January 26, 2021
The 10 Greatest Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys
Are you looking to delight the little boy in your life? We've got the top gifts for 8 year old boys they'll be sure to love.
It can be hard to decide just what to give the young kids in your life. Whether it's your child or just a little boy who is dear to your heart, it's tough because their interests are always changing and you don't know just how well the gift will be received.
We're here to give you a few ideas to chew on as you start your shopping. We'll look at some of the best gifts for 8 year old boys and why they're sure to stick out as some of the best presents they get all year.
Once you’re done reading, don't forget to check out additional gifts for pet lovers that your 8 year old may love as well!
Let's get started:
Excellent Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys
Before we get started, we should mention that not all gifts are received the same by all little boys. It's important to take the ideas we use below and ask yourself whether you should adjust them a little bit for the person in question.
If you're having trouble with a specific item, consider asking the child's parents if the gift would be well received. That said, there are some things that stick out as great gifts for anyone, let alone the children in your life.
So, with that in mind, take a look at the following ideas.
1. A Customized Pet Book
Any child with a pet loves that animal with all of their heart. There's something about the connection between a child and an animal that sticks with us throughout our whole lives.
That's why it's a great idea to base your gifts around that child's best friend, just adding to the collection of great memories that they have with their pet.
One excellent option is a customized book that names the animal, the child in question, and the hometown of them both. We offer a few different book templates to use as gifts for children with dogs.
Additionally, you can include up to three dogs in the story and have it flow seamlessly as a book that the child can read and keep for years to come. When they grow up a little bit and aren't around their furry friends anymore, the book will serve as a great reminder of all of the wonderful memories they had together.
2. Customized Pet Socks
What's more exciting than clothing with pictures of your beloved animal? As a kid, your interest in clothes has to do with how fun it is to wear and what it says about you.
Pet socks are fun for just about anyone, and when the 8-year-old boy in your life unwraps the gift of socks he might be a little confused until he realizes that they display his best friend.
Just get an image of the animal and we can help you customize the socks to fit perfectly as the best gift of the year.
3. Pet-Themed Masks
Children are reintegrating back into normal life and school right now. It's a challenging time, and the experience of going to school with a mask is confusing for kids.
Make that process a little easier on them by giving them a mask that they'll absolutely love. We offer the chance to customize masks for children, allowing them to display their beloved pets.
They'll be the coolest kids in school when they stroll in wearing a mask with their furry friends on the front.
4. Minecraft Accessories
Young kids and adults alike are extremely fond of Minecraft. Do some snooping to see if the 8-year-old in your life is interested in it.
If you find that they are, you'll be fortunate to have an entire world of gift ideas at your disposal. Minecraft is a huge, booming company that provides a lot of accessories and toys related to the game.
If the person you're buying gifts for hasn't played Minecraft yet, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get the game for them and see if they enjoy it. You never know, but if a large group of 8-year-olds is any indication, there's a good chance that they'll like it.
Minecraft and similar games are excellent ways for children to get "screen time" without actually engaging with the mindless stream of social media and information that's of no use to them.
Instead, the game allows problem-solving opportunities, chances to get engaged with others, and a program that they'll learn to use and operate that happens to be more complex than most of the technology they'll be required to use in school.
5. Miniature Acoustic Guitar
Children's guitars are great gifts for young people who might not have access to other instruments. They make smaller guitars for children and they tend to be relatively affordable.
Make sure you get an acoustic guitar first, though, because an electric guitar for a beginner might be a little too obtrusive on the ears of the parents. Try to couple the gift with some instructional materials and even see if you would have time to learn the instrument alongside the child.
Engagement with instruments at an early age is a great way for kids to build confidence, become fluent, and serve as an emotional outlet for them as they age and go through changes.
There's no telling whether or not they'll gravitate toward playing the instrument, but you're giving them the opportunity to do so at the very least. Provide a little encouragement and the instrument itself and you've got yourself an excellent gift that keeps on giving.
6. Give an Experience
All too many gifts are opened, played with, and forgotten. That's the way it tends to go with toys and other objects that don't really do much after the first few uses.
A great experience, though, is something that might stick with them for a long time and impact them meaningfully. Some potential options might be a short trip to a nature reserve or state park, hot air balloon ride, sports game (when the world allows it), or something else that you can do together.
