Why Gifts Are So Important
Every Kid Loves Gifts!
Gifting is an exhilarating experience for both the giver and the receiver. And when there’s a child involved, it’s double the fun, the love and the excitement! Kids love getting gifts in the hope of their wish lists coming true, plus it kind of strengthens the bond of love, trust and comfort with the gift giver too. When buying for an 8 year old boy, his gift should be filled with awe-inspiring experiences that he would find both adventurous and amusing. A game or a toy that he can also learn from is a good example example as it is something that would enhance his cognitive skills as well as help engage him in interactive play.
Gifts Enhance His Birthday Experience
An 8 year old would be on the verge of being a tween, so he’d be fluctuating between playing games, or toys and also be trying to act detached and mature. He’d be very excited at the thought of getting new things and cool games or toys. When you choose a present for the boy consider the choice of selecting an item that not only keeps him busy but also improves his inherent talent. Look for things that he can share and play with, with his friends or in a group.
Makes Him Feel Like A Star!
Trends and styles change at a moment’s notice these days and kids are usually drawn to stuff that’s in the ‘cool league’ and socially acceptable. It would be wise to keep a close watch on what’s in and what’s out in terms of favorite celebrities, trending shows or movie characters, popular games, etc. Your choice of a gift should make him feel like a star not only in his own eyes but also look cool in his friend circle. Kids love gifts that are personalized, engraving his name on toys or games, stitching his names on a backpack, bath robe, or bean bag will add a unique feel to his gifts.
Delightful Birthday Gifts for An 8 Year Old
Scrabble Board Game
One of the most popular and old games in the world. Scrabble’s objective is to build interlocking words in a crossword type formation on the play board, using the tile letters, and being scored for each completed word. Whoever scores the highest wins! Your 8 year old will not only have fun playing this with friends or family, but will also end up building up his vocabulary. The game entails each player competing by using his/her tiles in combinations and locations that invite the best advantage of the letter values and premium squares on the play board. The game is apt for 2-4 players at a time, available on Flipkart and is priced at Rs. 499.
DIY Hydroelectricity Kit
This do it yourself kit includes elements of a working model of hydroelectricity power generation plant that needs to be created and presented to showcase how the water turbine rotation generates electricity and glows LEDs. This kit will help the child learn the fundamentals of electricity generation and enhance his creativity and learning skills. The package dimensions are 21.8 x 17 x 4.8 cm and it is priced at Rs. 335. It also includes a learner’s manual which provides details on how to conduct various experiments with the kit and the concepts covered. Get this kit DIY Hydroelectricity Kit from Amazon.in
Zephyr Oranges And Lemons Board Game
This board game’s goal is place the ball on the top of the pyramid, and the first one to do it is the winner. All the orange balls are to be placed on one side of the board in the holder and all the lemons in another holder one at a time. When 4 balls form a small square, the player can place his ball on top of them. Players can either place their balls from the holder to the play area, when taking their turn through any level or move the ball from the play area & place it on a higher level.
This game calls for the child’s creative thought process and logical thinking, builds on his social skills and capabilities as well as improves his coordination skills whilst strengthening his cognitive skills too. The package includes a game board, 15 orange and 15 lemon balls with an instructions booklet in different languages. Sourced from Firstcry.com it is priced at Rs. 399.
Nerf Firevision Sports Football
The Firevision Football is built with a Microprism Technology that creates a glowing streak of light any time of the day or night making it easier to play with. The Firevision frames (that come along with the football), when activated will reveal a glow ranging over a 100 feet. The ball does not require any charge and the battery powered frames will allow the kid to play for a long time without interruptions! The ball glows a different color depending on whether you wear red or green fire vision frames. The Firevision Football is priced at Rs. 3,499 and can be got from dashnjess.com
A pocket travel game that challenges the kids’ logical reasoning and deductive skills. Travel Mastermind is a classic game of strategy which involves the use of logic to decipher the competing player’s code, thereby challenging the players’ mental aptitude, and building their cognitive strengths.
The objective of the game is for the first player to create a code with 4 colored pins which the competing player needs to guess, with each turn the challenger uses a black & white pin to indicate if the competitor has the color or placement right. The white pin indicates right color but wrong placement, while the black pin indicates the correct placement and color. If the code is deciphered within 6 tries, the competitor wins the game. From Amazon.in this package includes a board and 24 pins, is lightweight and easy to carry around. It is priced at Rs. 126.
Electric Light Blocks
With these interlocking construction blocks, all one needs to do is add blocks to the base (powered by battery or USB cable) and each block will light up when connected! Compatible with other construction blocks of same size, the set of 36 or 102 blocks will inspire the child’s imaginative skills and inspire him to create some amazing art forms of geometric light, which can function in 4 different modes – always turned on, auto-off mode after 15mins, flash mode, and fade mode.
