Buying the perfect gift for any child can be challenging, especially for eight-year-old boys. It can seem like there are more gifts on the market for girls than boys, and he will also be old enough to have a clear idea of what he does and does not like. Luckily there has been a lot of development in the area of toys for boys over the past few years.
There is now a wide variety of options – from technology inspired gifts to traditional games that have been enjoyed by generations of children. Consider the tastes of the child you are buying for as there is something for everyone available on the market. Got an 8-year-old boy turning 9 soon? Try these gifts for 9-year-old boys!
We consulted experts, bloggers and customer reviews to bring you this list of the top ten gifts for eight-year-old boys. We have also used this information to compile a list of the questions you should ask yourself before going ahead with the purchase.
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- Fuzion X-3 Pro Scooter
- Razor Dune Buggy
- Jenga Classic Game
- LEGO Ninjago Movie Master Falls 70608
- littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
- Holy Stone HS210 Mini Drone
- Nerf Laser Ops Pro AlphaPoint
- LEGO Marvel Infinity War Avengers Ultimate Battle 76107
- WowWee Untamed T-Rex
- Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Evader
Fuzion X-3 Pro Scooter
- Sturdy design
- Amazon Bestseller
This is the best selling scooter on Amazon. The scooter has been designed with airplane grade steel for a sturdy, lasting design. It can be used for regular street skating as well as at the skatepark for more adventurous and daring children. The handle is adjustable so can be made higher as the child grows. The wheels can also be replaced with larger wheels for use at a skatepark. The deck is designed to be sturdy, but also allow fast spinning for kids who want to learn scooter tricks.
We recommend purchasing some safety gear with this to allow the child to be more adventurous in playing with it. It is easy to assemble, so can be gifted as is or will only take you a few minutes to assemble before giving the scooter.
Razor Dune Buggy
- Sturdy dune buggy
- Long lasting
- Powerful performance
Though a little pricey, this dune buggy is a great gift option for giving to your own child. It is sturdily constructed and will last them for years to come. The 350-watt electric motor can push the buggy up to 10 miles per hour, making it one of the most powerful dune buggies on the market. The eight-inch tires have great grip on them - perfect for off-road driving. It will support up to 120 pounds, meaning it will last him right through to his early teens. There is a rechargeable battery included with handy instructions on how to charge it, as well as how to safely operate the buggy.
The seat is padded for comfort and comes with a seatbelt, teaching kids from an early age about road safety. The frame is made of coated steel to prevent it from rusting and keep it durable. Recommended from ages eight and up, we recommend adult supervision for the first few uses. It can be used continuously for forty minutes, after which point it will need to be recharged however customer reviews suggested longer lasting batteries can be purchased separately.
Jenga Classic Game
- Timeless game
- Trusted brand
This game is a timeless gift option for kids and great for encouraging them to play along with friends and family. The bricks are made of sanded hardwood and are very safe for kids to use. It comes with 54 blocks which are pre-stacked in the box, meaning it can be played straight away. To play again, kids simply need to use the box to rebuild and then unload the tower. This classic game comes at a very good price point - great if you are on a budget. The team playing aspects also mean it is an excellent option if you are giving the gift during a kids’ party.
At the age of 8 years old, Jenga will encourage team playing, sportsmanship, and early competitive playing skills. Hasbro is a trusted brand for kids board games, and are the leading producers of Jenga. Customer reviews are excellent, praising this game for its durability and the ease of play. If you are on a larger budget, you can also consider the giant Jenga option for a more impressive gift - however, this is better if given by close family members.
LEGO Ninjago Movie Master Falls 70608
- Based on Ninjago movie
- Well sized
- Good attention to detail
LEGO building kits are a great option for kids of all ages - helping to develop imaginations, STEM skills, and motor skills. Based on the Ninjago movie, this kit allows kids to build their own scene from the film and create a jungle landscape. It comes with three characters - Master Wu, Kai, and Jungle Garmadon - for users to play with after construction. Like all LEGO kits, this set is compatible with other LEGO pieces and can be easily customized. At six inches high, eight inches wide and five inches deep, it is a good sized kit once fully constructed.
There is good attention to detail in the kit with decorative leaf, skeleton and cave pieces. Recommended for kids from 7-14 years old, this kit comes with 315 pieces and, according to customer reviews, takes most kids a day or two to fully construct. There are interactive pieces - including the hidden cave - to make it a more engaging kit that they can play with time and time again after building. You may be interested in Minecraft toys.
littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
- Develop STEM skills
- Easy and safe to build
- Great customer reviews
Based on the Avengers superhero franchise, this kit is a great way for kids to develop STEM skills. In particular, it allows them to gain an early understanding of computer coding - an important skill in this increasingly automated world. It contains all of the pieces necessary to build a fully functional superhero arm. The arm itself is made out of a variety of electrical building blocks which will help kids understand how electrical circuits work. These pieces are designed to be kid safe, so there is no risk of electrocution during ordinary play.
