Our Best 3 Picks

Segway Ninebot Kids Bike

Easy to operate and best for kids with a height of 3'9'' to 4'9''.

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Epic Virtual Reality Goggles

The headset comes with 60 videos and is compatible with a smartphone.

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Laser Tag Guns with Vests Set of 4

With night vision flashlights, invisibility mode, and 150 ft range.

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Marvel Trivia and Strategy Card Game

Includes 52 game cards, 6 clue cards, 1 card holder, and a box.

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Relaxed Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt

Made of cotton, polyester, and fleece-lined with a classic cut.

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Kano “Harry Potter” Coding Kit

Includes wand parts, and instructions for 70 coding experiments.

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Lifetime Height Adjustable Basketball System

Comes with 2 wheels, a fillable base, and weather-resistant nylon net.

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Air Hogs Gravitor with Trick Stick

Fly these USB-rechargeable drones with the power of your hands.

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Paint Your Own Squishy Kit

You get 4 fabric paints and 3 squishies measuring 2.4”, 4”, and 6”.

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Intellectual 1000-Pieces World Map Jigsaw Puzzle

Put together 195 countries with help of a large world map poster.

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Interactive Marble-run Gravitrax

Ranked the #1 marble run system in the US, it comes with 122 pieces.

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SIlly-But-Funny Exploding Kittens Card Game

A strategic kid-friendly, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette.

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Electronics Exploration Kit by Snap Circuits

A STEM toy with over 30 pieces to create 101 different projects.

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Superhero Dress-Up Set

This 5-piece cape set includes matching masks and slap bracelets.

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Glow-in-the-dark Capture the Flag Game

With 25 light-up game pieces and 12 game variations.

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Lightning Reaction Shocktato Party Game

Electrifying potato toss game with 3 modes and shocks.

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Earth Science by National Geographic

Get 15+ experiments, 2 dig kits, 10 specimens and a learning guide.

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Metal Wire Puzzle Set

Includes 16 different quality metal wire puzzles to improve IQ and EQ.

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Zzzopa Fidget Balls

Spin, bounce, and throw away the stress, and learn cool tricks too.

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Archery Set For Kids

It’s upgraded with sturdy arrows and a sighting device for easy aim.

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With a jelly-like filling, its hypoallergenic and easy to clean.

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Cooking Game

With 22 recipes, this board game encourages actual cooking.

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Lego Dinosaur

Set can build T-rex, Triceratops, and Pterodactyl dinosaur toys.

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“EXIT the Game: The Cursed Labyrinth”

Enjoy a family-friendly, card-based at-home escape room experience.

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Project Genius Ghost Cube

Twist this speed cube into a crazy shape then put it back into a cube.

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Professor Maxwell’s VR Science Lab

Teaches 25 science experiments through augmented reality.

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“Kids Against Maturity” Card Game

A family-friendly spin on the popular “Cards Against Humanity” game.

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Sedzofan Smart Watch for Kids

Features an HD touch screen, HD camera, music player, games and more.

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Alex Undercover Spy Case Detective Gear Set

Includes a case, ink pad, binoculars, magnifying glass, and more.

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Segway Ninebot Kids Bike

Easy to operate and best for kids with a height of 3'9'' to 4'9''.

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MELOKI Jellyfish Lava Lamp

7 color-changing lights set the right mood for home, office, or party.

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The Original Reversible Octopus Plushie

This polyester toy is perfect for emotional communication.

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Electric-Powered Slot Car Race Track Set

Has a speed restrictor to maintain a good speed around loops/curves.

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Interactive Glow in The Dark T-Shirt

Use the UV glow torch and laser pen to make creative drawings.

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Laser Tag Guns with Vests Set of 4

With night vision flashlights, invisibility mode, and 150 ft range.

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Jenga Stacking Tower Classic By Hasbro

200 cards show a different object to build using 28 wooden blocks.

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V-Tech Smart Watch

Takes quality videos and pics and features a Monster Detector game.

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My Arcade Pac-Man Pocket Player

A handheld console with 3 built-in games and full-color display.

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High-Speed Remote Control Boat

Races across water at 20+ mph and the remote has a 120 m signal range.

