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Top 10 Best Boys Gift Ideas 2015

Updated on February 11, 2015
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Gifts for Boys Five to Eight Years Old

Are you on the hunt for birthday gifts that will be a big hit this year? It can be a challenge to come up with ideas, especially if you haven’t been that age for a while. But when you nail it and get that perfect present, it's great to see the smiling faces.

Boys five, six, seven, or eight years old come in all shapes and sizes, and they really do have a zest for life!

What are they like?

  • They may be in kindergarten, first, second, or third grade.
  • Many can read a picture book or chapter book with pleasure; almost all enjoy being read to.
  • They increasingly enjoy playing games with others, both table games and sports, even when that involves following complicated rules.
  • They may be interested in monsters, dinosaurs, sharks, other predators, or other fabulous creatures.
  • They may be interested in cars, other vehicles, roads, and tracks.
  • They may be interested in war games and shooting games (though their parents may not be).
  • They may be interested in building and talking about model cities or structures.
  • They may be interested in drawing, dressing up, playacting, music, or exploring nature.

The Ideal Gift

The ideal gift will give them something that helps them with an interest or inclination they already have. Observe them, or ask, and you may be able to guess what that interest or inclination might be.

Ten Gift Suggestions

If you want to give a gift, here are some ideas kids this age might like:

  • An experience
  • Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars
  • Stomp rocket
  • Games like Spot-it
  • Legos
  • Citiblocs
  • Books: Grossology, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Captain Underpants, or books by Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, or Louis Sachar
  • A marble run set, or at least marbles
  • Watercolor paint and watercolor paper
  • A bicycle

1. An Experience

The ideal gift might not even be a thing: it might be an experience. Here are some good experiences to give younger boys.

  • A visit to or membership in a science or natural history museum. The best ones, like San Francisco’s Exploratorium or San Jose’s Tech Museum, have a “hands-on” aspect; they have knobs to turn, kits to assemble, blocks to pile up, and wacky environments to explore. A kid or group of kids can be entertained all day here. Go with them, and you will find out what interests them.
  • A visit to or membership in a zoo. There is much here to interest kids of all ages. A child this age may be particularly impressed by snakes and bugs.
  • An outing to a pizza place or ice-cream parlor.
  • A hike. A hike that kids will enjoy will be rather brief (just enough to experience a “trail” rather than a “road” for a few minutes); free from horrid extremes of heat, cold, sun, or rain; and leading to a clear destination: a pond or beach, a bridge, a berry patch or orchard, a small hilltop, a meadow with a guaranteed picnic.
  • A trip to an amusement park (there is nothing like LEGOLAND) or water park. Boys this age are likely to find rides of all kinds fascinating; they will ride until they are exhausted and cranky.
  • A week of lessons or camp in an area they already seem to be interested in. For example: science camp, nature camp, computer programming camp, or youth baseball or soccer clinic.

2. Hot Wheels or Matchbox Cars and Tracks

Hot Wheels were one of my favorite toys growing up. I guess that'll tell ya how long Hot Wheels have been around. We had a huge rec room in the basement and we would race our Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars on the orange track. Hot Wheels and Matchbox have merged, by the way; their cars are of similar size, about 1/64 the dimensions of a real car, and compatible with many other toys. If you don't have the official track to race them on, you can still roll them down cardboard or wooden ramps, park them in LEGO garages, or drive them off tabletops and crash them.

There are plenty of track sets available for purchase, of course, as well as inexpensive gift packs of four or five Hot Wheels cars.

Hot Wheels car on orange plastic track
Hot Wheels car on orange plastic track | Source

3. The Stomp Rocket

The Original Stomp Rocket: Super High Performance 6-Rocket Kit (30008)
The Original Stomp Rocket: Super High Performance 6-Rocket Kit (30008)

The Stomp Rocket has been around for decades. It is exciting and teaches kids about ballistics. It's not electronic; it doesn't need batteries or fuel or fireworks; it's safe, cheap, and hours of fun. It just translates human power into vertical and horizontal acceleration. Can shoot a rocket 400 feet.

 

4. Games Like Spot It

Spot It
Spot It

Kids as young as 6 or so love Spot It, and all family members enjoy playing it. It comes recommended by GreatSchools.org and others. You race to identify matching symbols on the round cards.

 

5. Legos

Ask a room full of kids what their favorite toys are, and at least some boys will proclaim proudly that LEGOs are their favorite toy.

Often, when you give a gift, you are reluctant to give something with a hundred pieces, or something that's part of a set, but LEGOS are an exception to this rule. They are versatile (whole miniature cities have been made from them), scalable, and sturdy. Once a child is old enough to put them together and take them apart, they are fun for a lifetime. Small or "freeform" boxes of LEGOs are better for beginners than the kits where you assemble a Star Wars vehicle or a scene from some movie.

