Finding perfect birthday presents for 9-year olds is a great feeling.
However, we know that finding the right gift for their age group, be that toys for 9-year-old girls or toys for 9-year-old boys, can be a headache. Whether you're searching for a present for a birthday, Christmas or other celebration, there are so many options it can be difficult to decide what would be best for them.
By the age of nine, many kids are developing a taste for older interests and may have matured out of some of the toys they had before. At this age, they may be ready to make the jump from a smaller toy to the adult-size equivalent and presents can help them become more confident in their hobbies.
However, it is possible to find gifts for boys and gifts for girls that they'll be playing with for hours. With more technology than ever aimed at children, this may be what they are hankering for. Or they may be keen to refine the artistic flare they had when they were younger and progress to more sophisticated creative materials. They might love the outdoors and want to learn more about the natural world.
Whatever their interests, from singing proudly for all to hear into a microphone to experimenting with a science kit, our guide to the best toys for 9-year-olds will help you choose a toy that they'll love.
Kidadl's Top Pick
Whilst all the birthday gifts for 9-year-olds on this list come highly recommended, this is our top pick. This hugely popular camera is a great all-round gift for kids to create instant memories.
1. Mini 9 Camera, Instax
This best-selling, iconic camera produces instant pictures for kids and their friends to enjoy. It has lots of cool colours to choose from and features a built-in flash and close-up lens to help them capture their special one-off moments.
- Price: £69.99
- Instant credit card size photos
- Built in flash
- Automatic exposure control
- Variety of colours
- Selfie mirror
- Close-up lens
Best For Outdoors
2. Skateboard Complete Mini-Cruiser, Beleev
At the age of nine, kids might be looking for more grown-up outdoor toys. This mini skateboard is a great option that they'll still want to hang onto when they're 'grown up'. It's got light-up wheels, comes in a variety of colours and runs smoothly and speedily even on bumpy surfaces. It's a flexible and fun take on the adult-size skateboard that won't leave them feeling like they've got a lesser toy.
- Price: £39.99
- 22 inches (L) x 6 inches (W)
- Weight: 1.7kg
- Light-up wheels
- Thick aluminium trucks
- Choice of colours
Best For Sports Fans
3. Portable Basketball Stand, Smyths Toys
For the sporty kid in your life, an outdoor basketball stand will make them the talk of the neighbourhood. This one has an adjustable height and a sturdy net to keep them shooting hoops for hours.
- Price: £44.99
- Stand, net and ring
- 45cm steel ring
- Manual height adjustment - 150cm to 210cm
- Can fill base with sand for stability
Best For Eco-Friendly Kids
4. 'Be Kind To Our Planet' Children's Sweatshirt, The Kindness Co-Op
We love the ethos of the the Kindness Co-Op, who are on a mission to encourage children to be kind to each other and the planet. This sweatshirt comes in grey or black with a lovely illustration of the Earth and the words 'Be Kind To Our Planet.' With every sweatshirt, children will become 'kindness ambassadors', receiving a free activity booklet and sticker sheet.
- Price: £30
- Sizes: 3 - 14 years
- Unisex style
- 85% organic cotton, 15% polyester
- Grey or black
Best For Active Kids
5. Vivofit Jr. Daily Activity Tracker For Kids, Garmin
For active 9-year-olds, or for those that need a little encouragement, the cool Garmin kids activity tracker lets them know how many steps they're doing and helps them track healthy habits. It connects to the parent-controlled app where parents can set goals, rewards and assign responsibilities.
- Price: £79.99
- 3 design options: camo, lava or flower
- Bluetooth connectivity
- 1 year battery life
- 50m water resistant
- Parent-controlled app
Best For Relaxing
6. Kids' Bathrobe, TowelSelections
This bathrobe comes in a range of colours making it a great choice for 9-year-old boy or 9-year-old girl who loves to relax. The plush fleece fabric is also comfortable and cosy enough for shower time or for keeping them warm around the house.
- Price: £27.85 - £57.99 (depending on size)
- Range of colours
- 100% polyester
Best For Creative Kids
7. Design Set, The Original Spirograph
You may remember the classic drawing tool, the Spirograph. It hasn't changed but is still as fun for kids as ever, allowing them to create lots of designs and unique spirals.
- Price: £7.50
- 30-piece set
- Precision parts and pens
- 10-page guide book
Best For Educational Toys
8. Boost Creative Toolbox Robotics Kit, Lego
This update to the classic Lego bricks incorporates coding into the building process. Through the app, kids can follow the instructions to build and code five different robots which they can bring to life to complete different activities. They are sure to love this high-tech version of Lego as they learn whilst they play.
- Price: £123.99
- Move Hub with Bluetooth
- Interactive Motor
- Colour and Distance Sensor
- Build 5-in-1 multi-functional robots
Best For Building
9. Clear Colours 32 Piece Set, Magna-Tiles
Help encourage 9-year olds imaginations with these colourful tiles that allow them to build just about anything. Co-ordinating the different shapes encourages their problem solving skills whilst the magnets allow them to earn about science.
- Price: £44
- 32 colourful shapes
- Develops STEM skills
Best For Families On A Budget
10. Enchanted Forest Colouring Book, Johanna Basford
Colouring books are no longer just for young children; a host of adult colouring books feature more intricate designs that will challenge 9-year-old creativity skills whilst providing them with a relaxing activity, and this beautiful enchanted forest design is a top-rated bestseller.
- Price: £5
- 84 pages
- Illustrated forest design
Best For Music Lovers
11. Untangled Pro Children's Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, LilGadgets
If you know a 9-year-old that loves their music, this is the gift for them. These wireless headphones avoid the mess of untangling wires, have a good battery life and their soft ear pads make them comfortable for children's ears.
- Price: £42.95
- 12-hours battery life
- USB charging cable
- 6 colour choices
Best For Gadget Fans
12. Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, Amazon
This tablet has all the features of the original in a smaller size and with a kid-proof case preventing it from being easily damaged. It includes a one-year subscription to the apps, games, videos and books on Amazon Kids+ and parents can set time limits and educational goals from their smartphone.
- Price: £99.99
- 16GB storage
- 7" display
- 3 colour choices
- Kid-proof case
- 2 year guarantee
Best For Something Unique
13. Girls' Personalised Sterling Silver Heart Locket, Hurleyburley Junior
A personalised gift is a lovely way to mark this stage in their life and show how you care for them. With this locket, which can be engraved on the front and back, you can give them a gift they will keep forever.
- Price: £29
- Sterling silver
- Front and back personalisation
- Sterling silver trace chain
Best For Personalisation
14. Personalised Applique Name School Backpack, Pineapple
The best toys for 9-year-olds are something that they'll be proud to use or wear. This backpack ticks the boxes with its personalised letters that they can proudly flaunt in school or sports class.
- Price: £24
- Add up to 10 letters
- Fits A4 size folder
- Padded straps
- Choice of rucksack colours
Best For Games
15. Throw Throw Burrito, Exploding Kittens
This is a wacky dodgeball card game that is popular with nine-year-olds and adults alike. Kids have to collect matching sets of cards whilst they duck, dodge and throw squashy burritos. Boy or girl, toys for 9 year olds don't get much more fun than this!
- Price: £19.99
- 3-4 players
- 120 cards
- 2 very cute foam burritos
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for top presents for girls and boys aged nine, then why not take a look at our guide to the best kids' golf clubs or this guide to the best kids' keyboards for mini music fans.
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