The Best Toys for 9-Year-Olds
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Let’s face it: As our kids grow, so too do the struggles of finding the perfect gift for them. Teetering on the tween years, 9-year-olds are firmly in the big kid category and they definitely have their own ideas about what is and is not cool. This, of course, complicates things. Though when it comes to gift-giving, 9-year-old Daniel G. in Chicago, Illinois thinks adults make things harder than they need to be.
“All kids have something they’re really into, like Harry Potter or sports,” Daniel says. “I think if people pay enough attention, they can find a present that’s really special and exciting.” The trick, he adds, is finding just the right toy, book, or activity that will pique kids’ interest “until the next amazing thing comes into their life.”
That certainly sounds like a tall order, but here at Cubby we’re up to the task. Below, we share 20 gifts to fit a range of budgets — each promising to delight and engage any 9-year-old on your gift-giving list.
Looking for great gifts for other ages? Check out our best toys lists for one-year-olds, two-year-olds, three-year-olds, four-year-olds, five-year-olds, six-year-olds, and eight-year-olds!
Our Top Pick
Our top pick for gifts for 9-year-olds is the Create Your Own Comic Book Kit. Not only is it affordable at $30, but it also captures a sliver of your child’s imagination in a full-color, perfect-bound book. Sure to be a source of pride, your little one’s published story will be a testament to their creative spirit and hard work for years to come!