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The Best 7 Year Old Boy Gifts

Got a birthday developing on your younger man or certainly one of his friends? Or maybe you are getting equipped for Xmas. Our selection of 7 year old boy gifts will take all of the guesswork and confusion away, plus save you from roaming around the mall all day. We've included a various choice of toys and games that need to get the right response from any boy.

MiP Robot (White)View-Master Virtual Reality Starter PackALEX Toys Artist Studio Draw Like A ProVTech Kidizoom Smartwatch, Blue (Discontinued by manufacturer)Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-PackRazor A Kick Scooter (Blue)The Original Stomp Rocket: Ultra 4-Rocket (20008)Perplexus OriginalZOOB Car DesignerSuper Stadium Baseball Game - Realistic Baseball Action

Unlucky Number Seven

Seven can be a tough age for children and their parents alike. The boys aren't quite little enough to need constant supervision, and their previously emotional opinions begin to fill out with intellectual understanding and justification. This was the age when my own mother was convinced I'd become a lawyer. Sorry, Ma.

At the same time, seven isn't quite old enough to be given total autonomy, either. Even when autonomy is granted, cell phones for kids that young act as little more than electronic leashes with limited internet access. And kids around seven (as early as six, really) expect that level of technological interaction.

So, at a transitional period between the end of absolute childhood and the beginning of pubescent adolescence, with a cell phone in one hand and a whole lot of opinions on the other, a seven-year-old makes a formidable shopping target. You have to find something that appeals to them on an almost instinctive level, that allows them to revel in the play of youth, but that also has a hint of their impending responsibility to it, a responsibility that, at that age, they may seem impatient to attain.

The toys on our top ten list for seven-year-old boys all incorporate some level of complexity to engage a growing mind, physical movement to activate a growing body, or technological sophistication to prepare your boy toward an inevitable singularity.

Play For a Personality


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One of the reasons I find it difficult to shop for someone is that I'm a sensitive perfectionist. That means that I know a lot about the people for whom I'm shopping, and I get frustrated if I can't find the thing that not only appeals to what I know about them, but that also makes it clear that I know these things. After all, gift giving bears as deep a reflection on the giver as anything else.

Shopping for a child can prove even more difficult, as they (especially young boys) possess a knack for really letting you know how much they dislike a gift that doesn't fit. To help you narrow down our list of a few possibilities your boy would love, you simply have to ask yourself a few questions about him.

Does he give a hoot about art? There are a couple of toys on our list that can bring out the Michelangelo or the Da Vinci in him, should he already be so inclined. By seven, you ought to have a sense of his artistic intentions. Whether he prefers building to destroying or drawing on paper to shredding it is actually immaterial in this sense; the artistic impulse leads the artist to either create or to destroy, so either behavior should send you toward the artsier toys.

Is your boy a ball of boundless energy? Some kids can't sit still, and that doesn't always correlate to an ADHD diagnosis. Sometimes it's just a matter of a lightning-fast metabolism, something all of us wish we could go back in time and reacquire. For such a boy, our list contains certain physical toys that demand he step away from the computer and into the sunlight outdoors. Rambunctious boys shouldn't have too much of a problem doing so, and they're likely to love a gift that takes them outside.

Finally, does your kid have a colossal cranium? Well, skull size doesn't necessarily equal intelligence, but metaphorically, should he possess a good brain, there are excellent toys on our list for the expansive mind. One of these looks suspiciously like the viewfinders I grew up with, but upon closer inspection, you'll find that it's actually an immersive introduction to the world of virtual reality.

I'm willing to bet that a lot of the boys out there fall into more than one of these categories, which means that the odds of picking a quality gift are in your favor. Check in with your kid for a moment in the next day or two, just to see where he's at and what he's been up to. If he seems to be in a groove with one of these channels, in particular, you'll know what to buy him.

We're All Doomed


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Every generation says the same thing as it gets older, as the next generation comes of age behind it. It's a cycle of doomsday thinking that's as old as thought, and it believes that each new generation is destined to bring about the end of times, as vapid and reckless as they are.

One of the more subtle versions of this, which sheds a little light on the envy that the older generations feel toward the newer, is the way we (I'm lumping myself in with the older now) regard the toys of the next generation. We look around at the bevy of technological marvels and interactive games and devices with much the same awe that parents in the early 1900s viewed children's pants that closed with a zipper.

Rarely is this generational envy and its attendant grief justified, though it was when the industry of children's toys really took off. For ages, children played with simple, homemade dolls more than anything else, and from a young age, they were expected to work on farms, or later in factories during the dawn of the industrial revolution.

Eventually, laws prohibited the use of child labor and the latter days of the industrial revolution produced a growing middle class whose children had more leisure time and more family money. This new market quickly filled with independent toy makers who went on to become the behemoths of the industry today.


#10.Super Stadium Baseball Game - Realistic Baseball Action


Launching levers and hidden contraptions make this miniature baseball game a real crowd-pleaser! Step up to the plate and swing for the fences! Realistic baseball action allows you to hit singles, doubles, triples, and homers with the spring loaded bat while your opponent tries to strike you out by throwing fastballs and a variety of breaking balls at different speeds. Choose to bat right or left handed while the fielders are strategically positioned on the large 16 1/2" x 16 1/2" playing field. Keep track of balls, strikes, and outs with pins on the side of the field. Use the score pad to record runs per inning. Fun for solitary play or against an opponent. (Ages 6 yrs+).


