40 Gifts for 8 Year Olds

Choosing the best gifts for eight-year-olds can present unique challenges because they’re not kids, but they’re not yet teenagers, either. So, when trying to discern if they would play with toys, complete arts and crafts projects, or read a book instead of leaving them under their bed or in the corner of their room is no easy feat. There are some milestones to look out for when you shop for their gifts, such as becoming more independent, having a longer attention span for hours of entertainment and learning, and starting to develop their identity with a fixed idea of what activities they like or are “good at.” If you don’t know where to start, we’re here to help make your decision a little bit easier with our gift ideas that cover various categories of interest, from board games and STEM sets to things for outdoor physical activity.  


What do 8 year olds like to do?

8 year olds enjoy large muscle activities such as jump rope, tag, bike riding, and rollerblading. As for indoor activities, they enjoy playing with toys, doing puzzles, drawing, or braiding.

What should I buy my 8 year old?

8 year olds enjoy construction and building toys, books, puzzles, card games, interesting pens for drawings, and stuffed toys and figurines.

What are the best educational gifts for 8 year olds?

Books are always a win in this category, however, it’s important to make play fun. Kits such as LEGO kits, volcano-making kits, potion-making kits, or things involving movement and critical thinking skills are all great gift ideas for 8 year olds.