Gift Guide for an 8 Year Old: Here are some great ideas for boys and girls aged six and over. I have tried to keep it as gender neutral as possible although some big favourites included with both Monkey and his little girlfriends. Just like my other guides this year you also have the chance to win all the contents worth £295

Orchard Toys – What a Performance

We are huge fans of Orchard Toys so this is on the top of our list our year.  This is an all-action board game of silly fun for the whole family! The game has  over 300 fun challenges to perform, with a magic decoder reveals hidden forfeits. Race your way around the performance board to be the first player or team to reach the finish, with lots of fun noises, actions and activities along the way. Can you pretend to be a monkey, make a noise like a firework or wiggle your ears? If you can’t, use the magic decoder and reveal your hidden forfeit on the back of the cards! What a Performance has an RRP £16.95

From the Sewer to the Stars- Personalised Kids Book

This is a fantastic new personalisable book with an eco theme that is aimed at inspiring kids to save the planet. It’s got a couple of comic book-style eco-themed stories and some really nice practical activities inside for kids to do, as well as more info on the 7 eco challenges facing the earth. The book is aimed at children aged six to 12 years old and is fully personalisable, placing individual children at the heart of two eco adventure stories – featuring their name and an avatar version of themselves on the book’s front cover and throughout. The result is an interactive toolkit aimed at inspiring and empowering children to rise up and work together to help protect the planet. The book is of great quality, the printing bright and the pages thick. A hardback version has an RRP of £24.99 you can order online from WatAdventure.

Hydraulic Gearbot Wooden Construction Kit

Monkey loves building things and anything with a STEM bias is top on my list. Made from plywood and MDF, this cool hydraulic catapult will have you running back and forth across the living room as you fire off round after round of home-made ammunition. A fun and playful gift suitable for any enquiring mind aged 8 and up, this catapult building kit will provide a satisfying task for old and young alike. It takes approximately two hours to build. The set includes all parts required and glue, it has an RRP of £19.99 and is available to buy from The Present Finder.

Haribo Hamper

We love Haribo I am not sure I know anyone doesn’t! So this Haribo Hamper is bound to be a big hit. Featuring a merry mix of sweet treats, the HARIBO Hamper makes the perfect present to unwrap on Christmas morning. Bursting with choice, this sweet gift includes something to suit all tastes with sweet and sour Bear Buddies, Squidgy Strawbs, Jelly Beans, Balla Stixx, Chamallows and delicious Dummies Z!NG. RRP £10

Stib Inspirational Colouring Pencils

Designed to inspire children to feel good on the inside, do good on the outside, each pencil is embossed with a positive ‘spark’ word and comes in a handy brightly coloured tube which also includes a pencil sharpener, sticker sheet or colouring templates. 10% of profits go to charity. Coming in packs of twelve they make a great stocking filler RRP £9.95 and include the words – Great Leader, Good Listener, World Changer, Earth Lover, Self Believer, Big Thinker, Freestyler, Team Player, Storyteller, Problem Solver, Joy Finder and Peacekeeper.  You can find stockists online at Stib Pencils.

JuniorJams Bluetooth Headphones

Created by Puro Sound Labs, the award-winning leader in Healthy Ears® kids’ the sturdy JuniorJams Bluetooth headphones are perfect for kids. They have been designed for performance, safety, durability, and comfort at an affordable price. One of the key features is the 85dB volume-limiting technology which means kids can’t crank up the sound to hearing-damaging levels and will still get great sound. They have a sturdy and stylish aluminium headband construction and an ultra-comfortable protein leather ear cushion make the headphones easy to wear whilst still delivering 87% ambient noise isolation. Not only that but they provide up to 22 hours of playback and come with a lovely hard case which makes them ideal for travelling. The JuniorJams are available from Amazon for £49.99.

