There are lots of neat new things for young boys this year. If you are struggling for unique gift ideas, we have some of the standard “hottest toys” on our list, along with so many other things. We have a few video game-related items, but there are many other neat things that will keep your young boys exploring.
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Your kids will love taking their Hot Wheel cars from the real world to the virtual world with the Osmo Hotwheels Mind Racers game. Listen as real Hot Wheels cars rev their engines at the starting line, and send them shooting down the ramp to start the race. Now the high-speed competition is on screen, as your cars race through amazing digital worlds. Throw down game tokens to control your car’s actions and beat the competition. First across the finish line is the undisputed champion of the universe — until the next race! Works with iPad 2–4, iPad Mini, iPad Air, & iPad Pro 9.7 inch and the included Osmo iPad Base. This game can be purchased with or without the ipad base.
This fun Balloon Bot Battle Game debut at this year’s Toy Fair and it created quite a buzz. Your boys will love this action-packed game. Your Bots can box until the balloon pops! Your kids will love battling it out with their opponent to pop their balloon to win the game! This game is silly. This action-filled game where you pop balloons in fun fights and challenges is perfect for boys and girls ages 8 and up! Just blow up your balloon, place it inside your robot and get ready to fight!
This Laser X Laser Tag Set is a hit when we have other boys over at our house. My kids have a blast having their own laser tag war at home. With this highly-reviewed set, your kids can blast their opponent’s Receiver Vest from up to 200 feet away and the Full Color Lighting Effects let you keep track of shots and hits. This set is great for active boys. Be sure to purchase two or more guns, so your kids can play with their friends!
This cool new Aura Glove-Controlled Drone was a hit at the International Toy Conventions this year. Finally a great drone design for kids! Anyone can masterfully fly a drone thanks to Aura’s advanced technology and kid-friendly features: Auto Takeoff, takes off with the push of a button; Auto Hover, maintains a steady height; Auto Landing, brings Aura in for a safe landing; and Headlock Mode, maintains orientation for perfect flight. With a flick of your wrist, perform a cool, 360-degree Flip Trick. Show off your piloting skills and up your game by building a drone obstacle course to challenge yourself or race your friends. Precise glove control makes it easy for Aura to maneuver through and around most objects.Flashing LED lights on the glove controller respond to your hand gestures as you fly, adding to the magic. The red and black superhero-inspired glove is made of stretchable fabric to fit most hand sizes, while the glove controller’s adjustable strap ensures the perfect fit for almost any pilot (including those who are left-handed). It is the perfect drone for kids ages 6 and up!
The super fun Flybar Pogo Trick Board is a new twist on a retro classic. It is easy to learn and easy to get going. Just fill the pogo ball with the included pump and kids will be smiling and jumping in no time. It is made of a strong elastic plastic that flexes enough to bounce high and do tricks and is able to hold up to 160 lbs. It comes with custom grip tape that will give your kids ultimate control and balance. The Flybar Pogo Trick Board comes in lots of cool color combinations.
My boys love these cute Timmy Failure Books from New York Times bestselling author Stephan Pastis and are several of these adventurous books to choose from. His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods keep throwing him curveballs: for starters, academic probation. The coveted Miracle Report is the key to everything, including a good grade. It’s dirty business. It’s best you know nothing. But one thing is for sure: Timmy Failure will be triumphant again!
The Neon Flash Scooter gives a quiet ride and with flare with it’s cool LED deck and motion-powered wheels. With it’s Reflective Deck featuring a Neon under glow, your kids can’t help but be noticed wherever they go. The Neon under glow is reflected onto the deck from the dynamic ultra-bright LED wheels which light up as soon as you take off. Neon Flash by Yvolution is a strong and durable scooter with a lightweight aluminum frame, perfect for quick and easy transportation.
Designed for kids ages 6 and up, this super fun Ultra Dash Game is a fast-paced game that challenges kids to match the color of a flashing light to the color of a target as fast as possible. Ultra Dash is a test of speed, agility, and reaction. Set out the targets to design your course, press the button on the tagger to choose your game and players, then race to match the color of the flashes with the targets!
