50 Best Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys

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Shopping for awesome gifts for 8 year old boys can be difficult. I should know, I have two boys and four nephews. You still see them as your little guys, but they will quickly tell you that they are a big kid.

I have put together this gift guide that has a variety of toys and child-friendly products that 8-year-old boys will definitely love. I have personally purchased most of the items on this list, so I have direct input from my little kid testers! In this list, you will find gifts that will help with physical development, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and some that are simply made to have a great time.

I’m positive that you will find what you are searching for in this list of the best gifts for 8-year-old boys.


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50 Awesome Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys

Nintendo Switch – OLED Model

All the kids these days are raving about the Nintendo Switch (and even my adult daughter and I enjoy it too). My kids absolutely love theirs, and honestly, I don’t mind. The parental controls are simple to set up and keep my mind at ease. I can monitor all their activity right from my phone. This awesome gift is fun for the whole family to enjoy!

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Nintendo Switch

If you have a Nintendo Switch, this video game is one you have to play! Super Smash Bros. is tons of fun in in 2-4 player battles, or play against the computer for a solo match. Challenge others anytime, anywhere, locally or online!

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Hot Wheels Sky Crash Tower Track Set

Kids have so much fun playing with Hot Wheels cars. It seems like they can never have enough tracks or cars! Luckily these cars can keep them occupied in open-ended play for hours.

With a track that measures 2.5 feet high, a motorized turbo booster, and easy fold-and-go capabilities, this gift is sure to be a winner.

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Star Projector Galaxy Light

A cool lamp like this one is a useful and fun gift for any child. This awesome projector has 24 settings (8 light modes and 3 levels of brightness) and a cool design that will illuminate their whole room at night time. Includes white noise, 8 music sounds, and Bluetooth capabilities to help create a calming atmosphere at bedtime.

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22" Skateboard with Colorful LED Light Up Wheels for Beginners

If you are looking for a gift that will encourage your little boy to get out of the house, give him this awesome skateboard for beginners. I bet he will have one heck of a good time. This board is sturdy and durable, heat-resistant, and more moisture-proof than wooden boards. Holds up to 220 pounds.

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Hedbanz Picture Guessing Board Game

Our family loves family game night, and our children love board games that the entire family can play. Hedbanz is a hilarious family game where players draw a card on their turn and ask “yes” or “no” questions to figure out what their card says. We always end up having a blast with this game, and we know you will too!

For 2-6 players, ages 8 and up. (FYI - our 6 year old can play with help)

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Kids Smart Watch

Kids really like cool gadgets and we are sure your kid would really enjoy this smartwatch that has some pretty awesome pre-set features, such as alarm clock, games, photo album and even has an option for two way calling. Perfect for ages 4-12 years old.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab

National Geographic provides many projects for kids to learn with. This DIY slime kit is a great way for you to get your kid to fall in love with science. Includes 8 FASCINATING VARIETIES OF SLIME & PUTTY - Including premade magnetic putty, fluffy slime, glow-in-the-dark putty, liquid slime, color-changing putty, snotty slime, bouncing putty, and 1 DIY glow-in-the-dark slime lab.

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Walkie Talkies

Walkie talkies are a great toy for any child of any age. They can use these to play long distance games, or go on adventures. They can talk or use morse code to communicate.

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LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box

I will always say LEGOs are one of the best toys that you can give to your kids. The possibilities are endless and they last forever. Your child can build a single idea, or build a whole city. This kit comes with 790 pieces and are compatible with other LEGO blocks, so the creativity and building never ends!

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Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set

Marble run is a fun gravity logic game. This game is perfect for children to learn how to maneuver the tubes they are able to build to make the perfect path for their marbles to reach the bottom.

With 150 complete pieces (85 translucent marbulous pieces + 65 glass-marble set) your child will enjoy hours of play time (and won't even realize they are learning!).


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NERF Hyper Mach-100 Fully Motorized Blaster

My children - both boys and girls - live for NERF battles! This motorized blaster fires off darts at an amazing speed. Comes with 80 Nerf Hyper Rounds and can hold up to 100 rounds.

Eyewear is included for safety, but batteries are not.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

My kids absolutely love Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. These book allow for young minds to open their imagination and relate to real life events, while keeping their interest. This is book #1 a series of books, allowing your child to continue to read story after story.

