I take my gift guides very seriously. I know we all have seen the generic gift guides floating around every year and it’s important to me to only suggest items that I have personal experience with and truly recommend.
I go through all of my blog posts and past purchases and birthday and Christmas lists for my kids to see what they owned at this age and also what items have been continually enjoyed beyond the age of six too. What things their siblings have loved and what HASN’T ended up forgotten or in the yard sale or Goodwill donation bin!
I also look over reviews and try to make sure that other people have had similar good experiences:
The Best Presents for a 6 Year Old: Six Year Old Gift Ideas
This is a gift guide for both six-year-old girls and six-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!).
I hope our experiences are helpful for others!
Best Toys for Six Year Old Girl or Boy - Gender Neutral Gifts for 6 Year Old
Many toys at this age are geared towards one sex or the other. Typically a birthday party will be filled with pink gifts for girls and rough and tough toys for boys.
However, boys and girls often enjoy playing with the same type of toys and I personally love gender-neutral gifts and they can be passed down to siblings.
Even the gifts geared towards a boy or a girl usually end up being played with and enjoyed by ALL of our kids! In many ways my kids do tend to fall into gender stereotypes (my boys love trucks, my girls love dolls) but not always! My favorite gifts to give and receive tend to be the ones that are gender-neutral and can be given as a group present for everyone to have fun TOGETHER. I love any excuse to get my babies interacting with each other in a positive way!
A scooter makes a FANTASTIC gift at this age. Easier than riding a bike and much easier to store for Mom and Dad too 🙂 The razor type scooters do make me nervous so even though my 6 year old would have been able to handle riding the one featured, I actually ordered her this one as I've known so many kids to break an arm on a smaller scooter and wanted something with more stability.
Around this age kids are better able to play board games and understand the rules of a game. Up until age 6 my daughter would always want to "be on someone's team" but once she turned six she had more confidence to play games on her own. Monopoly Junior is a fantastic gift for this age as it's MUCH quicker paced than the original version so it can keep their attention the whole time and it's easier to follow and understand as well.
Family games make great gifts too - the age of six is a VERY SILLY age! This is the time to be goofy and silly with your child. They laugh easily and think everything is hilarious. Playing Pie Face as a family will bring out that silliness and get everyone laughing - make sure Mom and Dad get in on the fun! Also be sure to buy a can of whipped cream in advance to have on hand.
My kids LOVE to have their song playlists on their ipads and walk around listening to them as they do their chores.I've tried getting them wireless Bluetooth ear bud style headphones but at this age a six year old's little ears just don't work well with the ear bud style. This headphone set has been so great and is such a cute design! My current six year old finally broke hers after having them since she was around 4 and she's asked for a new set for Christmas this year.
I LOVED my Lite-Brite and think it's awesome that it's making a comeback! It has a LOT of tiny colorful pegs that can be a struggle with little ones and age 6 makes for a perfect age to gift this classic favorite.
A smartwatch is a common gift for kids to ask for around this age and we bought this one for our son when he turned six. It is NOT a watch that has any sort of phone capabilities. I really didn't want a watch with a lot of game features but this one only has a couple and it was a good opportunity to teach our son about resistenting temptations. It has a camera and video options and also tracks their steps (which is something all my kids think is SO cool).
Speaking of counting steps, winter months are a common struggle to get kids MOVING and Ultra Dash is a fabulous way to help kids stay active even if indoors. It's a simple to follow game that is lots of fun for kids of any age but I'd say started around age 6 it makes a great gift.
I find that around six years old my kids all started to really love to get to "be in charge" on some level. They love to get to be the one to choose the movie for movie night or tell the rules of a board game. This play school set is an awesome chance to let them "play teacher." My current six year old LOVES playing school with the almost three year old!
Developmentally most kids start to lose their baby teeth around age 6. If your kids are like mine then they will LOVE this tooth book so they can keep (yes, I said KEEP) their baby teeth. Yes, I had one as a kid and YES I found it and it still has all my baby teeth in it and NO I have no idea why. But my kids are all about it and it allows the tooth fairy to pay them less since she doesn't get to keep the teeth 😉 Not into the keeping baby teeth idea?A tooth fairy pillow, like this one,would also make great gift at this age.
Who else remembers Mad Libs as a kid? Mine were recently gifted them and had a BLAST. I loved that it was screen-free time that was also educational and simple and FUN. I was also excited to learn about Mad Libs Junior - it's an easier version for new/emerging readers that has a word bank for the kids to choose from. Perfect for that first grader and makes THE silliest stories. We were all cracking up! Great stocking stuffer idea too!
