Shopping for gifts for 5-year-old boys is a whole lot of fun! If it makes noise, goes fast, or lights up, he’ll probably love it! 5-year-olds are learning basic math and science skills, so kits where they can build LEGO creations, put together robots, or make MagnaTile structures are going to interest them.
They’re also starting to figure out things like riding bikes and scooters, and they enjoy doing things with their parents like fishing, playing games, and reading stories.
Whatever the 5-year-old boy in your life enjoys doing, you’re sure to find a gift idea here he’ll love!
55 Cool Gift Ideas for 5-Year-Old Boys
Fun gifts for 5-year-old boys who like to build, read, create, and get outside!
Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage
If he has an impressive Hot Wheels collection, and loves every one of them, help him store all those cars in this cool garage. It features a vertical tower with parking for 100 cars. It also features a dangerous T-Rex, looking to snap up a car or two for a delicious snack! Cars can speed out of the garage on the double-sided racetrack to escape the dino – with some serious air jumps before they escape.
Raddish Kids Cooking Subscription Box
He can cook up some fun in the kitchen with a Raddish Kids subscription! Each box features a new theme every month, so he’ll learn about new cultures and foods while he’s cooking. Each box includes 3 illustrated, laminated recipe guides, along with any special kitchen tools he’ll need. He’ll also get a grocery list and modifications in case anyone has food allergies.
GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope
If he likes investigating things up close, like bugs or grass or leaves, he’ll love this microscope! It comes with 60 slides for him to inspect. It also has two modes – Fact Mode and Quiz Mode, so he can expand his knowledge about the natural world.
Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets Launcher
He’ll have a blast sending these rockets soaring! The mechanism is simple – he simply stomps on the pad to send his rocket into the air. This set includes two launch pads so he can challenge a friend to see who can get their rocket highest, or farthest, or any number of other challenges.
Seckton Upgrade Kids Camera
He can practice taking his own pictures with this camera, made just for kids! The buttons and grips are designed for smaller hands, and the camera is durable with a shockproof shell. It takes great quality pictures, and can record video as well. It has an option for kids to take pictures with frames, and an option to switch to selfie mode.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
The cartoony, but still accurate, drawings of a variety of dinosaurs make this book both educational and really fun for a bedtime story! It’s time for all the dinosaurs to go to bed, but do they listen? Or do they demand piggyback rides and insist on more books before bed? You’ll have to read the book to find out! The peaceful resolution is the perfect ending to encourage him to drop off to sleep afterward.
MiBRO Remote Control Robot
This robot is loaded with more than 50 functions and sound effects. He can bring things on a tray, tell jokes, obey commands, and relay voice messages. He can even throw a ball for a robot game of catch! The remote your 5-year-old uses to control him is an early introduction into giving instructions, which can translate into coding skills in the future.
Classic Operation Game
This classic game makes a great gift for 5-year-old boys! He’ll work on fine motor skills by picking up the various items with small tweezers and trying to remove them from the unfortunate patient without setting off the buzzer.
The Lego Ideas Book
This book is packed with suggestions on how to make jet planes, fortresses, jungles, farms, and much more! The book will also grow with him – he can tackle more complicated projects and come up with his own as he gets older. There are 6 sections of the book, which will teach him how to build things in the fields of transport, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure, and useful makes.
Totem Kids Bike
This bike is on the smaller side, designed for younger kids learning to ride. It has training wheels that can be removed when he gets the hang of riding. It also features foot brakes instead of hand brakes since younger kids can find those difficult. Don’t forget padding and a helmet!
Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes Craft Kit
This book would make a great family project! How many different kinds of airplanes can people make? How far do they fly? Why do you think that is? He can do hours of science-based investigating during and after making an airplane. Some of the designs in this book may be a little tricky for 5-year-olds, but with a parent’s help, he can tackle them all.
Raskullz Mohawk Helmet
He’ll love this dinosaur mohawk helmet! It features a bendable 3D rubber mohawk and a dinosaur skeleton print. It’s lightweight, so it’s easy for a 5-year-old to manage. It has adjustable straps and cooling vents on the top of the helmet. Whether he’s biking or scootering, this helmet will protect his head!
