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When it comes to buying gifts for boys, it can feel like you are shooting in the dark. So here is my son to explain his top gift ideas for this year and what makes them so great. If you are looking for the best Christmas gift ideas for boys ages 8 to 11 the best way to do it is to ask one.

Here is E-Dog’s (not his real name but is insisting I call him it this week) best gift ideas. Take it away, son…

Hi, I’m E-Dog, my dad asked me which gifts are the most wanted by me and my friends, and here they are.

Fidget Spinner

4 Pack Pop It Pop Its Rainbow Pop Fidget Toys Poppet Push Pop Bubble Fidget Popping Sensory Toy for Kids and Adults, Fidget Popper Stress Relief 4 Shapes Fidget Poppers Circle, Square, Octagon, Heart

I love these new fidget spinners, but they don’t really spin like the old ones, these are popping ones, it’s like having never-ending bubble wrap. So much fun!


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LEGO Marvel Spider-Man Spider-Jet vs Venom Mech 76150 Superhero Gift for Kids with Minifigures, Mech and Plane (371 Pieces)

Anything Lego is cool. You can get in all kinds of styles, Star Wars, Harry Potter, the list goes on and on. The best part about Lego is putting it together. Then once you put it together you can play with it, take it apart or make something completely new. You can check out all the cool Lego stuff here.


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Captain Underpants Books

The Captain Underpants Colossal Color Collection (Captain Underpants #1-5 Boxed Set)

My favorite thing to read right now is Captain Underpants or anything else by Day Pilkey. They are so funny, all my friends and I read them. If your son hasn’t got into these books he should. They are super cool! You can get them all here on Amazon. 


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Captain Underpants: The Movie

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

My favorite movies are Captain Underpants and the Lego Movie. They are super funny, if your son doesn’t know anything about Captain Underpants, he can watch the movie and then start reading the books. That’s how I got started with them.


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Dog Man Books

Dog Man: The Supa Epic Collection: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1-6 Box Set)

Dav Pilkey (who wrote Captain Underpants) also has this series of books. Once I read all of the Captain Underpants books I started to look for anything else the author wrote. They are just as funny as Captain Underpants!


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Crazy Aarons Thinking Putty

Crazy Aaron's Putty SCENTSory Tins Deluxe Gift Set Bundle Featuring Pizzarazzi, Gumballer, Chocolatta, Snackerjack, Scoopberry, Orangesicle & Bonus Matty's Toy Stop Bag - 6 Pack (.88 oz Each)

These putties are the COOLEST THING EVER!!! They are different cancan change color and are so much fun to play with. My friends and I love to play with these Thinking Putty. You can get a mini set of them like in the picture, or you can get a large one here.


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Nerf Guns

Nerf N Strike Elite Strongarm Toy Blaster With Rotating Barrel, Slam Fire, And 6 Official Nerf Elite Darts For Kids, Teens, And Adults(Amazon Exclusive)

I really like to play with these, they don’t hurt at all and they are really fun to play indoors when it’s too cold to go outside in the winter. I have a few of them, but I want more, that way more of my friends can play at once.


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Shark Tooth or a Shark Jaw

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 80473 Shark Teeth Dig Kit

I really like sharks, my parents took me to Maui and I got to see them in the aquarium. This shark jaw is like the one I got. I want more of them because they are really neat.

I also have a shark tooth necklace which is pretty awesome. It kinda looks like this one here.


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Basketball Net

KL KLB Sport Portable Basketball Hoop System Height Adjustable Basketball Stand for Kids Adults Indoor Outdoor w/Wheels, 43 Inch Backboard

I’ve just started playing basketball at school and I love it! I really want to get this net for the driveway, it’s a really good price!

But if I can’t get this one, I really really want this one that goes on the back of my door for my bedroom. My sister loves sports too, here are some volleyball gifts that are pretty cool. 

SKLZ Pro Mini Micro Basketball Hoop with Foam Ball (15 x 10 inches)


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Funko Pop!

Funko Pop! Heroes: DC Comics Holiday Collectible Vinyl Figures, 3.75" (Set of 6)

My dad and I love Marvel movies and of course Star Wars movies. When I saw these in the store I really like them! They look funny but in, a good way.  

I have a few of them already but I want to keep adding to my collection. There are hundreds of them so it’s an easy thing to get, if your son likes some kind of person on TV they probably have a Pop! figure.


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Crystal Growing Kit

Crystal Growing Kit for Kids - Science Experiments for Boys and Girls Ages 6-12 Year Old Girl Gifts - Boy Craft Toys STEM Crafts Activities, DIY Projects Kits - Gift for Kids age 6 7 8 9 10 11 & 12

I already have this, but every time my friends come over they look at my crystals and want them. They are really neat. I love how they look and the kit is super easy to use. It’s also fun to come home from school every day and see how the crystals have changed when they are starting to grow.  You can get them here.


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Model Airplane

POWERUP 4.0 The Next-Generation Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Kit, RC Controlled. Easy to Fly with Autopilot & Gyro Stabilizer. For Hobbyists, Pilots, Tinkerers. STEM Ready with DIY Modular Kit

I’ve never built one before, but they look really neat.  I went on a plane my first time last year and since then I keep wanting to go more and more. I’m not sure which plane your son will like but there are a lot of them here you can look at.


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Board Games

I love to play board games with my dad. There are a bunch of good ones but these are my favorites! You can’t go wrong with games as Christmas gifts for boys.


TENZI Dice Party Game - A Fun, Fast Frenzy for The Whole Family - 4 Sets of 10 Colored Dice with Storage Tube - Colors May Vary

Blokus Game [Amazon Exclusive]


Connect 4

Hasbro Connect 4 Game  


UNO Family Card Game, with 112 Cards in a Sturdy Storage Tin, Travel-Friendly, Makes a Great Gift for 7 Year Olds and Up [Amazon Exclusive]

Pass the Pigs

Winning Moves Games Pass The Pigs


Jenga Classic Game

Battle Ship

Battleship Classic Board Game Strategy Game Ages 7 and Up For 2 Players


I also love card games too. They’re lots of fun because they are fast.


Magic Kit

101 Clever Card Tricks

My dad does some card tricks and I really want to learn how to do them. He bought me this book of card tricks, it’s good but it’s just card tricks and my hands are too small for some of the trick.  But I’ve always wanted a magic kit. Right now this one is the one I’m asking for.

Ideal Magic Spectacular Magic Suitcase


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Magic 8 Ball

Mattel 30188 Magic 8 Ball Fortune Telling Teller Original Game New

These things are so cool. My dad said he always wanted one when he was my age, now I want one too!


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Magazine Subscription

National Geographic Kids

I love getting my magazine in the mail, every year my grandparents get me something new. This year I’m hoping to get National Geographic for Kids. It’s fun because even when Christmas is over I keep getting something for the whole year!


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Playstation VR

PlayStation VR - Doom Bundle [Discontinued]

We got this and everyone who has come to our house to try it is asking for it for Christmas. It is way better than you imagine it would be. The demo games are super fun and the first thing you should do is download the free Spiderman game, it is incredible!! You can check it out here. 


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Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch - Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition - Switch

My dad and I love playing games together. I really want a Nintendo Switch, so I’m hoping he sees this here and gets it for me. To me, it’s the one of the best Christmas gifts for boys (and dads). 


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Thanks for reading my ideas. My friends and I had fun putting it together.

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