It comes with an app which not only allows kids to control the arm but also has full, easy to understand instructions for them to follow. This is a little pricey, so best reserved for close family members to give as a gift, but is a very impressive toy for an eight-year-old boy. It requires either an iPhone with iOS 10+ or an Android device with Android 5.0+. It comes with a rechargeable 9V battery and has plenty of great customer reviews.
Holy Stone HS210 Mini Drone
- Great budget option
- Multiple functions
- Comes with three batteries included
Drones are a very popular item for both kids and adults at the moment but can seem expensive. This is a great budget option to introduce kids to drone technology and will provide hours of fun. It is very easy to use with a remote control that allows users to try out all of the functions available. It has a simple hovering mode, as well as the ability to flip. The auto-hovering mode will keep the drone in the air even when it is not being moved in any direction.
There are three batteries included, and these are rechargeable. After a single charge, each battery will last for up to 21 minutes before needing to be replaced. There is a low battery power alarm to alert kids as to when the drone should be returned for the batteries to be replaced. It will land by itself safely when the batteries are too low. If it flies out of range of the RC it will continue in auto-hovering mode, further enhancing the safety of use.
Nerf Laser Ops Pro AlphaPoint
- Encourages sportsmanship
- Can be used indoors and outdoors
- Works with cell phones
Nerf guns have been popular kids toys for years, and this set utilizes modern technology to create a home laser tag experience. It comes with two guns, perfect for a two-player adventure, and additional sets can also be purchased to allow for team play. It is operated with a free phone app that can be downloaded on iOS and Android. There is a wrist strap included that allows users to attach their phones to their wrists and makes play easier. The app gives indications of health and ammunition levels and, when played with other sets, allows kids to indicate what teams they are on.
The gun itself has light and sound effects and a quick reload button. Recommended for kids from 8 years onwards, this will last them through to their teens and customer reviews indicate that even adults enjoy this game. They can be played both indoors and outdoors with multiple games available on the app. They can also use the GPS on their phones to help track enemies.
LEGO Marvel Infinity War Avengers Ultimate Battle 76107
- Encourages imaginative play
- Great for Avengers fans
- Adjustable components
This is another great LEGO set recommended from ages 8-14. It is a particularly great gift for fans of the Avengers franchise and allows them to build their own version of the Guardian’s ship from the Infinity War movie - the most recent release in the franchise. It comes with four figurines - Iron Man, Star-Lord, Gamora, and Thanos - as well as many accessory pieces to help enrich imaginative play. With 674 pieces, customer reviews indicate that it takes most children at the younger end of the recommended age group a couple of days to build.
The ship itself comes with an opening cockpit where they can put the scooter and character pieces into the ship. There is also a rear storage area. The wings can be adjusted during play. This will keep kids entertained for hours not just during construction but afterward. It is, of course, compatible with all other LEGO kits.
WowWee Untamed T-Rex
- Good for dinosaur fans
- Multiple functions
Any list of gifts for eight-year-old boys would be incomplete without a dinosaur toy, and this is a great option if you are on a budget. This dinosaur toy is simple to use - kids simply place it on their finger and control it the same way as they would any finger puppet. There are four dinosaurs available, so if you have a higher budget you can buy a couple of different ones for him to play with. The dinosaur also reacts to sound, motion and touch, making it a very interactive toy.
It has roaring sound effects, moving jaws and even makes small dinosaur ‘gas’ noises. Batteries are included so it can be used straight out of the box. The dinosaur can show a range of emotions, teaching kids about how to interact with animals. We suggested including extra batteries (LR44) with the kit, as some customer reviews suggest the included set does not last very long. Nevertheless, reviews are very positive, praising the quality of the toy and its interactivity.
Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Evader
- Light-up mode
- Easy to use and construct
- Compatible with other Nerf products
Another great Nerf gun, this toy is enjoyed by kids and adults alike and will easily keep them entertained into their teens - possibly even longer. It is a motorized blaster with a simple trigger and comes with twelve foam darts which are safe to use. It also has a light-up mode so it can be used during the day or at night in the dark. The gun is constructed with child-safe plastic that conforms to all US federal and state regulations. There is a barrel extension which can make it easier for kids to handle and adjusts how far the darts will fly.
