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10 Items Under $10 to Make You Childishly Happy

Updated on August 24, 2017

Glow in the dark stars? Temporary Tattos? O Yes. They are back!

Remember those days of childhood where gifts worth only a few dollars could make you deliriously happy? I was inspired to create this lens by the childhood gift I received which made me ridiculously happy. What was it? Read and find out. Then look at the rest of the items and see if they bring to mind those childhood happy moments when a simple gift brought huge smiles to our faces. Just because we are adults (or on the outside anyway), does not mean we cannot enjoy them once again!

#1 Glow in the Dark Stars - The One Which Made Me Smile Like an Idiot

Great Explorations Micro Stars
Great Explorations Micro Stars

Months ago I mentioned to my boyfriend how I have always wanted to fall asleep every night with the stars and constellations above me. Every night my last look would be filled with my favorite zodiac constellations (in any hemisphere). To make my reality come true, this year he bought me a box of glow-in-the-dark-stars for my ceiling. Now I can look up every night and see Aquarius, Pisces, Sagittarius, and my other favorites up above me. I love the new natural sapphire square cut earrings from him but I love this gift even a tad bit more. Now when I lie awake, to sick to sleep, I can look up and smile at the starry sight above me.


Get Your Glow-in-the-Dark Stars - and get started on your personal night sky

My boyfriend got me tiny stars so I can make them into lots of constellations, if you just want a few here or there, find the ones which are right for you!

Purchase the Wonder Known as Marzipan - Be Brave. Try it!

Most Americans have not tried or do not like the taste of marzipan. The taste is difficult to describe as marzipan is made of almond paste and rose water. Marzipan is often molded into different shapes (like my recommendation) but that does not affect its taste. If it is shaped like a still tastes just like marzipan (not pear-flavored..gross). I love eating it in the Rittersport chocolate bar or just with chocolate in general. Actually, I just like to eat it. Be brave and try it!

#3 Temporary Fake Tattoos

Asian Dragon Temporary Fake Tattoos
Asian Dragon Temporary Fake Tattoos

For some reason, fake tattoos seem to come hand in hand with drinking. I remember one night which started with a couple of martinis ended with me realizing the next morning I had the ugliest fake tattoo possible on me (it was like 4 inches big). Of course I laughed after a few moments of..."what???!!!! who lets a chronically ill person choose a tattoo like that??!!!'s fake." For my friend's bachelorette party I provided the party favors and one was a big page of fake tattoos. We all ended up going out with one weird sparkly tattoo or another. Anyway, they still make me childishly happy when I put one on until I get grouchy at taking it off. Eh, the fun definitely outweighs the grouchiness though!


The Perfect Temporary Tattoos for Purchase - Go the Non-Permanent Option!!

Fake tattoos are still as fun as when you were little. Just in the correct scenarios (you probably do not want a huge one on your face at work Monday morning). Find your own fake tattoo happiness!

#4 Christmas Lights!

G P LTD DBX02-050003 Icicle Light Set [Kitchen]
G P LTD DBX02-050003 Icicle Light Set [Kitchen]

I know Christmas is over but I'm not saying Christmas lights for seasonal decorating. This year my father and I had visited numerous thrift stores to pick up glass ornaments since only plastic could be found in stores (and no plastic ever goes on a Christmas tree of my mother's!). Sitting next to the ornaments was an unused box of icicle lights so I got it. I put them on the ledge surrounding my window and they dangle there giving off a soft light. I'm going to keep them all year round. They make my room glow in such a soft way it can't help but make me childishly happy.


Glow Necklaces, Glow Sticks, & Even a Glow Sword! - Get Up and Get 'Glowing'

For your next event, pick up some glow sticks and watch the smiles begin.

#6 Sour Gummy Worms

Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers Gummy Candy, 14 Ounces
Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers Gummy Candy, 14 Ounces

Before being yeast-free (no sugar allowed), I loved eating sour gummy worms. There is something so amazing about them. I do not know if it is because of their shape (although I hate worms), sour taste, or just feeling like a kid while eating them. One time I ate a whole package so I can safely not do it. Your head and stomach will put up a very good rebellion if you try. Still, I would love to be eating a pack right now. Maybe one day they will be gluten/yeast free? I hope so...


#7 Hot Chocolate WITH Mini Marshmallows

Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows 0.73oz 60 envelopes.
Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows 0.73oz 60 envelopes.

We used to go and get our tree from a tree farm where they always had hot chocolate mix with mini marshmallows. I have no idea why but the mini marshmallows always made it about 1000 times more exciting. I mean, the marshmallows are already in the mix! No complaining to mom about buying any and you can sneakily add as many as you want. I'm smiling just at the thought of me in those days, trying to appear casual as I poked around for more mini marshmallows in the big tin of hot chocolate.


