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What to get an 8 year old boy for a birthday gift? (please read details)

We got a late invite for a cousin's birthday party and I have not had time to get him anything yet. When I asked the mom what he likes or wants she told me that he goes through spurts of playing with toys and he mainly just plays basketball outside now from the time he gets home til it's time for dinner/bath/bed.

What do I get him? The party is at 3 today but I have an event to go to at my son's school from 11-3 (we will probably leave at 2 to buy his gift, card, and make it to the party). Any suggestions?


Asked by JeremysMom at 9:27 AM on Mar. 17, 2012 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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Answers (8)
  • With summer coming up, I would get him something he can do outdoors. Balls, bug kits, swim toys, lawn games, stuff like that.

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 11:50 AM on Mar. 17, 2012

  • $$
    or a giftcard to a toystore/bookstore. my ds doesn't play with 'toys' so much, but he loves going to Barnes&Noble to check out all there offerings and books, too.

    Answer by dullscissors at 9:35 AM on Mar. 17, 2012

  • I agree with the B&N giftcard.

    Answer by Bmat at 9:38 AM on Mar. 17, 2012

  • Puzzles, books, games, a new basketball

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 9:40 AM on Mar. 17, 2012

  • Definitely a new basketball. They get worn out. My boys love to get a new one.

    Answer by mompam at 9:46 AM on Mar. 17, 2012

  • I would also suggest a gift card. I have to same problem but with a 10 yo girl. Her Mom suggested gift cards tough b/c her DD likes to shop.

    Answer by coala at 10:28 AM on Mar. 17, 2012

  • Gift card but I think that going over board. Get him a pap or a Nintendo ds ... Go to game stop... Maybe a bike

    Answer by christinkie at 10:59 AM on Mar. 17, 2012

  • My 8 yr old son loves transformers, anything angry birds and bakugans. He got money for his bday last weekend and was super excited... He bought his own legos...

    Answer by SWEETPEAS3MOM at 11:42 AM on Mar. 17, 2012