Gift Ideas for 8 year Olds

Many Christmas gift ideas have been shared here on our blog in the past and I have a new list for you today all centered around what our 8 year old loves right now. My 8 year old is a boy, but most of these would be great for a boy or a girl!  Most of these are also loved by my 12 year old son, and my 5 year old daughter too. This is a list for a wide age range, my son just happens to be 8 and these are a few of his very favorites!

Gift Ideas for 8 Year Olds

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We all love this game!  My boys got it for a joint gift over a year ago and we have played it TONS. It is a game of balance and brings loads of laughter {sometimes tears with the younger crowd}. We love it so much we have given it as a gift! 

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Citiblocs

These blocks are a gift my kids got last year that have turned into a favorite. The unique creations built with a bunch of flat blocks amaze me! 

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Here’s my 8 year old’s recent creations…

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Straws and Connectors

Another family favorite!  Personally I love how quiet these are! Hours and hours of building fun.Straws and Connectors 705 pieces

Perplexus

This has become a recent favorite for both of my boys {8 & 12}.  The one shown below is the more advanced version, we have the original too.  They sit for so long and play this maze game.

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Rip Rider and RipStick

LOVE. THESE. Both of my boys, absolutely love both of these!

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Connect 4 Launchers

My 8 year old loves to play this game with me.  I don’t think we completely follow the rules, but we have so much fun with this one. This is also one my younger kids enjoy playing alone, it’s fun to just practice flipping the pieces!Connect 4 Launchers

See more ideas for boys here…

Christmas Gift Ideas for Boys

 

See our gift ideas for 5 year olds here…

Gift Ideas for 5 Year Olds

Gift Idea for Everyone with Kids!

Do you have kids?  Have grandkids?  Have friends with kids?  Teach kids?  Care for Kids?

I have a great gift idea for you!

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{disclaimer ~ I was sent the book free of charge to review}

The new book, 150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids,  from Asia of Fun at Home with Kids is simply awesome. The book alone would make an incredible gift, or you can get SUPER fun and create a gift basket with supplies to go along with the book. Asia provides ideas here on her blog, and there’s a page in the Amazon preview sharing the 15 items recommended for a gift basket or a simple get-started list. I compiled many of them here for you to glance through.

150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids contains ~

  • 50% all NEW activities never before featured on Asia’s blog.  It also contains favorites from the blog!
  • 120 activities can be completed using items found at a regular grocery store.
  • Most of the activities were designed to encourage multi-age/sibling play. 
  • All activities are coded and marked with allergy codes to make things easier for those of you with kids who have allergies.

The book is divided into 7 sections, each section contains multiple ideas!

  • How to Use the Book
  • Slimes
  • Doughs
  • Paints
  • Small World Play
  • Simple Sensory Activities
  • Do-It-Yourself Toys

We have already done many of Asia’s ideas, but when I presented the book to my daughter who is 5, she immediately saw the image on the front cover of the Frog World and wanted to make that, she loves frogs and water. 

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I must be honest and tell you that the night she asked wasn’t a night I really wanted to dye water blue and cut out foam lily pads.  It had been a long emotional day and I was tired.  But, I said yes.  It didn’t take me long to set both of my kids up with their frog worlds and it gave me about an hour of peace as they played. 

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They both went on to play with the bins again the next day. The effort I put in at the beginning proved to be totally worth it in the end.

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Sometimes I am super creative on my own and other times I feel my brain is dead and completely emptied of all things creative.  Asia’s book is a reminder that it doesn’t take much to do something creative like this.

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My kids are 5, 8, and 12. The 5 and 8 year old played with the Frog World, extensively. The 12 year old wasn’t home that night but probably would have joined them. My 12 year old has looked through the book and found many ideas he wants to try. It really is a book for a VERY wide age range.

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It is a recipe book for me.  An easy tool to pull off of the shelf to stimulate my thinking and give me the idea and the recipe all in one place.  I am so thankful to Asia for taking the time to write this and know it will bless many people out there, including me!