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K'NEX Thrill Rides – Space Invasion Roller Coaster Building Set

K’NEX offers higher level toys that will require concentration and patience. Your child can build their own mini roller coaster and then download an app to watch it operate. Super cool!

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Science Kit with 30 Science Lab Experiments

Science kits are the perfect type of stem toys. These kits are fun and amazing. You child can make multiple DIY experiments again and again, for hours of educational play time. This is a win-win choice.

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Remote Control Car

A remote control car is always a winner! My 8-year-old nephew got a remote control car as one of his birthday gifts. He plays with it almost every day, jumping over all of his other toys! This one drives forward, backward, and can do 360 degree flips for double-sided driving! Comes with two rechargeable batteries to make an extended play time.

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Roblox Action Collection

Roblox is fun for kids of all ages. With the video games, the kids can pick their favorite characters and play in battles with their friends. This set of six 15th anniversary action figures will get them away from screen time, but still let them play one of their favorite games.

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Hover Soccer Ball - Set of 2

Playing soccer is fun, but hover soccer is next level! Keep the kids moving with this set of 2 indoor/outdoor LED soccer balls that hover just over the ground for smooth gliding. The soft foam bumpers protect your furniture as well as little bare feet. The whole family will enjoy playing with this fun toy!

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Simon Classic Electronic Memory Game

Simon is an electronic memory game that has 4 colored pads that will light up in sequence. The object of the game is to match the pattern. It gets more difficult the farther you go and the fun sound effects go faster and faster.

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Battleship Classic Board Game

Battleship is a classic game that is loads of fun. Using strategy and a good memory, the object is to guess the coordinates to sink your opponent's ships.

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Deluxe 15 in 1 Tabletop Game Center

Table Top Board games are an awesome choice for a gift. The best thing about this particular game set is it has multiple games in one package. Your child can play checkers, chess, tic-tac-toe, or learn backgammon. A few card games are even included, like go fish. Lots of fun will come from this game set!

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Pokemon TCG: 3 Booster Packs

Pokemon was really big when I was in school. I didn’t really understand the game then, but all the young boys were really into it. Not much has changed when it comes to my kids. They go crazy over this card game. They already have hundreds of cards, but they always ask for more. Gotta catch ‘em all!

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Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

Harry Potter was gaining popularity when my oldest was born 21 years ago, and is still very popular today. The New York Times called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the “fastest selling book in history.”

This boxed set with all of the paperback books is a collection that any Harry Potter fan would love to have!

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Rollplay Nighthawk Storm Electric Ride On Toy

Does your kid stay focused on all the new things that come out? The NexGen is one of the newer style ride on toys for kids who weigh up to 110lbs. This toy can make sharp turns and glide your kid around going up to 7 mph. 

Includes recharger and provides up to 90 minutes of run time.

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Star Wars Mission Fleet Expedition Class

Star Wars made a comeback with their Mandalorian series. Your kids can enjoy pretend play with this play set that includes a Remnant Stormtrooper, The Mandalorian, and a Blurgg. This set is great for one kid to play, or have a friend to join along.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Bundle

My kids absolutely love taking pictures, whether it be from their tablet or my phone. When I say this instant camera is a great gift, believe me. I bought one for my daughter and she loves that she has her own camera that can print her pictures.

Includes FujiFilm Mini 11 Camera that features a Fujinon 60mm f/12.7 Lens, Optical Image Viewfinder, Auto Exposure and a Built-In Flash. Instantly produces image prints for quick and easy fun!

Also includes extra film, a storage case, and a mini photo album.

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SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body

Are you trying to figure out a new way to teach your child about the human body? This fun anatomy toy is just the right gift. It has 21 removable parts, including 9 squishy organs. Your child gets to take apart and put back together this 12 inch replica.

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RC Robot Toy

Technology is amazing. Give your child this awesome smart robot. Not only can you press buttons and make him perform specific actions, but it will also respond to hand gestures.

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The Original AIR FORT

A fort is a great gift for any kid. With all the imaginational games young children play, this inflatable fort will be perfect. It can be a battle fort for a Nerf war or a palace for capture the flag. Whatever they want it to be, it will be perfect. Inflates with a box fan in seconds.

Available in a variety of colors and patterns - including a castle, a house, or a UFO!

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PicassoTiles

PicassoTiles are great building sets. These tiles have multiple bristles on each piece, making it very easy to connect the pieces. This 120 piece building set helps with STEM learning and building fine motor skills.