This extension also lights up when attached to the gun. It requires four AA batteries. A set is included, but these are mostly for demo mode so we recommend including an extra set with the gift. Like all Nerf guns, the components are compatible with other sets. Customer reviews praise the functionality of the gun and claim it keeps kids of all ages entertained for hours.
What are his Interests?
Eight-year-old boys will have a pretty clear idea of what they do and do not like. You can use your knowledge of the kid to help inform your decision. If you are struggling to think about what he might like, there is no shame in asking the parents for some advice on what he might like. At least this way you can put a little bit more thought into the gift, and it also means you do not risk getting him something he already has.
If you cannot find something within the area of his tastes that fits into all the other factors, you can also consider some more generic gifts like construction sets, remote control vehicles, and creativity based toys. These are universally enjoyed by young boys, and will likely go down a lot better than a more specific gift that is not compatible with his tastes or needs. Some kids may like specific franchises such as Lego, Star Wars, Pokemon gifts or other.
How do you know him?
If you are a close relative you can get away with spending a little bit more on the gift. This, however, is not a major expectation – especially if you have other reasons for sticking to a budget. What is more important is that you should put a little bit more thought into the gift. If you are a more distant relative, such as an aunt or uncle, you can get away with more general gifts, but you should stick to a budget of less than $50.
There are plenty of options within this price range, but as always if in doubt you should speak to the parents. If you are the parents, you have free reign over this – but do check to see if other gifters have already chosen a gift and find out what they are giving to make sure you do not waste money on something that he will already receive.
You might also simply be buying a gift for your own child to give at a birthday party. In this case, we strongly suggest you stick to less than $15, though you can go a little bit over this if they are best friends and the gift is thoughtful enough to merit the price tag.
What is his Background?
This is a much more important factor than you may think. You should consider cultural, religious and even economic factors before going ahead with your purchase. Certain religions and cultures may not approve of certain gifts – particularly toy guns or games that feature violent themes (try these PS4 games for kids instead). There are some great gift options within this category, but if you are unsure we suggest you either double check with the parents or avoid entirely.
You should also be careful if the child is being raised vegan or vegetarian, as even non-edible gifts can contain animal by-products as part of the construction. This is less likely in the modern age, but you can check this in the manufacturing description and in comments. If you want to be extra cautious, a quick online search will likely yield satisfactory results.
Is the Gift Safe?
This should be your main priority. If the gift is made of plastic it should be made using child-safe, non-toxic plastics. If it is wooden, it should be sanded as part of the manufacturing process to minimize the risk of splinters. You also need to consider how sturdy the item is.
Eight-year-old boys can play rough with new toys, so check customer reviews to see how long the product generally lasts and if it can withstand expected wear and tear. If the product comes with a warranty or guarantee, this is even better.
Is it Age Appropriate?
Most of the gifts you will be considering will have a suggested age range, but more general gifts might not. Check out the customer reviews to see what ages they recommend this product for and which age groups have already enjoyed the product. If the gift is recommended for girls up to eight years old, we suggest you steer clear.
Manufacturers can exaggerate age ranges, and depending on the boy you might find he has already outgrown the product. If it is from eight years up this is probably still a good option, but be aware they may need more supervision when using the product.
Does It have Educational Value?
This is less important for older children but still something worth considering. Fun toys are a great option, but toys that help them educationally or developmentally are even better.
There are plenty of games and toys that help to promote a variety of skills – in particular, STEM skills, motor functions, and creativity. If you are choosing between a number of options, we suggest going with the one with the most educational value as this will not only be well received by the child, but also by the parents.
In the same idea, gifts that promote active play are also a good option. These encourage kids to get outside and exercise more, helping to promote a healthy lifestyle from a young age. These are particularly important in the modern age where often gadgets are given precedence over more physical gifts such as bikes and scooters.
First and foremost you should make sure you get a gift that is safe for him to use, durable enough to last him for a few years and conforms to all US federal and state manufacturing regulations. If the gift is made in the US, Canada or the EU it probably fits within all these guidelines, but you should double check if it is manufactured elsewhere. When in doubt, speak to the parents to get a better idea of what the perfect gift may be.
You can go with something more general, but if you are a close relative it will be expected you put some thought into the gift. There is a great range of gifts available on the market for eight-year-old boys, and navigating through all of the options can be a time-consuming task.
This list is a great resource for you to use to give you a rough idea of the most popular gifts right now, and what kind of products you should be considering.
If you are really stuck you can speak to other people who are giving gifts to him. This lets you know what kind of areas others are looking within, as well as what gifts to avoid as he is already receiving them. You can also coordinate if you are thinking in terms of educational value, and choose a gift that fills an area that nobody else is covering. Read more on educational gifts.