The 20 Best Gifts for 7-Year-Old Boys in 2021

Some gift ideas for what he really wants this season

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This ultra-cool LEGO set helps your child construct ten moving machines.
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The perfect toy if you're looking for an active, STEAM-based game on a budget.
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This fun set allows kids to get creative and build their own bugs that actually move around.
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Unique, innovative, and just plain cool—you'll want to play with this right along with your 7-year-old.
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Kids who love DIY projects and animals will love building their own creations with this craft set.
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Fans of How to Train Your Dragon will love playing interactive games with their newly hatched friend.
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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

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

Dimensions: 9 x 1.25 x 10-inches | Weight: 14.11 ounces | Material: Plastic | Age Range: Not listed

What We Like
  • Teaches machine-building concepts

  • Makes use of stray legos

What We Don't Like
  • 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. 

What Testers Say

"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

Spikeball

Dimensions: 21 x 4 x 9-inches | Weight: 3.53 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: Adult

What We Like
  • Games can be more or less competitive

  • Accessible to all fitness levels

  • Easy to assemble

What We Don't Like
  • 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. 

What Testers Say

"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

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

What We Like
  • Can be adapted to many different games

  • Good for indoor or outdoors

What We Don't Like
  • 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

3DoodlerHexbug

Dimensions: 8.07 x 5.75 x 2.76-inches | Weight: 10.2 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 6 years and up

What We Like
  • Good for kids interested in STEM

  • Helps kids make robots

  • Includes fun templates to get started

What We Don't Like
  • 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

 Wonder Workshop Dash – Coding Robot for Kids

Dimensions: 6.69 x 7.17 x 6.34-inches | Weight: 1.45 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 6 years and up

What We Like
  • Helps kids learn coding and robotics

  • Blockly app introduces new concepts

  • Great battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • 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

Crayola Build A Beast Bundle, Model Magic Craft Kit

Dimensions: 12.38 x 9.5 x 4.19-inches | Weight: 2.14 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5 years and up

What We Like
  • Helps kids with science and art skills

  • Learn animal facts

  • Molds set quickly

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Playful Sports Mug

Dimensions: 6.75 x 5.25 x 4.5-inches | Weight: 12 ounces | Material: Ceramic | Age Range: 3 years and up

What We Like
  • Makes mealtime fun

  • Can be used for breakfast and snacks

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Dreamworks Dragons

Dimensions: 6.7 x 8.2 x 8.9-inches | Weight: 1.5 pounds | Material: Plastic | Age Range: Kid

What We Like
  • Hatch and teach baby dragon to fly

  • Plays interactive games

  • Unlock episodes 1-6 Dragons: Race to the Edge on VUDU

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Treasure X Sunken Gold Treasure Ship Playset

Dimensions: 16 x 5 x 11-inches | Weight: 1.58 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: Varies

What We Like
  • 25 levels of fun and adventure

  • Encourages creative thinking

  • No batteries needed

What We Don't Like
  • One-time use

  • 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

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

What We Like
  • Kids can build their own Mario course

  • Can be combined with other Mario sets

  • Plays iconic sounds and music from video game

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Shark blanket set

Dimensions: 68 x 86-inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Cotton | Age Range: 6-12 years

What We Like
  • Shark design makes bedtime fun

  • 100 percent pre-shrunk cotton

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • 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

Crayola Silly Scents

Dimensions: 0.44 x 4.88 x 6.13-inches | Weight: 0.35 ounces | Material: Wax | Age Range: 4 years and up

What We Like
  • Twist-up design doesn't need sharpening

  • Great for homework, crafts, and everyday

  • Fun and scented colors

What We Don't Like
  • Not washable

  • 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

What We Like
  • Three play styles for TV, tabletop, and handheld

  • Up to eight consoles can be connected

  • Supports all Nintendo Switch games

What We Don't Like
  • Membership features aren't the same across games

  • Pricey

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

What We Like
  • Goes up to 10 mph and includes brakes

  • Adjustable height handlebars

  • 90-day warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Only 40 minutes of use per charge

  • Expensive

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

JEYPOD Remote Control Car

Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 2.7-inches | Weight: 15.8 ounces | Material: Plastic | Age Range: Not listed

What We Like
  • Control several cars in the same area without interference

  • Works on various terrains

  • Crash-resistant car

What We Don't Like
  • 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

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

What We Like
  • Encourages a clean room

  • Doubles as storage for dirty clothes

  • Good for basketball-themed room

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Nerf Gun

Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 1-inches | Weight: 0.5 pounds | Material: Nerf | Age Range: Not listed

What We Like
  • Works within 1,000 feet

  • Morse code button

  • Good for camping trips

What We Don't Like
  • 9V batteries are not included

  • Loud static

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 R/C 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.

Dimensions:
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

  • Radio-controlled

  • Parental help needed to charge the vehicle

  • Doesn't work the best in water

HearthSong BungeeBounce Bouncing Outdoor Tree Swing

BungeeBounce Swing

Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Material: Not listed | Age Range: Varies

What We Like
  • Great for outdoor fun

  • Convertible from swing to hanging rings

What We Don't Like
  • Hanging hardware not included

  • Pricey

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

What We Like
  • Adjustable strap

  • One year warranty

  • Fun Pokemon design

What We Don't Like
  • Requires specific battery sizes

  • Not durable against wear and tear

What to Look for in a Gift for a 7-Year-Old Boy

Recommended Age

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.

Educational

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.

Active

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.

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