The toy market is incredibly exciting at the moment delivering some cool gifts for 8 & 9 year olds that they will absolutely love.
You want to get a gift that will really excite your child, but also give them a new toy that is going to last and not end up in pieces around the house.
Gifts for 9 year old girls, and boys, come in every different format imaginable, with games that will quickly become family favourites.
There are many cool new toys on the market that appeal to a broad range of children, no matter what the current trends are, or what your child’s individual interests may be.
Finding the best gift for a child is not an easy task, and one that parents and family members often struggle with throughout the year.
To help you to stay one step ahead of the ever-changing toy market, we have put together some of the best gifts for 8 year olds and 9 year olds, with each of our hand-picked gifts perfect for putting a smile on your child’s face.
Drawing is an activity that many children enjoy. The 3Doodler Printing Pen lets them add a brand-new dimension to their drawings, bringing even the smallest of creations to life. The 3Doodler comes with different colours of strands, ideal for encouraging kids to unleash their most creative side and design something that is extra special.
2. Lego Boost
A top pick from Lego, Lego Boost combines classic Lego pieces with moving parts, so children can create a fantastic A.I robot that has distance, colour, and motion sensors. With more than 840 individual pieces, this interactive kit will challenge even the most avid Lego fan.
3. FurReal Makers Proto Max
Coding is becoming one of the most important skills for young children to learn, and introducing the language in a fun and interactive way, can really get young children engaged and willing to learn. FurReal Makers Proto Max introduces basic coding in the form of a fun-loving puppy, which children can build and code, with extra activities included in the app. A top tech gift for 8 year olds or 9 year olds.
4. Airhogs DR1 Official Race Drone
One of the most diverse toys on the market, the Airhogs Dr1 Official Race Drone lets kids take to the skies, and really explore. The remote-controlled toy features the exciting ability to not only fly, but perform barrel-rolls, and swerve in the sky. Designed for use by kids between 8 and 10 years old, the drone is an ideal step-up from ground-based controllable vehicles.
5. Garmin Vivofit JR.
The Garmin Vivofit JR. is a multi-functional wrist brand that is designed for children, the use of recent tech, allows for parental controls via the app, and multiple features that children will love. The band is primarily a fitness tracker that calculates a child’s activity, but also tells the time, has trackers for chores, and includes fun activities.
6. Anki Overdrive Starter Kit
The Anki Overdrive Starter Kit combines the classic fun of electric race tracks, with the excitement of laser tag. The kit comes with supercars that can be controlled using a smartphone, and the racetrack battlefield that can be customised, to up the challenge of the game. A fun and engaging game that your children will be desperate to set up and start playing.
7. Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid with Star Wars Force Band
The Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid is easily one of the most wanted Star Wars toys on the market, and a very easy winner for any young Star Wars fan. Controlled via a tablet or smartphone, the holographic images and interactive features bring a whole new level of excitement to the classic controllable toy.
8. Crayola Virtual Design Pro-Fashion Set
Put a little life back into your child’s colouring supplies with the expansive new kit from Crayola. Not only does the kit include a large selection of coloured pens, pencils, and stencils, but there are some fantastic activities provided in the app that allow children to view and share their creations in a completely new way.
9. View Master VR
The world of virtual reality is taking over the toy market, and proving to be very popular gifts for kids aged 8 and older. Working with Google Cardboard, the View Master VR is a fantastic virtual reality headset for children, enhancing their learning with the ability to completely surround themselves in highly detailed environments.
For kids that just can’t get enough of puzzle games, Cube-Tastic presents a brand-new challenge in the form of an interactive colourful cube, really encouraging your child to work on their problem-solving skills. The game links to an app where kids can learn how to solve the complex puzzle cube with easy to understand steps and guides.
11. WowWee – MiP the Toy Robot
MiP the Toy Robot from WowWee is an interactive toy robot that can respond to the sound and movement of your child. Much like many of the recent tech toys, the robot can be controlled via an app, and comes with an extensive range of features and a very unique personality that will immerse your child in a new type of play.
