The 18 Best Gifts For 7-Year-Olds, According to 5-Star Reviews
Buying unique gifts for a 7-year-old can be tough, especially when their interests are changing almost daily. Whether you're shopping for the upcoming holidays or just because, we're here to help. We've rounded up some of the best and most highly rated gifts on the internet for your 7-year-old, so you can rest assured they'll love their new present (and you won't break a sweat searching for it).
Whether it be a niece or nephew, a sibling, or your own child, 7 is the age they become a big kid — aka their interests change. From building sets that let them get creative to games that bring the whole family to the table, we've rounded up the best gifts that are sure to keep them busy. We even included educational toys and outdoor structures for crafting, so they can work on their critical-thinking and visual skills. Take a look at our top finds, and shop the ones you like best before you forget about them.
— Additional reporting by Krista Jones and Rebecca Gruber
Best Gift For Cuddling
Moon Pal Anti-Anxiety Weighted Stuffed Animal ($70, originally $108)
Take the magic of weighted blankets to the next level with this adorable weighted stuffy. The Moon Pal offers companionship, and the five-pound weighted design is made to help optimize sleep, alleviate stress, and reduce anxiety. Plus, it's just really cute!
What reviewers say: "Moon Pal is absolutely adorable. The weight is perfect and the long arms let you really wrap yourself up. It isn't too heavy that it would distress a child but it's heavy enough for an adult. I like to sleep with a weighted blanket but it gets too hot in the summer - the moon pal is a great alternative. Comes with instructions on how to launder and a cute book if you're gifting it to a child."
Best Gift For Those Who Want to Code
Osmo Coding Starter Kit ($70)
This coding starter kit is connects to an iPad to teach your little ones fun and useful computer and coding skills at an early age. The award-winning game is a great way to get them comfortable using technology. It comes with handheld pieces as well that make it more interactive.
What reviewers say: "This is great for a basic introduction to coding! My 6 year old loves this. I like how it promotes critical thinking skills but also feels like a fun video game."
Best Gift For Slime Lovers
Zen Laboratory Slime Making Kit Toy ($20, originally $25)
When it comes to gift giving and young kids, you can't go wrong with slime. This kit comes with 18 different slime choices, so they'll be able to create so many variations. The kit even features a bonus glow-in-the-dark powder that can be added to slime to make it light up at night.
What reviewers say: "My kids loved this slime kit!! They were so excited to play with all the different colors of slime and to add all the different mixtures in too. They also mixed the different colors of slime together to make new colors. This kit provided hours of fun and they still had a lot of product left over to use again."
Best Gift For Aspiring Scientists
Got a little scientist or magician on your hands? This kit "for wizards only" comes with several test tubes, measuring scoops, and stickers, as well as an activity guide for fun, interactive experiments. Your little Einstein will love it.
What reviewers say: "I had been eyeing this magic set for my magic/magic school bus loving kids who is all into science experiments. I remember at one point I searched for science tricks and science experiments and somehow ended up with a bunch of low star rated experiments (that I didn't buy). So when this one popped up, and it had decent stars (and it was a great price), we purchased it. The set is pretty good. My favorite experiment would have to be the magic wand one where you make these colored jelly like things (be sure not to pour it down the drain though, as the instructions state, as they will clog your pipes). We've only done I think four experiments so far, and some are more impressive than others, but I also like how I don't need a whole bunch of other ingredients to have the experiments work."
Best Gift For Wannabe Artists
Let their imaginations run wild with this box of craft supplies. Fuzzy sticks, pom-poms, paper straws, googly eyes, and more are packed inside this kit in nearly every color of the rainbow. It's a great box for creative kids to go to town with. They'll love being able to construct animated characters, bracelets, bookmarks, and more for themselves, school friends, family, and teachers.
What reviewers say: "This product is amazing! I mean seriously buy it! Your kids will love it....I mean I love it! It comes in a cut box with a handle and all the crafts are quality and the assortment is amazing! I would give this product 100 stars! And best of all keeps my kids busy!!!!"
Best Gift For Outdoors-Lovers
Lifetime Wave Youth Kayak ($104)
If your little one loves to adventure outdoors, this is a great gift. The kayak can hold up to 130 pounds and is perfect for kids who spend summers by a lake or river. Made with a durable high-density polyethylene construction, you can count on this kayak to hold up.
What reviewers say: "I ordered this kayak after seeing a fleet of them at my five-year-old daughter's camp, and seeing how easily they were paddled by kids 5-10 years old. The stability is excellent, when swimming my daughter can pull herself on to it, and even the paddle is decently high quality. The handle on the front makes it easy to attach to my kayak with a rope, so I can pull her around if she gets tired. We attached the rope to a carabiner, so she can attach it herself while we're on the lake. Yesterday we had three little girls on it and it did fine. If you get more than one, they stack nicely. Can't believe it's this inexpensive."
Best Gift For Creative Brains
Viahart Brain Flakes 500-Piece Interlocking Disc Set ($17, originally $21)
They'll never tire of creating new things with this interlocking set of discs. With over 11,400 positive ratings, you know it's a good choice. The set includes 500 discs and a durable plastic jar for storage, and it's a great game to play solo or with a group.
What reviewers say: "I bought 2 of these to give to my friends' sons. They absolutely love the fact that they have endless possibilities with the 'flakes'. They can just create anything with this. Its simple, yet complex. Just buy it so you'd know what I mean! I will get 4 more to give as gifts."
