Also read: the best books for 9-year olds.
Gifts for 9-Year Old Boys
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
REALISTIC / HUMOR
If you like funny, you’ll LOVE this series! Plus, in this first book, you’ll learn valuable cow trivia. But, 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.
LEGO The Nether Railway
Minecraft fans will want this new rail system kit for the Nether. Inclues a Steve minifigure, a zombie pigman, two magma cubes and more.
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.
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.
littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
ENGINEERING / TECH
How cool is this, right? Kids get to create and control their own customized droid using electronic blocks and an app. I especially love that this kit allows for kids to be creative as well as teaches them about electronics, creative inventions, and problem solving.
Big Nate Welcome to My World by Lincoln Peirce
GRAPHIC NOVEL / HUMOR
Lincoln Peirce “gets” kids and their struggles. Nate’s real life adventures will keep your kids laughing from the first page to the last. These are 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.
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. A 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.)
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.
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