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60 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for 7-Year-Olds
Gisele is the mother of an adventurous 2-year-old and a creative 5-year-old. When buying gifts for her kids, her number one focus is finding toys that they will both have fun with. Every toy she brings home is thought to be shared and enjoyed together - and that is no easy feat!
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7-year-olds may still be little creatures, but the cognitive advances happening around this age can make them seem like mini-adults. They can suddenly do many things for themselves that they previously required help and want to demonstrate their new independence and knowledge whenever possible. I still remember the need to read aloud every sign I saw on the way to school and the importance of tying my shoelaces!
At age 7, kids’ ability to understand things like logical reasoning and cause and effect increases exponentially, so they love toys that challenge their problem-solving and instruction-following skills, such as LEGO and science kits. At the same time, they still have very active imaginations, so role-playing toys and creative activities will still be a big hit.
Although most 7-year-olds fall into the same developmental stage, kids at this age are beginning to assert their independence. This means that a gift that causes one 7-year-old to jump for joy may inspire total indifference in another. That’s why I have tried to be as comprehensive as possible and provide you with a list with something in it for every 7-year-old.
And as my selection is based on extensive research, you can be sure that whatever you choose will be a high-quality gift that does what it says on the tin! I’ve got a lot of fantastic gifts to show you, from coding robots comic books to 3D coloring puzzles to Barbie cars, so let’s not waste any more time and dive right in!
If you grew up in the ‘80s or ‘90s, you might remember the Nintendo Game & Watch console. Well, it’s back, baby, but with an LCD screen and precision control revamp! While this is great for a nostalgic adult, kids also love the games’ simple fun and the console’s portability. And if you’re not ready to get them their own Switch yet, this is a great alternative!
Minecraft is a great way for kids to practice their creativity and spatial reasoning skills, but too much time spent staring at the screen isn’t ideal. So, lure them away from their onscreen adventures with this Minecraft adventure in the form of a book! The Minecraft Woodsword Chronicles follows five young Minecraft players who are transported into the game, where they must use what they’ve learned to survive.
Whether your kiddo likes to game on an iPad, PC or Switch, chances are the games aren’t silent. This wireless headphones set lets kids have game time without bothering everyone else, especially in tight spaces like the car. Featuring a comfy fit, kid-friendly controls and a safe maximum listening volume, these headphones are made with children in mind.
LEGO is an excellent gift for a 7-year-old as it offers layers of fun, from the building to the playing to the destroying and construction of something new. This set is perfect for ocean lovers, consisting of three deep sea creature builds! Once they’ve made the shark with his crabby friend, they can take this apart and build a giant squid or anglerfish with the same pieces.
More into dinos than sea creatures? Then check out this fantastic Jurassic World-themed set. This set is excellent as it offers many opportunities for play, including a pickup truck, a helicopter with a spinning propeller and, of course, a gigantic Carnotaurus figure! The set also comes with 3 minifigs representing characters from the movie, so it’s sure to set kids’ imaginations ablaze.
What’s that common refrain you hear from almost half of all kids? “When I grow up, I wanna be an astronaut!” This set is perfect for kids as it lets them build a Mars research shuttle, a Mars rover, a heliborne and a storage drone. There’s everything kids need to perform their essential Mars research and return home as astronaut heroes!
By age 7, your kiddo probably has a wide range of teddies and plushies, but do they have a sloth? More importantly, do they have a plushie that keeps them warm? This microwavable plush sloth is the perfect bedtime companion, especially for kids who get chilly at night. This sleepy guy is made from cotton and filled with all-natural grain and lavender-scented for a soothing night!
This Toy of the Year winner is unique, cuddly and adorable. It’s a plump and squishy octopus plush that turns inside out to reveal another octo in a different color with a different expression on its face. So you can decide whether to cuddle the grumpy or friendly version! And with so many cute designs, there’s something here for everyone.
Everyone loves to hug their plushies, but this plushie hugs you back! Not only that, but Fingerlings also react to you in various ways, making sounds from kisses and laughs to burps and toots to even repeating what you say. Kiki is a sparkly purple monkey Fingerling, and she’s ready to hug it out, swing around and become your new best friend.
