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7 Cool Birthday Gifts for Kids: $15 or Less

  • For Ages: 4+

    EeBoo Write Me a Story lets kids author their own tales with almost 100 beautiful stickers and 50 lined pages. Little authors can have fun creating, and then have something to show off (and a story to tell) when they're done.

    $11.95, eeBoo.com

  • For ages: 3+

    One side of each double-sided puzzle is a colorful underwater scene, while the other black and white, so your kid can color up a sea-life scene of his own. And at $3.49, perfect for party favors or stocking stuffers.

    ($14.99, Amazon.com)

  • For ages: 4+

    Welcome to Crayon Town, where your kid can color and build his own playset and then populate it with fun pieces, using his crayons to create them. (See in the pic how a crayon is used as a tree trunk) While more expansive kits go for $20, this one (which we think is the cutest) is only $10.

    (from $14.95, Crayon-Town.com)

  • Welcome Puglee, Turny, Burny and more than 20 others to the Uglydoll family. They're more ugly-cute than ever, and at $10 each, ugly-cheap too! Also new to the line this year: books, drawing kits, calendars, and t-shirts, so you can really Ugly-ify your life.

    (from $10, UglyDolls.com)

  • For ages: 3+

    Five designer dads created the Sprig line based on how their own kids play—even better, the toys are friendly in every way; there's recycled pine in the reused plastic that you can actually smell. Best part for parents: the packaging is minimal—so no struggling to bust this toy open—and there's less waste to throw away.

    ($14.99, SprigToys.com)

  • For Ages: 3+

    The Idbids kits come with a snuggly plush toy, an organic backpack, a storybook with beautiful photographs (Waverly got his hands on the sink faucet, above) and a field guide full of tips on going greener. There are also programs and rewards at idbids.com, including a partnership with the Nature Conservancy to allow your child to learn about the habitats of animals in the real world.

    ($15, Idbids.com)

  • For ages: 4+

    Board games are hot this year, and big kids, little kids, and with S'match, even Mom and Dad will have fun hitting the spinner and matching cards based on color, category, or number.

    ($15.29, Amazon.com)

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