Wild and wonderful indeed! I love buying gifts for my boys but the older they get the harder it is to find things that they’ll like but that also will keep their little brains and bodies stimulated. I think these finds are good for ages 4-10 (maybe you’ll get a few more years out of items 3 and 9). Enjoy!
ONE: Tree House Play Set My almost 5 year old is still very into imaginative play. This summer, we rented a beach house and, much to our surprise, this tree house set was in one of the bedrooms. He spent hours playing with this thing! It’s heavy and beautifully constructed and he moved his LEGO mini-figs right in. It’s also not a total eye sore which, shocker, is important to me!
TWO: Pass back football Designed as a football “training aid”, this little flat bottomed football is the perfect partner for your budding football player. Throw the flat side against a wall and it perfectly propels the ball back to you. The better the spiral he puts on it, the more accurate the “pass back” to him is…which of course means he has to practice his throwing AND catching abilities. It’s a great indoor activity though I will apologize in advance to your poor walls and doors!
THREE: Flashing Light hover board with bluetooth speaker We got our 7 year old this hover board for his birthday and it’s quickly become everyone’s favorite. Both he and my younger son zip around on this thing in our basement for hours and we recently discovered that it has an integrated bluetooth speaker for even more added fun. Helmets required, especially during those early “learning” rides….though I will admit my boys learned in less than a day so really the helmet is just for me because I look downright ridiculous trying to get this thing to move.
FOUR: Pirates Magnified Your little pirate lover will love the adventure of searching through the detailed illustrations in this book with the included magnifying glass and learning about 10 real life pirates along the way.
FIVE: The Rules to Always Being a Gentleman I have this print in my boys’ bathroom and I love the classic, nostalgic vibe plus they can ALWAYS use a reminder about manners, right? Beautiful typography paired with a great message. You can’t go wrong.
SIX: Kids High Top LED Light up Shoes Come on…woud he not DIE for light up shoes? I know my boys would. A hidden switch on the tongue of the shoe controls the lights and hides the charging socket. Yes…now we are charging sneakers. But for $20-30 (prices vary by color) I say what the heck, why not. Worth it to see them light up when their shoes do.
SEVEN: LL Bean Sonic Snow Tube Skip this item if he doesn’t live somewhere where it snows. But if he does, this is a fantastic gift he’ll get plenty of use out of. It also ships flat which makes it perfect for sending as a long distance gift.
EIGHT: Monster Slippers Monster feet!! There’s nothing else to say. I don’t know a single boy that wouldn’t love these.
NINE: Virtual Reality Goggles with remote controller VR goggles are the IT gift for boys big and small this year. This pair comes complete with a remote controller, making it perfect for a bit of gaming without actually being tied to a gaming console. It’s compatible with smart phones for games and movie watching and at under $30, doesn’t break the bank. 105 4.5 star reviews can’t be wrong!
TEN: Shark tail sleep sack It’s the boy equivalent of the mermaid tail blankets! Warm and cozy fleece make it perfect to grab on a chilly night and best of all, his feet fit in the fins. I think that’s hysterical.
ELEVEN: Dog balloon night light My 7 year old would LOVE this nightlight because it doesn’t look like a nightlight. As he likes to remind me, he IS a big boy after all…buuut, he still wants a nightlight. When it’s off it just looks like a cool sculpture but at night it gives just enough of a glow to keep the creepies away.
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