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Great Gifts for Kids for $10-$20

Updated on November 21, 2014
All photos by Valerie Bloom
All photos by Valerie Bloom

You Can Purchase Fantastic Presents for Kids for Less Than $20!

While we want to get the children in our lives good quality gifts, many of us also must stick to frugal budgets.

Fortunately, there is a wide selection of excellent games for kids that cost between $10 and $20!

Just about every game that I recommend on this lens has been played over and over again in my home.

The few we don't own have been thoroughly researched and are on our "wish list."

These are games that my kids and I truly enjoy playing and that are of good quality, in that they encourage skills in areas such as problem-solving, logic, strategy, and reading.

I think these games make excellent gifts that you can be happy to give and that kids will be delighted to receive. But you don't have to just take my word for it - all of these selections rate very highly on Amazon.

Everything on this page is eligible for FREE SHIPPING from Amazon. No wasting money on shipping! (Do make sure you look carefully, though, since the shipping offers sometimes change.)

No Junk Toys!

I get very frustrated with lousy toys and games that do not promote creativity or critical thinking, that make a lot of noise, are made to just fall apart, and are often purchased simply because they are so inexpensive.

While "cheap gifts" may be affordable, they do not stand the test of time. They will be thrown in the trash, re-gifted, or donated rather than being treasured as a source of fun or engaging play.

I do not have much money to spend on gifts. But I have found a number of truly fun, quality, meaningful, engaging games for kids that cost under $20.

I hope you and your family enjoy these as much as we do!

You can be frugal and still give great gifts!

Some Classic Board Games for Under $20

These are a few excellent board games that cost less than $20!

Scrabble Junior
Scrabble Junior

My 8-year-old recently began playing Scrabble Junior and has taken right to it! This is an excellent way to encourage reading skills in a fun game.

Sequence for Kids
Sequence for Kids

Great for younger players, with a manufacturer's recommended age of 4-6 years old. Good for recognizing patterns and for developing memory and game strategies.

Sorry Game (Amazon Exclusive)
Sorry Game (Amazon Exclusive)

We LOVE this game! When we send an opponent's piece back to the start position, we say, "Sorry!" very dramatically. You never know who will win this game - often, the player with the slowest start comes from behind to finish first. This game is good to develop reading, strategies, and apologies!

Having Fun Playing"Guess Who?"
Having Fun Playing"Guess Who?"

Guess Who?

We have enjoyed this game for several years now, and my kids still love it!

Guess Who? is a game of logic and problem-solving. By asking YES/NO questions, players try to determine which character their opponent has chosen.

For example, one player may ask, "Does your person have yellow hair?" If the other player answers, "Yes," then the first player hides all the characters on their board who do not have yellow hair.

After several questions to eliminate many of the possible characters, players guess the names of each other's characters.

Guess Who? Board Game(Discontinued by manufacturer)
Guess Who? Board Game(Discontinued by manufacturer)

Guess Who? is a lot of fun! It is very quick to set up the boards and play a round, so it's a convenient go-to game to play.


Scientific Choices

Totally Gross: The Game of Science
Totally Gross: The Game of Science

Super-funny game that is, well, gross! Kids learn about scientific facts by way of their fascination with gross stuff. How great is that?!?! We've spent a lot of time laughing hysterically while playing this game!

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

This is a terrific introduction to scientific experiments. The kit includes just about all of the necessary supplies you'll need - the other items are probably already in your house. What I really like is that the experiments are designed to be fun and cool, but NOT PARTICULARLY MESSY!!!


A Big Book of Games

This is a terrific, gigantic book of games and puzzles.

My kids have a lot of fun with these sorts of books, and this one has been especially enjoyable for my older son. He skips around the book and does the puzzles he's in the mood to do. Whatever he's not ready to do or interested in figuring out, he just skips over until he wants to return to it. No worries - there are so very many activities in this book that there's something for every kid. The manufacturer recommends this particular book for kids 6-12.

Games Magazine Junior Kids' Big Book of Games
Games Magazine Junior Kids' Big Book of Games

Good for quiet time activities or to keep occupied while waiting at doctor's offices and such. Develops various problem-solving, language, and math skills.


Other Items that My Sons Enjoy

  • Legos
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Books
  • Dominoes (They like to line them up, then set the fall line in motion)

I Never Forget a Face

I Never Forget a Face matching game
I Never Forget a Face matching game
eeBoo I Never Forget a Face Matching Game
eeBoo I Never Forget a Face Matching Game

My kids have several "memory" games, but this is by far their favorite - and mine!


I Never Forget a Face

Although this is just a "memory game," I find the theme really appealing! Instead of everyday objects or commercialized characters from movies, the pictures are of kids from around the world. The underlying theme of kindness and respect among all people is a refreshing change of pace! The game also comes with a map of the world that shows where the different characters come from!

Give quality, not junk - even if you're on a budget!

Harvest Time Cooperative Game

Family Pastimes - Cooperative Board Games

Cooperative games in which players work together to achieve a common goal provides a refreshing alternative to typical board games in which players try to win against one another.

We own a couple of board games from Family Pastimes and have played several others. They are a fantastic addition to any game collection!

This is just one of a number of cooperative games made by Family Pastimes. There are games for children of various ages.

Family Pastimes Harvest Time - A Co-operative Game
Family Pastimes Harvest Time - A Co-operative Game

Harvest Time is the first game we played from Family Pastimes. My then 3-year-old enjoyed setting up the board ("planting the seeds") and then removing the "crops" during play. The die has colored dots on it, so there's no reading required.


Happy Gift Giving!

I hope this has given you some inspiration and ideas for great gifts for kids that don't cost a fortune!

When you have a gift-giving occasion, make your gift a good, meaningful one that will be a treasured item in a child's life.

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      Valerie Bloom 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @shawnhi77 lm: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      shawnhi77 lm 5 years ago

      Really wonderful lens.