Each year, we love putting together a list of affordable holiday gifts for kids under $15. With budgets tight for so many, 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…$15.99. At most. Sometimes I just can’t resist!)

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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.

This post contains affiliate links which means we may earn a small commission from purchases, which supports our team at no additional expense to you. 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. Prices do not include shipping.

Also see: All of our Holiday Gift Guides for you to peruse!


50+ terrific gifts for kids under $15

Kiwi Crate's DIY capes are under $15

DIY Superhero Cape Making Kit $12.95, Kiwi Co
Why be Superman when you can be Super Margot or Super Isaiah?

Cool Among Us tee shirt for holiday gift for kids

Among Us “Brady Brunch” Tee $14.54/ea when you buy 2, XpehArtCute Red Bubble
Hot game of the 2020’s mashed with hot show of the 1970’s.

Hilarious board books under $15 for holidays

First 100 Words from the 80’s, First 100 Words from the 90’s $9.99 each, Amazon
Gen X parents (and–ahem–grandparents): you’ll enjoy these as much as the kids.

Big Bird sock from Bombas make a great gift under $15

Colorful Bird Bird socks for kids $8, Bombas
Or grab any of their favorite Sesame Street characters. Plus, Bombas donates a pair too.

Holiday stud earrings from Naaz Design co on Etsy: Handmade gift under $15!

Holiday Stud Earrings $10, Naaz Design Co
Handmade by art director and Etsy entrepreneur/mom Farah Brigante, she has so many wonderful earrings in her shop, but for kids these are pretty adorable!

The Child Bitty Boomers speaker is under $15 for the holidays

Mandalorian The Child Bluetooth Speaker $15.99, Amazon
But we all know him as Baby Yoda, of course. If your kids are fans, see our entire list of Mandalorian gifts for fans

This colorful unicorn sidewalk chalk from Twee makes an amazing holiday gift

Unicorn horn sidewalk chalk set $15.00, Twee at Burke Decor
(and currently 35% off with code TWINKLE)
Puts a little more magic into those hopscotch boards.


Amanda Gorman's new book makes an amazing gift for kids under $15 | holiday gifts

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman $9.31, Amazon
Inspiring and gorgeous from a voice of a generation.

Paint your own cookie kit from Sweet Craft Kit on Etsy for around $15

Paint Your Own Christmas Cookie Set, $15.99/cookie, Sweet Craft Kit
A craft you can eat — hooray!


Colorful DIY dough for under $15

DIY natural dough kits $12.99, The Dough project
“Dough it yourself.” Ha.

This inspiring puzzle celebrates the women who fought for the right to vote

100-piece Votes for Women Puzzle  $14.99, Amazon
Perfect for little hands with big dreams

50+ gifts under $15 for kids: Love you to the moon and back earrings in a tin

Love you to the moon and back jewelry tin $15, Michelle Mach
Lots of beautiful options from this writer, editor, and former librarian.

Also see: 20 of our favorite educational board games that are loads of fun too

Grab this Primary footsie pajamas for only $11

Organic Zipped Baby Xmas Footie $11.00 on sale, Primary
So nice to find affordable holiday PJs from a small business! See the site for lots more options.

Great gift for teens under $15: Tattly Floral Stickers

Pretty floral stickers $15 2 sheets, Tattly
Tattly’s new stickers will look great all over their laptop case.

Cuddly Santa from Keepsake Bridal Baby

Santa Plush $15, Keepsake Bridal Baby
Also available: Reindeer and elf plush

Imaginative play with Green Toys Airplane, only $10!

Green Toys Airplane $10.10, Amazon
Ready for takeoff.



Grab A Christmas Story game for under $10!

 A Christmas Story: A Major Game by Funko Games, $6.99, Amazon
You’ll shoot your eye out! (No you won’t, no bb’s here.)


Elf Snowball Showdown Game: Great gifts for kids under $15

 Elf Snowball Showdown Card Game by Funko Games, $6.99, Amazon
Or, for you Elf fans (as in, all of us….)


