included.
Great Gifts Between $25 and $50:
Ultimate Mission Spy Kit ($42):
This spy kit will delight the crime fighting youngster in your life. Complete with a Nightscope, Evidence Kit, and Ultimate Spy Watch, this kit provides aspiring spies and detectives with everything they need to go on “top-secret” missions. You can find similar kits in most major retail stores.
Zoob R/C Moover Creative Building Set ($49):
When I was a kid I enjoyed playing with a similar “build your own electronic” toy set although it wasn’t nearly as cool as this popular set. The Zoob R/C Mover Power Building Set adds a new dimension to open-ended building. Kids snap, click, and pop ZOOB pieces onto the ZOOB R/C Mover to create anything they can imagine from creatures to robots to sculptures. When they are done building, their creations move with the remote control unit. They can transform their creations or take them apart and build new ones, over again. The ZOOB R/C Mover is an ideal add-on to existing ZOOB collections, but it includes plenty of pieces for first-time ZOOB builders too. This set includes 50 ZOOB pieces, ZOOB Mover, remote control unit, 6 rubber-tipped feet, 4 AA batteries and 1- 9V battery and 3 instruction guides.
An Authentic L.L. Bean Backpack ($39):
In New England (and especially in my home state Maine), receiving your own L.L. Bean back pack (with your initials stitched in the front pocket) is a right of passage for children entering grade school. It is not uncommon for these backpacks to stay with the kid throughout his or her college years as well. Best of all, L.L. Bean backpacks come with an unconditional 100% money back guarantee. If the child on your shopping list wears the backpack out, they can simply send it back and get a new one! You can order L.L. Bean backpacks directly through their website.
Bounty Hunter Junior Metal Detector ($49):
When I was a kid, I loved going around with my cheap metal detector and digging up “treasure” in my parent’s lawn. This great metal detector is capable of detecting coin-sized objects up to 5″ deep and larger objects to 3 ft., it also has discrimination control eliminating unwanted metals, while the target indicator meter measures signal strength. Who knows what your little friend will find!
Cool Gifts Between $50 and $100:
CHEM C1000 Chemistry Kit ($74):
Adult supervision required for this age group! This is a great introductory chemistry set for the inquisitive young man on your shopping list! Conduct real science experiments with an easy to follow full-color 40 page manual. With hands-on laboratory experiments for beginners, the “scientist” will build a strong foundation in chemistry through exposure to electrochemical reactions, acids and bases, indicators and chromatography. Although we normally recommend shopping online through Amazon, we have found this product for $50 at Target and Toys-R-Us (Amazon doesn’t always have the best prices).
An Authentic L.L. Bean Sleeping Bag ($59)
Yes I’m from Maine, and yes my in-laws work at LL Bean headquarters in Freeport, ME, but that doesn’t stop me from making an unbiased recommendation of an L.L. Bean sleeping bag as a great gift for an active boy or girl! I literally grew up in one of these bags! Whether crashing on friend’s living room floor during a slumber party, or camping at a remote campsite, a good quality sleeping bag (especially one from L.L. Beans) will stand the test of time and keep the boy or girl in your life warm and cozy no matter where they end up sleeping! If you’re not lucky enough to live by an L.L. Bean retail or factory store, you can shop for L.L. Bean sleeping bags online.
Fisher Price TRIO King Castle ($53):
This castle is perfect for boys ages 5-9 and is one of the highest rated toys on this website. The Fisher-Price TRIO King’s Castle allows a child to be the architect of his or her very own castle. The set contains over 200 easy-click bricks that can be used to build custom castles. With six figures, a working cannon, and other accessories included, the King’s Castle will immerse the child in a world of medieval fantasy, and encourage imaginative play.
Awesome Gifts Over $100:
Junior Electric Guitar Set ($119):
Give the child on your shopping list the ultimate gift of music! Get started the right way with a TEACHER APPROVED Jr Combo Kit from Bguitars. This set includes everything a kid needs to get started: Electric Guitar, Amp, Cable, Chord and Strap. It is perfect for ages 4 to 10. It features: Die Cast Chrome Tuners, Maple Neck and Fretboard, basswood body and die cast chrome tailpiece. Also includes a portable mini amp. It makes a great gift for any child 4 to 10 years of age.
Cool Gifts Over $50:
Hasbro FurReal Friends Squawkers McCaw Parrot ($129):
Boys and girls of all ages are sure to love these realistic parrots! The Hasbro FurReal Friends Squawkers McCaw Parrot might be the sassiest toy ever made. Squawkers McCaw is a full-size toy macaw parrot who, just like a real parrot, repeats words, can be “taught” to speak, and responds to touch. Witty, energetic, and completely unpredictable, Squawkers takes interactive play to a whole new level. He is recommended for children ages 5 through 10.
Portable DVD Player for the Car ($115):
Unless the kid’s parents went all out and bought an expensive luxury vehicle with a built-in DVD player and multiple screens, chances are the child (or children) on your shopping list will appreciate this DVD system from Phillips Electronics. Dual screens make this a win-win for the recipient’s brothers or sisters too. Factory DVD systems can cost over $2000 on some makes of vehicles.
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