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We all know the familiar holding-your-breath feeling whilst you wait for a child to open their present that you spent weeks searching for: will they like it?
Admittedly, trying to find the best gifts for girls and boys can be a challenge. Whether it's an upcoming birthday, Christmas or another celebration, you want to make sure that you find a gift that will be excitedly unwrapped and will be well-loved.
Seven is an in-between age when they are no longer a young child and may be beginning to look for more independence and freedom. Their problem-solving skills will be developing as will their spatial awareness, so toys that give them a sense of accomplishment and help them build and create will support their development. Taking all this into account, how do you satisfy their hunger to play, discover and learn with the right presents for boys and presents for girls aged seven?
For birthday present ideas, why not consider their existing interests and toys is a helpful place to begin: do they prefer outdoor activities playing with garden toys to indoor? Are they a budding artist always painting on their easel or more of a reader? Do they love traditionally girls toys or boys toys?
To help you make the right choice, we've rounded up the best birthday presents for seven-years-old boys and girls that they'll be delighted to receive.
Our Top Choice
Scooter Sprite Black, Micro
The Micro Scooter is a classic for a reason: it is the ultimate sidekick for kids who are beginning to find their feet on two wheels. The scooter gives them freedom to go fast and steer like a bike whilst the fully foldable mechanism makes it the ideal travelling companion. It has adjustable handles too, making it a toy that'll stick around for years.
- Price: £97
- Black colour
- Weight: 2.7kg
- Adjustable handlebar
- Stands upright on its own
Best For Families On A Budget
'Fun Riddles & Trick Questions For Kids And Family', Riddleland
Kids will love the chance to test their family and friends with this book of riddles and puzzles, whilst expanding their own reasoning skills and ability to learn. This book, with over 300 riddles, is great value for money too.
- Price: £8.75
- 100 pages
- 300+ riddles
Best For Something Unique
Personalised Enamel Popcorn Bowl, Sophia Victoria Joy
Know a 7-year-old that loves to snack? This lovely enamel-coated bowl can be personalised with your chosen wording and their name; a thoughtful way of ensuring they always have easy access to their favourite treats. Personalised gifts for kids will always be appreciated.
- Price: £22
- Steel bowl
- Enamel coated
- Personalised design engraved
- Choice of diameter: S (14cm), M (16cm), L (18cm)
Best For Mini Explorers
World Map Pillowcase Kit, EatSleepDoodle
This illustrated pillow will give kids a world of fun at their fingertips. With a design featuring fun facts, animals and landmarks, there is lots to colour in with the fabric pens (that wash out in a warm cycle) whilst encouraging kids' fine motor skills in the process.
- Price: £14.95
- 100% pure cotton
- 10 wash-out fabric pens
- Fun facts, exotic animals and landmarks
- Includes World Map Colour-In Wrapping Paper
Best For Eco-Friendly
Kids Montii Thermos, Cheeky Elephant
Help children help the environment with these brightly coloured, stainless steel bottles that will keep their liquids cool for up to 12 hours and remind them to drink water throughout the day. The lovely mini size makes it easier for them to carry, too.
- Price: £19.95
- Bottle and packaging 100% recyclable
- 350ml capacity
- At least 12 hours of cooling
- Vacuum insulated double wall stainless steel
- Leak proof when closed
Best For Outdoors
Hedstrom Wavy Slide
A slide is a classic-toy for any back garden, and a 7-year-old is sure to love this nine-foot long chute that has a water-sprinkle feature to make the ride more fun. This is a gift that is sure to make their garden the place-to-be.
- Price: £116.99
- 9 foot long
- Moulded plastic chute
- Powder-coated steel frame
- Water sprinkle feature
Best For Imaginative Play
Original Den Kit, The Den Kit Company
Encouraging a 7-year old to enjoy immersive and imaginative outdoor play is easy with this kit that has everything they need for an outdoor adventure. It comes in a handy cotton bag and includes a wooden mallet, waterproof tarpaulin and groundsheet and other supplies to create hours of down-to-earth fun.
- Price: £40
- Cotton haversack bag with shoulder straps
- Durable tool kit
- Handmade wooden mallet
- Waterproof tarpaulin
- Waterproof groundsheet
- Rope, tent pegs, face paint
Best For Gadgets
Kids' Waterproof Camera, Drograce
A 7-year-old will love the chance to shoot fun photos and videos whilst they splash around or play outside with this popular Drograce waterproof camera. It has a five megapixel camera, seven colour-video modes, digital zoom and lots more to help kids record their favourite moments.
- Price: £27.19
- 5 megapixel camera
- HD videos
- 40 photo frames
- 7 colour video modes
Best For Book Lovers
Kindle Kids Edition, Amazon
For avid readers, the Kindle Kids Edition, that can store hundreds of books and has weeks of battery life, is a great option for home and travelling. The reader comes with a year of Amazon Kids+ which has thousands of popular books (such as the complete Harry Potter series) and a backlit display that allows for reading in the dark.
- Price: £99.99
- 10th generation Kindle
- Kid-friendly cover
- 1 year of Amazon Kids+ with over 1000 books
- Black and white glare-free display
- No games, ads or videos
Best For Creative Kids
Hide And Seek Rock Painting Kit, Faber-Castell
Rock painting is a fun alternative to painting on paper and promotes kids motor skills. Kids can paint designs that they can gift to friends whilst the kit comes with water-resistant paint meaning the works of art can be left outdoors. 7-year-old girls and boys will love this creative kit.
- Price: £16.83
- 10 river rocks
- Water-resistant paint
- 2 brushes
- 30+ waterproof transfer designs
Best For Keeping Special Memories
Me: A Compendium Diary, Wee Society
Documenting their lives is a lovely way for 7-year-old girls and boys to work out what their likes and dislikes are and to create something that they can keep forever. This diary is a beautifully-designed book with lots of 'fill in the blanks' for them to chart, dream and draw all the things that they love.
- Price: £9.25
- Fill-in journal
- 144 pages
- Colourful design
Best For Nature Lovers
Bug Bingo, Magma For Laurence King
A fun and educational game, Bug Bingo is a way for kids to test their knowledge and learn about the names and colourings of bugs from all over the world.
- Price: £15.04
- 64 species of bugs
- Illustrated design
- Learn bug names and colours
Best For Educational Toys
Compact Telescope Binoculars, DMbaby
Kids that like to explore outside will love these binoculars. With 8x magnification, they allow animals and nature that are far away to appear as if they were close up, making them the perfect tool for enhancing their adventures.
- Price: £13.99
- Soft rubber around eyepieces
- Shock proof
- Focus wheel
- 8x magnification
Best For Accessories
Children's Stripybow Watch, Flik Flak
Flik Flak are expert children's watch makers and have a design to suit every child. We love the stripy colours and clear face on this one that make telling the time, and looking cool, a breeze. It makes a great gift for a 7-year old-girl or boy.
- Price: £32
- 30 metres water resistant
- 24-month guarantee
Best For Playing
Jailbreak: SWAT Unit - Series 4, Roblox
Kids are sure to be up to date on all the latest games, and the award-winning Roblox is one of those, allowing kids to exist in a virtual universe where they can play and create. These characters from Roblox game Jailbreak are sure to be a treat for them to receive. We think this is one of the best toys for 7-year-old boys and girls alike.
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After living in various countries across Europe and now settling in London, Georgia is still in awe of everything there is to see and do in the capital. She loves to explore anywhere with a view; whether it's the iconic Shard or a secret spot in Highgate. You can usually find her travelling, taking photos or making her way to a concert - sometimes all three at once!