Are you ready for Christmas? Just like my mother I’m usually not finished until Christmas Eve. This year it’s looking like I may possibly be done the day before Christmas Eve. I’m feeling pretty proud of that, especially since I’ve already wrapped a bunch of the presents. I’ll do even more tonight and hopefully by the time Christmas Eve rolls around I won’t have to be until 3am making sure that everything is finished. There are a lot of reasons I’m typically still shopping the week of Christmas the main one being I’m always concerned if I’m getting the right thing. I always wonder if they’ll really enjoy something I’m thinking about getting them.
Luckily my 5 year old son is pretty vocal about the things that he’s interested and in and effort to make shopping easier for you especially if you’re shopping for a friend’s child. It always seems harder when it’s not your child doesn’t it?
These are my Top 5 gifts for 5 year old boys. Many if not all of these would work for 5 year old girls too. Who doesn’t love racing games, exploring and building things?
1. Skylanders Superchargers Starter Parker: Skylanders is the #1 Kids console games so you really can’t go wrong here. Every time Mason passes by the demo in the stores he has to stop and check it out. I’m sure he’s not the only one! It comes with the Skylanders SuperChargers video game, Portal of Power, Two Skylanders SuperChargers, Skylanders vehicle and a collection poster.
I’m a huge fan of kid friendly video games especially when they’re family friendly too. The whole family loves to race each other. I’m most excited that it can be played online for the first time every which means Mason can play with his uncles all the way in New York!. How fun is that?! If the little one you’re shopping for already has Skylanders Superchargers you can opt to get them a couple of figurines. It makes a great stocking stuffer. The starter packs are available for all different game systems (Wii, Wii U, XBox, Playstation and select devices such as iPad). Make sure that when you shop you pick up the right game system!
2. MagnaTiles: Mason got Magnatiles for Christmas last year and he’s getting an even bigger set for Christmas this year. They’re a huge hit with both of my kids and the more you have the more than you can build especially with Magnatiles. They’re big and sturdy too so perfect for little hands or if you have a new baby around. These are not even close to be a choking hazard for little mouths! One of the things I love most about Magnatiles is that they’re good for a wide range of ages. My two year old loves playing with them just as much as her big brother does and I’ve even been known to build with them (without or without the kids).
3. Snap Circuits Jr.: They have SnapCircuits at my local children’s museum and Mason has always loved them. They seem to be a huge hit and are a great S.T.E.M toy. This set comes with 100 different designs that are easy to follow along with. I’ve found that Mason can do most of them on his own and when he can’t he typically just needs a little bit of assistance.
4. Bounty Hunter Junior Metal Detector: Mason is huge into exploring. One of his favorite TV shows is Wild Kratts and I think that’s what started him want to explore everything around him. This metal detector is great is because it’s made for children. It’s perfect to find treasures in the back yard, at the local playground or when going on a hiking trip.
5. Legos– Mason has been obsessing over Legos for just about a year now. I’m always so impressed with the things he is able to put together all on his own. I love letting him do Legos because it helps with his fine motor skills as well as his patience. It’s amazing how long he will sit and do a Lego set for. If the 5 year old you’re buying for is just getting started with Legos I would reccomend a set in the $5-$25 range first. They tend to have less pieces and be a little easier.