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Best Christmas Gifts For 5 Year Old Boys: 2018 Guide

Age 5 has been one of my favorites so far. My son has a wild imagination, gets really gets into sound effects, and his coordination is much better which means he can build and create a lot more alone. The best Christmas gifts for 5 year old boys are ones that they’ll use, and you know your kids best! But I think you will find something on this list that will be a huge hit this year because my son would love all of these at his age.

Best gifts for 5 year old boys

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Best Christmas Gifts For 5 Year Old Boys

If you are struggling with what to get your kids, or just don’t have the budget this year for much, you can always follow our basic gifting strategy. We like to give:

  • 2-3 special toys per kid
  • Something to wear that I would have had to buy anyways
  • A book (usually used)
  • Stocking full of dollar store items like activity books, candies, balloons, snacks, and cheap toys. You can easily fill a great stocking for $10-$15/kid at the dollar store! Target also has awesome cheap bins.

Schwinn Boys’ 12-inch grit bike: Orange

We got this orange Schwinn bike for my son when he was around age 4.5. This is STELLAR!

He can brake with the pedals, ding the bell, and the back handle comes off easily by hand. Although we chose not to use the trike wheels, they come with it too.

(PS, if they already use a balance bike, you will likely be better off skipping the trike wheels. When I let my son try them out, his balance actually got way worse and as soon as we took them off he was zooming again).

Kidzlane Tool Set

The last tool set we had was so loved, that I think it’s time for a new one. This Kidzlane Tool Set has a battery operated drill (the highlight of this set, says my kids).  If you have two kids that don’t share well yet, then the drill will be what each kid wants to play with. 


A car that turns into a robot?! These transformers are pretty cool when you are 5. My son loves to play transform, he just presses a pretend watch and transforms into who knows what. This gift for his age would be well received, and I’ve seen many kids his age carrying them around. Even I remember my brother’s transformer as a kid being pretty cool!

Personalized Bento Box from Stuck On You

This was gifted to us by Stuck On You. I was so impressed! We personalized each with a name, a cool color, and a design for the front! The same design is on the bento box as on the cooler bag too.

Each compartment seals off with a leakproof silicone seal, so I can put yogurt in one and pretzels in another and they won’t mix! But the winner for me is the cooler bag because I live in the south where it’s hot. This will at least keep park lunches from melting.

I like the BentoFull Set because it comes with two trays instead of one plus a cooler bag! One tray has a sandwich slot and the other has 5 compartments + a dipping sauce spot. All are BPA and phthalate free. Seriously, you will love these!seafoam blue bento box from stuck on you with cooler bag showing a yellow tractor and extra plastic tray

T-Ball Set

This one from Little Tykes says it’s good for kids up to age 6, which I’m assuming is based a lot on height. My son is really into swinging his big plastic bat when I play with him, but this would be a way he could practice swinging alone or with his sister too. Comes with 5 balls and height is adjustable.

Gemstone Kit

My son would go bananas over real gems in this Mega Gemstone Mine Dig Kit…plus having to dig them out! Anything by National Geographic for kids is pretty 5 star, and although this is recommended for ages 6+, there are tons of reviews of 4-5 year olds digging out the gems and loving it. Comes with everything including 15 gems, a brush, digging chisel, and magnifying glass.



My first Pogo Pal by Flybar

This was gifted to us by Flybar.

If you haven’t heard of Flybar’s Pogo Pals, run and get one because this will equal hours of fun, balance, exercise, and you can choose from 5 cute characters that are all different colors! Our’s is named Patterson Panda and he even comes with a little story and personality traits.

I was drawn to the Pogo Pals because they encourage coordination and exercise, kids can use them indoors or outdoors, and very young kid can start using this around age 3 even!

This has a foam base and foam handle bars, and a bungee spring instead of a stick. And just so you know, it can hold up to 250lbs! Kids also LOVE the squeaker, so don’t be surprised when your house is filled with some giggles AND squeaks. Use code FlybarHol15 for 15% off on Amazon!



These were gifted to us by Goliath Games. These are great for a 5 year old!

  • Shark bite: Players take turns fishing and wait for the shark to jump up and “bite”. No batteries needed!
  • Doggie Doo: If your son thinks poop is as funny as mine and you don’t mind fueling that fire to hear some HUGE laughts, then this if perfect. Kids feed the doggy pellets and squeeze the pump until he poops in out!
  • Catch the Fox: France’s toy of the year in 2016, kids fill chickens in the fox’s pants and pump his head until the pants fall and the chickens roll away! No batteries needed.

Dominos/Matching game by MEIGO

These were gifted to us by MEIGO.

My son was lining up his wooden train tracks to play Dominos, when I realized we should just get a real set. These are just what I was looking for and more.

The reason why this Dominos matching game set is so great is that it is useful for more than just one thing. In addition to being a dominos set, this is a color/shape matching set! That this makes it useful for my 3.5 year old and my 5 year old!

Each block has an incomplete picture they can match up to another block like a puzzle. Awesome preschool activity!

Plus, it’s non toxic, led free, phthalate free, and BPA free so I won’t freak if I see my toddler licking on it. Get a set here!
dominos set painted with colorful designs packed into a new box.

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A rocket ship tent

My son would camp out here. We have made rockets out of appliance cardboard boxes before too, but this one is pretty cool! I can just imagine my kids hiding out in here all the time with pillows and things as they head to the moon.

Light up bow and arrow

The reason I had to add this is because my son just found it at Goodwill and has been OBSESSED with it since then (going on one week strong). The arrows light up with LED lights but you can turn them off too. They have hooks that go into those little loops, and it can shoot FAR.

For the Robin Hood in your house, this is definite win.


Hip Boy Shoes from pediped

Ok it’s no secret I love this brand! They have sent us several pairs to try and I’ve purchased some on my own as well. I know I’m going to get a quality shoe, plus they are either velcro or zipper shoes that kids can put on by themselves. Here are a few of my favorites! They have shoes from colorful sneakers to classy boots to sandals. See their full selection on the pediped website. These shoes do not disappoint. 

Stocking stuffer gifts for 5 year old boys

I like to individually wrap things in their stockings (to make it last longer!) with things like:

  • Small activities from the dollar store
  • Treats/Snack bags
  • Dinosaur or Truck Colorblast by Melissa and Doug
  • Capri-sun/juice boxes
  • Halo Oranges
  • Beef Jerky
  • Socks
  • Metal cars or airplanes

I’d love to know what’s on your 5 year old’s wish list? Leave a comment with one thing you hope to do to make Christmas special this year! I love finding new ways to make it special for the kids.

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