Best Toys and Gifts for 9-Year-Old Boys

Best Toys and Gifts for 9 Year Old Boys 2019

by April Driver |

Nine-year-old boys are fun and full of energy, but finding the perfect gift for this age group can be a challenge. Nine year-old boys tend to no longer play with little boy toys, but still aren’t ready for more mature, teenage-style gifts.

I’ve got the inside scoop. As a mom with an active and fun-loving nine year-old boy, here are over 25 gift options that I love and recommend.

10 Best Toys/Gifts for Nine Year-Old BoysWhy It Is BestMom Rating
Spikeball Standard 3 Ball KitPhysical Activity and Game Strategy♥♥♥♥♥
Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal DetectorEncourage Adventure♥♥♥♥♥
LEGO Technic RC Tracked Racer Building KitTrusted Brand and Building Fun♥♥♥♥♥
BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by SpheroCoding Skills♥♥♥♥♥
Spalding NBA Slam Jam Over-the-Door Mini Basketball HoopIndoor Entertainment and Movement♥♥♥♥♥
Play22 Laser Tag Gun and Vest SetFun for a Group and Physical Activity♥♥♥♥♥
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set by J.K. RowlingEncourages Reading♥♥♥♥♥
Be Amazing Toys Big Bag of ScienceSTEM Focused♥♥♥♥
National Geographic Break Open 4 Geodes KitScience Discovery♥♥♥♥
LEGO Brick Kids Light Up Alarm ClockTeaches Responsibility♥♥♥♥ 

Perfect Gifts for 9 Year-Old Boys

Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit

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The Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit is perfect for nine year-old boys (and girls). As seen on Shark Tank, this two-on-two outdoor sports game keeps families moving. This sports activity is a great gift for the active boy who already has every piece of sports equipment available. He’ll be pleasantly surprised to receive a game he’s never heard of and to be the one to introduce it to all of his friends. It makes a great birthday or holiday gift to feed your boy’s competitive streak in a healthy and active way. The whole family can play. It’s also fun to keep a group of boys outside and occupied at a play date.

Benefits

The Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit is a unique gift idea that most boys don’t already own, which makes it a great gift option. Also, Spikeball’s website provides rules for how to play in a variety of helpful ways from written instructions to videos. Probably the best benefit of this toy is that it encourages movement to keep kids physically active.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Gaining popularity
  • Fun for the entire family
  • Easy to learn
  • Folding legs and storage bags for easy storage

Cons

  • Copycat brands may have compromised quality
  • Durability if net is landed on or abused

Why I’d Buy It

While my kid would never think to ask for this toy, I know he’d love it. I’d buy this because it encourages physical activity. Plus, because this is a newer game, it would be a fun challenge to figure out and learn something new. Finally, I love presents that the entire family can enjoy. That makes the Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit a win!

Mongoose Boys Legion L60 Bicycle

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Nine year-old boys are ready for more freedom. Also, they need something more durable than their little kid bike. The Mongoose Boys Legion L60 Bicycle is an excellent upgrade. Now that your boy can bike to school or ride independently around the neighborhood with his friends, he needs a reliable and durable bicycle. This Mongoose bike is designed with rough boys in mind. The steel frame will hold up to all the tricks and trails your boy finds along his adventures. Every kid needs a bike and age nine is a great time for a more mature option. Include a youth bike helmet and bike lock to complete the gift.

Benefits

Especially if you’ve began letting your child venture out on their bike alone or with friends, a reliable and sturdy bicycle is a good investment. The Mongoose Boys Legion L60 Bicycle has a sturdy steel frame and alloy brakes for more stopping control. This specific bike is designed for BMX style riding, which means it is ready for the jumps at the bike park. This lightweight bike is a great option for bike races, freestyle and jumps. Let your boy take his bike skills to the next level with a BMX style bike.

Pros

  • Steel frame durability
  • Alloy breaks
  • BMX style for freestyle riding
  • Two color options
  • Bike park ready

Cons

  • Price
  • Assembly required

Why I’d Buy It

This is a great bike option for a boy that’s ready for more independence. It’s also a great introductory bike for bike park jumps and neighborhood bike races. At age nine, boys start riding without parents tagging along. I like a better quality bike I can trust when my child is riding with his friends. TheMongoose Boys Legion L60 Bicycle is a great gift option.

Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector

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Perfect for your budding detective, the Bounty Hunter Junior BHJS Metal Detector is built for children. Unlike pricey adult versions, you won’t be scared to let your boy search for treasures with this toy. This toy is designed for ages 6 to 12 and includes an adjustable handle to fit your child’s size. While some reviews said it didn’t work well, it’s important to remember this is designed to allow kids to search for metal objects up to five inches below the ground. This isn’t an instrument designed for professional metal detecting. But, that’s why I like it for nine year-old boys. They can be rough on their stuff and an expensive instrument wouldn’t be practical or appropriate. However, this toy will give hours of stress free fun searching for hidden treasures.

