If you’re shopping for a gift for a 9 year old boy for Christmas, a birthday, or any occasion, I think you’ll find lots of the best ideas in this list of books, games, and toys.
Best Books for 9-year Olds
Gifts for 9 Year Old Boys
Lion’s Knight Castle
Buy on LEGO.com
This building set contains 4500 pieces, 22 minifigures, and lots of surprises! It’s sure to be a new favorite to build and for pretend play.
Trapped in a Video Game by Dustin Brady
Gamers and non-gamers alike who love exciting and dangerous stories won’t want to miss this excellent action-packed series. Jesse’s friend gets an early release of a video game — and it sucks in both boys. They’re literally trapped. Inside the game, they meet a classmate who has been missing for weeks, now a grown-up man in the game. He’s been stuck there for years yet thinks he knows the one way they can get out…
Lego Super Mario Adventures
Kids get a chance to build their very own Super Mario Bros. course with this awesome LEGO set that comes with its very own Mario figure!
National Geographic 15 Geodes
Discover your crystal treasures when you crack open the geodes wearing the included goggles.
Master Detective Toolkit Spy Labs
Find and lift fingerprints, write secret messages in disappearing ink, and decipher top-secret codes.
This handheld version of the Nintendo Switch is the perfect gift when it comes to price and size for any kid looking for an awesome game console!
Chupacarter by George Lopez and Ryan Calejo
Easy to learn, this is a fun dice game for two to five players.
Lego City Fire Station
Children can act as firemen with this extra fun LEGO set, which comes with a truck with working lights, a lookout tower, 4 LEGO minifigures, plus much more!
We love this fun engaging strategy game that will develop your visual/spatial skills and long-term planning.
Beyblade Burst Hypersphere Vortex Battle Set
Kids can’t get enough of the fun of this competitive arena with a Beystadium battle set with 2 launchers and 2 battling tops.
Dungeoneer Adventures by Ben Costa, illustrated by James Parks
Coop is the only human at the Dungeoneer Academy. He feels alone and fears failure, but it’s his lifelong dream to be an explorer. Luckily, his best friend Oggie (a bugbear) and two other new friends on his team stick together to survive the bullying Coop faces at school and the life-or-death jungle trial in which they experience trouble with their team, unexpected attacks, and a monster spider. The stakes are high–if they fail the trial, they’ll be kicked out of the school forever. It’s a fun-to-read, illustrated, and fast-paced fantastical adventure!
Remote Control Car
Can you steer this fast 4 wheel drive stunt remote control car with double-sided rotation?
Shashibo Shape Shifting Box
Magnetic puzzle box for sensory stimulation, relaxation, and imagination.
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Colgate
This hilarious book makes the zombie apocalypse seem fun. Because that’s how Jack approaches life and zombie fights. He and his best friend, Quint, live in an upgraded, well-defended treehouse where they plan for rescuing his crush June (she doesn’t need rescuing being quite capable) and fighting zombies. Illustrations throughout make this even more appealing to read and imagine. Delightful. Who would have thought?! BOXED SET HERE.
Ooze Labs Chemistry Station Science Experiment Kit
This educational chemistry set is perfect for children who love doing their own experiments and want to create something colorful, slimy, or fizzy in their very own lab!
Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit
Build up to 10 different awesome moving machines with this awesome kit that comes with over 30 separate LEGO elements to create and design with!
Kindle Kids Bundle
Perfect for growing readers, this Kindle Kids Edition offers a black and white glare-free display. It includes many popular book series including Harry Potter.
Master Detective Toolkit Spy Labs
Find and lift fingerprints, write secret messages in disappearing ink, and decipher top-secret codes.
Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin A. Reynolds & Pablo Leon
In this Spider-Man graphic novel adventure, Miles Morales is faced with a problem. As he struggles to juggle both his superhero and civilian lives at the same time, a fellow student’s father suddenly goes missing with just a few too many connections to strange supernatural activity in the area. Can he figure out what’s going on and save this innocent civilian?
