Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys

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Looking for a cool gift for your 8-year old boy?  Look no further. Here’s a great list of gifts and toys that your 8 year old boys will be happy to receive for Christmas or another holiday. Scroll down to see all the ideas.

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Gifts and Toys for 8 Year Old Boys

Star Wars Baby Yoda Animatronic
Kids will love this adorable, animated Baby Yoda, who’s head, ears, and eyes can move, all while also being able to use the force!

Lego Super Mario Adventures
Kids get a chance to build their very own Super Mario Bros. course with this awesome LEGO set that comes with its very own Mario figure!

Air Hogs Super Soft Stunt Shot

Kids love this remote-controlled stunt car that does spins, wheelies, rebounds off walls, and more!

Beyblade Burst Hypersphere Vortex Battle Set

Kids can’t get enough of the fun of this competitive arena with a Beystadium battle set with 2 launchers and 2 battling tops.

Ooze Labs Chemistry Station Science Experiment Kit
This educational chemistry set is perfect for children who love doing their own experiments and want to create something colorful, slimy, or fizzy in their very own lab!

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Switch Lite
This handheld version of the Nintendo Switch is the perfect gift when it comes to price and size for any kid looking for an awesome game console!

Playmobil Mars Space Station
Explore Mars with your own research vehicle. Kids love the removable roof ad movable arm plus lights and sound effects.

Build & Paint Your Own Wooden Cars
Make up to three cool wooden race cars, each with their own vibrant designs and moving wheels!


Playmobil Mission Rocket with Launch Site
Would your kids love to play with this rocket? It includes two astronauts, a transport container, a space capsule, and lights and sounds!

So You Want to Be a Ninja?
by Bruno Vincent, illustrated by Takayo Akiyama
Engaging and entertaining, full of facts, trivia, quizzes, and fun, this is the essential illustrated guide for ninjas-in-training. Three friends travel back in time to 1789 Japan where they’re taught by famous ninjas.

Alien Slime Lab

Get messy as you mix up batches of unidentified “alien” slime and conduct tests on them to analyze and investigate their special properties. Real science and playful science fiction come together in this wacky, activity-filled kit! For example, conduct viscosity tests on the slime, dissect it with tweezers and a plastic scalpel, cut out a brain shape, Stamp it with an alien head, and add eyes to your Alien slime! (Non-toxic.)

Kindle Kids Bundle
Perfect for growing readers, this Kindle Kids Edition offers a black and white glare-free display with no games, no ads, and no videos. It includes many popular book series including Harry Potter.

Zoob Builders Zoob Bot

Build your own robot with motorized wheels and light-up eyes! 
You’ll get ZOOB pieces, wheels, gears, axles, a motor, tires, and joints that snap, click, and pop together. Create monsters—or vehicles—or monsters that turn into vehicles. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. We love our ZOOBS and highly recommend this STEM kit.

The Best Arts & Crafts Toys and Gifts for Kids
Aquabeads Box of Fun Safari
Kids can make all different kinds of animals and plants from the safari with this unique aquabeads craft – the possibilities are endless!

Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant Squid
by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Rob Bolster
In this book pitting two ocean carnivores against each other, kids learn facts about the sperm whale and the giant squid then read an imagined story where these two creatures face-off.  Can you predict who will win? 3rd grade boys LOVE this series.

LEGO Wrecked Shrimp Boat (Interactive Augmented Reality Playset)

Build their very own nautically-inspired shrimp boat that can split into two for hours of fun. A tablet or mobile phone is required to get the full interactive play experience, but not included. Compatible with selected iOS and Android devices.

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Space Scratch Art Paper for Kids
Use a bamboo stick to make fun drawings that reveal amazing space patterns and colors underneath!

LED 6 Color Bluetooth Speaker 
Play your music on this super cool light-up speaker.

LEGO 3 in 1 Creator Robot Explorer 

The best thing about these 3 in 1 kits is that kids get to build three different things from one set of blocks! This 2019 kit offers directions to make a robot dog, robot bird, and robot explorer. (Sorry, it’s not a real robot. Scroll down for that!)

