Best Birthday Gifts for Boys: Ultimate Guide

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We’ve got to admit, one topic that has us stumped is birthday gifts for boys! Whether it’s for our kids or someone else’s, we’re always at a loss for ideas on what to buy before heading out to a birthday party.

It’s not that we don’t know our kids or kids of our friends, it’s just that when a birthday rolls around, our minds go blank quicker than the cake goes during the party we’re about to attend. We’ll chalk it up to the anxiety of our (always) last minute planning and stress about not wanting to disappoint. 

In any case, we decided to sit down and round up all of the best birthday gifts for boys in one fell swoop. Now, you’ll never have to arrive empty-handed or run around stressing before a birthday party again! Whether you’re heading out to celebrate a toddler, preschooler, older child, or pre-teen we’ve put the best of the best on this list to help you come up with an excellent gift for any age.

Here is what we considered when picking the best gifts for the birthday kid:

  • Quality because we don’t want to add to the junk pile any more than you do
  • Easy to play with and without adult help
  • Fun for kids of multiple age ranges, kids with siblings
  • Price point because when you have multiple birthday parties to attend, they can quickly get expensive. No need to overspend to bring a quality gift.
  • Unique because everyone’s tired of giving and receiving the same old things, here are some fresh ideas!

Our List Of 14 Best Birthday Gifts For Boys!

Melissa & Doug Take-Along Shape Sorter
  • PADDED SHAPE-SORTER: The Take-Along Shape-Sorter is part of the K’s Kids line of early developmental toys. It includes...
  • CRINKLY FLAPS: Our toddler shape-sorter toy includes crinkly flaps that have pictures of familiar items above and...
  • HELPS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: This toy bag for travel helps babies and toddlers develop sensory, fine motor, and...

For those first and second birthdays, it’s tough to pick out presents that you hope the little will love but doesn’t over-crowd the playroom and wind up being useless. With this padded shape sorter that doubles as a carrying case, the birthday boy will be so proud to carry it around where ever he goes. 

With colorful shape sorting on one side, the case can be flipped over to play with the assorted crinkly flaps picturing familiar objects. Baby boy will have tons of fun and learn through independent play, sensory, and fine motor skills.

PJ Masks Headquarters Playset, Multicolor
  • The PJ masks headquarters Playset features three levels of action packed hero fun this dynamic Playset has interactive...
  • Compatible with all PJ masks 3" toy figures (sold separately)
  • Tree trap for capturing invaders

Are you looking for the perfect swag to gift a toddler or preschooler? The PJ Masks are the cutest superheroes to take over saving the day and entertaining even the youngest superheroes! Let their imagination run wild with this awesome rocket that comes with Gekko featured in an exclusive Super Moon space suit. 

The birthday boy will love the lights and sounds the rocket makes as he make-believes he’s part of the PJ Masks team. While this comes with just the Gekko figurine, there’s room in the cockpit for 3 of the gang to fit comfortably. Don’t forget to pick up batteries with this, because the batteries aren’t included.

Construction Fort Building Kit - 77 Pieces with Storage Bag - Orange...
  • All-in-One Fort Kit: With 28 geometric balls and 49 reinforced sticks, our 77-piece kit allows you to build forts of all...
  • Spark Creativity: Whether they’re designing a house, a castle or a rocket ship, our fort kit encourages kids to...
  • Fun for All Ages: Designed for children aged 5 and up, our fort pieces are intuitive and easy to use! They connect in a...

Let me be honest with you guys. All little boys love building forts! Okay, that may be a bit presumptuous, but if you’re not too sure what to get a bigger boy (say 5 to 7 years old) Crazy Forts is a real crowd pleaser!

Kids love to build forts because it keeps them moving and busy. They can get really into imaginative play, and pulling every blanket in the house to do is icing on the cake. One of the best aspects of giving this as a gift is that it can easily be played with for independent play or when parents want to join in for some quality time with their favorite little mister. 

This set effortlessly combines with multiple packages for more play and more building. Kids can use sheets instead of heavy blankets. The pieces are durable and long lasting.

Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastway Dual Track Racing Ages 6 and older
  • Thrilling high-speed side-by-side racing action
  • Two kid-activated slam launchers get the race started
  • Pop-off characters in grandstands activated by each lap cars complete

We know that all birthdays don’t come with good weather, so here’s an indoor set the little birthday dude is sure to enjoy. The car track features a triple loop for the most creative of crashing, smashing, and flying car action you’ve ever seen! Maybe just don’t set this one up near a window!

