42+ Best 5-Year-Old Gift Ideas: Great Toys for Five Year Olds
If you’re looking for great toys for five year olds, you’ve come to the right place! Today, I’m talking about the best 5-year-old gift ideas!
Typically five year olds are in kindergarten and begin entering the world of peer influence.
Five year olds are also usually getting a bit more screen time than they did at earlier ages and will start to be influenced by commercials and catalogs that arrive in the mail.
Play is still very important at the age of five and developmentally the sky is basically the limit as to what they are able to play with and enjoy.
Gift giving hits a magical sweet spot between the ages of 5 and 8 where kids in this age range just love receiving presents, are super appreciative and excited about the presents, and are easy and fun to buy for!
I like to purchase toys that can go along with items I’ve previously purchased for my children.
It takes up less space and is much easier to clean up when sets can be stored together!
Many of my recommendations from previous gift guides will make wonderful gifts at this age as well so I highly recommend checking out all of my gift guides for each age:
But with that said, let’s check out the best 5-year-old gift ideas for girls and boys, and that both can enjoy!
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5-Year-Old Gift Ideas - Best Toys For a Five Year Old
This is a gift guide for both five year old girls and five year old boys as well as items that both genders will enjoy!
I have four children but currently have three kids who are five or older.
I have spent time going through all my old blog posts for each age and seeing what toys they received as gifts, which they loved best, and which have been continually enjoyed as they've gotten older (and have been passed down to siblings!).
Best Toys for 5 Year Old Boy or Girl
Gender neautral items are gifts I love to give and love when my kids receive because they can be enjoyed by all siblings together.
It is interesting to me how as my kids get older they are more likely to choose to play with more typical toys of the opposite sex.
While my five year old daughter probably won't be asking for Star Wars LEGOS for Christmas, she LOVES sitting in her big brother's bedroom with him and playing with his LEGOS together.
Of course all toys and books and games can be enjoyed by members of both sexes, I find it is easiest to break up these guides into gender specific sections!
The items in this portion are ones that are gender-neutral.
At five years old most children cannot read on their own and are just in the early stages of learning simple words and phrases.
However, children at this age are capable of holding longer attention spans and absorbing more advanced content than simple picture books.
It's a great time to begin reading chapter books together and this set is a wonderful one to start as so many of these stories we recall from our own childhood and will enjoy reading together with our children during our story time routine.
My kids LOVE Guess Who and it's a great game to help teach colors, opposites, descriptive language plus the other benefits that come with playing games like taking turns, patience and good sportsmanship.
Even if your child can't read they can enjoy this game and my non-readers will spell out the name of the person they are guessing 😉
This generation of children are growing up with parents constantly taking their photos!
It's only natural for them to desire to have a camera of their own.
My kids all start off with a very basic camera around age 3 and then graduate to this one at age 5.
This camera takes both pictures and videos and has a great water proof case! It does also have some games on it which I don't love about it but my kids are all good about not using that feature unless they ask first 😉
A toy that every five year old dreams of owning: Magic Tracks.
They are fun to put together and they glow in the dark. What kid doesn't want some car tracks that light up at night?
We own these and they are NOT an item that has gotten a lot of play over the years, however, we've also had many a yard sale in the time period since my son received them as a gift and he's yet to be ready to get rid of them either.
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