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Great Gifts for Kids for $10 and Less

Updated on December 1, 2014
My sons playing Rummikub
My sons playing Rummikub | Source

"Inexpensive" does not have to mean "cheap"

Like many other people, I need to carefully budget my money. When it comes to buying gifts, I keep things very simple and inexpensive.

Although I do not have much money to spend on children's gifts, I also do not want to give a child a gift that is "cheap" - one that will quickly fall apart or that isn't interesting or useful to them.

A gift should not be a piece of junk purchased simply because you can't afford something "really nice."

What follows are suggestions for good, quality gifts for kids that cost $10 or less.

Uno: A Fun and Inexpensive Card Game
Uno: A Fun and Inexpensive Card Game

What Are Good Gifts?

To me, a good gift is one that the kids will play with and that stimulates their imagination or intellect.

I do my best to avoid toys and games that have batteries, promote media-saturated characters, take up a lot of space, are destined to break quickly, or are otherwise annoying. If I want to promote quality toys in my own home, I certainly do not want to clutter up others' homes with junky toys that are clearly purchased on the basis of their low price tags.

Yes, I suppose that "cheap toys" have their place in children's lives. But for a gift, I want my present to stand out as being something that is of value, that the kids will enjoy, and that won't annoy the parents. And I want to do this while spending a minimal amount of money!

Classic Games at a Good Price

These are games that have stood the test of time. Each one is $10 or under.

Uno Card Game
Uno Card Game

Both my sons (now 8 and 5 years old) love Uno, and it's also fun for adults! It can be played with 2 people but gets more interesting with 3 or 4 players. It is easy to take along when we travel and is very inexpensive!

Mastermind Game : The Strategy Game of Codemaker vs. Codebreaker
Mastermind Game : The Strategy Game of Codemaker vs. Codebreaker

This is a game of logic and problem-solving. Try to figure out the colors and positions of hidden pegs.

Yahtzee Hasbro Gaming 1 ea
Yahtzee Hasbro Gaming 1 ea

Dice game in which you score by rolling different "poker" hands - pairs, full house, straights, etc.


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Mad Libs!

My sons and I all get a kick out of Mad Libs! Fill in the blanks using words of specific parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) to create hysterical stories. It's a great way for kids to learn about grammar without it being a chore. This is an easy game to bring along for travel, too.

There are lots and lots of different Mad Libs booklets with various themes. Each one costs under $5.

Goofy Mad Libs
Goofy Mad Libs

Mad Libs books come in lots of different themes, so you can choose the book that best suits the child's interests.


Inexpensive Math and Language Games

These are terrific! They are fun and engaging ways to practice math and storytelling. These are good quality gifts for a cheap price! These travel well.

Think Fun Math Dice
Think Fun Math Dice

Manipulate the numbers on the dice using math functions. We can play this for just a few minutes or for an extended period of time. It's easy to take along on trips. There is also a version for younger children: Math Dice, Jr.

Rory's Story Cubes
Rory's Story Cubes

Use dice to inspire storytelling as a game. Learning disguised as a game!


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How to Draw...

This is a terrific series! Simple instructions to help children (and adults!) learn how to draw various subjects.

Choose a theme that your gift recipient will enjoy: animals, people, vehicles, fairies, flowers, monsters, etc.

How to Draw 101 Animals
How to Draw 101 Animals

My sons, who are not particularly artistic, really like this book because it shows them how to draw animals using simple step-by-step directions. They have this one and another for drawing vehicles.


Enjoying a Maze Book

Puzzle and Maze Books - Great for quiet time activities.

Game and puzzle books help kids develop skills in various areas - such as logic, observation, math, and language - as well as general problem-solving.

The Everything Kids' Puzzle Book: Mazes, Word Games, Puzzles & More! Hours of Fun!
The Everything Kids' Puzzle Book: Mazes, Word Games, Puzzles & More! Hours of Fun!

Huge book with lots of puzzles recommended for kids about 9 years of age and older.

Animal Pals: Best-Ever Puzzles from Puzzle Buzz (v. 1)
Animal Pals: Best-Ever Puzzles from Puzzle Buzz (v. 1)

Puzzle book for younger children. There are lots of different issues of these particular puzzle book.


Great Gifts at a Cheap Price!

There are definitely options available to purchase good quality gifts at cheap prices!

You can spend under $10 (and even under $5) and still get a gift you can be happy to give, one that children and their parents will sincerely value and enjoy.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      A lot of lovely presents at affordable price... You are right Inexpensive and cheap are two totally different words:)

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      atomicgirl24 5 years ago

      Great selection of gifts-- UNO was one of my most favorite card games growing up and is definitely one of those budget gifts that every kid is bound to love!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice selection of cheap gifts for children, with some great ideas for keeping those young minds busy. Thanks for sharing.

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      You have some really great choices here. Affordable gifts are possible!