50+ gifts under $15 for kids: Adorable handmade Christmas fabric face masks from Trendy Tot Shop

Christmas face masks $12.99, The Trendy Tot
Keeping kids safe and festive.

Spell out their name with Art2theExtreme crayons

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!

Also see: The coolest gifts for 5 year olds this year


Love You Love You More mother-daughter bracelet set by Brooklyn Rose Beads | Cool kids gifts under $15

Mother-Daughter Love You More Bracelet Set $11, Brooklyn Rose Beads (shop is on short break)
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 Mini Journals from Personalization Mall all under $15 for 2

Personalized Mini Journals, set of 2 $13.29, Personalization Mall
Maybe pair with a great set of markers, like the ones below.

Two Star Wars fidget toys for under $15

Star Wars Pop-its fidget toy $10.99, Amazon
Keep little fingers busy with their Star Wars pals

Get these colorful markers for under $15 on Amazon

Set of 36 Dual Tipped Markers $12.99, Amazon
For bullet-journaling, sketching, or just a little off-screen doodling.

50+ gifts under $15 for kids: initial hair clips on sale at Bauble Bar

Initial Hair Clips $5, Bauble Bar
At this price, we’d grab them for lots of people on our list!

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Cool gifts for kids under $15: Dream Like Martin...Black History Shirt from MM of Philly

Cool gifts for kids under $15: Kamala, Michelle, Elizabeth & Ruth Shirt from MM of Philly

Dream like Martin… t-shirt for kids and babies, $18
Kamala & Michelle… shirt $22, MM of Philly
(Note that these have both gone up in price since we first featured them, but we still love them!)

Also see: 11 inspiring children’s and YA books about historic women for our girls — and especially, our boys.

Personalized snowman mug under $15 from Priscilla V Design

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.

Gifts for kids under $15: Girls sparkle tutu handmade by Ingrid Elizabeth on Etsy

Handmade Girls Sparkle Tutus, $12.95+, Ingrid Elizabeth
The perfect festive holiday wear! (Or you know, nighttime wear, if you can’t get them to take it off.)

Great gift under $15: Felt Food Truck's homemade taco play food

Felt taco play food set, $8.25, Felt Food Truck
Sorry…guac is extra

Also see: The cutest handmade play food makers on Etsy 

This magnetic play set from Petit Collage is so much fun for under $15

Magnetic Play Set by Petit Collage $13, Amazon
Hours of unplugged play, at home or in the car.

Great gift under $15 for tweens and teens: Mario Badescu face set at Anthropologie

Mario Badescu Fresh Face Gift Set $10.50 Anthropologie
Our tweens and teens call this one of their top gifts — and the price is great!


Spalding basketball makes a great active gift under $15

Spalding NBA Mini Outdoor Basketball $12.99, Target
Any excuse to get them outside a little more these days

This trio of little ornaments from Paper Culture is just over $15

Bamboo Christmas ornament set $15.99/3, Paper Culture
Each year, we love giving the kids new ornaments that are “theirs” to hang.

Cute holiday LEGO set under $15 with this Nutcracker Brickheadz set

LEGO Brickheadz Christmas  Nutcracker $9.95, Amazon
So popular with kids of all ages, and this set is so cute!


This illustrated growth journal from Boy Girl Party is under $16

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: cool gifs for kids under $15

Skyjo Game $14.95, Amazon (currently unavailable but check back)
Freshen up the game closet this holiday with one of our kids’ favorites.

This Nora Pisa Bracelet is currently under $15 at Bauble Bar

Nora Pisa Bracelet (sized for teens + adults) $10, Bauble Bar
Love the bits of color showing that add a bit of pop to any outfit


Animal Crossing, Roblox, or Fortnite Coloring Books: Cool gifs for kids under $15

Fortnite Coloring Book, Roblox Coloring Book, or Animal Crossing Coloring Book $6-7 Amazon
or your local bookstore or toy store
Just add crayons and…enjoy the silence!

H&M has boys cotton dress shirts under $15

Cotton Dress Shirt in 3 styles $9.99, H&M
You won’t believe how grown up he looks in an instant.

Kwanzaa book for under $15: Seven Spools of Thread

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.