The birthday boy can go wild in designing his own night light, construct a high-rise building or an illuminated robot. Sky’s the limit to what his imagination can come up with! The components are made of ABS plastic, stainless steel, copper and electrical elements. They measure 11.5" L x 10" W x 2.75" H in packaging; 36 1.25" L x 1.25" W x 1" H blocks and include: 1 base in the 36 piece set/2 bases in 102 piece set with a USB cable, a DC cable and 3 AAA batteries, in addition to the building blocks of 36/102 pieces. It can also be combined with the LEGO duplo blocks. The set is priced at Rs. 2812 for a 36 piece set and Rs. 5818 for a 102 piece set. This fun game of Electric Light Blocks can be purchased from Uncommongoods.com
3D Pen Set
Child friendly pen that’s been designed with due consideration to child safety with no burn risks, the 3D pen is ideal for STEM learning and makes for the child’s creative, planning, building and spatial comprehension. It makes the 3D art form easy for the kid with the plastic hardening quickly, making it easier to draw in the air with only one speed mode and one temperature setting. The 3D pen set available on Amazon.in, includes a 3D start pen, 2 packs of eco-plastic mixed colors of 48 strands, a micro USB charger and an activity guide. It requires a lithium polymer battery which is also included in and the product dimensions are 14 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm. It is priced at Rs. 6,211.
GPS Tracking Watch
A smart watch with a GPS tracker is just what one needs for kids these days with their busy school and play schedules. With GPS and LBS, a dual mode positioning, parents can now keep a watch on their child all day long without leaving their work at home or office. The child can be tracked via messaging, website, iOS or android app.
After a full charge of about 3 hours, the long press the off switch of the watch for 3 seconds to turn it on, the watch will be active for the rest of the day. It is made of a high quality eco-friendly material with lower radiation levels in comparison to other devices and will protect the child’s vision and is water resistant. The Watch comes with a charge cable and a user’s manual. The dial is oval with a blue rubber strap and a touchscreen. Available on Flipkart.com, it is priced at Rs. 1,899.
An enjoyable brain teaser, this wooden game is a spin-off on Japanese logic puzzles and uses wooden marbles in nine different colors to solve each game. The objective of the puzzle is to place the marbles on the board by one of 104 puzzle cards (included in the deck) and solve a puzzle by keeping a marble of one color each in each of the 9 rows, columns and 3-by-3 squares. With a clear solution to all the puzzles, strategy is how one will win this game! The game set is made of rubber tree wood and paper and includes 104 puzzles in 5 levels of challenge with a color conversion card, a card holder, a tray for storage and a solution booklet. The Colorku Puzzle game can be purchased from Uncommongoods and it is priced at Rs. 2,764.
Great for kids who’d like to learn riding a skateboard, this skateboard deck from Decathlon is made wood with 100% wood skate trucks, 100% aluminum 6061 bearing, 100% iron skate wheels and 100% Polyurethane. It is a short deck of 28"x7.8", making it easy to skate or ride on, it has a glued and laminated timber deck with aluminum truck, ABEC 3 bearings and 92A wheels for a unique and smooth glide. The skateboard, available on Decathlon.in comes with a 2 year warranty and is priced at Rs. 3,499.
Bonus Tip: Gifting by Interest
Tips on Gifting and 8-Year Old Boy
- There is a lot of scope for gifting when you look at the 8 year old and gauge his strengths and weaknesses and choose a present that would help him achieve, grow and play!
- STEM or Science-Technology-Engineering & Mathematic skills are the need of the hour for every growing child and very important in their future development. Constructing, engineering, exploring and experimenting toys and games not only provide for a promising learning platform for the child but also a fun activity that can be performed alone or within a group.
- Next comes the outdoor toys, which have the kids engaged in huge play power and should essentially be focused on them indulging in stimulating and active play repeatedly. The indoor games help kids burn off ‘over the top’ energy when they are huddled indoors, giving them an opportunity to play, learn and bond with family as well. This also makes for an excellent time for parents and children to communicate with each other, a time when everyone can be together and have a fun family evening.
- Then there are toys and games that make for dramatic play activity for kids, through which they can improve their vocabulary, storytelling skills as well as improve on their expressions and emotions.
- Finally, there are the arts and crafts kits that work on the child’s imaginative skills and independent growth.
The Gift Of Time To the 8-Year Old Boy
Gifts that improve cognitive skills of an 8-year-old boy while providing loads of fun are well chosen gifts. These need not be expensive or complicated but should be something that evokes his interest and curiosity. But even more important than gifts is spending quality time with him. Whether you are his parent or his aunt, make it a priority to give him your undivided attention not only on his birthday, but also other days as well.