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25 Best Gifts for 7-Year-Olds

by Melissa Willets


25 Best Gifts for 7-Year-Olds
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Being 7 is awesome!

 

At this age, most kids are in second grade, and getting more and more independent, seemingly by the minute. It’s an exciting time as you see your 7-year-old reading without help and finally understanding what day, week and month it is! As in, there are only 8 more months until they turn 8.

 

Meanwhile, 7 is about forming big opinions. They love a certain book and won’t read anything else! They hate wearing jeans, and insist you buy only stretchy pants! In addition to (really) knowing what they want, 7 is the age kids develop a true sense of self-awareness, and the ability to reflect on the world around them. They probably share a lot of their observations and questions. And more observations and questions. And more observations. And questions.

 

At 7, kids are still carefree, playing and burning off mad energy. Even if your child is all about riding bikes, coloring, just lost their first tooth and still cuddles with a teddy bear at night, they may deal with important issues like bullying, peer pressure and struggling to handle criticism at school or in sports. Talk to your child about their day, and get to know their teachers, coaches and friends. A standing family game night is a great way to stay connected to your increasingly competitive cutie, whom you may notice is eager to solve problems and learn new things.

 

Raising a 7-year-old is fun and challenging. And sometimes (so very) overwhelming. Buying a gift for them shouldn’t be. So read on to find out what toys kids their age are totally freaking out over, including video games, board games, functional finds, books and gadgets that are just about having fun. You’re sure to come across something that is just right for your sweet, sassy, smarty-pants 7-year-old.

 

25 Best Gifts For 7-Year-Olds

 

 

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Tooth Fairy Pillow Kit

Price:$17.00

Wiggly teeth mean a visit from the tooth fairy is imminent! This tooth-shaped, felt pillow comes with a sweet, little notepad for your child to write a note to the fairy, a diagram for marking which tooth was lost and a pocket for storing the tooth with the note.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Super cute, not too small. I am happy with the pillow it’s well made. This is an adorable pillow! This is so cute. Perfect for any little boy or girl.”

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Awesome Jokes That Every 7 Year Old Should Know!

Price:$6.00

Kids this age are continuing to develop little senses of humor. Here’s a book just for them that contains age-appropriate jokes they can share with friends and family. A million times. At least.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Corny jokes. But from a 7 year old, intended audience, it's great!! Our 7 year old Grandson leaves this book in the van to read to the family on the way to school each morning. He’s enjoying it. My 7 year old son loves this book. He now thinks he’s the funniest person ever when telling us jokes from it.”

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GoLine Alarm Clock

Price:$30.00

Foster your second-grader’s sense of independence with this battery-powered (no cords!) animal alarm clock that doubles as a night light. Set the clock via remote control to change color when you want the kids to get up for school or if you’d prefer they sleep in on a weekend. You can even record your voice to wake them up!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Love this product. Really cute and the silicone bunny cover is so soft that you can't help to touch it. My son - who's afraid to sleep in total darkness - and I really love this little light. It is worth every penny. I would like to recommend it!!”

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Henry and Mudge Six-Book Set

Price:$11.00

Continue to encourage independent reading with this set of books they won’t need help to devour one after the other. Cynthia Rylant’s six-book set takes kiddos along on the adventures of Henry and his beloved dog, Mudge, and includes adorable illustrations that will have your child smiling each time they flip the page.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I'm so glad I bought these! My seven year old son is an excellent reader, but he doesn't enjoy reading. He can read anything, but I have a difficult time finding books that grab his attention. The Henry & Mudge series did just that and he asked me to order more.”

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Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild

Price:$10.00

Kids are all about graphic novels these days. Dav Pilkey’s The Dog Man series, from the creator of Captain Underpants, is popular with the 7-year-old crowd, trust. Try this top-selling book from the series, but your child will soon be asking to read more about a superhero dog and his comic crew of misfits.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My son loves these books! This one was one of his favorites so far. He literally laughs out loud. What can we say, the kids love the series.”

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Owl Diaries 5-Book Set

Price:$25.00

Second graders are in love with Rebecca Elliott’s series that chronicles Eva the owl and her schoolmates growing up in Treetopolis. The books are easy enough for a 7-year-old to read independently, and they’ll love the humor and sweet lessons from each story, as well as the cute and creative illustrations.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“GREAT book set! This is the first time I have seen my first grader read for 45 minutes straight. She loves these books. Purchased for a second grader who wanted books that are fun and easy to read in short settings. These are perfect for her needs.”