50+ gifts under $15 for kids: Limited edition NASA etch a sketch

Limited Edition NASA Etch a Sketch,  Amazon
The original is always a great gift, but we’d grab this one while you still can. (This limited edition is now over $15)

DelightNatural Lip Balms make a great holiday gift under $15

Lip Balm Gift Sets $7.95-$10.95, Delight Naturals
This shop offers every flavor you can imagine, from popular options to Butterbeer!



This Hape Rainmaker Toy make a soothing sound for toddlers and is under $15

Rainmaker Toy $12.99, Amazon
Soothing and fascinating to young toddlers.

50+ gifts under $15 for kids: Ultimate Science Kit for kids

Ultimate Science Kit $14.99, Target
STEM gifts for kids are always a good idea.

Also see: 9 fantastic no-screen tech and STEM gifts for kids

Great tween phone case with Mean Girls reference under $15

Mean Girls Burn Book inspired phone case $11.99 on sale, ADSStudio on Etsy
Are your older kids as obsessed as ours are?

Kids-sized ukulele for the holidays, under $15

Kids’ ukulele $13.99 , Amazonudio on Etsy
How soon til they can play Tiptoe Through the Tulips?


Cute Boba Airpods case for under $15 makes a great gift for tweens and teens

Kawaii boba tea AirPods case  $8.98, Amazon
If you have kawaii-loving tweens or teens, they’ll love this!

50+ gifts under $15 for kids: DC Superman and Wonder Woman Christmas edition Funko Pop

Superman Christmas Funko or Wonder Woman Christmas Funko , Amazon
Able to leap Santa’s sleigh in a single bound! And looks like they’ve leapt right out the $15 and under category, but there are loads more Funko figurines to consider!


50+ gifts under $15 for kids: Cozy holiday sock sets with a gift card holder

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


50+ gifts under $15 for kids: Coco on Blu-Ray

Coco on Blu-Ray $10.99, Amazon
Because we could watch it over and over, too.


Great gift under $15--Naruto Ramen Time Puzzle

Naruto Ramen Time 1000-Piece Puzzle $14.99, Usaopoly
Run like Naruto to grab this great deal!


Gifts under $15: JVC Gummy Earbuds

JVC Gummy Earbuds $7.95+, Amazon
Terrific tech gift for kids under $15, and loads of colors, too!


Perfect for the holidays, this skater dress from Target is only $10

Girls/Tween Skater Dress $10.00, Target
Holiday style can be comfy, affordable, and still super cute

Holiday gifts under $15 like this Star Wars Lightsaber bookmark

Star Wars lightsaber bookmark, $9.99, Quetzal Studio
A great way to make a gift of a favorite book more special. Personalization available.

50+ gifts under $15 for kids: To the Moon world's longest fold-out coloring book

To The Moon: The Longest Fold-Out Coloring Book In the World $8.99, Amazon
The coolest coloring book goes on and on and on.

50+ gifts under $15 for kids: Metallic star leggings

Kids metallic star leggings $13, Primary
The sale section from this small, women-owned business is full of great deals like these!


DIY pin and flair kit: Kids gifts under $15

DIY pin and flair kit $15.00 Maisonette
From Yellow Owl Workshop,  kids love being able to decorate their own backpacks, caps and jackets

This Essentially Charli Book for the holidays under $15


Essentially Charli, by Charli D’Amelio $4.09 Amazon or your local bookseller
If you have TikTok-ers on your list, they’ll know her.


Grab these Custom Trading Cards for kids for under $15

Create your own Custom Trading Card Kit $12.99, Magic Beans
For the creative kid who already seems to have everything, this is brilliant!

50+ gifts under $15 for kids: Wonder pouch for makeup, school supplies or travel

“Choose Kind” Wonder pouch $8, Out of Print
From one of our kids’ favorite books, made for stashing makeup, school supplies, spare change…

Kids Pokemon Watch only $8 at Target

Pokémon LCD Watch $8, Target
He’s back! And, he’s telling time!


Marvel Avengers LEGO: a great set under $15

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.

This Blinger Nail Kit is under $15

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.