The Best Gifts for 9-Year-Olds

We found great stuff for your third grader.

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The best gifts for 9 year old boys and girls

When looking for the best toys for 9 year olds, you want stuff that doesn’t look like that dreaded three-letter word, but that gets them off their devices and screens (good luck with that) while also pushing them to explore and develop their interests in music, art, and science. Standout 9-year-old gifts for both boys and girls encourage collaborative play, because by the time they enter third grade, they’ve formed strong and complex friendships.

If you have a 9-year-old, or know one, this isn’t news: Kids this age are capable of exhibiting shocking maturity, while also still having jaw-dropping meltdowns over travesties like splinters or lost Lego pieces. He or she is outspoken. Opinionated. Independent. And the best toys for 9-year-olds tap into all those strengths. Kids this age are dealing with greater academic challenges at school, becoming more self-reliant, and, have a stronger attention span, so more intricate board games or logic puzzles will hit the spot, as well as toys that let them get creative and express themselves. And don’t forget that gross things never lose their luster, so slime is a winner. Always. (Hey, books are great, too!)

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