Here’s a run down of the best Christmas gifts for 8-10 year olds 

Christmas is just around the corner. With the wealth of toys and games to choose from, I thought I’d compile a list of the best Christmas gifts for 8-10 year olds this year.

The gifts cover all budgets as in such uncertain times, there is no need, and should be no pressure, for you to break the bank. While I’ve included links below, there is always the option of shopping for second hand gifts which is not only affordable, but also sustainable.

Whatever you decide, remember that Christmas is about family and love. It’s about sharing special times, sharing laughter and making memories. It’s not just about the gifts and certainly shouldn’t be about how much you spend.

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Gnomes at Night: This is a unique take on a maze game. It’s fun for the whole family as you work together to escape the maze. Think of it as a really fun at-home escape room quest. Ages 6+ (although the younger ones will need extra help).

Peaceable Kingdom Gnomes at Night A Cooperative Maze Game for 2 to 4 Kids Ages 6+
  • DARE TO ENTER THE MAZE: Gnomes at Night is a cooperative search-and-find maze game where players work as a team to maneuver the magnetic gnome movers around the maze. Work together in this quick-thinking communication game where every second counts!
  • CALLING IN THE GNOMES: Twelve of the Queen's most priced treasures have been stolen! The thief was last seen running through the castle's stone maze, dropping objects in his haste to get away. It's up to the Gnomes to find the treasures and return them to the Queen before morning. Can you help?
  • THE MAZES: The maze paths are different on each side of the board. You may move your mover only along the paths on your side of the board. You cannot move your mover through a wall in the maze, but the player on the other side of the board CAN move your mover through walls. That's how you can help each other reach a treasure!
  • TOYS THAT TEACH: Gnomes at Night is a great way to develop effective communication skills. Players race to identify the treasure as shown on the card to determine which side of the board that treasure is located on. Players work together maneuvering through the maze, sometimes you will be able to move easily toward the treasure, sometimes you will need to back track. Using descriptive language like left, right, up and down will help your teammate better assist you in collecting that treasure.
  • INCLUDES: 4 game boards (levels A thru D), 12 treasure cards, 2 game board holders, 2 team cards, 2 magnetic gnome movers, 4 corner-start cards, 1 sand timer and instructions.

Apitor Robot X: Get your kids coding now – without them even realise they’re learning! This awesome robot kit is super fun and highly creative way to learn and practice a new, and highly important, skill.

Apitor Robot X Robot Building Kit, 12-in-1 Programmable APP RC Robot/Car Robotics Coding Kit, STEM Projects Educational Birthday Gifts for Boys Girls Kids Aged 8-12 (600 Pieces)
  • 【12-in-1 Advanced-level Robotics Kit】Robot X includes 600+ blocks, 1 control unit with 7 multicolor LED lights, 2 infrared sensors, 1 color sensors, and 3 motors, that kids can build and rebuild into 12 cool robots. Perfect gift for 8+ year old boys and girls. (3 x AA batteries are required and not included)
  • 【Programmable APP RC Robot】With the free Apitor Kit app from App Store and Play Store, kids can control the motorized robot to move in all directions, left, right, forward and backward and 360 degree rotating stunt. Let kids explore more fun gameplay in the App! (An iOS and Android phone or tablet is required and not included)
  • 【Graphical Programming Learning】With the drag and drop coding interface, kids easily learn how to program their robot to follow lines, avoid obstacles, detect distance, control LED lights, and more, on Apitor Robot app following the step by step instruction. Moreover, kids develop their logical thinking, the creativity of problem solving, and learn the knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • 【Works With Major Building Block Toys】Kids can combine the Apitor Kit with their existing building blocks to create more powerful and funny motorized robots, and use the Apitor Robot app to control their own creations. Clear instructions are included to help kids build. We recommend that parents and children create the first robot together, which will make a lot of sense. Stem toys for boys aged 8 9 10 11 12+.
  • 【Ideal Gifts & STEM Toys】Introduce kids to the creative world of coding with Apitor Robot X 12 in 1 robot kit, the best educational building block STEM toys. The kids learn to build, program and create while they are having fun. It is an interesting and educational stem project toys for ages 8-12, and also a perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, Children's Day, and other special occasions.

Untamed Dragon: From the creators of Fingerlings, this untamed dragon responds to touch and will growl, hiss and roar until you pet it and calm it down. It even passes gas which will no doubt give your kids hours of entertainment on its own.

