What on earth to get 7 year old boy?

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imjustanerd Sun 20-Oct-19 14:52:18

Hi All

I'm just hoping someone has any ideas about what I can get my ds7 for Xmas.

So far we've bought him a bike as he has just learnt to ride this year and is too big for his old bike. All good on that front he knows he definitely needs a new bike and wants one.

Other than the bike and this expensive robot he's seen on YouTube called cozmo that he wants (we can't afford to get it by the way) I have no idea what to get him.

All he seems to be into is computer games and iPads, he already has a switch so we'll be getting him a game to go with that.

He's not interested in lego, playmobil, action figures, dinosaurs, he's gone a bit off cars, doesn't like any slime stuff or arts and craft stuff. He's not interested in anything really, won't play with any of his toys anymore.
He's got loads of games which he does enjoy so I was going to perhaps get him some harder ones like junior scrabble or monopoly.
He's not the type of child who likes to play on his own (he's an only child) he never has, he gets bored of most things quite easily I'm just at a loss of what to get him. I've looked online at all the toys for his age and most things just seem to be lego, he's just not into anything that requires sitting down to concentrate on.

Anyone on here have a child like this? Has anyone got any ideas on what might be a good toy/toys for him?

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Lalotai47 Sun 20-Oct-19 20:23:18

My 8 year old has asked for the new Toothless Hatching egg toy, a bow and arrow, a Jellycat cuddly toy octopus and Ology books. I have also bought him a wax seal kit (for sealing letters), Treasure X, a nerf gun and target and Anki Overdrive starter kit (bit like Scaletrix but uses tech as well). Maybe go for experiences rather than stuff? Ifly voucher? Or one of the toys that blends screen and physical pieces such as Osmo or Beasts of Balance.

Lalotai47 Sun 20-Oct-19 20:28:47

He received a Djeco magic set last year and loved it. There are videos online to teach them how to perform the tricks with flair!

imjustanerd Sun 20-Oct-19 23:08:26

Lalotai thanks, some great suggestions there. I'll be definitely checking them all out, some interesting things in there I wouldn't have thought of.

I love the magic set, I've been looking at some online but not seen that one before I think he would live that.

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elQuintoConyo Sun 20-Oct-19 23:19:06

We do lots of walks in woods, on beaches and camping. Some non-Legoesque gifts DS has loved have been walkie talkies (good solid Motorola ones, black Friday prices), binoculars and a metal detector.

He has Lego, playmobil and small cars coming out of his ears, so we don't want to get him more of that. My dad has bought him an airfix kit to do with him, he is getting Battleships (the old fashioned plastic game) and some Minecraft bits (annual, bedding, pants maybe. I'm also painting him a couple of Minecraft "artworks" for his wall grin)

And I've just ordered a big book of labrynths.

Cheerfulcharlie Sun 20-Oct-19 23:21:23

Wood carving kit! I know it doesn't sound very child friendly but you can get special gloves and knives that are aimed at children this age. Also maybe a good book about it too? My son has had hours of fun carving sticks.

Ricekrispie22 Mon 21-Oct-19 06:52:25

Basketball hoop and ball
Magnetic dart board
Hot Wheels
Bop It
Football kit

speak2me Mon 21-Oct-19 07:05:30

DS1 has just turned 7. Some of his presents were:
GALT Space experiments set
Star wars figure
Paint Pallete

DoraChance Mon 21-Oct-19 07:09:32

There's a robot called Boxer which is fairly similarly to Cosmo and quite a lot cheaper, got it for my DS and he's played with it quite a lot.

imjustanerd Mon 21-Oct-19 18:31:52

Thank you everyone for your replies, sorry I've taken a while to get back been busy with ds today.

There's some great suggestions from you all, definitely giving me food for thought.

Dora I'm liking the sound of the robot (and the fact it's a lot cheaper then cozmo).

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MindfulBear Wed 06-Nov-19 12:28:24

The osmo kit for iPad is good once it is set up and can interact with special real life toys that go with it.

We also like the lego robot - again once set up it interacts with the iPad so is a good crossover toy

Curfewgull1 Wed 06-Nov-19 12:40:54

Watching with interest. My 7 year old DS is exactly the same as yours OP.

Emsy352 Sat 16-Nov-19 21:05:54

What about this exciting interactive robot: https://coolgifts.com.co/collections/gifts-for-children/products/dodoelephant-robot-usb-charging-dancing-gesture-action-figure-toy-robot-control-rc-robot-toy-for-boys-children-birthday-gift

Or a Dinosaur excavation kit? https://coolgifts.com.co/collections/gifts-for-children/products/jurassic-dinosaur-fossil-excavation-kits-education-archeology-exquisite-toy-set-action-children-figure-education-gift-babya9bc00

Or this fun, wooden Tetris puzzle: https://coolgifts.com.co/collections/gifts-for-children/products/puzzles-magic-tangram-children-wooden-educational-game-lol-hobby-child-jigsaw-tetris-cubes-puzzles-kids-toy-children-boys-girls

ColdRainAgain Sat 16-Nov-19 21:16:53

@Cheerfulcharlie I know this is from a while back, but do you have any recommendations for a wood carving kit?? I've looked for my 10 yr old, but couldn't see anything that looked age appropriate and more than just a book.

Cheerfulcharlie Sat 16-Nov-19 21:40:52

I just bought these items separately, not a kit as such:




ColdRainAgain Sat 16-Nov-19 22:02:22

Thanks Charlie.
So, using wood from the environment, not the little softwood blocks ive seen?

Cheerfulcharlie Sun 17-Nov-19 10:40:30

Yes, just sticks from the garden!

Wallabyone Sun 17-Nov-19 13:06:05

We're getting ours an Instax Polaroid camera, some new books (the large illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, some craft books, an illustrated periodic table book, and some Michael Morpurgo). He's also getting Boggle, a new boot bag and drinking bottle for football. Lots of other small bits for the stocking too.

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