Maybe "action figures" dolls ?
I heard thay were popular.
At that age, maybe some imitation guns,
that will display imitated
functionality as well as possible
to genuine functional weapons. I used to like that.
I remember an imitation Thompson Submachinegun that shot harmless sparks I got.
should I just get the hardworking parents a gift certificate for food or household goods?
That woud not
go over well at all, with the kid, I predict.
Save that for parents' anniversary.
I have not yet forgotten my father having embezzled
several hundred $$ from me when I was 8,
tho well over half a century had passed.
I challenged him on it, in later years,
but not enuf to pry it loose, but I did not follow thru.
A gift for the kid belongs to and with the kid