We’re only kidding, it’s completely safe, but your son, nephew, or little dude friend will love getting the most out of the mountain of cars he’s acquired by now. This set easily connects to other Hot Wheels sets with Hot Wheels connectors for endless fun.

Galoper Galoper01 Scuderia Ferrari Kids Pedal Go Kart Pedal Powered...
  • Ferrari official licensed product*-producedu under license of Ferrari spa. Ferrari, the prancing hourse device, All...
  • Perfect for kids, ages 2-5 years
  • Size: 84.5*50*49.5 cm/33.3*19.6*19.5 inches

Is there anything little boys like to do more than go fast and feel the wind in their faces? Probably not! If the birthday boy you’re trying to impress isn’t quite into the educational toy arena, you can’t go wrong with this super fun go-kart. An alternative to the traditional bike, the go-kart is powered by speed-controllable pedals that the driver can change at will. 

The pedal go-kart is designed for younger kids that aren’t quite up to the speed or responsibility of a real go-kart but who love a good ride in a new way. Kids love steering the car-like steering wheel and being in the seated driving position. This great go-kart was built to last with sturdy parts.

As we get into birthdays for bigger elementary school-aged kids, some parents start to have preferences for toys they allow in the home. If educational toys are requested on your invite, the Osmo Genius Kit is an excellent gift for any family who already has an iPad. The kit includes five award-winning games that will have any young mind happy, learning, and occupied.

This set transforms the iPad into a hands-on learning tool suitable for ages 5 to 12 that encourages problem-solving, creative drawing, and visual thinking and more. Some parents even found this toy ideal for their children on the autism spectrum, but it’s always best to ask a parent in a similar scenario first or provide a gift receipt with the gift, just in case.

Chutes and Ladders Game: Retro Series 1978 Edition
  • 1978 Retro edition of the Chutes and Ladders game
  • Players scramble to the top of the gameboard without sliding down
  • Features full-size gameboard with classic artwork

We know today’s kids will tell you all day they want electronics, gift cards, and cold hard cash. They don’t understand why they’re talking about, pay them no mind. Never underestimate the power of a board game! You’d be shocked how much young kids love to play board games. 

Classics like Connect Four and Chutes and Ladders are a great way to go because they get the whole family together, sometimes begrudgingly. Once everyone gets going, it’s easy to get sucked into hours of fun on family game night!

Retevis RT628 Walkie Talkies for Kids,22 Channel kids Walkie Talkies...
  • Small and light body allows kids easy to use and just 90g per radio is easy to carry; power with 3 AA batteries and not...
  • Easy to operate and allow the children themselves to assemble the belt and hang on the anywhere they want
  • One-to-one and one-to-more communication function allow more walkie talkie communicate on the same channel

If you’ve ever had the bright idea of buying little kids a set of walkie talkies, then you probably know how disappointing they can be when they aren’t comfortable enough for kids to use or aren’t a high enough quality. With these walkie talkies from Playco, you’ll have a happy bunch of kids because they were designed with kids in mind!

If you’re headed out to a birthday party for a child who’s got a sibling or two, this makes the perfect gift! There are three channels to use that easily read on the digital screen, and they feature a channel lock, so kids don’t get lost or frustrated while using them. These have an impressive two-mile range and make indoor and outdoor play a blast for hours!

Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket with Ultra Rocket Refill Pack, 6 Rockets -...
  • 100% KID powered: Run, jump and STOMP to launch these air rockets up to 20 stories high -- that’s 200 feet in the air!...
  • Includes a Stomp Launcher, 4 foam-tipped Ultra Stomp Rockets and a Stomp Rocket Refill Pack that contains 2 foam-tipped...
  • Great for year round fun to get kids away from screen time and play with outdoor toys.

If you want to impress with a gift at a birthday party that the little guest of honor will want to rip right open during the party, you’ve got to go with this ultra-fun stomp rocket. It’s perfect for backyard parties, BBQ’s, and playing in the yard. It’s easy enough to set up and let the kids play for hours but fun enough for adults to get a kick out of too. 

The packaging mentions ages 6 and up but we’ve had success with this one with kids as young as age three at our backyard parties! The foam rockets soar high, and they’re brightly colored and easy to spot in the yard when they come down. If you’re playing after the sun goes down, the LED light inside each rocket will help you find the rockets with ease.

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Are you heading out to a bigger boy party? For boys about five to eight years old, this makes an excellent selection for a gift. It’s easy enough for the younger end of the bracket to maneuver but will keep older boys entertained for hours. It offers two modes, one for regular floor racing and one featuring a Vacuum Technology allowing it to shoot up walls vertically. 

