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15 Cheap Toys & Gifts for Kids Under $10

Not all gifts for kids need to be expensive. Often times small inexpensive gifts are given for Christmas gift exchanges between children. Other times grandparents or older siblings who are on a strict budget simply can’t afford to give the children in their lives expensive gifts. 

Here is a look at some highly rated cheap toys and gifts under $10.00 that children are sure to love.

Our List of Fun & Cheap Toys That Cost Less Than $10

The great news is that many times these affordable toys and gifts are just what a child wanted and may be appreciated more than a $100.00 gift.

Summary

This Magic Rainbow Scratch paper kit comes with 50 sheets of paper to make colorful pictures and designs and 5 styluses for scratching the surface of the paper to reveal the colors below. This gift idea will help children improve their fine motor skills and creativity.

Pros
  • Kids love creating pictures and seeing what colors appear
  • Fun activity for the entire family
Cons
  • There seems to be no complaints regarding this scratch paper
Recommended Age

8 years and up

What Makes The Rainbow Scratch Paper Stand Out?

This scratch paper stands out due to the bright colors that are revealed as children create their art.

2
Make A Wind Chime Kit

Summary

This wind chime kit has everything a child needs to make their own terracotta and metal wind chimes including paint, cord, and chime rods. It is a great $10 toy your child will love!

Pros
  • Paints are vibrant colors
  • Allows children to be creative
Cons
  • Wind chimes are quite small
Recommended Age

Children 7 to 10 are most likely to enjoy making these wind chimes

What Makes this Wind Chime Kit Stand Out?

Everything that is needed is included in the kit so children can make the chimes as soon as they receive the gift.

Summary

This Disney Princess Necklace activity set makes a great gift idea for a young girl. This kit makes 5 colorful necklaces complete with silicone necklaces, beads and rubber charms. A fun activity for young children who love making things they can actually wear.

Pros
  • Makes several necklaces
  • Encourages child to be creative
Cons
  • The ends of the necklace don’t stay together well
Recommended Age

Ages 4 to 7

What Makes this Necklace Activity Set Stand Out?

This set stands out due to the ability of children to make their necklaces using their own creativity.

Summary

This 128 piece Lego Plane building kit makes a great Christmas or birthday gift for any young child who loves building with Legos. This kit will allow your child to build their choice of different plane designs and then play with their creation.

Pros
  • Nice clear instructions
  • Can add this set to other Lego sets
Cons
  • Some Kits were missing pieces
Recommended Age

6 years and up

What Makes this Lego Kit Stand Out?

This Lego kit allows the child to make 3 different planes one at a time.

Summary

This Jazzminton Lite game is a fun game that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. It comes with 2 paddles, 2 birdies, 1 ball and a carry bag. Despite this being a cheap game that is less than 10 dollars it is loads of fun, making it a gift any child would love.

Pros
  • Fun game that can be played indoors or out
  • Encourages exercise
Cons
  • Not the highest quality
Recommended Age

8 and up

What Makes this Game Stand Out?

This game can be played by people of various ages and they all have fun.

Summary

Young children compare two pictures and find the differences between the two pictures. This is a fun activity for young children and sharpens their observation skills.

Pros
  • Good Picture quality
  • Fun activity that holds child’s attention
Cons
  • It will take a while for young children to get use to finding the differences
Recommended Age

5 years to 3rd grade level

What Makes this Find the Difference Activity Book Stand Out?

The wide variety of subjects in this book makes this book more fun for younger children.

Summary

This set of 6- 9 piece wooden puzzles are of cute colorful animals. These puzzles will make a cute kid’s gift for under $10 and will help young children develop their fine motor skills and their hand/eye coordination.

Pros
  • Bright colors
  • Animal is drawn on the board so child can match pieces with the underlying picture
Cons
  • There seems to be no complaints regarding these puzzles
Recommended Age

2 to 5

What Makes these Puzzles Stand Out?

The animals in these puzzles are appealing to young children making them eager to complete each puzzle.

Summary

Kids love Marvel Adventures and this Lego Iron Man Kit allows children to build their own Iron Man and then play out their own adventures. This 148 piece kit makes a great cheap gift for kid’s birthdays, Christmas or even for their Easter baskets.

Pros
  • Not too difficult for younger kids
  • Kids love acting out scenarios with this super hero
Cons
  • Some missing pieces
Recommended Age

6 years and up

What Makes this Lego Iron Man Kit Stand Out?

Encourages child’s creativity and imagination

Summary

This set of 2 ATV Pull Back Cars makes a great gift for toddlers. Just pull back these vehicles and let them go and they zoom across the floor. With 2 vehicles they are perfect for racing.

