Snow Skooter | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

If you’re shopping for cool birthday gifts for an 8-year-old girl or boy, remember that they’re just on the edge of being a full-fledged tween — but probably still love to play with toys, games, crafts, action figures and dolls. The trick is to find birthday gifts that aren’t babyish, but also not too advanced.

This is also the age kids start to develop really specific interests, so the best gifts often come from knowing a little bit about the kid you’re celebrating. If you’re really not sure, no worries! Here our fantastic birthday gifts for 8-year-olds.

And thanks so much to our fantastic birthday gift guide sponsor, Sew Plain Jane, a mom-run small business making handmade superhero capes starting at just $4, plus personalized capes and accessories and DIY cape decorating kits that make fantastic birthday gifts and favors at any age.

Special Offer: Cool Mom Picks readers save 10% on orders at Sew Plain Jane with code CoolMomPicks10 through 4/10/17.

All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff, there is no compensation in exchange for picks. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate. 

 

Snow Skooter

($49.98 at Hearthsong)
Don’t worry if there’s no snow in your neck of the woods right now; this scooter is more like a surfboard that also works down grassy hills. Although truly, it is awesome in the snow.

 

 

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Cozmo by Anki | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

Cozmo by Anki

($179.99 at Amazon)
From the makers of the fantastic Anki OVERDRIVE AI racetrack comes this cool little programmable robot with serious personality. Just add the companion iOS or Android app and someone’s got a new friend for life.

 

 

I Am Elemental set of female superheroes | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

I Am Elemental set of female superheroes

($9.99 ea/New Museum Store; or $100 complete Wisdom collectors set at I Am Elemental)
We’re huge fans of this line of bad-ass female superheroes, and so are all of our kids. Designed by a cool mom herself, each one represents an important element of character from honesty to bravery to creativity and persistence.  You can buy them separately but the kit makes for one special birthday gift for a special 8-year-old.

 

Little Passports Science Expeditions Subscription Box | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

Little Passports Science Expeditions Subscription Box

($17.95/mo and up at Little Passports)
Kids adore getting something in the mail each month, and one of our favorite subscription gift services has recently added this science-themed box that’s a perfect birthday gift for kids 8 and up. What’s cool is that each box includes a scientific “mystery” that your kid has to solve through experiments and activities. None of which involve blowing up your kitchen. In case you were worried.

 

Classic book library | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

A library of classic books

($64 at Rifle Paper Co.)
Any age is a good age to build a child’s library, and we’re smitten with this set of classics, in covers gorgeously illustrated by Rifle Paper Company. With Heidi, A Little Princess, Little Women, and Anne of Green Gables, it’s really the gift of hours of captivating story time.

 

littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets Kit | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets Kit

($199 at littleBits)
Let your tween’s creativity fly with one of our favorite educational STEM toys and see just what comes out of all those circuits they snap together. The company makes lots of great kits in different price ranges, and this is a fun one, should your kids want to build their own drawing robot, bubble-blower, or Buperball arcade game.

 

Heart and Stone Charm Jewelry | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

Heart and Stone personalized charm jewelry

(Charms start at $70, Heart and Stone Jewelry)
It was a big milestone in our own lives when our parents first trusted us to take care of nicer jewelry. You can always pick out something at the mall stores, but we love supporting indie jewelry artists — which also means that you’ll be giving a one-of-a-kind gift that’s extra special. Julie’s work is exquisite, and you can customize her charms with a heart, a name, an initial, even add a birthstone charm. They can be added to an existing charm bracelet, or grab a necklace chain starting at $40 and start a new one.

 

R2D2 kite | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

R2D2 kite

($14.99 on sale at Think Geek)
Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…it’s a small R2-series hologram-projecting astromech droid. In kite form.

 

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Sew Plain Jane Personalized Superhero Capes start at $4
If you’re looking for a fun, wildly affordable birthday gift for a kid of any age, Sew Plain Jane is a wonderful mom-run business making handmade superhero capes our kids love. With basic capes starting at just $4 (yes, really!), they can be customized all kinds of ways with initials and icons to suit your super kid.

