What should you get your favorite little boy this Christmas? That can be a big question. Each little boy is unique, and what he’s into depends on personality and changes with age. If you’re a parent, be on the lookout for clues to his interests he may not have even articulated yet—like a love of solving puzzles or exploring the outdoors. If you’re a relative or family friend, do your best to get to know what the little boy likes by talking and playing with him, and asking his parents for advice.
Once you have a basic idea of what your little boy is interested in, then think about how old he is. Is he just learning to read? Tie his shoes? Rig a sailboat? Knowing his interests and relative age group should help you narrow your search down to items that will truly pique his interest. To help give you a place to start, we’ve come up with our own suggestions for Christmas gifts for boys based on age and common interests. Take a look!
Christmas Gifts for Baby and Toddler Boys (Ages 0-2)
If you’re buying presents for baby boys or toddlers, it’s a good idea to keep it simple. Soft, warm snugglies are ideal presents for infants. These little guys are learning to recognize color and can spend hours puzzling over patterns as they learn to distinguish shapes.
Bright, boldly illustrated blankets, throw pillows, and hooded towels give these youngsters plenty to explore. Designs with recognizable shapes, like playful bears, can be the basis for storytelling. Since the bath can sometimes be a scary place for a little one, having a favorite, friendly towel can go a long way.
As children at this age change so fast, gifts that don’t depend on size or cognition will last longer in your little boy’s life, unlike clothes or toys, which are quickly outgrown.
Happy Play Slide Throw Pillow, Happy Play Bear Sherpa Blanket, Happy Play Little Pink Panda Hooded Towel by Sue Downing
Check out our gift guide for expecting parents and toddler gift guide for more present ideas for kids ages 0-2.
Silly Sharks Sherpa Blanket by Emily Dove
Christmas Gifts for Boys Ages 3-5
Boys ages three to five are still living in a world of magic—and may still be worried about monsters under the bed. Good presents for boys this age are simple, durable, and versatile enough to keep up with their imaginations. Here are a few ideas.
For a Boy Who Likes to Be Comfy and Cozy
Bedtime is an important aspect of the daily routine for your little boy, and there’s nothing better than climbing into a soft, warm bed. That’s why a fresh set of pajamas and a snuggly Sherpa blanket is the perfect pair to place under the Christmas tree! For a cohesive gift, match the items with the little boy’s interest—such as PJs and a blanket featuring construction vehicles!
For a Boy Who Likes to Dream
Felix the Fox Lamp by Ellen Giggenbach, Space Dinos Throw Pillow by Barry Gott, and Artistic Dragon Art Print by Julie Parker
For a Boy Who Loves Being Rambunctious
Little boys this age are full of energy! They’re still figuring out how their bodies work, too, so they take some terrific rumbles and tumbles. Whether he’s somersaulting, belly-flopping, or just being silly, he’ll love having some soft surfaces to do it on. Try gifting a few fun throw pillows with characters that will bring his playspace to life—consider some space dinos, dragons, and frolicking rabbits.
For a Boy Who May Be a Fish
His parents are both definitely people, but this little boy, by the amount of time he spends in the water, is mostly fish. Whether he’s splashing in the tub or chasing his brother barracudas in the pond, he’ll be thrilled to receive a swimming gift set with some new trunks, swim goggles to keep his eyes safe, and a snuggly hooded towel to dry off when he must become a human again.
For a Boy Who Sees the World in Color
Do you have a scribbler on your hands? Some little boys love playing Harold and the Purple Crayon on the walls, and painting Picassos with the ketchup and mustard on their plate. If this sounds like your little guy, give him inspiration by choosing a few pieces of art-themed wall art to be hung in his “studio space” (a.k.a. the playroom or his bedroom). Round out your gift with a set of colored pencils and a book of drawing paper.
Christmas Gifts for Boys Ages 6-8
Boys this age are in school and out in the world. They’re playing with their friends more, and may even be having sleepovers with cousins or close friends. They can read and write, and may like expressing themselves by drawing or making music. While they still stay close to home, they may be exploring their surroundings more by walking over to friend’s houses or around the yard. Presents for boys this age can be a little more complex, depending on his interests, and can be either comforting, interactive, or both. Here are a few suggestions.
For a Boy Who Ventures Boldly Toward the Great Unknown
Now that he’s a little older, your little boy is likely to be coming into contact with the outside world more and more. He’s already an old hand at going to school, and now he may be attending day camp over the summer. He may also be going for romps in the neighborhood with friends, and hiking and camping with family or the Cub Scouts at nearby state parks. A pair of hiking boots (with a little extra room for growth) will give him a sense of readiness as he looks forward to his next adventure, while some camping-related art for his walls will keep the outdoors on his mind. A soft, warm blanket is a good idea too, to wrap him up safe and tight when he’s done exploring. He can even use it to build a fort to go camping inside!
For a Boy Who’s Bursting with Imagination
Some boys just love to play pretend. Maybe your little guy is a big storyteller or is always conjuring up intricate plots to guide his afternoon play. One fantastic way to encourage his imagination is by getting him into a series of books. Try the Junie B. Jones or My Weird School collections. Once he’s introduced to the first few, he can keep seeking out more books in the series at the library, online, or at book fairs and bookstores. Of course, nothing pairs better with a bedtime book than a colorful lamp or a blanket and pillow to curl up with in his reading nook.
