Mastery is a big thing at this age, whether in sports, crafts, performance or learning everything there is to know about a pet subject. Eight-year-olds consider themselves legit big kids, and gifts that let them know you agree are tops.
Stargazers will be agog over this age-appropriate yet super-cool telescope and journal. Prompts encourage writing, drawing, and analysis, while the sky itself — at 90x magnification — will encourage dreamy musings, deep thoughts about our place in the universe, and the stalling of bedtime.
Little shredders will be stoked to receive this caster board, which pivots and twists so kids can enjoy the feeling of surfing or snowboarding, even if the only thing they’re carving is the driveway.
This junior-sized football packs some super-sized flare: the included Firevision frames turn the ball into a glowing streak of light, making this the perfect gift for the kid who hates to stop playing just because it’s getting dark. Whether said kid’s parents will appreciate the gesture is another story.
Kids won’t even realize they’re cultivating their spatial intelligence when they’re ripping through rounds of this fast-paced, match-making card game. And with tips to make the game easier or harder, family game night is sure to get… intense.
Spotlight-seekers and Sweet Caroline aficionados will love this karaoke machine that lets kids of all ages croon along to music streamed via tablet or phone. And with two microphone jacks, mom and dad can entertain everyone with a rousing rendition of I Got You, Babe while their children die of embarrassment. Good times for all!
Who wouldn’t want their very own Droid? With this kit, kids use block-based coding to bring their R2-unit to life and send it out on more than 20 missions. Coming soon: a grown-up version in which the droid comes pre-programmed for missions including grocery shopping, laundry, meal prep, and foot massage.
Future ETSY makers will swoon over this loom kit that comes with everything they’ll need to adorn themselves and their besties with colorful bracelets, necklaces, charms, and keychains. If she’s lucky, mom might even come away with something to invigorate her pasta necklace collection.
No turntables needed with this sweet mic, which is perfect for the kid who’s hoping his singing skills will take him all the way to America’s Got Talent—or the one who just really likes the sound of his own voice. Throw in some earplugs for mom and dad, and you’ve got a perfect gift.