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Really good "main" present for an 8 year old boy?

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CheerfulYank Sun 08-Nov-15 22:26:27

He likes Lego but has plenty. Loves Harry Potter. Loves gadgety stuff. Like robots, etc. (I saw a really cool one on Amazon that he'd love but it was $300 and that's a bit over budget.)

Any ideas?

Enkopkaffetak Sun 08-Nov-15 22:28:11

Harry Potter World tickets?

CocktailQueen Sun 08-Nov-15 22:31:04

Metal detector? A proper one?

RainbowRoses Sun 08-Nov-15 22:31:43

Build your own robot kit

Pobspits Sun 08-Nov-15 22:47:23

Snap circuits?
The new star wars robot sphere thing?

JonSnowKnowsNowt Sun 08-Nov-15 22:49:24

Hot Wires

TheSpottedZebra Sun 08-Nov-15 22:50:06

Raspberry pi?

TheSpottedZebra Sun 08-Nov-15 22:50:18

Coding lessons?

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 08-Nov-15 22:51:40

Ds3 is 8 and is fervently hoping that Father Christmas will bring him a huge Millennium Falcon.

Father Christmas isn't convinced she can afford it.

1122christy Sun 08-Nov-15 23:08:31

My nearly 8 year old son wants Lego Dimensions game. Similar to Disney infinity and skylanders. Can make up the cars etc before playing them on the game. I think it looks brill

daisydalrymple Sun 08-Nov-15 23:21:12

Scalextric?
Harry Potter monopoly. (My 6&8 yr olds absolutely love monopoly!)
How about some spy stuff? You could maybe make a kit with bionic ear, binoculars, usborne do a couple of great spy books ( we had a run on spy stuff last year, trying to remember anything else) invisible ink pen with revealing torch

AlbusPotter Sun 08-Nov-15 23:23:07

There is a new illustrated version of the first Harry Potter book out here in the UK- it looks amazing and I will be buying it for myself for my Potter mad 9 year old. Both children have asked for a Teksta Robot Kitty and Puppy. I have bought them and am really impressed! They retail at £60 but I got them on offer for £25. They have over 100 actions/ responses while eventually learning a special trick and can be controlled by an app or hand motion. One of my very techy children will love the app idea. I think the robots also interact so should be fun. I have girls who love technology and Potter grin

AlbusPotter Sun 08-Nov-15 23:25:35

Oh there is also a dinosaur robot in the same range and some other creatures.

daisydalrymple Sun 08-Nov-15 23:53:09

albuspotter yes that illustrated book is so gorgeous! Ds1 is having it for Christmas for us to enjoy !

CheerfulYank Mon 09-Nov-15 02:22:40

Oooh thanks for all the ideas!

He would love to go to Harry Potter World but the one here in the States is so far away. We would like to someday though!

LittleMissGreen Mon 09-Nov-15 09:14:27

If he likes gadgety stuff how about Little Bits electronics kit so he can build his own. I've got DS who is 9 the arduino kit and a space kit as he loves programming stuff and doing electronics.

Oldraver Mon 09-Nov-15 09:31:06

Albus Where did you get the Teksta for £25.00 please ?

pinkandsparklytoo Mon 09-Nov-15 09:32:15

My 8yo boy is getting a camera. Sadly Santa can't afford the £700 drone he thinks he also needs to film his Dr Who episodes.

MashaMisha Mon 09-Nov-15 09:42:52

Have you seen the Lego education stuff?

They have things like a robotic crocodile that plugs into the computer, and a wind turbine with a gauge that shows how much electricity it is making.

I have seen them available in Germany, but it looks from the website that in the UK you maybe can't buy them individually, but only in a set for the classroom.

They look really good though! here is where I have seen them in Germany, and they do deliver abroad, I think.

MashaMisha Mon 09-Nov-15 09:50:16

Ah, just seen you are in the US, my post probably won't help you then!

AlbusPotter Mon 09-Nov-15 12:32:08

daisydalrymple have you seen the deluxe version.. So expensive but one day!!
Oldraver I got them from Asda online last week for £24.99 Smyths had the dog for £35.99 and the cat for £30- Amazon have the cat for £30 at the moment grin

Pobspits Mon 09-Nov-15 20:51:04

harriet I've just bought that millennium falcon for ds's Christmas or birthday - it does look pretty good but definitely playing for the Star Wars name too

shazzer33 Mon 09-Nov-15 20:56:13

have a look on here they have a lot of scratch map type gifts my boys love them : ) ..
letteroom.com

BerylStreep Mon 09-Nov-15 21:00:53

Mines getting a bike. Santa is bringing a matching helmet, drinks bottle, Anthony Horowitz spy books, spy walkie talkies, a fluffy blanket and some lego.

I love the idea of Harry Potter Monopoly. Must google it.

daisydalrymple Wed 11-Nov-15 19:34:21

albus wow! Just looked now. £150??!! Phew, I need to lie down! There goeth the complete budget grin

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