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Kids Sewing Kit: There has been a surge in kids’ sewing interest this year. At-home fun activities for kids of all ages are really important. Let your child explore their creativity with this beautiful sewing kit.

Cool Maker, Stitch ‘N Style Fashion Studio, Pre-Threaded Sewing Machine Toy with Fabric and Water Transfer Prints, Arts & Crafts Kids Toys for Girls
  • NO THREADING NECESSARY: With the Stitch 'N Style Fashion Studio, kids can learn sewing basics without any threading! Simply pop in the pre-threaded cartridge and start creating stylish accessories! Batteries required.
  • EASY TO SEW: The smart-stitch sensors make it easy to learn real sewing. Simply place the fabric under the sensor, and the machine will start and stop automatically!
  • PRE-PRINTED FABRIC: This fashion design kit includes a sheet of pre-printed, patterned fabric to stitch 6 accessories, such as a belt bag, scrunchie, sunglasses case, and more. It also works with most fabrics!
  • STYLE WITH WATER TRANSFERS: Kids can customize their designs with decorative water transfer prints that apply with water. They can wear the finished accessories with any outfit!
  • ARTS AND CRAFTS TOY GIFTS: Express your style with Cool Maker toys and DIY craft kits! Create with a friendship bracelet kit, nail kit, kids sewing machine, air dry clay and more!

Spontuneous: A fun filled family musical game where each player takes turns to say a word while the other players shout out a song that contains that word before time runs out. Singing in tune is not a requirement…. but it helps!

Spontuneous - The Song Game - Sing It or Shout It - Talent NOT Required - Family Party Board Game…
  • HOW TO PLAY: If you've ever heard a word that's caused you to spontaneously break into song, then Spontuneous is for you! The rules are simple. Each player writes down several Trigger Words on their Hit List. When it's your turn, you announce a word from your list and flip the timer. The first player to sing at least 5 words from any song containing the Trigger Word gets to advance on the board. Stay alert for those extra musical challenge spaces scattered throughout the board!
  • WHOLE FAMILY FUN: Spontuneous is fun for the whole family! Because of the easy game play and 30-minute average play time, this game holds the attention of even the most skeptical game night party goer. Anyone who knows a few songs will excel at Spontuneous, whether a kid, teen, or adult. It's sure to become your next family game night classic!
  • FUN FOR ANY SEASON: Spontuneous fits perfectly into any party, trip, or family get-together. Going camping? Unplug for the evening and play around the campfire. At your child's next birthday party, pull Spontuneous out to entertain the kids until the pizza arrives. Bored on a rainy day? Spend your time laughing with your family and friends of any age as you try to think of your next song. Spontuneous can go with you anywhere, from home to your vacation.
  • TALENT NOT REQUIRED: Feel shy or awkward about singing? No worries! Spontuneous brings out the star in everyone. Sing it or shout it—there's no vocal talent required to play this game. Knowing some lyrics to the most basic songs, old tunes, or even nursery rhymes is the only thing you need to enjoy this game. You don't even have to name that tune! Just draw on your memory for some music containing the given Trigger Word, and you'll be a winner in no time!
  • UNPLUG & INTERACT: Spontuneous is a fantastic way for large or small groups of families, friends, and more to come together without electronics and spend quality time together. Nothing is better than unplugging and laughing with a group of your favorite people over a board game and making new memories. Choose Spontuneous for your next game night, gathering, or family home night.

Flipside: The modern age Rubix Cube, Flipside is a fast paced puzzle where players have to quickly flip the colours to match flashing lights. Highly addictive and great fun for all!

Flipslide Game - Electronic Handheld Game | Addictive Multiplayer Puzzle Game of Skill | Flip, Slide & Match Colors to Beat the Clock | 4 Thrilling Game Modes | Ages 8+ | Includes Batteries
  • Flipslide is an addictive, fast paced puzzle game of skill!
  • Master the moves to beat the blocks – flip to find the colour and slide to match the lights. Challenge yourself or play with friends. The only hard part is putting it down!
  • The fun never ends with four game modes to choose from: Speed Mode, Multiplayer Mode, Level Mode or Memory Mode.
  • For ages 8+ - take anywhere, play it anytime, it’s addictive fun for everyone.
  • Includes 1 x Flipslide console and Instructions. Batteries included.

Flying orb ball: A gravity-defying orb that can be pushed, pulled, twirled and twisted. Master up to 30 moves and 9 spectacular tricks!

