Each year, we love putting together a list of affordable holiday gifts for kids under $15 to go with our list of 60+ holiday gifts for adults under $15. It’s nice to know there are plenty of affordable gifts that still seem like big deals to kids, tweens, and even teens, including options from the big stores, and plenty from the small businesses we love to support. And of course, there are always handmade gifts that kids can make for each other, too.

Whether you’re trying to spend a little less this year, or you have a whole brood of nieces, nephews, and little cousins to shop for we hope you find some wonderful holiday gifts for kids under $15 on this list. (Or sometimes $16 or $17. Because, inflation.) – Liz + Christina

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50+ cool gifts for kids under $15…or close to it.

Tamagotchi virtual pets are back! And they're one of the hot gifts for teens this year
Tamagotchi Nano
They’re back! And one of our teen’s biggest requests this year. Check out all the themes.
(As low as $9.99 on sale, Amazon)

Wednesday Addams Funko Pop: Best gifts for kids under $15

Their favorite Funko Pop! Character
From Star Wars to Marvel, to the anime series you’ve never even heard of.
($4.49 and up, Amazon)


Kiwi Crate's DIY capes are under $15

DIY superhero cape-making kit
Why be Superman when you can be Super Margot or Super Isaiah?
($12.95, Kiwi Co)

I Read Banned Books Puzzle for Kids + Teens: Gifts under $15

I Read Banned Books: 500 Piece Puzzle
Perhaps to match the books on your family’s own shelves.
($14.99, Amazon; other cool puzzles available too)


Best gifts for kids under $15: Barbie Movie soundtrack on CD or cassette. Throwback!

Barbie movie soundtrack on CD or cassette
Everything old is new again for teens, including the way they’re listening to soundtracks.
($14-15, Amazon)

Grab this Primary footsie pajamas for only $11

Organic footie pajamas
So nice to find affordable holiday PJs from a small business! See the site for lots more options and patterns.
($12.25 on sale, Primary)


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

Holiday stud earrings
Handmade by art director & Etsy entrepreneur/mom Farah Brigante. Adorable!
($10, Naaz Design Co)

Also see: All of this year’s Holiday Gift Guides for you to peruse!

Twee's dino teeth, narwhal horn, or unicorn horn sidewalk chalk: Cool gifts for kids around $15

Narwhal or unicorn horn sidewalk chalk set
Lots of styles to put a little more magic into those hopscotch boards.
($16/ea, Maisonette – sorry price went up a bit!)

Gifts under $15: Ecotools eye makeup brush kit

Ecotools eye makeup brush kit
For your tweens + teens to practice the lewks they see on TikTok.
($9.99, Ulta)

Kids Bowie tee: Best kids gifts under $15 (on sale while they're left!)

Retro style rock tees for kids
“…while they try to change their world”
($12.60 and up, Nordstrom)

Colorful DIY dough for under $15

DIY natural dough kits 
“Dough it yourself.” Ha.
($12.99, The Dough Project)

DIY Bracelet kit bundle: get both sets together under $15 on sale

DIY Bracelet Kit 2-Pack
Get 6 handmade gifts out of one cool gift under $15.
($15.99 on sale, Maisonette)

Magnetic build-It Sets: Cool gifts for kids under $15

Magnetic Build-It Sets  
Perfect road trip toy for kids 4 and up.
($7.99, Amazon)

Cool gifts for kids under $15: Holiday Lite-Brite Kit

Holiday-Themed Lite-Brite Set
Adorable holiday templates included with this classic playset.
($14.99, Michaels)

Also find the Original Lite-Brite on sale under $15 on Amazon!

Amanda Gorman's new book Something Someday is a great holiday gift under $15

Something, Someday by Amanda Gorman and Christian Robinson
Inspiring and gorgeous about how little changes can make big differences, this is the latest release from a powerful voice of a generation and an Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator.
($10.99, Amazon)

Personalized daisy sunglasses for kids on Etsy | cool gifts under $15

Personalized Kids Sunglasses
The future’s so bright…
($8-14 for a limited time, MultiBracelet on Etsy)

Gifts under $15: Sunday Funday book for families

Sunday Funday annual activity book
Banish “I’m bored ” in 2024 with this weekend activity book.
($13.79, Amazon)

Imaginative play with Green Toys Airplane, only $10!

Green Toys airplane
Ready for takeoff.
($15.39, Amazon)

Marie Curie science earrings: Cool gifts for kids under $15

Earrings for Proud Geeks
Lots of fun styles to celebrate their passions, from science to books to
($9.50 and up, Michelle Mach)



Grab A Christmas Story game for under $10!

