The Best Gifts for 5-Year-Old Boys for Fun and Creativity

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No longer toddlers but not yet big kids, 5-year-olds are often a giant ball of energy. The right gift can help them channel that energy and develop their physical and intellectual skills.

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We love the Learning Resources Coding Critters Range & Zip toy because it challenges kids to learn new skills while engaging them in pretend play. If you're looking for an open-ended toy, try the Clixo Rainbow 42 Piece Pack.

Whether their interests lean towards STEM, sports, arts and crafts, superheroes, cars, or anything else, there’s a great gift for the 5-year-old in your life. Once you've found something in their interest, consider the gift's durability, ease of cleaning, and function. Nothing will top a gift that they can use again and again every day. We researched popular options with these features in mind.

Here are our favorite picks for the best gifts for 5-year-old boys.

Learning Resources Coding Critters Ranger & Zip

Learning Resources Coding Critters Ranger & Zip

Courtesy of Learning Resources

Affordable, durable, and easy to use, we love this STEM toy for its overall value. Made for ages 4 and up, it encourages kids to learn how to code with screen-free play. Following the included storybook, kids will solve STEM problems and build new skills. It also has a play mode, which will engage kids in pretend pet play where they feed, walk, and pet the included dogs, Ranger and Zip. Even if your kid isn't into STEM, this is a great toy to help them learn the responsibilities of caring for their own pet and allows them to build their independence and sense of responsibility. Reviewers note that the toy is very durable, and they love how it inspires fun while still being educational.

Clixo Rainbow 42 Piece Pack

Clixo Rainbow 42 Piece Pack

Courtesy of Amazon

A fun, multi-sensory, open-ended STEM toy, these flexible building toys fold, bend, flip, and then snap together with integrated magnets. The 42-piece set includes a quick start guide to get the imaginative juices flowing.

Loog 3-String Guitar

Loog 3-String Guitar

Courtesy of Loog

An ideal first guitar, this beautifully crafted 3 string guitar comes ready to play. Sized just right for little hands and bodies, it comes with flashcards for chord diagrams and access to Loog’s guitar app that’s made for kids.

Primary Kids Puffer Jacket in Rainbow Stripe

Primary Kids Puffer Jacket in Rainbow Stripe

Courtesy of Primary

Made out of 100% recycled materials, this puffer coat is perfect in chilly temperatures and a useful layer when the days get frigid. Parents love that it’s machine washable and kids love the navy/rainbow styling. Available in sizes from 2 to 12, there’s a puffer jacket for any size.

Cupcakes and Cartwheels Make Your Own Car Race Kit

Cupcakes and Cartwheels Make Your Own Car Race Kit

Courtesy of Cupcakes and Cartwheels

A DIY kit that’s made just for 5-year-olds, this set includes two wooden pull-back cars, flags, stickers, and more. In a clever twist, the suitcase becomes a car pit stop and can store the cars when not in use. Young kids will have fun flexing their creativity in a way that results in play.

Doodle Hog Dab and Dot Markers

Doodle Hog Dab and Dot Markers

Courtesy of Doodle Hog

A wonderful addition to arts and crafts supplies, these eight dotting markers have a simple twist-off cap, are sized just right, dry quickly, and are fully washable. The set comes with an activity guide filled with lots of fun ideas to get your little artist started.

LEGO City Tractor

LEGO City Tractor

LEGO City Tractor

Introduce your kiddo to the world of LEGO with an age-appropriate kit that will be fun and frustration-free. Kids will love making their own LEGO tractor and have fun playing with the vehicle, two mini figures, and other farm gear.

PlayMonster Yeti in My Spaghetti

Yeti in My Spaghetti

Courtesy of Target

Your crew will have a blast with this silly, fast-moving game. Simply place the spaghetti pieces across the bowl, put the Yeti on top, and carefully remove each piece of spaghetti without the Yeti falling in the bowl. Each round takes minutes and will get lots of laughs.

Cupcakes and Cartwheels Shark Buddy Slippers

Cupcakes and Cartwheels Shark Buddy Slippers

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Get your guy in cozy mode with these super-soft slip-on shark-shaped slippers. Available in two sizes, the slip-on style has flexible sizing and is sure to look cute.

Plus Plus Big 100 Piece Set

Plus Plus Big 100 Piece Set

Courtesy of Plus Plus

Unleash your child’s creativity (and join in the fun) with this 100-piece set of oversized Plus-Plus blocks. Kids can build either 3D or 2D creations and there are enough blocks to play alone or with a friend.

Lil Gadgets Kids Premium Headphones

Lil Gadgets Kids Premium Headphones

Courtesy of Lil Gadgets

Sized just right for kids, these headphones come in six bright colors. They include a built-in splitter, so it’s easy to share the sound. Designed with kids in mind, the max volume is set at 93 decibels, so they’re safe for little ears.

