The coolest birthday gifts for 6 year olds

The coolest gifts for 6 year olds: Cool Mom Picks 2022

When you’re looking for a cool birthday gift for a 6-year-old, it’s all about fun. Kindergarteners and first-graders are ready for more complex toys and games that stretch their imaginations and sometimes even their bodies.

We love gifts for 6 year olds that get them thinking, moving, and — most importantly — having a blast just being themselves. While it’s also worth looking at our ideas for cool birthday gifts for 5 year olds and cool birthday gifts for 7 year olds, here are just some of our (very many) favorite cool gift ideas that we created specifically with 6 year olds in mind. You’re sure to find something perfect that goes beyond the expected.

Please note that we’ve included links to both big and small shops for convenience and price. But we always encourage you to shop your own local independent toy stores, book stores, and boutiques!

Be sure to see our full list of the coolest birthday gifts for kids by age

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The best gifts for 6 year olds: Cool Mom Picks 2023

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Micro Sprite LED scooter | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Micro Sprite LED Scooter

($99 at Amazon)

Our pick for the best little-kid scooter now makes our favorite bigger-kid scooter. It’s the best gift for a six-year-old because they’ll use it for a long, long time before passing it down to a sibling or friend.

LEGO DOTS Adhesive Patches Kit | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

LEGO DOTS adhesive patches arts + crafts kit

($26 at Amazon)

Self-expression at its most colorful! Five little adhesive patches come with almost 500 LEGO DOTS that can be put together to create the most imaginative designs.

Cloud dry-erase message board | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Cloud dry-erase message board

($19.95 at Fat Brain Toys)

Whether it’s “dream big”, “veggies are gross”, or “I want a dog”, this dry-erase, light-up message board can change as often as they want and makes a great gift for a 6 year old with lots to say.

Slackers Ninjaline outdoor obstacle course | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Slackers Ninjaline 56″ intro kit

($137  at Amazon)

A long-time favorite of our readers that will last until they head off to college, this kit helps build strength and confidence. For a bit more, check out the deluxe obstacle course kit that lets them tackle everything from a monkey bar ladder to a spinning ninja wheel.

Best gifts for 6 year-olds: Box set of Yasmin books by best-selling author Sadia Furuqi

Yasmin 4-Book Boxed Set

($24, Amazon)

The best-selling series from Saadia Faruqi is now available in a fun boxed set, so your early reader can enjoy the adventures of Yasmin and her Pakistani-American family.

Best gifts for 6 year olds: Super Mario Mushroom bean bag chair

Super Mario Mushroom beanbag chair

($359 at Pottery Barn Teen)

Arguably the most snuggle-able of all the Mario characters.

Voices of Inspirational Women book | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Voice of Inspirational Women sound book

($25 at Uncommon Goods)

Share quotes from the actual speakers with this unique and inspiring book featuring 14 incomparable women. It also includes calls-to-action for those of us raising the next generation of activists.

Lil Gadgets wireless headphones | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Kids’ volume-limiting headphones

($28.95 at Amazon)

In loads of colors including this pretty tie-dye rainbow, we love that these durable, volume-limiting headphones from LilGadgets fold up easily when not playing their favorite tunes. Very cool gift for any 6-year-old.

LeapFrog interactive globe | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Interactive kids learning globe

($32-137 at Amazon)

6 year olds are learning about everything around them, and this interactive globe from LeapFrog will bring them around the world with just a touch of the stylus. For other options, compare with the Educational Insights globe for kids and the very affordable USA Toyz illuminated learning globe

Wakanda Forever fashion dolls: Okoye and Shuri | The coolest gifts for 6 year oldsWakanda Forever fashion dolls

($39.99 each at Target– but $14.99 for a limited time!)

Okoye, Shuri, and Nakia are beautifully made, bendable and posable dolls from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. They’ll look great displayed in your child’s room which is good because we couldn’t bear to see them tossed in a toy box.

