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24 Kids' Toys And Gifts Under $10 That Might Become Their Favorite Thing To Play With

For less than a Hamilton, you can make the kid in your life very happy (for a few minutes at least).

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What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it.

1. An Uno "Nothin’ But Paper" card game made from fully recyclable materials (for the first time ever). Now kids can get as much enjoyment from helping Mother Earth as they do from dropping a Wild Draw Four card whenever they play.

Models playing Uno card game
Green packaging of Uno cards
Amazon

Ages 7+

Promising review: "Soy-based inks, recycled content paper, no harmful chemicals and no plastic (well, except the Amazon envelope it came in ‚ÄĒ sadly). Exactly what we wanted for our family to play with!" ‚ÄĒBorys & Lindsay

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

2. A 12-sided fidget toy (aka a dodecagon) with gears, buttons, a joystick, switch, stress balls, and more for keeping fingers (and more importantly the mind operating those fingers) unstressed and focused.

Four multi-colored 12-sided fidget toys
Amazon

For ages 1+

Promising review:¬†"Our soon-to-be 8-year-old son loves his fidget cube. He struggles with anxiety and mild ADHD and decided he wanted a calming box for his birthday. The fidget cube was one of the items we put in it and he plays with it all the time. He loves it." ‚ÄĒJennifer Moody¬†

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in seven colors). 

3. A box of 72 mini dinosaur toys because sometimes gifts aren't about the quality but the quantity and what kid doesn't love a whole mess of thunder lizards? 

72 plastic dinosaur toys
Amazon

For ages 3+

Also great as cake toppers and party bag favors! 

Promising review: "We were quite amazed at the variety of dinosaurs included in our pack. We expected the usual three but got quite a variety of dinosaurs and we got three or more of each. The colors were fantastic. Bright vivid blues and greens and purples. The size was relatively small which worked well as my daughter used them as homemade Valentines for her friends. Overall, we were very happy with our purchase." ‚ÄĒH. Bowen¬†

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

4. A Lego Dots "Bag Tag" Unicorn for little builders who like to get crafty and adorn their backpacks with their blocky creations.

Amazon

For ages 6+

Promising review: "I purchased this as part of a gift for a third-grade girl who loves Lego Dots. She immediately sat down and began creating her keychain masterpiece. It occupied her and she was well pleased with her final result." CBlum

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

5. A floating octopus interactive bath toy so little ones can learn all about cephalopods (take that rubber ducky, you're not the one) while practicing some ring toss skills.

Reviewer's photo of purple plastic octopus with colorful rings on its tentacles
amazon.com

For ages 18+ months

Promising review: "Awesome toy for bath time. My baby loves it. It doesn't let any water get in it, so it doesn't get moldy inside. The material is similar to silicone, so it's easy on the baby's gums when he chews it and no risk of it hurting him when he kicks around in the tub! Totally recommend! ‚ÄĒAaron Ryan Welch

Note: Reviewer's mention that this item is smaller than expected.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

6. An eight-pack of pop tube sensory toys for building letters, numbers, or any sorts of shapes creative little minds can come up with while acting as a stress reliever (what with that super satisfying popping sound each tube makes).

Split image of child model playing with colorful tube toys and spelling out words with them
Amazon

For ages 1+

Promising review:¬†"These are fun for kids of all ages. My grandbabies love them because they can hold them in their baby hands. They are brightly colored and flexible. Unlikely to hurt anything. Older kids like them for the noise they make when they are stretched or closing. They create long chains (they attach to each other) and wild twisty things. All in all, a good toy for this grandma to have in her house." ‚ÄĒKaty¬†

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

7. An eight-pack of Educational Insights playfoam that's squishy and squashy (great for tactile stimulation) and never dries out (meaning it won't become petrified in the carpet, on the couch, or all over kids' clothing.

Amazon

For ages 3+

Promising review: "I have bought this exact set multiple times! my kids adore it! I love all the colors. They are vibrant and fun. Also that when you mix them it doesn't act like Play-Doh and turn one yucky color. It doesn't dry out so it lasts so much longer than other products. I have compared it to many other brands from other stores, and this one seems to be the best quality. It doesn't leave that weird residue that you can never get off no matter how hard you wash. It comes easily out of hair, rugs, fabrics, and kitty's tail. I just throw it in a ziplock bag when they are done with it. I think it is well worth the price." ‚ÄĒSam.Ramon

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

8. A "Bug Bungalow" insect-catching kit to keep all those creepy crawlies from crawling creepily all over the house as future entomologists get a chance to truly bug out with their backyard findings.

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For ages 3+

Comes with a mesh critter case, a container with magnifying lid, a set of tweezers, and a magnifier.

Promising review: "My daughter has been enjoying catching caterpillars in random containers she finds around the house so we got her this set for her birthday. The entire set is very sturdy and fun, the tools are great to have too. The day after she got it, we rescued a fat green parsley worm from the pool and put it in here. The caterpillar quickly formed a chrysalis, but we had no idea what to expect. Sure enough, two weeks later and a beautiful swallowtail emerged! The entire family put down their screens and was oohing and ahhhing. Definitely worth the price! I expect the kids will enjoy catching more bugs and caterpillars with this set for years to come." ‚ÄĒRenee P Bosch

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

9. A big ol' 5,500-piece bucket of Perler beads for the artsy kids (and the fartsy kids too, so, like all kids) to create their own colorful designs and patterns that adults will fuse together with an iron. Yup, that's how it works.

