gifts for 5 year olds

11 Awesome Gifts for 5-Year-Olds for Any Occasion

Are you looking for awesome gifts for 5-year-olds?! I’ve gathered 11 gift ideas that your kids are sure to love based on what my twins loved when they were 5!

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Create an Amazon Wishlist First

Did you know you can create an Amazon Wishlist that you can share with friends and family? We have one for each child, and ourselves! We add items to the list all year and give the links to family who buy the kids birthday and Christmas presents. It’s great because as people buy from the list it disappears so no one buys a duplicate. To add an item to the wishlist, just click on “Add to List” on any Amazon product page then select the list you’d like to add it to.


Hot Wheels!

All 3 of my boys have loved Hot Wheels since they were about 2-years-old but since they aren’t rated for kids that young I’m waiting to put them on this list.

Race Track

The Hot Wheels Super Speed Blast Away Race Track is sure to bring hours of fun to your 5-year-olds. Our twins got this for Christmas and all 3 boys love it, when they share. It can be a rather loud toy if the kids are rough with it but otherwise is a great toy.

Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastway Track Set, 1 Hot Wheels Car, Dual-Track Racing, 1 or 2 Player, Connect to Other Sets, Toy for Kids 4 Years Old & Up (Amazon Exclusive)
Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastway Track Set, 1 Hot Wheels Car, Dual-Track Racing, 1 or 2 Player, Connect to Other Sets, Toy for Kids 4 Years Old & Up (Amazon Exclusive)
by Mattel

Engage in thrilling, high-speed action with the side-by-side racing of the Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastway.
Two kid-activated launchers get the race started sending toy cars toward a grandstand that has pop-off flags for each completed lap. Score first and score fast to be the winner.

List Price: $ 30.78 You Save: $ 6.79 (-22%)  Price: $ 23.99 Buy now at Amazon

10-Pack Hot Wheels

There are so many different variations of Hot Wheels out there! We have a lot of general ones like these and also a lot of police vehicles, etc. You can get them individually, in packs of 5, or bigger packs like the one below. This is a great gift for 5-year-olds or even younger kids.

Hot Wheels Set of 10 1:64 Scale Toy Trucks and Cars for Kids and Collectors, Styles May Vary (Amazon Exclusive)
Hot Wheels Set of 10 1:64 Scale Toy Trucks and Cars for Kids and Collectors, Styles May Vary (Amazon Exclusive)
by Mattel

It's an instant collection with a Hot Wheels 10-Car pack of vehicles.
Each vehicle in the pack is designed in 1:64 scale with authentic styling and eye-catching decos.

 Price: $ 13.99 Buy now at Amazon

Hot Wheels Single to Dual Race Tower

The Hot Wheels toy car track is a transforming race tower that can go from one to two sides so you can race your siblings or friends! Or just race two cars against each other on your own and see which one wins!

Hot Wheels Toy Car Track Set City Transforming Race Tower, Single to Dual-Mode Racing, with 1:64 Scale Car
Hot Wheels Toy Car Track Set City Transforming Race Tower, Single to Dual-Mode Racing, with 1:64 Scale Car
by Mattel

The Hot Wheels City Transforming Race Tower converts from high-level single-lane racing to a two-lane competitive speedway with innovative twists kids and adults love.
The impressive dual-side elevator works for both race and single modes and automatically converts during the tower's transformation.

 Price: $ 55.98 Buy now at Amazon

Found It! Game

Especially around Christmas time, many of us are inside most of the day due to the severely cold weather. The Found It! game will help stave off boredom AND teach your kids without them even knowing it! Win/Win!! Found It! is the “Smart Scavenger Hunt” game that is for ages 4-7 and just takes 2 minutes to learn. Much better than some of the other games my kids have that takes me longer to learn and explain than their attention spans. Ha!

Our twins got this as a gift for Christmas and they love it! They can read the questions, for the most part, and then set a timer for them all to find what they’re supposed to. A timer isn’t part of the game but he likes to have it set.

Found It! isn’t just a scavenger hunt, it helps teach kids letters and words by having them ‘find something that starts with the letter P’ or ‘something that rhymes with horse’ and things like that.

Found It! also has outdoor and travel editions.