Giant letter crayon from Art2theExtreme | Cool gifts for 6 year olds

Giant initial crayon

($39.95 at Art2theExtreme on Etsy)

Each individually made letter will look terrific standing up in their bedroom, but it’s also an actual crayon that they can use to draw and color to their heart’s content.

Funko Disney Happiest Day game | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

FUNKO Disney Happiest Day Game

(2419.99 at Amazon)

Bring some of the fun of the Magic Kingdom to family game night with this beautifully illustrated, easy-to-play game that can be completed in about 20 minutes. Or, the time it takes to walk from Cinderella’s Castle to Space Mountain.

Little Tikes karaoke machine | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Little Tikes Karaoke Machine

($34.15 at Amazon)

Move over Lizzo and Harry! Our favorite 6-year-olds can be their own rising stars with this new Tobi 2 interactive karaoke machine,which includes wireless Bluetooth connectivity. Not only can they sing along to any song, there’s a pitch correction feature which, depending on your child, may be the best feature of all.

Chalkboard tee-shirt kit | The coolest 6 year old gift

Chalkboard T-shirt kit

($22.46 and up at Chalk of the Town)

Kids love these t-shirts that let them doodle, draw, or write their own message with special chalk pens included in the kit — then wash and start again.

Positive Charms bracelets for kids | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Personalized name bracelet

($22 at Positive Charm on Etsy)

Such a pretty personalized gift at a great price, this also makes a thoughtful present for one of their many 6-year-old friends.

The Felted Tree fairy garden kit for kids | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Fairy garden kit

($39.55 and up at The Felted Tree on Etsy)

If you’re a fan of Waldorf-style toys, or you have a kid who adores tiny things, this lovely DIY fairy garden kit is worth a look. It comes in its own container ready to be set up indoors or out. Just add soil, plant, and magic.

Checkerboard VANS sneakers | The coolest gifts for 6 year old

VANS checkerboard sneakers

($48 at VANS)

Classic checkerboard pattern in a mid-rise sneaker, these go on in a jiffy and look good with anything.

Gross Gummy Candy Lab | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Gross Gummy Candy Lab

($19.95 at Amazon)

Can you think of a more fun way to do science experiments than getting to eat the results at the end? Love this kit from Thames & Kosmos because you know, anything with “gross” in the name is going to be a hit with 6 year olds.

Butterfly wings dressup clothing | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Butterfly wings dress-up clothes

($25 at Butterfly Flight Shop on Etsy)

Handmade from lightweight parachute material, they’ll love fluttering around with these pretty wings.

Minor League Baseball tickets for kids | The coolest gifts for 6 year oldsImage © Christina Refford for Cool Mom Picks; throwback to the Pawsox who moved from Pawtucket RI to Worcester MA

Minor League Baseball tickets

(prices vary; find your nearest Minor League Team here)

Take them out to the ballgame to see games played by teams with the most awesome names like the Akron Rubber Ducks, Richmond Flying Squirrels, or the Montgomery Biscuits. With game nights especially for kids, teams make it really fun with contests, giveaways, and sometimes even fireworks to end the night.

Kindle Kids 2022 | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Kindle Kids or Kindle Paperwhite Kids Reader

($112-144.99 at Amazon)

With more storage and a longer battery life than older models, the new Kindle Kids tablets can be a voracious reader’s best friend– or turn your child into one. The included one-year Amazon Kids+ subscription is sweet bonus, giving them to access to thousands of books and hundreds of audio books. (Plus that space whale cover is awesome.)

BRIO tabletop pinball machine | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Brio tabletop pinball game or the new Pinball Challenge

($71.99 at Amazon)

They’ll be pinball wizards in no time with this high-quality, no-batteries-needed, tabletop pinball machine from Brio.

Funboy's sleepover air mattress convertible | The coolest gifts for 6 year olds

Cool sleepover air mattress

($79 at Funboy)

Great for sleepovers or to keep at the grandparent’s house for overnights, this snazzy convertible deflates for easy storage. Or set them up in front of the television for a unique “drive-in movie” night! Also available as a sleek silver airplane air mattress if your 6-year-old prefers that mode of travel.