Each year, we love putting together a list of affordable holiday gifts for kids under $15. With budgets tight for so many this year, it really helps to know that there are plenty of affordable gifts that still seem like big deals to kids, tweens, and even teens.
Including lots from the small businesses we love to support.
Maybe you’re trying to spend a little less this year, or maybe you have so many nieces, nephews, and little cousins to shop for — either way, we hope you enjoy these wonderful holiday gifts for kids under $15.
(Or you know…$15.95. At most. Sometimes I just can’t resist!)
Because we know you all have different shopping preferences, we included options at some of the big stores (some of which come from small businesses too), but we hope you’ll consider supporting smaller shops as well. And of course, you can always make something (kids love homemade cookies!) and shop local — we bet your local toy store, gift shop, and especially your local bookshop would really love your business right now.
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There’s no payment for inclusion in our guide, just the stuff we love! We know that’s rare these days.
All prices accurate at the time of publishing, but subject to change.
Also see: Our 10 Best Holiday Gifts for Babies and Toddlers in 2020
Our 10 Best Holiday Gifts for Little Kids 4-8 in 2020
Our 10 Best Holiday Gifts for Tweens 9-12 in 2020
Our 10 Best Holiday Gifts for Teens in 2020
DIY Superhero Cape Making Kit $12.95, Kiwi Co
Why be Superman when you can be Super Margot or Super Isaiah?
Love you to the moon and back jewelry tin $15, Michelle Mach
Unicorn horn sidewalk chalk set $15, Twee
Puts a little more magic into those hopscotch boards.
Paint Your Own Christmas Cookie Set (item no longer available) $7.95/1 cookie + supplies, The Cookie Riveter
A craft you can eat — hooray!
DIY natural dough kits $12.99, The Dough project
“Dough it yourself.” Ha.
100-piece Votes for Women Puzzle (item no longer available) $10, Nordstrom
Perfect for little hands with big dreams
Organic Zipped Baby Xmas Footie $11.50 on sale, Primary
So nice to find affordable holiday PJs from a small business! See the site for lots more options.
Santa Plush $15, Keepsake Bridal Baby
Also available: Reindeer and elf plush
Build Your Own RC Race Trike (item no longer available) $14.99, Target
Racing it is the reward for putting it together.
A Christmas Story: A Major Game, $6.99, Amazon
You’ll shoot your eye out! (No you won’t, no bb’s here.)
Christmas face masks $12.99, The Trendy Tot
Keeping kids safe and festive.
Among Us Pop Art Tee (item no longer available) $14.03/ea when you buy 2, Potato Gear on Red Bubble
Cool fan art of the hot game of the year
Individual Crayon Letters $4.80/ea, Art2TheExtreme
You’ll have to spend a bit over $15 for a name over 3 letter, but this shop’s work is wonderful!
Mother-Daughter Love You More Bracelet Set $11, Brooklyn Rose Beads
Tons of adorable, affordable gifts for kids under $15 in this Etsy shop.
Psst…this can be from a Dad, an Aunt, a Grandma or Grandpa, or even a big sibling too.
Personalized Sketchpad $14.33, Printfitters Zazzle Shop
Maybe pair with a great set of markers, like the ones below.
Set of 36 Dual Tipped Markers $12.99, Amazon
For bullet-journaling, sketching, or just a little off-screen doodling.
Initial Hair Clips $5, Bauble Bar
At this price, we’d grab them for lots of people on our list!
Personalized Snowman Face Mug for Kids $10.20 on sale, Priscilla V Design
Now the kids won’t fight about which is theirs! PS Don’t forget to add a pack of hot chocolate.
Handmade Girls Sparkle Tutus, $12.45+, Ingrid Elizabeth
The perfect festive holiday wear! (Or you know, nighttime wear, if you can’t get them to take it off.)
Felt taco play food set, $8.25, Felt Food Truck
Sorry…guac is extra
Magnetic Play Sets by Petit Collage $12, Amazon
Hours of unplugged play, at home or in the car.