You will love the open-ended creativity your kids will get with this MindWare Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 Mega Stunt Set. This is a fantastic playset for teaching children ages 6 and up to embrace their creativity and design engineering marvels. With 56 cubes consisting of 3 different designs to be used as scaffolding, ramps, paths, and much more, this playset is perfect for any young builder looking to improve hand-eye coordination, problem solving with basic physics, and planning skills. In no time at all you’ll have a skilled architect on your hands! I love this mega stunting set, but there are more sets available for purchase if you want add on to this set.
Kids age 8 and up will love these newest Klutz Lego themed sets. Your kids will learn how to make their own stop motion movies with the Klutz Make Your Own Movie set. Your kids can bring your LEGO mini figures to life with this beginner-friendly guide to stop-motion animation. Ten “mini movies” walk you through using a phone, tablet, or computer to make short, funny clips with step-by-step instructions. Set the stage with any of the six included background settings and Thirty-six LEGO elements including a pizza, banana, baseball cap, six mini figure heads, and more! plus, learn the tricks of the trade as you dive into more advanced skills, such as lighting, sound effects, and camera angles. With these tips and tricks, every movie you make is guaranteed to be a successful smash hit.
Your kids will love this step-by-step tutorial on how to draw their favorite characters with the Klutz Lego Ninjago Drawing set. They can train their fingers with beginner-friendly draw-in-the-blank pages, tracing activities, and easy Inking and coloring practice sections. Then they can practice artist-approved techniques to sketch, ink, and color right inside the book, using the included mechanical pencil, black marker, block eraser, and colored pencils. With the proper training, they’ll master drawing your favorite ninjas, villains, and more.
11. Anki Overdrive
My boys just love this highly-reviewed Anki Overdrive Racing Set and it has been a hit with my kids. These aren’t just cars. They’re robots programmed for battle. Control them with your smart device and take down opponents with an array of weapons, from plasma cannons to flame throwers. It’s pulse-pounding play, made possible through state-of-the-art tech and it’s an experience unlike anything else. A mobile device is needed to play Anki Overdrive, so be sure to check if you have a compatible device. This set is great for boys age 8, but would be fun for younger boys under supervision.
12. Wet Head Game
My kids love this super fun Wet Head game. The concept is simple-it is a water roulette game. Fill Wet Head with cold water, strap on the water filled Wet Head, spin the spinner and follow the instructions on the spinner based on where the arrow lands. spin the top and pull out any one of the rods. If you stay dry, pass Wet Head to the next player. Make Wet Head the perfect game for any season by adjusting the amount of water you use to play. Fill Wet Head to brim when outside in the summer heat. Bring the fun indoors for winter by using a minimal amount of water. Summer or winter, the question remains the same, “Will you be the next Wet Head”.
Discover a new way to move! For children aged five and above, they can experience a fun and new way of scootering. The unique movement lets your little ones feel like they are walking on the moon as they have fun outdoors! The extremely durable Space Scooter Jr. features a super silent drive system, vibration absorber and hand break. Suitable for children aged five and over it and can take a maximum weight of 132lbs. Unlike most traditional scooters, it folds for easy carrying and storage. Larger kids will love the full-sized Space Scooter.
New for 2016 comes the STEM Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set, the perfect way to introduce children as young as five to important STEM concepts like coding, critical thinking, and more. With Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse, kids will have hours of fun while they learn to build their own mazes, and then program the mouse to get the cheese. This deluxe set includes maze grids, maze walls, tunnels, a robot mouse, and materials to help guide the play. It’s a fun, easy, and affordable way to add an hour of code, or more, into your home or classroom. This activity is great for kids ages 5 and up.