For a Boy Who Picks Apart a Petty Puzzle
For a Boy Who Wants to Get to the Bottom of Things
Once you’re done splashing your siblings and making sand castles, what is there to do by the water? If your little boy likes going to the pool or beach, then he’ll love a swimming set. Start by choosing a hooded towel that appeals to his interests, then complete the gift with an activity he’ll enjoy in the water or at the beach. Maura Stockton Wang’s Sandcastle Star is a great choice for beach-goers and pairs perfectly with sand toys for building the ultimate sand castles. Or, if he’s more of a pool guy, try this Yellow Submarine hooded towel with some colored diving rings or rods.
For a Boy Who Likes to Watch Things Grow
If your little boy collects acorns for squirrels, sings to the songbirds, or likes to look for lizards, toads, and turtles, then he’s probably already asked you for an animal all his own. Maybe he’s even brought one home when you weren’t looking! While he’s still a little young to take responsibility for a dog or a cat, he’s certainly old enough (with some gentle reminding) to watch over his own aquarium! Start by giving him beautiful aquatic artwork to create the perfect backdrop for his new fishie home. Then, a small fish tank, with a few starter fish, can make an exciting present for a little boy who loves the wild things.
For a Boy Who’s All Business
Starting in elementary school, little boys have more and more reasons to need a desk. Whether they’re filling in math tables, drawing scenes from history, or writing pizza poems, having a place of their own to sit and work is invaluable. For Christmas, design his own homework room or space, complete with a good desk to store a growing profusion of school supplies and shelves to hold his favorite books. Complement the desk with a matching clock and lamp for a clean, calm look with minimal distractions.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Boys Ages 9+
Boys ages 9 and above are transitioning from childhood into their teenage years. They’re still playful and silly, but quicker and more knowledgeable. Presents for boys this age can be more practical and require more care. Here are a few of our ideas.
For a Boy Who Looks to the Sky
Remember when toy airplanes were a stick on a string? Today, if your growing boy is into making paper planes, pretending he has wings, or jumping off the swings, he may have a remote-control helicopter or drone on his Christmas list. Intended for outside use only, these gadgets let him explore the skies from the comfort of the porch. For those chilly days in the wild blue yonder, a soft, fuzzy aeronaut’s blanket and a mug of hot chocolate will keep the frost away.
For a Boy Who Has a Story to Tell
If your little boy’s a reader, he might be a writer, too. Some will write little stories to give to you. Others will stage plays with their siblings, cousins, and friends. Still others sing silly songs, or love rhyming games. For a lad like this, consider giving him items that will encourage his creations. Perhaps a creative, whimsical lamp and a writing notebook, along with tickets to a local play or poetry reading.
For a Boy Who Tames the Wild Frontier
At this age, outdoorsy boys will be interacting more and more with the natural world. This could mean he’s going to sleep-over camp or joining the Boy Scouts. Or it could be as simple as he likes playing in the backyard, building forts. Give him materials for his fort building endeavors with a soft, friendly pillow and Sherpa blanket featuring woodland animals that’s perfect for draping as a fort wall.
For a Boy Who Dreams of Sailing the Seven Seas
Going to the beach, the pond, or the river can be a special time for a little boy. Many happy afternoons of laughter and exploration have been spent on sandy banks, or gliding through a patch of pristine lily pads. If your little boy loves to be on or around the water, then consider a Christmas present centered around that. A personal towel featuring Hazel Quintanilla’s A Sailor’s Life paired with a School of Fish art print will be appreciated whenever he must come back to land.
For a Boy Who Plays the Spoons (and Everything Else)
For some growing boys, music isn’t something that comes out of speakers, headphones, or even an instrument. It lives inside them and comes out through everything they touch. For Christmas, give him a space that will inspire his first songs with whimsical art on the walls. Try wrapping up Antonia Oreski’s Forest Band art print with a special instrument—a guitar, keyboard, or harmonica are great choices. In doing this, your gift can open his world up to a lifetime of making music.
For a Boy Who Likes to Keep Count
Around nine years and older is often when boys begin their first relationships with money. If your little boy is earning an allowance or mowing the lawn for pocket money on the weekends, he’ll need a place to stash his hard-earned bills. A leather wallet can store his cash, along with his library card or student ID, and will grow with him as he gets older. This is a very grown-up gift, making him feel more included in the fraternity of adults. To go along with that, he’ll love a unique wall clock to help him keep all of his new business engagements and social affairs.
Choosing Thoughtful Christmas Ideas for Girls
All of the Christmas ideas listed above have one thing in common: they’re thoughtfully selected for the enjoyment of the individual little girl in mind. No matter the age, no matter the interest, the intention is the one aspect of gift giving that makes all the difference. Spend some time really thinking about the little girl you’ll be gifting to this year. Think about her spirit, her dreams, her talents, and what makes her unique. Combine those answers with the ideas listed above (or ideas from our other gift guides), and you’ll be well on your way toward putting a truly thoughtful and meaningful gift under the tree for Christmas 2018.
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