Good Birthday Gifts for Boys

Written by mary johnson-gerard, ph.d.
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Good Birthday Gifts for Boys
Birthday gifts for boys are easy to buy when you know what the birthday boy likes. (birthday cake image by Pali A from Fotolia.com)

Good birthday gifts for boys are easy to find if you know the boy's interests. Find out what he wants. Sometimes a birthday has a theme, so it's easy to pick the gift. If there's no theme, choose something fitting for his personality. Boys enjoy gifts that are in the pretend, science and sports categories.

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Pretend

Little boys love superheroes, and superhero gifts help boys develop their pretend play skills. Cater to this by getting him a superhero costume. If you know his favourite superhero, be sure to get that costume. Pyjamas and clothing also come in superhero themes. Superhero action figures are another good route for pretend play toys. If you are getting him a costume, purchase some props to allow him more creativity in playing. Get a sword, high-tech watch, walkie-talkie or pretend laser gun. Maybe his super herocarries rope; a skipping rope would be a good pretend prop for this. Puppets are another route to support pretend play development. Superhero finger puppets are available at Etsy.com.

Science

Encourage scientific discovery with robotic toys. Gifts.com has a great line of robotic toys called Hexbugs. Hexbugs are small robotic bugs that simulate nanobots. They move around and make noise like nano robotics and even change route when they bump each other. The kits come in a variety of choices. Start with the Hexbug Habitat that offers three living pods and rails for the bugs to travel between pods. Smaller kits come with a small rail and area for bugs to run around in. The Battle kit has a large Hexbug that holds smaller ones like a battleship. Hexbugs come in other shapes like ants and inchworms. A complete Hexbug collection is also available for the robotics lover.

Sports

Boys are developing gross motor skills daily. Sports-themed gifts not only allow boys an avenue to release all that energy they have, but also help support those developing motor skills. Sportsunlimitedinc.com carries many choices of reasonably priced sports gifts for young boys. If he lives on a street that is safe for riding the sidewalks, a kick scooter is a good buy. If you are purchasing riding toys for boys, be sure he has a helmet or give one with the toy. For boys who love the pool in the summer, try a water toy like a water skip ball. These toys are designed to be thrown and skip across the water. This is a great way to enjoy pool time with a friend. If you have a little more money to spend, roller blades or roller skates will be a hit.

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