A Christmas Story: A Major Card Game by Funko Games
You’ll shoot your eye out! (No you won’t–no bb’s here.)
($8.99, Amazon)


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

Elf Snowball Showdown Card Game by Funko Games
Or, for you Elf fans (as in, all of us….)
($7.14, Hot Topic)

Gifts for $15: Diverse tee shirts from JTCreations3

Black Boy Joy t-shirt and Heart Melanin t-shirt
Love these two designs by Portland, OR’s JTcreations3 which have a great message and great style.
($10+, Etsy)

Spell out their name with Art2theExtreme crayons

Individual lowercase crayon letters
You’ll have to spend a bit over $15 for a name over 3 letter, but art2theextreme’s work is wonderful!
($4.80/ea, Etsy)

Gifts under $15: AntlerBearCanoe alphabet book

Antler Bear Canoe alphabet book
Betsy Bowen’s lovely woodblock illustrations and alphabetical prose take young readers through a year in the Northwoods of Minnesota.
($8.99 paperback, Amazon)

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
Tons of adorable, affordable gifts for kids under $15 at Brooklyn Rose Beads.
Psst…this can be from a Dad, an Aunt, a Grandma or Grandpa, or even a big sibling too.
($14, Etsy)

Kids-sized ukulele for the holidays, under $15

Kids’ ukulele
How soon til they can play the entire Taylor Swift catalog?
($10.99, Amazon)

Also see: Our guide to the best gifts for Taylor Swift fans

Get these colorful markers for under $15 on Amazon

Set of 36 dual-brush markers 
For bullet-journaling, sketching, or just a little off-screen doodling.
($9.99, Amazon)


Hilarious board books under $15 for holidays

First 100 Words from the 80’s, First 100 Words from the 90’s
Gen X parents (and ahem, grandparents): you’ll enjoy these as much as the kids
($3.24-$9.99, Amazon)

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

Initial hair clips
At this price, we’d grab them for lots of people on our list!
($5, Bauble Bar)

Best kids gifts under $15: Knit hat from Nordstrom

Kids Beanie in Blue or Pink
Adorable, and great price on sale!
($7.20 on sale, Nordstrom)

Glossier Balm lip balm is a great gift for teens under $15

Glossier Balm Dot Com
With its moisturizing gloss and just-a-kiss of tint, this yummy-smelling vegan balm is tops with teens and tweens.
($15, Glossier)

H&M has boys cotton dress shirts under $15

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

Kids gifts under $15: Galison's 500-piece lounge dogs puzzle

500-Piece Lounge Dog Puzzle
Requiring less care and maintenance than the real thing
($14.99, Amazon)

Great gifts for kids under $15: The Fuzzies Game

The Fuzzies game
Build it up and knock it down—who could resist?
($14.89, Target)


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

Magnetic Play Set by Petit Collage
Hours of unplugged play, at home or in the car.
($14 and up, Amazon)

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

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


Gifts for kids under $15: Girls sparkle tutu handmade by Sydney So Sweet on Etsy

Handmade sparkle heart tutu
The perfect festive holiday wear! (Or you know, nighttime wear, if you can’t get them to take it off.) Ships from Sydney So Sweet’s shop in Ohio and comes in eight colors.
($15.97+, Etsy)

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

Felt taco play food set
Order street tacos or crunch tacos from Felt Food Truck.
($6.20+, Etsy)

Spalding basketball makes a great active gift under $15

Spalding NBA youth basketball
Any excuse to get them outside a little more these days
($11.99, Target)

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

Bamboo Christmas ornament set
Each year, we love giving the kids new ornaments that are “theirs” to hang.
($9.99/3, Paper Culture)

LEGO gingerbread ornaments: Best gifts under $15 for kids

LEGO Gingerbread ornaments
So popular with kids of all ages, and this set is so cute!
($12.99, LEGO.com)


Kids gifts under $15: This illustrated growth journal from Boy Girl Party

Illustrated Growth Journal for Kids
A lovely gift for a tween or teen who could use a little quiet time.
($15.95, boygirlparty)

Gread gifts under $15: a fun card game for families like Skyjo

Skyjo game
Freshen up the game closet this holiday with one of our kids’ favorites.
($14.95, Amazon)

Kwanzaa book for under $15: Seven Spools of Thread

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story
A beautiful gift for observers of Kwanzaa, or any kid who wants to know more about our many winter celebrations.
($6.36, Bookshoporg


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

Rainmaker toy
Soothing and fascinating to young toddlers. In red and blue.
($12.84+, Amazon)


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

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


Gifts under $15: JVC Gummy Earbuds

JVC gummy earbuds
Terrific tech gift for kids under $15, and loads of colors.
($7.70, Amazon)

Holiday gifts under $15 like this Star Wars Lightsaber bookmark

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

See more of our favorite unique personalized gifts for kids this year

Delight Naturals four-pack of lip balm in holiday scents makes an excellent Christmas gift under $15

Lip holiday balm gift set
Delight Naturals offers every flavor you can imagine, from popular options to Butterbeer, but we love these holiday flavors.
($11.89+, Etsy)

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
The coolest coloring book goes on and on and on.
($4.99, Amazon)

Kids Pokemon Watch only $8 at Target

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

Gifts under $15 for kids: Hanna Andersson patterned leggings

Kids leopard patterned leggings
Love these well-made leggings–love them even more at half off! In five patterns.
($15, Hanna Andersson)

Great gifts for kids under $15: Yellow Owl Workshop Pin & Flair Kit

DIY pin and flair kit 
From Yellow Owl Workshop,  kids love being able to decorate their own backpacks, caps and jackets.
($16, Maisonette)

This 8" Black Santa Squishmallow makes a great holiday gift under $15

Holiday Squishmallow
Kids still love their Squishmallows!
($9.99, Target Online)