Best Gift For a Lesson in Saving
Electronic Piggy Bank Mini ATM ($20, originally $40)
Teach them to earn and save with this mini ATM. They'll be excited to save up and see the rewards. The safe comes in seven color options and is protected with a four-digit password to ensure no one but themselves gets inside it.
What reviewers say: "My grandson was thrilled to receive his safe for Christmas. He's spent hours counting out his money, putting it through the slot, opening the door, and repeating it repeatedly. So far it's held up to all of this use."
Best Gift For the Tiny Adventurer
Outdoor Explorer Kit & Bug Catcher Kit ($30, originally $42)
Tiny adventurers will get a kick out of this gift. With binoculars and magnifying glasses, they can inspect every inch of a backyard or park for plants, rocks, and whatever else they're interested in. It's especially great for camping trips and vacations spent outdoors.
What reviewers say: "Oh my goodness I never write reviews but felt compelled to do so after gifting these to my two grandsons, ages eight and four. This kept them busy for hours and to see them walking around in those little explorer hats was the cutest thing ever. Everything seemed well-made and hopefully they will have many more hours of fun with these great kits. Highly recommend!"
Best Gift For Solo Time
This bean bag provides the ultimate spot for kids to sit and read a book or listen to some music. Plus, its cute design will fit right into their room. Made of a light fill, this chair can be moved around easily without the help of Mom or Dad.
What reviewers say: "Definitely the cutest thing my daughter owns! We were looking for a cute beanbag but couldn't find one, I'm glad we found this instead because it brings so much life to her room."
Best Gift For Learning a New Skill
This origami kit comes with 60 bright neon papers for endless hours of creation and even has a guided tutorial for step-by-step instructions. Plus, the included sticker embellishments will bring all of their new creations to life.
What reviewers say: "This is the cutest little kit, my 8yr old LOVES it. They give him so many options of paper designs and little folds he can do without help or trouble. I've even made a few!! It also comes with stickers you can add to your little animals which is a nice creative touch."
Best Tech Gift
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch ($50, originally $70)
This smartwatch for kiddos features three activities, five games, three action challenges, and a motion sensor. It also has an alarm and timer that'll help teach time management. And if that's not enough, it even has a camera so that kids can take pictures.
What reviewers say: "My 7 year old grand daughter loves it. She said it was her favorite Christmas gift. I like that it has challenges to get kids to exercise. The games seem really easy and basic for her age but the downloads look ok. Kids would benefit from educational games to help them learn math facts and other topics. That is one way to improve the watch."
Best Gift the Whole Family Will Love
Connect 4 Shots Game ($17)
Connect 4 Shots is the same as the classic version, but with a twist — you have to bounce balls into the slots! Plus, it's one that the whole family can enjoy. The game is fast-paced and can be played with two or more players for a competitive edge.
What reviewers say: "My grandson said it was as the best birthday gift he received. He's played it twice a day since he received it."
Best Gift For Indoor and Outdoor Play
Crazy Forts ($35)
Who wouldn't have fun creating their very own fort? Treat them to this fort-building set, and watch as they create their own private getaway. Heck, you might even enjoy building it with them, too. The set comes with 44 sticks and 25 balls that are meant to be covered with tarps and sheets. And the best part? It's not weather-dependent. They can use this kit rain or shine, inside or outside.
What reviewers say: "Got this as a gift for my 6 year old. He plays with it everyday. It took him a few times to understand how the balls work and to follow the directions. But now he builds his own inventions and loves playing in all his forts. We bought another set the following Christmas to build bigger forts and it is still one of his favorite things to play with."
Best Gift For Group Parties or Playdates
They'll enjoy competing with friends with this three-hole bean bag or washer toss game. Bring the boards inside for a fun indoor playdate, and when the temperature warms up, take them outside for summer parties and barbecues.
What reviewers say: "This is a great product for the kids to play in the yard. Apart from a fun activity, it also helps them focus and improve their gross motor skills."
Best Gift For Performers
Your little performer can belt out their favorite songs on this karaoke machine with over 13,000 reviews on Amazon. The portable speaker includes Bluetooth capabilities, a CD player, and even 54 LED disco lights to set the perfect stage.
What reviewers say: "If you have a kid that loves to sing or dance get this! My daughter loves it, you hook it up to the bluetooth to your phone and play music and they can sing while listening to the music and dance!"
Best Glow-in-the-Dark Gift
Crayola Ultimate Light Board ($25, originally $29)
This light-up board is fun because they get to see their best creations glow in the dark. It has a removable panel for easy tracing, too. And it comes with built-in marker storage, which makes it easy to take on trips.
What reviewers say: "I was unsure about purchasing this after reading some reviews but I am glad I did. I purchased this as a Christmas gift and after all the gifts were opened this was the gift he choose to play with. The adults were attracted and were using it too. You just need to follow the directions and clean it properly. We used a wet and then dry towel. My nephew is 7."
Best Gift For Kids Who Love to Climb
Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center ($169, originally $220)
For kids who are always climbing everything, this dome is right up their alley. The play center is sturdy and easy to put together with two adults. It comes in a few different sizes and color choices with a weather-resistant design that's said to last for years.
What reviewers say: "Bought this for my 8yr old son and just turned 11 year old daughter. I was unsure as mine are getting older but I got it on offer and they both absolutely love it, as do their friends. My daughter loves swinging through the bars and doing tricks on it. She's average height but it's still plenty tall enough for her to swing through. Needs 2 to put together really as its a bit fiddly but it's solid yet ok to move to cut the grass . Don't get confused with the smaller versions you can buy, this one is huge."