Glow In The Dark Solar System Poster
Don’t you love this educational space map of the planets and their moons in our solar system? 

Nerf Sports Dude Perfect Mini Hoop
Do your own trick shots with this cool net!

Playmobil Mars Space Station
We are big Playmobil fans in our house — and love the looks of this cool space station for astronauts.

Hot Wheels Track Builder Vertical Launch Kit

The innovative vertical track easily sets against a wall with 3M Command Strips so kids can race their cars up the wall. easy to set up and includes all the pieces needed to create 2 thrilling stunts.

Best Boxed Chapter Book Sets for Kids
I Survived
by Lauren Tarshis
Excellent, fast-paced adventures set during significant historical events! Your kids will zip through the adventures while learning about history. The books are always about a young person trying to survive the book’s historically important, life-changing event such as Pompeii, the Titanic, Pearl Harbor, or the Battle of Gettysburg.

gifts for 8 year old boys
K’Nex Swing Ride
Learn more about the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts that contribute to making an amusement park ride. You’ll learn to make a Swing Ride, Ferris Wheel, and Boom Ride with this engaging hands-on building set filled with gears, connectors, rods, a motor, and much more.

gifts for 8 year old boys
Light Up Fidget Spinner
Still a popular, fun gift to give kids!

Remote Control Truck
Will your kids love this highly-rated Sharkool electric driving truck? With an infrared remote control, the car can go forward or backward, turn left or right. SO FUN!

Almanac 2021
National Geographic Kids
All-new content and interviews with renowned National Geographic explorers will help you learn about what’s going on in the world! Filled with photos, facts, crafts, features on animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, plus games, activities, jokes, quizzes, comics. This is an exciting, fun-to-read tome of information.

gifts for 8 year old boys
Dude Diary
Young writers — check out this interactive journal with awesome prompts that comes with it’s own lock and key! So cool!
gifts for 8 year old boys
Maki Stack Family Party Game
Aren’t these wooden sushi pieces the best? Pick a card then race to build a matching stack using the pieces of sushi, soy sauce, and mat. My daughter and I often play this before bedtime and love it. We like that it takes about 10 – 15 minutes and makes us laugh. Play with two people or play in teams of two. In teams, one person wears a blindfold and their partner communicates how to build the stack correctly to them. Great for practicing clear communication! (MY REVIEW HERE.)

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Kid Made Modern Studio in a Box

We regularly by the Kid Made Modern art supplies just like you’ll find in this incredible kit that is filled with paints, brushes, pencils, markers, four canvas boards, and two quality paper pads. I love that this kit gives kids supplies to allow them open-ended imaginative creation, don’t you?

gifts for 8 year old boys
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
In a word: Hilarious. We all think Bad Kitty is very naughty. But, oh so funny. These books are addictive to read and fun to reread.

gift ideas for 8 year old boys
Dig It Up  Fossils and Minerals

Excavate 12 stones to discover minerals and fossils such as petrified wood, fossilized snail, or rose quartz. Identify each using the included field guide.

gifts for 8 year old boys
Reading Headlamp
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, headlamps beat book lamps for reading hands down. Because they’re hands-free AND have much better light! (All over the page light, not just in one spot.) Plus, how cool are you when you sit in bed with a headlamp?! These really motivate young readers.
gift books for 8 year old boys
Just Joking Jumbo
by National Geographic Kids
Holy Smokes! Your kids will love this book. It’s packed full of awesome jokes and photographs; it’s hefty and impossible not to love. Fun facts added throughout make it extra interesting.

gifts for 8 year old boys
Smash Pong
Draw a challenge card, load, aim, and launch your ball into the target.

