Give a Smile to the Kids on Your List – Top Holiday Gifts Under $75 for Kids – 2013

The holiday shopping season is upon us. 

Now is the time to find the perfect present for those special people on your list.

While there are plenty of ideas for gifts under $25, we recognize that sometimes a $25 present isn’t going to cut it.

For kids in your family, a gift of $75 or under may pack more return (and excitement) than a smaller gift.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of presents under $75 that will thrill every child on your list, from baby to teen.

Keep in mind that with sales, you can nab many of these items for less than their retail price.  Amazon, especially, often discounts their merchandise, so that might be the site to check first before you head to the toy store.

The Top Holiday Gifts Under $75

Top holiday gifts under $75 for kids

Top Gift Ideas for Babies & Toddlers

Babies and toddlers may seem to be the easiest age group to buy for, but you’ll want to pick a toy that keeps children engaged.  Here are a few suggestions:

Playskool Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo

Big Hugs ElmoEvery year there seems to be a popular Elmo toy, and this year is no different.

Big Hugs Elmo hugs your child back as well as sings lullabies when he lays down with your child.  In addition, he has four imagination scenarios about astronauts, rabbits, frogs and horses.  Elmo sells for $59.99, and is perfect for ages 18 months and older.

Think Fun Roll & Play

Perfect for toddlers ages 18 months and older, this toy is both fun and educational.  Roll the soft block, and pick a card from the pile of 48 that matches the color facing up on the block.  On the card, there are different activities for your toddler to do that cover six categories:  counting, animal sounds, actions, colors, body parts and emotions.

An example of an activity on the card might be, “Give 1 hug” (for counting) or “Make a happy face” (for emotions).  At only $19.99, this toy is also affordable.

Doc McStuffins Toys

There are a variety of Doc McStuffins toys that your daughter will love to play with.

The Just Play Doc McStuffins Doctor Bag retails for $19.99 and includes a bag, play syringe, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, bandage cuff, sticker sheet and stethoscope.  This toy is perfect for ages 3 to 6.

If your child really loves playing doctor, compliment the doctor bag with Doc McStuffins Doctor Coat and Bonus Accessories Child’s Costume.  For $49.99, you’ll get the costume including the doctor’s coat and a striped shirt to go underneath as well as the bonus accessories:  Doc McStuffins name tag, otoscope, pink glitter headband and heart cuff bracelet.

Jake’s Musical Pirate Ship

Made by Fisher-Price, this pirate ship is perfect for kids ages 3 to 6.  It retails for $44.99 and includes Skully and Jake figures and also has sound effects and phrases.  In addition, the cannons are spring loaded.

What’s not to love?

Top Gift Ideas for Girls 6 to 10

Elementary school girls begin to follow trends.  You can’t go wrong with one of these toys that are very popular with the elementary school set:

Rainbow Loom

Rainbow LoomRainbow Loom toys are flying off the shelf this holiday season.  This kit helps your children make their own bracelets.  At only $14.99 a kit, you can easily afford to supplement with the rubber band bracelet refills ($12.99 for 2,100 rubber bands of varying colors) so your child will never run out of material to make colorful bracelets.

Glen’s Note – This can be a great gift for boys as well.  It’s great for their imagination and manual dexterity.  You can also get accessories like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle charms as well as bands in all sorts of colors.  Check YouTube for tutorials on your favorite stitches.

Furby Boom Figures

Buy your child a Furby Boom Figure for $64.99, and she can name it.  Then, using the Furby Boom app, she can take care of her Furby by creating virtual food, check ups, etc.  She can populate the city with virtual Furby eggs that hatch, and the Furby Boom will remember the name it’s given as well as name other Furbies in the city.

LEGO Friends Kits

LEGO Friends kits are all the rage this year.  Choose between Olivia’s Tree House ($19.99), which includes the Olivia mini figure as well as the pet cat Maxie, 4 ladybirds, a bird Goldie with birdhouse, and 4 butterflies.

Another popular one is LEGO Friends Emma’s Horse Trailer.  At $43.99, this set includes Emma mini doll figure, truck with horse trailer, staging area and practice jump.  Emma’s white horse Robin is included as well as several accessories including a saddle, bridle, brush, comb, bow and several others.

