The Top Christmas Gifts for 2015
Gift ideas for Christmas and Birthdays!
We continually update this page with the hottest gift ideas and trends for 9 year old boys. If you have a great gift idea for this age group please feel free to share it using the message form at the bottom of this page! Thanks for stopping by today and good luck shopping!
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Snap Circuits: Electronic Science Experiment Kits:
Does the child on your Christmas or Birthday shopping list have an interest in electronics and conducting science experiments? If so, you can’t go wrong with the Snap Circuits SC-300. This amazing science project kit comes with everything you need to easily build over 300 amazing electronic contraptions including AM Radios,burglar alarms, doorbells, and motion activated lights.
As the name implies, Snap Circuits utilize patented button snap wires, resisters and other components that easily “snap” together with no messy wire terminations or soldering required. Even better, the kits come with a detailed instructional manual that not only walks the child step-by-step through each science experiment but also explains exactly what each component does and how the circuit works together to perform the desired result. My 7 and 9 year old girls and 5 year old boy absolutely love playing with this great kit.
Remote Controlled Fart Machine
While this gift selection may not be the most appropriate gift, you’re guaranteed to be the hit of the birthday or Christmas party with this great gag gift for boys and girls. The remote controlled “Fart Machine” features 15 distinctive fart sounds which can be activated up to 100 feet away with the included remote control. This gift is perfect for both kids and adults (just don’t let them bring this little device to school!!!). You can purchase these remote controlled fart machines directly from Walmart’s website here.
Crocs Shoes and Footwear Accessories
Everybody loves Crocs shoes, especially kids! While the original Crocs shoes where a huge hit with parents thanks to their versatility, a variety of new “themed” Croc designs and styles have increased the appeal of Crocs to children as well (Shop Crocs.com Now for Huge Savings!). Crocs are a perfect gift for virtually anyone on your holiday shopping or birthday list. Our children loved their Lego themed Crocs we bought them last year and this year our son absolutely loves his “Spider Man” Crocs with glow in the dark eyes. Our older girls love the cool “animal print designs”. Crocs even come in fleece lined versions to help keep children’s’ feet warm during the cold winter months. Free Economy Shipping on All Orders Over $60 at Crocs.com!
Slackers Zipline Kits
If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity for a boy or girl between the ages of 4 and 12, you can’t go wrong with a Slackers Eagle Series Zipline from Brand 44. Hands down these are the safest and easiest to install ziplines you can buy for home use and they cost a lot less than you might think (around $140 for a 90′ model). Best of all, they’re a TON of fun!
My wife and I have 3 kids (ages 9, 7 and 4) and they absolutely love their zipline. Don’t take chances trying to build a homemade zipline system yourself (chances are it would cost you more money to do so anyway). Slackers Ziplines are specifically engineered for outdoor fun and take less than 30 minutes to install with two adults.
For more information read our full review of the Slackers Eagle Series Zipline we bought for our own kids which includes a demonstration video of the zipline in action!
Money Soap ($10-$60):
This is probably one of the most clever gifts I’ve seen in a long time! Not only does it encourage kids to wash their hands and take baths more frequently, it also makes a great gift! You can order Money Soap in $1, $5, $10, $20, and even $50 denominations. Soap is scented with a pleasant “pear/green apple” smell. This gift will serve as a great “gag” gift for older kids and adults too!
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty ($10):
Never heard of Thinking Putty? Neither had we until we saw a vendor selling this stuff at our local mall. This stuff seems to defy the laws of physics. It acts as both a solid and a liquid. It can bounce like a rubber ball, stretch like taffy, or smash like ceramic if you hit it on the sidewalk. It also changes color when it comes in contact with warm hands. This stuff is crazy and will certainly be a hit for the young man on your shopping list!
Legos Legos Legos ($10+):
Boys love building things, and Legos are an exceptional outlet for this passion. A simple search on major Internet sites reveals over one thousand different Lego Kits and its easy to get overwhelmed with which set to buy. The good news is it really doesn’t matter which set you get because boys will typically end up building (or trying to build) anything that comes into their head. With that said, I think the LEGO Maersk 2005 Sealand Ship is about as cool as you can get (must be because I’m a ship captain myself)!
More Great Gift Ideas for Kids
The Original Buoy Bat and Ball Set:
As you may have guessed by reading some of our recent blog entries, we absolutely love nautical themed gift ideas! One of our recent favorites is the Buoy Bat and Ball set from Buoy Sports, LLC based in Maine. These amazing bats are made from real lobster buoys which provide a nice large “sweet spot” on the bat making them very easy for children of all ages to participate. The bats are also gorgeous to look at and can be custom designed too! You can find Buoy Bats and other great nautical gifts directly from Buoy Sports, LLC online.
