Also read: the best books for 9-year olds.
Gifts for 9-Year Old Boys
Sphero BOLT Robot
This is the latest Sphero app-enabled robot. Isn’t it the coolest looking one yet? Learn to code through hands-on activities to program infarred, compass, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and motor encoders. Drive BOLT and play games. 2+ hours of battery.
Get five different DIY toy and game projects like making a music simulator, a fishing game, or motorbike. This kit is meant to accompany Nintendo Switch. This kit makes technology hands-on & is very highly rated for 2018.
These dinosaurs grip onto your fingers and react to sound, motion, and touch giving roars, chomping jaws and a little Dio gas.
National Geographic Rock Tumbler
Get your kids into geology! Start polishing your own gems with the included half lbs of gemstones, rock information, and jewelry fastenings.
We’re big fans of Gamewright games like Rat-a-Tat-Cat and Sleeping Queens so I was thrilled to see this newest card game with charming raccoon characters tipping over trash cans and racing to amass the most points. You’re going to love this!
Anki Overdrive Fast and Furious Edition
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our Anki Overdrive Fast & Furious. Like, my kids are addicted. They like how it’s super interactive with technology (their favorite). They love building and rebuilding the track and racing against each other, friends, dad, or the computer — both literally one of the most fun things they do every day! Download the free app which connects you to your race car. The magnetic track pieces easily fit together and you’ll have tons of possibilities for races and race tracks.
littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
Marvel fans, make your own gauntlet! Snap together the electronics to build circuits the customize your gauntlet. Videos for over 18 in-app activities, wearable Tech sensors, in-app block coding, customizable LED Matrix light design, and authentic Marvel Avengers sound effects.
Blank Comic Book for Kids
With over 100 pages and lots of templates, use this to write and draw your own stories.
These are addicting and the perfect fidget toy.
Minecraft The Chicken Coop
Isn’t this adorable? My own Minecraft gamer hopes to get this in her Christmas stocking!
The Brick Mat
Roll this double sided mat onto your floor or table. One side is for larger bricks, the other for smaller. And, if you like this, you might want to check out the building block adhesive tape! FUN, right?!
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
If you like funny books, you’ll LOVE this series! In this first book, besides learning valuable cow trivia, it’s mostly the hilarious adventure of two pranksters who start out as rivals but eventually work together to pull off the biggest prank of all time — a prank that will ensure they get April Fool’s Day off from school. My kids think this series is the best!
Use your tweezers to grab the correct microbes and place them into the petri dish. Find the missing microbes by using research rules and logic. It’s a LOT of fun. Read just how much my kids loved this game here.
We highly recommend this fast-paced, fun and easy dice game.
Just Joking Jumbo by National Geographic Kids
Holy Smokes! Your kids will love this book. It’s packed full of awesome jokes and photographs; it’s hefty and impossible not to love. Fun facts added throughout make it extra interesting.
Funny, right? There’s 999 more goofy, silly, laugh out loud jokes, tongue twisters, puzzles, riddles plus fun facts about different creatures like Whiplash the Iguana and amazing photographs. It might take us a year to get through all these jokes but we’re up for the challenge. How about you? Would your family love this book?
Pease be quiet.
LEGO Creator Skate House
Build a cool skate house with skateboard, scooter, skate ramp, monkey bars, and a climbing wall. The best part of this kit — you can make three different buildings!! It can also be a Games Arcade with game room machines and a toy Skate Park.
Code your own personality-filled robot, play games, and explore Cozmo’s world. Sure to become a favorite toy for your young STEM learners.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan FANTASY (series) ages 8 – 12
This series is amazing! Greek gods still exist and so do their kids, half-bloods, or demigods, who have incredible abilities. Unfortunately for these kids, monsters are out to kill them. But, they are also the only ones who can save the world from war between the Greek gods the original gods, the Titans. Percy goes to Camp Half-Blood where he gets trained to protect himself… until he’s sent on a dangerous quest. BOX SET HERE.
Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game
We LOVE this cool STEM skills game that encourages your 9-year olds to think logically while creating something awesome — a roller coaster! Full review here.
