Best Gift Ideas for 8 Year Old Boys

We continually update this page with the hottest gift ideas and trends for 8 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!

Inexpensive Gifts Under $15:

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! You can easily order Money Soap on Amazon by clicking here.

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! You can order this stuff on Amazon here.

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)!

Toysmith 4M Tin Can Robot ($11):
Not only does this toy save a soda can from going into a landfill, it also makes for a great engineering project for the child and his parents. All you need is a soda can, a screwdriver, 2 AAA batteries, and a little imagination. This item can be purchased online from Amazon by clicking here.

Gift Ideas Between $15 and $25:

“Grow” Your Own Rock Candy (And Make Other Tasty Treats) $19:
Who knew science could taste so good? With this kit, you’ll whip up cupcakes, cookies, candy, and more all in the name of science! Learn what makes cakes rise, candy crystallize, and more real chemistry happen in the kitchen. Tasty Science is packed with ingredients, recipes, activity cards, a test tube laboratory, and lots more to explore the science of taste. Order this product online through Amazon by clicking here.

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! You can order these boards on Amazon here.

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. Purchase this gift directly from Amazon by clicking here.

Guinness Book of World Records ($17):
If nothing else, Guinness World Records 2011serves as a great reference for the adventurous boy. Who hasn’t thought they could be better than anybody else at stacking golfballs, doing sit-ups, or eating raw oysters? Armed with this reference book, the ambitious youngster on your shopping list will have a new benchmark to work towards (just be thankful the editors have removed the most dangerous records such as “sword swallowing” and “holding your breath under water”).

Great Gifts Between $25 and $50:

Syma S107 Remote Control Helicopter ($29.99):
Overall, this cool gift offers the biggest bang for the buck on this entire site. The Syma S107 is a 3 Channel Gyro mini Metal rc helicopter. It is one of the world’s newest, smallest and lightest RC Helicopter you can get! At approx. 7.5″ long, it easily fits in the palm of your hand and is fully functional, equipped with latest Gyroscope technology, which makes this helicopter an instant hot seller in the RC World. This mini Gyro Metal helicopter charges directly either from the USB cable or from the controller which uses “AA” batteries and has a full-function trim control for the perfect flight. You can easily purchase this item through Amazon by clicking here.

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, or order this particular kit through Amazon here.

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 junior high and high school. It is not uncommon for these backpacks to stay with the kid through out 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 here.

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 know’s what your little friend will find! You can order one today on Amazon by clicking here.

Cool Gifts Between $50 and $100:

Celestron 21061 AstroMaster Telescope ($59):
Boys love exploring the world around them and this high quality and inexpensive telescope from Celestron will open up even more exploration possibilities to them. This easy to use telescope has a higher quality image than some models costing four times as much! The AstroMaster Series produce bright, clear images of the Moon and planets as well as the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. With so many great features and such an inexpensive price, you may end up wanting one for yourself too! These telescopes can be purchased through most local hobby and camera stores, or online through Amazon by clicking here.

CHEM C1000 Chemistry Kit ($74):
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, click here to shop for L.L. Bean sleeping bags online.

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. Order one through Amazon today by clicking here.

Jensen Model Steam Engine ($129):
Adult supervision required! For the aspiring engineer, you can’t go wrong with this amazing working steam engine. This solid brass and nickel plated steam engine is perfect for learning more about mechanical energy, motion and the way “things work”. The steam engine runs on steam pressure made by heating water in a boiler just as water is boiled in a tea kettle. Buy this cool little engine as a gift today through Amazon by clicking here.

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. Today you can purchase this complete system through Amazon for only $115.

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