Top down view of open Perler bead bucket filled with multi-colored beads and boards
Amazon

For ages 6+

Includes 5,500) assorted beads, three pegboards (butterfly, flower, and daisy), and one sheet of reusable ironing paper. 

Promising review:¬†"My kids love these beads and the crafts they can make with them. I have bought many different buckets, the colors are always beautiful and the beads are always uniform and well made. It is also a great idea to buy some of the large clear square pegboards and search Pinterest or Google for free printable Perler bead designs. There are a zillion out there. These keep my kids very busy and very happy (9- and 5- year-old). I would not recommend this craft for kids under 4, they do not seem to have the dexterity to manipulate the beads even in a random pattern. The beads can get messy if you spend a lot of time crafting, but are so easy to sweep up. Very affordable for a fun afternoon of crafting!" ‚ÄĒhelena joyce¬†

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

10. An official Wiffle ball and bat set (just like the kind you find in that box randomly shoved in an aisle at CVS whenever the weather starts to warm up) that will most definitely be used as a light saber at some point.

Split image of close-up of yellow Wiffle ball bat and kids playing Wiffle ball on baseball diamond
Amazon

For ages 3+

The classics never go out of style. It's the same damn Wiffle ball and bat we had as kids and our parents had as kids and your kids will now soon have as will their kids. Thus is the cycle of life. Bonus: no windows will be broken!  

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.17.

11. A magnetic ring fidget toy set to "quickly focus attention and release stress through a simple rotation game." Not too loud (some light clicking) but great for helping to relieve anxiety and stress, and keeping idle hands busy.

Illustrated images of rings in hand next to packaging and stacking of three rainbow-colored magnetic rings.
Amazon

For ages 3+ 

Promising review:¬†"My teenage daughter has ADHD and anxiety, she loves them because they spin, they're magnetic, and she can do multiple things with them. It's been great for our nine-hour trip in a car for vacation." ‚ÄĒShalon Paterson

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

12. A super-durable foam glider airplane that can soar up to 100-feet when properly tossed. Natural enemies include trees and roofs. Steer clear of those, kid, and it's smooth flying!

Four multicolored foam plane toys in their packaging
Amazon

For ages 4+

Promising review:¬†"I got this for my 7-year-old son and he loves it! The size of it is great for him to play within the house on a rainy day but also fun to take outside as well. I would definitely buy this again and probably will get one for my nephews too! It's durable and a good value for the money." ‚ÄĒSarah Gillum

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $7.75 (available in four colors). 

13. A 70-piece Plus Plus Triceratops construction puzzle set which can be turned into anything your child can imagine and also be combined with other sets to make even bigger creations. The best part: the pieces don't hurt when you step on them.

Amazon

For ages 5+

Promising review: "Easy to travel with. I put these in a ziplock in my purse and pull them out for my 4-year-old at restaurants! They are the perfect entertainment!" ‚ÄĒBuntingsnmore

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 27 different sets).

14. A set of Learning Resources ABC puzzle cards for learning that alphabet from A to Z. Double bonus: there's only one right answer for each puzzle and the handled box makes for easy cleanup and storage.

Split image of packaging and ABC puzzle cards along with child model playing with said cards
Amazon

For ages 3+

Promising review:¬†"My little puzzle lover has found this so fun! She is really enjoying matching the letters to the image. She‚Äôs quickly learning to identify letters because of these!" ‚ÄĒLissette¬†

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

15. A Sassy ring stacking set with all of the skills (hand-to-eye, sorting, motor) to pay the bills (and a very reasonable bill at this for under ten bucks). Bonus: the different textured rings also help with teething!

Split reviewer's image of colorful ring stacking set fully stacked and disassembled
amazon.com

For ages 6+ months

Promising review: "My favorite part of this product is that all the rings fit in any order. My grandson first started using this (well, I helped) when he was about 6 months old. Even now at 10 months, I'm quite sure he would get frustrated if he had to put them on in a particular order to make them fit. Also, each ring is quite different from the other rings so the toy provides a lot more sensory experience than the traditional ring stacker. Not just colors, but the way each ring feels is very different. And it's well made and durable, so no problems there." Love2Teach

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

16. A 125-piece Lego Miles Morales Spider-Man in mech armor that does whatever a spider can (in mech armor, I suppose). Comes with a mini Miles fig and a bunch of webs!

Amazon

For ages 7+

Promising review: "The price point of these mech builds makes them great to get a bunch and have the kids play with them a bit more rough than some of the other more elaborate Lego sets that shatter when you look at them wrong. We have this one, Thor, Cap, and Iron Man and my young boys will battle them and there will be parts strewn across the living room floor. The consistency of design means they are super easy to rebuild...or will sometimes mix and match." ‚ÄĒPatrick McAuliffe

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

17. A three-pack of silicone rainbow push popper fidget toys to help relieve stress and anxiety in kids (and adults too) in a simple, colorful, and satisfying way.

