Stuck with what to buy a 7, 8 or 9 year old this Christmas? Here are lots of fun, practical and affordable gift ideas that kids (and Mum and Dad) will love.
This is not a sponsored post – all items are gifts I genuinely love to give, or would love to give!
These Des Enfantillages skipping ropes are one of my favourite finds this year. First featured by Melanie on her gorgeous blog A cut above the retsy, I love these pastel beauties.
This Play N Wrap hobby mat is 1.5 metres wide. Packing up Lego or blocks is much easier with this – pull up the cord and the mess is gone in seconds.
Lego Ninjago sets are one of the bestselling Lego themes for boys aged 8 to 14. With a Lego Ninjago film slated for release in 2016, this theme is likely to remain just as popular. There are also plenty of other themes to suit Lego lovers from Lego Movie to Lego Star Wars, Lego Friends, Lego City and more.
Great for a Frozen fan, these snowflake elastics are more stylish than the ones I used to make with my Mum’s roll of elastic from the sewing kit. Each elastic is 2.5m and comes packaged in a cotton drawstring bag complete with instructions and 3 chants to get kids started. Available in a variety of designs.
For a budding super spy, this Spy Decoder Ring lets kids write secret messages by scrambling the alphabet – nobody will be able to read their message except their buddy with the special code.
Minecraft fans would love this very Minecraft-esque ‘Darcy’ Trucker Cap from Acorn.
Walk into any Smiggle store and you will find yourself surrounded by a swarm of excitable 7 – 9 year olds. There’s so much stationery and other fun items to choose for girls and boys. This 30 pack of pens is a bestseller and includes a mix of gel, glitter, neon and pastel Smiggle pens packed in a carry case. A practical gift for creative fun.
From scratch and sniff stickers to scented pens, I used to love scented products when I was little. This Macarons Eraser Box also from Smiggle is just too cute and includes 6 mini scented macaron erasers.
Tickets to an event – sporting, music, dance or theatrical – are a great gift and experience for kids. My very first rock concert as a 10 year old is one of my fondest memories, as was going to the cricket with my Dad. In Australia, Big Bash League cricket matches provide a great family atmosphere. I can’t wait until Miss TT and Mr TT are old enough for us to go as a family (go Scorchers!).
A Zoo Friends Membership makes a great gift – especially when kids have enough toys and general “stuff”! Unlimited free entry to Perth Zoo for 12 months (plus other benefits) makes a fun, practical and educational gift that can be enjoyed for the whole year. Check your local zoo for similar membership offers.
This Country Road geometric overnight bag will get girls ready for summer holidays and sleepovers. Overnight bags for boys are also available.
This Coca Cola Tin with 6 flavoured Lip Smacker lip balms is a great and inexpensive gift for a girl.
These Lego Movie keylights are great as a backpack accessory or used as a keyring. An added bonus is the inbuilt flashlight in the figures feet – awesome! I can’t go past the adorable Unikitty.
These rubber blocks notebooks are great for any Lego fan.
Handmade in Australia, the Lauren Hinkley selection of silver-plated and metal tropical charm bracelets are bright and fun – perfect for summer.
Handmade and designed in Western Australia, this beautiful gold, mint and pink beaded necklace from Madison Grace Designs is perfect for little (or big!) girls.
A headlamp makes a practical and fun gift for kids to use when camping, fishing or exploring.
For kids mad about science, a subscription to the CSIRO magazine for 7 to 10 year olds Scientriffic would make a fantastic gift.
Don’t forget books!
Books make wonderful gifts. I will always stick with my gift giving rule of “if in doubt, give a book”. Here are 10 great books for 7 to 9 year olds that my nieces love, our friends kids have loved and ones that I can’t wait to introduce my kids to in years to come.
Jigsaw puzzles make excellent gifts, but how do you know which puzzles are appropriate? Too many pieces? Not enough pieces? Find out on my post How to choose the right jigsaw puzzle
There’s also a great selection of gift ideas for 7 to 9 year olds in my recent post Baby & kids gift ideas for fun in the sun. The Lauren Hinkley charm bracelets, beach stamps and giant inflatable donuts have been very popular from this post.
For even more gift ideas for 7, 8 or 9 year olds, visit the ‘Gift Ideas: Age 7 – 9’ and ‘Gift Ideas: Books for 7 – 9 year olds’ boards on Pinterest.
What gifts do you love to give 7, 8 or 9 year olds?