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Melissa & Doug Magnetic Responsibility Chart

Price:$15.00

Help kids manage their chores, develop personal responsibility, and establish goal setting with a weekly behavior chart and calendar that includes 90 magnets they can arrange themselves. When your child completes a task like cleaning their room or putting away their laundry, reward them with praise you can personalize. Dry-erase board, hanging cord and blank magnets included.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Our little guy is getting to the point where he needed a bit more structure and some basic accountability. This chart did the trick! I like the selection of magnets and the layout. It has a lot of good suggestions for behaviors and chores, and I love that it can grow with your child. It has things as simple as brushing your teeth and sharing, all the way to putting your clothes in the wash and loading the dishwasher.”

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Gizmo Watch with 2-Way Calling

Price:$120.00

Want to be able to get in touch with your child, but don’t feel they’re ready for their own cell phone? You aren’t alone! A Gizmo watch with 2-way calling is the answer. Kids can program up to 10 parent-approved contacts in the watch so they can call Mom, Dad, Grandpa and Grandpa after soccer practice or if they forgot their lunch. The watch also features fun games to keep them busy while waiting for a ride or a doctor’s appointment. To be paired with your cell phone carrier’s calling plan, and includes GPS locator.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My son really loves his Gizmowatch, since he is only 7 and I didn't really want to buy him a real phone the watch was a perfect alternative to that issue.”

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Spooner Board

Price:$45.00

This toy may look simple, but the balance board helps kids learn how to skateboard, surf, snowboard and improve core strength for basically any other sport they play from soccer to gymnastics to swimming. Parents love that it’s usable indoors or outdoors, and that kids can play with and practice on it for years to come.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Bought this for my son who can't play outside as often with winter, and we love it. We got our money's worth the first couple days! My 7 year old loves this.”

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Lite Brite

Price:$20.00

Turn on the magic of a classic toy with a Lite Brite! If your child can pry the colorful pegs away from you, they can create light-up pictures of anything their imaginations can conjure. This updated set has a bigger, brighter screen and 200 pegs, and kids can even change the light modes to put on cool light shows! For their parents. Who aren’t at all playing with this while their kids are asleep.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My wife had always wanted one of these as a kid but never got one. She was so excited to see it and has done a lot of pictures with the kids. Very fun and nostalgic. My daughter loves creating pictures with the lights.”

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Mini Hornet Bike Accessory

Price:$25.00

Today’s bike horn is this sound effects machine that attaches to your child’s fave set of (two) wheels. The easy-to-attach winged toy features 25 different sounds, from a trumpet to a police siren, and lights for night riders.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“OMG, I love this thing! It's a lot more fun than a traditional horn or bell. The light is not good enough to shine on the road but provides excellent visibility for others. Fun, fun, fun.”

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Color Your Own Water Bottle Kit

Price:$10.00

Kids can personalize their own sturdy water bottle with markers and gemstones. Made with non-toxic materials and a backpack clip for transport to school so they can show off their creativity!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“cute and easy my kid loves it! Great gift for girls. Colors stay on does not rub off. She brings it to school every day. Great gift idea.”

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ZOOB RacerZ Car Designer

Price:$40.00

Is there any little boy who wouldn’t love the idea of creating his own vehicle? Make up to 3 different cars with 76 gears, axles and joints that encourage learning and problem solving, as well as fun!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It’s kept him occupied for hours at a time. I love that the price is so reasonable and that the pieces are so easy & fun to use. This set is great to get creative minds working and little hands building. What's more, you actually get to play with the final product!”

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Sphero Mini Blue Robot Ball

Price:$50.00

Because every 7-year-old needs a robot. But seriously, they do. Kids can drive the ping-pong-ball-sized robot and play games with the associated app — but wait! The set includes bowling pins and traffic cones so kids can create obstacle courses for their colorful, LED-lit robot. Kids can even learn coding to train their ‘bot on the app. They can actually use facial recognition to drive the ball, too. Seriously!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“OK, so I have to confess I originally bought one of these for my son and it was just too much fun not to get one for myself as well. Great balance between fun and learning. My daughter (7 years old) got this for her birthday, and it has been a total hit at our house.”

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Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall LEGO Building Kit

Price:$100.00

Harry Potter plus Legos? Yeah, that’ll be an awesome gift! This advanced building set is a perfect project for the entire family and will get younger kids to think critically and work to problem solve as they help build Hogwarts Great Hall. It includes 878 pieces and includes 10 minifigures for play post-building. Psst, parents: It’s OK if you continue building for a few hours after the kiddos hit the hay. We won’t judge.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is a pricey set, but there's a lot of value in it. We got it as a centerpiece birthday present and it was a big hit, as you can imagine. My 7 year old loves Harry Potter and LEGO. I am obsessed with all things Harry Potter, and we were both so excited for this set!”

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Super Slime Studio by Cra-Z-Art

Price:$17.00

Slime is a fact of life with modern-day kids. This cool slime maker includes everything kids need to create slime; all they need to do is add the ingredients and turn the handle. They can add glitter or paint for extra fun.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The little girl I got this for loves it! This is a great gift to buy for your kids that love slime. We always seem to fail at the slime recipes but this one worked great!”