Melissa & Doug Scissor Skills Activity Pad

Scissor Skills

 Amazon

Channel excitement to use scissors into a useful learning guide. This innovative activity pad comes with a pair of kid-sized scissors. The 20-page book features a wide range of cutting activities and will help your kiddo with fine motor and cognitive skills.

Tooth Brigade Gift Set

Tooth Brigade Gift Set

Courtesy of Tooth Brigade

At 5 years old, your kid may just be entering the wiggly tooth phase. Help ease any concerns with a helpful book that follows three friends as they assist the Tooth Fairy. The set comes with a Tooth Tracker and a cute stuffie that has room for teeth and any surprises the Tooth Fairy leaves behind.

Learning Resources Big Feelings Pineapple

Learning Resources Big Feelings Pineapple

Amazon

Younger kids may have trouble expressing their emotions, so this Big Feelings Pineapple can help them strengthen their social-emotional skills. The two-sided fruit comes with 26 facial expressions from smiles to frowns; attach them to show different emotions.

Razor A Kick Scooter

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Razor A Kick Scooter

 Courtesy of Amazon

Hit the road on everyone’s favorite kick scooter. Affordable, foldable, and adjustable, the Razor A is popular for good reason. Easy to ride, the scooter comes in eight colors and will provide endless hours of fun outside.

Rawlings Player Series Youth Baseball Glove

Rawlings Player Series Youth Baseball Glove

Courtesy of Rawlings

Ideal for first-time players, this baseball glove is durable, lightweight, and easy to open and close. Choose from a leftie or righty, a variety of colors, and glove sizes. Each glove comes with a soft training ball.

In Kidz Black History Box

In Kidz Black History Box

Courtesy of In Kidz

Teach your kid all about Black history in an educational, fun, and culturally relevant way. The big-box includes workbooks, games, puzzles, and much more, mostly sourced from Black-owned businesses. If your child enjoys learning this way, there are boxes from lots of other cultures and countries available.

Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket

Stomp Rocket Ultra, 4 Rockets

 Courtesy of Walmart

Kids will head outside once they get their very own stomp rocket. Fully kid-powered, this fun toy needs no batteries, screens, or anything besides an active kid. Run, jump, and stomp to launch each of the four foam-tipped rockets in the air.

Pottery Barn Kids My First Anywhere Chair

My First Anywhere Chair

Pottery Barn Kids

Create a cozy reading, playing, or chilling out spot with your kid’s own chair. Ridiculously lightweight, you can easily transport the chair from one room to another easily. Super soft, the slipcover can be personalized so everyone knows who sits where!

RioRand Super Hero Dress Up Set

RioRand Super Hero Dress Up Set

Courtesy of RioRand

Build a dress-up collection in an instant with this superhero set that includes five colorful capes, masks, and matching slap bracelets. Fun alone or with a friend, your little guy will be fully outfitted and ready to save the day!

What to Look for in Gifts for 5-Year-Old Boys

Activity

5-year-old boys tend to be on the move. This high activity level includes both their minds and bodies. So, look for gifts that engage them physically and/or intellectually. Cars they can zoom around their room, stomp rockets, balls, scooters, other sports equipment, puzzles, books, learning activities, art supplies, and building sets are all great options that are sure to delight busy brains and bodies.

Fun

It goes without saying that fun toys are a hit with kids of any age. But 5-year-old boys especially will appreciate gifts that offer pure fun. Think anything that has a silly side, sensory details (like sounds and lights), moving parts, and pretend play elements. Also, it's a bonus to choose items that relate to their passions, whether that means sports, stuffed animals, diggers, or dinosaurs. Kids this age also want to be independent, so it amps up the fun if they can use the toy without parent help.

Function

Getting gifts that are useful, practical, and budget-friendly is also a great option. Five-year-old boys are changing and growing fast, so items like clothing, backpacks, and lunch bags are always appreciated. Bedding, particularly if they are moving to a bigger bed or updating their room to a more "big kid" style, can be a fun option, too.

Again, these choices become favorite gifts if you match them to the child's interests. So, for a child who is fascinated by space, get them a sweatshirt or bedspread covered in stars.

Final Verdict

Finding the right gift can be tricky. A stomp rocket (view at Amazon) is almost always a hit since it’s fun alone or with buddies. For indoor fun, an age-appropriate LEGO set (view at Amazon) or art supplies like Dab and Dot Markers (view at Amazon) are always great choices.

Why Trust Verywell Family?

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, a 7-year-old son, and a 3-year-old daughter. Her kids are super active, so she is always looking for toys that get them outside and playing for as long as possible. She’s found that chalk, scooters, and stomp rockets are perfect for one-size-fits-all fun.