In a few weeks time the boy will be turning 7. Oh my! My baby is really not a baby anymore. And then it is a month until Christmas. (Now I need to lie down!) So it is time to start thinking about gifts. Again! I do love handmade gifts for my kids. Last Christmas the boy was very upset when he opened his Christmas Eve present and found a pair of pjs I had made him. “A fabric present?” he spat in horror. Once I had him calmed down I explained that I had made the pyjamas for him with my love, so that when he slept in them he was surrounded by my love. He has embraced the concept with relish and joy and is so excited to wear or use things that I have made him now, and reminds me that it means that he is carrying my love with him. But…… there is a limit to the number of gifts that you can sew for a boy, even one as gorgeous as mine, as they get older. And to be honest, for a girl too! But I am determined to find special things to make for my special boy, to complement the Lego I will no doubt give in and purchase for him……again.
This list is designed to work in the same way that the one for 9 year old girls worked – to help me filter through ideas and distill some of my own to suit my boy. (With the girls list I took the concept of a reading nook and adapted it to make curtains for the middle chick’s top bunk to give her a space of her own.) And hopefully it will help some of you with the holiday season
creeping rushing up on us!
My boy may be extra energetic (truly hyperactive!) but I think that all boys this age need the ability to run around and make noise, and burn off energy. So I have been thinking of gifts that will enable that.
Skateboard sling – The boy Trifecta (You can tell that she is the mother of boys!!)
Water gun holster – The Boy Trifecta
I also think that a satchel, with an adjustable strap to be worn across the body, with lots of external pockets would be great for carrying Nerf guns and bullets, or going on an adventure, or a variety of other outdoor activities. There are a number of patterns you could adapt to this by just adding pockets, but here are a couple of suggestions.
Toddler messenger bag – Kyle and Renae Hill
Messenger Bag – No Time to Sew
Of course if they are going to be outside, then a hat is a must. Being able to personalise it will help. (I am thinking that a Star Wars hat might be just the thing to encourage my boy to keep his hat on!)
4 in 1 Bucket Hat – Sew Much Ado
Sun Hat – April Cobb Designs
At 7 is he starting to think that he is a bit grown up, and to want control over his own ‘things’. So it is probably time for his own wallet. Both of these patterns look just right!
Basic Boys wallet – Noodlehead
Summertime wallet – The Purl Bee
Some games for indoors are required too. I need to accept the reality that my chicks are going to play with their electronic games, in the mix of all the things that they do. So a cover for a DS, and/or an iPod touch are always useful.
This one is in French – but you can translate it using google! DS Wallet – By Gabs
Electronics cozy – Make it – Love it
He doesn’t have an iPad or Kindle, but if he did I would be using this pattern DiY Harry Potter Kindle Cover – Skip to the Details
to try and emulate this picture (which despite much searching I cannot find the originator of to give credit to.)
If I ask my boy what his favourite games or Lego are at the moment he will answer with one of the following – Star Wars, Ninjago, Chima, Spiderman, or Minecraft . So this pillowcase might go down well!
Ninjago Pillowcase – Crazy Little Projects
Or I could get away with a soft toy if it looked like this!
Chewbacc Softie pattern – Draw Pilgrim
I could probably also get away with this!
Boyville tutorial and download – Lil Blue Boo
For when he has a group of mates over and they all need a light saber I love this concept!
Havoc and Mayhem
Given the sheer volume of Lego that he already has, perhaps this is actually what is called for!
Lego Storage – Freshly Pieced
For quieter times (we can but hope) I think that these games would be great!
Take along games – Dana Made It
A place to sit and read (or in our case to wriggle and squirm) all of his own would also be good.
Bean Bag Chair – Alderwood quilts
He does love his bath – joined by many action figures and Lego “guys”, so maybe his own bath stuff could be good too!
Boy Bath Bombs – Design Dazzle
Homemade Bubble Bath – eHow
I also found this great idea on Pinterest – but cannot find the source. Under the photo it says
“Science Experiment Tool Box! Made an 8 year old boy birthday gift with ingredients, supplies (all from the dollar store), & instructions for 4 experiments: make a lava lamp, balloon inflator, foam fountain, & gak (dragon slime). I had some 7 year old help with the labels ☺. Thank you Science Bob!”
In addition to the links that I provided in my post on the Science Party, the site referred to, Science Bob has a great list of experiments!
Ideas that have already been successful for him, but might be useful for you to consider:
Super Hero Cape – Ann Kelle
Fort Kit – Saltwater Kids
I have also previously made him a Jedi Knight cloak – and it is the source of much envy by his friends who visit. I didn’t do this from a link, but used a pattern that I had already purchased and used to make Harry Potter robes (of course!). Oh – that is another idea, as he does love his HP robe. The pattern I use for these and other costumes is Simplicity 1583 – I just adjust the sleeve width depending on the character!
And finally, many of the ideas that I used for his sister in this List, would also work for him – just with different colours or fabric.
So – I hope that you can find some ideas in here for the young men in your life. Now to narrow down the options for my boy, in time for his birthday!!