Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids
are quickly approaching and many people are searching
for affordable holiday gift ideas that are sure to
please. Below you will find many easy and
affordable holiday gift ideas for kids.
(ARA) Ė There is nothing better than seeing a childís face light up while opening a gift during the holidays. But with the economy slowing and people reining in their spending, many are worried about saving enough to buy gifts for the little ones this holiday season. With a little creative shopping, however, itís possible to make the kidsí holidays merry and bright, even on a budget.
The gift experts at Montgomery Ward offer the following affordable gift ideas for kids|
Unfortunately, small gifts donít always come with a small price tag. Aim to keep
stocking stuffers under $20, with the idea that good things come in small
packages. For younger kids, colorful or sparkly toothbrushes featuring their
favorite cartoon characters are delightful and great for teeth. Toy
cars, stickers and an inexpensive digital watch are
great toys for boys, while flavored lip balm and a small
bottle of nail polish make girls smile. For older (and
tech savvy) kids, a USB flash drive to store music and
photos is a unique and useful idea. And never overlook
the novelty of a fun pair of socks inside a stocking.
Those presents under the tree donít have to break the
bank, but if youíre really in a cash crunch, look at
options like a credit plan with low monthly payments.
Montgomery Ward offers a credit plan with payments
starting as low as $20 per month. But if you think like
a child and use your imagination, you can find great
gifts that won't lighten your pocketbook too much.
* Personalized gifts are always a hit, particularly with
kids ages three to eight. Have a childís name printed or
embroidered on everything from piggy banks, sleeping
bags and beach towels to pillow cases and T-shirts.
* Art supplies, like a big pad of blank paper and a case
of colored pencils or markers, are an inexpensive way to
encourage creativity and keep kids busy on cold, wet
* Gifts that occupy kidsí time, like games and books,
are great because you can purchase one and kids can play
and read together.
* Get creative with a trunk full of dress-up costumes.
Custom-made dress-up clothing for kids is expensive, but
a trip to the secondhand store to fill up the trunk with
hats, dresses, coats and accessories is an inexpensive
way to spark the imagination.
* Classic toys like ant farms and magic kits arenít
high-tech, but they are high-touch and interactive.
* Purchase a book of gift certificates for treats from a
childís favorite restaurant and share an ice cream cone
or hot dog. Gift certificates are also available for
local movie theaters.
* Give an experience. Take kids on an outing to a
holiday parade or to see the light displays and store
If youíve got a bit more to spend, invest in something
that kids can play with now and that will be treasured
as a family heirloom for years to come. The Lionel Pedal
Train ($350 at Wards.com) is a fully interactive,
ride-on train that looks just like the one you had (or
wish you had) as a child. Made of metal and painted in
bright, glossy colors, this little train will provide
hours of fun. Kids will squeal with delight as they chug
around the house. For years to come, it will look great
next to the tree or piled with gifts after the kids have
* For the video game-crazy kid who seemingly has
everything, check out the Boom Chair ($149 at Wards.com).
It provides the ultimate gaming and music experience
with a sound system built into the seat so kids can feel
every explosion, beat and sound. Itís compatible with
any gaming system that uses a standard RCA cable for
audio and can also be used with any portable gaming or
music device. You can even connect up to four chairs so
everyone experiences the same sounds.
Visit Wards.com for more gift ideas and to shop online.
Be sure to use some of our affordable holiday
gift ideas above to help you save your sanity and your
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