Toysmith 4M Tin Can Robot ($11):
Not only does this toy save a soda can from going into a landfill, it also makes for a great engineering project for the child and his parents. All you need is a soda can, a screwdriver, 2 AAA batteries, and a little imagination.
Gift Ideas Between $15 and $25:
Duct Tape Arts and Crafts Kits for Boys (DUCK TAPE):
Whether you call it duck tape or duct tape, one of the most popular new arts and craft genres is creating masterpieces out of the many new duct tape colors and pattern options available on the market today including camouflage, sports teams, superheroes and other great themes boys love . If you’re looking for a quick, original, and relatively inexpensive gift idea. Pick up a few roles of duct tape at your local home improvement or arts and crafts store and bundle them up with one of the many books available on creating artwork and accessories out of duct tape. As an alternative to buying a book, there are many great websites and blogs dedicated to duct tape art with great how to instructions for various projects (wallets, costumes, swords, animals, etc). You can simply print out a project or two off the website and include that in your gift basket.
Tech Deck “Fingerboard” Skateboards ($15):
I fully expect these tiny skateboards to be the next “big thing”. When I was 10 or 11 years old, I used to build my own miniature skateboards out of cardboard and broken pencils. They were primitive, but they were still fun to slide up ramps and across flat surfaces. These “modern” fingerboards include graphics from real Skateboard Companies. This pack comes with a skate rack, 3 complete fingerboards (each with real metal trucks, grip tape and real skate company graphics). You also get 3 additional decks to mix and match to suit your style, a tool, risers and bolts, and two sticker sheets to customize your boards. If only I had patented this idea when I first came up with it 20 years ago!
Zentangle Arts and Crafts Gift Basket:
The Zentangle craze is upon us! If your looking for gift ideas for a creative boy or girl on your shopping list who loves art, you should really look in to the various Zentangle arts and crafts products available on the market. Simply put, Zentangle is an artform that formalizes the the “doodling” that children (and adults) love to do anyway. By using structured shapes and containers on a piece of paper, zentanglers are have the freedom to fill in the shapes and containers with any shapes, patterns or design of their choosing. You can arrange the containers and block shapes into various objects, or you can just keep stringing them together and see where your imagination takes you! You can put together and inexpensive gift basket, or you can go all out and put together a high end zentangle package with the latest books, pencils, pens and stencils.
Model Rocket Kit by Estes ($24):
If the boy on your shopping list lives (or has access to) a wide open area, we highly recommend giving him a model rocket kit from Estes. Building your own rocket is fun, and launching it is even better! This kit from Estes includes two easy to assemble model rockets built with a cardboard body tubes and plastic cones. One rocket can fly up to 600 feet high and the other an amazing 1150 feet high. Pre-assembled plastic parachutes automatically deploy and allow the rockets to safely return to earth. Illustrated assembly guide and detailed launching instructions included.
Guinness Book of World Records ($17):
If nothing else, Guinness World Records 2011serves as a great reference for the adventurous boy. Who hasn’t thought they could be better than anybody else at stacking golfballs, doing sit-ups, or eating raw oysters? Armed with this reference book, the ambitious youngster on your shopping list will have a new benchmark to work towards (just be thankful the editors have removed the most dangerous records such as “sword swallowing” and “holding your breath under water”).
Great Gifts Between $25 and $50:
Remote Control Helicopters!!!
You’d be amazed at the bang for your buck when it comes to buying remote controlled helicopters. These helicopters give the operator full control over the flight of the helicopter from take off to landing and some even come with tiny mini-cameras allowing the operating to take fun photos. There are many great places to buy these great helicopters. Our friends and AirsoftRC has one of the largest selections on the internet and if you act this week Remote Control Helicopters on Sale
TIMEX Ironman Wrist Watch ($28):
Looking for the perfect gift for an active boy? The Timex IronmanWrist Watch Model T5E931 is definitely worth a look. This is basically the same model watch I’ve worn the last 15 years or so and it can do practically everything I need it to do. There are plenty of watch options available these days, but I’ve found its best to have at least one good athletic watch (such as this simple Timex model), to ensure you have a reliable means of recording lap times.
Bounty Hunter Junior Metal Detector ($49):
When I was a kid, I loved going around with my cheap metal detector and digging up “treasure” in my parent’s lawn. This great metal detector is capable of detecting coin-sized objects up to 5″ deep and larger objects to 3 ft., it also has discrimination control eliminating unwanted metals, while the target indicator meter measures signal strength. Who know’s what your little friend will find!