Another gift along the lines of school - 6 year olds are just excellent little students who truly love the classroom and love "being like teacher." Dry-erase boards become SO COOL to this age and this adorable magnetic easel set is perfect for this age and is a simple gift that will provide endless entertainment.
I know I have recommended Osmo in previous gift guides but I wanted to recommend it here again as if you don't already own a starter kit the creative kit is a GREAT starter set for a six year old age group. All of my kids loved the Osmo set but the 6 year old has the most joy with this kit. The great thing is once you own a starter set you can easily add on additional sets for much less cost. This would be a fantastic gift for siblings to share or even maybe a gift from Santa!
This is a newer Osmo kit on the market that I am actually gifting to my 6 year old this Christmas. It's REALLY awesome and reinforces the math facts she's learning in the classroom in a super fun way. I feel like so often toys and games focus on the reading aspect at this age and while those reading skills are crucial, math is important too! We love ALL of our Osmo kits and I have our favorites linked here 🙂
This is another item I've put on multiple gift guides but truly it's just a fantastic gift, especially with lots of siblings! You can also add on these additional microphoneswhich would be a wonderful add-on present too. I love that this one has a CD option so you're not having to be connected to Bluetooth all the time in order to have a playlist of songs.
I have literally purchased this kit THREE times. Out of all the many arts and crafts kits we've owned over the last decade of parenting this has been the hands-down biggest hit. It's great because the kids have fun making the markers and then enjoy getting to use them too! Great gift for boys and girls alike as well as a sibling gift if needing more of a group present.
Best Presents for Six Year Old Girl
My youngest daughter just turned six this year so I'm very in the "now" as to what a six year old girl really wants and enjoys. It's interesting to look back on my blog posts from my older daughter as this age and to see just how alike both girls are and it makes me confident that many of the things THEY have enjoyed at this age other girls of the same age will love as well!
Friendship becomes more and more important to girls as they get older and having that sense of community becomes more valuable to them. Matching with friends and sharing common bonds is super fun and being able to gift their friends' friendship bracelets is a great way to encourage that community-building and socialization. This set is super cute and has lots of bead options!
My girls really got into dressing up at this age. They LOVE playing pretend and acting out different roles and this particular dress up outfit has been THE biggest hit in our house. More than any expensive brand name princess dress, my younger daughter ADORES this one! Love that it comes with gloves and accessories too and is so affordable! It's light and not itchy too.
Crafts are always a win and I especially love to gift craft type gifts to kids for birthday party presents or when welcoming a new baby sibling. At six years old kids can better handle simple craft kids without needing a lot of adult supervision so it's a great break for the mom and makes for a "double win" type of present! I love craft kits that include an item the child will actually use and enjoy even after the crafting session ends. Like this cute bank!
If your daughter hasn't yet discovered Barbie Color Reveal Dolls then you are in for an AWESOME gift surprise. My daughter received this as a gift for her 6th birthday and we ALL had a blast with it. Super fun surprises and the hair is so fun and the doll itself is perfect for swimming or going in the bathtub too! This is THE gift to give this year to any little girl, especially in the 6-10 age range!
My girls LOVE stuffed animals and the Beanie Boo phase is going strrrrrrong in our house! I love them too because they remind me of the original Beanie Babies I collected as a little girl myself. Their size is perfect for snuggling but also for play and for on the go too.
I made the mistake with my older daughter in investing in LEGO kits when she turned 6 and she ended up never really enjoying them. Now that my younger daughter is six she's also showing interest in LEGOS but rather than invest in larger kits that are both expensive and time-consuming to put together I found these ADORABLE storybook adventure kits! They are PERFECT for a "first LEGO" as they don't include a ton of pieces or complicated instructions.
My youngest daughter really started to enjoy Barbies around age 5 and from Santa this year she's asking for the Barbie Camper as her big gift. I've done extensive research into the different Barbie Camper options and am happy to share that the less expensive option is actually better than the fancier one! With this camper the vehicle detaches to allow Barbie to enjoy a drive while the camper itself stays behind! It comes with lots of cute accessories too.
At this age girls start to really love all things accessories. My daughters LOVE Twisty Petz as they are little toys that transform into jewelry. It's a fun collectable item that makes for a great gift and is something they will actually use longer than just the initial wow factor when they open them.