Benefits

The Bounty Hunter Junior Metal Detector is specifically designed for children. If you have a boy that loves to collect coins and other lost objects, this toy is perfect. It detects all metals, like aluminum, silver and steel. However, it can be set to eliminate certain elements to avoid collecting trash. With a maximum finding depth of five inches, you won’t have to worry about your son digging up your entire yard. This is a unique and fun gift idea for adventurous boys.

Pros

  • One year warranty
  • Adjustable height setting
  • Designed for kids
  • Easy to use controls
  • Quality instruction manual included
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not designed for professional metal detection
  • Only works up to five inches of depth

Why I’d Buy It

I love toys that are unique and interesting. The Bounty Hunter Junior Metal Detector is both! This toy encourages adventure. It also encourages kids to get off the couch and move without requiring a love of sports. Your boy will have hours of fun searching for treasures in the house, yard and neighborhood. Also, parents can create fun challenges for children by hiding objects or creating a scavenger hunt. This would be a great toy all year round, from beach combing to winter indoor hunts.

Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

The All-New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Kindle is designed for children with all the features of other Kindle versions. However, this Kindle model includes features perfect for nine year-olds. The colorful protective case keeps it safe and appeals to kids. The Kindle encourages reading and even has parental settings that include reading goals that must be met before your child can do other activities on the Kindle like watch videos or play games. The Kindle Fire HD 8 is great for roadtrips and home use.

Benefits

The Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is durable and build to withstand some moderate abuse that’s to be expected from a nine year-old boy. Also, the parental controls give parents peace-of-mind regarding what your child is viewing online. The 10-hour battery life keeps the Kindle working for long periods of time. When purchased new from Amazon, the Kindle includes one free year of access to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. The other huge benefit is it encourages reading for boys. This is a great tool, especially for reluctant readers. Kids Kindle cases are also available for purchase to make transport and storage easy.

Pros

  • Designed for kids
  • Durable protective case
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Includes 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
  • Parental Settings
  • Two year guarantee
  • 8 inch screen
  • 32 GB
  • Charger included

Cons

  • If kids download lots of videos, games and books, the storage fills up
  • Wouldn’t recommend for children younger than elementary age
  • Still needs parental guidance

Why I’d Buy It

Actually, I’ve already purchased a Kids Kindle for each of my children. The All-New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Kindle has a larger screen and more storage than the older model my kids own. I love this product for roadtrips because it is lightweight and has a long battery life. Also, we use the parental settings to require a certain amount of time for reading before our kids can play. My daughter did download so much that her storage filled up quickly. However, there is ample storage to meet your kids entertainment needs.

LEGO Technic RC Tracked Racer Building Kit

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LEGO is loved by children of all ages, but nine year-0ld kids are finally old enough to enjoy LEGO’s Technic toys. The LEGO Technic RC Tracked Racer Building Kit is perfect for nine year-old boys. The fun tank design isn’t too mature but will challenge their building skills. This LEGO set is designed for ages 9 to 16 years old. The set is fully motorized to drive frontwards, backwards and turn 360 degrees. The set is also compatible with all LEGO bricks to allow your boy’s creativity to thrive.

Benefits

The LEGO brand is trusted for quality and durability. Plus, LEGOs are almost always a win with kids. The only challenge is finding the perfect set to match their personal interests. Unlike some LEGO sets which are designed for specific brands and characters, the LEGO Technic RC Tracked Racer Kit will interest a variety of boys regardless of what their current favorite video game or movie happens to be. This motorized set is like two toys in one, both a building set and a remote control toy.

Pros

  • The LEGO brand
  • Quality construction
  • Compatible with other LEGO bricks
  • Two-in-one design
  • 370 pieces

Cons

  • Batteries not included
  • Nine is the youngest age recommended – may be too difficult for some nine year-olds

Why I’d Buy It

I’d buy this toy because I trust the LEGO brand. It’s always a huge hit at our house that provides endless entertainment. Now that my son is nine, I plan to introduce the Technic line. This LEGO Technic RC Tracked Racer Building Kit looks tough and fun. I like that it incorporates robotic movement into the traditional LEGO design.

BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero with Trainer

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The BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero with Trainer is a great option to introduce kids to coding. Star Wars remains popular with nine year-old boys. The fun BB-8 design makes this robotic tool look more like a toy than a learning device. This is a big purchase item and must be treated delicately to avoid breaking the robot. However, when used with parental guidance it is a wonderful option for boys this age.

Benefits

Parents can download the accompanying app and training tools to introduce coding to your child with the BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero. However, the droid is designed with autonomous behavior to entertain without having to code. The plastic shell in durable enough to resist damage if it rolls into furniture or another object. Another awesome feature is BB-8 will watch Star Wars films with your child and react. This gift will be a huge hit for Star Wars fans.