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Kids Tactical Vest Kit for Nerf Guns

With a dart pouch, mask, protective glasses, wrist band, and 30 darts.

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Laser X Revolution 4-Player Set

Featuring 300' range and various color teams (batteries are included).

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Kidzlane Light-up Dance Mat

Features 3 interactive games that have 5 difficulty levels.

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Fifty Amazing Magic Tricks

With tricks and props such as X-ray vision, traveling aces, and more.

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Shoot the Moving Target Game

It has a maximum shooting range of 26 feet and 3 speed levels.

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Life Skills Book for Kids

It’ll teach kids the habits necessary for a successful future.

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LET’S GO! Binoculars for Kids

With soft rubber for eye protection, high resolution, and shockproof.

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3-Pack Walkie Talkies for Kids

Features 2-way channels with an LCD flashlight and a 3-mile radius.

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Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Game

With 2 walkie-talkies, 36 indoor, and 36 outdoor scavenger hunt cards.

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The Boys’ Book of Survival

Tips on how to survive any situation including zombie attacks.

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AmScope Microscope Kit + Food

40-piece beginner kit featuring electrical illumination and filter.

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The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

Created by America's Test Kitchen, it has kid-approved recipes.

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Winning Fingers Flashing Cube

Enjoy 4 quick-coordination games and improve hand-eye coordination.

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Crystal Growing Kit for Kids

With crystal powder, 4 bags of crystal seeds, 7 growing cups and more.

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Gear Bots Robotic Kit by Lego

Kids learn mechanical engineering basics with real-life applications.

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5,000 Awesome Facts for Kids

Filled with photos and has 2-page spreads with a different topic each.

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Wooden Construction STEM Kits

Easy to assemble with high-quality parts made of non-toxic, materials.

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Toysmith Tech Gear Multi Voice Changer

With 8 voice effects — the side levers adjust frequency and amplitude.

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Night Riderz Zipline Kit

A 10-foot braided nylon rope attachment holds the sturdy disk seat.

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Robot Building Toys for Boys

With 635 building blocks and remote control distance of up to 65 ft.

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2-in-1 Ice Cream Maker

Gently roll the ball and in 30 mins, you get 1 pint of ice cream.

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Bitty Boomer Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Choose from 13 Mandalorian characters with 30 ft wireless range.

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Artie 3000 Coding Robot

Use pre-programmed designs or create your codes — Artie will draw.

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LED Kids Night Light 3D Illusion

Choose from 16 colors via remote and up to 4 brightness settings.

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Carson Bugview Bug-Catching Tool

The thumb-operated trapping slider easily catches fast bugs humanely.

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Nutty Toys Fidget Spinner Dimple Popper Sensory Toy

Assists in stress and anxiety-relief for kids with ADHD and autism.

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Water Marbling Paint Kit

Drop the paint into the water, swirl it then transfer this to paper.

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Upgraded Flying Ball Orb Ball

Made from non-toxic high-quality ABS material that’s soft and light.

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4M Crystal Growing Science Experimental Kit

Get everything needed to create 7 real crystals that kids can display.

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Other Recommendations

Walkie Talkies for Kids

They have a 3 km range, crisp sound, and a built-in flashlight.

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Zing Sky Ripperz

They are flight-ready and are suitable for left or right-handed kids.

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Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions

An 80-page instructional book to design and build 10 moving machines.

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Guess in 10 Countries of The World Game

A trivia and strategy game with an average playtime of 20 minutes.

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Toysmith 4M Magnetic Mini Tile Art

It has 12 2"x2” tiles, magnets, a paint strip, brush, and a manual.

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Table Top Mini Bowling Game Set

Lightweight and made of safe material to encourage interactive play.

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Hot Wheels iD Race Portal

Play mini-games and track speeds and laps of up to 6 cars at a time.

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Desktop Fiddle Set

12-side fidget cube for stress relief, made from ABS plastic.

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Retro Mini Game with 500 Classic Games

A chargeable console with an 8-directions joystick and 500 games.

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Funwares Sky Flight Launch Rocket for Kids

Using your legs, launch the foam-tipped rockets over 250 feet.