gift ideas for 8 year old boys
Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway
by Max Brallier, illustrated by Rachel Maguire and Nichole Kelley
If you like non-stop action, potty humor, space adventures, zombie aliens, mutant worm wrestling, a misunderstood evil princess, good friends, video games, and a diabolical, hunting-them-down evil queen, then this series is for you. Plus, it has loads of cartoon illustrations throughout and hilarious writing with a kazillion exclamation marks!!!! (If you like this, you’ll want to read book 2, The Weiner Strikes Back.)

gifts for 8 year old boys
Fat Brain Toys OffBIts Vehicle 

Build a car using nuts, bolts, springs, and wheels while developing fine motor skills, visual-spatial skills, planning, problem solving, and creativity. Each kit has instructions for 3 vehicles.

2018 Holiday Gift List: STEM Toys, Games, & Kits 
The Ultimate Book of Sharks (National Geographic Kids) by Brian Skerry
Gorgeous photographs, eye-catching displays, and tons of informational insets make this book a must-own for shark lovers. Kids will read about different shark species, shark life cycles, myths vs. reality, and shark fossils.


Use your tweezers to grab the correct microbes and place them into the petri dish. Find the missing microbes by using research rules and logic.

LEGO 3 in 1 Creator Robot Explorer 

The best thing about these 3 in 1 kits is that kids get to build three different things from one set of blocks! This 2019 kit offers directions to make a robot dog, robot bird, and robot explorer. (Sorry, it’s not a real robot. Scroll down for that!)

gift guide for 8 year old boys
LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 918 Spyder 
If you haven’t seen these Speed Champions kits, you’re in for a treat. Not only are they reasonably priced, the model options are super cool! You might also like the McLaren, LaFerrari, or CorvetteZ06.

good books for 8 year old boys
Doodle Adventures: The Search for Slimy Space Slugs!
by Mike Lowery
This book not only hooks the reader with it’s space-adventure plot and hilarious narrator Carl the Duckbut it invites YOU to find the missing priceless artifact requiring bravery, heroism and drawing. Yes, drawing. This is a fun, engaging adventure that any kid, artist or not, will love. And there is MORE in the series! Also see: The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate!

Minecraft Stop Motion Animation STEAM / STEM Gifts for Smart Kids
Minecraft Stop Motion Animation 
How cool is this? Use a free mobile app to make your own movies. Includes 1 movie stage, 6 different backgrounds, 3 exclusive mini-figures, a device holder, and over 18 other accessories. Great for Minecraft enthusiasts.

gifts for 8 year olds
Zoob BuilderZ 250 Piece Kit

This toy gives your kids years and years of  play and building. We LOVE our Zoobs and can’t recommend them enough. See my full review here.

gifts for 8 year old boys
Calling all 8 year old boys: get ready for action and fun! Two players shoot all 10 discs through the tiny slot to the opposite side to win while developing fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.

Wooden Sudoku

A beautiful two-sided Sudoku wooden game board with smooth, wooden titles of numbers and shapes! Use the booklet with 60 challenges for the starting positions. Not only is this a FUN game for one player, but it’s also great for critical thinking, pattern recognition, problem-solving, visual/spatial thinking, and deductive reasoning. (Win-win!)

gifts for 8 year old boys
Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix Tagger 2-Pack

2-player system lets kids play lazer tag at home. Taggers register hits with lights, sounds and vibrations.

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Star Wars Galactic Heroes
Get 10 galactic heroes for hours of pretend play — Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Rey, Kylo Ren, Yoda, Emperor Palpatine, Chewbacca, Stormtrooper, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and General Grievous.

gifts for 8 year old boys
Kandoodle Jr. 