MyGoci Flying Orb Ball 2024 Upgraded Cosmic Globe Hand Controlled Hover Ball for Boys Girls Adults, Cool Toys Gift for Halloween Christmas Birthday Indoor Outdoor Games
  • 💡 Unique Design Concept - The fly orb toy can levitate on the hand or be thrown in multiple directions. Adjusting throwing angles and speed allows the boomerang ball to achieve different flight paths and modes, creating various flying effects.

Go Glam Nail Stamper: This DIY nail kit is great for anyone who loves to paint their nails. It’s great fun and makes it easy to create funky custom manicures in minutes. There are 125 different styles to try out.

Cool Maker, GO GLAM Nail Stamper Deluxe Salon with Dryer for Manicures and Pedicures with 3 Bonus Patterns and 2 Bonus Nail Polishes, Amazon Exclusive
  • BONUS PATTERNS AND NAIL POLISH: This Amazon exclusive kit has 8 patterns (3 BONUS) and 4 nail polishes (2 BONUS)! Girls can mix and match watermelons, unicorns, paw prints and more to express their style!
  • STYLE ANY SIZE NAIL: It’s fun and easy to create salon quality manicures and pedicures in minutes with the GO GLAM Nail Salon! Pop in a pattern, paint your nails with the base coat and press to stamp!
  • ALL-IN-ONE NAIL SALON WITH DRYER: This DIY nail kit features a built-in dryer (4 AAA batteries not included) and has everything you need to customize 200 nails! Finish nails with the included top coat.
  • UNIQUE KID-SAFE NAIL POLISH: Patterns only stick to the GO GLAM nail polishes (4 colors included). The water-based formula is non-toxic and easily removes to stamp new mani-pedis again and again!
  • Includes: 1 GO GLAM Nail Salon with Dryer, 5 Pattern Pods, 3 BONUS Pattern Pods, 2 GO GLAM Nail Polishes, 2 BONUS GO GLAM Nail Polishes, 1 Top Coat, 1 Instruction Sheet

Lego: You can never go wrong with Lego. Regardless of whether you buy collectible sets or mixed boxes, your child will have hours of fun. Are we ever too old for Lego?

LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box Building Set, Toy Storage Solution for Home or Classrooms, Creative Toy for Back to School, Interactive Building Toy for Kids, Boys and Girls Ages 4 and Up, 10698
  • Engage your kids in pretend play by letting them build their own play toys, such as creating a toy house or toy scooter. This classic creative kit of LEGO bricks comes includes 33 different colors of bricks
  • This brick box includes 8 different types of toy windows and toy doors, 2 green baseplates and 6 toy tires and toy wheel rims to create hours of creativity for kids
  • Kids will become creative builders as they use these color toys to build a figure or build a castle while also engaging in kids playtime
  • The large build and play LEGO Creative Brick toy playset is compatible with all LEGO construction sets for never-ending creative play
  • The green baseplates in this build it yourself set measure over 6-inch long and 6-inch wide, and 4-inch long and 2-inch respectively. Kids will get to build and play with 790 pieces and is ideal for boys and girls of any age

Amazon Fire Kids Edition: The new Fire HD is bigger and better than ever. With its endless amount of available apps, kids-friendly TV, movies and games, it’s easy to forget that it’s a great device to download books onto as well. The latest edition includes a kid-friendly case and built in stand. It’s a perfect table for those looking for something child-proof and safe.

Marvel Fluxx: If you’ve never played Fluxx, now’s your chance. It’s addictive, great fun and perfect for the whole family. The rules change depending on which cards are played so it’s different each time it’s played. This Marvel edition is perfect for comic fans.

Marvel Fluxx Card Game with Collector's Coin
  • Great gift for any Marvel fan
  • Match Keeper cards with Goal cards to claim the victory
  • Unique gameplay is fun and engaging
  • Recommended for 2-6 players, ages 8 and up
  • English (Publication Language)

My Audio Pet Bluetooth Speaker: Available in a selection of cute animals, these powerful bluetooth speakers can play music, but also play games through an app. Two or more can be connected for even more fun.

