The 25 Best Gifts for Kids Under $25

Shopping for kids is tough, especially when half of them would rather play with the box the gift came in. And as any parent knows, those odds seem to go up the more you spend. Here, 25 budget-friendly gifts under $25 that, honestly, any kid would love—and use.

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Old Navy

1. Old Navy Double Pom-pom Critter Beanie

Old Navy’s critter beanie is our pick for growing noggins—stretchy, soft and downright adorable.


2. Jenga

A family game night favorite that doubles as a solo activity for kids of all ages. After all, it’s just a bucket of building blocks that happen to be perfectly sized for small hands.

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3. Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets

Plush pets that can be colored on again and again (and again). A trip to the fully functioning mini tub washes away the artwork and reveals a clean coat for another round of fun.

Buy it ($20)

screen free fun for the whole family

4. ‘screen Free Fun: 400 Activities For The Whole Family’ By Shannon Philpott-sanders

This book is brimming with ideas for indoor activities. Kids (and parents) will be happy to have a little extra inspiration over the winter months.

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5. B. Toys By Battat Pop Snap Bead Jewelry

Fine motor skills get a workout with this toy that encourages creative play. The reusable colorful beads can be snapped together to make hundreds of different wearable designs.

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6. Pictionary Air

This party game just got a high-tech twist: The illustrator can draw designs in the air while teammates watch the images appear on a smartphone screen. Let the guesswork begin!

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7. National Geographic Mega Gemstone Dig Kit

Aspiring archaeologists can have some hands-on fun with this treasure-hunt activity, which involves using a chisel and brush to excavate real gemstones from a big ole brick.

old navy fuzzy socks
Old Navy

8. Old Navy Kids Graphic Cozy Socks

Irresistibly fun and festive, these plush and snuggly socks will help the kid in your life fill out those snow boots.

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9. Crayola Washable Window Crayons

All winter long, the window seems to scream “Press your nose up against me and pout!”—unless you have window crayons, in which case it’s an easy-to-clean canvas for kids.

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10. Faber-castell Mix & Make Watercolor Set

Young artists can blend new shades and try fresh techniques with this kit that includes 75 fizzy watercolor paints and a whole host of other tools.


11. Play Visions Floof

This modeling substance looks a lot like snow and, magically, it is mess-free! Indoor snowball fight, anyone?

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12. Battat Musical Light Show Microphone

A microphone that functions well, boasts a goofy voice-changing feature and comes programmed with five catchy songs? Karaoke night just got cuter.

bits and bytes coding game for kids

13. Bits & Bytes Coding Game For Kids

Minds will be blown by this critically-acclaimed, award-winning STEM toy that teaches kids (and possibly parents?) the basics of computer science.

the book with no pictures by bj novak

14. ‘the Book With No Pictures’ By B.j. Novak

Story time gets silly with this New York Times best-selling children’s book. No pictures, as promised, but the words will have everyone in stitches.

moulin roty les petittes merveilles nighttime shadows castle

15. Moulin Roty Les Petites Merveilles Nighttime Shadows

A charmingly simple shadow puppet set constructed from black cardstock. Don’t be fooled by the lack of frills, though. Kids of all ages will have fun performing their favorite fairy-tale scenes.

green toys car carrier vehicle set

16. Green Toys Car Carrier Vehicle Set

One toy (made from recycled plastic), four vehicles to vroom! The automobile obsessed will love loading up this sturdy carrier with colorful mini cars and taking it for a spin.

old navy kids magic glove
Old Navy

17. Old Navy Magic Gloves

A wintertime staple, these gloves come in an array of playful colors and are just the right fit for keeping big-kid hands cozy.

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18. Dreambuilder Toy Wooden Magnetic Block Set

These colorful magnetic tiles are great for developing STEM skills. Best of all, they don’t have the bulkiness of other blocks, so they are a perfect bring-anywhere building toy.

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19. Lava Lamp

Lava lamps (and beaded curtains) are basically a preteen rite of passage. Gift this groovy night light to a young person you know—you can’t go wrong.

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20. Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Engine

Pretty much every preschooler loves Paw Patrol and will be thrilled to re-create rescue missions with this fire truck and action-figure combo.

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21. Skoolzy Peg Board Set

This Montessori toy teaches color recognition and fine motor skills to toddlers, and preschoolers can use the peg board to practice counting and simple arithmetic.

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22. Crocodile Creek “under The Sea” Floor Puzzle

The 36 jumbo pieces in this jigsaw provide just enough of a challenge. The finished product, a sprawling oceanscape, will make any preschooler swell with pride.

4m make a wind chime kit

23. 4m Make A Wind Chime Kit

A fun rainy-day activity with all the materials needed to assemble and decorate a one-of-a-kind wind chime. Scoop up two (still under $25!) and you have a perfect playdate project.

crayola model magic

24. Crayola Model Magic

This spongy, lightweight modeling clay is less mess than Play-Doh and dries overnight, making it possible to preserve a kid’s more sophisticated creations.

Buy it ($12)

toyvelt light up tracing pad kids magic pad light up drawing board

25. Toyvelt Kids Magic Pad Light-up Drawing Board

Children can see their art spring to life when they trace patterns on this three-dimensional LED canvas.

Buy it ($15)

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