At Christmastime, children want everything they see in stores, on television commercials and at their friends' homes. Nine-year-old boys are no different, but each one has his own preferences in pastimes and activities. Looking at the games and toys the 9-year-old boy in your life spends the most time with can give you ideas for the perfect Christmas gift to present to him.
Boys love to build, and many construction toys are available for 9-year-old boys. Lego kits that include "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," "Harry Potter," Atlantis, pirates, police and castles as well as Lego Bionicles and Hero Factory figures are very popular. Mega Bloks kits that include Halo Wars figures are near the top of most wish lists. Erector and K'Nex sets provide hours of fun, as do classic construction toys such as model cars, Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys.
Most 9-year-old boys who don't already own a video game console want one, and those who do have one want new games. Companies release new consoles and portable games annually, and popular game discs are released throughout the year. Many game consoles are bundled with games to slightly lower the price you would pay for a console and several games. The Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are the most sought-after consoles, while the Nintendo DS, DSi and PlayStation Portable are popular portable games. Traditional board and card games such as Monopoly, Risk, Clue, Yahtzee and Uno are available in updated versions that appeal to 9-year-old boys while new games including Bakugan, The Settlers of Catan and Pokemon Trading Cards are increasingly popular.
Boys like action toys that allow them to role play. These include action figures of military men, WWE wrestlers, "Star Wars" characters, superheros, Transformers and other characters from movies and video games. Toys that offer even more action are laser tag, Nerf Blasters, paintball guns and spy gear that includes walkie talkies, night vision goggles, voice changers and various disguises.
Boys have a lot of energy to burn and outdoor toys help them do it. Bicycles, skateboards and scooters are at the top of a 9-year-old's must-have list. By the age of 9, many boys have narrowed down sports that interest them, allowing you to choose among sporting goods such as basketballs, footballs, baseballs, bats, gloves, ice skates, hockey sticks, soccer balls, tennis rackets, bowling balls and fishing poles.
Boys are aware of the world around them and enjoy learning about it. They also like to create. Popular Christmas gifts that give 9-year-old boys the opportunity to learn and create include art, craft and science kits. Popular kits such as sketch pads, drawing pencils, pastels, wood-burning sets, Snap Circuits, microscopes, telescopes, live insect growing sets and chemistry sets allow boys to express their creativity and begin to make their marks in the world.