The 10 Best 7 Year Old Boy Gifts
This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in August of 2015. Got a birthday coming up for your young man or one of his friends? Or maybe you're getting ready for the holidays. Our selection of 7-year-old boy gifts will take all the guesswork and confusion away, plus save you from roaming around the mall all day. We've included a varied choice of toys and games that stimulate the mind and body, and which will get the right response from any child. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best 7 year old boy gift on Amazon.
March 28, 2019:
Trying to find gifts for boys can be difficult. You may spend hours hunting down the perfect toy only to find they have absolutely no interest in it. Luckily, we've got you covered. All of the items on this list have a proven track record of making boys extremely happy, so you should get lots of squeals of excitement when they unwrap any one of them. If you feel like kids don't spend enough time playing outdoors these days, we've got a few options that will motivate them to do just that. The Razor A Kick Scooter, Original Stomp Rocket Ultra, and the Franklin NHL Indoor Sport 2-in-1 are good choices. All three promote plenty of exercise. Plus, the Original Stomp Rocket Ultra can help teach basic physics principles, and the Franklin NHL Indoor Sport 2-in-1 can be used indoors when the weather turns sour. The Vatos Laser Tag Set will also promote plenty of exercise and competitive play, and it is just as suitable for use indoors our outdoors. The Kidwinz Shockproof Binoculars is ideal for the little explorers and burgeoning bird watchers out there. If you want to challenge a child's mind instead of their body, take a look at the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox, Lego Technic Whack!, K’nex 35-Model Set. These toys can help improve problem-solving skills and foster creativity.
Unlucky Number Seven
Seven can be a tough age for children and their parents alike.
At the same time, seven isn't quite old enough to be given total autonomy, either.
Seven can be a tough age for children and their parents alike. The boys aren't quite little enough to need constant supervision, and their previously emotional opinions begin to fill out with intellectual understanding and justification. This was the age when my own mother was convinced I'd become a lawyer. Sorry, Ma.
At the same time, seven isn't quite old enough to be given total autonomy, either. Even when autonomy is granted, cell phones for kids that young act as little more than electronic leashes with limited internet access. And kids around seven (as early as six, really) expect that level of technological interaction.
So, at a transitional period between the end of absolute childhood and the beginning of pubescent adolescence, with a cell phone in one hand and a whole lot of opinions in the other, a seven-year-old makes a formidable shopping target. You have to find something that appeals to them on an almost instinctive level, that allows them to revel in the play of youth, but that also has a hint of their impending responsibility to it, a responsibility that, at that age, they may seem impatient to attain.
The toys on our top ten list for seven-year-old boys all incorporate some level of complexity to engage a growing mind, physical movement to activate a growing body, or technological sophistication to prepare a your boy toward an inevitable singularity.
Play For a Personality
One of the reasons I find it difficult to shop for someone is that I'm a sensitive perfectionist. That means that I know a lot about the people for whom I'm shopping, and I get frustrated if I can't find the thing that not only appeals to what I know about them, but that also makes it clear that I know these things. After all, gift giving bears as deep a reflection on the giver as anything else.
Shopping for a child can prove even more difficult, as they (especially young boys) possess a knack for really letting you know how much they dislike a gift that doesn't fit. To help you narrow down our list toward a few possibilities your boy would love, you simply have to ask yourself a few questions about him.
After all, gift giving bears as deep a reflection on the giver as anything else.
Does he give a hoot about art? There are a couple of toys on our list that can bring out the Michelangelo or the Da Vinci in him, should he already be so inclined. By seven, you ought to have a sense about his artistic intentions. Whether he prefers building to destroying or drawing on paper to shredding it is actually immaterial in this sense; the artistic impulse leads the artist to either create or to destroy, so either behavior should send you toward the artsier toys.
Is your boy a ball of boundless energy? Some kids can't sit still, and that doesn't always correlate to an ADHD diagnosis. Sometimes it's just a matter of a lightning-fast metabolism, something all of us wish we could go back in time and reacquire. For such a boy, our list contains certain physical toys that demand he step away from the computer and into the sunlight outdoors. Rambunctious boys shouldn't have too much of a problem doing so, and they're likely to love a gift that takes them outside.
Finally, does your kid have a colossal cranium? Well, skull size doesn't necessarily equal intelligence, but metaphorically, should he possess a good brain, there are excellent toys on our list for the expansive mind. One of these looks suspiciously like the viewfinders I grew up with, but upon closer inspection, you'll find that it's actually an immersive introduction to the world of virtual reality.
I'm willing to bet that a lot of the boys out there fall into more than one of these categories, which means that the odds of picking a quality gift are in your favor. Check in with your kid for a moment in the next day or two, just to see where he's at and what he's been up to. If he seems to be in a groove with one of these channels in particular, you'll know what to buy him.
We're All Doomed
Every generation says the same thing as it gets older, as the next generation comes of age behind it. It's a cycle of doomsday thinking that's as old as thought, and it believes that each new generation is destined to bring about the end of times, as vapid and reckless as they are.
Rarely is this generational envy and its attendant grief justified, though it was when the industry of children's toys really took off.
One of the more subtle versions of this, which sheds a little light on the envy that the older generations feel toward the newer, is the way we (I'm lumping myself in with the older now) regard the toys of the next generation. We look around at the bevvy of technological marvels and interactive games and devices with much the same awe that parents in the early 1900s viewed children's pants that closed with a zipper.
Rarely is this generational envy and its attendant grief justified, though it was when the industry of children's toys really took off. For ages, children played with simple, homemade dolls more than anything else, and from a young age they were expected to work on farms, or later in factories during the dawn of the industrial revolution.
Eventually, laws prohibited the use of child labor, and the latter days of the industrial revolution produced a growing middle class whose children had more leisure time and more family money. This new market quickly filled with independent toy makers who went on to become the behemoths of the industry today.
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