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YEZI Remote Control Boat for Pools & Lakes

It has flip-recovery, a high-speed motor and radio-controlled remote.

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Hand-controlled AMERFIST Flying Ball

It’s fall-resistant and can be thrown at different angles and speeds.

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Shooting Game Toy

Air-powered gun blasters have a safe design and hold 12 foam balls.

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The upside-down challenge game

Contains 100+ drawing and activity challenges and takes 20 minutes.

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Long Range Kids Walkie-Talkie

With 22 channels and maximum communication distance of up to 2 miles.

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SKYFIELD Scratch Paper Art Set

You get 100 black sheets, 10 wooden styli, 4 stencils, and 2 brushes.

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Multiplayer Tile Game

Comes with 160 tiles, 6 racks and a complete set of instructions.

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Insect Lore Live Butterfly Growing Kit

Pop-up, reusable 11.5-inch mesh habitat including feeding dropper.

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STEM Solar Space Kit

A set of components to put together six types of robots.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Break Open 4 Geodes Science Kit

You get 4 crystal-filled geodes, a learning guide, and other add-ons.

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At 9 years old, boys are becoming more aware of themselves. Encouraging creativity through active play is one of the ways to promote their development. At this age, their sense of style and justice is also developing, and encouraging them to stand up for what is right and make wise choices is a great way to go. It is the perfect time to encourage fourth graders to participate in social causes and work in groups that provide value-driven leadership.

Choosing the best gifts for 9-year-old boys

9-year-olds become much more coordinated at this age and may become more proficient at things like catching, throwing, running, and kicking. Gifts that encourage these activities are highly recommended. Cognitively, they’re also becoming more advanced and getting better at self-regulation. Their interest in more complicated subject matter and academics may begin to emerge as well. Gifts that promote fun play-based learning are a great way to enhance this. Think of STEM toys, robotics, and things that promote active thinking. Science-based activities should also start being introduced. 

At this age, this is the time to stimulate mental development through fun memory exercises and activities like reading, playing chess, and puzzles. As their minds become sharper, so should their bodies. Muscle-strengthening exercises like monkey bars and jumping rope, aerobic exercises like swimming and bicycling, and bone-strengthening exercises like climbing are highly encouraged.

How we identified the best gifts for 9-year-old boys

When evaluating the best gifts for 9-year-old boys, we examined which milestones were being reached and chose accordingly. As mentioned, their physical development is improving and should be nurtured. Therefore, we chose gifts for active 9-year-olds to promote muscle-strengthening, refined fine motor abilities, better gross motor skills, and improved cognitive function necessary to excel in sport-related activities. 

Their spatial intelligence is also improving, meaning they’re able to be more dexterous with fine objects such as is seen in Lego-building, and knowing which objects should fit and where. They’re better at using tools, drawing, writing, and sewing. We chose gifts that would both enhance these skills and exercise them while being fun at the same time. 

As their understanding of complex subject matter begins to expand and improve, we also included gifts that introduced the more fun aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering. Introducing 9-year-old boys to these subjects early on helps to foster a love of learning and seeing it as a fun, enlightening activity rather than something tedious. This will greatly help them in their future academic career.

Tips for buying the best gifts for 9-year-old boys

  1. Introduce complex subject matter
    As they’re starting to become more curious about the world around them, now is the time to introduce more complicated subjects such as mathematics, science, literature, and engineering concepts. This can be done through fun toys, puzzles, and games and helps to foster a love of learning and discovering new things.
  2. Encourage physical activity
    Look for gifts that encourage physical activity. At the age of 9, they should be getting at least an hour of physical activity a day. The gifts you choose should encourage athletic subjects that they may show some skill in. Having hobbies is an important and healthy part of their development and should be nurtured.
  3. Choose a good book
    Now that they’re 9, their vocabulary is starting to become more complex and they may begin reading longer-form books. It’s important to keep developing these skills as they get older. Not only will it benefit them in the future regarding communication and grammar skills but it will also keep them imaginative and curious as they discover new things. It also boosts critical thinking skills, memory, and confidence and exercises the brain.