Blank Comic Book – Draw Your Own!
Kids can come up with their own comic-book style stories with this exciting blank journal, where they can take their imagination to new heights!
First Cat in Space by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Shawn Harris (GRAPHIC NOVEL)
Absurdly hysterical, this is a bizarrely perfect adventure in space! When rats eat a slice of the moon, the world’s leaders send their secret weapon– a cat and a stowaway toenail-clipping robot. The two adventurers travel to the moon where they meet the Queen of Moonopolis. Their journey is bizarre and hilarious. But the spaceship’s computer joins the Rat King’s evil side, and when the heroes arrive at the Rat King’s, they GET CAPTURED. Don’t worry– somehow they’ll escape. Right?
STAR WARS LEGO Millennium Falcon
This is a must-own for Star Wars and LEGO fans. Finn, Chewbacca, Lando, C-3PO, D-O, BB8, and Boolio minifigures come with this detailed Millennium Falcon model set.
Children of the Fox by Kevin Sands
Callan’s a gaffer, skilled at the art of the con taught by the best, the Old Man. Even though the Old Man is gone, Callan hears him in his head, dialogues with him, which is good because his mentor gives good advice. Callan joins a group of kids who are hired by a Weaver to steal something magical called the Eye. It’s a tricky job with not enough time to plan and all the kids know it’s dangerous but the monetary reward is too tempting. The misfits use their individual skills including climbing, mapping, acrobatics, and knife throwing to plan a heist in less than a week. It’s an exciting, complex, and unexpected plot involving magic and mythological gods from the stories with themes of problem-solving, friendship, and trust that ends with both an amazing resolution and a cliff-hanger. I can not wait until the sequel!
NERF Fortnite Dart Blaster
This Nerf MicroShots Fortnite RL blaster is inspired by the rocket launcher used in the popular Fortnite video game. It includes 2 Official Nerf Elite darts and fires 1 dart at a time with hand-powered action (no batteries required).
Match the colored blocks to the lights using memory and speed! Great for individual play or multiple-player fun!
Super Sphere STEM Experiment Kit
Not only will you build a robotic sphere, but you’ll also get directions for six more robot models. Program the robot to do different things and use a remote control to make your models move.
Hot Wheels Track Builder Vertical Launch Kit
The innovative vertical track easily sets against a wall with 3M Command Strips so kids can race their cars up the wall. easy to set up and includes all the pieces needed to create 2 thrilling stunts.
Playmobil Mars Space Station
Explore Mars with your own research vehicle. Kids love the removable roof ad movable arm plus lights and sound effects.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
One of the most popular book series ever, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, shares the hilarious story of Greg, in his own words and drawings. Life in middle school is not easy. And Greg is here to prove it! One thing you’ll notice about these books is that kids will read them more than once which is great if you have them all. This boxed set makes a great gift because kids often read these books multiple times over.
Space Scratch Art Paper for Kids
Use a bamboo stick to make fun drawings that reveal amazing space patterns and colors underneath!
Learn about electricity, matter, and energy!
Alien Slime Lab
Get messy as you mix up batches of unidentified “alien” slime and conduct tests on them to analyze and investigate their special properties. Real science and playful science fiction come together in this wacky, activity-filled kit! For example, conduct viscosity tests on the slime, dissect it with tweezers and a plastic scalpel, cut out a brain shape, Stamp it with an alien head, and add eyes to your Alien slime! (Non-toxic.)
LEGO Star Wars Imperial Light Cruiser
Mandalorian fans, now you can build the Imperial Light Cruiser and get 5 minifigures with it.
National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit
Spend hours using paleontology tools like a chisel and a brush to dig up REAL dinosaur fossils!
Gravitrax Starter Set Marble Run
Power marbles with gravity in this hands-on educational and science STEM set with 24 problem-solving building exercises.
