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Fulfilling all of your 7-year-old boy's wishes for their birthday or holiday wish list can be a tall ask, but luckily the gift options for toys, games, clothes, and accessories are endless.
To help narrow your search, we tested and researched the best options on the market, considering various boys' interests and whether or not the gift encourages new skills or keeps him active. Based on these factors, our favorite picks include a high-energy game from Spikeball, engaging craft kits from Crayola, and Nintendo-themed builds from LEGO, for fostering his critical thinking and STEM skills.
Here, the best gift ideas for 7-year-old boys.
Spikeball 3 Ball Kit
Spikeball debuted on Shark Tank, and since then, it’s gotten wide attention as one of the most unique outdoor games for all ages. This lawn game kit comes with the Spikeball net, three balls, a drawstring bag for easy carrying, and an instruction book filled with rules and tips.
Our tester loved that the intuitive rules were a snap to learn for young kids. The game length is up to you; play one round in five minutes or keep going for hours. Based on the number of players and their ages, the game can get more or less intense. It is easy to customize the game based on the skill levels of the players without sacrificing any of the fun.
Assembling and storing the lightweight game is a breeze. You can remove the rim and take apart the base for storing in the included drawstring bag so it won't take up too much space in the garage. Also, it can be played on virtually any surface from concrete to grass to sand. Our tester did note that the net may need to be adjusted or tightened throughout for optimal gameplay.
Hog Wild Toys Air Strike Catapult
The Hog Wild Toys Air Strike Catapult is a nifty little toy that provides hours of fun for any 7-year-old boy. This catapult toy sticks to a desk or a table and allows your child to launch a soft foam ball up to 40 feet. It’s simple, but incredibly fun and can be adapted to many different games. The set is small and easy to carry around, and it includes six spike balls.
Wonder Workshop Dash
If you are hunting for a gift for a 7-year-old boy that’s educational, interactive, and incredibly cool, check out the Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot. This dazzling little robot helps kids learn to code, all while having loads of fun. It provides up to five hours of active play while teaching children to explore loops, events, conditions, sequences, and how to program Dash Robot’s very own voice commands.
Crayola Build A Beast Craft Kits
This is one craft animal-loving kids will adore. The kit comes with colorful clay that can be molded on a frame to create a shark, alligator, and chameleon. The mold dries fast, is mess-free, and when completed, the tails of the animals can even wiggle and shake.
Max Playful Sports Mugs
Let your 7-year-old boy take mealtime to the next level with the Playful Sports Mugs, which were actually created by a kid entrepreneur named Max . With ceramic construction, these mugs have a built-in hoop or basket so he can “play basketball” with his cereal all morning long.
Dreamworks Dragons Hatching Toothless Interactive Baby Dragon
Your 7-year-old can watch his baby dragon hatch, nurture it, and teach it how to fly. First, he can partake in the hatching process, gently tapping the egg and rocking it back and forth until it's ready. Once your little one can bring the baby dragon to life, he'll see the dragon light up its eyes, move, and make the cutest sounds.
Treasure X Sunken Gold Treasure Ship Playset
Explode the hatch, rescue the captain, fire the cannon. These are just some of the things a kid can do with this treasure ship. Speaking of treasure, there's real gold-dipped coins at the end for anyone who avoids the traps and defeats the beast.
LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course
Lego's will forever be a classic toy and this set combines with another classic: Mario. The Mario Lego has color sensors and LCD screens that respond to certain movements as he collects virtual points while jumping from the bricks and platforms. This toy can be combined with other Mario sets to truly make a challenging course.
Peggy van Neer and Erik Van Loo Shark Duvet and Pillowcase Set
Want to make bedtime a little more fun? This Shark Duvet and Pillowcase Set will have your 7-year-old boy excited to climb into bed at night. Made from 100 percent cotton, this twin bed set comes with a shark duvet cover and a pillowcase that will turn your child’s bedroom into an ocean playground. If you thought bed sheets couldn’t be fun, this Jaws-inspired duvet set will make you think again.
Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons
Encourage your child’s creative spirit with an upgrade on the classic crayon. These Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons include 12 twistable crayons with fun scents to make coloring even more exciting. No sharpening is ever required, as these crayons twist up as you need more wax. For such an affordable price, this is a fun gift for any 7-year-old.
We probably don’t have to tell you that many 7-year-old boys are very much into video games, and the Nintendo Switch is the ultimate gift. While it’s a bit of a splurge, this gaming console will provide hours of fun for your child and his friends. Pair the system with kid-friendly video games, such as Mario Party, for a gift he’ll go wild over.
Razor E100 Electric Scooter
The Razor E100 Electric Scooter is the coolest way to get around. This 24V battery-powered scooter can hold up to 120 pounds and provides up to 40 minutes of play on a single charge. It travels up to 10 miles per hour and is a great way to scoot around the neighborhood.
JEYPOD Remote Control Car
Is your 7-year-old into cars already? The JEYPOD has a sleek, colorful design and plenty of power. It can be controlled from up to over 250 feet away, and has tough tires and shock absorbers that ensure smooth driving even on a bumpy surface. Even the remote control looks amazingly cool.
Taylor Toy Store Basketball Hoop Hamper
Translate your 7-year-old’s love of sports into a cleaner room with this over-the-door basketball hamper. There’s a backboard to bounce items off of, and the bottom is a laundry bag. Entertainment for him, and less nagging on your end to get his room clean—a win-win!
NERF 36056 Walkie Talkies
Walkie Talkies are truly timeless, even in the age of the text message, and this Nerf-branded pair is perfect for your 7-year-old boy's next secret mission. They provide a clear signal from up to 1000 feet distance and even include a button for communicating in Morse code. Bring them to your kid’s next playdate or on a camping trip for spy-inspired fun.
Pokemon Kids' Quartz Watch
He'll feel super cool with a new level of maturity wearing a watch from his favorite TV show. Ash and Pikachu are printed on the dial interface, and other Pokemon characters adorn the band, which adjusts to fit various wrist sizes. Note that a CR123A battery specifically is required, but one is included with the watch.
Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit
Sure, Legos are fun, but the Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit takes building to a whole new level and is a great toy for a 7-year-old boy. This toy set helps your child construct ten moving machines that can do everything from tossing the trash to delivering a voice message. It comes with almost 80 pages of instructions, over 30 pieces, and all of the components your child needs to become a mini engineer.
Bounce-Off Challenge Pattern Game
A fun twist on the traditional board game, the Bounce-Off Challenge Pattern Game is perfect for your next family game night. Draw a pattern card, then race to recreate the same image by bouncing the balls into the grid. The Bounce-Off game can be played with two to four players, and is a great way to encourage siblings to participate in friendly competition.
HearthSong BungeeBounce Bouncing Outdoor Tree Swing
The HearthSong® BungeeBounce Bouncing Outdoor Tree Swing is a swing built just for your 7-year-old. It holds up to 115 pounds and can be used as a swing or a bouncing chair. The seat can also be removed, turning the BungeeBounce into an acrobatic wonderland.
What to Look for in a Gift for a 7-Year-Old Boy
When shopping for a 7-year-old boy, you’ll want to make sure the gift you pick is appropriate for his age group. This can be tricky, as 7-year-olds have outgrown toddler toys, but aren’t quite mature enough for pre-teen products. As such, you’ll want to use the manufacturer’s recommended age range to guide your purchase, says Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association.
While an overtly educational product might bore a 7-year-old, you’ll get extra points if you can find an engaging toy that also helps inspire an interest in reading, STEAM, or history. Examples of toys that can help stimulate mental growth and motor skills are board games, drawing tools, and building sets.
At seven years old, nearly all toys foster growth and learning in some way, since play and learning are not interchangeable in early childhood, says Dr. Jody LeVos, chief learning officer for HOMER.
Many 7-year-old boys are bundles of energy, so any product that gets them moving will be a welcome addition to their household. Look for a toy that they can use outside or even with their friends—this type of gift will be a hit both with the recipient and his parents!
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Ashley Knierim, a freelance writer with over ten years of experience. From interior design trends to decor and more, she's covered a variety of home topics and knows what makes a product great. To make this list, she considered each pick's suggested age, as well as how active and educational it is.