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8 killer gift ideas for boys age 8+

Wrapped christmas gifts for boys in a stocking


As a mother of boys, I know how hard it can be to come up with gift ideas that don’t involve Lego, football or super expensive digital gadgets. Why are girls so much easier to buy for? It won’t surprise you to hear that my go-to gift for friends and family is a pile of books, but if you’re looking for some alternative ideas, here are some fantastic gifts for boys aged 8+ from some of our favourite independent brands and retailers:


Huh? Hat from What Ted Wore

The HUH? Hat by What Ted Wore

The phrase I hear 3 million times a day! This dark green knitted beanie with machine embroidered HUH? slogan makes a brilliant stocking filler.


Yoof Hoodie from Lella

Yoof Hoodie by Lella

We love Lella’s range of quirky hoodies, sweatshirts and t-shirts. This slogan hoodie is available in two colour ways in sizes up to age 15.


The Mind card game from Zatu Games

The Mind card game from Zatu Games

Zatu is our go-to retailer for the best family board games. This year our top pick is The Mind, a brilliant co-operative card game for 2 to 4 players.


Dr Who print from Law & Moore

Dr Who poster by Law & Moore

Perfect for TV fans! Law & Moore’s range of TV, film and music-inspired posters are available in a range of sizes and can be sent ready framed to make it even easier.


The Skin Starter Set from Spots and Stripes

The Starter Set skin care by Spots & Stripes

I spent months looking for the perfect kids’ deodorant and then I found these ethically sourced and beautifully packaged skin care products for teens and tweens, which I highly recommend.


Ghost by Jason Reynolds, part of the Run series

The RUN series by Jason Reynolds

Ok, so I couldn’t let a gift guide go by without including a book! This series, published by Knights Of, one of our favourite independent children’s publishers, has been a huge hit with my boys.

P.S. Our book subscriptions, past packs and gift sets also make great gifts for both boys and girls. In particular for this age group we highly recommend these titles, which are both available as individual packs or as part of a fantastic gift set:


My Name is River by Emma Rea

My Name is River by Emma Rea

This fantastic adventure about family and friendship see Dylan travel from his farm in Wales to the heart of the Amazon rainforest. 


Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm

Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm

My kids were hooked when I read this fast-paced, intriguing sci-fi novel to them. When a mission to colonise a distant planet goes awry, it falls to a small group of children to pilot The Orion back to safety...

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