Monopoly Voice Banking

Being long term fans of Monopoly, there are now so many versions I have lost track. This is their latest  which features lights and sounds and comes with an interactive Mr Monopoly banking unit.The iconic Monopoly top hat is voice-activated, and the personality of Mr Monopoly really shines as he handles all of the transactions. He keeps tabs on players’ money and properties so there’s no cash or cards to think about. Talk to Mr Monopoly and he responds. For example, press your token’s button and say, ‘Buy Bow Street’. Mr Monopoly will then track the transaction, keeping the game moving. Making it easier to play with younger children. Although there may longer be no paper money the objective is still the same.  Players travel around the board aiming to be the person with the most money and highest property value to win. Monopoly Voice Banking has an RRP £29.99

Take N’ Play Travel Games

These games are ideal for taking on the road and are a great alternative to screen time. The come in a square tin which makes them easy to transport, plus they are magnetic so you are unlikely to need to scrabble around in the back of the car to find the pieces. We chose hangman and tic tac toe both games we play regularly in restaurants, always hunting for a pen and paper. I now no longer need to worry as these will slip easily into my bag. Other variants include Bingo, Chess, Checkers and Matching. Each retail at £7.99 each

Top Trumps Quiz Harry Potter

Predicted to be a best seller this Christmas these Top Trumps Quiz cards are perfect for any Harry Potter fan. Card games are also great for travelling and these cards include 500 questions across 100 cards, with glorious Harry Potter images and trivia galore. Can you answer more questions than your duelling partner….?? Suitable for ages 8+ they come in an easy transportable plastic case RRP £9.99

Wingardium Leviosa Kit

Keeping on the Harry Potter theme, this Wingardium Leviosa Kit is sure to create some fun on the big day. We are currently reading the Philosophers Stone so this kit will allow the receiver to create the iconic moment. It comes with everything you need to make the feather fly.  Simply Swish and Flick with the wand and the feather will magically levitate! (Or if you want the boring answer-The feather is suspended from by a high-tensile Aramid fibre thread. The thread is approximately twice as strong as steel of the same thickness but almost totally invisible from 6 feet). RRP £14.99 available from the Prezzybox

Secret Agent Lie Detector Kit

Your mission is: to make a lie detector kit! Try your hand at electronics and find out loads of fun facts about electricity as you make this cardboard lie detector kit to test family and friends. Ideal for kids that love construction they STEM set will not take up much space, yet it contains everything you need to make the lie detector, although you will need a 9V battery. Its makes a good introduction to electronics, and there is also full instructions and  fun facts booklet included. RRP £12.95 available from Rex of London.

Kayenne Junior swimming goggles by Aqua Sphere.

If you are looking for a practical present and have a budding swimmer in the family then the Kayenne Junior swimming goggles by Aqua Sphere are worth consideration. The adult version of the Kayenne has sold in its millions to outdoor and indoor swimmers alike and the Junior version is a small but perfectly formed copy, including the same amazing curved lenses for really wide and deep panoramic vision and a supersoft no-pinch seal.  Ideal for helping little ones with water confidence, the Kayenne Junior can help them to feel at home in the water as their vision is not obscured at the sides like traditional flat lens goggles, and the fit is superb, meaning they are super  comfortable and super fast and easy.  No fiddly on-off fitting at pool side!  Just pop them on and have fun!  RRP  £15.99

Detective Dot Mega Pack

I am a huge fan of educational toys and coding is becoming a core part of the curriculum. The award winning personalised STEM gift. The kit contains a Detective Dot book, CIA membership card, Six fun missions, Personalised CIA letter, CIA sticker sheet and Lifelong CIA membership. The set allows the receiver to learn to code without hardware or jargon. The activities complement UK computing curriculum and there is a free app which helps bring the kit to life.  Aimed for kids over the age of seven the mega pack costs £18.99 and is available to order and personalise online. 

