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10 great kid gifts for less than $10

If your wallet is running on empty but you still have more shopping to do, we've got you covered. Here are 10 cool kid gifts that won't break the bank.

By MSN Money Partner Dec 9, 2013 4:49PM

This post comes from Maryalene LaPonsie at partner site Money Talks News.


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If you're still looking for some extra stocking stuffers or cheap presents for the kids in your life, we have some great gift ideas that cost practically nothing.

 

1. Legos

I know. Some of you are freaking out at this suggestion. Holy moley, those babies are expensive, right? Well, sure, if you’re going to buy the Millennium Falcon. But you can get plenty of fun little sets such as a surfer rescue or a Duplo caterpillar at regular or sale prices below $10.


2. Pack of cards

You can pick up a cheap pack of cards from virtually any dollar store or toy department in the country. They may cost only a couple dollars, but they come with the potential for hours of fun. For the younger set, look for games such as Old Maid or Go Fish that feature big numbers and bright graphics. Tweens and teens might like to receive a regular pack of cards and learn some grown-up games once the dinner dishes are put away.


3. Craft supplies

You could spend $20-plus on a bundle of craft supplies or you could make your own set for less than half the price. Head to the dollar store and look for construction paper, markers, ribbon, glue, beads and other crafty items. Arrange them in an inexpensive bin or basket and wrap it up with some wrapping tissue or cellophane for a fun and creative gift.


Teddy Bear © Fancy/Veer/Corbis/Corbis4. Temporary tattoos

There's something about temporary tattoos that children love. It's like being given permission to write all over yourself. You can find some stencil kits that will let kids make their own body art or, for the non-artists, check out Monster Hands to combine tattoo mania with hand puppet fun.


5. Coupon book

You can't beat free, and you don't have to spend a dime to give your favorite kids a homemade coupon book full of little splurges. Coupons could be for an extra hour of screen time on the weekend, a night off from chores or having dessert before dinner one night.


6. Give an experience

Similar to a coupon book, you could give an experience. Younger kids might not quite grasp the concept behind this gift, so it might be best for those who are a little older. Put in a box or card a certificate entitling the child to a date with you. It could be taking your niece to see a matinee or fishing with your grandson. Either pick something you know they'll love or let them make the call -- as long as it is within reason.


7. Makeup bag

For this one, if you aren't buying for your own daughter, you'll want to check with the parents first. However, if you get the green light, most girls love the chance to play dress-up and that includes experimenting with makeup. Pick up an inexpensive toiletry bag and stuff it with sample-size makeup items. If the girl in your life isn't quite old enough for makeup, you could include lotions, soaps or other bath items instead.


8. A share of stock

Not all kids will appreciate this one when it comes out of the box, but if you make a wise choice, they'll thank you later. Buy a single share of stock and wrap up a certificate in a box or card. Then, show them how to follow the stock value and explain that eventually that $10 gift might be worth a whole lot more.


9. Books

Some hardcover books can be pricey, but there are plenty that fall in the $10-and-under range. And you know what? Almost every kid loves some type of book. Even if they are not the reading type, you can find Mad Libs, puzzle books or comic books that fit just about every level of interest.


10. Candy bags

Finally, you simply can't go wrong with candy. Mom and Dad might not be thrilled, but if you show up at the Christmas party with bags of candy for every boy and girl, we'll bet you'll be in the running as the favorite relative for everyone under age 18.


Those are 10 great kid gifts under $10, but they certainly aren't your only options. If you've given a cheap gift that was a super hit, tell us about it in the comments below.


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18Comments
Dec 9, 2013 9:23PM
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How about a flashlight, balloons, a yoyo, flavored chapstick, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, or crayons and coloring book?
Dec 9, 2013 7:58PM
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I think a lot depends on the kid really. In a highly structured house (i.e. not mine!), a coupon book giving extra screen time or something may be a big deal. The experience one, yes, I can absolutely see that. We have a local ice cream place that is wicked expensive, so we rarely go there. A card entitling them to a trip there would definitely be a big deal - even though it's relatively cheap as far as gifts go ($3-$4 for a cone - pricey around here for a treat, but inexpensive overall). A share of stock would be very personality dependent as well. In high school I knew some guys who would have thought that was the best thing ever. Most kids would look at you like you'd grown two heads, but there are a few out there that would like it. Overall I like her list - from it I could probably find something that each kid I know would like to receive.
Dec 10, 2013 6:20AM
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Actually, After checking w/her mom I gave my oldest grand a manicure set for her July birthday.  i got the emery boards, nail clippers, polish remover and cotton balls at the dollar store.  Bought a bunch of Wet n Wild polishes, some with a coupon.
Dec 10, 2013 6:26AM
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how bout brain teasers.  hands on or mental, depends on the kid
Dec 10, 2013 4:48PM
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Good ideas. And I have to kindly disagree with some of the comments. Our 15 and 13 year old sons would think #5 was a joke...at first.....but they would hoard those coupons and whip them out the next time they are reminded to do a chore. I.e. coupon for night off from doing dishes or taking out the trash. They would. not. hesitate. to pull them out and use them!  They would also think #8 was a waste...but once explained to them, I can see them tracking the market and watching their stock grow (hopefully).   And our 7-year old would totally enjoy a coupon (#6) for a movie date with just he and I. Or a trip to the children's museum, etc.  We do not go out to the movies that much....so to have a 'date' reserved for just us, he would absolutely love! And yes, we spend plenty of quality time with our kids, never fear. But depending on the age, sometimes these simple ideas really do count!
Dec 9, 2013 9:22PM
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#6 Are parents so neglectful in this country, that they are actually putting IOU's for quality time in a single little box and giving it to their children for Christmas  - as an actual present? Are you kidding me!?!? 
Dec 9, 2013 7:29PM
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No kid would be interested in Numbers 5, 6 and 8 .I mean really who writes this stuff, give them "a share of stock"...please.
Dec 9, 2013 7:33PM
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Hey Every Body How about some Toilet Paper with a picture of maryop's  mother on it smiling. I am sure it will make everyone laugh after all it sure made me laugh what do you think maryop

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