When browsing for gifts in toy or department stores these days – perhaps especially at Christmas time – it might be easy to get the impression that “prices for toys are outrageous!” However, that is not necessarily the case. In fact, some absolutely wonderful toys that kids are raving about this year are at or less than the cost of $20!
What’s here: On this page is a “top 10” list – the best toys under $20 for the Christmas holiday months of 2017 and into 2017. Ranking for the list is based on those picks with a high level of popularity that also have overall great customer ratings. Toys for a variety of age ranges are included.
For shoppers: For each of the toys on this list, one or more online merchants have been chosen for product availability, low pricing and trusted reputation for safe and convenient shopping. Product review links have also been provided, where possible.
Additional note: At the time this page was published, we were able to locate each of the toys here for less than $20, but keep in mind that prices may vary – they may increase or decrease over time, and often will vary from merchant to merchant.
Perhaps my all-time favorite on the list. Classic Creative Bricks are LEGO originals with a few wheels, window frames, wheel rims, and googly eyes tossed in for good measure. This is imagination and endless possibilities in a convenient LEGO-shaped box.
The Strongarm, perfection for backyard battles, launches 6 Elite darts at top speeds, up to 90-feet in distance. There are several firing modes, but the most popular is Slam Fire. This mode delivers one dart after another in rapid succession.
I often refer to Kylo Ren as Emo Darth. Ha, ha. And, if your kiddo is feeling particularly villainous, this lightsaber is Kylo’s replica from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With the flick of the wrist, this saber extends full-length.
The Pie Face game, a new Hasbro favorite, has made a hilarious name for itself in homes, nationwide. Grab a can of whipped cream and prepare to play a game of fortune and chance. Players place their faces into the SPLAT hole, then crank the lever to test their luck.
Farmer Eddie is a hardworking farmhand, and he shares his knowledge of farm life and animals with kiddos who pull the lever on this See N’ Say. Give it a spin, see where it lands, and listen to a bunch of fun facts about animals. Or, sing-along to Old MacDonald.
Minecraft has become quite the craze. One the LEGO picked up on. And this setup is called The Cave—a replica of the caverns in the original game. Accessories include Steve, a zombie, and 249 bricks to build The Cave.
First Blocks is a Brilliant Basics must-have for babies. Includes 5 colorful shapes, a removable lid and container, and 5 cutouts. Kiddos place the shapes in the cutouts. Easy-peasy, and helps them improve their fine motor and shape sorting skills.
For truly mind-blowing science, this kit is a setup of over 20 fun elements, all combining to create a bunch of awesome, science-themed projects. Adult supervision is required. Some of the projects include a test tube sunset and color-changing volcanoes.