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#9.ZOOB Car Designer


ZOOB Car Designer lets you build three cars at the same time to race against each other, or build a 12 wheeler flatbed! The set includes 76 ZOOB pieces, 12 wheels that work like gears and 3 instruction guides to building a Supersonic Stinger, a Gear Getter and more. ZOOB is not like any other building set - the pieces include gears, axles, and joints that snap, click, and pop together! With rotating, spinning and extendable parts you can actually design a toy to play with, instead of just building something to look at. Create monsters—or vehicles—or monsters that turn into vehicles! ZOOBMobile puts wheels on your creations to make your ZOOB go ZOOM! Recommended for children 6 years of age and older.


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#8.Perplexus Original


Master the challenge of the crazy, fun world of Perplexus! Inside the Perplexus Original, you’ll face 22 feet worth of challenging twists, turns, and obstacles! Flip twist and spin Perplexus to move the ball along the numbered path. When you fall off the track (Yes, it will happen!) head back to the start and try again. There are multiple levels of difficulty to master! Try the Perplexus Rookie, Perplexus Epic and Perplexus Twist. They’re easy to play, but hard to master. It’s a bendy, trendy, can’t put it down the challenge!


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#7.The Original Stomp Rocket: Ultra 4-Rocket (20008)


Ultra Stomp Rocket is 100% KID powered! Run, jump and STOMP on the launch pad to shoot your rocket up to 200 feet in the air! That’s 20 stories high! Ultra Stomp Rocket is strong and durable, and great for active, outdoor play. Stomp Rockets have won lots of awards from industry experts, including iParenting Media, Dr. Toy and Creative Child Magazine. The Ultra Stomp Rocket package includes 4 foam-tipped Ultra Stomp Rockets with a Stomp Launch Pad and Launch Stand. For kids ages 6 and up.


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#6.Razor A Kick Scooter (Blue)


This is a great scooter. My children love it. It is easily folded, and it has a built in brake to slow it down. It looks very sleek with its silver paint and clear wheels. It is not big and bulky but very svelte.

I recommend this scooter wholeheartedly, your kids and even you will love it.


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#5.Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-Pack


Tag or be tagged in this intense, real-life lazer combat game! The complete 2-player system includes 2 Phoenix LTX taggers that register hits with lights, sounds, and vibrations for thrilling minute-to-minute action! The rumble pack lets you know when you've been hit, while the recoil feature engages with every shot fired. Invite your friends to join you in multi-player modes (additional taggers sold separately) and watch your back if you don't want to get tagged! Nerf and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. Hasbro and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.


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#4.VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch, Blue (Discontinued by manufacturer)


VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch, Blue The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch is the smartest watch for kids! Perfect for young photographers, this durable smartwatch makes it easy to take photos and record videos on the go. They can also use the touch screen to explore their creativity with fun photo effects, frames, and filters. View larger The watch helps kids learn how to tell time by letting them choose between digital and analog displays. They can also choose between more than 50 clock face designs. It also includes a timer and alarm with a variety of fun animations to choose from. A voice recorder lets kids record their voice and play with five voice-changing effects. The Smartwatch also includes four learning games with the ability to download more from Learning Lodge using the included micro USB cable, which can also be used to upload photos and videos as well as recharge the battery.


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#3.ALEX Toys Artist Studio Draw Like A Pro


ALEX Toys Artist Studio Draw Like A Pro is a fun and easy way to draw! Just turn down the lights, switch on the projector, insert a preprinted slide and trace away. Mix and match heads and bodies to create characters, tilt the light forwards and backwards to change the size of the projected image to make wacky proportions, draw a scene by tracing different elements from the scene slides or move your paper left and right to combine a volcano, dinos and plants to make a prehistoric scene. There is even a wheel of slides so that you can make your own flip book with precut pages and a flip book clip. Store all your slides and supplies in the built-in drawer inside the machine. It also folds up for travel and easy storage for the artist on the go! Requires 3 AA batteries (not included). Includes 124 slides, 6 markers, 10 sheets of paper, and a flip book. Recommended for children 6 years of age and older.


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#2.View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack


The View-Master Virtual Reality viewer is your portal to immersive, virtual reality adventures that will transport you around the world and beyond. For more than 75 years, generations of kids have been introduced to the wonder of 3-D by View-Master. Now, get ready to experience a whole new level of realism with View-Master VR that Works with Google Cardboard! This innovative system will open your eyes to the world of virtual reality. Simply download one of the free View-Master apps to your compatible smartphone (not included). Then slide your smartphone into the viewer and place the Preview Reel in front of you. A 3-D augmented reality menu will appear -- digital icons that seem to float above the reel. Make your selection by looking at the one you want to visit, then click the lever to launch yourself through time and space into 360-degree views that completely surround you. Look up, look down, look around -- everywhere you turn, you’ll find something new to see! Interact with your environment by clicking the lever to pull up videos, images, fun facts and mini-games.


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#1.MiP Robot (White)


Introducing MiP! MiP has an inquisitive and responsive personality communicated through motion, sounds, and RGB LED eyes. With his unique dual wheel balancing, MiP is able to navigate his surroundings, follow hand gestures, and even follow objects around. Unique dual wheel balancing with fast speeds and on the dime turning. Hand gesture command recognition. Comes with a tray accessory that can be plugged in. Watch MiP balance multiple objects while moving or standing still! Multiple robotic modes including Roam, Stacking, Dance, and Programming.


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