Pros

  • Cool BB-8 design
  • Tough plastic shell
  • Free downloadable app
  • Smart device controls
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Interactive

Cons

  • Not fall resistant
  • May be a challenge for some children

Why I’d Buy It

I love the Sphero brand and their generous support of local schools. My son already has a Sphero ball, but if I could go back, I’d have purchased the cool BB-8 version. You can’t go wrong with Star Wars and nine year-old boys. This learning tool is perfect to introduce kids to coding in a fun and interactive way. I highly recommend the Sphero brand.

Spalding NBA Slam Jam Over-the-Door Basketball Hoop

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Sports loving boys will adore the Spalding NBA Slam Jam Over-the-Door Basketball Hoop. This is one of my son’s favorite things. The set includes the backboard, hoop, door mounts and ball. This basketball hoop is durable and designed with kids in mind. Extra mini basketballs are available to purchase if you lose the one included. This is a great toy to keep active boys moving especially when it’s too late or cold to play outside.

Benefits

The Spalding NBA Slam Jam Over-the-Door Basketball Hoop is fun and looks cool. Unlike some over-the-door hoops, this one is made of durable polycarbonate. It looks like a real basketball hoop and holds up to wear and tear. My son likes to do slam dunks and ours is still going strong after two years of daily use. Over-the-door hoops are a great way to keep boys entertained and active.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Looks like a real hoop
  • Includes board, hoop, mounts and ball
  • Padded hooks to protect door

Cons

  • The ball will leave marks on the door after a lot of use
  • Only includes one ball

Why I’d Buy It

I purchased this as a last minute gift two years ago, and it was my son’s favorite gift that year. I’d buy the Spalding NBA Slam Jam Over-the-Door Mini Basketball Hoop again. It is fun and encourages movement. Kids of all ages will enjoy this realistic and entertaining toy. It’d also make a great gift for a husband’s office.

PlayStation 4 Console – 1TB Slim Edition

Age nine is a good time to introduce video games to boys. Likely, all of their friends are already playing video games and talking about them daily. The PlayStation 4 Console 1TB Slim Edition is a quality video game system for the entire family. Personally, I wouldn’t give this to my kid as “their” gift, but it’d make a great family Christmas gift. This set includes the game console and one controller. Extra PlayStation 4 controllers are available for purchase. This console also allows options to play DVDs, stream television shows and movies and more. It is really an entertainment device that’s much more than the gaming systems of old.

Benefits

The PlayStation 4 Console can be used with PlayStation Vue to watch television and movies. It’s multipurpose functionality make this a great entertainment investment. The PlayStation video game system offers many age appropriate games like Madden andJust Dance.

Pros

  • Includes variety of entertainment options – movies, television, music and games
  • Age appropriate games
  • Compatible with smartphone devices

Cons

  • Price
  • Risks of too much screen time
  • Only includes one controller

Why I’d Buy It

We introduced video games to our household this year. We selected the PlayStation 4 because of its functionality with other entertainment option including PlayStation Vue. While I don’t like my kids to have too much screen time, they enjoy playing video games. As a parent, I believe it’s critical to monitor what your child plays and watches. Be smart with screen time, but the PlayStation 4 Console lets your kid be part of the fun.

Play22 Laser Tag Gun and Vest Set 4 Pack

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The Play22 Laser Tag Gun and Vest Set four pack is a fun at-home version of arcade Laser Tag. This four pack includes enough pieces for your boy and his friends to play. While the set is designed for children, it works for adults too. For more players, simply buy an additional set from the same brand. The sets are compatible. The gun and vest automatically track the number of shots fired and hits landed to determine the winner.

Benefits

The Play22 Laser Tag set includes everything but the batteries that you need to play laser tag at home. This is perfect for indoor or outdoor play. This is a great toy to get children off screens and moving while still playing a game. Laser Tag allows kids to create strategy to beat their opponents. It’s fun whether you have a large group or just two players.

Pros

  • Compatible across the brand to include multiple players
  • Color-coded vest and gun
  • Works up to 130 feet
  • Different types of gun setting
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed

Cons

  • Batteries not included
  • Limited to four color options

Why I’d Buy It

My son loved Laser Tag at the arcade and having a home set saves me money. Plus, this toy is a ton of fun when a group of boys are over to play. It’s 130 feet range makes it perfect for outdoor play. I also like that you can purchase additional sets and they are compatible. In fact, the neighbors can bring their set over and they all still work together. It’s a great option to keep nine year-old boys active.

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter is now a classic children’s book collection. TheHarry Potter Paperback Box Set by J.K. Rowlingis a wonderful gift for nine year-old boys. Most boys love fantasy and adventure stories. The Harry Potter series is a hero’s journey with many excellent moral lessons. This complete set will stay with them for years as they read and explore Harry’s world. Give the gift of reading this holiday season.