#8 The Magic SchoolBus Anything

I did not grow up with cable (SHOCK) and looking back, I am perfectly fine with it. If I had cable, I might have missed out on the amazing wonder of The Magic School Bus. The Magic What? The Magic School Bus was an amazing show/book(s) which are on the adventures of the odd teacher, Ms. Frizzle and the magical adventures she takes her students on. Not only magical, but educational as well! Except in a cool way where you are having so much fun watching you do not even realize you are learning.

When my former roommate and I were thrifting, I came across this gold mine of a book. The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body. My favorite of all time, where Ralphie is sick so they visit him and end up taking a ride into his body. They get attacked by white blood cells! As an immunology major it's like whoa...that's so intense! So magic school bus definitely makes me childishly happy. The picture is proof. A healthy me over three years ago grinning like an idiot at her awesome thrift store find.

Magic School Bus Books on Amazon

I'm so sad we cannot find all those wonderful Magic School Bus books my siblings and I received as kids. Thankfully, Amazon is here so I do not have to scour thrift stores or leave the comfort of my bed. Just a click or two and I am Magic School Bus connected.

The Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie - A Book About Germs
The Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie - A Book About Germs

This is my favorite of the Magic School Bus and the one I am holding in the picture. Now that I have studied immunology I hold an even greater appreciation for what is inside our body and the germs it fights to keep us alive on a daily basis. This book is a must-have for all kids.


#9 Perle Beads!

After a long day of sorting fish at the power plant, one of my coworkers would often come over and we would drink wine from tea cups while making things from perle beads. Let me rewind, one day I was sorting through my stuff ('junk') and came across a box with perle beads, ironing paper, and the pegboards. Somehow it ended up coming to college with me and sat undisturbed until my friend discovered it one night. "Let's make some!" So we did.

We made some and then some more just because it was incredibly fun to do something so silly after hours of dealing with squirming fish. This year, I still had lots of perle beads so my friend and I made more one afternoon. The picture is from our frenzied efforts to try different things.

Perle Bead Multi-Mix and Pegboards

Perle beads are not expensive and let's be honest, they are some serious childhood fun. I used the sparkly ones to make a magnet picture frame for a friend of mine to hang on her fridge. She loved it because it combined her favorite elements. Sparkles, the color pink, and of course, a picture with good memories! Just make sure you have some ironing skills or you end up with a half-melted and bent questionable blob.

Perler Multi Mix Assorted Fuse Bead Bucket, 6006 pcs
Perler Multi Mix Assorted Fuse Bead Bucket, 6006 pcs

I own the 6,000 count because it has enough of all the colors I want and the right amount of pegboard designs I need. This is the size I definitely recommend the Perler bead enthusiast to get!


#10 Ridiculous Sunglasses

The first year at one of my jobs, we all had to pick names and than get a gift of less than twenty dollars for the person chosen. When I opened mine, I was floored. I had received a pair of super-huge tacky dollar bill sunglasses. So I was a little disappointed but decided I would put them on, refer to them as my 'cashmoney on the beach' pair and take them with me on vacation for a photo-op on the beach. After I said all that, the person gave me my real gift. A twenty dollar gift card to A & F and told me I didn't have to keep the sunglasses. I did and I took them with for my cashmoney on the beach photo op. The proof? A picture of me on the beach with my cashmoney glasses.

Musical Sunglasses? Disco ball sunglasses? HOLOGRAM sunglasses? - Those and more...

Amazon has some of the most ridiculous sunglasses to choose from. I had fun just looking for recommendations for you!

The Debate

Does a Gift Have to Be Expensive to Make You Happy?

Is there a gift which makes you childishly happy? Like the lens? Feel the urge to flame it?

What about you?

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      6 years ago

      I love your list! Gummy worms and gummy bears are always a cause for celebration around here! A night of trivial pursuit with gummy worms and bears for all!

      We love the beads too. The grandchildren and I have spent hours playing in a bucket of beads like the ones you show here!

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      6 years ago

      My list would be a little different, but I love this concept of things that are inexpensive yet can make us feel childishly happy. I'd have to put Bubbles in the list ... and maybe an ocarina or set of maracas ... toy xylophone ... sugar free peanut butter cups ... CD of acoustic guitar music without vocals ... in fact, I'm enjoying just thinking about what MY list would look like! Great Lens, this is!

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      6 years ago

      LOL, this brought back a few memories. Used to have the glow in the dark stars on my bedroom ceiling when I was a child, which was a great thing to fall asleep to.

      Marzipan fruits make me think of my grandmother when she was alive, as she always had some when we went to visit. :)

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      6 years ago from US

      I love the glow in the dark stars. My daughter had them in her room when she was little. Great list!

    • adelais lm profile image

      adelais lm 

      6 years ago

      These gifts make me feel nostalgic.

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      6 years ago from Slovenija

      A lot of fun gifts and nice list of ideas. Thank you for putting this together.

    • pumpum profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens, I enjoyed sooo much. Thank you!


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