Personalized Wooden Harmonicas at Indie Bambino Toys : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Each year we track down the best kids’ gifts that don’t feel like stocking stuffers, that fit into any budget. In this case, under $15 (or maybe just a few cents more) with plenty that cost way less. And wow! Who knew we’d find more than 60 fantastic, affordable gifts for kids of all ages this year? Whether you’ve got a ton of nieces, nephews or grandkids, secret Santa classroom gifts, or just want to keep the gift budget in check, we hope you find what you’re looking for here.

Don’t miss our $500 Etsy gift card giveaway to help support independent makers and designers. Visit our main holiday gift guide page for details.

All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff, there is no compensation in exchange for picks. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate. Discount codes expire 12/31/16.

Personalized Wooden Harmonicas

Love so much from this indie Oregon woodworking shop, but the harmonicas will win your kids over.

$9.75, Indie Bambino Toys

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Babylit A Christmas Carol Board Book at Babesta : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Babylit A Christms Carol Board Book

So many favorite classics translated as baby board books in this series, but this one is a perfect holiday choice, obvs.

$9.95, Babesta

Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book

Not just for kids, by the way.

$9.97, Amazon

Personalized Kids Crayon Name Set at Letters Art 2 the Extreme : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Personalized Kids Crayon Name Set

Anything personalized is always more special and this one is just so cool.

$10.95+, Letters Art 2 the Extreme

Rudolph Anniversary Edition DVD : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Rudolph Anniversary Edition DVD

No reason not to watch it all year round, as far as we’re concerned.

$5, Target

3D Color Box at Perfectly Smitten : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

3D Color Box

Coloring book meets pop up book meets puppet theater? Wow! | 10% off with code COOLMOM

$15, Perfectly Smitten

Skull Socks at Nununu : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Skull Socks

One of our fave indie clothing labels for cool kids’ clothes offers up this steal that our own kids are coveting. (Yes, socks are cool now.)

$9, Nununu

Mini Unicorn 3D Model Kit at Uncommon Goods : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Mini Unicorn 3D Model Kit

Check out our entire page of unicorn gifts while you’re at it, but this one is a fun craft at a great price.

$10, Uncommon Goods

Star Wars Paper Flyers Craft Kit : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Star Wars Paper Flyers Craft Kit

One of those great unplugged gifts that will be played with before the expensive electronic stuff.

$14.91, Amazon

Personalized Snowflake Placemat at Psychobaby: Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Personalized Snowflake Placemat

A fabulous idea for siblings, cousins, or any family trying to avoid the “she stole my chair!” fights. | 15% off with code COOLXMAS15

$12, Psychobaby

Dinosaur Stuffed Animals : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Dinosaur Stuffed Animals

Having trouble picking a favorite for our dino-loving kids.

$12.95 each, Land of Nod

Simon Air Game : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Simon Air Game

Ooh..

$14.99, Target

Naughty and Nice Cookie Card 2-pack at Cheryl's Cookies : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Naughty and Nice Cookie Card 2-pack

So cute, and they ship anywhere. Lots of styles to choose from, including single cookie cards too.

$10.99, Cheryl’s Cookies

Kids Handmade Fabric Crown at ValpoStudio on Etsy: Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Kids Handmade Fabric Crown

Quite a few fabrics and colors at this Etsy shop, at a sweet price.

$15, Valpo Studio

Personalized Jedi-in-Training Drawstring Backpack at Psychobaby : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Personalized Jedi-in-Training Drawstring Backpack

Unless they have one already, of course. | 15% off with code COOLXMAS15

$12, Psychobaby

NFL Wilson Junior Throwback Football : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

NFL Wilson Junior Throwback Football

For future gridironstars, and armchair coaches alike.

$14.99+ Target

Mini Wooden Bank at MMIM : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Mini Wooden Bank

This small Rochester Etsy shop offers plenty of ways for young kids to start saving in style.