Pros
  • These cars are quite sturdy
  • Fast for friction powered cars
Cons
  • Don’t last long
Recommended Age

3 years and up

What Makes These Cars Stand Out?

The vibrant colors and the fast speed makes these cars a favorite of young children.

Summary

This adorable 7.5 inch stuffed penguin makes a great Christmas, birthday or shower gift for any young child or infant. Kids love cuddling this soft little animal.

Pros
  • Great Size for toddlers to hold and carry
  • Incredibly soft
Cons
  • Penguin is smaller than advertised
Recommended Age

Newborns to adults

What Makes this Penguin Stand Out?

This penguin stands out because it is so soft.

Summary

Now girls can decorate their own water bottle with sparkling bling stickers and then use the bottle for water or other drinks when out playing or traveling. The pick water bottle comes with a leak proof cap.

Pros
  • Encourages children to drink more water
  • Keeps drinks cold longer
Cons
  • Stickers will wear off after a while
Recommended Age

5 years and up

What Makes This Water Bottle Stand Out?

Girls can use their own creativity to design their water bottle the way they like.

Summary

This Disney matching game makes a great gift for preschoolers and helps them develop memory. This game has many of kid’s favorite Disney characters such as Tinkerbell, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and more.

Pros
  • Pictures are printed on thick cardboard
  • Clear pictures
Cons
  • Some users received damaged products
Recommended Age

3 Years and up

What Makes this Gift Stand Out?

Brightly colored cars and pictures most kids will recognize.

Summary

If you are looking for gifts for kids under $10 then this fishing bath toy is a great choice. This toy works great in the tub or in a wading pool and has 3 fish and a rod.

Pros
  • The Magnets on the fish always face up
  • The fish don’t mold
Cons
  • The screw on the rod can rust if allowed to get wet
Recommended Age

2 years and up

What Makes this Bath Fishing Set Stand Out?

Develops fine motor skills and keeps children occupied in the tub

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Giraffes Can’t Dance

Summary

Books make excellent Christmas presents or birthday gifts and this book about a giraffe who wants to dance teaches children that everyone can achieve goals in their own way.

Pros
  • Fun Rhyming text grabs children’s attention
  • Helps children understand it is okay to be different
Cons
  • Some parents don’t like the bullying aspect of the story
Recommended Age

Perfect for children 18 months and up if parents read to them.

What Makes this book Stand Out?

Great pictures, nice rhymes and a message about being oneself.

Summary

This 8 piece sand toy kit is perfect for the sandbox or the beach. With a water can, rake, shovel and molds this set will make playing outdoor fun for toddlers.

Pros
  • Rubbery Plastic easy for kids to handle
  • Cute molds
Cons
  • Very small pieces
Recommended Age

18 months and up

What Makes this Set Stand Out?

The material used to make these toys is softer than most hard plastic toys.

Guide for Buying Inexpensive Gifts for Kids

We’ve all heard that it is not the cost of a gift, but the thought that counts and this is true. However choosing when choosing inexpensive gifts for kids there are some things you should consider in order to not disappoint the child.

Check the Reviews

Make sure that those cheap gifts are durable so the child can play with them long enough to enjoy them.

Choose Gifts that Encourages Creativity and Imagination

If you are purchasing gifts for $10.00 or less then look for gifts such as art supplies, building kits, and other inexpensive gifts that will help a child develop their creativity and imagination as children can use these gifts to build on.

Listen to the Child

There are many times that young children especially will actually be more interested in inexpensive toys than expensive ones. Also don’t exclude simple toys that can be used in various ways such as balls, jump ropes and other toys.

Final Thoughts on Cheap Toys for Boys & Girls

If you are on a limited budget and looking for inexpensive toys for children we hope this list and buying guide will be of assistance to you.

Sheryl Jackson

Sheryl is a grandmother who resides in Michigan. She has 3 adult children, many grandchildren and a large number of nieces and nephews. Sheryl is especially equipped to write about toys because she has been reviewing kids stuff for years and also buying toys for decades as a mother, grandmother, aunt and great aunt.

Sheryl has a keen eye for and extensive experience in selecting popular and high quality toys and gifts not only for her kids as they were growing up but for her grand children since her children are still having babies to this day, making her equally qualified in selecting good toys for not only teen and tweens but also babies.

She takes pride in not only finding the best toys for her grand kids but also in staying up-to-date on trends in the toy industry and keeping up with the latest new toys that come out each year.

Sheryl has extensive experience reviewing toys over the years and she excited to join the Pigtail Pals editorial team as their main contributor for their toy and gift guides from June 2020 forward! Sheryl has reviewed and updated all content written prior to her joining the Pigtail Pals team and made modifications where appropriate.