Great Gifts for Under $10
When Less is More
Tags: under $10, play power, stocking stuffers,
Posted: 2010-12-14 20:23:49 By: by Joanne Oppenheim

 

Do you need a boatload of gifts for nieces, nephews, grandkids, and neighbors? Relax. Have we got some great choices for you. These are gifts that look like a lot more than they cost and best of all—they have real play power.

 

 


2010 Award
Creativity for Kids Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books
(Creativity for Kids $9.99 Score: )

One of the most charming kits we've reviewed this season.  The set comes with three small (hence the name bitty) books...each are hardcover and have 12 pages. In addition, you also get a holder for the books that you can also decorate.  Kids can use their own drawings and/or use the preprinted stickers that may help prompt some of their story telling.  This is the type of project that you'll have on your shelf for years to come.   The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2010 Award
Sassy Bumpy Ball
(Sassy $9.99 Score: )

Roll this bumpy ball and it will wibble-wobble as it goes. Covered with easy to grab soft fabric knobs, this jolly looking fabric ball has many patterns for visual interest. There are stripes and polka-dots in bright contrasting colors. It also has two see-through plastic knobs on either side that turn. Inside of both knobs are small mirrors and colorful beads that are reflected as they rattle. This just says, come on, roll it, toss it, and turn it. 6 months and up.

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The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 

 
2010 Awards
Rubbabu Funky Ball Assortment
(Rubbabu $6 Score: )

These balls come in many colors and interesting shapes. Some like the Crater ball has finger holds while the Bubble ball has bumps. You might also like the Fashion balls with swirling indents that make them easier to grasp. Or look for the ones with alphabet letters, geometric shapes, or numerals molded into their surfaces. These come in many primary bold colors and they are rubbery with soft flocking. Babies will like them for roly poly social games; toddlers will like chasing them and they are soft enough so that preschoolers will like bouncing and trying to catch them. They are the size of a softball and make a nice impulse toy that leads to active play. All ages.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2010 Award
Krazy Kars Light Up Marble Racers
(Skullduggery $7.99 Score: )

Kids can customize their own see-though racers with the stick-on decals. Give them a shake and the "marble" in the center of the vehicle lights up. These will make good party favors or stocking stuffers or a less than costly way to exit the toy store with a small purchase. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2010 Award
Optrix 3-D Bubbles
(Imperial Toy Company $7.99 & up Score: )

Just when you think you have seen everything--get ready for a brand new bubble extravaganza! Put the 3D glasses on, dip the wand into the bubble solution and "It's Magic!" Bubbles with star-like rays float on the wind. They shimmer in the light with a prism of colors. You have to see them to believe them. You can buy stars, lightening bolts, butterflies, or hearts. Simply amazing! But if you only have one set you have to share the glasses.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2010 Award
Crayola Story Studio
(Crayola $3.99 & up Score: )

When you say Crayola, most of us conjure up the idea of the yellow and green box, the smell of the crayons, and the possibilities that they present. High tech usually isn't in the picture- until this year.  Crayola Color Studio allows you to take a code off the box (boxes of 48 crayons or more) and use the on-line studio where you can import a picture of your child (or you!) to place as the central character of their own story.  You can print out as many pages as you'd like.  Great fun!

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 
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