We’ve been gifting our own sons, nephews, and godsons for years so we’re experts at this gift-giving thing – let us help you find a present that any boy will think is cool. Because if the gift is ‘in’ you’ll see it in their grin.
While toddlers need developmental toys and preschool kids do well with educational toys, 6 to 8 year old kids have much more advanced needs and abilities.
For a start, their abilities and skill with language, reading, maths, and science are all on the upswing. They are now better critical thinkers and problem solvers. A lot of kids at this age will also start to come out of their timid shells and show off their achievements and finished tasks. “Look at me! Look what I did!”
And my favorite is still the part where at this age, children are still able to envelop themselves in their imaginary and make-believe world even as they are ushered into the real world more and more. (They grow up too fast!)
These developments in young boys of this age presents a lot of exciting possibilities for gift-giving. Bear that in mind while you read this list!
Note – we’ve arranged the list by the MSRP at the time of writing, but prices do change all the time.
Great Gifts for Young Boys
Guaranteed hours and hours of pretend play and outdoor fun.
Cash ‘N’ Carry Wallet
Young kids like to imitate adults so having their own wallet and pretend money makes for an exciting present for them. Learning Resources is a great brand and this wallet comes with paper bills, coins, a fake credit card, and bank card.
Ages 5 to 13 years old
- Good quality and sturdy
- Will keep your kids out of your own wallets and money
- Will teach kids the value of money and how to add up money
- Big in size; won’t fit in small pockets
Handheld Brass Telescope
Yes, this a handsome and convincing telescope and the wooden box comes with it. Part of the brand’s Pirate Nautical Maritime Collection.
If it’s giving you Pirates of the Caribbean vibes, it’s doing that to us, too!
- Great price for the quality
- This spyglass is seriously good-looking and looks like a real pirate telescope
- Many hours of engaged pretend play
- Big hit with kids!
- Optics aren’t its best feature
National Geographic First Big Book of Dinosaurs
I don’t know how but children are wired to love Dinosaurs. They find them fascinating. And this is evident in how they can memorize dinosaur names and facts. The fact that this book is by National Geographic just makes it all the more excellent.
This is the #1 Bestseller in Children’s Zoology Books.
Ages 4 to 8 years old
- Perfect for the child who loves dinosaurs
- Features 52 dinosaurs with very very interesting info
- Very well designed for its intended audience as print is large, with pronunciation guides, questions, and fun activities
- Binding is not up to the same quality as the photos and information
Backyard Safari Magnifying Glass
Outdoor physical play is always a big winner in our book and this safari magnifying glass fits the bill perfectly. By gifting this to your child, you are guaranteeing hours of scientific exploration and outdoor play.
I bet Calvin & Hobbes both had one of these!
This is the #1 Bestseller for Nature Exploration Toys.
Ages 6 to 15 years old
- Great price for the quality
- Big hit with kids! Extended play value
- Has kids hunting in the garden and adventure-ing
- Max magnification is 4x
LEGO Creator Ocean Explorer
This LEGO set is a good present for LEGO-loving kids. Alternatively, it’s also a safe bet if you are gifting a child whose preferences you’re not clear about.
This Ocean Explorer set includes a ship with movable crane boom, lights, radar, antennas, submarine, and so on.
Ages 7 to 12 years old
- After building the ship, you can build other designs with it like the mini-sub; manual has the instructions
- Great quality for the price and as expected of Lego
- Will keep your child occupied for hours (and some)
- Easy to get some of the pieces lost so be careful
Hasbro Pie Face Game
This popular pie game is a great idea for parties or for family parties. It’s hilarious and guarantees a fun time for everybody who’s playing (or just watching).
Make sure to have the camera ready when you’re playing this as you’ll really make fun memories with your young kids with this game.
Ages 5 years old and up
- Hilarious fun guaranteed
- Good for any age group
- Can be used with whipped cream
- Will get messy
- Beware of knockoffs!!!
Kinetic Sand Brown
We didn’t have kinetic sand when we were growing up so my little nephews had to tell me what it was. Apparently, it’s “magic sand” and you can mold it and it won’t stick to your hands. It feels slightly moist but not wet. I’d say it’s like magnetic sand. It’s 98% sand and 2% polymer. You’d have to touch it and squeeze it to understand.
Kids find this irresistible.
This is the #1 Bestseller in Kids’ Sand Art Kits
Ages 6 to 11 years old
- Big hit with kids
- Many hours of creative play
- Adults love playing with this sand too
- Can get messy; you need a special place or sandbox for it (and you need lots of this sand for real fun projects)
Minecraft Transforming Sword & Pickaxe
If your giftee is a huge Minecraft fan, then this present will delight him. This transforming toy transforms from pickaxe to sword in an instant.
Ages 6 to 10 years old
- Great for pretend play; kids pretend to mine ore or beat off advancing creepers
- Good quality and sturdy as it is made with sturdy plastic
- Won’t hurt kids as it has soft parts
- Younger kids will have difficulties transforming their toy
Step2 Water Table Playset
If you’re looking for the best water table for your tyke, this is the one we’d recommend. A water table is the perfect outdoor toy for spring and summer.
- Easy assembly
- Easy to set up, drain, and clean
- Best of all, children love to play with all the different toy and constructions
- Rain shower is fun too
- A handful of parents got their orders minus a leg; be sure all parts are complete before showing this to your child to avoid frustration and tantrums
Razor A2 Kick Scooter
Razor is a great brand for these scooters. At one point, every kid on our block had one including our kids.
If your boy is younger, get the A1, A2, or A3. If for older kids or yourself, get the A5.
Ages 5 years old and up
- Easily folds so very easy to store
- Good price and great quality
- Rides very smoothly; can do tricks
- Great for getting kids to separate from their ipads
- Less sturdy than non-folding ones but that’s common sense
We hope you found ideas for cool presents for boys from our list!