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The Best Gifts for the 5 Year Olds in Your Life

Silly, playful, creative gifts for silly, playful, creative kids.

Deena Campbell and Sarah Burns

5 Year Old Gift Guide

If you thought shopping for a toddler was a challenge, the holiday wish list of the average five year-old is a whole other level. Basically it boils down one word (that you’re probably hearing a lot these days): More! More washable markers! More playdough! More Magnatiles! But if giving in to more more more isn’t exactly practical, you may be looking for some fresh ideas.

Herewith, a list of everything your favorite five year-old will delight in opening. Enjoy!

Crocodile Creek Playground Ball

Let’s play ball! Get the active athlete in your life to move and improve balance, coordination, and flexibility with this easy-to-hold, textured seven-inch playground ball. And for once you can relax about potential exposure to toxic chemicals — this ball is made of natural and synthetic rubber and is PVC and BPA free. They can even play indoors with it. But that’s a different ballgame. 

Etch A Sketch Classic

For 60 years, kids have been using left and right knobs to create pencil-free masterpieces and it never gets old. If you get it, just be prepared to answer the famous question, “So what does it do?” Here’s our simple answer: “It’s a ​​drawing tablet that doesn’t light up, make noise, and it’s not animated, but I promise you won’t want to put it down.” 

CAMPxMicro Mini Deluxe Scooter

This is the scooter that's poised to take over the world — combining Micro's luxury-car-like precision steering with CAMP's awesome tiger designs for a sidewalk-slaying ride that you won't find anywhere else. Your preschooler ain't scooting unless they're scooting on this baby. Let's go!

FCTRY Kamala Harris Action Figure

Help kids honor the first female Vice President in U.S. history with this 6-inch Karmala Harris action figure. Pro tip: She sticks to the facts and pairs well with the Joe Biden action figure. Buy the set to complete the team. Just be sure they actually take her out of the box — Kamala is meant to be shown off and taken around. 

LeapFrog Mr. Pencil's Scribble & Write

We get it. You aren’t a fan of screens. But this digital toy introduces writing, drawing, and spelling in a unique way. Sit back and relax and watch Mr. Pencil do the dirty work, showing kids how to write numbers, shapes, uppercase letters and lowercase letters. Sounds like a win-win. 

Loog Mini Guitar

Life hack: if you’re looking to buy a kid a guitar, don’t buy them a toy guitar. They may look cool and shiny, but if you really want kids to learn to love music, get them the real McCoy. This little number is a real instrument that perfectly fits small hands and fingers. 

HearthSong Inflatable Easel with Paints

Hearthsong is the MVP of awesome outdoor play. This inflatable, large-scale easel comes with a set of paints, and wipes down easily with a damp cloth, or a spray with tha hose. Let them spend hours painting inside or out, while you kick back and ooh and aah at their masterpieces. 

My First Flybar

Five year olds have a ton of energy that never seems to subside. Help them burn off that energy with this bouncy toy that strengthens their leg muscles while improving arm and grip function. We can’t promise it will make dinnertime more manageable, or tire them out before bed, but it will temporarily wear them out, and sometimes that’s all you need to get through the day. 

PAW Patrol Dino Rescue - Dino Patroller Motorized Team Vehicle

Chase is on the case, and this time he's making the world a safer place with a projectile launching, motorized, dino-sized vehicle! Oversized wheels conquer most terrain, and there's plenty of space for Chase, a T. rex figure (included), and all the PAW Patrol action figure pals!

Hape Perfect Pizza Playset

Kids and pizza go hand in hand. Don’t believe us? Just whip out this pizza set and watch their faces light up with excitement. This 29-piece pizza set has everything they need to make pretend cooking fun. Bring a full belly at playtime, we’re certain they’ll try to feed you multiple helpings of this dish. 

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