Brace yourselves, people: It’s time to start preparing for the holiday gift-giving season! Are you shopping for a boy in kindergarten or early elementary school? Check out these gift ideas for the 5- to 8-year-old guys in your life.
How would your kid like to create their own book? With this kit, they can write and illustrate a book, then send their work out to have it professionally bound. Between creating their book and reading it over and over again, this is a gift with some long-term mileage.
While we’re on the subject of creating, I bet your child would love designing their own video game. With Bloxels, children can create game art, game rooms, and characters. This awesome STEM toy does require a smart device; the Bloxels Builder app is free to download.
Star Wars Rogue One Black Series Action Figure 3-Pack | $60
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes out on December 16 and you know it’s going to be a hit. Be your kid’s hero and surprise them with this awesome set featuring 6” action figures of Captain Cassian Andor, Sergeant Jyn Erso, and an Imperial Death Trooper.
Okay. Not gonna lie: I have no idea what the point of these gloves is—but wow are they cool! I mean really cool. I kind of want a pair for myself. (Seriously. I’m bouncing in my seat right now.) Oh, wait! If you need a reason, I just thought of one: it gets dark awful early this time of year, so why not get some light-up gloves?
How about a jigsaw puzzle to challenge your child? I love Melissa and Doug’s puzzles, and there are a ton of options to choose from. They offer floor puzzles featuring dinosaurs, a United States map, rainforest animals, and more. Or you could go for more challenging jigsaw puzzles with illustrations including sharks, chimpanzees, and prehistoric landscapes. When your child has mastered the puzzle, you can preserve the finished piece, frame it, and use it to decorate your child’s room.
LEGO always makes for an awesome gift. Whether you get a classic box of bricks or a more detailed set, there is so much fun to be had with this building toy! Plus, with so many sets to choose from, you’re bound to find one that fits your child’s interests and skills and your budget. Pro tip: Order yourself a Swoop bag for easy clean-up and storage. No stepping on stray LEGO bricks for you!
Get ready for some gross family fun with Bean Boozled. Spin the spinner and eat whatever color jelly bean you land on. Will you get licorice or skunk spray when you taste that black jelly bean? Dare to find out!
Hasbro Pie Face! Game | $14
Another great game that’s sure to get the whole family giggling, be sure you stock up on whipped cream before your child unwraps this bad boy.
La Loba Studio Superhero Rag Doll | price varies, average $70 – $80
This can be a tough age group. Heading off to school where they’re suddenly much more aware of what’s “cool” and growing up way too fast for our tastes! Yet, they’re still just little kids who sometimes need to cuddle with a stuffie because, hey, it’s a big world out there. Help ease the growing pains with a super-cool stuffed superhero they’ll be proud to show off! These handmade dolls are definitely pricier than your average stuffed toy, but they’re awesome enough to hang out as décor for years to come—and even to become family heirlooms.
Give your secret agent a mission and all the tools they’ll need to accomplish it. By far the coolest part of this set are the night-vision goggles. (You might want to think about getting multiple sets for playdates or sibling play.)
Speaking of fun with a friend, how about some walkie-talkies? Great for play and a fantastic way to make things like helping around the house or bed time routines more fun. After all, any direction is more exciting when given through a walkie-talkie.
I know that many parents wrestle with whether to give their children toy guns—or any kind of toy weapon. When we gave my kid a wooden sword, I borrowed an awesome rule that a friend shared with me: We don’t fight people who are unarmed. We also added that we don’t ambush people. Basically, your opponent needs to be aware of the battle and armed; it’s worked out well. Anyway, what I like about this set is that it kind of eliminates the need for those rules. It includes a target, making it about skill, not about fighting. And as someone whose parents installed a dartboard in the playroom, let me tell you that Nerf darts are a fabulous way to learn about aiming and hand-eye coordination.
My husband has wanted to get Ticket to Ride since finding it about a year ago, but it’s for ages 8 and up—too old for our family to play. I was so excited to come across this version for ages 6 and up! If you have a map-loving little one, this is a great choice: players create routes to go sightseeing around North America.
Are you a parent like me who has introduced to your quite-possibly-too-young child to Harry Potter? If they’re enchanted with the wizarding world (or even just enjoy magic and/or science in general), this magical science kit makes a great gift. Besides, how can you resist anything with that many warning labels on the front of the box?
Peg Perego Polaris Slingshot | $389
And last but not least, there’s the big-ticket gift: a ride-on toy. This one’s Baby Gizmo approved! Check out the review for all the awesome details.