This Kid Galaxy Mega-sized RC Bulldozer & Excavator features a powerful four wheel drive to handle the biggest construction jobs. The Command Center Controls run the vehicle Forwards & Backwards and control Turns Left and Right on 49MHz Frequency. The motorized super scooper delivers mega sounds through the command center, and the vehicle has realistic warning lights for a true to life construction experience! Includes 4.8V Rechargeable Battery with wall charger to power this 4-wheel mega monster. Your boys will love to bulldoze the toughest terrain then scoop up materials for the construction site with the life-like construction monster. Simply insert 4 AAA batteries into the Remote Control Command Center and your kids are ready for MEGA BULLDOZER & EXCAVATOR ACTION!
Your tweens will love snuggling on the couch with these cool Blankie Tails Shark Blankets. Blankie Tails™ are perfect for movie nights, sleepover, camping, road trips and just hanging out with friends and family. They come in kid size or adult and teen size.
I loved fashion plates when I was little and now they have this cute set for boys. Get ready to design your own amazing action heroes with this Action Plates Drawing Playset! Create and color endless combinations of comic style characters with this super new take on the classic rubbing plate drawing set. From jet packs to rocket boots, to super capes and robotic arms, you have the tools to draw a hero or villain to suit any adventure your imagination can dream up!
Everyone in your family will enjoy cracking open geodes with this exciting earth science kit. This fun National Geographic Break Open 10 Geodes Kit is a great activity for kids ages 5 and up. With 10 geodes of supreme quality, the whole family can take part in discovering the amazing crystal treasures inside. Geodes are incredible hollow rocks that are formed by volcanic eruptions. The included learning guide will teach you all about these unbelievable natural wonders and the crystals you’ll discover when you break them open.
Your boys will love this cool game of logic. The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! Pick a challenge card, 3 test tubes and 6 colorful balls to solve his scientific formula. Carefully move your materials from tube to tube without dropping them and position the balls as illustrated on the challenge card. This game is a great, hand-on, dexterity-based, brainteaser that can be played with friends or by yourself.
The highly-reviewed VTech Kidizoom Action Cam lets little videographers capture their adventures with videos and photos! The Action Cam is a great first video camera for kids and is durable enough to handle drops and tumbles and it is similar to the popular action camera for adults. It can go anywhere and do anything kids can do with two included mounts so they can attach it to their bike, skateboard and more. It also comes with a waterproof case so they can take videos and pictures up to 6 feet underwater! The Action Cam features a 1.4-inch color LCD screen and can take videos and photos in addition to stop-motion videos and time-lapse photos. Your child can also explore their creativity with fun effects, frames and photo filters.
Your young Star Wars fans will love this Playskool Heroes Star Wars Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon. Exciting adventures await with the Star Wars Millennium Falcon playset! Pretend to join the Han Solo, R2-D2 and Chewbacca figures as they work to save the galaxy aboard one of the most iconic vehicles in the Star Wars universe.
Fisher-Price Grow-to-Pro Pogo Stick is designed for children ages 5 to 8 years, with a maximum weight of 60 pounds, the Fisher-Price Grow to Pro Pogo stick promotes balance and muscular coordination as they learn to get on the Pogo with two feet and bounce up and down. Their self-confidence and self-esteem will get a boost, too, as they show their ability to balance and/or bounce on the pogo. This Pogo features an extra-big circular base to help beginners balance while easily converting to a narrower, traditional base for pros. It also has a skid-resistant surface to make it safe for learning at any level. The Grow to Pro Pogo is taking playtime fun to new heights!
The Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme is the Ultimate Imaginext set for Batman fans. With extendable wings, multiple projectile launchers, a hidden Batcycle, a voice changer, and real punching fists, your young Super Hero will have a blast defending Gotham City from all sorts of evil Super-Villain attacks! At over two-feet tall, the Batbot Xtreme towers over the enemies of Gotham City. This fully loaded robot also comes with projectile launchers on each shoulder and a hidden headquarters with an elevator that leads to the cockpit, where Batman can oversee the city. Amp up the action by turning another Power Pad to release the Batcycle and send Batman racing to the streets of Gotham City.