If there is a brand that kids are crazy for at the moment, it’s Hatchimals, a cute cuddly toy that teaches children responsibility. Initially the toy starts off as an egg, with kids having to spend time with the egg before it will hatch into an adorable animal. Children then have to interact with the toy so it can develop and learn new skills.
13. Demolition Lab – Triple Blast Warehouse
As many parents will know, for children, half of the fun of building games comes when it’s time to tear them down and start again. Demolition Lab harnesses the destructive and creative side of building, by encouraging kids to build as high as they can with the 60 game pieces, before using the detonator to watch the creation come tumbling down.
14. Exploding Kittens
With beautiful artwork and a highly amusing premise, your little ones will adore this creative card game, not only that, but it also makes for an excellent game to get the whole family involved. The unique concept, combined with the interactive play and need to make quick decisions, makes Exploding Kittens one of the best card games for 8 & 9 year olds.
15. Robo Trax All-Terrain Tank
For children that have started to outgrow their first remote-control cars, and are after something that can keep up with their endless energy, All-Terrain Tank from Airhogs is a fantastic gift. Whether the track is made out of sand, rocks, or gravel, this durable remote-controlled tank will be up to the challenge, a gift that will be very quickly put to the test!
16. Kano Computer Kit
For children that are just getting into computers and coding, the Kano Computer Kit is a must have gift, especially for 8 & 9 year olds. The kit allows children to build their own computer that is capable of running multiple programs and games, as well as providing a large number of activities that are centred around improving coding skills.
17. Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit
Lego is one of the most ideal gifts for 9 year old boys and girls, and with the Reactions Craft Kit you can really help to develop your child’s creative side, a real winner when it comes to Lego toys. Using basic physics, children will be able to create exciting moving toys, and machines that can perform different functions.
18. Little Bits Rule Your Room
For kids that have toy boxes full of unused toys, the Little Bits Rule Your Room kit is by far one of the best gifts they could receive. Watch as all the old toys in your home suddenly become exciting again, as kids can use their new kit to make brand-new inventions out of their pre-loved toys and games.
19. Loopdedoo Spinning Friendship Bracelet Maker
If there is one thing that creative kids adore, it’s creating little gifts for their friends and family, making the Loopdedoo Spinning Loom Kit the perfect gift for any occasion. The loom makes creating friendship bracelets easy and fun, allowing children to bring their new designs to life by using the large array of coloured yarn in the kit, to really get creative.
20. Osmo Genius Kit
For a gift that grows in complexity as your child’s skills develop, Osmo Genius kit is a great choice, with activities for between 5 and 12 year olds. The game turns an iPad in a much more hands-on learning device, with plenty of little game pieces included that help children to understand different math, language, and problem-solving concepts in an extremely fun way.
Choosing Gifts for 8 & 9 Year olds
8 year olds
Choosing the ideal gifts for 8 year old boys and girls can be a little more difficult than choosing a gift for a younger child. Children develop at different rates, and while some children may enjoy certain puzzles, building games and craft kits, for others they could be too easy, or too complicated. Scientific kits and building toys that children can work on at their own pace are a great way to ensure that 8 year olds stay engaged, and can play at a rate that suits them. With many of the more advanced experiment games tailored for children 8 years and older, it will introduce them to something new, whilst still encouraging creativity.
9 year olds
The precursor to double figures, 9 year olds can be incredibly tricky to buy for. Gifts definitely need to have the cool factor, whilst still providing more than a few hours’ worth of fun. Some of the bigger DIY kits make for especially good presents for 9 year olds, with the instructions either being a lot more complicated, or the kits allowing for complete freedom to design what the child wants, when they want to do it. Gifts that introduce some of the more complicated aspects of their core academic subjects, or that provide technology-oriented learning, are fantastic for adding an element of cool into an educational toy.
Last update on 2018-02-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API