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Fortnite Llama Twin Bed Set

A cool bed set is always a nice gift. Pick a theme from their favorite movie or game, like this Fortnite set.

This one includes a reversible comforter, sheet set, and pillowcase.

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Mongoose Expo Youth Scooter

Are you trying to figure out ideas for perfect Christmas gifts? A kick scooter is great for getting the kids out of the house and staying active. This scooter has large tires to make it easier to travel through uneven terrain, making their adventures more versatile.

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Gumball Bank

Every kid wants a gumball machine! It can be used as a reward system, or as a bank to help them save their coins. This 12 inch gumball machine accepts pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters - or can be set up to dispense gumballs without inserting any coins.

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Foam Blaster Sets with Moving Target

If you are lost on what to get for holiday toys, I recommend getting a moving target that the kids can shoot soft foam balls at. These balls are soft enough that they can be shot inside and you will have no worries of anything breaking.

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ArmoGear Laser Tag Set

Laser tag is a great game for a group of kids to get out and play. They can play one on one or form teams of two. Our kids absolutely love playing laser tag, and will play all day!

This set includes 4 target vests and 4 blasters with 150 feet shooting range.


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Architectural Engineering | Science Experiment & Model Building Kit

Engineering toys are great for expanding the minds of young children. With this set, complete with 308 game pieces, your child can start off building simple structures such as trusses, then advance to scaled down replicas of real buildings.

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Silly Poopy's Hide & Seek

How about a hilarious game of hide and seek? My kids love playing “Hide the poop”. This cute toy, if left unfound for a few minutes, lets out poop sounds to help the others find it. Once found, it sings a silly poop song.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Gross Science Lab

Make childhood even more fun with this mad scientist kit. Includes 45 gross experiments for your child to enjoy as they enhance their STEM skills - like creating glow worms, making test tube vomit, making atomic pee and farting slime. Science has never been so disgusting or so much fun!

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Refracting Telescope for Beginners

A telescope is the perfect gift for an inquisitive and adventurous child. Your child can learn about the wonders of the world that are so far away and how amazing science is. 

This telescope has quality optics with 400mm(f/5.7) focal length and 70mm aperture. It comes with two replaceable eyepieces and one 3x Barlow lens. It also includes a wireless remote, adjustable tripod, phone attachment, and carrying case.

Study the stars and planets together for some educational quality time outdoors!

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My First Magic Show Magic Set

Kids go nuts for magic tricks. Allow them to perform their own tricks with this awesome magic kit. This kit contains 31 child friendly products that can be used as props to help them with 25 of their own magic tricks.

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Hoverboard Self Balancing Scooter

Hoverboards are the new age skateboards. These are super cool and surprisingly easy to operate. They are equipped with safety features to keep your child from going too fast or on unsafe ground. This hoverboard also has light up wheels and bluetooth speakers to be that much more awesome.

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DC Graphic Novels for Kids Box Set

Graphic novels are a great way to expand a child’s imagination. Comics are a great way to introduce fiction in an exciting new way.

This set includes 4 of DC Comics awesome graphic novels:

  • Dear Justice League
  • Superman of Smallville
  • Black Canary: Ignite
  • The Secret Spiral of Swamp
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Brain Games for Clever Kids: Puzzles to Exercise Your Mind

An activity book with brain games is a great way for your child to get a head start on skills that will be introduced to them in the upcoming years. Puzzles and brain teasers can expand their knowledge and give them an upper hand on problem solving skills.

This collection contains more than 90 puzzles, including memory, word, and number workouts; codes; battleships; and mind-bending spot-the-differences. Makes a great stocking stuffer!

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Outdoor Trampoline with Enclosure

A trampoline is a great gift idea! My children absolutely love theirs. This gift will last a long time and is a great way for your children to get the exercise that they need.

This trampoline includes a safety net to assure your child will not fly off the sides, plus a ladder and rain cover. Meets all safety requirements and holds up to 450 pounds.

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Amanda is a mom of four kids, two dogs, a cat, and a few hundred composting worms. As a former teacher, former fitness instructor, and the oldest of a houseful of kids, she has quite a bit of experience educating others – which she now does via writing! Gift giving isn’t her main love language, but she loves shopping for the perfect gifts for others.

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