Benefits

Books make excellent gifts. They encourage reading and learning. Harry Potter appeals to kids of all ages. While some of the content in the later books may be too mature for some kids this age, many will zip through the entire series. For struggling readers, this set makes a great option to read aloud together. The Harry Potter book series is also available on the Kindle and in audiobook format.

Pros

  • Easy to hold paperback
  • Complete set
  • Classic book series
  • Encourages reading

Cons

  • Content in later books may not be appropriate for all nine year-olds

Why I’d Buy It

I love books and giving books as gifts. The Harry Potter Paperback Box Set makes a lasting gift. This is a great age to introduce kids to the world of Harry Potter. The first book is readable by most nine year-olds. Bring the adventure of Harry Potter to your boy this holiday season.

Nerf N Strike Elite Precision Target Set

Nerf is another brand that boys love. In fact, Nerf is a great option regardless of your budget. You can find toys at any price point with Nerf. The Nerf N Strike Elite Precision Target Setis a great option for the boy who loves Nerf but already has everything they make. This toy is a dart board set that uses a Nerf gun for shooting. This is great entertainment with a friend or just to practice your aim independently.

Benefits

The Nerf N Strike Elite Precision Target Set uses the suction darts that are also compatible with many other Nerf guns. This toy allows kids to practice hitting the target for better aim. The set includes the Firestrike blaster, 10 suction darts and target. This toy would make a great gift option for a nephew or grandson.

Pros

  • Includes everything needed to play
  • Target can stand or hang on a door
  • Individual play option
  • Replacement darts available

Cons

  • Darts don’t stay stuck
  • Target quality is moderate

Why I’d Buy It

Nerf guns are always a big hit with my kids’ friends. I like that it takes a new spin on the traditional Nerf products. I think this would make a wonderful birthday gift for friends’ birthday parties. I rank Nerf four out of five because in my experience they usually break after only moderate play. However, kids love them, which makes them a good gift option.

Activ Life LED Bike Wheel Lights

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If you need a stocking stuffer, these are the perfect gift. Your boy will not only be cool with his Activ Life LED Bike Wheel Lights, but he’ll be safer too. During these short winter days, bike safety is important. The wheel lights will make your kids bike stand out to avoid collisions. Also, with seven different color options available, your kid can express their personal style. You can’t go wrong with this fun and practical gift.

Benefits

The biggest benefit of the Activ Life LED Bike Wheel Lights is the added safety. The pack only includes lights for one tire so you can mix and match colors. Also, the design is versatile to fit a variety of bike sizes from 12 inches to 29 inches. Be cool and safe with this great gift!

Pros

  • Added bike safety
  • Seven color designs
  • Fits variety of bike sizes
  • Includes batteries, zip ties and bike lights
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Package includes lights for only one tire
  • Lifespan may be limited and must remember to turn off after use

Why I’d Buy It

Bike safety is a struggle with nine year-old boys. They are old enough to have some freedom, but judgment on the road isn’t always the best. For the price of a bike helmet, you can purchase two sets of these lights to have one for each tire. Plus, I think kids will love the cool look of the Activ Life LED Bike Wheel Lights.

Ivan’s Hinge Challenge Cards by Fat Brain Toys

Ivan’s Hinge would make an excellent combination gift with a Rubik’s Cube. Ivan’s Hinge Challenge Cards is a brain game like the Rubik’s Cube. I love these types of toys for road trips. It keeps the kids occupied without resorting to a screen. Ivan’s Hinge includes a plastic hinged puzzle piece and 56 challenge cards. The cards display images of patterns you use to try and replicate with the puzzle hinge piece. The idea is to strategize and think through the brain teasers to find the solution.

Benefits

Ivan’s Hinge Challenge Cards simulate the brain and get kids focused on problem solving. Toys like this and the Rubik’s Cube entertain children and adults while expanding problem solving skills. The compact size of the toy makes this packable for travel entertainment. Also, this is a great stocking stuff or white elephant gift exchange item.

Pros

  • Improve problem solving and logic skills
  • Small and packable
  • Great fidget toy
  • Good for all ages

Cons

  • Durability based on review comments
  • Not suitable for children under age 8

Why I’d Buy It

I will likely purchase Ivan’s Hinge Challenge Cards for our family holiday white elephant gift game. It’s great for all ages. Also, I like that it encourages logic and problem solving. This will definitely join our Rubik’s Cube car trip entertainment collection. This toy would make a wonderful stocking stuffer.

Spontuneous – The Song Game

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Spontuneous is an award-winning game perfect for family game night, parties or just for hanging out. I personally love the fun and competitiveness of games. This fun musical game encourages silliness. The object of the game is to be the first person to start singing a song with the “trigger words” provided. Spontuneous was named the America’s Hottest New Party Game. This is a great gift to give to one child or as a joint gift for the whole family.