$14, MMIM

Let All the Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Let All the Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie

As much for the parents as it is for the kids. Ziggy lives on.

$11.52, Amazon

3D Gingerbread Cookie Tree : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

3D Gingerbread Cookie Tree

Such a fun, affordable treat!

We’re sorry, but this item is no longer available.

$8, Dylan’s Candy Bar

Original Roy Toy Wooden Log Cabin Building Set : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Original Roy Toy Wooden Log Cabin Building Set

We love that these are still US-made; our kids just love playing with them.

$9.95, Martha Stewart American Made on eBay

Ballerina Snow Globe : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Ballerina Snow Globe

Get the kids a new one each year, and start a collection and a tradition.

$10.20 on sale, Target

Printable Harry Potter Hogwarts Art at ArtQuality : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Printable Harry Potter Hogwarts Art

Hang it on the wall so they can fall asleep dreaming of saving the world from evil.

$3, ArtQuality

Sony Kids Volume Limiting Headphones : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Sony Kids Volume Limiting Headphones

Terrific value for very decent headphones that protect their little eardrums while they jam out.

$14.89, Target

Monster Fingerprint Art Set : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Monster Fingerprint Art Set

Art is always more fun when you’re allowed to get your hands dirty. Or, just your fingertips.

$11, My Sweet Muffin

Schwings Shoe Wings, Flames, Lightning Bolts : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Schwings Shoe Wings, Flames, Lightning Bolts

So many cool styles our kids love. Add to your favorite shoes or boots, or to be extra generous, get them some new shoes and tie these on to make them more special.

$8.95+, Schwings

Handmade wooden flamingo marionette : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Handmade wooden flamingo marionette

This Etsy shop has so many charming handmade wooden animal marionettes! Be sure to check out the penguin too — or spend a few dollars more for a tiger, a French poodle, or a rainbow caterpillar.

$15, Puppet Pets

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day

If The Snowy Day is a favorite book in your home like ours, you’ll love this book too.

$14.51, Amazon

Star Wars Yoda Tee : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Star Wars Yoda Tee

Find a great affordable gift, you did.

$9.90, Uniqlo

Hedgehog Foldable Bag : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Hedgehog Foldable Bag

We don’t know if we love it more open or closed!

$9.50, My Sweet Muffin

Junior Beads Spaceman Pendant : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Junior Beads Spaceman Pendant

Jewelry you won’t mind your kids chewing on.

$14.50, Chewbeads

Frozen Havaianas Flip Flops : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Frozen Havaianas Flip Flops

For kids who will never let it go.

$15.99 on sale, Zappos

Grow a Maze Kit : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Grow a Maze Kit

Such a cool idea for the kid who has everything.

$7.34, Moolka

BB-8 Pendant : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

BB-8 Pendant

We want one too.

$14.99 on sale, Think Geek

Roominate Betina + Emma Playdate Building Set : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Roominate Betina + Emma Playdate Buliding Set

STEM education meets creative play.

$14.99, Roominate

Medieval Dragon Hand Puppet : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Medieval Dragon Hand Puppet

Made by artist Dinara Mirtalipova, the cool folk art look is inspired by her Uzbec upbringing. Psst..check out the whole set of 6 medieval hand puppets. You can always divide them up between lots of kids.

$12.95, Land of Nod

Mon Petit Art Coloring Book / Stickers : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Mon Petit Art Coloring Book / Stickers

To keep little fingers and minds busy, over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house. | 10% off with code COOLMOM

$12.50, Perfectly Smitten

Creative pop-out and play city set: Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Creative pop-out and play city set

Hours of creative play time in one pretty box.

$13.99 on sale, Le Petit Collage

Rainbow Unicorn Stud Earrings : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Rainbow Unicorn Stud Earrings

While we’ve got an entire category of cute rainbow unicorn gifts, we can’t resist the price on these little guys from one of our favorite indie shops.

We’re sorry, but this shop has closed.

