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 Gift Ideas Under $15:
Lego Compatible OYO Mini Sports Figures:
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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!
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!
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!
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.
Gift Ideas Between $15 and $25:
Duct Tape Arts and Crafts Kits for Boys (DUCK TAPE):
Whether you call it duck tape or duct tape, one of the most popular new arts and craft genres is creating masterpieces out of the many new duct tape colors and pattern options available on the market today including camouflage, sports teams, superheroes and other great themes boys love . If you’re looking for a quick, original, and relatively inexpensive gift idea. Pick up a few roles of duct tape at your local home improvement or arts and crafts store and bundle them up with one of the many books available on creating artwork and accessories out of duct tape. As an alternative to buying a book, there are many great websites and blogs dedicated to duct tape art with great how to instructions for various projects (wallets, costumes, swords, animals, etc). You can simply print out a project or two off the website and include that in your gift basket.
Razor Kick Scooters:
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
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.
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.
Guinness Book of World Records ($17):
If nothing else, Guinness World Records 2014 serves 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:
Remote Control Helicopters!!!
You’d be amazed at the bang for your buck when it comes to buying remote controlled helicopters. These helicopters give the operator full control over the flight of the helicopter from take off to landing and some even come with tiny mini-cameras allowing the operating to take fun photos. There are many great places to buy these great helicopters. Our friends and AirsoftRC has one of the largest selections on the internet and if you act this week Remote Control Helicopters on Sale
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.
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!
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 treasure hunter friend will find!
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!
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, you can 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.
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.
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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