Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys
The Best Gifts for Boys Aged 8
At 8 years of age, a boy is now on his way to becoming a teenager, leaving the clumsiness of his toddler years behind him while now having better physical coordination. This will give him more independence and freedom allowing him to be able to dress and groom himself. He’ll also be more active being able skip, chase, jump and run faster.
At this age you’ll notice his attention span and focus has improved and so has his use of use of language and pronunciation. His reading skills will show a higher level of sophistication and start to understand more complicated social concepts such as jokes, puns and sarcasm.
It is important to assist the healthy development of these social, physical and academic skills by selecting the right gifts. We’ve put together a selection of best gifts for an 8 year old boy with careful consideration of these developmental factors while also choosing gifts that we believe will both last and bring him many hours of entertainment.
2-Pack Laser Tag Game
Lazer tag guns are an action packed and fun multiplayer game. They can be played with safely indoors or outdoors.
There’s no need to wear a vest or buy ammo because the gun recognizes when you’ve been shot by a lazer and sends a reactive vibration. The blasters have some cool features. When the blaster is fired, there is a recoil that simulates a real gun. You also only have 10 shots before having to initiate the reload function.
All blasters are compatible with each other, so more than 2 players can play in a game. The manufacturer recommends it’s suitable for children ages 8+, however, there are no small parts and the guns are easy to operate. You can also set the number of lives for each player so older children can have a handicap if necessary.
Lego Star Wars Alarm Clock
If the boy is a star wars fan then he’ll love this star wars stormtrooper alarm clock. It looks really cool and will also help him get out of bed in the morning! The clock is 9.5 inches tall so it’s a decent size whilst still being able to fit on a bedside table. One cool feature we like about this is that you can move its head, arms and legs, so it’s essentially a toy as well as an alarm clock.
The digital display has a backlight so kids can read the time even in the dark. It requires 2xAAA batteries to work but these are included in the box. You can turn on the backlight by pushing down the stormtroopers head. Tapping the head can also trigger the snooze function. Overall this is a great gift that will look amazing in any star wars fans bedroom.
PAXCESS Electronic Drum Set
The Paxcess roll up electric drum set is an excellent gift for any music enthusiasts that can inspire a love of learning the drums. There are 7 different drums that can be bashed to make different sounds along to music. The drums are highly portable, they don’t take up much room and they can be rolled up and carried easily. It has built in dual speakers that have a good quality bass sound and there’s also have a headphone jack so you can plug headphones in if you want some peace and quiet.
You won’t need batteries for this, you can just plug it in and charge it up. When the drums are fully charged you’ll get 8-10 hours usage. If you know a kid who loves music this is a good value drum set that they can use for years.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
The LEGO Marvel set includes a whopping 375 pieces that can be assembled to build a range of Marvel toys. Kids can build a 5 inch high Hulkbuster and a gun turret that fires a small ball. It also includes 4 Infinity War figures: Bruce Banner, Falcon, Proxima Midnight with a spear and an Outrider figure perfect for 8 year old boys.
This LEGO set is more advanced than some other LEGO sets and can take a while to put together which makes it great value for money. It’s fun to put together and will be a good gift to any LEGO or Marvel fans.
Backyard Safari Cargo Vest
This vest is a must-have for every Safari kid and is perfect for wearing on mini adventures, nature walks, camping and exploring. There’s loads of pockets that you can fill with field gear or any unique and interesting items you find on your adventures.
There are 2 velcro cargo pockets, a zipper pocket, mesh outer pouch, a front pocket and 4 D rings that you can attach more items to such as a flashlight, compass or binoculars. It’s also comfortable to wear and has a good solid zipper on the front. The vest also includes an adventure guide to help you on your way!
Our best gifts and how we select them
At Good Old Gifts we understand that it can be stressful trying to find the perfect gift for an 8 year old boy. They seem to grow so fast and their interests can keep changing. Certain gifts they once loved now may seem too “childish” or “not cool enough” for them to be seen playing with now making it a tough task to keep track of what they will enjoy the most.
Fortunately you’ve come to the right place. We have spent many hours researching to top trending and best gifts for an 8 year old boy and put together a list of what we believe to be the best gifts you can buy. We’ve tried to vary each of the gifts we have selected, whether that be a creative, sporty, musical or brainiac so there is something for everyone.
When selecting the best gifts we always give careful consideration to the entertainment value, the durability and the educational or developmental value of the gift. We also only pick gifts that are really well rated, readily available and well reviewed.
Developmental factors in an 8 year old boy
At 8 years old your boy is starting to show signs of the adult he is becoming. It is important to do all that is necessary to aid this development in the best way possible in order to give him a happy and healthy future. Development can be broken down into multiple categories each with equal importance and those being, social skills, confidence, creativity, knowledge, dexterity, health and fitness.
Social and communication skills are so important in an adult life and essential in all top level careers. In order to get the best out of your 8 year old’s social skills, it is a good idea to consider gifts than can be used multiplayer or as part of a team. This can include anything from board games to sports equipment as successfully competing or winning as part of a team can only be achieved by communication or and awareness and understanding of the other players.
It is important for your boy to gain confidence in what he does best whether that is creativity, social skills, intellect or dexterity. This can be done by encouraging his best skills and help him gain confidence with positive reinforcement. By the age of 8 you will know what areas he naturally excels in and so confidence will come once putting these skills to use and being told how well he does it.
When people think of creativity they usually think of art and lean towards gifts based on painting and drawing. Whilst this is a perfectly suitable option if your 8 year old boy enjoys arts and crafts it is worth also noting that his creativity can also be expressed through other means too. Kids have a wild imagination that in some cases stay with them for life and how best to develop their creativity than through this? Gifts such as construction sets and Lego allow him to build anything he can think of and toys that encourage pretend play such as dress up items, masks and props are all great ways to encourage the use of his imagination and therefore express his creativity.
It can be argued that knowledge is up there with the most useful of traits a young child can take through to adulthood. We’ve all heard the term “start them young” and there’s a good reason for this. Children’s brains are different to that of a full grown adult, they are like a sponge for knowledge, most of what they learn at this age will stay with them for life. For this reason it is a great idea to consider books based on a topic that your 8 year old boy has an interest in. There are also many games that can be played based on general knowledge or topics that could prove useful to help him learn for school such as history or geography. Science based gifts such as chemistry sets can also be a great way to have fun and learn at the same time.
Health and Fitness
Your boy’s health and fitness can be best helped by encouraging them to be physically active. By the age of 8 you’ll find that a lot of boys now love playing xbox, PlayStation or can be glued to gaming on a tablet and while this is not bad for motor skills such as hand eye coordination, it can cause them to be sedentary for long periods of time. It is important to encourage them to ‘get outside’, minimise that screen time and be active for a set amount of time each day. Not only will this keep them fit and help develop their growing muscles, but will also allow them to spend energy which will allow them to sleep better at night. When considering gifts in this area, think about sports equipment such as balls or baseball sets, props that allow pretend play and items that allow full body engagement like water slides or paddling pools.