10 Great Gifts for Kids Under $25

The following is by editor Kara Fleck.

Unless you”re one of the lucky few who is already done with their holiday shopping (and, yes, I do know a few folks who claim to be finished) then you are currently looking over your list and checking it twice.

Here are a few gift ideas for kids to get you started, all under $25.


First on my list because I believe that books are a can”t miss gift.  Books are great to give kids young and old, boys and girls alike.

A few of our current favorites:

You could combine a gift of the book Strega Nona with this adorable wooden Strega Nona and her magic pasta pot from etsy seller Crunchy Family Rising and you”d have a lovely gift for just under $25.

Check out our Books & Music category for more ideas.

2. A Hippopotamus for Christmas

Photo by Happy Bungalow
Speaking of etsy, I have recently been introduced to the Happy Bungalow shop.  Don handcrafts wonderful items from wood.  Does your child want a hippopotamus for Christmas?  This adorable stocking stuffer is extra special because Happy Bungalow will donate 40% of all its handmade hippo sales between now and December 31st to Heifer International and Cincinnati charity The Neediest Kids of All.  Be sure to check out the wooden chickens, giraffes, and the doll house furniture, too.

3. Artterro kits

My ten year old has two of these creativity inspiring kits from Artterro and loves them.  This award winning company produces eco friendly art kits.  I love that one of their company goals is to get kids and adults to experience art together. From dolls to bubble-wands to books, there is a lot of fun to be had creating these art projects.

Their new journal kit will be finding its way into a stocking at our house this year (and, the giveaway may be over, but I believe there is a discount code from Simple Mom right now)

4. Music

Like books, I believe that music is a gift that holds appeal to all kids.  If you are looking for ideas for kid friendly music then you should check out Simple Kids contributor Jennifer Brown”s reviews.  Most of the kids music we listen to came from one of Jennifer”s recommendations.

5. Dolls

Boys and girls need something to cuddle and love.  I think dolls are great toys, and we have a few that have become like part of the family at our house.  If you have the time and the ability, a homemade doll is a lovely gift, destined to become a family heirloom.

If you”re looking to purchase a baby doll, I have found the dolls from Manhattan Toys to be very good for their price point – we have the Sweet Pea Snuggle Pod doll and one of our kids is getting a Baby Stella doll this year.

6. Uno Moo

My family really enjoys Uno Moo, a preschool game with a clever take on traditional Uno.  The farm theme is clever and engaging, it all packs up in its own barn storage case, and the game goes quickly, even when four people are playing.  I love that my three year old can play, with very little help from mom and dad, yet my five year old and ten year old enjoy playing, too.

7. Art Supplies and Paper

One of my favorite gifts for children is art supplies.  Paper, crayons, paint sets, markers, and glue sticks are such treats to receive. A good set of drawing pencils and a sketch pad is one of my standard gifts for kids from elementary on up.

Art supplies are a great gift idea that can fit with just about any budget.  I believe children benefit from good, quality art supplies but I”m certainly not going to knock the joy that can come from a dollar box of crayons and a package of construction paper.

The Sugar Plum Fairy recently brought the Fleck children Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring pads, which got a thumbs up from my three and five year olds.

8. Fun Organic Clothing

A fun tee shirt or onesie is something that, while not every kid will appreciate it, their parents will. Barley & Birch is my favorite source for kid-sized tees and onesies.  Yes, you might pay a little bit more but you do get what you pay for: quality, well made clothing with a conscience.

Check out the Barley & Birch sale section, where some bargains to be found and shop their limited edition gifts, too.  You can get 20% off your entire purchase with the code SLM20.

9. Play silks

Play silks are one of my favorite open ended toys for children.  They don”t have to be silk, they can be cotton or linen.  You can make own by purchasing silk blanks or using cotton fabric squares and . You can also purchase them from companies like Sarah”s Silks or browse .

To stay under the $25 budget, I”d recommend either a set of smaller playsilks (the handkerchief size) or one large multicolored silk.  Both can be used in a variety of ways for play and are  a kid favorite at our house.

10. Sparkle Stories

If you”re looking for a unique gift, may I suggest Sparkle Stories?  The tales are engaging and fun.  A subscription a great gift that doesn”t take up any room in the toy box, kids can share, and will last beyond the holiday season.  Subscriptions cost between $7 to $17 a month.

What are some of your favorite inexpensive gift ideas for kids?

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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. These are so great–we love getting books, art supplies, and music. This year I’m thinking about play silks. But I’ve never heard of Sparkle Stories–thanks for the resource! (Their website is so cute–now I’m trying to find a sample to listen to.)
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  2. Last year we got Qwirkle, a family board game. We LOVE it! My husband and I love playing it with our 6 and 8 yo, although it will be a few years before our 2 yo can play it. I think we’ll check out Uno Moo for the little one. Thanks for the great ideas!

  3. Definitely going to check out Uno Moo, I would love a card game that my 3yo can play too! (With hopes of encouraging my 5yo to play more!)

    As far as books, I wanted to suggest that you check out Enid Blyton books – they are a little hard to come by here, I have the most success getting them through our library system or if that fails, through ebay (she’s a British author). My boys LOVE them (I grew up with them), and they are nice stories with magic and funny creatures – my 3yo is in love with the Noddy books, and 5yo really enjoyed the Enchanted Wood series (as have his friends to whom I have recommended it).

  4. Just a few days ago, GeekDad posted his list of top 5 gifts for kids and our preschool teacher posted that with the recommendation of “Inventing supplies” as stocking stuffers: multiple colored duct tape, glue, string, hole punchers, scissors, post-its, and all other things crafty from the office supply stores. Sure to be used for hours and hours longer than any of the trinkets that usually end up in stockings.

    And my son LOVES Uno Moo so much that it has a permanent home at Grandmas! It’s a treat for him every time we visit and I don’t have to play 300 times a day. =)
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  5. I purchased this adorable kiddie-sized table and chairs for my two year old grandson’s birthday! Not only were his mom and dad thrilled with the gift, our little grandson was jumping with excitement. HIS OWN FOLDING TABLE AND CHAIRS!!!! He would move from the red chair to the green chair to the blue chair to the yellow one! All the time he had a great big smile on his face.

  6. My kids love art supplies. Also books.
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  7. What a fabulous post….you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a happy child. :-) Play silks are amazing……but books are always a top ranker with me.
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  8. I think one of the gifts we are going to give to our older son (4) this year is a date night with mom and one with dad. We may give him some choices about what this could be, going to a coffee house to play games, going to a high school basketball game or a museum. We have another son (16mo.) and we thought this would be a great gift for our older son to give him a little time with our undivided attention.

    We are also having my mom record herself reading some classic stories that we know our son likes (Blueberries for Sal, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel) so that he has his own recorded books read by grandma.

    Another great gift is a Gertie Ball. http://www.amazon.com/Original-Gertie-Ball-Colors-May-Vary/dp/B0006IRSK6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323185846&sr=8-1 These soft blown up balls are around $5 and have always been a hit with our boys. They are quickly deflate-able and inflatable so they are perfect for trips. We get them out at rest stops so there is something to kick around. We have also played with them in airports to get some energy out while we wait for flights. They are the perfect ball for indoors during the winter because they are soft and won’t easily damage things. We love them!

  9. We always give books to our grandkids, and I love the recommendation for Uno Moo. This sounds perfect for our 3 and 4 year old grandaughters as something they can play together or with their siblings.
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