Perfect Presents For Older Children

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Ever wonder what to buy as a birthday present for an older child? Chief turns eight this autumn. Eight! I’m aware that it’s not as though he’s becoming a teenager but even so it feels older and it raises the question of what we can buy him to celebrate his birthday. He doesn’t really like ‘stuff’. He never really has, but the older he gets the more he prefers a clear room and experiences to ‘things’.

I don’t think that he’s alone in this. I get the impression that by this age vouchers, games and experiences are generally preferred to fluffy animals and toy cars (although I’m not sure that Munch will ever grow out of the former).

So although we are a few months away from his birthday, I am busy researching the perfect present. I’m not completely set on one thing or another just yet, but I wanted to share what I’ve found so far, in case they might inspire anyone else!

He loved going to see The Snowman live last Christmas, so I think that he would enjoy another concert. I’m not quite sure what yet, although the music of John Williams is a favourite at the moment so that might be a good option for him.

Sports match
He’s not particularly keen on playing sports (aside from golf which he loves), but he does enjoy watching games. I think the atmosphere that you get from watching live sport, in a stadium, is a real thrill so I’m sure that he would enjoy that.

Night away
Last year he went to Snowdonia with my husband for a weekend. They spent one day at Electric Mountain, and another bird watching in a RSPB reserve. He was delighted and had a wonderful time away. I’d love to be able to repeat that with perhaps a night glamping somewhere or link an experience day in with a city break.

Track day
He would absolutely love this and is super keen to be old enough to get behind the wheel of a car. He’s a little young for this one right now, but I have found a great option for when he’s a bit older at Track Days (in fact I rather like the look of having one myself!).

Cooking class
Chief is becoming increasingly interested in what he eats and making good nutritional choices. I think that he would enjoy a cooking experience, trying out new tastes and learning how to make well balanced, filling meals. Perhaps he could bring his knowledge home and share his tried and tested recipes with us too…!

I’m sure that there are plenty more options out there to discover. Where would you recommend to go, or what would you recommend as an ideal present for an older child? I’d love to know! Be sure to drop me a comment below.


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25th June 2018


Great ideas! I actually bought my nephew a track day for Christmas and he was so excited! Not many people are aware you can do that for teens and so he was excited to be 12 and about to drive a sports car!! #TriumphantTales

I don’t want my boys to grow up too quickly, but equally can’t wait for them to be able to do something like this. They will be thrilled!!

These are great ideas! I think anything that makes them feel grown up really is great. I went on holiday with my stepdad when I was younger for my birthday. It was so lovely to go away for a weekend as I was a Daddy’s girl and just laze around without my younger brother (10 years difference) screaming for attention!
Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

That sounds like a lovely way to celebrate too 🙂 thanks for the thought! xx

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