25 Gifts That’ll Be on Every 6-to 9-Year-Old’s List This Year

These gifts and toys for ages 6-9 include must-have items like Magic Mixies Crystal Ball and Bakugan Evolutions

It’s gift guide season, and today we’re tackling the elementary-age crowd (for younger kiddos, check out our preschoolers’ gift list and for the older crew our tween guide is a must-read). The 6-9 age group is so fun because they’re old enough to appreciate a thoughtful gift, yet still young enough to be wowed by the magic of it all. From the never-go-out-of-style gifts like campfire stories and DIY soap kits to the hottest trends of 2022 like Magic Mixies Crystal Ball, we’ve got a covetable selection of gifts and toys for ages 6-9 at a variety of budgets.

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Bakugan Evolutions Genesis Collection

Bakugan are a popular toy for ages 6-9

New in 2022, this collection from Bakugan is the biggest yet and battle-goers will be pumped to mix and match to create their favorite combination and deliver incredible damage in battle.

Bakugan Evolutions Genesis Collection, $40

National Geographic's Weird but True World

Best Gift for Kids

Kiddos will flip over this edition of Weird But True. From the troll doll bug of Suriname to the Bog Snorkeling Championships in Wales to a technicolor village in Indonesia, Weird But True! World 2023 offers an unparalleled, adventure-filled exploration of our world’s amazing uniqueness.

National Geographic's Weird but True World, $15

Magic Mixies Crystal Ball

magic mixies are a popular toy for ages 6-9

Reviews are in, and this is one of the hottest gifts of 2022. So, bring some hocus pocus magic to the holiday season with this crystal ball. Young spell casters can make the real magic happen and create a fortune-telling pet inside the exclusive Magic Mixies "Sparkle Magic" Crystal Ball.

Magic Mixies Crystal Ball, $76

Cotton Clara Heart Cross-Stitch Felt Hoops

Creative kiddos will swoon over these sweet cross-stitch heart sets. Easy enough for beginners, but fun enough for experienced cross-stitchers, the kit contains 100% wool felt, thread, needle, wooden template, embroidery pen, ribbon to hang, wooden backs and instructions.

Cotton Clara Heart Cross-Stitch Felt Hoops, $36

Star Rechargeable Light Bulb

A gift they'll still love as a tween, this rechargeable light bulb adds just the right flair to any bedroom. The bulb delivers five hours of light after about 90 minutes of charging time, can be held safely in your hands, and has a flat bottom so it can stand on a table or desk. Choose from heart, rainbow, and star designs.

Star Rechargeable Light Bulb, $40

Star Wars Squeeze & Blink Grogu Plush

Fans of Star Wars can bring Grogu to life with this plush featuring movement and sounds inspired by the beloved character onscreen!

Star Wars Squeeze & Blink Grogu Plush, $38

Campfire Stories Deck for Kids

You're never too young to learn the art of telling stories, and fostering the love of hearing good stories is a gift in itself. That's why we love this Campfire Stories Deck-For Kids! To play, young players pick one card from each set and then use the prompts to make up a story. S'mores not included!

Campfire Stories Deck for Kids, $15

Rainbow High Pacific Coast Hali Capri Doll

rainbow high dolls are a popular toy for ages 6-9

If you know, you know! Rainbow High is the most elite art school on the west coast, and Hali Capri is one of the best students. Each themed playset comes with a complete doll outfit, signature must-have poolside accessories, and a bonus feature, interchangeable legs. Just watch out; your grade-schooler may end up wanting the whole collection.

Rainbow High Pacific Coast Hali Capri Doll, $12

Gotrax NOVA Hoverboard

hoverboards are active toys for ages 6-9

They'll feel like the ultimate big kid as they cruise around on this Gotrax Hoverboard. It features cool LED light wheels that can light up at night, and the 6.5" wheels create a smooth and comfortable ride, making the board easier to control.

*Most hoverboards are recommended for kids 8 years old and older

Gotrax NOVA Hoverboard, $144

Lego Minecraft Llama Tower

LEGO sets are a great toy for ages 6-9

Bring Minecraft adventures to life with The Llama Village LEGO set. Gamers can create the village and customize the fully furnished room inside. There’s even battle action when pillagers attack and kids can make the big llama ‘spit’ at the hostile mobs!

Lego Minecraft Llama Tower, $130

Elmer's Squishies

Kids love squishy, tactile toys—and now they can create their own. Elmer's new Squishies combine all the things kids love; adorable animals, DIY, and smooshy-feeling fun in their new Squishies line. These boxes contain four mystery animals to keep your kids entertained for hours. 