It’s always a good idea to bring a pack of UNO cards, whether waiting at the doctor’s office, the airplane boarding gate, or simply hanging out at the park. This version is perfect for Marvel fans as you play as one of your favorite superheroes. While the mechanics are mostly the same, each hero plays with special rules and powers in their deck!
From the creators of Funko Pop comes Marvel Battleworld, a cooperative, collectible adventure game centered around the characters that make the Marvel Universe what it is. As you play, you’ll crack open the mysterious Thanostones to reveal the characters inside, who may help you finally defeat Thanos! And once you’re done playing, you’ll have a fabulous collection of mini Funko-style Marvel figures.
Are your spidey senses tingling? Perhaps they’re telling you it’s time for a game of Spiderman-themed Connect 4. It’s the classic strategy game we all know and love, but this time, you’re battling it between Peter Parker and Miles Morales. Try to get four disks in a row and find out if good or evil prevails this time.
The Color Reveal Barbie is an excellent gift for kids who love surprises. When you open the box, Barbie is glittery all over, but when she’s immersed in warm water, the glitter will swirl off to reveal a surprise outfit! Then it’s time to get to the salon to try some of the hair pieces from the mystery packages, which can also be mixed and matched with her pet friend.
Barbie Extra isn’t like a regular Barbie – she’s trendy, over the top and just a little extra! This sparkly silver car is just extra enough, with its wing doors, star-shaped headlights and rainbow rims. Of course, the car has some extra fashion pieces that can hang on the pop-up clothing rack, plus a stylish corgi puppy with its own pet pool area at the back.
If you like the idea of a color reveal but want to go big, why not get this Mega Barbie Dreamhouse with five color reveal micro-dolls? The micro-dolls are super cute and perfect for this brick-built Dreamhouse with modular rooms that can be mixed and matched however you like! With all there is to build and play with, this house is where fun never stops.
Kids love jumping on stuff, so why not lean in and let them launch some rockets as they do so? This rocket launcher is the perfect yard toy that allows kids to burn off some energy while having an absolute blast. Simply place the rocket on the stand, stomp on the Blast Pad and watch the rocket soar into the sky! Can you get it to 200 feet?
This binoculars set from Kidwinz is the perfect gift for curious kids who love to spot birds and animals and see the world in a new way. With its soft rubber eye guards, durable construction and focus wheel that’s easy to use, this is built for kids. But it’s also a genuine, high-quality set of binoculars that offers 8X magnification!
Kids who dream of traveling the world will love this geography trivia game. Scavenger Hunt combines classic games like Charades, taboo and odd to create an epic game with exciting facts about worldwide countries. Accommodating almost any number of players, this is a fun and versatile game that’s great for game night, road trips, birthday parties and more!
Meet Dash – the adorable robot companion that can teach your kid how to code. Using a free companion app, kids can program Dash to sing, dance, navigate obstacles, respond to voice commands and more. The app will take them through simple learning challenges that translate into actions by Dash in real-time and they will adore their new little robot friend!
Walkie-talkies are a fun way to play with friends and siblings, especially for kids too young to have unrestricted smartphone access. It allows them to stay connected across the house and yard, which leads to a world of roleplay possibilities. What’s great about this option is that it comes with three walkie-talkies featuring a flashlight and a safety alarm system.
Normally, you’re not supposed to play with your food, but this card game created by a 7-year-old encourages it. In Taco vs. Burrito, players pick, play and discard cards to craft the most valuable meal with weird and wonderful ingredients like hot yogurt and gummy bears. It’s hilarious and quick to play but also surprisingly strategic — watch out for those tummy ache cards!
We had a Spiderman version of Connect 4 earlier, but this is it if you want the OG classic version. Connect 4 may seem simple, but it’s highly engaging for kids’ developing brains as it challenges their problem-solving skills at just the right level. This edition also includes a pop-out feature that you can use to eject disks to make the game more complex and devious!
On the one hand, “kids create absurdity” is simply a true statement; on the other, it’s a hilarious award-winning game that will have the whole family rolling around in stitches. It’s a cross between a child-friendly Cards Against Humanity and Apples to Apples, so it’s all about filling in the blanks to create hilarious sentences – and occasionally clucking like a chicken!