Legos from different sets can all fit together
Legos from different sets can all fit together | Source

6. Citiblocs

These versatile blocks are another exception to the rule about not buying toys with many pieces. They come in packs of 100 and can build freeform structures and walls.

Seattle Tower made of Citiblocs
Seattle Tower made of Citiblocs | Source

7. Books Amusing to Boys

Of course any books that appeal to girls will most likely appeal to boys as well, but here are a few that boys seem to find especially amusing.

  • Grossology by Sylvia Branzei and Jack Keely (yucky science about the human body)
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney
  • The Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey
  • Any books by Maurice Sendak, Doctor Seuss, or Louis Sachar

8. A Marble Run

Marbles themselves are great gifts; beautiful, versatile, fun to roll around in bathtubs or pools, or on pieces of model train track. Companies including Quercetti and Quadrilla now make wood or plastic "marble runs" that you can put together to suit yourself. They are highly educational toys for those kids who need to "put together" things, "fix" them, and make them "work." Here are some reviews.

Quadrilla marble run
Quadrilla marble run | Source

9: Art Supplies: Watercolors

Your child may be a little tired of crayons and markers and want to try new ways of putting color on paper. Watercolors are great for that, but the cheap dry cakey ones are hard, and most paper gets soaked through when you paint on it. Stockmar watercolor paints are the best--you can make all the other colors out of red, yellow, and blue--and paper specificially for watercolors (140 lb) is best.

10. A Shiny New Bike

Quite possibly the best gift for boys is a brand new bicycle. Start out with the training wheels, and gradually you can take them off and he'll be riding around with a whole new sense of freedom.

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      gpower2llc 9 years ago

      Great lens! I have 4 boys and this lens has given me some awesome ideas!

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      one SquidAddict 9 years ago

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      jnslssn1 9 years ago

      Really cool toys here! 5*

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      skiwolf 9 years ago

      I stumbled upon your boys gift ideas page, and really like the selection of gifts. I pre ordered Pleo the dinosaur for my son, He's going to love his Pleo. I think it's going to be the hottest gift for 2007, and I don't want to pay a fortune on eBay in December, like I did for TMX Elmo last year!

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Cool Toys! 5 Stars!

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      Oh Petit Bebe 9 years ago

      Good job on this lens. It goes directly on JGift ideas for Christmas lensroll.

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      Margaret Schaut 9 years ago from Detroit

      Featuring on the Squidoo Gifts Mall page!

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      funwithtrains lm 8 years ago

      Nice Lens! 5 stars and a favorite from me! Please visit my Marklin Trains lens -- trains are great gifts for boys!

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      SilverLotus1 8 years ago

      Great lens idea! And helpful to me too - gave me some good suggestions for gifts. Silver Lotus

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wow!

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      ashleymia 8 years ago

      Nice gifts. You have mentioned here very beautiful gifts. 5*s.

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      trueprosperity 8 years ago

      Great lens for boys christmas gifts. Lots of variety and information. 5 stars.

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      88shoppe 8 years ago

      Wow! great lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I found a super website with boys gifts named Shopping For Boys

      Super great ideas for kids, husbands, fathers, grandparents and boyfriends.

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Great range of gift ideas here. Well done.

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      unformalpenguin 7 years ago

      Great lens But if your boys just a little older maybe he'd love a new Playstation 3 SLIM

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      sean-willson 7 years ago

      Every time i go to shop for buying somegifts on his b'day, I really comfuse that time. This list is nice, Riding car is best option i think for my son on his upcoming b'day , as he really enjoy when he is in car with me. He always ask to drive for few seconds,. This will make his dream true. nice one.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice! You have a great list here. Will bookmark this page so I could go back to this lens come December 2009.

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      flowski lm 7 years ago

      [in reply to sean-willson] Great gift suggestion Sean. The newly released PS3 slim is going to be at the top of the older kids gift list this year.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow! That's a lot of great ideas. Don't forget, though, that boys love playing with electricity. Check out my Electronic Snap Circuits lens.

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      Hello! Great lens! My son is fourteen. He is into PS3, football, and deerhunting. He has already told me what he wants for Christmas....all PS3 games.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      These ideas are even great for some "big" boys on my list.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The Super Why (PBS) Super Duper Learning Computer is a hit with our pre-K'er. A must get for the holiday list!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm considering getting a Gazooly when it comes out. It's a hand-held electronic toy that focuses on language education. Check it out at f09b04t03.info

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for great idea.

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      mableotto 7 years ago

      Great listing

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      creditcardstudent 7 years ago

      wow~ awesome listing, hard to find which one is the best! :)

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Having raised two boys, I'd say you have covered this topic quite well. 5*s and lensrolled to Brio Trains and Knex Roller coasters, two of the faves in our home.