And don’t miss their brilliant DIY cape decorating kits that make for fantastic birthday party crafts that become the coolest take-home favors.

Special Offer: Cool Mom Picks readers save 10% on orders at Sew Plain Jane with code CoolMomPicks10 through 4/10/17.

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Ghostbuster Ecto Set | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

Ghostbuster Ecto Set

($59.99, LEGO Store)
There are so many great new sets of LEGOs this year, and our kids fell in love with the Ghostbusters reboot — as well as the LEGO version. Can you blame them, really?

 

LEGO Friends Super Hero School | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds
Also new for 2017 is LEGO Friends Super Hero School ($79.99) for kids who might prefer the colorful, imaginary LEGO Friends worlds. But since it’s compatible with all other LEGO sets and bricks, we love how even Star Wars, Ninjago, Simpsons and Harry Potter minifigs will feel right at home here.

 

Kazoo Magazine Subscription for Girls | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

Kazoo Magazine Subscription for Girls

($50/1 year at Kazoo)
If you want a birthday gift for a girl who loves to read magazines, but maybe is interested in more than makeup and beauty trends, check out the excellent Kazoo which will get her inspired, thinking, and creating.

 

Retro 1947 chicago cubs hat | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

Retro 1947 Chicago Cubs hat

($24.99 at Lids)
While ’16 was the big year for them, there’s something way cooler about the vintage Cubs cap from a year when they faced off against teams like the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves.

 

Sick Science Kit | coolest birthday gifts for 7 year olds

Sick Science Kit

($19.99 at Steve Spangler Science)
These days, science is cool, and fortunately our kids are growing up in a world where they don’t think about it any other way. One way to make it extra cool is with the nine experiments in Steve Spangler’s very fun and mildly irreverent science experiment kits. Impressing your friends is a popular activity at any age.

 

sbyke A20 scooter-bike hybrid |coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

sbyke A20 scooter-bike hybrid

($179 at Sbyke)
Now this scooter-bike combo sbyke is some birthday gift for an 8-year-old! It’s tough as a BMX bite, maneuverable as a skateboard, and ready for adventure wherever you take it.

 

Ella and Mila Non-Toxic Nail Polish | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

Ella and Mila Non-Toxic Nail Polish

($7-10/ea at Amazon)
For kids who love dress-up (or, ahem, cosplay as our kids so precociously call it now) we like sticking with non-toxic cosmetics that won’t harm that sensitive skin.

 

Gift Lit Book Subscription | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

GiftLit Book Subscription

($57.95 for 3 months at GiftLit)
Whether the 8-year-old in your life is into action, adventure, science, comics or any book they can get their hands on, this cool, customizable book subscription is a fantastic birthday gift for an avid reader. If you want to go big, splurge on the 12-month subscription, though surely any period of time will be appreciated. The great thing is, you can always swap out any book in a series if you know they’ve already torn through it.

 

Battleship Retro 1967 Edition | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

Battleship Retro 1967 Edition

($13 at Target)
If only so you can say, “you sunk my battleship!” as often as possible and drive your kids nuts.

 

Personalized emoji coloring journal | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

Personalized emoji coloring journal

($32 at Shop Kelly Renay)
This is a great age to get kids to start expressing feelings or jotting down ideas, poems, or song starters. While any journal makes a great birthday gift for an 8-year-old, we think emoji-crazy kids will adore this one, complete with a personalized cover they can color in themselves. And yes…there’s the poop in there. Because, 8-year-olds.

 

3-piece jr drum set DRIVE | coolest birthday gifts for 8 year olds

3-piece jr drum set

($139 at Guitar Center)
Bless the parent who allows this serious drum kit to be used in any room that hasn’t been soundproofed.

 

And thanks so much to our fantastic birthday gift guide sponsor, Sew Plain Jane, a mom-run small business making handmade superhero capes starting at just $4, plus personalized capes and accessories and DIY cape decorating kits that make fantastic birthday gifts and favors at any age.

Special Offer: Cool Mom Picks readers save 10% on orders at Sew Plain Jane with code CoolMomPicks10 through 4/10/17.

All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff, there is no compensation in exchange for picks. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate.