Updated on June 5, 2020 by Asher Fergusson
When you’re six, the world is your oyster. At this rambunctious age, your little dude has many different interests and hobbies. When seeking out the perfect gift for this age group, you’ll want to choose something that provides hands-on learning while also stimulating very active imaginations. Whether you’re looking for an educational gift, a special Christmas item or something fiercely unique, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest options available for 6-year-old boys. No matter your budget or time-frame, one of these 27 fantastic gift ideas are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
27 Best Gifts For 6 Year Old Boys
This awesome building set lets your little guy expand his mind and creativity. The kit comes with an easy-to-follow instruction manual that helps your child work independently to create an engineering feat all on his own. He’ll love the accomplishment of finishing the project and you’ll love that this gift builds hand-and-eye coordination and encourages problem-solving skills.
This is the perfect gift for any 6-year-old boy. The colorful waterslide will give your child hours of outside fun while also allowing room for some friendly sibling competition. The double racing lanes are perfect for the whole family to get outside and have some fun. A special slip-inducing material keeps you sliding quickly but safely.
Ahoy! What boy doesn’t love a hardy pirate ship? This one is especially exciting because it comes with super cool built-in features like a shark mouth that opens up to capture prisoners, a dangerous plank and a firing cannon for real maritime battles.
At six, your little guy will become increasingly interested in communication and technology. He’ll get a big kick out of a great walkie talkie set. This set will let him set up special spy missions and comment on what’s currently happening around the backyard. This walkie talkie set is super clear and reaches up to 3 miles. You can even use them to call your little adventurer inside for lunch or listen as he walks home from his playdate.
Though we don’t often think about pop-up books when we think about presents, little boys are absolutely crazy for them. This one ups the ante with impressive lifelike dinosaurs and an encyclopedia of prehistoric facts. This book from Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart is a unique gift that your child will cherish forever.
Anyone would love this kinetic sand set. The sand’s special formula allows it to stick together for play and it never dries out. The set comes with 10 colors packed in sand castle molds. In addition to being completely awesome for play, molding with sand can help your little one calm down and reduce stress.
7. Nature Kit-$
This nature kit has everything your little boy scout will need to explore in the backyard. The set comes with binoculars, a magnifying glass, a special multi-toll and a flashlight. Whether your tiny man is an avid outdoor explorer or just beginning to notice the bugs in the backyard, this nature set will help him explore the world around him.
Birthday Gifts For 6 Year Old Boys
These colorful magnetic building tiles are one of the best birthday gifts you can buy. This 120-piece set comes with everything he’ll need to explore, build and learn. The tiles emphasize counting, magnetic polarities and architectural design completely through independent play.
If your little guy has went to Kindergarten, then you’ve probably heard him talking about Beyblades. These little racing spinners have been all the rage for several years. Interest seems to take-off right around the 6-year-old mark. This set is the perfect gift because it includes a raising arena and the first Beyblades to get your little guy started. Getting this awesome gift set for your little one will make you the true champion.
10. Soccer Goal-$$
Six-year-old little boys have a ton of energy. One of the best things you can do for their mind and body is to encourage athletic activities that get them out of the house. A soccer goal is an awesome place to start! Soccer encourages flexibility, endurance and strength and is a great sport to start with.
11. Laser Tag-$$$
If you’re looking for a rockstar birthday present, look no further than this laser tag set. Laser tag is a game that you play with others where each child has their own laser gun. The object of the game is to keep your health while hitting your opponent and stealing their health. This set has four awesome guns and different modes for play. It’s seriously big fun for growing guys!
Once your little ones hit Kindergarten, they’ll use a tablet for everything from their class blog to reading assignments to their math homework. If you haven’t already gotten one, a birthday is the perfect reason to spoil your little one with something that they’ll actually need anyway. These Kindle Fire Tablets for kids are super easy to manipulate and come with a ton of important parental controls to ensure their cyber safety at all times.
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13. Soldier Set-$
Your little strategist will love to make pretend battles with these military figurines. Two opposing sides help them play the offense and the defense. They’ll learn important problem-solving skills and leadership skills for the future. They may even find out that they really love history.
14. Secret Safe-$
As your little one grows, you’ll notice that he has a special hiding spot for personal items like his favorite baseball card or that special rock from the hike you took. Let him keep all those memories close with a special secret safe that he controls. This little box lets him have some privacy and feel like a big kid with his own secret 2-digit code to unlock.