Outdoor Adventure Compass

Ideal gift for Guides and Scouts the outdoor adventure compass can be used for hiking, orienteering and expeditions. Includes a simple navigation guide, which explains walking on a bearing and grid references. 125 x 60mm compass includes magnifier and direction of travel arrow. With measuring scales in mm and inches plus 1:25,000, 1: 50,000 and 1: 63,360 Romer scales. Waterproof and comes with a lanyard for ease of use. Created by Brainstorm  Toys it has an RRP of £10.00

The Kids Book of Paper Love

If you are looking for a creative gift then The Kid’s Book of Paper Love  is overflowing with 180 pages of fun and pull-out activities for writing, drawing, folding, crafting, playing and sharing. There’s a paper goody on every single page. Projects range from making a paper chain to a foldable house, crafting 3D paper frames to DIY paper beads, playing with a boredom buster cube and photo booth props, sharing fruit-shaped gift tags and a bouquet of flowers. In keeping with the Flow tradition, there are tons of signature pull-out goodies: metallic paper, glitter stickers, neon postcards, a fold-out banner, a DIY storybook and many more. RRP £14.99

Minecraft Sprites Boy’s Black Hoodie

Enjoy the world of Minecraft in style with this official Minecraft Sprites boys hoodie! A must have for little gamer fans this hoodie showcases some of the fan favourite characters from the popular game in a cool design across the front of the garment. The print captures Sprites such as Creeper, Snow Golem, Cave Spider and more; the high quality finish gives this hoodie a stand out look with great attention to detail. This boys Minecraft Sprites hoodie offers long sleeves and a hood, along with handy side pockets. Available in sizes from 5-6 years through to 9-10 years, RRP £18.99 available from Vanilla Underground online.

If you would like the opportunity to win the items included in this gift guide which are worth £295 then please enter via the gleam application below. For a full list please see the T&Cs below. Good luck!

Gift Guide for an 8 year old – worth £295

  • Competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 and over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and will receive the items mentioned in the gift guide, many of which are sent direct from the PR companies so I can not guarantee that these items will reach you before Christmas.
  • The giveaway will close on the 7th December at midnight, the winner will be notified through Twitter
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  1. Ruth Harwood Reply

    My son’s going to be 8 soon, these are great ideas not just for Christmas, but for his next birthday!

    • Laura Norcop Reply

      What lovely gift ideas 🙂 my daughter is still too young but I have a nephew this age who some of these ideas would be perfect for 🙂 thank you!

  2. Great ideas for my grandsons, I know someone who would love the minecraft hoodie!

  3. james jordan Reply

    Fantastic Prize 😀 keeping my fingers crossed 🤞 Wow 😮

  4. Ursula Hunt Reply

    I have 8 year old twin grandchildren, one boy and one girl so this prize could be shared out nicely between them

  5. Stacey Eborall Reply

    Fantastic gift ideas, I have an 8 year old and I’ve been stuck for what to buy her as it can be such an awkward age!

    • Josephine Pett Reply

      Secret agent lie detector, my granddaughter would love this 🎁🤞

    • Amy Stevens Reply

      Awesome selection of gifts. Especially the Wingardium Leviosa Kit as we love Harry potter

  6. Helen Catton Reply

    Thank you for the brilliant ideas. Perfect for my 8 year old!

  7. Priscilla Stubbs Reply

    Another great selection of gifts, some excellent ideas for my nephew

  8. Nadia Josephine Reply

    This is such an amazing bundle of goodies! I know my niece and nephew would love this!

  9. Susan Laing Reply

    Wonderful ideas for gifts always struggle to decide what to get for nephew

  10. Pippa Ainsworth Reply

    Some great ideas here, my 9 year old would definitely be interested in most of them!

  11. Some really helpful ideas as we have 3 nephews who’d love all this!

  12. Gemma Hendry Reply

    some great gifts here i like the look of the detective dot the most

  13. Rebecca Sutton Reply

    This would fantastic to win, my daughter would love all of it!

