Birthday Gift for 6 Year Old Boy

Updated on August 24, 2009
G.G. asks from Chicago, IL
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We were invited to a birthday party for a 6 year old boy and I am clueless as to what to get him for a gift. Can you give me any advice that would be maybe under $40? Thanks!

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ladies, thanks so much for all your great suggestions. After reading some and noticing that Legos were the popular suggestion, I took another look at the invite and saw that it has a picture of the birthday boy next to a giant Lego monster. I can take a hint :) Thank you also for the price suggestions-it helps alot!

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L.O.

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Little boys love to build. I would suggest some Legos or even look at the Lego Bionicles. They also help with fine motor skills.

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T.B.

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My son loves building kits of all kinds--Legos, Knex, wooden blocks. My older son was more into sports, so outdoor toys worked for him. They both liked superhero or Transformer toys and Spongebob or other tv-themed shirts. Some boys like CDs or DVDs as well.

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L.O.

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Little boys love to build. I would suggest some Legos or even look at the Lego Bionicles. They also help with fine motor skills.

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B.G.

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I have a 6 year old boy and he LOVES legos...

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T.G.

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Anything Legos is a hit. We also have some of those Lego racers. My 7 year old is always wanting to add to his collection. Hot Wheel playsets are cool too. Also, nerf blasters are big with my son too, though I don't like having the foam darts laying around because the baby likes to chew them and can bite a piece off.

S.P.

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My MIL has a great formula for the kids' gifts...one book, one toy and an article of clothing. You could easily do this for <$40. She tries to have them tie into a theme...e.g., a level two book about race cars, a small racetrack/few cars and a cool t-shirt with race car theme. My 6 yr old loves Legos - but he also loves Playmobil, pirates, anything with race cars or monster trucks, Scooby Doo. If you want a building toy but different than Legos, try ZoobMobile builders. Have fun with it!

A.H.

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Spend 20 dollars max. Legos and Tonka.

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T.B.

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My son loves building kits of all kinds--Legos, Knex, wooden blocks. My older son was more into sports, so outdoor toys worked for him. They both liked superhero or Transformer toys and Spongebob or other tv-themed shirts. Some boys like CDs or DVDs as well.

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L.W.

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There's always gift cards from toys r us, and childrens books are always great. L. d

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E.P.

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First off.. under $40 is a very generous gift. I'm guessing it is probably a close friend or family member. Legos and lego kits are a lot of fun at that age and you can get these reasonably priced.

I would find out what he is into - is there a sport that he plays? Baseball = batting- T, baseball net, gloves & special authentic team hat, etc.. would be nice; Football= authentic football, gloves, CUTLER jersey is a hot item and Sports authority had them for a competitive price, a few months ago. Maybe, now, you can find them priced better at Kohl's or J.C. Penney's. If his sport is Hockey = go with a jersey, stick.....

Gift cards are really appreciated at this age. Does he have a Playstation/Nintendo system? A Gamestop or Target gift card is really appreciated for games.

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C.M.

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Most kids don't want books or clothes for their birthday. They want a toy. Just go to the boy aisle at Walmart and pick anything. They love it all...Bakugan, Lego, Superheros, costumes, Nerf shooters, anything. Just include the gift receipt.

Spend $15, or $20/$25 for a close friend.

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J.D.

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Hi G. Give the six year old a $25 dollar gift card for Toys R Us, Walmart or Target. I'm quiet sure he can get something nice for that price.

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D.B.

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First, I agree with the other poster...$40 is very generous unless you are very close to this child. I would say $25 is more appropriate if you're not. What about some beginner art supplies? That's a great age to foster an interest in art. Or puzzles, legos, anything on the creative side. Have fun at the party!

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M.O.

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If he's going into first grade, he's probably already starting to read. How about a Barnes & Noble gift card and a couple of "chapter books" to one of the "boy" series (I'm sure someone could help with some popular series books). Include the gift receipt so he can exchange them if needbe.

Another thought, if he's not reading yet, go to Learning Express and get him something personalized there. I know my kids love their "art boxes". They have these clip boards with handles that also hold papers and such inside. You can get one personalized for him. That way he always has something to do in the car, at a drs appt, etc.

I know my six year old really enjoys using her own "money" to buy herself something she wants. Although gift cards aren't fun to give necessarily, they can be very fun at this age if you have any idea what stores or restaurants he likes to shop at. Give him a Target one along with a gift cert. to Ben and Jerry's for a free ice cream cone and he'll love you.

Good luck!

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G.H.

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unless this chld is an immediate family member you can lower your price range by $25.00. Only niece or nephews should you spend that kind of money. An educational toy is best or favorite DVD movie.

S.G.

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Hi G.,
I have a 5.5 year old son and he's goes crazy over any kind of LEGO kit, especially the ones called Racers! You can get small kits for under $15 at Target, Walmart or Toys R Us. They are labeled ages 5+ or 8+ and just don't get the ones meant for the 12+ which are really tiny pieces with complicated instructions. Another similar interest because it requires building and configuring are the Transformer toys (robots that turn into vehicles). I'm sure you can find lots of toys for under $40 in those same aisles. Have fun at the party!

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D.R.

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My son is turning 6 and the two top things on his list are LEGO kits and Bakugans (sort of an advanced marble-type game). Both you can get for well under $40.

He also enjoys board games (Monopoly Jr, Clue Jr) etc.

He also got a science kit ($20) that he loved. Hope this helps!!

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S.E.

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Big Tonka Dump Truck. That was one of my sons favorite toys when he was growing up. He would spend hours outside with his dump truck filling it with dirt or sand moving it and then the big dump. He had the grader also so he could make roadways. Not sure if they still make the big metal one he had (and still has) because everything has gone plastic. Check out the Tonka website.

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