There is something about when kids turn 5. Suddenly they are, well, kids and not babies (but they'll always be your baby, mama. Promise).

It is so fun to watch kids' personalities bloom at this age. They are learning important social and emotional skills like how to make friends, and what do with big feelings. They are curious about the world and likely asking tons of questions about everything! Your 5-year-old may be learning to read. And one thing is for certain—they are constantly moving their growing little bodies.

As the mama of three kids, I have done my share of searching for presents.

Here are my favorite birthday gifts for a 5-year old:

little girl with a bubbles and joy box

Bubbles & Joy subscription box

This bath time subscription box is seriously adorable. Each box comes with a fun assortment of all-natural products and toys, designed to bring the fun back to the bath. I got to sample this one, and my kids loved it (and for the first time ever, did not complain when I said, “Okay kids, bath time!”).

outer space play dough set

Outer space dough set

What 5-year-old doesn’t love dough? We are obsessed with Dough Parlour: The colors are gorgeous and the scents are 100% food-based, so you don’t have to worry when they want to play with the dough for hours on end.

lite bright


Remember Lite-Bright? It is just as fun as it always was (but probably better quality than when we were kids). It inspires creativity and helps develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination!

wooden green playhouse

Wooden green dollhouse

This dollhouse might be nicer than my actual house. This wooden dollhouse includes a wind turbine, a solar cell panel, recycling bins, a rain barrel and more, teaching kids the importance of sustainability and green-living. Plus, how fun does this look?

waiting is not easy book

Waiting Is Not Easy!

Mo Williams is the greatest. This lovable story about waiting for a surprise is a fun way to teach kids about patience.

Wooden mini golf set

Wooden mini golf set

Bring mini-gold to your backyard with with kid-sized wooden set. It includes two kids-sized golf clubs, wooden balls, challenging tracks, a hole and a bag to keep it organized. Four!

Chocolate chip muffin shirt

Chocolate chip muffin shirt

We tell our kids not to ply with their food, but we never said they couldn’t wear it. This soft and adorable felted tee-shirt from Mi Cielo will be an instant favorite.

art of the alphabet

Letter print

For personalized art with a fun and unique twist, we adore The Individual Letter California ABC Prints from The Letters NYC. They’re a fun way to decorate your kid’s room, while also helping them to learn their ABCs!

adjustable art easel

Adjustable art easel

Your budding artist will love getting creative at this dual-sided easel. One side is a chalkboard and the other is a magnetic dry erase board, making it something they can play with again and again.

Om the Otter book

Om the Otter

Each book from Articulation Books is created to help kids learn about themselves (and have fun doing it). In Om the Otter, kids are taught the value of slowing down and enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

air dry clay

Air dry clay

My kids are obsessed with this air dry clay. It is soft and flexible, easy for kids to shape and air dries just in 24 hours.

in my heart book

In My Heart: A Book About Feelings

Being 5 can mean lots of big feelings. This book is a sweet and beautiful way to get your little one to learn about their big feelings.


Micro kickboard

The Maxi Deluxe scooter is perfect for little ones on the go. It’s easy and safe to ride, but doesn’t sacrifice any of the fun.



Scooting is more fun when we know kids are safe. I love the helmets from Nutcase. Their cute designs and comfy fits make these helmets our go-to.