Oh boy, 9-year-olds. They’re not young kids, but they’re not quite tweens. How the hell are we supposed to shop for them?! Yes, it can be a tricky age, but fear not — awesome gifts do exist for 9-year-old kids, both boys and girls. Whether they’re into science, music, books (or more!), we’ve got a great list with something for even the pickiest, wishy-washiest of pre-tween kids. With all that in mind, here are the best gifts for 9-year-olds.
iHome Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth Speaker, $54.99
For all those Star Wars fans out there, this looks exactly like a mini replica of the Death Star. That alone would be pretty cool, but the fact that it’s actually a Bluetooth speaker makes it even cooler. Kids can rock out to their favorite jams with this awesome little gizmo, and the sound quality is pretty good, too.
Electronic Dictionary Bookmark, $39.99
This is a fun and educational gift for 9-year-olds who loves to read or are interested in building their own vocabulary. Even if you’re right in the middle of reading a book, this handy, sleek, American English dictionary will define any word you don’t know, without sending you in search of a heavy dictionary or slowing you down. A great gift for kids who’d like to have definitions at their fingertips.
Osmo Gaming System for iPad, $79
In an era when we’re glued to our iPads practically 24/7, Osmo is an innovative iPad game that bridges real vs digital. Kids (and grown-ups) are encouraged to do some creative thinking while they guide virtual balls with real-life objects; guess and spell hidden words with real tiles; or simply draw anything and everything with pen on paper and see the results in real-time on screen. This one’s the iPad game of the future!
Rare Replay – Xbox One, $24.97
This collection comes with a mind-blowing 30 classic games. Though, yeah, it’s a total a nostalgia trip for parents, kids will have a blast playing games like Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie, and Perfect Dark for the first time. A great way to get some bonding time in with the kids, and have a blast playing some classic video games while you do it!
Wheel Brightz, $14.99
Um, light up bike wheels? Yes, please! As your kids get older and more confident to cycle at night, this will keep them visible and let them have even more fun while they’re riding. Even better? The lights are LED powered and come in a range of awesome colors kids will love.
LEGO Chain Reactions, $17.22
Kids will have a blast building their very own Rube Goldberg with this awesome Chain Reaction kit from LEGO. While kids are building the whole thing, piece by piece, and then watching it twist and turn and lift and drop in one cool continuous motion, they’ll inadvertently be getting a physics lesson. How cool is that?!