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. "Educational gifts are a fantastic idea, as it will allow the child to grow, develop and learn to explore the world," suggests Crystal L. Bailey, director of the Etiquette Institute of Washington. 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. "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," they shared.
Price at time of publish: $60
Pokemon TCG Pokemon GO Elite Trainer Box
If your 7-year-old is crazy about Pokemon GO, they'll love this card game version complete with an elite trainer box. Discover new strategies in the classic battle game with highly sought-after metallic cards featuring favorite characters like Charizard and Venusaur. Items from the mobile game appear in the cards, along with photorealistic artwork to take the beloved game to a new level.
Price at time of publish: $47
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. Our tester loved that this toy promotes creative thinking, saying "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."
Price at time of publish: $19
Mattel Games UNO Ultimate Marvel Card Game
You may have played Uno before, but not like this. In Uno Ultimate Marvel Edition, you play cards featuring your favorite Marvel heroes, each with their own unique rules and abilities. The rules are simple like in the original game, with players matching numbers and colors in an attempt to get rid of all of their cards. With collectible character cards and new event and enemy cards, the game makes for hours of fun with friends and family.
Price at time of publish: $11
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.
Price at time of publish: $23
Monster Jam Garage Playset
While this play set might seem monstrous, it doubles as storage (to parents' delight) for the 25 included Monster Jam trucks. The 4-feet-wide play set includes a working elevator, ramps, tracks, lights, and sounds for hours of imaginative play. It's suitable for kids ages 3 and up, so the whole family can get in on the fun. There are plenty of moving parts and pieces to entertain kids for hours on end.
Price at time of publish: $50
LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course
LEGOs 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.
Price at time of publish: $48
Osmo Coding Starter Kit
This gift seems like tons of games and fun for 7-year-olds, but they're secretly learning the basics of coding along the way. Osmo's Coding Starter Kit connects to an iPad along with physical blocks to control the character Awbie on the screen. Kids learn problem-solving and the basics of programming through composing melodies and completing 60+ puzzles. The skills get progressively harder as you go, so you continue to learn and develop for years.
Price at time of publish: $73
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.
Price at time of publish: $150
Create A Castle Indoor Sandcastle Building Kit
Create A Castle proves that you don't need to be at the beach to enjoy the fun of building a sandcastle. The no-mess activity allows kids to build castles with the magic sand that sticks together like dough without crumbling apart. The included tools, molds, and carrying case make it easy to store and travel with. It's an endlessly interesting sensory activity kit that even adults will love building with.
Price at time of publish: $35
Treasure X Sunken Gold Treasure Ship Playset
Explode the hatch, rescue the captain, and fire the cannon. These are just some of the things a kid can do with this treasure ship. Speaking of treasure, there are real gold-dipped coins at the end for anyone who avoids the traps and defeats the beast.
Price at time of publish: $35
Just Play Rukusfx Motion Controlled Music Mixer Electronic Game
Aspiring DJs and music-lovers alike will love this interactive music mixer from Rukusfux. The user-friendly game features four simple moves—punch, swipe, twist, and flick—to create hundreds of different sounds and beats. Kids can loop and remix original tracks from the 100 pre-loaded tracks. Add in some words with the included microphone, record your performance, and share on social media for family and friends.
Price at time of publish: $135
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.
Price at time of publish: $88
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.
Price at time of publish: $25
Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science Kit
Make your way through 11 engaging science projects with this kit from Scientific Explorer. From making crystals to crafting secret messages, this science toy teaches important lessons about chemical reactions and the scientific method. While designed for kids ages 6 and up, our tester revealed that even her 8 and 12-year-old sons enjoyed the exciting experiments. They also loved how all of the items needed for each experiment were included along with easy-to-follow experiments. "They were literally saying, “wow,” as liquids suddenly changed colors, frothed and bubbled, erupted (yes, as in a volcano), turned into crystals, or became “magic ooze," they said.
Price at time of publish: $14
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.
Price at time of publish: $7
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.
Price at time of publish: $14
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.
Price at time of publish: $20
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.
Price at time of publish: $119
eatsleepdoodle Doodle World Map Pillowcase
Explore the world through coloring with this interactive pillowcase featuring a map of the world. As your kid colors their way through the Earth, they'll learn about different places, cultures, and landmarks. This craft kid comes with fabric markers that wash off, so you can color this pillowcase, then start over again and again. Our tester loved that the busy design made for endless coloring opportunities, while still encouraging learning, saying "Since the markers are washable, our 10-year-old daughter didn’t feel pressure to ‘get it right’ the first time and was free to experiment."
Price at time of publish: $20
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.
Price at time of publish: $319
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.
Price at time of publish: $183
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!
Price at time of publish: $28
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.
Price at time of publish: $25
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.
Price at time of publish: $135
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.
"With educational gifts and games, it’s important to provide a gift that is at or just above their educational/activity level," says Bailey. This ensures they still learn and challenge themselves without attempting something too difficult.
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.
An educational gift doesn't have to be expensive, according to Bailey. "I think back on the special gifts that I received as a child and how they impacted my outlook on life. That is something we cannot begin to place a price on," she shares.
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! Our top pick, Spikeball, was a hit with our testers and can be played by various ages for hours of fun.
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.
Expert advice was provided by Crystal L. Bailey, director of the Etiquette Institute of Washington.