Skillmatics Card Game - Found It Indoor, Scavenger Hunt for Kids, Boys, Girls, and Families Who Love Board Games Educational Toys, Stocking Stuffer, Travel Friendly, Gifts Ages 4, 5, 6, 7
Skillmatics Card Game - Found It Indoor, Scavenger Hunt for Kids, Boys, Girls, and Families Who Love Board Games Educational Toys, Stocking Stuffer, Travel Friendly, Gifts Ages 4, 5, 6, 7
by Grasper Global Private Limited

INDOOR SCAVENGER HUNT: Found it! is an exciting game that helps children learn as they go on the most exciting ‘Search & Find’ with prompts like Can you find..."Something with a pattern? Something smaller than your palm?” etc.! Players must shout "FOUND IT!" as soon as they get their hands on the object! The first one to win 7 cards wins the game!

 Price: $ 14.97 Buy now at Amazon

Ultimate Box of Crafts

Growing up as an only child, and female, I thought only girls liked crafts. I continued this belief until I had my first child, a boy, and found that he too loves crafts! In fact, all 3 of my boys love crafts!! The Ultimate Box of Crafts is perfect for boys and girls who love crafts as much as my kids do.

In all honesty, we don’t do crafts all that often because there is the whole getting crafts ready, laying them out, managing 3 littles with crafts, and then the cleanup…BUT with this kit, I feel like it would be easier as there are so many different options for them to choose what they want to do. I don’t even think I’d have to spend hours on Pinterest beforehand to come up with ideas.

Made By Me Ultimate Craft Box, Art & Craft Activities 1000 Piece Set, Storage Case, Great for Preschool, Adult & Group Projects, Craft Box for Kids Girls & Boys
Made By Me Ultimate Craft Box, Art & Craft Activities 1000 Piece Set, Storage Case, Great for Preschool, Adult & Group Projects, Craft Box for Kids Girls & Boys
by Horizon Group USA

1000+ ARTS & CRAFTS SUPPLIES: Tap into your imagination as you create a multitude of projects with thousands of crafting essentials from fuzzy sticks and poms to gemstones, sequins and more!

 Price: $ 24.99 Buy now at Amazon

Little Passports Activity Boxes

Looking for an activity to give this year instead of just another toy? Check out Little Passports Activity Boxes. There are several different activity boxes for different ages and interests.

My kids and I have tried out a few different Little Passports Activity Boxes including Animals Wild, Craft Discovery, and Space Quest, which I’ve written blog posts on. We have so much fun with them! It’s great to have something that we can work on together while also learning instead of just another toy that is going to sit on the shelf (or let’s be real, the middle of the floor).

With Little Passports Activity Boxes you can buy one box at a time or you can buy a subscription, which ends up being cheaper per box.

The buttons below include links to my blog posts as well as a 50% off an annual subscription or 20% off any purchase on their site. The other button links to the Little Passports Gift Guide that will help you decide which one to buy for your little one!

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Image from Little Passports Website

Toy Rocket Launcher

We got our kids a Toy Rocket Launcher a few months ago and it’s surprised me how much they love it! Often instead of riding around in their Cozy Coupes or bikes they pull out the rocket launcher and take turns. It’s great!

One word of caution is to try and do this in a rather open space and not near the road. We try to have them launch in the back yard where there is a lot of open space instead of the front yard with the road, trees, and close to the house, but it doesn’t always happen.

We do have a strict no going in the road rule though that mom or dad will get it if it goes in the road at all. Also, apparently, not only do kids get rockets stuck on the roof…my husband admitted the other day that he even got one stuck on the roof. Haha! So big open spaces are best for a rocket launcher, if possible, though it can be used anywhere.

Toy Rocket Launcher for kids – Shoots Up to 100 Feet – 6 Colorful Foam Rockets and Sturdy Launcher Stand, Stomp Launch Pad - Fun Outdoor Toy for Kids - Gift Toys for Boys and Girls Age 3+ Years Old
Toy Rocket Launcher for kids – Shoots Up to 100 Feet – 6 Colorful Foam Rockets and Sturdy Launcher Stand, Stomp Launch Pad - Fun Outdoor Toy for Kids - Gift Toys for Boys and Girls Age 3+ Years Old
by MotoWorx

FUN FOAM TOY ROCKET LAUNCHER - Run. Jump. Launch! Kids will have a blast while blasting off with this fantastically fun foam toy rocket launcher. Durably designed and reliably built to withstand endless hours of jumping, stomping and playtime! Safe for ages 3+.

List Price: $ 24.99 You Save: $ 5.00 (-20%)  Price: $ 19.99 Buy now at Amazon

Polly Pocket Mega Mall Super Pack

No way! I might have to put this on my Christmas list… The Polly Pocket Mega Mall Super Pack is an Amazon Exclusive and looks amazing! This set includes six floors of fun to which the included micro Polly and Lila dolls can get to via elevator! The set also includes an ice cream truck, car, parking garage, a dog, and over 20 accessories!

