After six gift guides featuring ideas for younger ones, we’re now into big kid territory! If you’re stuck with gift ideas this Christmas, here is a bumper selection of fun, practical and great gifts for seven to nine year olds.
Kids would love colouring in this fantastic world map pillowcase with hand-drawn illustrations packed full of fun facts, wild animals and sea creatures. Containing one pillowcase plus a set of 10 double-ended wash-out pens, get in quick for pre-Christmas delivery as this one ships from the UK.
“Proper” watches make great gifts for seven to nine year olds. Created in Australia, I love the affordable and stylish range of watches by Cactus.
I love these super cute polymer clay unicorn earrings handmade by Perth’s Clay and Clasp. Maker Lucy has lots of gorgeous designs but these unicorn ones may just be my favourite!
Aussie small business Little Paper Lane has the most divine range of stationery – I love their selection of notebooks like this set of three Hooray notebooks plus this very cool school journal. Perfect for kids to write, draw and create in style!
Face paint in pencil form – the Giotto Make Up Pencil set allows face and body paint fun without the mess from paint pots and brushes.
Kids who dream of becoming a famous film director or animator can start practicing now with StikBot. StikBot Studio comes with figurines that can bend into various shapes and poses. Kids can then record their own stop animation films with their creations. Single StikBot figures are also available to add to the gang plus there’s also a deluxe Zanimation Studio set. You can find StikBot in Kmart, Toys R Us, Kidstuff, Toyworld, Mr Toys and Australian Geographic stores.
Little and big kids love bubbles – what kid wouldn’t love a Mega Bubble Kit?!
Stay cool in the pool with this fun inflatable cactoss game.
Bunch O Balloons remain a massive hit with kids and make a fun and affordable stocking stuffer gift – perfect for a hot Christmas day. To see these clever water balloons in action, check out a video review I did on the blog last year. In the video you’ll also hear Handy Hubby (who was filming the demo) being hit in the crown jewels by Mr TT’s very first throw (hence the audible “ooooh” coming from behind the camera!).
The Lonely Planet Kids Amazing World Atlas is a great first atlas for kids aged 8 and over filled with wonderful photos, illustrations, maps, facts and figures.
Add a fun twist to a kid’s bedroom with this cool light box, which comes with 10 interchangeable display slides. This has been a big hit with my nine year old niece and her friends this year.
A fantastic gift for aspiring artists, the Original Spirograph features all the iconic wheels and rings of the original, re-engineered and updated for today. Winner of the Toy and Hobby Retailer Industry Award (Arts and Crafts), there are several versions to choose from including the Classic Deluxe Kit and the Tin version. You can find these in Myer, David Jones and speciality toy stores.
Stay tuned to the blog next week as I’ll be having a play with these sets and doing a “Gift Grapevine reviews” video (aka “Tash plays with stuff”) to show you how cool they are!
LEGO is a great gift for seven to nine year olds however it may be best to check first so you don’t double up with any sets kids already have! If there are just too many bricks in the house, opt for a LEGO related gift like these cool ClicTime LEGO Giant Minifigure Alarm Clocks – you can see my video review of these awesome alarm clocks here. The Darth Vader, Stormtrooper or Batman alarm clock would make a great addition to any kid’s room.
If you’re not keen on giving “stuff” then experience gifts are the way to go. Zoo passes, science centres, Big Bash 20/20 tickets, movie passes, roller skating and ice skating rinks, trampoline centres – these make practical and great gifts for seven to nine year olds.
Don’t forget books!
The Geronimo Stilton series of books are full of fun, adventure, mystery and excitement and great for kids aged seven to ten. Geronimo’s adventurous sister Thea Stilton also has a series of books that were a big hit with my nieces. Thea’s stories are full of mystery and friendship.
For the mad-keen superhero fan, DC Comics – The Ultimate Character Guide is a great guide to the DC Universe for readers seven and up. The book devotes a full page to each character, covering both major characters such as Superman and Batman, as well as lesser-known characters such as Captain Boomerang and the Question. Or for the Star Wars fan, you can’t got past this updated and expanded Star Wars character encyclopedia!
I’m looking forward to introducing Miss T to the adventures of Juliet this Christmas with the Juliet Nearly A Vet series of books. This series has come highly recommended by Megan at Children’s Books Daily, an award-winning teacher librarian. I’ll happily take any of her recommendations – she knows books!
It’s great to see books for kids with strong female characters. Aussie author Jen Storer has written a popular chapter series of books about Tan, a funny and lively girl with the mind of a great detective.
Have you seen my other 2016 gift guides? You can find them here:
Gift guide 1 – Christmas themed gifts
Gift Guide 2 – Great gifts for babies
Gift Guide 3 – Great gifts for one year olds
Gift Guide 4 – Great gifts for two year olds
Gift Guide 5 – Great gifts for three year olds
Gift Guide 6 – Great gifts for four to six year olds
Stay tuned to the blog for my final gift guide in this series later this week – great gifts for kids aged ten and over. You can also stay up to date with my gift ideas on Facebook, Pinterest (I’ve got 100+ gift ideas on my ‘Gift ideas: Age 7 – 9’ board!) or Instagram.
Happy gift hunting!
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