You could get an RC car that drives in a straight line or have a flippin’ excellent time with the Flippin’ Frenzy! This car flips over to reveal a different design and can do 360-degree turns and more insane stunts. And no matter how fast or intense the actions are, it won’t cause any damage thanks to the lightweight design and super soft tires.
What’s cooler than an RC car that can do stunts? Maybe for your kiddo, it’s a race car that they build themselves out of bricks and mechanical pieces. Once built, it’s a sleek, detailed racing car with flexible rotating parts that move quickly when controlled via the RC. This 2-in-1 toy is both an educational activity and a speedy RC racer suitable for outdoor use!
Does your kid love RC cars and the Super Mario Bros? If so, they’ll love bringing Mario Kart to life with this Luigi anti-gravity RC racer. With this little car, you can race in standard mode or flip into anti-gravity mode, just like in the video game. For the best Mario Kart experience, get a Mario version and race your friends!
Kids love music as much as adults, but most speakers aren’t designed with them in mind. That’s not the case for the colorful JBL JR POP, a compact Bluetooth speaker with a kid-friendly design and a strap they can attach to their backpack. This little speaker is ultra-portable, challenging to lose, durable and waterproof. You can even get cute stickers to customize its face!
This electronic drum set truly has it all. It allows kids to rock out and let loose, but if you connect headphones, they can do it in their own world. And although it’s technically a toy, it is laid out like a drum set with foot pedals! But unlike an actual drum set, it is compact and easy to roll up and take anywhere.
If you think your little rocker would prefer mixing tracks to playing percussion, this kid-friendly DJ mixer is probably right up their alley. This DJ turntable lets kids mix tracks, record their own samples and sound effects to lay over them and more. It’s also got some fun rhythm games to help them hone their skills and lighting effects for when they’re ready to start the party!
Jixels are technically tiny jigsaw pieces, but the creations they lead to look more like beautifully detailed and slightly pixelated cutout images. What’s great about Jixels is that while you can follow one of the templates, you can also get creative and design your own weird or beautiful images. This set includes 5 templates of flying things and 1,500 pieces for infinite fun!
This is another creative take on the puzzle concept, expanding it into 3D. This puzzle set includes all the pieces and instructions for five large 3D puzzles, including a butterfly, a T-rex, the Eiffel Tower and more. What makes this set a step above is that you can also color the pieces for beautifully kaleidoscopic and creative results!
For a more traditional puzzle, you could go for this 48-piece one from Melissa & Doug that depicts our beautiful solar system. One thing that’s not so traditional is that it is 2×3 feet in size, making it very striking and accessible for kids who struggle with fine motor coordination. It also features an easy-to-clean surface, protecting it from accidental spills.
Awesome Science Experiments offers kids a hands-on, accessible and wonder-inducing introduction to the world of science. The experiments all feature easy-to-follow steps, colorful photos and simple explanations of the processes at play. Kids will get to build things, make art and learn to think critically and employ the scientific method, all in a way that excites them and keeps them curious!
Circuits can seem complicated, but they’re just about making the right connections. The Circuit Explorer sparks kids’ imaginations and introduces them to the basics of circuit building without requiring them to touch any wires. Once the building is complete, kids will have a planet exploration set to play with, complete with a Space Rover, a communication station with a rotating radar dish, a power station and more!
Does your kid always want to look at things up close? If so, they need their own microscope. This one from National Geographic is designed for kids and features large focus knobs, a soft-touch eyepiece and a lab guide full of fun experiments. It also comes with six prepared plant slides, six rocks to examine up close and six blank slides to prepare with whatever you want!
All you need to play soccer is a ball, but goal nets make it feel more like the real deal, not to mention easier to keep track of scoring. This set is super lightweight and collapsible, making it perfect for bringing along to the beach, the park or on vacation. And whenever you feel like a game, they simply pop open.
These are the ideal roller skates for kids to learn on, thanks to their dual front brakes that help prevent falls. They are also very durable and feature smooth-rolling urethane wheels suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Plus, you can adjust the size as your little one’s feet grow! Kids will love zooming about on their skates, especially as they come in striking designs.