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
Fairy tales come alive when Alex and Conner (brother and sister) find themselves in the fairy tale book given to them by their grandmother. In the first story, their only way out of the Fairy Tale world is to find the ingredients for a Wishing Spell. Finding them will be dangerous, mysterious, and life changing. Get ready for non-stop adventure and magical imaginative worlds. BOX SET
Light Up Fidget Spinner
Still a popular, fun gift to give kids!
Young writers — check out this interactive journal with awesome prompts that comes with it’s own lock and key! So cool!
Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix Tagger 2-Pack
2-player system lets kids play lazer tag at home. Taggers register hits with lights, sounds and vibrations.
This self-balancing electric scooter can go 8 mph for up to 60 minutes. This is a fun, active gift.
Big Nate Welcome to My World by Lincoln Peirce
Lincoln Peirce “gets” kids and their struggles. Nate’s real life adventures will keep your kids laughing out loud from the first page to the last. These are really great for reluctant readers. Boxed set here.
60 cards = gazillions of stories. Draw a blue and a yellow card and CREATE!
LEGO Creator 3 in 1 Park Street Townhouse
3-in-1 fun toy model! Make a townhouse or rebuild it into a city café or a suburban home. These are a favorite around our house with both my kids.
Paper Flying Dragons Craft Kit
Calling all dragon fans! Make and fly 12 colored paper dragons using the supplies and book provided.
Squeeze and watch as the toys slowly go from squished to full size. Kids love the tactile fun of these.
The Familiars series by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
My kids and I are big fans of this series. Do you know about familiars? They are the magical animal companions to wizards. And in this first story, they’ll have to save the world when the wizard’s powers are taken away. The Familiars is great series for kids who love animals and magical adventures.
My kids play this so much, they’ve mastered all the levels. It’s a cool logic and strategy game for one-person that we are addicted to playing.
Thames and Kosmos Remote-Control Machines
Build your own motorized vehicles and machines (bulldozer, antique car, race car, robotic arm +) using this kit that includes 3 motors, a remote control, and directions for up to 10 models.
Beasts of Balance
Stack physical blocks near your mobile device in this hybrid digital tabletop game. Pick a beast, element, action, or miracle to stack. Your goal is to work with other players to build a tower as well as filling your world with magnificent beasts.
LEGO NEXO Knights Axl’s Tower Carrier
4 minifigures, a tower carrier with a rotating gun turret with wheels, hidden catapult, control room, and more. Also get accessories like the Book of Fear, Globin discs, helmets and a hammer and wrench.
Playmobil NHL Hockey Arena
Don’t you love this hockey play set? Each of the four NHL players feature a movable arm and hockey stick. Pull back the lever to swing the stick and fire the puck down the rink towards the opposing goal. Set includes four NHL players (two per team), three hockey pucks, game play rules booklet, player number decals, logo decals for all 30 NHL teams, score-keeping slide rule, and other accessories.
BOSEBuild Speaker Cube
This is such a cool STEM gift — a build-it-yourself Bluetooth speaker! Start with a basic magnet and coil and soon you’ll have built a durable, great-sounding Bluetooth speaker. An iOS app that both provides animated instructions.
Air Hogs Star Wars RC TIE Fighter Drone
You’re the pilot. Time to hit the Death Star (that hoovers!) with your X-wing drone! (Best for inside use until you get the hang of flying.)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, headlamps beat book lamps for reading hands down. Because they’re hands free AND have much better light! (All over the page light, not just in one spot.) Plus, how cool are you when you sit in bed with a headlamp?! These really motivate young readers.
This continues to be a hot gift idea for many, many kids, especially boys.
Get moving with this totally fun, hilarious, fast-paced game. Call out the the actions shown on the card (such as high-five and pound it) and if you match with another player, you both do the action.
Ozobot Bit 2.0
Winner of “Best Robot” at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show & 2014 International Toy Fair Hours. Drag & drop blocks of code with the free Ozobot Apps to play interactive games for every level.