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      zbikenut 6 years ago

      A Bicycle is always at the top of any young man's list. A boy without a bicycle is like a man without a job. Something just isn't right. Missoula Bicycle Hangar

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      Christine Hulme 6 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Great resource. A sit and ride toy was the greatest hit for our four boys and then it progressed to bikes, which is still the most popular in their teens! *

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Very nice ... You are the king when it comes to shopping lenses!

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      kimpaul 6 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      Boys love to work with their hands. The transformer stuff, lego's and k'nex were all hits for our grandchildren. Lots of good info here. Great lens.

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      Dad-O-Rama 6 years ago

      I have to keep this lens away from my 6 year-old or his Christmas list will be out of control! Check out my Best Science Toys For Kids lens for telescopes, microscopes and other science toys boys love.

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      FimarkHome 6 years ago

      You got my vote. There are some toys here I would like to play with. Glad I have a granddaughter as my excuse to buy them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great ideas at www.toysandstuff.net

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      AmbrosiaPopsicle 6 years ago

      Perfect gifts and great selection. Thank you! :)

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      Buying gifts for my grandsons has always been a challenge but after reading this lens it will no longer be a problem. I especially like the Wii and you are right...it is a total family gift for all ages.

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      granmicrobio 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      shannonw73 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Great job! :)

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      BackyardsSkateS 6 years ago

      Good selection of ideas. I got my first skateboard when I was 7 years old, so I'd suggest that for parents who want to get their kids outside and active.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      More ideas are on Imagination Soup -- http://imaginationsoup.net/2010/11/best-kids-gift-...

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      Samuel_Princeton 6 years ago

      Great ideas thanks for the help on my Christmas shopping

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      TheMonsterToySh1 6 years ago

      Nice Lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I will need this next year, because my boy is only 16 days old :)

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      admiralglass lm 6 years ago

      Hi, you again :) every where I go today there you are, yea another good lens. I don't know about boys gifts I wouldn't mind some of these myself

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      Gilberto Galea 6 years ago from Willemstad

      Nice work!, my son this year decide by Nitendo DS XL, with big screen.

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      artgoodman lm 6 years ago

      Those night vision goggles look pretty sweet. I would have loved to have some for hide and seek when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing. Great lens

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      anuwarr 6 years ago

      great lens. good work!!!

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Night vision goggles look awesome. great lens.

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      maxnic11 6 years ago

      nice stuff on here!

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      fireblazzer 6 years ago

      nice toys... wish i was still a kid

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      photofreaks 6 years ago

      great leans with so many great toys.

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      wecomparebooks 6 years ago

      Actually I prefer video games the most. But the idea of night vision camera are also very interesting. Thanks for sharing these ideas to all.

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      fireblazzer 6 years ago

      ya video games all the way.. but night vision is cool too.

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      fireblazzer 6 years ago

      ya video games all the way.. but night vision is cool too.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens! So many gift ideas to choose from. Great job!

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      EskimoBlue 6 years ago

      I really like this lens. So many gift ideas that can be used not only for xmas. I also like the layout with different font colours and the large letter at the beginning of each post etc. is it all HTML? I'm still learning how to squidoo. Anyway, great lens.

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      danny79 6 years ago

      Amazing design man, very professional, cool Animal Planet Radio Control T Rex Dinosaur

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      Wow, so many nice boy gifts. I like the bikes. And the drum. And here is one for mom http://sambasling.com

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      Neato! Monster truck tshirts see minimonstertruck

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      During the initial year of parenthood, items like development toys, diapers, blankets, baby carriers, Angelcare Monitor and wrapping sheets are the need of parents for their newborn. It is therefore appropriate if such useful items are given as baby shower gift.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      You might want to include Moshlings Zoo Game For Nintendo - I know of quite a few kids, boys and girls both, who'd love to get this game. All the best, and thanks for making Christmas gift giving easy :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Mine want RC Helicopters they saw at the mall - they are pretty cool!

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      christinsword 5 years ago

      I like your lenses because I simply never have to go anywhere else to do my kid-shopping or just kids-toys-perusing, whether its for transformers bots or any other of the million action figures they adore these days.

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      wow, your lenses are SO well done, love this lens about gifts for boys!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great ideas! Blessed and liked.

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      krakensquid 5 years ago

      Nice lens, very many great gifts to choose from! Check out my gift list if you want :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can remember when I was a boy and got a BB gun for Christmas. I shouted out so loud that my mom threatened to spank me.

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      TeamSherwood 5 years ago

      I think Pogo Sticks make excellent boys gifts! I remember how much I loved mine when I was a kid.

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      Bowlesy1 4 years ago

      Great Lens

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      popztarr 3 years ago

      You're done a great job with this lense! Lots of great ideas for boys' gifts! :)

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