  14. Shelley Jessup Reply

    So many great gifts that my God-Daughter Sophie & my best friend’s son would love for Christmas. I think the favourite would the Detective Dot Mega Pack.

  15. Anthony Harrington Reply

    lovely selection of items, most of these would appeal to my Grandson

  16. Rachel Craig Reply

    Outdoors Adventure Compass, good for the young Explorer (accompanied by Dad for Safety and bonding experience).

  17. Peter Watson Reply

    Fantastic selection but I reckon the Haribo Hamper would be the 1st selected.

  18. Margaret Clarkson Reply

    This is such an amazing selection of gifts. They would be great for my Godson and my friend’s son.

  19. Martina Pichova Reply

    Brilliant ideas! My 8 year old son would love some of these presents and his younger sister would enjoy some others…

  20. Chloe bates Reply

    Great ideas, we’ve got 3 nephews so this has given us some tips on what to get them this year!

  21. Pauline vaughan Reply

    Thanks for this, my son turns 8 on boxing day. I not only have to find him Christmas presents but birthday as well. He doesn’t ask for much so I never know what to get him but there are some great ideas here.

  22. You’ve got the age group spot on my Grandchildren would be thrilled with this fantastic spread of goodies, thanks for the chance to win.

  23. Jamie Edwards Reply

    Loving the look of these! I’m finding 8 to be a really tricky age!

  24. paula cheadle Reply

    My granddaughter, niece’s and nephews would love these wonderful ideas

  25. If I ask the children what they want for Christmas, they say they don’t know. If I suggest a few things, I get a yes. Thank you for a list of good suggestions.

  26. Jeanette Leighton Reply

    Some fantastic competitions for this Christmas I need all the help I can get this year

  27. laura pyper Reply

    love the look of the JuniorJams Bluetooth Headphones I will be adding these to my daughters Xmas list

  28. Lindsey Stuart Reply

    This is a lovely gift guide, My 8 year old would be delighted to receive these goodies.

  29. Christine Sunter Reply

    I was wondering what to get for my god-daughter’s two daughters and these look good ideas.

  30. Carol Thomas Reply

    Great ideas for our nieces. The one is 8 so get poignant to her age. The other is slightly older but she would like too

  31. Layla Thomas Reply

    You’ve certainly given me an idea for my little mine craft fan.

  32. Nigel Soper Reply

    8 is about the age that lovely children can really surprise with flashes of ‘grownupness ‘ whilst still being gorgeously childlike most of the time. This often seems to be most obvious in eldest children who are 8, but is also true of other children, and us parents can be the last realise. When choosing the right gift I would recommend care and thought as there is nothing worse than buying a toy for 8 year olds that says it is suitable for 8 year olds , but then thought is to be for ‘little’ children by an 8 year old.

  33. Helen Eurell Reply

    What a brilliant giveaway! Would all be perfect for my 8 year old brother. Some great ideas for Christmas on here – thank you X

  34. Hayley Colburn Reply

    Haven’t entered this one but there are some great ideas especially the headphones, I guess they double up as a present for parents too as it gives us a bit of peace

  35. Fiona Aitken Reply

    My daughter would be BUZZING…. love the swimming goggles they look brilliant

  36. Some really great ideas for my soon to be 8 year old. He is one of the hardest people to buy for

  37. Natalie Burgess Reply

    Such amazing gift ideas, I have lots of 8-year olds in the family and friends kids so has given me some inspiration xx

  38. Debbie Hawkins Reply

    Fantastic ideas for my nephews as well as my daughter. She would particularly love the headphones

  39. Tracey Whysall Reply

    Great ideas for my 8 year old. Thank you for the inspiration!