Reviewer's image of rainbow-colored circle, square, and octagon fidget toys
amazon.com

For all ages! 

Promising review:¬†"I'm very pleased with this product. The colors are vibrant as I expected from the pictures. They are also a nice size and sturdy, not flimsy. It does seem that there is a quiet side and a loud side when popping but I wouldn't consider the loud side necessarily too loud or annoying. These are great for kids to use while trying to manage big emotions but also fun just to play with. Planning on buying more to use in my classroom." ‚ÄĒ529

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $8.99. 

18. A snow and sand building block mold for constructing architecturally sound snow forts and sandcastles (that are totally up to code).

Amazon

For ages 3+

Promising snowy review: "Straight from my childhood. Bows out a bit with packed snow, but it's plastic and to be expected. Works best with second-day snow that has a little wetness to it. Powder doesn't work super well unless you really pack layers in there. Overall works just like I expected it to!" ‚ÄĒMatthew Wagner

Promising sandy review: "We took it to build sandcastles at the beach and it was the perfect thing to build a sand block city from versus the usual sand buckets. The sand does run through the holes on the handle." ‚ÄĒEmily K

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.42.

19. A soft rubber bendable sloth figure that bends... very... very... very... slowly.

Toy sloth figure with arms wide open
All Gifty Things / Etsy

All ages! 

All Gifty Things is an Etsy shop located in Congers, NY that specializes in "unique and hard-to-find gifts." 

Promising review: "So adorable, our grandson is going to love it!" ‚ÄĒabsolutdreamer70

Shipping info: 4‚Äď10 days depending on location. Free shipping when you spend $35+.¬†Etsy offsets carbon emissions from shipping and packaging on this purchase.

Get it from All Gifty Things on Etsy for $8.99. 

20. A Melissa & Doug "decorate-your-own" wooden princess wand craft kit for crafty kiddos looking to explore the dark arts. Wait. What? Kidding, it's just a star on a stick to play some make-em-ups!

Split image of child model decorating a wooden wand and the complete packaging of the wand set
Amazon

For ages 4+

Includes a wooden star, a dowel, two satin ribbons, 19 gem stickers, four pots of paint, a paintbrush, two glitter glues, and white glue.

Promising review:¬†"This is not a craft that can be completed in one sitting. Which was fine with me, but my daughter was a little less patient. First, you need to wait for the glue to dry on the stick and the star to make the wand. Then you can start painting your base coat. Then you should wait for that to dry. Then apply glue to one side for the gems. Wait for that to dry. Then apply them to the other side. Wait for that to dry. Then apply glitter glue. Wait for that to dry. Then you can tie the ribbons on and play! And if you want it to be darker, a couple of coats of paint are needed. We applied two coats and it came out great. The first coat was definitely not enough. This is a fun toy for a great price. My 5-year-old loves it." ‚ÄĒJ&CBaxter

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $8.79.

21. A Nerf DinoSquad Stegosmash dart blaster, which, quite honestly, is worth it for that name alone! Comes with five foam darts, which can be stored onboard.

Child model holding Nerf dart gun that looks like a damn dinosaur
Amazon

For ages 8+

Promising review:¬†"Neat Nerf blaster. I really like the design of it. Accuracy, distance, and speed are perfect for indoor play." ‚ÄĒKevin Poling¬†

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.62. 

22. A Mega Construx Hot Wheels "Rockin’ Racers" set for some fast (but never too furious or expensive) fun so little speed demons can build their hot rods and then race them!   

Child model assembling blue toy car
Hot Wheels car kit with driver
Amazon

For ages 5+

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

23. A super-realistic four-piece Schleich Shiba Inu playset which makes the ideal gift for the little dog-lover in your life who's not quite ready for that real pup yet. Plus, think of the memes you can make with these tiny toys! 

Dog toys with bed and bone
Shiba Inu dog and puppy toy
Amazon

For ages 3+

Promising review: "I am a grown woman who, nonetheless, collects figurines of cute animals. I got the¬†Shiba¬†Inu mother and puppy set. Both figures are adorable and a great addition to my collection. I like the Schleich brand in general because their figurines are fairly realistic and whoever paints them does a competent job. I expect to keep these guys on my display shelf for a long time." ‚ÄĒLauren Votava

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (a variety of animals including pigs, wolves, alpacas, lions, bears, and more). 

24. A 10-pack of Play-Doh that there was no way in hell that you'd ever be able to avoid buying. Fortunately, it's all nontoxic, nonirritating, nonallergenic and the packaging is recyclable. But, yeah, it still smells like Play-Doh.

Ten different color containers of Play-Doh stacked in a pyramid
Amazon

For ages 2+

Promising review: "Colorful, nontoxic Play-Doh has been great for my son who has many allergies including skin allergies. He has had no problem with these. This keeps him occupied for quite some time, often when I am cooking or cleaning. I played with this as a child myself and have fond memories of it." ‚ÄĒBrandy P.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $7.99

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

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