21 Gift Ideas for Primary School Aged Boys

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21 Gift Ideas for Primary School Aged Boys

Primary school boys can be hard to buy for – they are just outgrowing a lot of toys, and are usually starting to request expensive type of gifts!  

I have two primary school aged boys and I can tell you – they are getting hard to buy for!  Here are some of their favourite things – and hopefully they might appeal to your boys!

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1. Trading Cards

Yes, Pokemon Trading Cards are the number one in FAD for boys at the moment. Boys are simply crazy for them. They can be bought at most toy stores or Big W. Prices start from $5 up to about $30. Cheapest place to buy them is usually eBay. Other trading cards that are popular at the moment include:

pokemon cards

Buy them online from Oz game Shop

2. Tuxedo T-Shirt

I don’t know what it is with tuxedos, but my kids wear them on every free dress day! I’ve bought them one each of these super cute t-shirts and it makes a good substitute!

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3. Science Experiment Kits or Chemistry Sets

You’ll find some incredible science experiments both online and in the stores. Things that go pop or explode will delight them. There are some great challenging ones too like ways to drop a raw egg from heights without it breaking. Make up your own kit or buy one pre-prepared.

Our Picks:


3-in-1 Mini Solar Robot Engineering Kit - - 4M - Yellow OctopusWeather Science Experiments Kit | 4M - - 4M - Yellow Octopus

4. Their own pet (and we aren’t talking about a puppy…)

If they are mature enough, look into a new pet for them. Great ideas for this age include:

  • Goldfish or Fighter Fish – only requires a small bowl, some water conditioner and food
  • Hermit Crab
  • Sea Monkeys
  • Guinea Pig
  • Budgie or Parrot
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5. Lego Kits Or Little Bits Kits

Both Lego and Little Bits are awesome and educational! It’s often the first time a boy will follow instructions (which they seem to lose by manhood!) Many engineers, builders and mechanics started their passion with the simple enjoyment of putting things together. Lego is expensive, however, you can get the small starter boxes for around the $10 mark. The best thing about building stuff is that it is something Dad can do with the kids!

Our Picks:

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6. Fishing Gear

What greater delight for a young boy than to learn how to fish. Put together a fishing kit with a hand reel, tackle box and maybe a few fishing accessories.

Specific ideas include:

  • A long sleeved fishing shirt
  • Fishing Line
  • Kayak
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Savage Kids’ Bream Subliminated Polo from BCF


7. A Gaming Console

If you truly want to ROCK this Christmas (and you have the cash) – you can’t go past a gaming console for boys. They love it. There are a few to choose from – but the best (in my humble opinion) are:

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The thing is, there are so many accessories for all of them that you will have loads of ideas for parents, aunts and uncles to buy them on top. Think things like:

  • Gaming Headsets
  • Wireless Controllers
  • Character Packs
  • Digital Download Packs
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8. Online Digital Download Games

There are a few brilliant games for teenage boys that are only available online. So if you buy a membership – they have access to these games. All are age-appropriate and non-violent. My picks include:

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9. A Drone

Just a small one. You can usually pick up a kids version for under $40. You might want to help them for the first couple of goes… We lost ours in the paddock – never to be seen again…

Our Picks:

Harry Potter Golden Snitch Remote Control Flying Heliball Drone - - Harry Potter - Yellow Octopus

10. Nerf Guns

ANY age boys love these…. even the grown-ups. Grab them at Big W or OzGame Shop. There are also loads of accessories for Nerf Guns too – extra foam bullets, clips, basketball rings etc. You could go mad!

nerf gun

11. Jigsaw Puzzles

Not the baby ones… No… Go for the of the 500 or 1000 piece puzzles – not only will it keep him entertained for days or weeks, parents can get in on the act too. Just make sure you have a space that he can put it where it won’t get disturbed. My pick is the Ravensburger Puzzles – good quality and reasonably priced.

jigsaw puzzle

12. A Magic Kit

There are loads of really good magic trick books and kits at the Australia Geographic Store. Also check out Big W and Kmart. Our pick – the Dynamo Magic Kit!

dynamo magic kit


13. A Tent

You can pick up super cheap two-man tents now – even from Aldi, very reasonably priced. Boys can camp out in the backyard if you aren’t keen on camping – or have their own tent if you do enjoy it!

camper van tent

14. Board Games

Yes board games are perfect for this age. But don’t go too baby-ish. Good suggestions for this age include:

However, if you happen to be lucky enough to have an Xbox or Playstation – go for the online versions of the above games. Less pieces to lose and the whole family can still play! You can get games and consoles from EB Games, Big W and Kmart.