Sphero BOLT Robot
We love this app-enabled robot. Isn’t it the coolest looking one yet? Learn to code through hands-on activities to program infrared, compass, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and motor encoders. Drive BOLT and play games. 2+ hours of battery.
Hone your strategy and math skills and learn basic economics, all in a fun card game for 2 to 4 players. You’ll buy and sell magical potion-making ingredients to make sets then make the potions and trade them to earn points! Plus, aren’t the potion vials fantastic?
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
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 a 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.
3D Glow In The Dark Solar System
Don’t you love this cool 3D hanging set of planets? Even Pluto is included in tis glow in the dark set.
Colorful Kids Origami Kit
Use beautifully colored, pattern-filled origami folding paper to create amazing and eye-catching designs, like a rocketship, creatures, or origami flowers!
Brainstorm vocabulary and practice spelling while you build a cool crossword grid and try to beat your friends or family. Addictive fun!
Almanac 2023 National Geographic Kids
With schooling at home and more families homeschooling, the National Geographic Almanac is a must-own resource for families. Practice your nonfiction reading comprehension skills as you learn about animals, space, science, history, geography, and much more. Each page is designed to entertain and educate with stunning layouts and eye-popping photographs.
Abandon All Artichokes
From our friends at Gamewright, this new veggie power game’s goal is to ditch all the artichoke cards (to the compost) in favor of other vegetables.
Playmobil Stunt Show Shark Monster Truck
A shark fin truck will climb over a crash car with no problem. Includes one figure, monster truck, scrap car, helmet, and other accessories.
Brick x Brick by Adam Ward
I highly recommend this engaging book for any LEGO-loving kid! Adam Ward of YouTube fame writes with so much personality and pizazz. Not only does this book show you cool, step-by-step builds, but it’s also filled with facts, tips, history, stories, & more.
A fun avocado twist on the game of Snap for kids! It’s simple to learn and quick to play. Switch and smash quickly to win this new 2019 game.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets
Ok, I admit it. I WANT this pretend play and building toy, too! But probably not as much as your Harry Potter fans do? (Debatable.) Use the 1,176 pieces to build Hogwarts and the “Chamber of Secrets” featuring the infamous basilisk and more!
Madden NFL ’22
Consistently one of the most popular games, get the newest version of Madden for your gaming boy this year! It’s compatible with both Xbox and PlayStation gaming consoles.
Are your kids Minecraft fans? Now they can play this special version of UNO that features Minecraft characters. This game is always a family favorite.
Screaming Goat Book & Figure
This is a weird stocking stuffer that boys love — you can press the bottom and it will make the goat scream!
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.
Beginner’s Guitar Set
For those with musically inclined children, this is a perfect starter guitar with picks and a tuner included!
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.
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!
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?
Peas 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Laser X Laser Tag Kit
A fun at home 2-player system with lights, sounds, and vibrations.
60 cards = gazillions of stories. Draw a blue and a yellow card and CREATE!
Paper Flying Dragons Craft Kit
Calling all dragon fans! Make and fly 12 colored paper dragons using the supplies and book provided.
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.
LEGO Harry Potter Hagrid’s Hut
Who doesn’t love Buckbeak the Hippogriff? You’ll get Buckbeak plus Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Executioner, and the Minister of Magic and a really cool hut kit!
Animal BFFs by Sophie Corrigan
I’ve poured over this book because the writing is engaging and the information about unusual animals who live together is interesting. I particularly love the funny dialogue bubbles of conversation between animal duos that you haven’t ever heard about — like warthogs and banded mongooses or ruby-throated hummingbirds and spiders– and why they’re paired up.
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.
Flyer Foam Master Pogo Stick by Flybar
GREAT for keeping kids active and having fun! We love ours.
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.
Tenzi Game Dice
One of our favorite family games!
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.
Ultimate Star Wars
Ultimate Star Wars® is an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy.
This classic game is not only still fun but makes kids think strategically! For two-players.
A reasonably priced competition-sized foosball table brings fun to any setting, perfect for home game rooms.