As a mom I really love this size of toy for my kids as they are fabulous to take on the go! Great when traveling or going to drs appointments and these small dolls are gorgeously made and truly adorable. The dresses are fun to clip on and off to switch up their looks and my girls LOVE playing with this set.
I love the smaller dolls but the "barbie" sized dolls are also a hit among this age group. I really think around age 5-6 is when young girls can handle the responsibility of caring for Barbie and her hair. I passed down my Barbie collection to my daughter but her favorites have been the ones she received as a gift in this Disney Princess pack. Growing up with Disney movies and characters it's natural for little girls to be more drawn to the princesses they know and love and this set is really well made!
Anything that includes a bag and small "treasures" to put inside of it is a huge win with this age group. The Doc Mcstuffins kit is super cute and has held up very well over time for us.
Best Gifts for 6 Year Old Boys
Six-year-old boys are so FUN! This is an age where they really expand on the things they've loved at younger ages but at an entirely new level.
It made my heart so happy to look back at my oldest son at this age and it was so encouraging to see that he still enjoys MANY of these items even now that he's a middle schooler.
It is important to me when I purchase gifts to think long-term about the item and it makes me especially happy that five years later so many of these items are either still being enjoyed or have been well-loved by the girls and now our youngest son too!
My son and daughters have both loved this book. We start allowing our kids to watch the Star Wars series when they turn 5 so by the age of 6 they are really into the characters and storylines and these 5 minute stories are great for new readers and short enough to keep bedtime routine flowing 😉
Vehicles are SO fun for boys from an early age but as my oldest son reached around age 6 is when he was really into all the parts and pieces and more imaginative play options with his trucks and cars. I discovered the Bruder brand of trucks and was blown away impressed. They are vehicles that he will be able to pass down, not only to his little brother but to his children as well. Extremely well-made and durable for all the tough boy moments!
Imaginations really start to sore at this age and a magic kit is a fantastic present idea! However, magic kits we have owned in the past have resulted in a lot of frustration and not much fun. I am usually a mom that likes to buy gifts a bit above age level for them to grow into and appreciate more as they get a bit older but when it comes to a first magic kit I recommend going with something simple, like this one. See how they like it and then invest in a more detailed set down the line!
This is one of my favorite gifts for a newly appointed big brother or for a birthday party present. At this age a child is able to sit long enough to fully enjoy the craft kit and do most of it on their own so it gives Mom a break! Plus I love that the finished product is something they can actually USE and play with and ENJOY their handiwork!
This is an item I have featured on earlier gift guides because the Imaginext items have been such a huge hit for my son. He started playing with them around age 5 and the collection really grew over the holidays when he was six. He is now eleven and these are still toys that he plays with on a regular basis. They are the ideal size and SO well made!
This is another item I've frequently gifted to boys turning 6. I've been told multiple times that it was the favorite present the birthday boy received! It works really well at detecting metal and picking it up. Super cool truck for any vehicle loving boy on your list.
I'm not a cool slime mom. I don't do DIY slime and I have some hardcore rules about Slime staying in the kitchen. But man kids are OBSESSED with it! Having the DIY factor to it is a great way to make the entertainment value last a little longer with the slime too. Plus it has a science kit element so it's sort of educational, right? This is one of those gifts that is the perfect grandparent present because the child will LOVE it and it's something a parent really doesn't want to buy ha!
Another HUGE win for a gift! I love that the stomp rocket encourages outdoor play and is something that can be enjoyed by a group. It's one of those that the kids want to race outside in their Christmas pjs to try it out and one that Dad may just be even more into than the kids 🙂
I see this on the "must have" toy lists every year and every little boy I've ever met has asked for it. My oldest son included! I personally haven't had great experiences over the years with Hot Wheels or Matchbox sets like these. The pieces are a struggle to get together and to actually STAY attached. When my oldest son asked for it as his big gift the year he turned six I did some research and actually decided to get him one like this instead. It's held up GREAT over the years and is a toy we'll be able to pass down to the youngest son and beyond. If you can steer your son in the direction I did you won't regret it!
Playmobil sets are great for this age group. They say ages 4+ but I find that the small pieces can be a bit of an issue for the younger age range and at 6 kids can better handle smaller pieces and keeping things together and not having them get lost!
I am always adding new gift ideas to my Amazon lists and they are THE most up to date way to track the must-have items I recommend for gift-giving and beyond!
Hey Y’all, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happiest place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.
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