My Audio Pet Mini Bluetooth Animal Wireless Speaker for Kids of All Ages - True Wireless Stereo – Pair with Another TWS Pet for Powerful Rich Room-Filling Sound (Power Pup)
  • The tiniest, cutest, most KICK-BUTT Bluetooth speaker on the planet!! It's like getting a stadium-sized concert in a golfball-sized arena, or a team of magical unicorns in a tiny pixie body, or a whole Bakery in a miniature cupcake . . the point is, you get way more than you expect, not just sound beyond size.
  • The Hide and Speak App - a ridiculously fun family-friendly app included with the My Audio Pet.
  • True Wireless Stereo (TWS) technology - Use 1 or Pair 2 together. Compelling, crisp, clear sound from 3W audio driver. Easy-Click wireless Bluetooth connection to smartphones, tablets, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
  • Selfie Remote function / Built-in mic / Rechargeable Custom built Extended play battery (24" charging Cord included)/ Portable Party (lanyard included)
  • Patented Design and custom Audio Engineering produces surprisingly powerful sound from a speaker less than 2" tall. 100% Manufacturer GUARANTEE! So collect them all. A must-have gift for fun, joy, music, and dance.

Paint your own squishies: We all love a squishy. This creative gift is perfect for budding artists. Paint and keep your very own selections squishes including a unicorn, donut and bear. Extra blank squishies can be bought separately.

Insnug Sensory Toys Squishy Toy Food - Stress Relief Squishies for Girl Kids Age 4 6 8 10 Kawaii Jumbo DIY Slow Rising Squeeze Autism Unicorn Gift Ice cream Cake Milk Shake Donut Painting Art Set
  • 🍦【DESSERT SQUISHIES】 Insnug Slow-rising Material Upgraded Squishies Toy. Paint your own squishy with its smooth surface and stress relief material, it can be played by multiple players . With unique and catchy realistic cake and ice cream scent.
  • 🍦【SUPER SOFT & SQUISHY】It is super soft and squishy. Thanks to it's Upgraded Non-toxic Material and Large Jumbo size. It is not easy to rip either, which makes it the best toy for kids for a long time span.
  • 🍦【ALL IN ONE PACKAGE】Paint your own squishies kit .6 Large size Dessert Squishies Unicorn style desserts are included in the package along with Glitter, Sugar sprinkles, and choco chips. Glue is also provided. The bigger size of Paint and more colors including Red, White, Brown, Yellow, and Blue. Washable non-toxic paint Variety sizes brush Palette are also provided for color mixing.
  • 🍦【CUTE DIY GIFT FOR KIDS】Cute Arts and Crafts DIY project for kids to have fun with for a long time due to its squishy not easy to rip material and realistic scent. A practical and useful gift for your child and a perfect Family Interaction toy.
  • 🍦【12 MONTHS OF GURANTEE】Buy with confidence with 12 months of guarantee. The package includes Extra sugar sprinkles, and two extra paint White and Brown, and rest 3 primary colors.

Riddles and Brain Teasers book: Featuring 120 riddles and brain teasers, get your thinking caps on and have hours of fun with this book. Perfect for kids 8 years upwards.

Difficult Riddles For Smart Kids: 300 Difficult Riddles And Brain Teasers Families Will Love (Thinking Books for Kids)
  • Prefontaine, M (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 79 Pages - 05/17/2017 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

Pictionary Air: Pictionary like you’ve never seen it before! Pictionary Air uses a special pen to draw in the air. No more pen and paper!! Use the free app and go as large as you want. Guessers view the drawings on a mobile or tablet. Perfect for the whole family.

Mattel Games Pictionary Air 2 Family Game for Kids and Adults with Exclusive Black Color Light Pen & Digital Clue Packs
  • Introducing Pictionary Air 2, an upgrade to the hilarious, award-winning twist on the classic family drawing game.
  • Download the free app. Then, draw in the air, see it on screen and cast to the TV*, perfect for kids, families, and adult game nights!
  • Draw, add points and clear the screen all from the redesigned Pictionary Air 2 light pen.
  • Download digital clues! With a variety of themes geared towards players of all ages. Younger players can play during family night or set up party games for adults!
  • 2 Device stands included as 2 devices are needed: one to capture the drawings and the other to read clues. *2 smart device and app required to play. 2 smart devices not included.

Chocolate Bar Maker: This fun, colourful and delicious chocolate maker includes a deco pen, stamps and wrappers to create personal designs. The silicone pods are safe and easy to use and can be reused even when the inital supplies are all used up. 

Hopefully you’ve got some good ideas from this list of best Christmas gifts for 8-10 year olds. Happy shopping!