November 16, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids for $20 and Under

Today's post is co-written by guest-poster Laurie.

It's that time of year again! No, not just groaning at having to let your belt out another notch. What to get the kids in your life without breaking the bank or the budget you set earlier in the year! It seems like there are so many pricey toys and electronics popping up all over commercials. Going to the store doesn't help us get ideas. For Laurie, it makes her more frustrated because her almost 5-year-old daughter still wants that overpriced Minnie Mouse shopping cart that she outgrew 2 years ago. For Melissa, she has a hard time deciding what to get because M2 isn't talking much and doesn't play with toys the same way most kids do. Both of us need to be very careful with spending this year, too, so we can't go crazy on overly expensive gifts.

If any of that sounds like you, here's something to help you out: A holiday gift guide for every age from baby through teens. It's sorted by age and includes a number of suggestions for each age. Even better, all the gifts $20 or under on Amazon. You don't even need to brave the stores, crowds and traffic to shop -- everything is delivered right to your door! Get free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime. Try Prime free for 30 days when you click here (affiliate).

Even if a particular item on the list doesn't sound like the perfect fit it's my hope it sparks the image of the perfect present to pop into your head.

Be sure to check out Melissa's tips on how to avoid Holiday Overspending Regret. Now, without further ado, here's The Stay-At-Home Life's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids. Happy gifting!

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1. Oball Rattle and Roll Car 

2. Fisher- Price Brilliant Basics Boppin' Activity Bugs 

3. Leapfrog My Pal Violet or Scout

4. Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball and Take Along Tunes Bundle 

5. World of Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Soft Book

6. Poppity Pop Musical Dino 


7. Baby Einstein Bendy Ball


8. Vtech Touch and Swipe Phone




1. Melissa and Doug Deluxe 10 piece Magnetic Fishing Game

2. Lala Loopsy Girls Crumbs Sugar Cookie Doll 

3. LeapFrog Scribble and Write


4. Vtech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set


5. LEGO DUPLO: My First Cars Creative Building Set, Cafe, Creative Animals, My First Playhouse, My First Farm or My First Number Train 

6. Melissa and Doug Chunky and Knob Puzzles: Construction, Pets, Shapes, Farm, Vehicles, Christmas Tree or Santa's Sleigh


7. Vtech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight


8. Little Blue Truck, Little Blue Truck's Christmas or Little Blue Truck Leads the Way


Kids Ages 5-7


1. Shopkins Season 3 Mega Pack of Shopkins or 12 pack

2. Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch Verdie Chameleon BeanBag Toss Toy 

3. My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

4. The Big Book of Berenstein Bears Beginner Book 

5. Disney Anniversary BluRays: Robin Hood, Alice In Wonderland, Dumbo, Aristocats, The Rescuers or Sword in the Stone

6. Melissa and Dough Wooden Advent Calendar Tree


7. Hot Wheels 20 Car Gift Pack

8. LEGO Sets: Princess Castle, Construction, SpiderMan, Fire Suitcase, or Supermarket Suitcase ** Though not under $20, Princess Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle is too good not to mention


9. Folkmanis Puppets: Raccoon, Bear, Frog, Owl or Mouse



Older Kids Ages 8-12


1. LEGO Sets: Batman, Sea Plane, Classic Blocks, Minecraft Cave, Hydra vs. Captain America, Train, Fire Truck, Vet Clinic, Star Wars, Jungle Friends or Sunshine Harvest 

2. Jenga


3. Disgusting Science Set

4. Spirograph


5. Friends for Ever Jewelry Kit


6. Crystal Growing Kit


7. Clue


8. Snap Circuits Jr. 

9. Apples to Apples Junior




1. The Maze Runner Books 1, 2, 3 and the Prequel by James Dashner 

2. Mpow iSnap X One-piece U-Shape Self-portrait Monopod Extendable Selfie Stick 

3. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

4. AYL Portable Mini Capsule Speaker System with 3YR Guarantee with Rechargeable Battery and Expandable Bass Resonator for Smartphones, Tablets, MP3 Players, Computers, Laptops, Cell Phones, iPhone 6S (Black)


5. Month Python and the Holy Grail 40th Anniversary Edition

6. SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive


7. Amazon Gift Card Amount of your Choice or Pick Predetermined Amount Get in Bulk or Individually

8. Teens Cook: How to Cook What you Want to Eat 


  9. Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Zombie Fluxx or Smart Ass 
**Cards Against Humanity, this one is over $20 but too good not to mention


If you're still stumped, try some of these lists for more ideas:

Top Picks in STEM Toys
Top Picks in Toys that Go
Family Game Night
Movie Favorites
Kid Picks
Active Play
Top Picks in Retro Toys
Mom Picks
Amazon's Holiday Toy List

We hope you're inspired by this holiday gift guide for kids! Happy holidays!

About the Co-Author
Laurie is Melissa's sister and a fellow stay-at-home mom to two little girls -- a 4-year-old and a newborn -- along with being step mom to a 5-year-old daughter when she visits. Living in a New England state, she has a big Australian Sheepdog along with the kids and her husband. She enjoys music, decorating cakes, Star Wars, Doctor Who and annoying Melissa.

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  1. These are great ideas! I love that so many of them are educational, that is a win win! :)

  2. Great gift ideas! My oldest is obsessed with Legos, and they all love the Little Blue Truck books.

  3. I had no idea Melissa & Doug had an Advent calendar. I am going to need to get that for my toddler, that's awesome!

  4. Great ideas! I love anything Melissa & Doug! I also didn't know they had an advent calendar!

  5. This is a great list! We got Apples To Apples for our son last year from Christmas and we still play it all the time! He also loves the Maze Runner Series.


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