As long as you’ve got a smooth surface, this lightweight car with a powerful suction fan will zip up walls, windows, and even the ceiling with a little bit of skill behind the controller. This car is also non-toxic and built to be crash resistant. Kids will love the lights as the vehicle runs forward, backward, and can rotate a full 360 degrees.

Glantop Remote Control RC Robots, Interactive Walking Singing Dancing...
  • Flexible Moonwalk: The robot can walk, slid, turn left and right, dance, sing songs, teach knowledge and English words....
  • Intelligent Remote control : It is an amazing remote control robot toy. Remote control distance can up to 5 meters.
  • Programmable actions: Just one key to start the automatic exercise mode quickly. So you can familiar each function of...

If you know the birthday boy is interested in remote controlled anything or robotics, the Glanton Remote Control RC Robot is fun for the whole family. It’s programmable and teaches basic robotics to kids; the robot can walk, slide, turn right and left, sing songs, dance, and demonstrate some English words. 

There’s no need to worry that a full charge will only offer a short amount of play. They beefed up this robot’s ability for fun. A full two-hour charge will get your child 1.5 to 3 hours of activity easily and 15 to 30 days on standby mode. Teaching science, art, technology, and robotics to young minds don’t get any easier than this!

PROGRACE Children Kids Camera Waterproof Digital Video HD Action...
  • 【BEST GIFT CAMERA FOR KIDS】PROGRACE kids camera is an ideal digital camera as a birthday holiday gift for your...
  • 【HIGH CONFIGURATION】This kids action camera with CMOS image sensor, featuring professional HD 1080P/30fps videos and...
  • 【WATERPROOF FUNCTION】Our kids waterproof camera comes with strong and durable waterproof case, easy to install,...

When you’re thinking of the birthday dude in question, if up-and-coming action star comes to mind, the DROGRACE “Go-Pro” type camera is probably the best idea on the market. This eco-friendly, toxic-free camera is the perfect set up for little dudes on the go. It features professional quality video feed at 1080p, 40 different frame photo modes, seven color video modes, and even digital zoom up to 4x. 

Because they know kids as we do, this camera is waterproof, contains a rechargeable battery, optional Micro SD card slot, and records up to 1.5 continuous hours. This action camera will turn any mundane activity the boys are out for into a self-starring action video!

Elite Sportz Classic Hookey Ring Toss Replacement Rings, Grab an Extra...
  • REPLACEMENT RINGS for the very popular ELITE CLASSIC HOOKEY RING TOSS GAME , 12 ring toss rings in total, 6 red, and 6...
  • GREAT FOR KIDS COORDINATION, our HOOKEY TOSS GAMES are a great gift for any age and it will also help young children...
  • SILICON RINGS, can be used for other games also and ok to use in the wet if playing a water ring toss game in the...

We all know boys love games like darts, but they’re not the best-suited game for indoors or near anything you don’t want a dart puncturing, right? That’s where this beautifully crafted Hookey game comes in! Similar to darts, it can hand anywhere inside or outside will furnish fun for one or groups all the same. 

No more holes in the wall or broken nearby objects, the rings are safe for indoor and outdoor play. The game is simple enough for young boys to get a kick out of and challenging enough for bigger boys, dads, and the whole family to enjoy!

IQ BUILDER | STEM Learning Toys | Creative Construction Engineering |...
  • ► EMPOWER YOUR CHILD WITH THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR A BRIGHT AND SUCCESSFUL FUTURE ✮ IQ BUILDER has created a brand new...
  • ► RECOMMENDED BY EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS FOR BOTH THE HOME AND CLASSROOM ✮ IQ BUILDER was inspired by a group of...
  • ► THREE INSTRUCTIONAL EBOOKS INCLUDED FOR BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED BUILDING ✮ Toy sets made by IQ BUILDER...

In need of a full-proof gift great for boys as young as 3 and fun for boys as old as 10, the IQ Builder STEM Learning Toy is a fun choice. This brand has been creating fun toys with a focus on STEM to get little boys (and girls) thinking and developing critical reasoning, thinking, and problem-solving skills all while having a good time. All pieces are BPA and Phthalate free. 

This 164-piece set includes access to E-books for learning and building ideas, and the collection can be used for unlimited building potential. Buy multiple packages for siblings or kids who love to build and build!

Now that you’ve got a ton of ideas for birthday gifts galore, you’re ready to leave the gift giving anxiety behind and head out for some birthday fun!

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