24. Pie Face Game
Your kids will get a huge kick out of this highly-reviewed Pie Face Game. The exciting Pie Face game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get splatted! Just put some delicious whipped cream from home or the wet sponge on the “hand” of this hilarious game unit and start turning the handles. It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face!
25. Swurfer Swing
Kids will love swinging all day with the Swurfer Swing and you will love that they are getting active! They can exercise or just relax on a nice, warm day in the backyard. Comes with 80′ of rope, enough to hang from a 20′ branch. The rope is double braided and UV/mildew resistant. Swing seat is made of hard-rock maple wood. Handles are adjustable for any height. Children can sit or stand on the swing. Maximum weight is 250 lbs. A great way for children to strengthen their core while having fun in the great outdoors! Made in the USA. Tool free adult installation required.
This Doinkit Darts set is always on display, right by the door when you walk in, at my local boutique toy store and it’s fun for kids of all ages. My boys always reach for the darts to try it out. This dart set is safer for kids than regular sharp darts and the darts contain N-35 Neodymium rare earth magnets, which are super strong, high quality magnets. What a great gift ideas for boys so that they can safely practice their dart skills.
Klutz books are fun rainy day activities and make great gift ideas for boys. Your budding artists will love Star Wars Thumb Doodles from Klutz. This instructional book and kit comes with everything you will need to create fun Star Wars characters with your thumb, ink pads, plus a few pencils and a pen. Your boys will spend hours making silly Jabba the Hut or Yoda pictures.
Monopoly Game Star Wars is the hyperdrive version of the fast-trading property game, Monopoly! You can play on the Rebel or the Empire side, and your mission is to conquer planets and build bases so you can dominate the universe! When players land on your planets, they owe you rent – but the same is true when you land on theirs! Powerful Force cards will alter your destiny, but there can be only one winner. When every planet is owned, the game is over – and if the Force is with you, you’ll be the ultimate winner!
29. Ezy Roller
If you are looking for a cool and super fun outside ride-on vehicle, check out the Ezy Roller. My boys got these last year from their grandparents and they absolutely adore them. You have to watch the video to fully understand how to ride them. The Ezy Roller is very highly-reviewed and will last from ages 4-14. It comes with an adjustable extender bar to add length as your kids grow.
If your young boys are busy all of the time, they will love this Hog Wild Toys Air Strike Catapult. While this catapult is small, it suctions to your surface and your boys can shoot the spiky balls up to 40 feet. If you have two boys to buy for, wouldn’t it be fun for them to have catapult wars? It would keep them occupied for hours and I love the pricepoint of this fun toy!
If you have a little engineer at home, Snap Circuits are so neat and they really get them thinking. My 7-year old just started the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit, beginner set, but if your son is 8, he will like this brand new Elenco Snap Circuits Sound set. Your little engineer can create a voice changer, make echo sounds, record sounds and more. They can build over 183 projects with this kit.
Active boys will love this Air Hunterz Z-Curve Bow. This bow is designed with safety in mind and it while it shoots with great accuracy, it’s arrows are made of soft, foam. You can shoot these arrows amazingly far-well over 125 feet! While the recommended age is 8 and up, your 7-year olds can grow into this cool toy.
The LEGO City People Pack – Fun at the Beach is the best gift for any child who loves adding residents to their LEGO City sets. It features a range of beach-themed buildable models, as well as fifteen minifigures in one set! It also makes a great gift idea for LEGO City fans who already have other sets, or a great introduction to the LEGO City theme.
If your young boy enjoys reading, check out this Encyclopedia Brown Box Set. I used to read these books as a kid and they are just classics. If you have forgotten how heartwarming these books are, then check out the great reviews of these books. If you need gift ideas for boys that read, they will enjoy solving mysteries with Encyclopedia brown and you will enjoy the admirable characters in the books.
If you love this list of gift ideas for boys ages 6, 7, 8 and you need more gift ideas, then check out our great gift ideas page. We will be adding more gift ideas and holiday shopping tips all month. Be sure to sign up for our free newsletter so all the updates comes right your inbox.
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