Ultimate Mission Spy Kit ($42):
This spy kit will delight the crime fighting youngster in your life. Complete with a Nightscope, Evidence Kit, and Ultimate Spy Watch, this kit provides aspiring spies and detectives with everything they need to go on “top-secret” missions. You can find similar kits in most major retail stores.
An Authentic L.L. Bean Backpack ($39):
In New England (and especially in my home state Maine), receiving your own L.L. Bean back pack (with your initials stitched in the front pocket) is a right of passage for children entering junior high and high school. It is not uncommon for these backpacks to stay with the kid through out his or her college years as well. Best of all, L.L. Bean backpacks come with an unconditional 100% money back guarantee. If the child on your shopping list wears the backpack out, they can simply send it back and get a new one! You can order L.L. Bean backpacks directly through their website.
Cool Gifts Between $50 and $100:
Celestron 21061 AstroMaster Telescope ($59):
Boys love exploring the world around them and this high quality and inexpensive telescope from Celestron will open up even more exploration possibilities to them. This easy to use telescope has a higher quality image than some models costing four times as much! The AstroMaster Series produce bright, clear images of the Moon and planets as well as the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. With so many great features and such an inexpensive price, you may end up wanting one for yourself too! These telescopes can be purchased through most local hobby and camera stores, or online.
CHEM C1000 Chemistry Kit ($74):
This is a great introductory chemistry set for the inquisitive young man on your shopping list! Conduct real science experiments with an easy to follow full-color 40 page manual. With hands-on laboratory experiments for beginners, the “scientist” will build a strong foundation in chemistry through exposure to electrochemical reactions, acids and bases, indicators and chromatography. Although we normally recommend shopping online through Amazon, we have found this product for $50 at Target and Toys-R-Us (Amazon doesn’t always have the best prices).
An Authentic L.L. Bean Sleeping Bag ($59)
Yes I’m from Maine, and yes my in-laws work at LL Bean headquarters in Freeport, ME, but that doesn’t stop me from making an unbiased recommendation of an L.L. Bean sleeping bag as a great gift for an active boy or girl! I literally grew up in one of these bags! Whether crashing on friend’s living room floor during a slumber party, or camping at a remote campsite, a good quality sleeping bag (especially one from L.L. Beans) will stand the test of time and keep the boy or girl in your life warm and cozy no matter where they end up sleeping! If you’re not lucky enough to live by an L.L. Bean retail or factory store, you can shop for L.L. Bean sleeping bags online.
Awesome Gifts Over $100:
Jensen Model Steam Engine ($129):
Adult supervision required! For the aspiring engineer, you can’t go wrong with this amazing working steam engine. This solid brass and nickel plated steam engine is perfect for learning more about mechanical energy, motion and the way “things work”. The steam engine runs on steam pressure made by heating water in a boiler just as water is boiled in a tea kettle.
Portable DVD Player for the Car ($115):
Unless the kid’s parents went all out and bought an expensive luxury vehicle with a built-in DVD player and multiple screens, chances are the child (or children) on your shopping list will appreciate this DVD system from Phillips Electronics. Dual screens make this a win-win for the recipient’s brothers or sisters too. Factory DVD systems can cost over $2000 on some makes of vehicles. Today you can purchase this complete system through Amazon for only $115.
Junior Electric Guitar Set ($119):
Give the child on your shopping list the ultimate gift of music! Get started the right way with a TEACHER APPROVED Jr Combo Kit from Bguitars. This set includes everything a kid needs to get started: Electric Guitar, Amp, Cable, Chord and Strap. It is perfect for ages 4 to 10. It features: Die Cast Chrome Tuners, Maple Neck and Fretboard, basswood body and die cast chrome tailpiece. Also includes a portable mini amp. It makes a great gift for any child 4 to 10 years of age.
Sporting Event or Concert Tickets:
Another excellent gift idea for boys is to purchase tickets to see their favorite sports team or music group. Give them an “experience” instead of a material gift. Of course it wouldn’t be fun to go alone so make sure you purchase at least two tickets so the recipient can bring a friend or maybe even you! Finding out what his favorite sports team or music group is shouldn’t be too difficult. Even if the game or concert is sold out, you should easily be able to find tickets from online ticket brokers like StubHub and AceTicket.
Take the stress out of gift shopping with unbiased suggestions, opinions, reviews, and tips from real parents. If you need to buy a gift for a child’s birthday party, Christmas, Easter, graduation, holiday, or other special occasion, this handy website will help guide you in selecting an appropriate and enjoyable present.