There’s nothing like nailing a great gift, but getting the perfect present for a young kid is extra sweet. After all, their excitement is downright infectious. Coming up with that ideal item, however, can be a bit of a challenge.
Around the age of seven, kids hit some major milestones in terms of motor development, self-awareness, accepting different opinions and learning more about the world around them. It’s also around that age that their language and thinking skills progress, and that they see more social and emotional development.
These are all great things to keep in mind when selecting gifts, but let’s be honest: downright fun is always an option too. For the reptile lover in your life, you could always go the way of a dinosaur gift. Or, maybe you know a kid who would love anything to do with Baby Yoda. If you’re still in need of some fresh ideas, however, here is our list of the best gifts for seven-year-old boys.
1. Vtech KidiZoom Creator Cam
BEST FOR CREATIVE MINDS
Tired of the kids grabbing your phone to take videos and photos? Gift them this creator cam instead and save your phone storage for your own outtakes. The cam comes with a green screen, a tripod and the ability to do all kinds of special effects, but it’s also super easy for younger users to navigate. In other words, they’ll be getting their creativity on in no time.
2. Slimeball Slinger
FOR SLIME LOVERS
What’s more fun than slime? Slinging slime at other people, of course. This slinger is all about encouraging active play, but parents will love that the included slime balls don’t actually leave any marks or sticky mess behind. Grab a couple so that the kid in your life can hand one off to an opponent, and wait for that slime to fly.
3. Really RAD Robots MiBRO
BEST FOR PRANKSTERS
Robots are fun and all, but why choose a regular old bot when you can gift your 7-year-old boy a pranking bot that doubles as a personal assistant? This fun toy comes loaded with accessories, including the option to speak through it with a variety of voice filters. Plus it can hold snacks and transforms into a goal to practice scoring points with, making it a unique gift for the seven-year-old boy in your life.
4. Atlas Crate from Kiwi Co
BEST FOR FUTURE TRAVELERS
Adults love subscription boxes, so why shouldn’t kids get in on the fun? Kiwi Co offers a variety of learning boxes for kids, but we’re fans of the Atlas Crate, which engages kids with new cultures and countries. It’s like taking them on a swanky trip, except without having to shell out the plane fare.
5. Hogwarts Polyjuice Potion Mistake LEGO set
BEST FOR BUILDERS
Lego is usually a hit with the under-10 set, but if you can find a Lego kit that also appeals to the child’s personal tastes, that’s a double win. Harry Potter fans can have fun with this 200-plus piece set, which is all about magical mishaps in the lavatory. Naturally, each character comes with their own Polyjuice-inspired disguise as well.
6. Taco vs Burrito Board Game
BEST FOR GAME LOVERS
Who knows the mind of a seven-year-old better than a seven-year-old? This game was created by a kid and is easy to learn, but once you get into the swing of things it’s surprisingly strategic. Kids can play it with adults or with friends and siblings, but once the kids go to bed don’t be surprised if the adults in the household keep on playing it too.
7. Nivava K7 Pro Gaming Headset
BEST FOR GAMERS
Kids need quiet time to themselves too, and these noise-canceling headphones can help them achieve that while also upping their gaming experience. The adjustable headband and lightweight design is comfortable for smaller heads, the set comes with 3D surround sound for an immersive experience and the fact that the headphones light up is just plain old fun.
8. Bounce-Off Challenge Pattern Game
BEST FOR ACTIVE LEARNERS
This head-to-head competition game is good to practice all kinds of skills — strategy, hand-eye coordination and straight-up smack talk. It’s a great gift for seven-year-old boys who love games but can’t sit still for longer periods of time, and parents will have fun getting in on all of the bouncing action too.
9. Lascoota Scooter
FOR SPORTY KIDS
If your kid has mastered the bike and is looking for his next outdoor challenge, consider a scooter as the best gift for seven-year-old boys. This model requires zero assembly (always a plus) and it folds down for light and easy transport. It also comes with a weight-absorbing, extra-wide deck, because no matter how old a kid is, safety is always a concern.
10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch
BEST FOR MARIO LOVERS
If you haven’t yet introduced your kid to the joys of Mario Kart and he’s got a Nintendo Switch, you’ll both get a kick out of the updates on this edition of the racing game. It comes with auto-steer features that help younger players stay on the track, plus there is a slew of new and returning tracks to test out. Your kid will be busy for hours.
11. The Captain Underpants Colossal Color Collection
BEST FOR BUDDING READERS
Most seven-year-olds are reading independently and ready for longer stories — and comics. This New York Times bestselling series from Dav Pilkey (Dog Man) revolves around two prankster fourth-graders who get the ultimate prank when their comic book character, Captain Underpants, comes to life. Now what seven-year-old boy wouldn’t love that premise?
12. Loog 3 String Pro Acoustic Guitar and Accompanying App
BEST FOR MUSIC LOVERS
If you know a kid who is showing interest in music, this learning guitar is a great way for him to learn for real. The award-winning design promises that the skills kids acquire on the three-string contraption will translate to any guitar, because they’ll have the finger placement down pat. As an added bonus, the included flashcards and app (iOS and Android) mean parents can also potentially save money on music lessons.
13. Light-Up Terrarium Kit
BEST FOR CURIOUS MINDS
Lots of kids like digging in dirt, so it makes sense that they’d enjoy getting creative with a hands-on terrarium kit. Kids can create this mini garden how they’d like and watch it grow under the accompanying LED light, and then at night it transforms into a mini nightlight. The kit comes with an array of accessories so kids really can make it their own, all while secretly learning about science.
14. Celestron Kids Microscope Kit with Case
BEST FOR SCIENCE LOVERS
Ignite curious young minds with this 28-piece microscope kit, which is great for beginner scientists and advanced experimenters alike. There are prepared slides so that kids can get a feel for how the contraption works, but there are also blank slides and cover slips to help them make their own discoveries in no time.