Gifts for 6 year old boys

The 32 Best Gifts for 6-Year-Olds

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18 Top Toys: The Best Gifts For 6 Year Old Boys This Year

Who is ready for the best gifts for 6 year old boys? I now have a 6 year old girl and an 8 year old boy and am coming back to update this based on my kids – because there is nothing better than a mom who has lived it to tell you what my kids loved or would have loved!

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Post updated in October 2023 (with a few more added!)

best gifts for 6 year old boys

18 Top Toys: The Best Gifts For 6 Year Old Boys This Year

Buying for boys sometimes feels easier, yet harder. I struggle with finding unique gifts for my boys that aren’t the same thing in a different color from years prior.

I spent so much time on this guide trying to find unique fun finds that you would love as a parent or friend/family member, but also that your 6 year old would love too!

I would likely buy all of this for a boy anywhere in the Kinder – 4th grade range! Lets face it, this gift guide is full of slightly less ‘cute’ gifts, but I think they all will make the little man in your life thrilled!

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If you haven’t followed along I am completing gift guides for the whole family and have them all easily organized on one page – so if you find this helpful be sure to check that page out before you go!

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This post has been updated in 2023 for the latest links and products. Only current products will be linked. Please refer to the 2023 Gift Guide below.

The 32 Best Gifts for 6-Year-Olds

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Most 6-year-olds attend school daily, many participate in extracurricular activities, and just about all of them have strongly defined opinions about what they do and don’t like. Kids this age are also becoming increasingly aware of what’s cool among their peers at any given moment.

It can be tempting to stick with things you already know your 6-year-old is interested in. Yet there’s value in introducing your child to new passions, as well as in encouraging preexisting ones, said John Tenuto, a sociology instructor at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, who has studied toys and collectibles. (Tenuto was also a featured expert on the Netflix series The Toys That Made Us). For example, a child who loves craft projects may enjoy building a robot; a budding scientist may like to try their hand at gardening.

At this age, typically developing kids are increasingly able to follow instructions and manipulate more-complex materials. So try projects and kits that 6-year-olds can work on independently or with friends (likely with an adult nearby). Being able to complete a project on their own—even if they make a mess or skip a step along the way—can help them develop resilience and confidence. Six-year-olds are often also ready for a variety of board games that require some skill and patience and that challenge them to follow more-complicated rules. And kids this age still need plenty of open-ended play, exercise, and silliness, so toys that get them moving, dancing, or using their imagination are also good choices.

To identify memorable and engaging gifts for 6-year-olds, we considered advice from Tenuto and other experts, as well as the collective experience of parents and other caregivers on our staff. If you’re looking for more kids gift ideas, check out our guides to the best gifts for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds, and 10-year-olds, as well as wonderful stocking stuffers for kids. We also have guides to gifts for tweens and teens. (Just keep in mind that kids develop at different rates, so all age recommendations should be taken with a grain of salt.) And be sure to share your own best ideas in the comments below.