I live in Minnesota and have frequented the Mall of America and I’ve got to say, this Mega Mall Super Pack is just about as cool as the Mega Mall/MOA. Haha! Really though, this is sure to keep your child entertained for hours!

Polly Pocket Dolls and Playset, Mega Mall with 3 Micro Dolls, Toy Car and Accessories, 6 Floors and Elevator, Toys for Kids (Amazon Exclusive)
Polly Pocket Dolls and Playset, Mega Mall with 3 Micro Dolls, Toy Car and Accessories, 6 Floors and Elevator, Toys for Kids (Amazon Exclusive)
by Mattel
  • There's so much to see and do in Pollyville with the Mega Mall Pack!
  • Micro Polly and Lila dolls can explore 6 floors of fun and activities at the Mega Mall including eating at the food court; boutique shopping and runway fun; sports moves at the sports center; hanging at the pet store with Peaches; checking out the latest electronics; and catching a cool movie with popcorn (fold down theater and popcorn machine spins).
  • The elevator also spins and can take Polly or Lila doll to visit all 6 floors. Mega Mall also comes with 2 kiosks, cash register, table and 2 chairs and shopping bags! When it's time to go, Polly and Lila dolls can zip away in Polly's vehicle down the parking garage ramp!
  • The Ice Cream Truck is ready to deliver sweet treats and transforms into a mobile ice cream parlor with an ice cream display window to choose your flavor, a cash register and a table and chairs to sit at and enjoy your ice cream!
  • Truck also includes micro Polly figure in cute outfit with serving apron, hidden reveal and 3 accessories.
  • With Polly Stick technology, both micro Polly doll and Lila doll can stick anywhere! Place a sticker from the sticker sheets (included) on the area and the dolls will stick to the sticker wherever placed.
  • For ages 4 and up.
List Price: $ 75.22 You Save: $ 25.23 (-34%)  Price: $ 49.99 Buy now at Amazon

Barbie Kitchen Playset

The Barbie Kitchen Playset looks like so much fun to be able to use the included Play-Doh and molds to make different food items and then cook and bake them in this set that makes noises for the stove, oven, air fryer, etc. This set also comes with a Barbie doll and all the accessories needed to make wonderful pretend meals and goodies!

Barbie Kitchen Playset with Doll, Lights & Sounds, Food Molds, 5 Dough Colors and 20+ Accessories (Amazon Exclusive)
Barbie Kitchen Playset with Doll, Lights & Sounds, Food Molds, 5 Dough Colors and 20+ Accessories (Amazon Exclusive)
by Mattel
  • ​Barbie doll helps young food lovers cook up fun with the Ultimate Kitchen playset featuring lights and sounds, food molds and 5 dough colors and more than 20 pieces for role-play and storytelling fun.
  • ​Multiple play areas feature an oven with pie mold, "fry press," "sandwich" maker and veggie mold.
  • ​Fill the pie mold with dough and press to see it rise; then place in the oven and lift the lever to hear the timer ding -- dessert is ready.
  • ​Fill the "fry press" with yellow dough and close the lid to form fries and hear a mouth-watering sizzle.
  • ​Fill the sandwich maker with dough and close; open to reveal sandwich layers that can be assembled to make one to order..​Veggie lovers can fill the veggie mold with dough and close to shape tasty-looking ingredients to cook up on the stove or toss in a salad; there's a carrot, stalk of broccoli, 2 mushrooms and 2 tomato slices..​Additional pieces -- more than 20. – provide all of the ingredients for imaginative inspiration and all-day play.
 Price: $ 54.99 Buy now at Amazon

Barbie Fast Cast Clinic Playset

Barbie can do a lot more these days than in the 1990s when I played with Barbies, and that’s how it should be! I love that Barbie is now shown to be able to be a doctor, astronaut, scientist, etc. The Barbie Fast Cast Clinic Playset features Doctor Barbie who is able to help injured patients, with the help of Play-Doh, put a cast on their broken limbs.

She also can take x-rays, examine her patients on the included exam table, and help the patient put stickers on their new cast! The set also includes a little gift cart to help cheer the patient up!

Barbie Fast Cast Clinic Playset, Brunette Barbie Doctor Doll (12-in), 30+ Play Pieces, 4 Play Areas, Cast & Bandage Making, Medical & X-ray Stations, Exam Table, 3 Years Old & Up (Amazon Exclusive)
Barbie Fast Cast Clinic Playset, Brunette Barbie Doctor Doll (12-in), 30+ Play Pieces, 4 Play Areas, Cast & Bandage Making, Medical & X-ray Stations, Exam Table, 3 Years Old & Up (Amazon Exclusive)
by Mattel

Explore a world of taking care of others with the Barbie Fast Cast Clinic playset.
Wearing a cute plaid dress, white doctor's coat and sporting a stethoscope and clipboard, Barbie doctor doll (12-in/30.40-cm) is ready to take care of patients.

