Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Age 7–12

Our editors' picks for the season's best movies, books, TV shows, and games for big kids.

These age-based gifts are packed with positive messages for kids. Plus, every purchase supports Common Sense and our library of independent reviews, ratings, and advice.

Great gifts for 7-year-olds

Mac Undercover: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 1

Mac Undercover: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 1

Book
"Rollicking spy adventure is loaded with humor."
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Bad Kitty Camp Daze

Bad Kitty Camp Daze

Book
"Silly identity mix-up reveals sweet lesson on getting along."
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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Book
"Informative, imaginative, gorgeous intro to natural history."
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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Movie
"Monster threequel is silly fun, with a few scary parts. "
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Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu

Video game
"Fresh Pokémon perspective perfect for younger fans."
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Planet Earth: Blue Planet II

Planet Earth: Blue Planet II

TV show
"Stunning nature documentary is excellent watch-together TV."
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Great gifts for 8-year-olds

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Movie
"Irreverent, immature comedy cleverly mocks superhero genre."
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Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

Movie
"Terrific, action-packed superhero sequel was worth the wait."
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Super Mario Party

Super Mario Party

Video game
"Brand-new party filled with fun and laughs for all."
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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

Book
"Orphan uses science to save world in fast-paced adventure."
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The Parker Inheritance

The Parker Inheritance

Book
"Kids investigate past racist incident in thrilling mystery."
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Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Vehicle Kit

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Vehicle Kit

Video game
"Creative vehicle kit adds large new world to explore."
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Great gifts for 9-year-olds

The Cardboard Kingdom

The Cardboard Kingdom

Book
"Kids make up own brave adventures in fun tale of free play."
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The Journey of Little Charlie

The Journey of Little Charlie

Book
"Tense, powerful novel of boy and slave catcher in 1858."
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You Go First

You Go First

Book
"Sweet, hopeful tale of friendship, family, and perseverance."
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Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck

Movie
"Thoughtful, arty take on excellent Selznick novel."
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Mega Man 11

Mega Man 11

Video game
"Classic side-scrolling action with mild robot destruction."
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Little Women

Little Women

Movie
"Strong female characters shine in classic book adaptation."
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Great gifts for 10-year-olds

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Movie
"Satisfying, action-packed prequel explores Han's roots."
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RBG

RBG

Movie
"Inspiring, entertaining docu about an American icon."
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Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women

Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women

Book
"Inspiring stories of girls who made their mark on the world."
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Scribblenauts Mega Pack

Scribblenauts Mega Pack

Video game
"Entertaining puzzlers bring loads of fun with bonus content."
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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

Book
"Funny, creepy tale of elf and goblin's uneasy friendship."
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Lego DC Super-Villains

Lego DC Super-Villains

Video game
"Sometimes the best good guys for the job are the bad guys."
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Great gifts for 11-year-olds

Grenade

Grenade

Book
"Tense, gripping WWII drama has powerful cost-of-war message."
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Bluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story

Bluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story

Book
"Engaging fantasy adventure trades ghosts for magic."
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March Forward Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine

March Forward Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine

Book
"Must-read memoir of a childhood in the segregated South."
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Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

Movie
"Wondrous, bittersweet, funny, edgy animated canine story."
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Subnautica

Subnautica

Video game
"Gorgeous, challenging, atmospheric underwater thriller."
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Doctor Who

Doctor Who

TV show
"Long-running British sci-fi series still thrills fans."
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Great gifts for 12-year-olds

Black Panther

Black Panther

Movie
"Masterful Marvel film has depth, diversity -- and violence."
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Alpha

Alpha

Movie
"Boy, wolf face intense peril in epic prehistoric adventure."
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Impostors

Impostors

Book
"All action and cool tech in Uglies Quartet spin-off."
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I Am Still Alive

I Am Still Alive

Book
"Teen survives alone in the wilderness in gripping thriller."
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Metroid: Samus Returns

Metroid: Samus Returns

Video game
"Great sci-fi remake reinvents itself for a new generation."
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Moss

Moss

Video game
"Charming VR story immerses players in a living fairy tale."
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