Benefits

Games are a perfect way to get kids off of screens and encourage family time. Also, music is a great way to connect with others. When you combine music and boards games, you have a winning combination. Spontuneous is sure to provide hours of fun and become a family game classic.

Pros

  • Encourages creativity
  • Screen-free fun
  • Mental simulation
  • Fun for a group
  • Easy to follow rules included

Cons

  • Some amount of music and song knowledge required
  • Reading and writing skills needed to play

Why I’d Buy It

I’m a big fan of board games and anything that keeps my kids off of screens. I believe that when a family has fun together, it produces happier and healthier kids. Games are a wonderful way to encourage family connection. Also, I think this game would be hilarious for an adult game night. Overall, I think Spontuneous would be a great addition to our family game collection.

TOP Gift Compact Shock Proof Binoculars

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Binoculars make an excellent gift for nine year-old boys. However, expensive adult binoculars set boys up for trouble. Instead, buy the durable Compact Shock Proof Binoculars for kids. These are specifically designed with a rugged cover to stand up to all your boy’s adventures. Whether their playing spy games in the neighborhood or trying to get a view of the field when watching a live sporting event, these will give them the view they need.

Benefits

The Top Gift Compact Shock Proof Binocularsare designed to stand up to the abuse of a nine year-old boy. These real, working binoculars provide precision viewing to give your kid a great view of wildlife, sporting events and more. Binoculars encourage adventure. These kid specific binoculars have a durable outer shell that will extend the life of the item.

Pros

  • Real binoculars
  • Precision viewing
  • Rubber coating around eyepiece to protect lens
  • Shockproof to protect from drops and falls
  • Adjustable
  • Good quality for the price

Cons

  • Small size
  • Not perfect optics
  • May be frustrating for young kids to learn to use

Why I’d Buy It

Most nine year-olds aren’t ready for the responsibility of expensive and delicate binoculars. This is a great option for a child to learn to use binoculars without the risks. I think this would be a great option for kids to roam around the neighborhood, use for viewing animals or for sporting events. I like that they are durable and fun colored.

RipStik Ripster Caster Board

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The RipStik Ripster Caster Board is the next big thing in the skateboard category. This model is shorter than the original RipStik, which is perfect for smaller riders. This is a great introductory toy to skateboarding. If your boy doesn’t have a safety helmet, be sure to include one with this gift. The concave deck allows for more foot control. Also, the wheels and bearing are designed for a smooth ride. Nine year-old boys will love this smaller version of the RipStik that’s perfect for their size.

Benefits

Razor is a proven brand. If your boy is ready to take a step up from their Razor Scooter, the RipStik Ripster Caster Board is a great option. Like other toys listed here, it encourages physical activity. It works well at a skate park or just in the driveway. For a complete gift, add a helmet and safety pads. This will help protect boys that are learning to control the RipStik.

Pros

  • Lightweight design
  • Quality construction
  • Encourages movement
  • Compact size for smaller riders
  • Proven Razor brand

Cons

  • Replacement wheels may be needed with heavy use
  • Not the same size as the original RipStik

Why I’d Buy It

I trust the Razor brand and like that this sports item takes a unique spin on the traditional skateboard. I also like the fun colors and smaller size of the RipStik Ripster Caster Board. This is a great introductory item to skateboarding. Just don’t forget to encourage your boy to use safety equipment.

Doinkit Darts – Magnetic Dart Board

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The Doinkit Darts Magnetic Dart Board has the same appeal as the over-the-door basketball hoop. It’s a great indoor toy for winter days when the sunlight hours are short. This dart board game can be played independently or with a group. It has all the fun and appeal of traditional darts without the danger of a sharp tip. The magnetic darts won’t pierce skin or walls. The board includes hooks for hanging on the wall. It is also the same size and design as a traditional dart board. Nine year-olds will love this competitive, precision toy, and parents will love that it is safe.

Benefits

Darts are a fun and lasting skill to acquire. Mastering the game as a kid can lead to a lifetime of entertainment. Darts is likely a new concept for most boys this age because of the danger risk of traditional darts. The Doinkit Darts Magnetic Dart Board gives boys the opportunity to learn the game and play independently inside without harming themselves, others or the home.

Pros

  • Authentic size and shape
  • Recommended ages 6 and up
  • Includes board and 6 darts
  • Durable

Cons

  • Noise when darts hit the board
  • Learning curve to teach kids the game

Why I’d Buy It

The Doinkit Darts Magnetic Dart Board is a great introduction to the game of darts without the risk of injury. I’d buy this because it is a perfect indoor toy to keep kids entertained during the winter. Also, it feeds the competitive nature of boys without requiring electronics or screens. Darts offers “old school” fun!

