Last year we started following the “minimalist” Christmas gift rule of 4: Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. I was tired of gifts that were opened and forgotten about, and with the addition of gifts from grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends, it was just too much. I wanted my kids to really think about what they wanted, and not just mindlessly pick things from a catalog or what they see in a store.
By including the “something you wear” and “something you need” items, I think it helps kids not take for granted all the clothes and extras we need to buy for them at other times of the year.
With that, I give you my Holiday Gift Guide for boys aged 7-10!
Something You Want
This of course is always the longest part of the list! Although they may only get one item from us, this list definitely helps give ideas to family members.
My boys really enjoyed the Ninjago movie, and while they had only had a slight interest in the Ninjago line before, after the movie they were really excited about these sets. They are also asking for Minecraft sets, in particular the Ocean Monument.
Both boys have a new-found love for “cool” cars, and have begun collecting Lego Speed Champions sets. On their list this year are the Bugatti Chiron, the Scuderia Ferrari, and the Chevrolet Camero Drag Race.
Following along those lines, my 9 year old has asked for a Hennessey Venom GT remote control car. Boys this age seem to be starting that itch for a driver’s license don’t they? Yikes!
On the other hand, my 7 year old with a wicked sweet tooth would like a Cra-Z-Art Cotton Candy Maker.
The big present this year will probably be the 3-in-1 Soccer Trainer Goal. Soccer has been a new interest for both of the boys this year, and I’m up for anything that gets them exercising and outdoors.
Something You Need
If your kids are into a certain sport, think about the type of gear they might like to have. A new soccer ball? New cleats? A new baseball bat?
Perhaps they need a new backpack, a new suitcase for travel, or a laptop (only if they are always using yours and truly need it for school!) Just make sure you stick to the “need” category here, it’s easy for a kid to say they need new skis, for example, when the ones they have work just fine, they may just not be the “coolest” ones anymore.
Something To Wear
While the boxing gloves and head gear could have fallen into this category as well, since they were really more of a need, the boys picked out a Ninjago t-shirt. This category is great for anything special that your child would like for his wardrobe, from a cool new pair of shoes to a Minecraft hoodie, a baseball hat or sunglasses.
Something To Read
My youngest son, 7, has been collecting the illustrated Harry Potter books as they come out. The latest, Harry Potter and the , came out in October but he was told he’d have to wait for Christmas. He also has asked for the new Dog Man book, Dog Man a Tale of Two Kitties, and the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.
My oldest (9) has on his list the illustrated version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and I know he’ll read the books my 7 year old is requesting as well, so it’s a win-win situation here! They have also just begun reading the Big Nate series, and are both fans of Encyclopedia Brown books.
I hope this list helps give you some ideas about what boys this age are interested in. Do you have any big ones I have missed?