Basketball is a blast for all ages, but a full-sized hoop is a little out of reach for a 7-year-old. Although rated 8+, this one is pretty much the right size and as its height is adjustable, they’ll be able to use it for years to come. And don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a toy — constructed out of heavy-duty steel, this thing is made to last!
If your little one is showing the signs of being a budding storyteller, they’ll love Write On. This story journal is full of fun activities to bring out kids’ inner writers, from filling in the blanks to telling tall tales to learning the story behind their names. The activities range from personal to hilarious to downright ridiculous, but they’re all fun and get the creative juices flowing!
The hilarious Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon is a genius blend of comic book-style panels and traditional text. The comic sections make it less intimidating for young readers, but it’s still meaty enough to provide plenty of entertainment as a bedtime storybook. The first book introduces us to Danny, a dragon who can’t breathe fire but, on the plus side, can’t feel fear either!
First Cat in Space Ate Pizza goes complete comic book, so it’s great for kids who are outgrowing picture books but aren’t quite ready yet for purely text-based books. As the title suggests, the story is ridiculous in precisely the way that 7-year-olds love (think rats eating the moon and toenail-clipping robots) and features a unique and evocative art style, too.
From simple snakes to complex creations, origami is for everyone and this is the perfect kit for introducing kids to the Japanese art of paper folding. The step-by-step illustrations make each project frustration-free and kids will soon be turning out everything from frogs to bunnies to swans. Plus, the patterned neon paper and included sticker embellishments make it extra fun!
Does your little artist need a new type of canvas to paint on besides paper? Give rocks a try with this National Geographic rock painting kit. Kids have everything they need for creative fun with 15 rocks, 10 paint colors, transfer decals and many googly eyes. They can also follow the included tutorials to make rocks resembling snails and frogs.
We’ve shown you some great comic books for kids, but why not let them create their own? This kit includes everything kids need to write and illustrate their comic book pages, which they can mail using the pre-paid envelope and receive back as a professionally printed book! The kit also guides kids through creating their characters, panels, words and artwork so they don’t feel overwhelmed.
When I was a kid, there was an absolute craze for these things, and it looks like they’re back with a vengeance. With the Rainbow Loom and thousands of colorful bands, kids can have endless fun weaving rubber bracelets and embellishing them with adorable charms. These are the quintessential friendship bracelets that kids go wild for, so don’t blame me if you start a trend!
If your kiddo draws clothes every time they pick up colored pencils, perhaps they’re a mini fashion designer in the making. If so, they’ll love this fashion design sketchbook, which includes templates, a style guide, stickers and more. Of course, they can always go freestyle and create their own unique designs, but this book is excellent for providing fashion inspo!
Let your body become your canvas with this awesome temporary tattoo kit. Unlike other temporary tattoos, you draw them with gel pens and stencils instead of pressing them on. This makes it a much more creative activity, and you can even draw freestyle if you like! It also means you can use the same design repeatedly after they wash off in the bath.
Everyone who has watched Kiki’s Delivery Service falls in love with her adorable black witch cat, Jiji. This little bento box is a great way to showcase your love of the movie and is super practical. Featuring two tiers and a fork that pops into the lid, it’s great for keeping foods separate. It’s also BPA-free and highly compact, though it fits a surprising amount!
Kids who wear Crocs love expressing their individuality by adorning them with shoe charms, and these Naruto-themed ones are guaranteed to make anime fans jump with joy. Well-made from quality materials, these will stay securely attached with no fuss. And with 25 awesome pins included, kids will love mixing and matching on any given day!
If your kid loves Eevee or Pokemon in general, do not skip over this adorable interactive toy. This little Eevee companion makes sounds and movements and reacts to your voice and your touch! She’ll say hello back and react in up to 50 ways, which your little Pokemon trainer won’t get enough of.
Tired of your kid constantly grabbing your phone to take pictures? Solve the problem by giving them their very own digital camera. This camera is kid-friendly, affordable, easy to use and difficult to break. It comes in three cute colors and offers features like fun frames to lay over your pics. And kids will love that they get free reign to play with it!