Topps 2018 Baseball Retail Edition Complete 705 Card Factory Set

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Baseball cards are a classic toy that has stood the test of time. The Topps 2018 Baseball Retail Edition Complete 705 Card Factory Set is a great gift for boys that love collecting and trading baseball cards. Whether your boy will put this up and never open the box or spend hours sorting and trading with friends, this is a smart gift. Include a Ultra Pro Trading Cards Album and trading card binder sleeves for a complete gift. Baseball cards are a right of passage for nine year-old boys. Also, if your favorite boy prefers basketball or football, complete sets are available for those sports too.

Benefits

Sports trading cards allow boys to learn more about their favorite sports heroes. Most nine year-old boys I know love to collection things. Trading cards are a great collection option. Also, when boys trade their cards they learn bartering and negotiation tactics. The 2018 Baseball Retail Edition Complete 705 Card Factory Set is perfect for a new collector to start their baseball card collection.

Pros

  • Classic item
  • Complete set
  • Collectable

Cons

  • Baseball specific – available in other sports

Why I’d Buy It

Trading cards have been a popular item at our house for a few years. My son likes to sort, trade, read and collect sports trading cards for several sports. It is exciting to open a new pack and see what players are included. I really like the “old school”, simple fun of baseball cards. They make a perfect holiday or birthday gift, especially when combined with a sports card binder.

Jumbo Magic Tricks Set for Kids

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A magic set is a great gift for elementary aged boys. The Jumbo Magic Tricks Set includes 28 magic props with instructions. Your boy will be the life of the party with his new found magic skills. This is a great toy for boys that love to entertain. This magic set is a good introduction to the concept of magic. It is simple enough to not be frustrating without being too babyish.

Benefits

The biggest benefit of the Jumbo Magic Tricks Set for kids is the fun! Magic is entertaining. Also, it’s fun for boys to get in on the tricks behind the magic. They will love developing skills to trick their friends and be the center of attention. Magic is also a good way to understand illusion. This sets includes enough tricks to be entertaining without being overwhelming. It’s a compact table top set that makes for easy storage.

Pros

  • Includes everything you need – props and instructions
  • Age appropriante
  • Durable
  • Includes instructional DVD
  • Not too complex

Cons

  • Small scale
  • Cape and hat not included

Why I’d Buy It

Magic is fun! This set would be perfect for playing at home, entertaining friends or even for the school’s variety show. I like that this set is simple and an easy introduction to magic. I don’t think this toy would be frustrating for boys to figure out. More complex sets may be too mature for kids this age. The Jumbo Magic Tricks Set for Kids is designed for play and a great gift option for boys.

Be Amazing Toys Big Bag of Science +70 Activities

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Make science fun for your nine year-old boy. The Be Amazing Toys Big Bag of Science is the perfect gift for the boy who has everything. With over 70 activities, this toy provides hours of learning fun. In fact, the experiments are so much fun that your little guy won’t even realize he’s learning. The kit includes a step-by-step instruction book to guide your child through each experiment. This toy would be perfect for a group or a single child.

Benefits

Give a gift that makes learning exciting. Science is important to learn and understand and with the Be Amazing Toys Big Bag of Science, you can encourage learning and fun. This is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused toy. The experiments are simple enough that your child could play with this independently.

Pros

  • Over 70 activities
  • Complete instruction manual
  • Designed for elementary-aged children
  • STEM focused

Cons

  • Simple science experiments
  • May be messy

Why I’d Buy It

Science is universal for kids. This makes a good gift for a child you may not know well or understand their toy preferences. It’s fun to give kids gifts that they can use to learn while enjoying themselves. I’d buy this because it makes science fun and interesting. Plus, it’s a gift they are not likely to receive multiples of.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 – Special Edition – Skateboard Swoosh

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The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 Special Edition is a great option for kids that may be asking for an Apple Watch. This durable smartwatch is designed for kids. It doesn’t have the price tag or risk for damage of adult smartwatches. The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch is fun and entertaining. It includes dual cameras for videos, pictures and selfies. While the watch isn’t waterproof, it is sweat and splash resistant. Your boy’s everyday activities shouldn’t damage this watch. A USB cable is included to allow content to be downloaded. This special edition includes a changeable skateboard design extra band.

Benefits

The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 helps kids learn to tell and manage time. It also provides compact entertainment with downloadable games. The watch includes a pedometer to track steps and encourage movement. This is a fun introduction into smartwatches for kids that aren’t ready for the responsibility of a more upscale option.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Designed for kids
  • Switchable band
  • Sweat and splash resistant
  • Pedometer included
  • Two-way dual camera
  • Parental controls
  • Downloadable games

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer all the connectivity of some smartwatches
  • Introductory, kid-only smartwatch

Why I’d Buy It

With all the technology of today, kids don’t really need a watch to know the time. I like that this watch offers more than just the time, but also encourages kids to learn to manage time. I also like that while this is technically a smartwatch, I am still the gatekeeper with who can contact my child. It doesn’t have texting or calling features. This is a simple introductory smartwatch that’s fun for kids.

