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20 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids Under $20

by Hilary Braaksma


20 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids Under $20
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Cheap holiday presents don’t have to be boring. In fact, they can be fun, educational and spark your kid’s creativity. Whether you’re looking for affordable gifts for boys, gifts for girls or gifts for the kid who has everything, we found something special for everyone (and yes, there are even gifts under $10!). Check out these awesomely Inexpensive Christmas gift ideas for kids.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Are Aspiring Cooks

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Spinning Treats Mixer

Price:$12.00

Inexpensive Christmas gifts for kids can still provide hours of fun! This Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Spinning Treats Mixer comes with a mixer, removable bowl, two treat-shaped stamps, a decorating tool, four cans of Play-Doh and more. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Love to Make Slime

Nickelodeon Super Slimy Set

Price:$20.00

If you need Christmas ideas for kids who are a little older, this slime kit should be your go-to. It comes with everything kids need to make a variety of slime mixtures, including white and clear slime glue, scented colorants, glow colorant, glitter, foam beads and so much more. One of the best gifts for boys and girls ages 6 and older.

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Best Christmas Gfit for Kids Who Love Comic Books

Funhall Superhero Costume

Price:$8.00

The Funhall Superhero Costume is one of our favorite gift ideas for kids because it’s super affordable and will provide hours of creative play. This set comes with a satin Spider-Man cape, felt mask and Spider-Man stickers. Other superhero costumes are also available, including Superman, Iron Man and the Flash. Suggested for kids ages 2 to 10.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Are Future Fashion Bloggers

NPW 80-Page Famalam Furry Notebook

Price:$9.00

Give the little writer-meets-trendsetter you love this adorable furry notebook this holiday season! An elastic band with a cute purple llama named Lola will help keep ideas in one place or mark important pages. One of the best gifts for girls that's under $10, recommended for ages 4 and older.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Love Music

Pop Tone Modern Kid Comfort Headphones

Price:$14.00

Your kids will love these foldable Pop Tone Modern Kid Comfort Headphones as much as you will! They’re a great inexpensive Christmas gift idea for kids on-the-go, and their compact folding mechanism makes them easy to store in cars, backpacks and suitcases. The bright color is an added bonus because it means they’ll never get lost. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids who Love Science

Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium

Price:$15.00

Nurture your budding scientisf with the Creativity for Kids Grow 'n Glow Terrarium set. Your kid will love this educational gift that teaches them about the life cycle of plants. The kit comes with a jar-style terrarium with star-shaped holes on top, potting mix, garden figurines, chia and wheatgrass seeds and glow-in the-dark stars. Ages 6 and up.

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Best Gift for Kids Who Love Old-School Games

Cardinal Wood Checkers & Tic Tac Toe

Price:$15.00

Get your kiddos hooked on a classic game with this solid wood checkers board that can reverse into a tic-tac-toe board for tons of battery-free enjoyment. The Cardinal Wood Checkers & Tic Tac Toe set also ranks among our favorite Christmas gift ideas for kids because you may even get them engaged in some friendly competition rather than the typical holiday bickering.

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Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids Who Are Creative

Crayola Model Magic Variety Pack

Price:$16.00

This is one of those Christmas ideas for kids that will just keep on giving! The 14-color variety pack of Crayola Model Magic will keep them quiet and engaged for hours, and the dough can either be hardened into fun keepsakes or put away to be used again later.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Love Trains

Navy Tube Train Set

Price:$12.00

Pottery Barn’s quality Navy Tube Train Set is the perfect inexpensive Christmas gift for girls and boys. The train body is made of wood with metal wheels, and the pieces connect easily with magnets, so it will hold up for years of play. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Love to Build

Magformers Magnetic Construction Set

Price:$12.00

This eight-piece Magformers Magnetic Construction Set is a great Christmas present for kids who love to build and create. The triangular pieces connect instantly for easy building and hours of fun. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids on the Move

Cra-Z-Art Sound Moovz

Price:$11.00

This motion-activated Cra-Z-Art Sound Moovz wristband makes sound effects and plays music as your kid moves around. The electronic device uses Bluetooth pairing, allowing parents and children to select from 400 sounds on an app to help your child make unique sound combinations with every movement! Recommended for ages 8 and older.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Love Disney

Ariel Clasic Costume

Price:$15.00

Let your little one immerse themselves in the world of their favorite Disney princess with this stunning satin and organza Ariel Classic Costume. They’ll love transforming into a beloved character, no spells from Ursula required! The costume comes in size 3T-6. One of the best gifts for girls who long to be part of The Little Mermaid's world.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Have Everything

Mr. Food Face Plate

Price:$12.00

Go head and let your kiddos play with their food on this silly Mr. Food Face Plate! The design is inspired by the classic and much-loved Woolly Willy toys from your own childhood, except it’s on this food-safe ceramic plate and the hairstyles double as dinner. A great Christmas gift idea for ages 3 and up.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Are Crafty

Crazy Dots Markers

Price:$14.00

These Crazy Dots Markers can provide tons of crafty entertainment for kids of all ages. The marker tips make large, colorful dots, which are great for younger kids who struggle to manage smaller, thinner marker tips — and they’re still a fun Christmas gift for older kids who just like to get creative. This pack of eight can even be divided among stockings! Recommended for kids 3 and older.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Love The Incredibles

Incredibles Family 5-Pack Figures

Price:$15.00

If you have a little Incredibles fan on your hands, this is a great holiday gift idea. The Incredibles Family 5-Pack Figures set includes Elastigirl, Mr. Incredible, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack. Kids will love saving the day with these toys, which we think is one of the best Christmas gifts of 2018. Suggested for ages 3 and older.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Love Surprises

Soft ‘n Slo Blind Bag Squishies

Price:$7.00

Kids love these Soft 'n Slo Blind Bag Squishies that come in yummy-looking food and cute critter shapes. Much like an adult stress ball, these squishies can be squeezed tight before slowly expanding back to their original shape. Blind bags come with mystery contents, so each squishy inside is a fun surprise. One of the best gifts for boys and girls ages 8 and older.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids with Something to Say

Sharper Image Cinematic Light-Up Box Letter Board

Price:$10.00

Here's a Christmas gift idea that lets your child say exactly what’s on their mind. The trendy light-up Sharper Image Cinematic Light-Up Box Letter Board features letters that can be arranged to say whatever they want, and the box lights up with battery or outlet-powered LED backlit display. The letterbox comes with 90 symbols and letters.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Like to Draw

Scentco Smencils Scented Pencils

Price:$14.00

Kids love smelly markers; moms, not so much. Made from recycled newspapers instead of wood, Scentco Smencils Scented Pencils come in a variety of kid-friendly scents — and they won't stain the couch. One of the best inexpensive Christmas gifts for kids who are budding artists.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Love Cartoons

Flipbook Kit

Price:$12.00

Teach your kiddos all about old-school animation with these cool, creative Flipbook Kits. The kit comes with two pre-drawn flipbooks, one blank flipbook, and markers and clips to create their moving masterpiece. Who knows, your little one might turn out to be the next Walt Disney, thanks to this fun and inexpensive Christmas gift idea for kids.

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Best Christmas Gift for Kids Who Love Puzzles

Professor Puzzle Planet Emperor Folding Toy

Price:$10.00

Kids can fold and unfold this cube puzzle into a fun alien toy. These puzzles come in more shapes — including an astronaut and a planet emperor — and at this low price and compact size, you can toss one of these gifts in each kid's Christmas stocking! Recommended for ages 7 and up.