You could even provide the offer to bring a few of the child's friends along to improve the experience. That might be difficult to manage with the pandemic in full swing, but you could even provide an offer that can be cashed in when things go back to normal.
7. A Year of Lessons
If it's within your budget to provide the little guy in your life with lessons for an extended amount of time, it might be a good idea to consider it.
Lessons for martial arts, an instrument, a skill, or something else of interest to them will provide them with a head start on developing a passion for that skill or activity.
These lessons could be weekly, monthly, or even more frequently. You might not even know what it is that they're interested in. In cases where you're not sure, you can consult with the parents to see what might be a good option.
You could even extend the offer to the parents to cash in when they see that their child has taken an interest in something that they could take lessons in. It's not necessarily a time-sensitive thing. The important thing is that you offer them a chance to develop a skill and really dig into a skill.
8. Something They Need
It sounds a little cheesy, maybe even boring. That said, if you're close with the family, it might be appreciated to offer up something that the little guy needs.
That could mean some school supplies, the funds for a field trip, or something else. In many ways, this is a gift to help out the parents, but it might end up benefiting the young boy more than any of the smaller gifts that you could buy would.
Be sure to talk with his parents first and make sure that it won't offend them for you to try and offer up something that they couldn't provide. The reality is that sometimes raising kids is really tough to manage financially, and the situation is even more dire right now considering a lot of people are out of work.
You might be nervous to ask whether it would be okay, but you could be surprised at how thankful the family will be that you offered. Again, something they need is much more valuable than something they'll enjoy for a short period of time.
9. Monthly Subscription
When you're little, there's something special about getting involved in the trivial things that adults do without thinking.
One of those things is receiving something in the mail every month. Whether that means getting a simple letter or something more involved like a monthly magazine subscription.
Snoop around and figure out what it is that the little guy might enjoy, and see if there's a magazine subscription or newsletter that you could have sent to them. An added benefit of this is that it will put them in closer contact with information about something they enjoy, hopefully, pushing them to get more involved in it.
There are a lot of different monthly subscriptions available that offer interesting services for children to use. For example, some programs send different arts and crafts every month, while others could send over information about different countries every time.
10. Affordable Family Vacation: Road Trip
The pandemic has people stuffed into their homes, wondering when in the world they're going to get out and experience life in a semi-normal way again.
One area of life that has gone remotely unchanged is camping and road tripping.
There's a risk to traveling, sure, but there are thousands of campsites all around the country that are open, well-maintained, and very safe. It's possible to pick out a destination, drive out, set up camp, and stay in the same location for a week or two.
For an 8-year-old boy, there are few things more exciting than getting out in nature and learning about how to function in the wild. Building fires, exploring the woods, cooking food on your own, and sleeping in the elements are all terribly exciting for kids.
That's especially true if they haven't had a lot of experience outdoors. Odds are, they haven't been engaging in those types of activities for a few months considering the fact that things haven't been open and the state of the pandemic has been up in the air.
See if you and their parents could plan a short trip out of state to a national park where it's warm and comfortable to camp. You'd be surprised at how short of a drive you might have to take to find comfortable conditions.
Once you get there, you'll be able to explore the country's natural wonders just as you would if there were no pandemic at all. Just think, you could stand in the middle of a mountain range without any potential human contact for miles!
The Point Is, Make it Meaningful
When you get a gift for the little person in your life, try to make it something that's personalized to them and meaningful for years to come.
A pair of pet-based socks or a book that has a story with his name and his pets' names will be a piece of their personal history that they're not likely to forget. Similarly, if you're going to spend money on something else, make it a memory maker or something that they can really get something out of.
An instrument and some lessons, for example, could blossom into an interest that informs the way they go through high school, college, and form their career. Some martial arts lessons could save them from a tricky situation in the future, build their confidence, and actually look great on future resumes.
There's no reason that a gift can't be significant, especially when kids are at such an impressionable and important age!
Need Some More Gift Ideas?
If you're looking for more gifts for 8 year old boys, we're here to put you in touch with a few ideas that you might love. We're here to guide you with more information and product options.
Explore our site for a great selection of gifts that will really make an impression on the young person in your life!
Written by Petventures
Petventures was created by a group of dog and cat lovers in New York and San Francisco, inspired by our amazing pets. While we occasionally growl and hiss at each other over the respective merits of our feline and canine companions, we are united by our love of art, storytelling and goofy critters.