This corgi stuffed animal is not only adorable, but it’s also very comfortable to squeeze or lay on! Squishmallors are very popular now, and if he doesn’t own one, he’s probably at least heard of them! This one is especially cute.
Crayola Color Caddy
This caddy comes with markers, crayons, short colored pencils, scissors, glitter glue sticks, lined and blank sheets, and a caddy to carry everything in! He can create drawings, cards, letters, and so much more with this set. It’s also easily portable for road or plane trips or for bringing along to Grandma’s house or other places.
LEGO Juniors Jurassic World T. Rex Breakout
Award-winning LEGOs are wonderful for building STEM and problem-solving skills. This kit allows him to build a gigantic, posable Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur with a jaw that opens and closes. The set also comes with a truck, a science station, a tall gate with a fence, and a wall. There are 4 figures – a guard, a scientist, the T. Rex toy, and a baby dinosaur.
USA Toyz Vox Box Walkie Talkies
He’ll have a great time using these walkie-talkies with his friends or siblings! The set has a 2-mile range, and it automatically sends his voice across the radio waves without him needing to push a button.
Baby Yoda Sleeping Bag
This Yoda sleeping bag and accompanying bag to carry it will be the hit of any sleepover! The bag isn’t thick or warm enough to take camping, but it’s perfect for hunkering down in a friend’s room. He can even sleep on it in his own room or basement, just for the fun of trying something new!
Connect 4 Game
This is a fun, classic kids game that he’ll have a great time playing! This vertical version of Tic-Tac-Toe can be a fun one for siblings to play together or for him to play with his parent or grandparent. It will also get him looking closely for patterns and will help him with strategy and planning.
INSOON STEM Building Toys
This building kit has 167 pieces that can be built into fun models and toys. He can make a tower crane, a forklift, a rocket car, a plan, a robot, and more with these pieces. The bright colors and large pieces make them the perfect 5-year-old boy toys!
This is a fun game that’s easy for 5-year-olds to understand. They’ll love the bright-colored game pieces, and the cards will help them with number recognition and counting skills. Also – perhaps more importantly – they’ll get a kick out of sending their parents back home when they draw a Sorry! card.
Remote Control Truck
He’ll have a great time driving this mini truck around the living room or backyard! The truck will go in four directions – forward, backward, left, or right. It’s sturdy and durable. He’ll also practice fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination while operating the remote.
CrEATive Kitchen Junior Chef Set
This set features 35 dishwasher-safe cooking utensils for kids that can be used in a real kitchen while making real food. The set comes with a recipe book, so he can learn how to make everything from breakfast to dessert.
Melissa & Doug Art Easel
He’ll love painting and creating masterpieces on this kid-sized easel! He can draw, paint, write with chalk, or write with a dry erase marker on this easel. Clips on top keep his papers in place while he works and make a good place to dry everything when he’s finished. This is also a great gift to share with friends – one on each side!
Fort Building Kit
A fort-building kit is a great Christmas gift idea for 5-year-old boys! If the weather outside is frightful, he can spend the day indoors building and playing in a fort instead. He’ll be learning engineering and building skills…and when he’s finished, he’ll have a great place to nap or read a book.
The Backyard Bug Book for Kids
If he loves investigating bugs in the backyard, watching them crawl, or looking at them under a microscope, he’ll love this book! The book has a story, pictures of various bugs, and activities he can do afterward to help him remember what he learned.
Nerf Pro Grip Football
Nerf footballs are a great way to practice throwing a football! They’re slightly smaller and easier for little hands to manage. They’re also made of foam, so if one bounces off his head from a missed catch, he likely won’t get hurt.
Banne 3-Wheel Scooter
This makes a great scooter for younger kids because the three wheels lend it extra stability. The scooter also has a soft rubber handlebar. It folds up easily so he can bring it to the park or other places he wants to ride.
Meland Marble Run
This set has 132 pieces, with 102 building pieces and 30 marbles. The building pieces are interchangeable, so there’s an endless number of ways he can build! The translucent pieces mean he can watch the marble as it makes its way through the run.
Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle
Puzzles are extra fun when you can take up the floor with them! This floor puzzle is 48 pieces and shows all the planets in the solar system plus the sun and moon. Each planet is labeled so he can learn where they are in relation to each other and which are the biggest and smallest planets.