Everest Toys Crazy Forts, Glow in the Dark

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What’s fun on a rainy or snowy day? Making a fort, of course! Nine year-olds are still at the age where it’s fun to design and build a fort. Spare your couch cushions by giving this cool Everest Toys Crazy Forts, Glow in the Dark set. Boys will have hours of fun building and playing inside this fort. The set includes the ball toggles and sticks to build the fort structure. You must provide the blankets or sheets to cover the fort.

Benefits

Building forts are a childhood right. The Everest Toys Crazy Forts, Glow in the Dark set makes fort building an adventure without wrecking your furniture. This set would be perfect for a sleepover with the glow in the dark balls. This toy will enhance your child’s design and building skills. It’s a great gift for nine year-old boys.

Pros

  • Encourages problem solving and design
  • 69 pieces for multiple design options
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Doesn’t include cloths or sheets
  • One set is only large enough for one kid

Why I’d Buy It

I like the Everest Toys Crazy Forts, Glow in the Dark set because it’s a unique gift option. Forts are universally fun and kids of all ages will enjoy this toy. It’s a great rainy day activity and packs up easily. The stick and balls separate for easy storage. This toy offers hours of fun building and playing inside the fort.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Break Open 4 Geodes Kit

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Boys love to discover new things. The National Geographic Break Open 4 Geodes Kit is a great gift option that will be a pleasant surprise for most nine year-old boys. Boys can learn about what geodes are and how they form, then they can crack open the geode to discover the beautiful, hidden crystal inside. National Geographic offers great quality. This set is superior to many of the lower end copycat brands. The set includes: 4 high-quality crystal filled geodes, safety goggles, display stands, and full-color learning guide. Ignite your child’s interest in science with this hands-on learning gift.

Benefits

The National Geographic Break Open 4 Geodes Kit encourages science exploration with hands-on fun. This is a great gift for boys who already love science and for boys you want to develop more of an interest in learning about science. This toy can also be a combination gift for a family of kids because it includes four geodes.

Pros

  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Quality product
  • Includes learning guide
  • Includes safety goggles
  • Includes geodes and display stand

Cons

  • May be messy
  • Adult supervision recommended

Why I’d Buy It

I like that the National Geographic Break Open 4 Geodes Kit encourages science learning and fun. I also like that this is a unique gift option. This would be a great item for a birthday or holiday gift. This would be fun to include in a white elephant gift exchange for kids because it works for any gender and most ages.

LEGO Brick Kids Light Up Alarm Clock

By age nine, children are independent enough to begin waking up with an alarm clock. This LEGO Brick Kids Light Up Alarm Clock keeps mornings fun with the cool LEGO design. The LEGO Brick Alarm Clock comes in a variety of colors perfect for any child’s preference. The clock includes alarm and snooze functions and is easy for kids to set. Start teaching your boy an independent morning routine with this cute and functional LEGO clock.

Benefits

Children learn independence when they are given responsibilities like using an alarm clock to get up in the mornings. I like that the LEGO Brick Kids Light Up Alarm Clock is a fun design that fits well into a nine year-old’s room. This makes a good gift because of the fun design, where a traditional, boring alarm clock might be a disappointing present.

Pros

  • Teaches responsibility
  • Batteries included
  • Two year warranty
  • Backlit display

Cons

  • Parent will need to teach child to set the alarm

Why I’d Buy It

The LEGO Brick Kids Light Up Alarm Clock is designed for kids to use. I like the child-friendly style and the responsibility it encourages. I think this would make a great gift for a nephew or grandchild. Kids love LEGOs and even though this isn’t a toy, I think any child would be happy to receive this gift.

Dog Ate My Mad Libs

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Mad Libs are a classic kid’s gift. This version, Dog Ate My Mad Libs, is hilarious. Nine year-old boys love to laugh and Mad Libs give them the freedom to use potty humor in creative ways. Mad Libs make a perfect stocking stuffer or add-on gift. Plus, Mad Libs encourage creativity and humor. You can’t go wrong with giving kids Mad Libs.

Benefits

Mad Libs offer hours of fun and entertainment. Plus, there are endless options to buy more if your kid loves them. I think Mad Libs are fun for the entire family to be silly. Also, Mad Libs require reading and I encourage all types, especially the silly and fun reading options. Mad Libs are fun with friends and work well with siblings.

Pros

  • Creative
  • Encourage reading
  • Family fun
  • Large variety of options

Cons

  • One time use

Why I’d Buy It

I loved Mad Libs as a kid. This gift will be in my kids’ stocking this year. The Dog Ate My Mad Libs version is fun for boys and girls. You can’t go wrong with Mad Libs. I think this would also make a great gift for a teacher to buy for her students. I love Mad Libs and the simple fun they provide.

