There are a ton of good Christmas gifts out there for kids, but you’re not looking to spend $250 on a tablet for your nephew whom you only see two or three times every year, or $399 on a PS4 or Xbox One for them, either. You’d prefer a cheaper Christmas gift so, you know, you can afford rent this month. But there’s good news: there are some hot toys under $50 for both boys and girls that you can buy in-time for Christmas that are sure to please your young’n.
So without further ado, here are the top 10 hot toys under $50:
1. My First Disney Princess Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Doll
I don’t know if you noticed, but there were a TON of Elsas, Annas and Olafs trick or treaters this year. It felt as though every kid wanted to dress up as something from Disney’s Frozen (I even saw a family of four girls all dressed as Elsa). My First Disney Princess has a “Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Doll” that says 15 sounds and phrases from the movie and sings “Let it Go” (you know, because you DON’T already have to listen to the Frozen soundtrack all the time as it is). With the touch of her magical snowflake necklace, Elsa will talk to her Frozen friend, Olaf (included). He likes warm hugs, which is what you’ll get if you buy this hot toy for your kids.
2. Nerf Combat Creatures TerraDrone
While the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster is the top Nerf toy for girls this year, the Nerf Combat Creatures TerraDrone is what the boys will want — and it’s JUST under $50. The TerraDrone has a remote controlled dart shooter that fires up to 12 elite darts. It can shoot at targets up to 45 feet away. It can traverse all kinds of terrain, rotates 360 degrees and has an adjustable blast angle for him to use to perfectly aim his shot. It can be used outside and indoors. I wonder where these were when I was a kid!
Price: $49.97 (17 percent off MSRP)
3. Playskool Sesame Street Let’s Imagine Elmo
Sesame Street has been an educational program on the air for over 30 years, and although Big Bird is the face of the franchise, Elmo is the fan favorite. This year’s hot toy from the fine folks at Playskool is the Let’s Imagine Elmo, which has 4 interactive play modes, plays “Prince Elmo Says” and counts up to 20 with your child. The Let’s Imagine Elmo comes with three different hats (a crown, a cowboy hat and a sea captain’s hat) that change how Elmo interacts with your child. This hot toy is eons better than the Tickle Me Elmo of Christmases past, and much less creepy, too.
Price: $20.00 (50 percent off MSRP)
4. Hot Wheels Street Hawk RC Flying Car
It’s almost 2015 — we should all have flying cars already! Now we’ve got one! The Hot Wheels Street Hawk RC Flying Car flies in the air and drives on the ground, so kids can master both. He’ll be able to pull off cool tricks in the air due to the lightweight construction of the car, which flies up to 200 feet in the air — impressively high for a remote controlled plane/car in the price range. Best of all, he can fly with up to six other friends and their Street Hawks to create an even more fun experience. This is one cool toy your kids will want this Christmas.
Price: $49.77 (17 percent off MSRP)
5. Nintendo Mario Kart 8 IR Yoshi Wall Climber
One of the biggest trends in toys this year are the remote control cars that can drive up the walls and ceilings, and now Nintendo has thrown their name into the awesome toys hat with the Yoshi Wall Climber. This Yoshi is taken from Mario Kart 8, and will drive up walls and windows. It has simplistic controls and generally works without hiccups (although it does occasionally slide down the wall). Still, there’s tons of fun to be had with these Nintendo Wall Climbers, which also come in a Mario and Luigi colorways.
Price: $16.99 (37 percent off MSRP)
6. Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster
Brave. The Hunger Games. The Avengers. All of those movies contain heroic female characters that use a bow as their weapon of choice, and now your child can do the same with the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster. The bow fires arrows up to 85 feet, and arrows whistle as they fly. The bow even has an electronic red-dot sight for your child to use to line up the perfect shot. The set comes with a bow, quiver and arrows. As an added feature, your child can attach messages to their darts and decode them to reveal secret messages. This is sure to be one of the hottest toys this Christmas.
7. Lulu Jr. My Comic Book – Create Your Own Comic
Most kids love to draw, and one of the most common things children draw is a character in which they’ve made up, themselves. I don’t know about you, but I used to draw Blue Man — that was the name I gave him — on just about everything I owned. A great gift idea for your little artist is their own create your own comic book set from Lulu Jr. The Lulu Jr. My Comic Book set allows a child to draw and write their own full-color, 18 page printed comic book. The set includes a guidebook to assist your children in their creativity, as well as everything they’ll need to create their own comic, such as blank pages, a pencil, an outline pen, markers and a postage-paid envelope and instructions on how to get their comic professionally printed. And, if they’re comic happens to be awesome (it will be), you can easily order more copies online to distribute to family and friends.
8. Big Hero 6 Armor-Up Baymax Action Figure
Disney’s Big Hero 6 was probably the biggest animated movie to release in 2014 and was met with a great deal of positive reception due to how well the comic book-based movie translated to the big screen. The Big Hero 6 Armor-Up Baymax Action Figure is a 6-inch figure that has over 20 armor pieces so your kids can transform Baymax (the movie’s hero) into an 8-inch figure with a 14-inch wingspan. He’s super easy to assemble, and your kids will love taking him apart and putting him back together again while they reenact the best moments from the movie.
9. ‘Just Dance 2015’
There’s a long list of great games that we’ve seen in 2014, and Just Dance 2015 is tons of funs, especially for kids. With new moves and game modes added, plus over 40 of the hottest songs of 2014, your kids are going to have crazy amounts of fun playing the game (and you’ll get some laughs while watching them). And, for good measure, Ubisoft included one of the biggest hits of the year: “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen. Movement can be tracked with your smartphone via the Just Dance 2015 Motion Controller app, so you don’t have to have any extra gaming hardware for it to work. The game is available for the PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360 and even the Wii.
Price: $40.25 (19 percent off MSRP)
10. K’nex 35 Model Ultimate Building Set
While LEGO is the go-to building brand for kids, K’nex is nothing to shake a stick at (and are comparatively less expensive). The K’nex 35 Model Ultimate Building Set has 35 model building ideas and over 480 building pieces to create planes, trucks, rollercoasters and more. The box functions as storage (in the shape of a cool treasure chest). If your kids love tinkering and building, they’re sure to love the endless possibilities that K’nex offers.