Welcome to Metropolitan Mama’s Christmas Gift Guide for Boys (ages 6-8). Below you will find clothes, shoes, toys, gear, and games that young boys are bound to love for Christmas 2023.
For a gift that will be both loved and used all year round, consider a stainless steel or silicone bento lunchbox for school! With a bento box, you can encourage healthy portion sizes and a variety of nutrients. Plus, bento boxes help you to cut back on (or eliminate the use of) ziploc bags, which saves you both time and money. Be sure to also check out LunchBots' accompanying lunch idea book - The Simple Lunchbox!
If you prefer low-tech, high-imagination toys like our family does, you will be blown away by the pretend play toys for kids at Hearthsong. The pictured plush campfire set is an excellent example of quality and thoughtful workmanship in a toy. There are multiple pieces in the box to ensure an authentic looking fire - including a "stone" ring, four graham crackers, two pieces of chocolate, three flames, four logs, two sticks for roasting marshmallows, and two marshmallows. Gather 'round and get ready to sing Kumbaya!
Ooly is a fun brand with a fun name that offers coloring, drawing, painting, and writing tools for kids! The brightly colored accessories have appealing gift-ready packaging, which make them a great pick for holiday presents or stocking stuffers.
Every kid will wish that this tree house playset could come to life! The detailed imaginative house includes a puppy, squirrel, hedgehog, bird, boy, girl, slide, pulley, rope ladder, tire swing, viewing platform, telescope with mount, bird house, 2 plates, 2 cups, 2 chairs, and more. Everything you need to play pretend!
Every boy needs a classic ball cap for days at the park, the baseball field, or the backyard. US Polo Assn has 5 different designs - all priced at under $12!
Our family can always count on Carter's for stylish pieces for babies up through age 14+. When we need jeans, tees, sweaters, or school uniforms, we inevitably end up looking at this time-tested brand (or sister brand OshKosh). For boys in the 6-8 range, consider the easy pull-on pants styles by Carter's. No buttons, snaps, or zippers for fast and simple dressing and optimal comfort throughout the day!
An oversized stuffed animal is sure to bring "comfort and joy" to any child or tween this holiday season! Hearthsong's adorable black bear extends four feet and is crafted with high quality, super-soft, super-dense faux fur. It also includes a sack of beans in its midsection and paws for weight and stability. When it's time to hibernate (take a nap or get tucked in for bedtime), it will be that much more fun with a bear as a buddy.
I've always said that a new pair of shoes is one of the very best presents for any age. Whether you are 6, 66, or 106, it sure is nice to slip into a shiny or cozy pair of new sneakers or dress shoes. Carter's has great options - both with laces and without - for little boys.
What do you do when you need a special occasion suit for a little boy, but without a high price tag? Turn to H&M where you can get great suiting basics for affordable prices. He'll look sophisticated and festive for holiday events, school concerts, or family photos. With individual pieces priced between $6-$16, it will be a-okay when he outgrows the set before next Christmas.
The Eyelike Sticker book series by Workman Publishing is on-point. Each sticker book has 400 lifelike stickers on a particular topic. Reusable and collectible, these stickers can be placed on letters, lunch boxes, or notebooks.
Air Clay is a super neat, mess-free, no-bake craft product that allows kids to mold, design, and sculpt their own creations. Simply leave your child's creations out to dry and they will harden into fun keychain keepsakes. This all-in-one Super Creation Studio kit by Play-Doh includes 24 bags of clay, 12 resealable plastic bags, 12 keychains, 10 googly eyes, and an instruction booklet.
Our family is always on the hunt for toys with the most playing power - meaning toys that inspire the imagination, can be used in various ways, and won't lose their appeal after a few days of play. In fact, we've tried very hard to keep toys to a minimum in our house and mostly in five categories: legos, dress-up, collectible cars, dolls, and...Magna-Tiles! Magna-Tiles are the toys we always pull out when we have anyone under 8 in the house.
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...super clean teeth, thanks to SuperMouth!
SuperMouth is a brand new company, created by pediatric dentists, which is on a mission to help kids build healthy habits for life by adding fun to the tooth care process. I am 100% confident that my kids will be as enthused as I am about these gifts. Each complete system kit comes with a SuperMouth comic book, which features 5 superhero characters (Dr. Hoss, Tooth Keri, Moler, Melo-D, Bristles) and the nefarious villain (Cavitar).
Young naturalists will be thrilled by this 5-book backpack explorer set by Storey, which includes 5 engaging titles: Bird Watch, Bug Hunt, Discovering Trees, On the Nature Trail, and Rock Hunt. Each book includes a real magnifying glass, field guide pages, scavenger hunts, a fold-out journal, and stickers.
A warm pair of slippers is a practical and luxurious gift pick for a young boy. We love the Braidee slipper because it is lace-less, easy to slip on, and can be worn both indoors and outdoors.
A soft turtleneck and coordinating chino pants is the perfect winter school outfit for a young boy. Layer on a jacket for stormy weather and he'll be all set.
Ho ho ho! For an extra magical morning, place all the wrapped presents in Hearthsong's luxurious velvet toy gift sack. The drawstring cord is capped by festive pom poms. This bag is also ideal for packing up and transporting presents after Christmas morning at grandpa & grandma's house!
Some of the products in the list below were sent to us to try. Other products are ones that we purchased ourselves or were given by family members and friends. Know that I will always provide both the pros and cons of each featured produc