I know that this year I’m going to end up with a bunch of kids I’ve forgotten about on my holiday list, so I try to amass a repertoire of fun, not too expensive gifts to keep on standby. If they don’t get given out this month, there’s always birthday parties all year long.

While we have a whole bunch of gifts under $15 in our holiday gift guide, I just found one more that I’m in love with.

The Mermaids Magnetic Dress Up Dolls from Mudpuppy is such a cool gift for girls. It would make a great travel toy to keep kids busy on long car rides or airport layovers. And I adore the illustrations from artist Lorena Siminovich who also happens to be the founder of CMP fave Petit Collage. Much nicer than that famous licensed mermaid character, don’t you think?

You’ll find it at Portland’s mom-run shop Stubby Pencil Studio, along with lots of other affordable art supplies, crafting and creative toys for the kids.Or for yourself, if you’re like me. –Liz

Find the Mermaids Magnetic Dress Up Dolls and other great toys and gifts at Stubby Pencil Studio, and save 15% off your order with code CMPHOL15