Mario Badescu Fresh Face Gift Set $12 Anthropologie
Our tweens and teens call this one of their top gifts — and the price is great!
Spalding NBA Mini Outdoor Basketball $12.99, Amazon
Any excuse to get them outside a little more these days
Bamboo Christmas ornament set $9.99/3 on sale, Paper Culture
Each year, we love giving the kids new ornaments that are “theirs” to hang.
LEGO Brickheadz Christmas reindeer building kit $14.95, Amazon
These are so popular with kids of all ages, and this set is so cute!
Illustrated Growth Journal $15.95, Boy Girl Party
A lovely gift for an older kid or teen who could use a little quiet time.
Skyjo Game $14.95, Amazon
Freshen up the game closet this holiday with one of our kids’ favorites.
Birthstone Bracelet (sized for teens + adults) $10, Bauble Bar
Love these stackable bracelets — lots of options available but we think kids will love their own birthstone color
Cotton Dress Shirt in 7 Styles $9.99, H&M
Just because we have nowhere to go doesn’t mean we can’t make a little effort, right?
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story $6.43, Indiebound
A beautiful gift for observers of Kwanzaa, or any kid who wants to know more about our many winter celebrations.
Limited Edition NASA Etch a Sketch $15.88, Amazon
The original is always a great gift, but we’d grab this one while you still can.
Lip Balm Gift Sets $7.95-$8.96, Delight Naturals
This shop offers every flavor you can imagine, from popular options to Butterbeer!
Toddler Percussion Toy Set $9.99, Magic Beans
Music gifts are always wonderful for little ones, and this one comes from a favorite indie toy shop of ours.
Ultimate Science Kit $14.99, Target
STEM gifts for kids are always a good idea.
Mean Girls Burn Book inspired phone case (item no longer available) $9.99 on sale, DIY Customiz on Etsy
Are your older kids as obsessed as ours are?
Kawaii boba tea AirPods case (item no longer available) $13.80, My Miibo
If you have kawaii-loving tweens or teens, lots of wonderful gifts for kids under $15 in this shop.
Holiday Cozy Sock Sets $3/2 pairs (lots of styles available), Target
Also comes with a gift card holder…should you want to give a little something extra
Coco on Blu-Ray $9.99, Amazon
Because we could watch it over and over, too.
Naruto Ramen Time 1000-Piece Puzzle $14.99, Usaopoly
Run like Naruto to grab this great deal!
JVC Gummy Earbuds $9-12, Amazon
Terrific tech gift for kids under $15, and loads of colors, too!
Girls/Tween Skater Dress $10.49, Forever 21
Holiday style can be comfy, affordable, and still super cute
Star Wars lightsaber bookmark, $9.99, Quetzal Studio
A great way to make a gift of a favorite book more special. Personalization available too, if you hurry
To The Moon: The Longest Fold-Out Coloring Book In the World $14.95, MoMA (with discount for members)
Don’t forget to shop museum shops which can use support this holiday! You can even find great deals like this one.
Kids metallic star leggings $14, Primary
The sale section from this small, women-owned business is full of great deals like these!
DIY pin and flair kit $14,95 Arch Supplies
From Yellow Owl Workshop, kids love being able to decorate their own backpacks, caps and jackets
Essentially Charli, by Charli D’Amelio $13.28 Amazon or your local bookseller
If you have TikTok-ers on your list, they’ll know her.
Create your own Custom Trading Card Kit $12.99, Magic Beans
For the creative kid who already seems to have everything, this is brilliant!
Pokémon LCD Watch $7.99, Target
He’s back! And, he’s telling time!
LEGO Avengers Iron Man building kit $9.84, Amazon
The only thing better than finding a cool gift for kids under $15 is finding one under $10.
We Are All Greta: Be inspired by Greta Thunberg to save the world,
Prices vary: NY Public Library store , Amazon, or your local bookstore
We love buying a book to support a library, and this one may help support the whole planet, too.
Blinger Ultimate Nail Wand Collection $14.99, Amazon
Yes, we know it’s like totally plastic and silly but wow it’s fun and all of our kids want one. So, here you go.