My kids and I think these 1 player logic puzzles are so much fun! Probably because you get the pieces to manipulate and can choose your level from easy to challenging. The game lets you get the hang of the strategy with the easy levels and then you progress to more difficult puzzles. A bonus is this is a great on-the-go activity since it comes in a nifty carrying case.

gifts for 8 year old boys
Weird But True! 8 300 Outrageous Facts
by National Geographic Kids ages 8+
We just got a review copy in the mail yesterday and my daughter spent the next MILLION YEARS, or perhaps hour, reading it to me. All the crazy and wild facts. They are pretty interesting. I love that it gets her reading and learning about the STEM topics and world!!

gifts for 8 year old boys
Dr. Eureka!
My kids like this game so much. Kids try to match the challenge card using 3 test tubes, 6 colored balls, and NO HANDS. The first one done wins the card; the first person to get five cards wins.

gifts for 8 year old boys
Hovertrax 2.0

This self-balancing electric scooter can go 8 mph for up to 60 minutes. This is a HOT gift right now!

gifts for 8 year old boys
Geomag Mechanics

Connect, create, build then spin, flip, rotate, and whirl your kinetic creation. This is the NEWEST and coolest Geomag construction set!

gifts for 8 year old boys
Minecraft Core Player Survival Pack Action Figure 

Get Steve, a workbench, bed, chest, pick-axe, and sword. Perfect for stop-motion movies. (If you like these mini-figures, there are TONS of options.)

Razor A Kick Scooter
Razor A Kick Scooter
Original kick scooter made of sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum with pink highlights – this was one of my kids’ FAVORITE gifts for years! (Many colors available.)

Stomp Rocket Glow
Stomp Rocket: Jr. Glow in the Dark 4-Rocket Kit
Stop on the launch pad to send the rockets up to 100 feet in the air! No batteries required.

gifts for 8 year old boys
Sphero Star Wars BB8 Droid

An iOs and Android compatible app lets you control the movements of your favorite droid, BB8 with 60 minutes of battery life, adaptive personality, and gyroscopic propulsion.

Old School great gift idea for 8 year old boys
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School 
by Jeff Kinney
Greg’s mom petitions the town to take a break from electronics, Greg goes to a wilderness school, and grandpa moves in. This is another funny story to add to your ever-growing Wimpy Kid chapter book collection.

Colorku game review gifts for boys

Similar to Sudoku but with colorful marbles on a wooden grid. The object of the game is to only have 1 of each color per each row, column, and 3×3 box. My kids enjoy playing these puzzles — and I’m always so amazed at how good they are at these visual logic games. Kids these days, right?!

gifts for 8 year old boys
Animal Adventures SHARKS

This has everything for learning and playing — a book, predator fact cards, 3-D models of sharks you can build, a diorama to make with reusable stickers, and six plastic sharks. Talk about beating boredom!

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The goal is to get your four cards to add up to the lowest score. You’re dealt four cards face down and can only peek at the cards on the edges. Draw and strategize if you will replace your cards or keep them. When you think you have the lowest score, say “rat-a-tat-cat” and everyone must show their cards and add up their scores. Somehow my youngest daughter ALWAYS wins this game. (Might be why she loves it so much!) It’s really fun and only takes around 10 minutes to play one game.

Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys
Kidz Gear Volume-Limiting Headphones for Kids
These headphones are custom designed fit for children like your 8 year old boys. Great for car rides!


Do Not Enter Journal
Top Secret Lock & Key Diary 

What young writer wouldn’t want to write or draw in this top-secret locking notebook of 200 colorful lined pages?

Pass the Pigs gifts games for boys
Pass the Pigs
This is my husband’s favorite game to play with the kids. This Pass the Pigs classic party game consists of 2 pigs you use as dice, pad, 2 pencils and carrying case. Roll them as many times as you dare on your turn to score points. Just don’t role a “pig out” or an “oinker”. The first person to 100 points wins.

 gifts for 8 year old boys
Killer Species by Michael P. Spralin
Boys love this easy, fast-paced adventure series about a mad scientist who creates a scary hybrid crocodile-dinosaur-bird killer creature to stop visitors from entering the Everglades. Emmet and his father arrive to investigate but when his father is kidnapped, Emmet and his friend, Calvin, know it’s up to them to find where the kidnapper is holding Emmet’s father. GREAT for reluctant readers — and anyone who loves a crazy sci-fi who-done-it!

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