  40. Great selection and makes me wish mine were little again but that is a common theme these days with my firstborn living overseas. #BloggingClubUK

  41. Not entering as I don’t have anyone in the age range but some great ideas for a couple of years time!

  42. Rachael Sexey Reply

    Wow thank you for this gift guide. I think my son would absolutely love the hoodie, he is hoodie obsessed

  43. Stacey Leigh Reply

    Great ideas , my son is 8 I find it a hard age to buy fir especially with boys

  44. Samantha O'D Reply

    Some great suggestions, i find this a difficult age to buy for

  45. Hannah Lord Reply

    Such a great selections of gifts perfect for my eldest son for christmas

  46. Hannah Rowley Reply

    This has helped me loads for my daughter i was really struggling for christmas ideas!!

  47. Sam Cornford Reply

    My 8 year old daughter would love most of these. To be fair I’d quite like some of them to.

  48. Debbie Dale Reply

    What amazing prizes – these would be perfect for my grandchildren, would be delighted to win

  49. Victoria Prince Reply

    I know a little boy that would love absolutely everything in this guide!

  50. Arabella Bazley Reply

    What an amazing selection. There are some brilliant ideas for young boys who love fiddling around with projects. I particularly like the Lie Detector Kit, that would lead to all sorts of mischief, the Monopoly Voice Bank and the Hydraulic Gearbot and who does not love a compass. I remember my brother being given a chemistry set as a young boy which was great fun until he started making up his own experiments and throwing left overs out of his bedroom window. The paintwork was stained for years! I’m sure a Hydraulic Gearbot would be far less dangerous.

  51. Christine Lockley Reply

    Yet more great ideas, thanks! Perfect ideas for my 7 year old twin grandchildren and even their 9 year old brother wiuld love the headphones.

  52. Kayleigh Simmons Reply

    Lovely prize, both my son and daughter would love all of it

  53. Claire Elizabeth Noke Reply

    My little lad would LOVE the minecraft hoodie !!! Big Minecraft fan XX

  54. My seven year old would love these. She wants to be an inventor so would go mad for the Lie Detector Kit and the Catapult. And the Haribo box would fuel all the hard work! Great selection of ideas, thanks.

  55. Pauline Burroughs Reply

    Some really good ideas for presents. My granddaughter is 7 and she would love most of these

  56. Elizabeth Yeates Reply

    This is an awesome set of prizes. I love the lie detector kit,

  57. Anthea Holloway Reply

    What a super selection of gifts. I love these ideas. My granddaughter would love them all!

  58. Fiona Johnstone Reply

    Such great ideas. I haven’t bought a thing yet but these gifts have given me inspiration to get going.

  59. Teresa Sheldon Reply

    Some lovely ideas here again, particularly like the paper book full of activities looks great fun

  60. Gerri Tennant Reply

    A lovely selection that would enable several generations interact, keeping them off screens and TV.

  61. Karen Usher Reply

    I was at a loss for what to get my son for xmas, some great ideas here that I have added to my wish list! Have to get started xmas is so close!

  62. Adrian Bold Reply

    Thanks for the great ideas and the competition. Good luck everyone!

  63. Fantastic ideas- I have a 9 year old who would love some of these, particularly the headphones!

  64. Carly Belsey Reply

    Some great gift ideas, the Monopoly Voice Banking would go down well in our house

  65. Wow I love these as they are so practical, useful and realistic of a junior childs needs. I have an 9 and 10 year old but this would suit them too. Love the headphones wont be too loud for them. Love the practicality of thr magnetic travel games. Books are also perfect for my bookworms. I would love to win to share between my two. It would really take the pressure off and be magical

  66. Faye Harvey Reply

    Wow what an amazing giveaway, what 8 year old wouldn’t love this!!

  67. Great ideas Thankyou. I find it so difficult knowing what to buy as my nephews get older x

  68. Sian Buckingham Reply

    My lad would absolutely love a haul like this for Christmas! Someone is going to be very lucky! 🙂

  69. Kelly Wheelhouse Reply

    Some fantastic gift ideas here! I’ll definitely be getting some of these 🙂

  70. Another really helpful list. Thank you. Particularly like the Minecraft hoodie.

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