If you're looking for cool gifts for a 9-year-old boy, you're lucky; 9-year-old boys are inherently pretty cool themselves. They're interested in just about everything, they're willing to try just about anything and they aren't as concerned with "what everybody else is doing" as they will be in a few more years. Think about the boy in question; does he like sports? Science? Art? With a little thought you can expand his horizons and give him a gift that's not only cool, it may spark a lifelong passion.
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Kids and parents both enjoy gifts that encourage creativity. If your 9-year-old gift recipient likes to doodle, a real artist's sketch pad, a selection of drawing pencils and an art-gum eraser will be appreciated. He might love an easel complete with canvas, brushes and tubes of acrylic paints. A tabletop electric pottery wheel and air-dry clay is good for the boy who enjoys playing in the mud. If there is room on his bedroom wall, you can give him a roll of butcher paper or newsprint and the largest pack of felt-tip markers you can find. The resulting murals will astonish you. (Mom and Dad will appreciate it if the markers are washable, in case some of the art bleeds through the paper.)
At 9, many children are already developing decidedly personal tastes in music. If your gift recipient is one of them, an assortment of CDs by groups you know he likes is a thoughtful present; add a CD by one of your favourites that you think he might appreciate. You could also splurge and take him to his first concert; this is guaranteed to give him "cool points" among his peers, especially if he comes away with a band T-shirt.
It may be cliché, but to many boys there is nothing cooler than making things. If your 9-year-old is a builder, giving him the hugest, most elaborate box of snap-together plastic building blocks you can find will place you forever in the Cool Gifts Hall of Fame. There are also magnetic marbles and rods, wooden dowels and wheels, building logs, metal construction sets and balsa-wood models he can snap together like 3-D puzzles.
Every 9-year-old boy is a bit of a geek, whether his focus is computers, science, gaming or a mix of all three. There are fantastic gadgets and toys available to appeal to the geek in everyone: you could give him a set of plush microbes, a key chain remote-control gadget (this is especially cool if he's a bit of a practical joker), a kit to determine his own blood type or--the ultimate cool gift for 9-year-old geeks everywhere--a chemistry set.
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