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Minecraft Starter Collection for XBox One

Price:$20.00

Other than slime, Minecraft is pretty much all kids talk about these days. It’s basically an adventure game kids can play with their friends online. This starter set includes a Minecraft base game, 700 Minecoins and the Starter Pack DLC. XBox sold separately.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Great game for the whole family. It’s a tool all beginners should purchase to become knowledgeable on how to master on how to play the Minecraft. Great for someone getting into the Minecraft world for the first time. My kids absolutely love this game... I recommend this game for anyone that has kids.”

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Operation

Price:$18.00

Classic toys are making a big comeback. Who remembers Operation? Kids will feel challenged avoiding the infamous buzz! Perfect for family game night, a sleepover or a winter weekend afternoon.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Awesome family game! Not too easy, not too hard. My family and my son have had so much fun playing this game. I decided to purchase it for my 7 year old grandson and he loves it.”

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Rubik’s Cube

Price:$10.00

Nostalgia lives on with another classic game that is back again. Kids will get sucked into the glorious frustration of trying to master the Rubik’s Cube just like their parents did. What a great toy for engaging today’s children, and revisiting a simpler time before endless screen time was the norm.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My kids love it. Perfect for kids to learn and remember steps. It also helps to improve kids memory in learning process.”

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Underwater Play Sticks

Price:$10.00

Dive sticks are a great toy for kids who already know how to swim but can also help kids who are learning build confidence to put their faces in the water. Each stick in the 5-pack comes with a point value on top for game play and competition. The sticks are highly rated on Amazon, inexpensive and make a great gift for summertime water fun.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The sticks work great for teaching kids how to actually swim. The kids LOVED playing with these. It's fun for the kids to compete for the ones with the highest points on them. I am impressed with how well they have held up all season-they are all still in great shape & show no signs of tearing or the color fading.”

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Just My Style Scrapbook

Price:$15.00

This kit is the ultimate way for kids to chronicle their adventures, hopes and dreams. The colorful, fun set includes 20 pages, over 500 stickers, 143 punch-out shapes, a pen, scissors, glue stick, and 150 sparkling stones and sequin shapes. Wow! What an awesome way to foster self-expression and creativity, as well as keep memories close to the heart.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It actually looks bigger and better in person. Easy for littles to use. Lots to do inside my daughter was 100% pleased!”

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Pillow Making Craft Kit

Price:$18.00

Kids will love creating this plush craft that comes with a pillow, a tool and multicolored fabric pieces. See their pride when the project is finished! Ideal for a long car trip or a break from school. There are tons of additional designs available for when your kiddo gets hooked.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is a fun craft for kids of all ages! This isn't anything fancy but my 6.5 year old daughter LOVED doing this and was very proud of herself. My daughter loved this. At 8, she was able to read the directions and complete the pillow entirely on her own. She loved doing it, and loves the pillow.”

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Betheaces Hover Soccer Set

Price:$37.00

This best-selling toy includes 2 portable goals and an LED hover soccer ball. Kids basically turn any floor surface into a soccer version of air hockey, which means no floor scratching! And the ball is surrounded by foam, so it won’t mark up or damage walls, furniture, pets or siblings.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It is absolutely a blast to play with! This hovering soccer ball was a huge hit with my kids! I absolutely love this soccer set...and so do my kids.”

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Peel-Off Nail Polish Set

Price:$15.00

This adorable Disney princess-themed nail polish set includes 15 bright and fun shades. When the polish dries, just peel it off, so no strong-smelling nail polish remover to bother with. Cute gift for any child who loves princesses, dress up and dreaming big.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The colors are quite nice, vibrant. The bottles are glass and very nice looking. The polish actually stays put until you pull or scrub it off. It doesn't smell bad. Won't stain tables or floors.”

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Uno Card Game

Price:$18.00

This game is guaranteed to inspire hours of fun and competition in your family. Kids will develop their ability to strategize, accept defeat and gloat when they kick your butt!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Great game lots of fun. Whole family loves it. We love playing this as a family. Timeless game for the whole family at a great price.”

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Crayola Inspiration Art Kit

Price:$25.00

Amaze kids with this 140-piece art set that includes crayons, colored pencils, washable markers and 15 sheets of paper. Everything fits neatly in a portable art case children can carry on vacation, to a restaurant, to a playdate or just into the living room.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“These sets have little spots for each and every crayon and marker, so my kids actually PUT THEM AWAY. Everything stays organized, and nothing gets lost. This set is absolutely wonderful! There is such a huge selection of beautiful colors with crayons, colored pencils, and markers and of course Crayola always has good quality products.”