Imaginext Ultra T-Rex that can take steps, make sounds, move his tail, and fire projectiles. Kids think these are the best toys ever.
This is one of the hottest toys of the holiday season for kids. Build one of 8 unique battlefields, download the Anki OVERDRIVE app on a compatible iOS or Android device, and you’re off and racing. Each robotic Supercar can be customized with hundreds of virtual weapons, upgrades and special items.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid boxed set
ZOOB S.T.E.M. Challenge
We LOVE Zoob, do you? This gives you 175 pieces for solving STEM challenges, such as hitting targets and making balls bounce, building a catapult, zip line, trampoline and more! Your 9-year olds will love this gift.
We’ve done these several times and LOVE watching the metamorphosis!
I Survived Box Set
10 I Survived titles that will take you back in time to live the history — these are action-packed and well-written.
LEGO Star Wars Poe’s -Wing Fighter
Build Poe’s X-Wing Fighter with spring-loaded shooters, stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, loader, access ladder and more. (From the new movie!)
Tenzi Game Dice
One of our favorite family games!
The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry
Hilarious. Of course. While on a class trip to Washington D.C., Wyatt and his best friend, Matt, are positive they’ve discovered a plot to blow up the White House. Wyatt’s crush, Suzanna, helps the friends make a plan, and as you can imagine, disaster and hilarity strike. I totally loved this book and know your kids (especially those who like humor) will as well.
The LEGO Adventure Book Robots, Planes, Cities & More! Nearly 150 Models + 40 Brick-by-Brick Breakdowns by Megan H. Rothrock
This unique LEGO book isn’t just how to build, it’s also an action-packed cartoon story. New characters and models are introduced in each vignette. We highly recommend it.
Animal Planet Animals A Visual Encyclopedia by Animal Planet
Beautiful photographs and bite-sized chunks of information showcase more than 2,500 animals from the seven major animal groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and arachnids, invertebrates, and fish.
Minecraft Stop Motion Animation
How cool is this? Use a free mobile app to make your own movies. Includes 1 movie stage, 6 different backgrounds, 3 exclusive mini-figures, a device holder, and over 18 other accessories. Great for Minecraft enthusiasts.
We laugh through this entire game — it’s a blast! Set up on any flat surface then race to recreate the pattern on the challenge card by bouncing balls into the grid. It’s harder than it looks! The first color to complete the pattern wins the card. Earn 3 cards to win the game.
Both players have a hand of eight cards, numbered 0 to 7, with each character on the card possessing a special power. In a calculated duel, both players reveal a card. The victory goes to the higher number, unless the special power overrules. The first player to win four rounds claims the kingdom for their clan. A 2 player strategy card game that is great for 9 year old boys.
LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi
Buildable & posable 9″ Obi-Wan Kenobi with fully posable limbs, special white Clone armor, fabric cape, buildable blue Light saber and extra Light saber handle. Huge and awesome.
Ultimate Star Wars
Ultimate Star Wars® is an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy.
Top Secret Lock & Key Diary
What young 9 year old boy wouldn’t want to write or draw in this top secret locking notebook of 200 colorful lined pages?
Lulu Jr. My Comic Book
Get your 9 year old boys writing! They can illustrate the 18 ready-to-use book pages with the provided pencil and artist eraser, outline pen, and markers. Mail in a postage-paid envelope and a few weeks later, you’ll receive your professionally printed comic book! Winner of the 2013 Academic’s Choice Brain Toy Award.
Drag Racecar Pens
Six painted & hand-crafted car pens in sport sleek designs – a very motivating gift for boys especially.
LEGO Minecraft Dungeon
Includes Steve, 2 zombies, and Steve’s pickaxe; includes 219 assorted LEGO pieces.
This is my personal favorite family strategy game — mostly because I love trying to beat my kids. They love this game, too — and let me win sometimes. Isn’t that nice?
This classic game is not only still fun but makes kids think strategically! For two-players.
Gift Guides by Age
Download my "Can't Put 'Em Down" book lists for your kids ages 3 - 13.
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