If you’re looking for the coolest gifts for 7-year-olds, it helps if you know a little bit about the kid you’re shopping for; 7-year-olds start to have pretty strong opinions about the things they like. But the great thing is, they usually like a whole lot of stuff.
They’re still trying things, experimenting with new interests, learning about the world, figuring out who they are. So we love gifts that will get them thinking, creating, exploring, and playing. Always playing.
This witty, very funny book is packed with 300 pages of coloring pages and prompts to let our kids bring to life the works of Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, the Brontë sisters, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — even Bram Stoker. Kids will have the best time drawing themselves on Juliet’s balcony or figuring out what to feed the Jabberwocky. And hey, maybe they’ll even want to read the original books with you to learn more later.
($10 at Sew Plain Jane)
At this age, imaginary play and creativity are so important. So we love that our sponsor Sew Plain Jane brings them both together with these fantastic DIY superhero cape kits. You can specify the letter, colors and icons you want to work with, making them not only great birthday gifts for kids of all ages, but a truly fun and affordable birthday party activity. Hey, we love birthday party crafts that double as take-home party favors. Especially ones as cool as this.
($9.95 month and up at Pipsticks)
If the birthday boy or girl can’t get enough of stickers, you have to check out this monthly subscription service that sends stickers, only stickers, and nothing but stickers to your sticker-a-holic every month. We love this!
($15/mo and up at Baby Boy Bakery)
At 7, kids are so excited to get into the kitchen and really really help — like, beyond, licking the spatula or stirring here and there. These clever monthly subscription boxes come with everything you need for Cooking 101, and the best part is, it’s intended to bring parent and child together to collaborate. Or hey, grandparent and child. That works too.
($113.95 at Skate XS)
Think you can hold your breath long enough to let your kiddo take their first spin on their own board? If so, go with a sturdy, solid, well-reviewed one like these excellent beginner kits from Skate XS. And of course, a sturdy, solid, well-reviewed helmet. Always.
($64.99 at Scholastic Store)
7 is a good age to start enforcing the rule, “read the book before you see the movie.” Okay…yeah. We know that doesn’t always happen. But with J.K. Rowling at the helm, even reluctant readers are more inclined to become avid ones with Harry Potter books 1-7 all packaged together. We even love the paperbacks’ brand new cover art that makes kids go oooooh…
($55 at Stride-Rite)
Perfect 7-year-old birthday gift if your kid is as obsessed with the dark side as ours can be at times. Hey, you can’t always be the good guy, right?
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($16.95 at Amazon)
The original game that some of us fell in love with in our own childhoods is back, and it’s just as mesmerizing for kids today. Sometimes good toys really don’t need improving at all.
($20 at Queen’s Flamingo)
If you’ve got a paper doll fanatic to shop for, this Etsy artist makes the most adorable felt paper dolls (okay, so they’re not really paper) with a variety of cool outfits. You can even place custom orders if you’ve got something particular in mind for the birthday boy or girl.
($12.99 at Amazon)
One of our picks for the best card games that families can play together, this is a great one for kids who are ready for slightly “bigger kid” games than what they might have enjoyed in kindergarten. Plus, it’s fun for adults too, which is always a bonus. Especially those of us who waited a looooong time for them to outgrow some of the toddler board games. (In your face, Molasses Swamp!)
(Game size balls $29.99+ at Senda Athletics)
If you’re thinking sporting goods, consider shopping from Senda Athletics, which makes fair trade soccer balls that pay makers an ethical living wage — a rarity in the category. The quality is fantastic and there’s pretty much a ball in every price range.
($39 at Etymotic)
This is one of our tech editors’ top picks for kid-safe, volume limiting earbuds. Because if they haven’t discovered a favorite YouTube star or gamer yet, they will any day now. And you’ll be glad for the headphones when they do.
($19.99, various retailers at the PS site)
If you want a video game for a 7-year-old that you don’t mind playing too, we cannot say enough great things about Little Big Planet 3. For either PS3 or PS4, this gorgeously imagined, animated world lets kids customize their characters, complete puzzle-like challenges, and learn the joys of collaborative play. Also, hopefully, learn to be both good winners and good losers. We may still be working on that part.
(£5/pair at Chatty Feet)
Socks are no longer considered a lame gift,which is great, because there are so many cool socks out there for kids now! One of our favorite companies, Chatty Feet, makes socks that seem ordinary until you take off your shoes. Then you reveal characters like Andy Sock-Hole, Feetasso, Vincent Van Toe, and now, Toeminator. They make them in adult sizes too, if you’re looking for a quirky parent-kid gift.
($1599 at Pottery Barn Kids)
So our kids would go totally insane if we said, “Happy birthday! Check out your bedroom!” and waiting inside was one of these totally awesome treehouse beds. Hopefully that’s one child who has been very very very good this year. And for the rest of eternity.