List Price: $ 54.99 You Save: $ 3.22 (-6%)  Price: $ 51.77 Buy now at Amazon

Lego Classic Creative Brick Box

You can’t go wrong with more Legos, it’s a fact. The Lego Classic Creative Brick Box with 484 pieces is sure to inspire hours of fun! The box includes a booklet of ideas and more ideas can be found on their website, as well as on YouTube. It’s great to have a classic set that leaves creation to the imagination. Personally, I prefer to just build houses, whereas my 5-year-olds love following the directions and building animals, vehicles, etc.

This is a great gift for 5-year-olds and older kids. I still enjoy playing with Legos as does my husband. To be honest, we didn’t know what to get each other for our 9 year wedding anniversary so ended up buying this to build things together, as well as some other Lego sets. Yep, we’re dorks. 🙂

LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 Building Toy Set for Back to School, Toy Storage Solution for Classrooms, Interactive Building Toy for Kids, Boys, and Girls
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 Building Toy Set for Back to School, Toy Storage Solution for Classrooms, Interactive Building Toy for Kids, Boys, and Girls
by LEGO

Engage your kids in pretend play by letting them build their own play toys, such as creating a toy house or toy scooter. This classic creative kit of LEGO bricks comes includes 33 different colors of bricks
This brick box includes 8 different types of toy windows and toy doors, 2 green baseplates and 6 toy tires and toy wheel rims to create hours of creativity for kids

List Price: $ 59.99 You Save: $ 16.99 (-28%)  Price: $ 43.00 Buy now at Amazon

Lego Sets

Lego sets have different ages based on the difficulty of the set. Depending on the skill level of your child, they may be able to work above the age on the box, but if you’re unsure of the child you’re shopping for’s skill, go with the age they are.

This particular small Lego Set is a favorite among my boys. We live in a city but they are very into tractors.

LEGO City Great Vehicles Tractor 60287 Building Toy Set for Kids, Boys, and Girls Ages 5+ (148 Pieces)
LEGO City Great Vehicles Tractor 60287 Building Toy Set for Kids, Boys, and Girls Ages 5+ (148 Pieces)
by LEGO

This LEGO farm toy for 5 plus year old boys and girls features a cool tractor toy with huge rear tires, tipping loader bucket and raisable boom
Includes LEGO farmer and daughter minifigures, a rabbit figure, plus 2 hay bales, and a crate of veggie elements for fun farm toy action

 Price: $ 19.99 Buy now at Amazon
LEGO City 4x4 Fire Engine Rescue Truck 60393, Toy for 5 Plus Year Old Boys & Girls, Set with Water Element Launcher, Firefighter Minifigure and Cat Figure
LEGO City 4x4 Fire Engine Rescue Truck 60393, Toy for 5 Plus Year Old Boys & Girls, Set with Water Element Launcher, Firefighter Minifigure and Cat Figure
by LEGO

This LEGO City fire engine toy set allows budding firefighters Ages 5+ to test their bravery and rescue a kitten with a 4x4 fire truck toy
This LEGO firefighter set includes a buildable all-terrain 4x4 fire engine toy car with chunky tires, a cockpit and a LEGO water element launcher

 Price: $ 9.99 Buy now at Amazon
LEGO City Electric Sports Car 60383, Toy for 5 Plus Years Old Boys and Girls, Race Car for Kids Set with Racing Driver Minifigure, Building Toys
LEGO City Electric Sports Car 60383, Toy for 5 Plus Years Old Boys and Girls, Race Car for Kids Set with Racing Driver Minifigure, Building Toys
by LEGO

Kids can take race play to the next level with this LEGO City Electric Sports Car toy with a toy charging point and a racing driver minifigure
The buildable toy LEGO race car features intricate details, such as rear spoiler, cool wheels and an eye-catching neon-yellow design

List Price: $ 9.99 You Save: $ 3.00 (-30%)  Price: $ 6.99 Buy now at Amazon

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As a mom of identical twins and a son two years older, I have gained invaluable experience in the realm, and chaos, of parenting. With a Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology, I spent years as a school psychologist, helping children navigate through their educational and emotional challenges. Now as a stay at home mom and professional blogger, I combine my areas of expertise to help you in your parenting journey.

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