Also read: the best books for 9-year olds.
Gifts for 9-Year Old Boys
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.
Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game
Hands-on video game development! You build the video game of characters, game rooms, and game art using the provided blocks and game board. Sounds like a blast to me!
This self-balancing electric scooter can go 8 mph for up to 60 minutes. This is a favorite gift for 2016.
LEGO Creator Lighthouse Point Building Kit (3 in 1)
My kids think these 3-in-1 LEGO kits are the best because you can build, take apart, and rebuild making it more fun. This kit makes a lighthouse, a house with a pier, and either a speedboat or a boathouse.
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.
We think this game is AWESOME. It’s a one player game that gets us to balance the seesaw, learning physics and logic at the same time.
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.
Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior by Cube Kid, illustrated by Saboten
Runt is a 12-year old with real problems. He doesn’t want to be a typical villager with the typical boring life. He wants to be a warrior like Steve. So he’s excited when his school finally agrees that the villagers might need warriors to fight back against the nightly attacks. When Steve loses everything and moves in with Runt’s family, Runt hopes that Steve will help with warrior training. But it’s a guy named Mike whose in the village jail that helps because Steve is too depressed. Runt’s a relatable, mostly serious, character who just wants a different life — like most kids his age and is competing for a dream opportunity.
Guinness World Records Amazing Body Records!
Kind of gross but fascinating, these body records might be just what your children want to read! The longest mustache? The longest toenails? Yup. See what I mean?
Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal by Dan TDM, illustrated by Doreen Mulryan
This Minecraft graphic novel is about DanTDM and Trayaurus finding powerful crystals that can be used for good or evil which is a big problem now that Denton, their archenemy, has also found a shard!
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
My kids play this so much, they’ve mastered all the levels. A cool logic and strategy game for one-person that we highly recommend.
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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