Elmer's Squishies, $22

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Fresh Fierce Collection

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Fresh Fierce Collection are great toys for ages 6-9

Have an aspiring warrior on your hands? These beautiful dolls show our kids that yes, superheroes look like them, too. Show your kids that they're an unstoppable force, by giving them some fierce tools for role-play.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Fresh Fierce Collection, $50

Tech Deck Shredline 360

Your little skate fan can get ready for some non-stop shredding with the Tech Deck Shredline 360 – the only motorized Tech Deck ramp! They can use the fingerboard obstacle plates and X-Connectors to set up different combinations and hit obstacles in an endless loop—and you don't have to worry about any broken arms! Win, win. 

Tech Deck Shredline 360, $20

State Bags Fanny Pack

Best Gift for Grade Schoolers

Your "big kid" will flip for this fanny pack from State Bags. It's the perfect size to hold all the things: lipgloss, sunglasses, hair scrunchies, a toy car, sanitizer, lunch money, etc. Available in six different designs.

State Bags Fanny Pack, $60

Black Adam Action Figure

Black Adam figurine is new toy for ages 6-9

The newest "anti-hero" on the block, this fun figurine will fit right in with the rest of their entourage. With 22 moveable parts and two attachable lightning bolts, Black Adam is ready for action. 

Black Adam Action Figure, $20

WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder

A fairy finder is a fun toy for ages 6-9

Fairies at your fingertips! Search for fairies in your bedroom, in the kitchen, outside in the garden, and even upside down! Bring this exclusive jar in the dark and watch it glow; you may even find rare glow-in-the-dark fairies.

WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder, $40

Babycakes Cake Pop Maker

There's something about tiny versions of things that kids adore—especially when they're sweet. They'll get the chance to whip up and decorate cake pops and donut holes. We think the whole family will appreciate this one!

Babycakes Cake Pop Maker, $33

Osmo Studio Art Bundle

Osmo is a great tech toy for ages 6-9

Calling all art lovers! Learn how to draw beloved characters with helpful instructions every sketch of the way. This bundle promotes creativity and communication skills while fostering endless imagination.

Osmo Studio Art Bundle, $119

Meri Meri Paper Garden Chandelier

Perfect for your almost-big kid, this gorgeous chandelier sports vibrant paper flowers with pom-poms, a pre-attached ribbon and a gold-tone ring for hanging with ease. 

Meri Meri Paper Garden Chandelier, $68

Build-A-Bear ET

Build a bear is a sweet toy for ages 6-9

E.T. phone home! Relive the story that touched the world with this adorable E.T. gift set. This E.T. plush is the cutest friend in the galaxy when wearing his red E.T. hoodie. Surprise any movie lover with E.T. gifts as the perfect way to commemorate the film's 40th anniversary.

Build-A-Bear ET, $40

Switcheroo Coding Crew

Switcheroo Coding Crew is a great STEM toy for ages 6-9

Give your budding engineer an introduction to coding with this three-in-one coding robot. Kids draw a coding rescue challenge card, transform their coding robot into one of three vehicles (police car, fire truck, or construction vehicle), and code to save the day. Through the process, they’ll learn essential skills like critical thinking, logic, and more.

Switcheroo Coding Crew, $42

Beyblade Burst Quaddrive Interstellar Drop Battle Set

beyblades are a popular toy for ages 6-9

This new Drop Battle Stadium has everything kids need to battle with two levels, two battling tops, and two launchers. For the first time, the tops are 4-in-1 tops with four ways to customize, four modes to battle, and four modes to win. 


Beyblade Burst Quaddrive Interstellar Drop Battle Set, $66

Ticket to Ride: First Journey Board Game

This beloved strategy game is just for beginning board game lovers. With the same concept as the original version but with simplified rules, younger players can still travel across America by collecting train cards, and connecting routes and cities, all with the goal of claiming the Golden Ticket! 

Ticket to Ride: First Journey Board Game, $28

Harry, Hermoine, Ron Funko Pop! Set

Funko Pop! Harry Potter

With this bundled set, you'll get not only Harry but his best friends Ron and Hermione. It's a perfect gift for kids starting out their Funko Pop! collection. 

Harry, Hermoine, Ron Funko Pop! Set, $55

Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Premier Deck Holder

Pokeman Go Deck Holder

For any serious Pokémon collectors out there, this Premiere ball holder comes with a foil promo card featuring Dragonite VSTAR, one foil promo card featuring Dragonite V, nine Pokémon GO booster packs, and a code card for Pokémon TCG Live.

Pokémon GO Premier Deck Holder, $37

Glitter Girls

glitter girls dolls are good toys for ages 6-9

These adorable 14' dolls are a great alternative to some of the others on the market. There are several different dolls to choose from and plenty of adorable accessories that guarantee hours of play. 

Glitter Girls, $26


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