If you want to give your kids physical photos without the hassle of getting them developed, a Fujifilm Instax Mini is perfect. The automatic exposure makes it easy to use as there are no settings to fiddle with and kids will get a kick out of seeing their pictures print in real-time. Plus, they’ll end up with keepsakes to last a lifetime!
Vaschy is your one-stop shop for kids’ backpacks that they can use for years. The wide range of cute designs means there’s bound to be something your little one will love and there are also two size options. Thanks to the chest strap, kids have a lot to carry around, so these offer a generous capacity without putting too much strain on their shoulders.
A water bottle is a back-to-school essential, but so many of the options around these days leak or break within weeks. Not so the Funtainer from the trusted Thermos brand, built to last for years despite drops, dings and scrapes. It also features a hygienic-covered straw that simply pops open and keeps drinks nice and cold for up to 12 hours.
If your little one requires a new pencil case, consider this cute stand-up option. This genius pencil case stands up on its own and pushing it down on the bottom transforms it into a handy pen stand. Of course, kids will love the cute animal designs and you can choose from 10 different ones to get their favorite!
A nightlight is a great way to help kids feel safe in the dark, especially when they’re as sweet and friendly-looking as this little polar bear. This cordless nightlight also has the benefit of being made of soft and safe silicone, so they can cuddle it if they like! The different color settings and sleep timer options are ideal for any occasion.
Swinging is something all kids love to do and what’s great about this swing-cum-hammock is that it’s warm and comfy enough to just hang out in, too, mainly thanks to the included blow-up cushion. It’s also suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and as it only accommodates 100 lbs, it’s strictly not for mom and dad!
Another magical way to softly illuminate your kid’s bedroom at night is with glow-in-the-dark star stickers. These enchanting wall stickers easily stick onto any flat surface; you can simply peel them off if you change your mind. Whether you want to recreate constellations or design your own shapes, you can lay them out wherever and however you please!
Keep your kiddo’s head warm and cozy with this Merino wool ribbed knit beanie for kids. It is breathable and sweat-wicking and protects against wind, sleet and snow, so it’s perfect for getting active outdoors or simply for daily wear in winter. Plus, it’s one-size-fits-all design is so versatile that parents may even try to steal it!
If your kid has just learned to tell the time, they’ll love being able to do so all the time with this snazzy watch. As well as being super stylish, the Flik Flak watch from Swatch is also perfect for kids as it is shock-resistant, waterproof and even machine washable. Now they’ll have no excuse for not being ready in 15 minutes!
All 7-year-olds are different and probably have many things they love that you can use as inspiration for a gift. Maybe they’re into Pokemon, love rocks, or perhaps all about outer space – whatever it is, they’ll love a gift that fosters their interests.
More generally, 7-year-olds love to play with toys, whether it’s action figures, RC cars, or rocket blasters. They’re also at an age where their logical minds are developing fast, so games and activities that work those problem-solving muscles are a great option.
At the same time, they still need outlets for their creativity and pent-up energy, so crafts and outdoor activities are also fantastic!
🙋 What should I expect from my 7-year-old?
At 7, your child is likely in first or second grade and is in a life phase where they’re like little information sponges. You can expect pretty speedy advances in cognitive ability, with kids starting to understand much longer sequences of ideas and comprehend things like cause and effect.
7-year-olds are also improving at social skills like sharing, but a stronger sense of their opinions can lead to more disagreements and fights.
Kids still need a lot of guidance at this age, but letting them work things out for themselves is a good way to help them develop their abilities and self-confidence. At 7, they’re probably asking many questions, so don’t just shut this off, but engage with them when you can!
🙋 What are 7-year-olds learning?
7-year-olds are near the beginning of their elementary school journey and are going through exponential growth in learning in most subjects. In particular, their reading and writing skills are probably advancing, as well as their arithmetic skills. In addition, they are likely learning certain practical math skills, such as telling the time and units of measure.
In science class, 7-year-olds probably learn about seasons, the human body and animal life cycles. Of course, learning doesn’t only happen at school and 7-year-olds are constantly building their understanding of the world based on the things they see around them.