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See more here ~

This awesome book is available worldwide, most of my readers will happily find it on Amazon, there’s a link here to Amazon

Gift Ideas for 5 Year Olds

We have shared tons of Christmas Gift ideas in the past and have a list for you today all centered around what our 5 year old loves right now. My 5 year old is a girl, but most of these would be great for a girl or a boy!  Of course she also has other loves like My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, and Minecraft {thanks to her big brothers}. I wanted the ideas in this post to be more for gift buying outside of the known loves and give you some different ideas!

Gift Ideas for 5 Year Olds

 

Small Animals

We have so many of these set and my daughter plays with them all of the time!  We have collected most of our sets using coupons from Michaels, getting one set at a time with their 40 or 50% off coupon. We have also gotten some from Amazon and some as gifts.

Safari Pets Toob  Safari Animals

Colorful Counters

We have always had colorful counting bears but last year we did a review for Learning Resources and got a few more of these awesome sets.  Just like the Safari animals above, these are a top favorite.  She has several sets now and they are all mixed up in a bin together and are played with almost daily.

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Playmobil

She got her first and only Playmobil sets this past year and she LOVES them. We have this one and a unicorn set in a bin which also gets tons of play. Personally, I love how little space they take up! 

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Gobblet Gobblers

We have had Gobblet Gobblers for years and it was a favorite of my son’s when he was this age {he still likes it now too}, and now is a favorite of Ladybug’s.

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Sequence Games for Kids

We have the Sequence for Kids and she LOVES it.  It is the most requested game we have.  I want to get her the Letters version this year for Christmas!

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PlasmaCar

PlasmaCar’s are awesome!!!  We got our first one from a review years ago and have since bought a second one personally.  We all use the cars and love them. We even bought one as a family gift for my husband’s sister’s family a few years ago!

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Looking for more ideas for this age group?  Here’s our Preschool/Kindergarten Gift Idea post!Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

Do you have gift recommendations for a 5 year old?  Leave your ideas in the comments below!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

Over the years I have shared many Christmas Gift Ideas posts.  Below you can see direct links to our most comprehensive and popular gift idea posts to get tons of ideas.  I also have at least two new posts in the works for you. In honor of our current season of life and the ages of my two youngest children, I will be sharing 5 Year Old Favorites, and 8 Year Old Favorites. Stay tuned for these posts and in the meantime, enjoy browsing through the posts below.Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

Our Top Gift Ideas from 2013…

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Our favorite learning tools for tots and preschoolers…

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Our more detailed gift idea posts…

Christmas Gift Ideas for Tots Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers Christmas Gift Ideas for BoysChristmas Gift Ideas for Jesus Christmas Gift Ideas for Moms

See our gift ideas Pinterest board for links to all of these posts and some others I like that have been shared by other bloggers.

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Gift Ideas on Pinterest.

On the List ~ Animal Toobs

This is my final On the List post!  It has been fun sharing my favorite items with you, I hope these ideas have been helpful.See what has already been featured: Straws & Connectors, Indoor Energy Burners, Balance Bike, Bean Bag Chair, Letter Construction, Candy Construction Unique Riding Toys, and Foam Blocks!

Safari Animal Toobs

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Our tiny animals are one of the MOST played with items in our home. Ladybug is the biggest fan and has loved them since she was aware we had them!  She seriously plays with this collection more than anything else we own.  I am consistently adding to the collection in various ways; Zulily credit, Amazon sales, 50% off coupons at Michaels and gifts from others! 

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I find our animals playing with her in just about every situation you can think of. They are constant companions!

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I also pull specific animal sets in to use for our Continent Box studies {Australia shown below}.

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I also add any animals beginning with our current letter to our Alphabet Basket collection! Below you can see our monkey collection hidden in for our Letter M basket!

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The best way to get a good deal on the Safari Toobs is by using a 40-50% off one item coupon at Michaels or a similar store.  Often the toobs are found on the end caps of aisles.  A normal price for a toob is between $8-11, so with a coupon they are a great price! These little creatures are high quality and have lasted through MASSIVE play at our house for many years. If you have little ones, I definitely recommend building up a collection!

Do you already own an animal collection?


See more gift ideas On the List…

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{disclaimer ~ no company featured in my “On the List…” posts knew in advance that they would be featured, nor was I paid in any way to include any item.  Although affiliate links are used and some items were once review items, these are completely tried and true personal recommendations.  As you can always see from our photos, we own and use everything I recommend.}