Do you have a birthday party coming up, but have no clue what to buy a third grader? We’re here to help you pick out the best present for an eight-year old with this useful gift guide. So whether the little boy you’re shopping for loves science, sports, the arts, or something else entirely, you’ll find an awesome gift idea here.

Home Planetarium

Home planetarium

Star-gazing doesn’t get any better than when you’re doing it from the comfort of your own bed. That’s why we love this home planetarium. This compact devices projects millions of stars and galaxies on the ceiling and walls of a dark room—allowing kids to explore the cosmos and learn about constellations, planets, and so much more. Pop the audio recording into a laptop and listen along as the narrator takes you through the depths of space—or do the teaching yourself!

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Remote Control Car

Remote control car

An eight-year old might not be able to drive a full size car yet, but he can definitely have fun with a miniature remote control version. This remote control car has two motors—all the better to explore uneven and difficult terrain. It also comes with high quality tires for traction and speed and a long range remote that operates on two different frequencies for more precise communication. Suffice to say, this remote control car has the ability to hang tough with rugged little boys, so they can have fun terrorizing siblings, driving this car all over the house and yard, or mounting a GoPro to record wild footage.

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Trampoline

Giant trampoline

Make an eight-year old the most popular kid on the block when you give him this trampoline. Compared to other backyard jumbo trampolines, this one is reasonably priced, rated highly for safety, and has something most other do not—a basketball hoop. Just make sure to keep an eye on the kiddos when they’re jumping, flipping, and slam dunking basketballs on this super fun toy.

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Nerf Gun

Nerf Gun

Nerf guns have been around since the late ‘60s and have proven to be a household favorite kid’s toy. This plastic toy shoots foam pellets so kids can have fun waging battles on each other in the backyard, doing target practice on army men, and more. We will say that guns (even toys) are a hotly debated item, so get approval from the eight-year old’s parents before buying!

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Water Balloon Launcher

Water balloon launcher

If you want to avoid buying a toy gun, try this water balloon launcher instead! It catapults water balloons up to 400 feet and provides kids with hours of entertainment during summer months. This is also a fantastic gift to use for softball or baseball practice because it can launch balls high up in the air and far into the outfield for players to catch. Like all toys, it’s best to use this particular one while supervised, since unsuspecting neighbors, pets, and others might not appreciate little boys unleashing a barrage of water balloons on the neighborhood without parental supervision.

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Face Paint Kit

Face Paint

Help an eight-year old express his inner thespian, costume designer, makeup artist, and more with this face paint kit. These crayons are super easy to use; they don’t require paint brushes and only need to be dipped into a bowl of water to work. Plus, these face paints are non-toxic, wash off easily, and come in a rainbow of 12 colors to give kids lots of room for creativity.

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Book Series

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

The My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish book series is a great starter for eight year olds who are reading on their own (or with you too). This book series gets off to a wild start when the main character’s older brother becomes an evil scientist and puts the household goldfish into toxic green slime. From there, the two brothers conduct a Frankenstein-like experiment to bring the goldfish back to life. We won’t spoil the ending, but we will tell you that an eight-year old boy will love this book. However, if you have another favorite book series in mind, go with that! Reading—no matter what type—is always beneficial for growing kids and their burgeoning brains.

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Beginner Snowboard

Snowboard

If the child you’re shopping for lives in a snowy climate, give him or her this practice snowboard. It’s perfect for strapping into on a snow day and practicing shredding down hills at the park. It’ll even be able to handle some mini jumps if the kid is brave. We recommend wrapping this snowboard up alongside a helmet to keep growing noggins safe while having fun in the powder.

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Electric Razor Scooter

Electric Razor Scooter

Does an eight-year old boy you know have the need for speed? Buy him this electric Razor scooter to zip around on! The rechargeable battery keeps this scooter going at full throttle (up to 10 mph) for about 40 minutes—making it a perfect gift if a child walks to school, lives a few blocks away from best friends, or just loves to be active outside.

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Tickets

Ticketmaster Gift Card

Whether a kid loves broadway, sporting events, or live music, you can’t go wrong with Ticketmaster gift cards. Fill the card with whatever dollar amount you’re comfortable spending and then let the lucky eight-year old choose a show or event. Heck, if you’re lucky, he might even choose you to accompany him!

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Wow an eight-year old on his birthday or out-of-the-blue with one of these kid-friendly gift ideas. No matter what you choose, it’ll be a special gift coming from you.

Victoria Earle

Victoria has 6+ years of experience writing in the advertising and marketing industries. She's elated she's found a way to incorporate her love for the written word and strategic thinking into a fulfilling career.