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Shopping for a gift for a 7-year-old boy can seem stressful at first, but it doesn't have to be. At this age, 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.
Focus on gifts that either play into one of his interests—like reading, video games, or sports—or get him something that will encourage a new interest, like a STEAM-focused gift. If you're looking for something to satisfy an active 7-year-old, outdoor gifts can be a great way to add physical activity while sticking to interests like nature, sports, or just running around with friends.
Here, the best gift ideas for 7-year-old boys.
Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit
Dimensions: 9 x 1.25 x 10-inches | Weight: 14.11 ounces | Material: Plastic | Age Range: Not listed
Teaches machine-building concepts
Makes use of stray legos
No storage included for LEGO bricks
Extra LEGO bricks are required
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 80 pages of instructions, over 30 pieces, and all of the components your child needs to become a mini engineer.
"I love that this product gives kids a new way to access their LEGO play. They are building machines, thinking about making their LEGO bricks move and doing things, which gets kids thinking about all kinds of cool things."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester
Spikeball 3 Ball Kit
Dimensions: 21 x 4 x 9-inches | Weight: 3.53 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: Adult
Games can be more or less competitive
Accessible to all fitness levels
Easy to assemble
Net frequently needs adjustment
Not the most durable of materials
If you want to encourage the child in your life to embrace the great outdoors a little more, the Spikeball Kit is a great option. This kit comes with the Spikeball net, three balls, a drawstring bag for easy carrying, and an instruction book filled with rules and tips. Spikeball debuted on Shark Tank, and since then, it’s gotten wide attention as one of the most unique outdoor games for all ages.
"I loved that you can play it for 5 minutes or an hour, and it’s still fun. It’s perfect for blowing off steam and can be taken just about anywhere and played on multiple surfaces."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester
Hog Wild Toys Air Strike Catapult
Dimensions: 7.25 x 7.5 x 8.25-inches | Weight: 6.4 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 4-10 years
Can be adapted to many different games
Good for indoor or outdoors
Slightly expensive for a smaller toy
Might not be challenging enough depending on child's level of play
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 30 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.
3Doodler Start Make Your Own HEXBUG Creature 3D Pen Set
Dimensions: 8.07 x 5.75 x 2.76-inches | Weight: 10.2 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 6 years and up
Good for kids interested in STEM
Helps kids make robots
Includes fun templates to get started
Short battery life
Filament can run out quickly and might need to be replaced often
This is such a cool toy for kids and it even teaches them some STEM skills. The Doodler pen makes it easy for kids to create 3D bugs. They simply use the pen to draw legs and wings, which are then attached to the bug molds. The bugs even have motors, so they can crawl around. The brand also makes Doodler pens for other shapes, like desserts and famous buildings.
Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot
Dimensions: 6.69 x 7.17 x 6.34-inches | Weight: 1.45 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 6 years and up
Helps kids learn coding and robotics
Blockly app introduces new concepts
Great battery life
Poor tech support
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
Dimensions: 12.38 x 9.5 x 4.19-inches | Weight: 2.14 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5 years and up
Helps kids with science and art skills
Learn animal facts
Molds set quickly
Each mold is one-time use
Little to no directions included in set
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
Dimensions: 6.75 x 5.25 x 4.5-inches | Weight: 12 ounces | Material: Ceramic | Age Range: 3 years and up
Makes mealtime fun
Can be used for breakfast and snacks
Ceramic construction has risk of breakage
Can be messy
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
Dimensions: 6.7 x 8.2 x 8.9-inches | Weight: 1.5 pounds | Material: Plastic | Age Range: Kid
Hatch and teach baby dragon to fly
Plays interactive games
Unlock episodes 1-6 Dragons: Race to the Edge on VUDU
Toy only hatches once
Kids might lose interest after hatching process
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
Dimensions: 16 x 5 x 11-inches | Weight: 1.58 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: Varies
25 levels of fun and adventure
Encourages creative thinking
No batteries needed
Kinetic sand requires clean-up
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
Dimensions: 12.48 x 10.32 x 3.54-inches | Weight: 1.1 pounds | Material: LEGO | Age Range: Not listed
Kids can build their own Mario course
Can be combined with other Mario sets
Plays iconic sounds and music from video game
Lots of small pieces
No paper instructions
Lego's will forever be a classic toy and this set combines with another classic: Mario. The Mario Lego has color sensors and LED lights 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
Dimensions: 68 x 86-inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Cotton | Age Range: 6-12 years
Shark design makes bedtime fun
100 percent pre-shrunk cotton
King sizes not available
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
Dimensions: 0.44 x 4.88 x 6.13-inches | Weight: 0.35 ounces | Material: Wax | Age Range: 4 years and up
Twist-up design doesn't need sharpening
Great for homework, crafts, and everyday
Fun and scented colors
Scent is short-lived
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.
Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1-inches | Weight: 3.75 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: Varies
Three play styles for TV, tabletop, and handheld
Up to eight consoles can be connected
Supports all Nintendo Switch games
Membership features aren't the same across games
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
Dimensions: 43.5 x 8 x 17-inches | Weight: 31 pounds | Material: Steel | Age Range: Not listed
Goes up to 10 mph and includes brakes
Adjustable height handlebars
Only 40 minutes of use per charge
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
Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 2.7-inches | Weight: 15.8 ounces | Material: Plastic | Age Range: Not listed
Control several cars in the same area without interference
Works on various terrains
Requires 90 minutes to recharge
Not the best on rougher terrains
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
Dimensions: 18.19 x 12.44 x 1.54-inches | Weight: 2 pounds | Material: Wood | Age Range: Not listed
Encourages a clean room
Doubles as storage for dirty clothes
Good for basketball-themed room
Net is not detachable for laundry day
Thick hooks may make door difficult to close
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 detachable laundry bag. Entertainment for him, and less nagging on your end to get his room clean: A win-win!
NERF 36056 Walkie Talkies
Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 1-inches | Weight: 0.5 pounds | Material: Nerf | Age Range: Not listed
Works within 1,000 feet
Morse code button
Good for camping trips
9V batteries are not included
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 meters 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.
Hot Wheels Radio-Controlled Supercharged Shark Vehicle
Hot Wheels fans will be in awe of this Radio-Controlled Supercharged Shark. You can have it drive over various types of terrain, like grass, gravel, or even through water. The shark front chomps as it races across any land, and the fin-like wheels and dorsal fin help the vehicle propel through water. Kids can operate the vehicle on their own, simply with the a press of the button. Note that kids might need some help charging the toy.
10 x 8.5 x 17-inches | Weight: 3.86 pounds | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 7 years and up
Runs well generally over any terrain
Speedy race car
Parental help needed to charge the vehicle
Doesn't work the best in water
HearthSong BungeeBounce Bouncing Outdoor Tree Swing
Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Material: Not listed | Age Range: Varies
Great for outdoor fun
Convertible from swing to hanging rings
Hanging hardware not included
The HearthSong® BungeeBounce Bouncing Outdoor Tree Swing is a swing built just for your 7-year-old. It holds between 35 and 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.
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.
Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.3 x 4.6-inches | Weight: 0.8 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 4 years and up
One year warranty
Fun Pokemon design
Requires specific battery sizes
Not durable against wear and tear
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.
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.