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5th Birthday Gifts - Ideas for Boys and Girls

Updated on April 25, 2014

Top 5th Birthday Gift Ideas

Are you buying for a 5th birthday? This article has lots of gift ideas with a whole range of budgets. There are gift ideas for big birthday presents as well as less expensive presents suitable for a 5th birthday of a schoolfriend. They are based on the toys and gifts that my own son loved to play with aged 5

He has just stared school and we have already been invited to lots of 5th birthday parties of his school friends. It can get quite expensive buying for lots of 5th birthday parties so there are lots of budget ideas and tips on when and what to buy for 5 year old school friends too.

Read on for lots of ideas of the best 5th birthday gifts below.

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Big Birthday Gifts for 5 Year Olds

Are you looking for ideas of a big 5th birthday gift. Here are a few ideas:

Bazoongi Jump Pod Trampoline with Enclosure, 7.5-Feet
Bazoongi Jump Pod Trampoline with Enclosure, 7.5-Feet

We actually bought a trampoline for our son for his 4th birthday but it is also a great idea for a 5th birthday too. It's one of the best presents we have bought him as he uses it a lot and when his friends come around they are queuing up to have a go.

Trampolines are great presents because they last for years. A 5 year old will still enjoy bouncing on it when they're 10. They great for exercise and they're also perfect gifts to have when lots of children come around to play.

EzyRoller Classic Ride On - Blue
EzyRoller Classic Ride On - Blue

This is a great ride on toy for older kids.

You move it using a side to side motion. It has to be used on a smooth surface to work but looks great fun.


Top 5th Birthday Gifts for Boys

Are you buying a 5th birthday gift for a boy. Here are a few ideas of categories my own son likes:

Construction toys - my son loves building so loves any types of construction toys - lego is probably top of the list.

Outdoor toys - there are outdoor toys featured elsewhere in the article but ideas include scooters, trampolines, bikes and the stomp rocket featured below.

Arts and crafts - My little boy loves painting, coloring, gluing and making and would be happy with any types of craft set to accommodate these. He'd probably be happy with a set of felt tip pens and some paper too.

Check out some specific ideas below.

Stomp Rocket 20008 Ultra Rocket, 4 Rockets [Packaging May Vary], Red
Stomp Rocket 20008 Ultra Rocket, 4 Rockets [Packaging May Vary], Red

Stomp rocket - this is one of my favorite 5th birthday toys. Stomp rockets are great toys for all the family and children of all ages too. Just stomp on the pump at the bottom of the rocket and see how high you can launch it into the air. A great outdoor toy.

Kid Galaxy Amphibious RC Truck Morphibians Gator. Remote Control ATV, 27 MHz
Kid Galaxy Amphibious RC Truck Morphibians Gator. Remote Control ATV, 27 MHz

Car Toys - 5 year old boys love car toys. There are some great car playsets available, Look out for brands such as Hot Wheels and Matchbox who both make good playsets for this age group. Other car toy ideas include remote control cars and racing tracks.

Marbulous-Translucent Marble Run (48 pieces plus 16 marbles)
Marbulous-Translucent Marble Run (48 pieces plus 16 marbles)

Marble runs are great fun.

Build up the different kinds of marble runs and then have fun running marbles down them.

LEGO Superheroes 76011 Batman: Man-Bat Attack (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Superheroes 76011 Batman: Man-Bat Attack (Discontinued by manufacturer)

My 5 year old absolutely loves lego and superheros and would love this batman set.

He may need a bit of help building the set but he can manage putting most of the sets together on his own. Afterwards he likes to display and play with what he has built.

Little Kids Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Water Blaster
Little Kids Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Water Blaster

Summer is getting nearer and this makes a great summer toy. You fill up the shell with water and squirt water out with the pump. Great for all thoses summer water fights as well as for imaginative play.

My own son loves ninja turtles so would love this.


Top 5th Birthday Gifts for Girls

Are you looking for a birthday gift for a 5 year old girl. Here are some ideas:

Lego - Lego now make some fantastic sets aimed at girls called the lego friends series. They are designed to appeal to young girls and the Olivia tree house set is one idea.

Arts and crafts - Girls this age like creating and there are jewelry making sets and other arts and crafts that are perfect.