15. Pokemon Cards-$
For kids this age, Pokemon cards are the butter to the bread. Though they can’t really play the game just yet, they love to collect them in special books, talk about the power level of their creatures and trade cards with one another. This is a perfect starter set for what’s sure to be years of fun to follow.
16. Playdough Set-$
Though your guy probably played with playdough when he was little, this age is the perfect age to buy him an actual playdough kit. Now, he’ll read the directions to properly create tiny little works of art. This set is super cute because it lets him craft bowls of noodles, ravioli and a bowl of mixed salad. At six, he’ll still love to play this activity with you. If you play your cards right, he’ll probably bring you several yummy meals to try.
Board games teach so many important life skills. From patience to encouragement to sportsmanship, they help foster a positive competitive environment for your child. One of the best board games to start with is Chutes and Ladders. This super cute game helps players race to the top of ladders to see who gets there first. Watch out for those pesky old chutes though. They might send you right back to the beginning.
Six-year-old boys go with Legos like PB goes with Jelly. This kit comes with everything you need for a basic building adventure. Different size and color blocks let your little guy build everything from magical forests to race car arenas. Moms will also appreciate the nice storage case for keeping everything nice and tidy. It’s the perfect Christmas gift to play with all holiday long.
Nothing screams holiday magic like that first big bicycle under the tree. This one has training wheels for riders who haven’t started yet and is just the right size for your growing guy. At 16 inches, the height is perfect for 4 to 7 year olds to learn everything they need to know to head out on their own. When they’re ready, the training wheels are easy to remove. Just don’t forget to pair with a super cool helmet.
20. Train Track-$$$
A train is always a spot-on choice for boys no matter what age they are. Whether they are getting their first set or upgrading from a toddler track, this railroad set is all grown up with beautiful remote-controlled cars and a ready to ride track. The train is Polar Express-themed and even shows a car with the shadows of children riding aboard. With this added magic, it’s the perfect present for the holidays.
21. Nerf Gun-$$$
If you haven’t been coerced to buy a nerf gun yet, it’s definitely coming. Little boys learn really quickly that nerf guns are life and they’ll go crazy for this gift. Though there are many nerf guns created for older age groups, this is the perfect one to start with as it’s made specifically for 6-year-olds. With larger, softer bullets and less speed, this one is a safe bet and a good place to begin the battles.
Trampolines provide hours of fun, adventure and outside activity. We love that this one has a safety net that keeps everyone from falling off. It’s also created with safety in mind. With extra supportive padding, slip-resistant covering and strong zipping, it’s one of the best designs we’ve seen. It’s center of gravity is also lower so it’s less likely to tip over.
Educational Gifts For 6 Year Old Boys
Not much is cooler than a rocketship that actually blasts off. Your child can build this one using the step-by-step guide while also learning important facts about aerodynamics and engineering. The toy is created with S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) properties and help teach your child facts about the transfer of momentum, stable structures, weight, gravity and elasticity.
Your little explorer will love to learn all about dinosaurs using this awesome archaeology kit. Your own tiny paleontologist will get to break open these fossil eggs and see what’s inside. Once broken, they’ll use a special brush to uncover their clever prehistoric finds. Each dinosaur also comes with its own special card brimming with important facts about each different dinosaur.
Ooey gooey science fun, here we come! How cool are these little dissectible aliens? Your child will think so too. He’ll need to dissect the alien to see what special treasures are inside. He’ll love looking for a special gem inside. The gem is called ‘peridot’ and some have actually been found in meteorites. This means he may really be looking for something extraterrestrial from outer space.
The sky’s the limit with what your 6-year-old can build with this awesome 164-piece engineering set. The cool colors and fun instructional manuals help your child express their creativity while using critical thinking skills to problem solve. This set meets S.T.E.M. requirements but your little will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re actually learning.
27. Slime Time-$
Learning and fun combine with this dinosaur slime kit. Slime is an important aspect of your child’s life at this age. They’ll talk about it, ask for it and try to make it. With this set, you’ll have everything you need all in one place for slime time play. With the added educational aspect, your child will pretend they’re digging for dinosaur fossils. Fun colors and different slime options help take this 38-piece set from cool to next level.
This age is such a special time for little boys. Their minds are expanding and growing and they learn so much from the world around them. It’s important to take the time to pick out a thoughtful gift that they will really use and that will benefit them for years to come. With options for blending learning and fun with imagination and outside play, you’ll give them the opportunity to be well-rounded in their life experiences. Remember, a great gift can be more than just a gift; it can be an opportunity to inspire them to take-off in whatever direction they’re meant to go.