In these gift guides for kids and teens, you’ll find affordable tried-and-true toys, books, and more for the younger crowd on your shopping list (ages 6 and up).
Gifts for kids and teens, whether they’re your kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews are sometimes the hardest to find and keep on budget. So I polled the kids I know (pre-k to high school) and asked them to tell me their favorite toys, books, games, and things they’d like to receive to create this easy to use gift guide.
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Affordable Gift Guides for Kids
1. Gravity Maze game. My elementary aged nephew loves this.
2. Forbidden Island game. My sisters families are big board game people and this is one of their favorites.
3. Ticket to Ride game. This is the other favorite the whole family enjoys.
4. Make ‘n’ Break game. My niece voted for this game – she loves it!
5. Rubik’s Cube. Apparently a classic that doesn’t go out of style (2018 update: my nephew has been playing this for years now it keeps on giving!).
7. Amazon Kindle with Kids Subscription – good parental controls according to my elementary media-library specialist sister.
8. Legos! Can a kid ever have too many? According to my kids, no.
10. Art supplies. A kit with lots of art options thrilled my daughter all the way through middle school.
11. Liberty puzzles. Some are pricey since the pieces are all very uniquely carved and have some fun shapes, but are worth it, making for special gifts.
12. Sports balls. Always a safe bet for boys – this is a set of four types with a pump.
13. Books all the kids polled have enjoyed: Paper Airplanes, The Genius Files by Dan Gutman, Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell, Ivy & Bean books by Annie Barrows
Affordable Gift Ideas for Teens
2. Real leather notebook with personalized engraving of your choice.
4. Reusable laptop stickers This is a huge collection of stickers for a low price – nice stocking stuffer.
5. Waterproof small wireless speaker (great reviews on this under $25 speaker rugged enough that you don’t have to worry about it)
6. Fun phone cases This is a marble one, but there are lots of choices if you look around.
7. Cute sleep mask My daughter always sleeps with one after getting one as a gift.
8. Hydro Flask insulated water bottle I have one, too, and they are amazing and keep ice in your bottle for hours.
10. Retro instant-print camera
More Gift Ideas
Here’s our guide from last year of my kids all-time favorite gifts from both their childhood and teen years – I love seeing the classics that are on both of these lists like the Klutz Paper Airplane book, Legos, and art supplies!
Gifts for Kids that they’ll really use & love: tried-and-true favorites from our kids
2. Legos of course!
6. Floral Kimono. This link has lots of color and pattern choices.
8. PJ bottoms
10. Converse shoes
Not pictured above are some of their all-time favorite books they wanted to make sure I included:
- Anne of Green Gables
- My Side of the Mountain
- Julie of the Wolves
- The Little Princess
- Magic Tree House series (books 1-4)
- Redwall Series (book 1, and on)
Have any favorite gift ideas from the kids in your life to add to these lists?
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