If you have kids, you know that their likes and dislikes can change dramatically within a week. That makes Christmas shopping tough. What’s on their Christmas list in November might be totally un-cool in December. For that reason, some parents put off Christmas shopping for their kids until a week or so before Christmas. Other parents have to put off Christmas shopping until just before the holiday because they have a tight household budget. Either way, we’re here to help. If you’re looking for cheap toys to put under the Christmas tree, we’re here with our recommendations for the best of the best. These last-minute Christmas gifts are inexpensive, but still pack a ton of fun into a small package.
Please be advised that you’ll want to consider expedited shipping for these items, depending on your holiday travel plans. If you need recommendations about what kind of shipping to select, check out this guide to Amazon’s cut-off deadlines for shipping by Christmas. If you have a lot of last-minute shopping to do, you may even want to invest in a Prime membership, so you can enjoy free two-day shipping for the rest of this holiday shopping season, and be prepared for next year’s shopping as well.
Without further delay, let’s move on to our favorite cheap toys for 2015. Browse more cheap toys under $10 here, or read on to see our top picks. At the time of publication, all of the toys we featured below were in stock, and available to be shipped in time for Christmas. Most toys listed below cost less than $10.
1. Nerf N-Strike Elite: Strongarm Blaster
Nerf toys are a great gift for boys and girls, and you can get this model for less than $10. It only comes with six darts, however, so if you want more, consider adding a dart refill pack. Don’t want to chase darts all over the house? Maybe these toy swords are a better option for your home.
Price: $9.89 (24 percent off MSRP)
2. 4M Weather Station Kit
Looking for an educational toy? This weather station kit encourages kids to get excited about science, and it’s also very cheap. This multi-function weather kit contains a full set of basic tools to observe and record weather conditions around the home. This toy is ideal for kids over the age of eight.
If this kit isn’t quite right for your child, you can browse other fun, creative toys from 4M here. We’ll also feature a couple more 4M toys a little later in our list, so scroll down to check them out.
Price: $10.90 (9 percent off MSRP)
3. Disney Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll
Princess Leia might be getting all the attention this week, what with Star Wars finally hitting theaters…but in the minds of most little girls, Princess Elsa is still the coolest princess out there. This doll is inexpensive, but still guaranteed to make her burst out into a big smile when she unwraps her presents on Christmas morning. If you want to be even more extravagant, pick up an Anna doll, or browse more cool gifts inspired by Frozen here.
Price: $7.94 (39 percent off MSRP)
4. LEGO City Arctic Snowmobile
This time of year, your local toy store is probably running pretty low on cool LEGO sets, especially the affordable ones. This fun snowmobile toy is budget-friendly, but also fun for kids who live in snowy climates (or those who dream of a white Christmas). Want to see more options? Browse more LEGO sets on sale here.
Price: $6.97 (22 percent off MSRP)
5. 4M Electric Plane Launcher Kit
Looking for a toy that encourages active play? Let the kids take this toy outside and play with it on Christmas morning. This science kit uses spinning motors and plastic discs to launch a paper airplane at speeds up to 30 mph. It’s recommended for kids over the age of 14, but you may feel comfortable letting other kids use the kid with proper adult supervision. If this kit isn’t quite right, you can browse other fun, creative toys from 4M here.
Shopping for Christmas gifts at the very last minute? Check out our guide to the best last-minute Christmas gifts and get some more great gift ideas. You should also check out our gender-specific guides to last-minute gifting: Last-Minute Christmas Gifts for Women and Last-Minute Christmas Gifts for Men, both of which are packed with unique gift ideas that can be delivered before December 25.
Price: $12.34 (23 percent off MSRP)
6. Marvel Avengers Titan Hero Series Thor 12-Inch Figure
Shopping for a kid who loves the Avengers? This Thor toy is a cool, affordable gift idea that will encourage imaginative play. Similar figures of the Hulk, Iron Man, and Spider-Man are also available.
Price: $7.19 (35 percent off MSRP)
7. ‘Paw Patrol’ Plush Pup Pals
This Everest plush is a great gift for any fan of Paw Patrol. If you want to see other toys like this, browse more toys inspired by this TV show here.
Price: $8.89 (26 percent off MSRP)
8. 4M Crystal Mining Kit
This cool science toy lets kids pretend to be archaeologists, geologists, or famous adventurers. The kit hides three tiny crystals within the rock. This kit is designed for kids aged five and up. If this kit isn’t quite right, you can browse other fun, creative toys from 4M here.
9. Play-Doh My Little Pony Make ‘n Style Ponies
10. Little Tikes Tumble Train
Need a toy for a younger kid? Designed for children as young as three, this fun toy inspires kids to chase the tumbling track around the room. The lights and sounds make this toy lots of fun for developing minds. Plus, the train can be removed and played with on a flat surface. Want to see more toys like this? Browse more gifts from the Little Tikes toy line here.
Price: $19.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
Need more help finding great holiday gifts? Visit our Gifts page for thoughtfully curated gift guides, or check out our Toys page for gift ideas for your kids. You should also check out our collection of long-format gift guides: Best Gifts for Women, Best Gifts for Men, and the Heavy Christmas list.
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