$9.99 on sale, Shana Logic

Dinosaur Building Toy : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Dinosaur Building Toy

There’s a pegasus, too!

$9.99, Yoxo

Battleship Retro 1967 Edition : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Battleship Retro 1967 Edition

If only so you can drive your kids crazy endlessly repeating, “you sunk my battleship!”

$13, Target

Paint Your Own Birdhouse Craft Kit : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Paint Your Own Birdhouse Craft Kit

Add some birdseed and binoculars if you want to make it a bigger gift.

$10, Curious Play

Faux Fur Eternity Scarf : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Faux Fur Eternity Scarf

This will make lots of little girls, tweens and teens very happy!

$14.90, Justice

Anti-Hero Skate Beanie : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Anti-Hero Skate Beanie

From one of the coolest skate brands — and more kid-appropriate than some of their board designs.

$15.95, Tactics

Mini Galaxy Glow Lamp : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Mini Galaxy Glow Lamp

When they’ve outgrown nightlights.

$7.99, Seedling

Personalized Donut Labels : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Personalized Donut Labels

So your kids don’t lose all their other gifts. Hopefully. | 15% off + free shipping with code COOL15 

$9.98, Name Bubbles

Handmade Charlotte Craft Kits : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Handmade Charlotte Craft Kits

From funky paint-by-number sets to origami papers to the emoji bubble necklace here, we’re in love with these affordable craft sets for kids from one of our favorite bloggers.

$2-12, Michael’s

Wildly Spectacular Sports Science book : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

The Book of Wildly Spectacular Sports Science

Kids can’t put down this compelling book, which has 54 super cool experiments to try at home.

$14.95, Amazon

Spiderman Toddler Tee : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Spiderman Toddler Tee

Does your toddler do whatever a spider can? Well that settles it.

$12.99, Think Geek

Friendship Bracelet Embroidery Floss Jumbo Pack : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Friendship Bracelet Embroidery Floss Jumbo Pack

Your kids will know just what to do with it. And if not, check out these friendship bracelet pattern tutorials on YouTube.

$15.99, Michaels

Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition

Reading it out loud each year is a holiday tradition for so many families. If your copy needs a freshening up, here you go.

$15.33, Amazon

36-Watercolor Set : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

36-Watercolor Set

A kid can never have too many craft supplies.

$9.71, Amazon

Balloon Animals Kit : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Balloon Animals Kit

The one skill we all wish we had.

$9.95, Land of Nod

Winter Gumball Bracelet : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Winter Gumball Bracelet

Sweet gift for little fashionistas.

$12.50, J Crew

7 Days Hair Pins : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

7 Days Hair Pins

A good excuse to get your kids to brush their hair. Maybe. Sometimes.

$12, My Sweet Muffin

Outer Space Coloring Roll : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Outer Space Coloring Roll

Fun gift for one kid, or a whole brood. | 10% off with code COOL

$14.99, Treehouse Kid and Craft

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Your artist will love reading about other young artists, and this one is a favorite.

$13.73, Amazon

Personalized wooden blocks : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Personalized handmade wooden blocks

A toy and a treasured keepsake.

$10/4, Manzanita Kids (other sizes available)

Eeboo Holiday Paper Chains : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Eeboo Holiday Paper Chains

The first step before decking the halls.

$11.95, Amazon

 Dr Dynamo Luchadore Doll : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Dr. Dynamo Luchadore Doll

Now who doesn’t need a Dr. Dynamo in their life?

$14.95, Land of Nod

Tin Tea Set : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Tin Tea Set

The company is absolutely free.

$12.59 on sale, Amazon

GeoSafari Jr. Kids Binoculars : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

GeoSafari Jr. Kids Binoculars

The perfect toddler binoculars for making the world bigger without magic.

$14.99, Magic Beans

Elf DVD : Gifts Under $15 for kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Elf DVD

If only so kids can learn about the real food groups.

$6, Target