Top Gift Ideas for Girls 11 to 15

As kids age, finding toys that fit within your price range gets harder, but all is not lost.

Monster High High School Playset

This playset is for ages 3 to 15, which seems to be a large age range.  You’ll know whether your teen girl is interested or not, though many are.

This two story set includes the mad science classroom, creepateria, casketball court, and lockers.  While it comes with accessories, the dolls are sold separately.  At a list price of $79.99, it’s slightly outside our price range, but at the time of this writing, it was on sale at Amazon for $34.99.

Spa Science Kit

What girl doesn’t like a day at the spa?

Instead of going out to get pampered, bring the spa home to your daughters.  Girls will learn to make bath gels, bath fizzers, spa lotion, bath balm, face masks, shampoo and spa fragrances.  Bring chemistry to life for kids and let them have fun in the process!  At only $24.99, this kit promises hours of fun!

Top Gift Ideas for Boys 6 to 10

Many of this year’s hot toys are suitable for both boys and girls, which can simplify your shopping.

Furby Boom Figures are sure to be a hit with boys as well as girls!

Melissa and Doug Suspend Game
Melissa and Doug Suspend Game
Take game rods and hook them onto other rods.  The basic idea is to suspend the rods and continue to add to the structure.  The person who puts on the rod that knocks over the structure loses.  This is another game that is perfect for boys and girls, and it’s a great bargain at $16.99.

Spectacular Magic Kit

Learn over 100 magic tricks with this fun kit that is recommended for ages 8 and older.  Included in the kit are directions and props.  The suitcase that holds all of the materials also doubles as a performance table.  This kit is reasonably priced at $39.99.

Despicable Me 2 Toys

If your child loved Despicable Me 2, he’ll be thrilled with some Despicable Me 2 toys.

A 16 piece mini figure playset is $14.99.  Another option is a Despicable Me 2 Battle Pods Game for $19.99.  Perfect for ages 4 and up, in this game your kids pit evil minions against good ones.

Top Gift Ideas for Boys 11 to 15

Many boys love to build and learn how things work, so they’ll likely appreciate these toys:

Snap Circuits
Snap CircuitsThese toys teach children about building electronics.  There are many different kits available in a variety of price ranges.

The basic Snap Circuits Jr. 100 Experiments kit retails for $34.99.   This toy lets your child make over 100 projects including a burglar alarm and doorbell.   This toy has won The National Parenting-Center Seal of Approval, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products, and Dr. Toy Best Educational Products.

The Snap Circuits SC-300 Physics Kit retails for $66.99 and lets your child make over 300 projects including a radio and doorbell and also won the same awards as the Snap Circuits Jr. 100 Experiments kit.

The Snap Circuits Light earned a 2012 Best Toys for Kids Award.  Art Seymour of Elanco (the company that makes Snap Circuits) stated, “This may not be the toy the TV commercials tell your kids to bug you about, but it will be the one they play with over and over again.  Rather than scripting everything for your kids, Snap Circuits LIGHT lets them make up the play themselves” (Snap Circuits).

Snap Circuits Light retails for $79.99, though you can often find it for less on Amazon.

Kaleb Kendama Toy

If you’re looking for a classic toy, this one is the way to go.

At only $17.95, it will provide your children with hours of fun.  Straight from Japan, this toy has a wooden mallet-like base and a ball attached to a string.  The object is to get the ball into the different cups at the side of the mallet or on the dowel at the top.  Kids of all ages will likely enjoy this toy, but because of the potential for injury, it’s recommended for those ages 12 and older.

Final Word on Kid’s Gifts Under $75

Buying gifts for kids isn’t always easy, especially when you’re trying to find the latest hot toy and preserve the money in your wallet.

However, using this gift guide, you can get the special child or children on your list a fun, popular toy for under $75.

Now, that’s something to be thankful for.

What hot toy do you suggest this year?


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Published or updated December 9, 2013.


  1. I think for boys you can go wrong with a lego set. They last forever, they bring out children’s creativity. Just don’t leave them lying around because stepping on them barefoot really hurts!

  2. We bought the Jake ship for our four year old son on Amazon during a lightning deal. It was, I believe, $25 which was a great price. Of course, all the other presents he’s getting this year are Jake related so I know what we’re in store for the next few months. ;)

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