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15. Online Games

There isn’t a boy alive that doesn’t LOVE online games. So if you are thinking about an Xbox One or Playstation for Christmas – here are some great games that aren’t too violent – or babyish!

  • Minecraft – All about building your own reality.
  • Fortnite
  • Fruit Ninja (aged from 7+ onwards)
  • Monopoly Family Fun Pack
  • Disney Infinity – Star Wars Starter Pack (Aged 10+)
  • Forza Motorsport 6 (Aged 10+  buy my boys aged 8 and 9 LOVE IT!)
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16. Books

There are some fantastic books written with primary aged boys in mind. Help them discover the incredible world of getting lost in a book and being transported to another time or place. Ask your school librarian for suggestions, or your local bookshop will know of their best sellers.

My suggestions:


17. A Jumping Castle

What kid wouldn’t love their very own jumping castle at home!  Epic!

We love the Jumping Castle range from Little Kids Jumping Castles

Super Jumping Castle with Sun Cover

18. Telescope or Microscope

There are some excellently affordable telescopes on the market designed for children to discover the beauty of our universe. I always thought telescopes would cost close to $100, but I love that there are now great starter sets for under $15!

Our Pick:

This 30-Piece Microscope Set with 1200X Magnification for $84.99

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19. Crystal Growing Kit

Perhaps for the smaller primary school kids. You can pick up kits like this from Yellow Octopus for $18.99 (online only).

crystal growing set

20. Costume Dress Ups

Little boys just love dressing up – and now costumes are so widely available and there is a HUGE range.  Here are some of our favourites:

Some suggestions:

  • Harry Potter Robes
  • Paw Patrol
  • Baby Shark
  • Sloth
  • Super Heroes

Where to buy the best kids costumes:

Costume Box

Batman Value Boys Costume Aquaman 2018 Deluxe Aquaman Boys CostumeAvengers Endgame Iron Spider Deluxe Boys Costume

The Addams Family Uncle Fester Boys CostumeDisney Jake and the Neverland Pirates Boys CostumeSpongeBob Squarepants Child Costume

21. Laser Tag

Laser Tag is a great game boys can play with their siblings!  Great way to get them outside too!

Our Pick:

Electronic 2-Player Laser Tag Game | F.A.O Schwarz - - F.A.O Schwarz - Yellow Octopus

22. Astronaut Doona Cover Set

For little boys with a sense of adventure, the Astronaut Quilt Cover Set is sure to send their spirits soaring! The set is printed with an astronaut’s spacesuit and the pillow case with an astronaut’s helmet. Jump into bed and poke your head out, and it looks like you’re inside a spacesuit! The set is made from high quality machine-washable cotton, and would make a quirky bedtime gift for little boys!

Grab yours from Yellow Octopus

Astronaut Quilt Doona Bed Cover Set - - Snurk - Yellow Octopus

23.  Electric Scooter

Get where you need to be in serious style. Let your journey unfold before you as you cruise up to 30km from start to finish on a seriously long range battery, while a double braking system, complete with LED taillights and indicators for optimum safety, cruise control to lock down your comfortable speed, dirt, dust and splash protection, and a smart portable folding design to quickly pack it up for storage in seconds.

Get at good deal on a scooter from

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We will keep adding awesome gift ideas for Primary School Aged Boys as we come across them. If you have a great idea, drop us a line at [email protected]

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Jody Allen

Jody Allen Founder/Chief Content Editor Jody is the founder and essence of Stay at Home Mum. An insatiable appetite for reading from a very young age...Read More had Jody harbouring dreams of being a published author since primary school. That deep-seeded need to write found its way to the public eye in 2011 with the launch of SAHM. Fast forward 4 years and a few thousand articles Jody has fulfilled her dream of being published in print. With the 2014 launch of Once a Month Cooking and 2015's Live Well on Less, thanks to Penguin Random House, Jody shows no signs of slowing down. The master of true native content, Jody lives and experiences first hand every word of advertorial she pens. Mum to two magnificent boys and wife to her beloved Brendan; Jody's voice is a sure fire winner when you need to talk to Mums. Read Less

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