Updated for Christmas 2016!! A list of gift ideas any 5 year old boy would love! From big gifts to small and affordable, this list has it all!
These gift list posts have become some of my most popular posts here on the blog, but they are always bittersweet for me since they mean one of my babies is another year older! I don’t write these as a child development professional, but just as a mom with kids who love to play, create, and explore. I share things that I know my kids love and hopefully it will help you with gift ideas for the kids you love!
Today it is all about the boy that made me a mom turning five! 5 years old. I have to repeat it to believe it is true sometimes. I am bittersweetly looking forward to the independence this age brings and many of these ideas reflect my five year old’s ability to do more and more on his own!
Lego Gift Ideas
We will kick it off with one of his new loves. We have been playing with all sorts of blocks since my boy was little, but he just recently graduated to the “real” small pieced Lego sets. And let me tell you… he is obsessed! We did his first set with him, working through it and showing him how to decipher the instruction booklet. The next set he totally surprised us by doing it all on his own. It was really amazing! He enjoys the sets labeled for 5 year olds, but can also do the sets for older kids pretty easily too! We have tried several different kinds over the past few months and found that we prefer the classic to the technic sets and for family that is buying at different price points there are sets available from just over $5 all the way to hundreds of dollars, so they are a good option for any budget.
Outdoor Play Gift Ideas
There is nothing better than getting your extremely wired-full of crazy amounts of energy 5 year old boy out of the house and playing, so all of these ideas are fun things to do outside! If you haven’t gotten your 5 year old a bike yet, NOW is the time! It is the perfect age to learn to ride, so getting one with detachable training wheels is a must. Another fun on-the-go toy is a Razor scooter. It is a big boy version of the Radio Flyer scooter he has loved for years and perfect for zooming fast around the park. Also, don’t forget the helmet!
Sports are just really becoming fun at this age as they can start to understand the rules and the concept of teamwork. I love this rebounding soccer net because it bounces the ball right back to them when they kick it “in the goal.” This tee is adjustable so that it can be used to practice batting both before and after their growth spurt and is much like the ones they use in little league!
The stomp rocket is just guaranteed hours of fun. Trust me on that one!
Razor A Kick Scooter – My little guy loves this one because you can make sparks!
Best Tech Gift Ideas
We decided it was the year of the tablet for us. I think 5 is a really good age to start with a tablet. It can teach responsibility as well as be an incentive for chores and good behavior, which is how we use ours. We have owned a leap pad in the past and I REALLY prefer going for a real tablet and utilizing the kid mode on it. It will end up costing about the same since the games for the Leap Pad are much more expensive, and I think it is just more intuitive for them since my little guy is already used to using my phone. I love the kid settings on the Kindle Fire and it even comes with a 2 year kid proof warranty on the kid version. You really can’t beat that! If you are an Apple or Samsung Galaxy person, there are also great options with 7″ displays that are much more affordable and offer kid modes for monitoring and safety. We ended up going with the Galaxy Tab and have been VERY happy!
Also, when we talk gifts the best price of ALL is free so I had to mention one of our favorite FREE apps you can add to their tablet or on your phone or family device! YouTube Kids is a new app recently launched by YouTube that takes all the awesomeness of free video content but filters out everything kids shouldn’t see so you have a safe way for them to watch. We downloaded it and my little guy is OBSESSED! He currently loves dirt bikes (where do they come up with this stuff) so his free time activity of choice is watching dirt bike videos on YouTube. When I initially put “Kids riding dirt bikes” into YouTube I had to pay attention really closely to each video that played but when we found out about YouTube Kids it was like a little gift from heaven. Now I can just search from the kids app and feel safe about what will be played for him. To top it all off there are all sorts of popular shows he loves (and educational ones that I love!) and fun playlists curated by YouTube personalities! It is super cool. You can get it on iTunes or Google Play.
Alarm clock that helps kids tell time
Creative Gift Ideas
As your little one turns into a bigger one it is really important to keep those creative juices flowing! They tend to love screen time, which can be great with all the educational apps, but there is nothing that replaces hands on creativity. Luckily there are some really fun options your five year old boy will LOVE! The Hot Wheels Car making kit lets them really make their own cars! How cool is that?! And I don’t know what it is about Kinetic Sand my my son is obsessed! He love playing with this stuff! The Star Wars art set has also been a huge hit at our house. He has really taken ownership of it and takes good care of all of his supplies inside. It has been perfect for doing his homework assignments too!
Game Gift Ideas
Another really awesome thing at this age is that they can actually interact with you on a much higher level and do things like follow rules and understand sportsmanship. This makes indoor games a lot of fun too. Many of the classics I played as a kid are still around and will be loved by your kids too!
My son actually requested Rock ’em Sock ’em by name. We have no idea where he saw it, but he HAD to have it, and has really enjoyed it ever since! Board and card games are great for practicing numbers and counting!
All Boy Gift Ideas
Boys will be boys. Somehow they are wired to love cars, and dirt, and everything rough. These are some of the things that are 100% boy that my little guy is SUPER in to these days. The light saber uses motion technology to make sounds as it is moved pretty much won Christmas this year as his favorite toy of all time! And if you are holding strong on no pets, an ant farm might be a really fun way to let him see how animals work, with no commitment from you!