7 Hot Holiday Toys Under $10

Photo (cc) by The Lamb Family

Parents are expected to spend an average of $400 on “kids, parents and other family members” this year.

That’s according to the National Retail Federation, and while they don’t provide a per-person breakdown, it’s probably safe to assume kids take up the bulk of that – after all, who gets the most presents?

Keeping up with the latest trends while staying within budget can be tough. In the video below, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson shares what retailers say are among the hottest toys of the season, each under $10. Check it out, then read on for more.

Here’s a recap of the toys Stacy mentioned and a couple more, with links to the lowest price we could find… (Forewarning: Online prices tend to fluctuate more than in retail stores.)

  1. Trash Pack ($8.75 at Amazon): This set of five “Trashies” – squishy little rubber figures in trash cans – is a great start to collecting them. (There are apparently more than 100.)
  2. Ugly Dolls ($10 from vendor): What started out as something silly between an artistic couple became a popular franchise with books and plush toys. These small ones (about 7 inches tall) are called “Little Uglies,” while the classic 12-inch size is $20.
  3. Angry Birds plush ($7 on Amazon): These are popular even among adults because of the incredibly successful casual puzzle game by Rovio. The small ones (5 inches) range between $7 and $10 on Amazon for different types, with the iconic red one the cheapest. They make sounds from the game when squeezed. They also come in mini (3 inches), large (8 inches), and jumbo (24 inches), but all cost more.
  4. Moshi Monsters ($9.99 at Toys R Us): Another popular plush collectible – seeing a pattern? – that’s part of a free online game. Spend $20 on these at Toys R Us and they throw in Moshi Monsters Magazine and a couple of other offers.
  5. Annoying Orange ($9.99 at Toywiz): At 3.5 inches, this seems a little more expensive than other talking plush toys on the list. But it says at least eight annoying phrases from the popular YouTube videos.
  6. Xia-Xia ($8.50 at Toys R Us): Remember the Zhu Zhu pets that were popular in 2009? Now the same company is making these colorful collectible crabs that dance. (Yes, that means batteries, but they’re included.)
  7. FyrFlyz ($9.75 at Amazon): This spinning toy has LEDs and can be used to create swirling patterns of light, and comes in different colors.

If you have a little more money in the budget, you might take a look at Toys R Us’ 2011 list of top 15 toys, which includes things like a $230 two-seat dune racer. But if your budget’s tight, there are other things you could try.

You could make up your own “get out of punishment” (or chores!) cards, as Stacy suggested in the video. And since most popular cheap toys are just stuffing and fabric (or plastic) anyway, you could also sew simple stuffed animals of your own. About.com has a list of cheap craft gifts that can be made for a couple bucks or with supplies you already have too.

If you’re in truly dire straights, another option is to look into donation programs. Churches, nonprofits, and sometimes schools organize Christmas donations for needy families through programs like The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. But for those reluctant to ask for help, realize that you probably won’t find registration forms online – you’ll need to call and speak with someone, or visit in person.

You can also save on gifts for people who will be more understanding about it than the kids – our story from last week, 18 Tips to Save on Holiday Shopping, can help.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
8 Surprising Things No One Tells You About Retirement
8 Surprising Things No One Tells You About Retirement

Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for — and adjust to — life in your golden years.

10 Colleges That Offer Free Tuition for Seniors
10 Colleges That Offer Free Tuition for Seniors

These schools let retirement-age students study, tuition-free, while earning college credit.

7 Deadly Health Mistakes People Make After Age 50
7 Deadly Health Mistakes People Make After Age 50

Simply avoiding these actions, or lack thereof, can improve the odds of a longer, more healthful life.

7 Secret Perks of Individual Retirement Accounts
7 Secret Perks of Individual Retirement Accounts

IRAs come with bells and whistles that many other accounts lack — including some perks you may not know exist.

What’s the Difference Between FICO and VantageScore Credit Scores?
What’s the Difference Between FICO and VantageScore Credit Scores?

There are lots of credit scores out there, but if you’re keeping an eye on your credit, here’s the one to watch.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
11 Things Retirees Should Always Buy at Costco
11 Things Retirees Should Always Buy at Costco

This leader in bulk shopping is a great place to find discounts in the fixed-income years.

Over 50? The CDC Says You Need These 4 Vaccines
Over 50? The CDC Says You Need These 4 Vaccines

Fall is the time to schedule vaccines that can keep you healthy — and even save your life.

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

11 Senior Discounts for Anyone Age 55 or Older
11 Senior Discounts for Anyone Age 55 or Older

There is no need to wait until you’re 65 to take advantage of so-called “senior” discounts.

11 Household Items That Go Bad — or Become Dangerous
11 Household Items That Go Bad — or Become Dangerous

When you get the impulse to stockpile these everyday items, pay close attention to their expiration dates.

8 Things You Can Get for Free at Pharmacies
8 Things You Can Get for Free at Pharmacies

In this age of higher-priced drugs and complex health care systems, a trip to the pharmacy can spark worry. Freebies sure do help.

These Are the 4 Best Medicare Advantage Plans for 2020
These Are the 4 Best Medicare Advantage Plans for 2020

Medicare Advantage customers themselves rate these plans highest.

7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast
7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast

Your financial security might soon depend upon the strength of your credit score.

The 10 Most Commonly Stolen Vehicles in America
The 10 Most Commonly Stolen Vehicles in America

A new model parks atop the list of vehicles that thieves love to pilfer.

19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree
19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree

These jobs pay more than the typical job in the U.S. — and no bachelor’s degree is required.

5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free
5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free

Hesitant to drop $119 a year on an Amazon Prime membership? Here’s how to get it for free.

10 Reasons Why You Should Actually Retire at 62
10 Reasons Why You Should Actually Retire at 62

If you can, here are several good reasons to retire earlier than we’re told to.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

14 Things That Are ‘Free’ With Medicare
14 Things That Are ‘Free’ With Medicare

These services could save you money and help prevent costly health problems.

26 States That Do Not Tax Social Security Income
26 States That Do Not Tax Social Security Income

These states won’t tax any of your Social Security income — and in some cases, other types of retirement income.

5 Keys to Making Your Car Last for 200,000 Miles
5 Keys to Making Your Car Last for 200,000 Miles

Pushing your car to 200,000 miles — and beyond — can save you piles of cash. Here’s how to get there.

5 Things That Make Life More Meaningful for Retirees
5 Things That Make Life More Meaningful for Retirees

Retirees agree: These are the things that give them purpose and fulfillment in their golden years.

10 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach
10 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach

Does the pandemic have you reaching for bleach more than ever before? Learn the ins and outs of using this powerful disinfectant.

15 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now
15 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.