Dolls - Dolls are very popular with this a group. You can get dolls that are just like babies for young girls to look after. They also like dolls to play with like Disney Princess and Barbie.

Orb Factory Sticky Mosaics: Jewelry Box
Orb Factory Sticky Mosaics: Jewelry Box

This is a cool craft activity. Stick the mosaic stickers on the jewerly box. There is a number code to follow so you know which stickers to put where and they are easy to apply too.

LEGO Friends Heartlake Pet Salon 41007
LEGO Friends Heartlake Pet Salon 41007

Lego has a new range aimed at girls called Lego friends. Girls will love building these and playing with the figures and constructions afterwards.

Creativity for Kids  My First Manicure and Pedicure Set
Creativity for Kids My First Manicure and Pedicure Set

My friend's 5 year old daughter is very girly and loves to do activities like manicures, pedicures and make overs. She would love this kit. Great for a girly afternoon activity.

PlasmaCar Pink
PlasmaCar Pink

Plasma cars are great ride on toys. Use on a flat smooth surface for lots of fun. They could be used indoors and outdoors. This one comes in pink.


Tips on Buying for 5 Year Old School Friends

My son has been invited to lots of birthday parties of his 5 year old friends since he started school in September. There are 30 children in the class and most of them seem to be having a 5th birthday party - so that will be almost 30 gifts to buy throughout the school year.

If this is the case for you it may be worth planning ahead to cut down on your birthday gift expenditure. Here are some top tips for buying budget birthday gifts while not looking too cheap.

  • Plan in advance - Buy suitable toys and gifts in sales when you see them in the shops and online. Buy ones for boys and girls. Then when you have a birthday party coming up you will always have a present in stock. Quite often they look more expensive that what you paid too.
  • Buy small, inexpensive gifts that will definitely get used. Quite often some coloring pencils and a coloring book will be a well used and appreciated gift for only a few dollars.
  • Check out some great gift ideas below.

5th Birthday Gifts - Great for Parties

Here are some ideas of birthday gift ideas. These make good ideas for boys and girls.

Crayola Inspiration Art Case: 140 Pieces, Art Set, Gifts for Kids, Age 4, 5, 6
Crayola Inspiration Art Case: 140 Pieces, Art Set, Gifts for Kids, Age 4, 5, 6

This is a huge set of pens which come in a portable case, so you can carry your art supplies wherever you want to use them.

Toysmith Tech Gear Multi Voice Changer (6.5-Inch Various Colors)
Toysmith Tech Gear Multi Voice Changer (6.5-Inch Various Colors)

This is a fun toy. Speak into it and it will change your voice. There are 8 different voice modifiers. I suspect adults make like to have a go with this toy too.


Board Games for 5th Birthday Gifts

5 year olds like to play board games with family and friends. My own son loves to play all kinds of games. From the classic games to the new modern games. You can start with simple games such as chutes and ladders and candyland and move onto games with a tiny bit of strategy such as Connect 4. My son was able to grasp the concept of connect 4 from about 5 1/2 years old.

Check out an idea below.

ThinkFun Zingo (Discontinued by manufacturer)
ThinkFun Zingo (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Think Fun Zingo - this fast-paced, energetic version of Bingo. Kids get a kick out of pulling the Zinger forward to reveal two mystery tiles, and then try to be the first to call out the tiles that match the images on their cards. The first player to fill his or her card wins by yelling "Zingo."


More birthday gift ideas

Scooters are the toy of the moment.

My son's scooter is one of the toys that he uses the most. He ride to and from school on it everyday. He also ride it in the park and outside the front of our house.

All kids today seem to have a scooter. If not, they make a perfect 5th birthday present.

Most 5 year olds should have the balance required to ride a 2 wheel scooter with a bit of patience. Check out a perfect 1st scooter below.

For more ideas of scooters check out this article on choosing scooters for 5 year olds.

I hope you've enjoyed reading the article.

Please feel free to comment on the 5th birthday gift ideas featured and to add your own suggestions and feedback below.

Many thanks!

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    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice selection, the year that New Zealand children start school.

      Most school cannot wait for a fifth birthday, they feel all grown up and ready for the challenge of life.

      Thanks for sharing.


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