Joyfun Walkie Talkies

Walkie talkies are a fun and practical gift for boys. The Joyfun Walkie Talkies for Kids Long Range Two Way T-388 pair are brightly colored and good quality. Walkie talkies entertain and encourage exploration. This pair of walkie talkies is designed specifically for kids and camping. The volume is adjustable and the shell is durable. This pair is lightweight and even includes a flashlight for nighttime use. The flashlight feature makes these perfect for both camping and nighttime chats with a sibling.

Benefits

The Kids Camping Gear Joyfun Walkie Talkies for Kids Long Range Two Way T-388 work over a two mile range. This is a practical gift for parents to use to keep in touch with your boy while he’s on neighborhood adventures. Walkie talkies give boys controlled independence. This would make a great combo gift with a new bike and binoculars.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • 2 mile range
  • Durable
  • Bright color design
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Not recommended for adult professional use
  • Small in size

Why I’d Buy It

Kids love walkie talkies. The Kids Camping Gear Joyfun Walkie Talkies for Kids Long Range Two Way T-388 are durable and easy to use for kids. I like to send my kids to the park with a walkie talkie so I can call them home when its time. I also like that this gift encourages adventure and independence. Boys need to explore. As a parent, I like practical and fun gifts that build a sense of adventure.

Gifts for Similar Ages

FAQ’s for 9-Year-Old Boy Gifts

How do I Choose a Toy for a Nine Year-Old Boy?

Nine year-olds are fun-loving and adventurous. Select toys that aren’t babyish but are still designed for kids. Look for bright colors and trusted brands. Decide if you want to stick with strictly fun like a Nerf gun or encourage learning with a science kit or popular book series. Talk to the boy in your life to learn more about his interests and likes. Knowing a kid makes gift shopping easier.

How Much Should I Spend On a Gift?

This question really depends on your relationship with the child. If you’re buying a gift for your kid’s school friend, try and stick with $25 or below. In that case, spending too much can seem weird and be uncomfortable for the child and their parents. For cousins, nephews and close friends, $50 and under is a good price point. For grandparents, talk to the parents before you purchase a lavish gift. You don’t want to compete with parents on Christmas morning. Also, I like for gift givers to ask me about purchasing any gift over $50. This allows me to set appropriate boundaries for our family.

What If the Child Doesn’t Like the Gift?

It’s a parent’s job to educate kids on being graceful receivers of gifts. My children know that when they open a gift, they are to say thank you. If they don’t love the item, they still need to be grateful. However, I always encourage honesty. If someone asks my kid if they like the gift, I tell them to be honest but kind. If you give a gift that the child doesn’t like, you can offer for them to return it. Also, it’s a gift and once it’s given it is no longer your responsibility.

Should I Just Give a Gift Card?

For nine year-olds, I think it is best to give an actual gift. While I have started giving gift cards for my kid’s school friends, I don’t give gift cards to my children yet. Kids enjoy unwrapping presents, and it’s delightful to experience a child discovering a new toy or thoughtful gift. Not to be critical, but gift cards are a lazy way to give a gift to a child. Unless you don’t know the kid, I recommend buying an actual item. Plus, it brings immediate satisfaction to the child.

Why the Focus on Specific Genders?

Most toys will work for both boys and girls. Some boys may enjoy the nurturing play of dolls, while some girls will love shooting Nerf guns with friends. However, most boys and girls have different preferences. Guides like this one are intended to help people select toys that are quality, useful and that kids will enjoy. Know the specific child you are giving to and select the right gift for them.

What About Experience Gifts?

I’ve heard a lot lately about giving experiences over stuff. I love that idea. Zoo passes, sporting events and other experience gifts are great options for boys. However, nine year-olds are still kids and they may not fully grasp that the gift they are receiving is meant to be a future experience. I like to combine experience gifts with an actual, physical present. For example, pair binoculars or a team shirt with sporting event tickets.

Wrap Up

It is fun to give gifts to kids! Select gifts that are age appropriate and designed for children. Work with the parents to determine the best price range and style of gift. Most importantly, know the child. Just like adults enjoy receiving gifts that add value to our lives through entertainment, usefulness or sentimental meaning, kids also like to enjoy their gifts. While you may want to give your nine year-old grandson the family pocket watch, that may be a gift better offered when he’s older.

Remember to offer grace if a child doesn’t seem excited about your gift. Especially during the holidays and for birthdays, kids receive so many gifts that it can be overwhelming. Keep it simple and make gift giving about the child. Never use gifts to compete or manipulate. Gifts are intended to be fun.

Enjoy the gift giving season. Research and read reviews to find the best quality gifts for the boy in your life. Have fun shopping and exploring the interests of nine year-old boys this holiday season.

April Driver
April Driver is a wife and mother of two school-aged children. She is a professional copywriter and content marketer. She loves using her writing skills and experience as a mom to provide helpful information to others. She enjoys lazy days with her family, reading, and exploring the beautiful Colorado outdoors.