ROKO Superhero Capes
He’ll have hours of pretending while wearing these capes! He can be Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America, and others while racing around the house or yard fighting bad guys. The Velcro closure means the cape can come off easily so it won’t be a choking hazard.
His parents will love this hoodie because it zips up and can keep him warm on cool days. He’ll love it because of the dinosaur pattern all over the hoodie! It’s covered with a variety of dinosaurs – see if he can name them all!
Outdoor Explorer Kit With Bug Catcher
This set comes with everything an outdoor adventurer needs for exploring and investigating bugs! It contains binoculars, a compass, a butterfly net, a magnifying glass, a critter case, and more. He can explore his backyard or the local park and see what he can find!
Water Doodle Mat
He can draw all over this mat repeatedly, and it will eventually disappear…just in time for him to draw again! Simply fill the pens with water, and he can draw for several minutes before the doodles begin to disappear.
Hand-Controlled Flying Ball
He’ll have fun trying to keep this flying ball from touching the ground! He can simply wave his hands under the ball to get it to fly upwards, and he can control other directions the ball flies with hand motions as well.
LED Light Up Walking Dinosaur
This dinosaur’s spines light up with different colors, and he roars while his eyes light up red. He can walk as well. The dino stands 6 inches tall and is 12 inches long. The LED lights on his spine look especially cool in the dark!
HopeRock Shooting Game
He can shoot foam darts at a target with this shooting game! The target can be placed on a table, on the ground, or mounted on a wall for him to shoot. It features an automatic voice announcement and target reset system. The game includes 2 foam dart toys, 20 foam darts, a stick-on hook, a target, an assembly bracket, and a manual.
Moose Pillow Pet
Pillow Pets may not be as trendy as they once were, but they’re still an adorable and very comfortable way to sleep! The pillows hold up well to the repeated washings that kids put them through, too. He’ll love this hilarious moose, and it’s a unique, unusual animal that’s not too common for stuffed animals!
Take Apart Robot Toys
This big robot toy is made up of 5 smaller toys – detachable cars that can be disassembled even further into car parts. He can play with the one large robot or the 5 smaller cars. The parts are all large enough so they’re easy to manipulate with 5-year-old hands.
If he loves music and is interested in learning to play it, start him out with a recorder! This simple instrument is a gateway to reading notes and learning to play them. The kit comes with a clear carrying bag, a cleaning rod, and a fingering chart so he can learn the proper way to hold the recorder. He’ll find lots of videos online to help him play popular songs.
Light-Up Terrarium Kit
He can have a garden in his room with this kit! An LED light means the terrarium can glow at night, making it look like a magical, illuminated garden. The kit comes with a terrarium jar, light-up jar lid, charging cable, instruction booklet, soil, blue sand, river rocks, seeds, a mini bunny and mushrooms, and much more. He’ll love watching the seeds grow!
LEGO Creator 3in1 Space Shuttle
He can build 3 models in one with this set – a Space Shuttle, a rocket toy, and a lunar lander. The set also includes an astronaut minifigure with helmet. He’ll have the fun of building the toys and then have hours of imaginative play with them once they’re done!
Rotating Projector Lamp with Dinosaurs
This night light will make the dark a little less scary…and way more interesting! He can project dinosaurs on his walls in a variety of different colors with this rotating lamp. He can also swap out the dinosaur filter for a car one, in case he’d rather have those on his walls instead!
5-in-1 Rocket Ship Play Tent
Everyone loves having a spot to escape and read, nap or play pretend for hours on end (even a lot of grown-ups still love this!). He can do all that and more with this rocket play tent. It’s large enough to fit three kids inside, and the tent floor has a layout for a cockpit so he can “fly” his rocket to the moon! It also comes with several games he can play inside the tent.
Insect Lore Giant Butterfly Garden
He can witness firsthand the entire lifecycle of a butterfly with this butterfly garden! The set comes with a butterfly habitat. He’ll get a voucher to send away for 5 baby caterpillars, who come with a chrysalis holding log to perch on and food. Then, he can watch as the caterpillars go through each stage of metamorphosis, transforming at the end into beautiful butterflies!
Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet
He can play games, watch shows, read or listen to books, and much more with this tablet! It comes with a year of Amazon Kids+ parental controls and a Kid-Proof Case. Parents can decide to allow access to apps like Netflix, Disney+, or Zoom if they wish. If the tablet breaks in the first two years, it can be returned for a new one for free.
VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch
He can have a smartwatch, just like the older kids and adults he knows! This one is sized for kids and takes videos and pictures, and has games and a pedometer. Parents can share the photos and videos he takes. The watch also comes in a variety of colors so you can pick his favorite!
Kids Fishing Pole & Tackle Box
It’s a lot easier for kids to manage a fishing pole that’s kid-sized than one meant for an adult! So get him his own that’s just his size, along with a tackle box. This rod is lightweight so it will be easy for him to carry. It also comes with a carrying case, so he can easily manage to carry all his own stuff when you head off to the lake or pond.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Air Rocket Toy
He can stomp on the pad to launch these rockets into the air and watch them fall back to earth. Which will go the farthest? Which will go the highest? These rockets are extra fun because they also have LED lights that can turn off and on. He can try launching them at dusk and watch the lighted rockets soar.
Dinosaur Party Play Set
This case comes with a collection of 9 dinosaurs! It includes a velociraptor, a T-Rex, an apatosaurus, and more. Each dino has his own assigned spot in the case, so he’ll know at a glance if one is missing. They can be used for pretend play, or he can line them up on his bookshelf or desk to display. The set also comes with information on each of the dinos.
NERF N-Strike Elite Jolt Blaster
This is one of the smaller, less complicated Nerf guns out there, which makes it a great gift for 5-year-old boys! It might even fit in his pocket. It comes with two darts. He just needs to aim and fire at his target. It makes a great stocking stuffer at Christmas or a fun birthday present from a sibling or friend.
Kid Made Modern Arts and Crafts Library
He’ll have everything he needs to create with this arts & crafts library. It contains pom poms, pipe cleaners, beads, googly eyes, stickers, and much more. He can use the items to create creatures or build things, and there are hours of endless fun and creativity here!
Monsta Trax Kids Snowshoe
If he lives in a snowy area or visits one each year to ski or play in the snow, he’ll love wearing these snowshoes! Strap them onto his snowboots and he can leave huge monster prints in the snow behind himself. The wider surface will often help him glide along the top of the snow instead of sinking as far as if he just had snowboots. He’ll be ready for hours of outdoor fun…just have some cocoa ready for afterward!
Osmo Coding Starter Kit For iPad
Kids will get game pieces they can bring to life with their iPad using OSMO. They’ll use the physical pieces and coding commands to control a character – Awbie – and lead him on an adventure! They can also use coding blocks to create music or solve puzzles.
NERF Inferno Nitro Toy
This toy comes with a 2-barreled blaster and four cars. He can load two cars into the blaster, then fire them at the target. When cars hit the barrier, discs spring up into the air. He can also do cool stunts using the ramp, obstacles, and the blaster. This set can also be combined with other NERF Nitro sets.
Magna-Tiles Clear Colors Set
These 3D magnetic building sets present a world of possibilities for making castles, buildings, and so much more. He’ll use STEM skills like engineering and math to work out what he needs for building his structures. The colorful shapes include squares, plus a variety of triangles – equilateral, right, and isosceles. The magnets inside each tile mean they’ll stay connected to each other until he pulls them apart to move them.
Gifts for 5-Year-Old Boys FAQs
How Much Money Do You Give a 5-Year-Old for Their Birthday?
5-year-olds aren’t going to be too excited about getting straight cash for their birthday. You can spend between $20-30 on a gift for a 5-year-old boy, although if you know him well, you may want to spend even more.
Presents like books, games, and toys are going to be a lot more exciting for a 5-year-old than money, but if you want to give cash, $20 is a good amount.
What Games Does a 5-Year-Old Like to Play?
5-year-olds like games that feature bright colors and aren’t too complicated. They also like games that are interactive, with movement instead of sitting for too long.
Games like Sorry!, feature bright game pieces that move around the board quickly. Connect Four requires them to manipulate checkers and slide them in and out of the game board. Uno! has brightly colored cards and some fun yelling involved. They’ll still enjoy preschool games like Candyland and Chutes & Ladders as well.