Best Birthday Gifts Under $15
The perfect gifts that won't break the bank
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Posted: 2014-06-25 10:52:14 By: by Stephanie Oppenheim

 

Best Birthday Presents Under $15

For the Artist

 

 


2014 Award
Creativity for Kids Wow! Wiggly Eyes
(Creativity for Kids $12.99 Score: )

Want to make eye-catching art? Wow! Wiggly Eyes has more than 200 self-adhesive wiggly eyes plus headband, bracelet, an adjustable ring, hair clips, bottle cap, pinback and all sorts of craft items to decorate boxes, cards, and you-name-it with colorful stickers, markers, and pompoms. There are instructions and ideas, but this will swiftly become a goody box for kids who like to make up their own zany creations. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

 

 

 


2014 Award
Crayola Window Markers
(Crayola $11.99 Score: )

One of our favorite art kits of the year! The set comes with a rainbow of 25 washable colors as well as some stencils and two window cling sheets. They work beautifully on windows and glass and wipe off easily. The juicy set of markers comes in a yellow case with a handle.  Fun for a playdate! Also fun, a  set of 25 washable Pip-Squeak Markers and 40 sheets of paper that come in a portable storage case.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2014 Award
Creativity for Kids Duct Tape Water Bottle
(Creativity for Kids $13 Score: )

Customize a personal plastic water bottle with six colorful rolls (30 feet) of duct tape and foil stickers. A great take along for the beach or bike ride. The bottle is BPA Free and comes with a carabiner clip to fasten to backpack or belt buckle. A creative way to stay hydrated. The price of this product varies on various sites

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2014 Award
Alex Bling Bangles Activity Kit
(Alex $14.99 Score: )

No weaving or intricate bead work needed to produce a wardrobe of six sparkly bangles. Apply the sticky gem strips to the slender metal bangles and wrap them with the colorful floss. 7 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

For Outdoor Fun

 

 

 
2014 Awards
Swimways Light-up Beach Ball
(Hearthsong $12.98 Score: )

This is not your mother's beach ball--not yours either. I's a big 20" red, white and blue ball that glows from a strong LED, flashes streaks of red, blue, and green whenever it is tossed, caught or bounced. Fun for swim parties after sunset or a game of catch or beach ball volleyball. You get two balls with batteries and impact-activated LEDs inside. Marked 3 & up, but really this is a ball that will be enjoyed by older kids, teens and even adults. You'll find this on hearthsong.com.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2014.

 

 

 


2013 Award
Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk Bright Colors
(Crayola $1.99-8.99 Score: )

Just in time for outdoor fun, bright colors of sidewalk chalk for hopscotch games or sidewalk art shows. Colors include purple mountains majesty, granny smith apple green, orange, violet red, sepia, blue green and more. Really a new way to make their mark and it is labeled as washable. Comes in a big 48-piece pack or 24 or 12 pack.  4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

For the Nature

You can give a few plants that keep on giving (tomatoes, herbs) or flowers. Combine with a pot that kids can decorate. For older kids, suggest that they track the progress of their plants via Instagram. By the end of a few weeks they'll see the change in their plants.

 

 


2014 Award
Insect Lore Pop-Up Port-a-Bug
(Insect Lore $12.27 Score: )

A handy pop-up mesh container that allows bugs to have air while in captivity and gives kids a good view of their buggy movements. This is intended for short term captivity and kids should be encouraged to let their specimens go. Pop-up container compresses and fits in a carry sack that can be clipped to clothes and taken along on hikes.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

 
2014 Awards
Insect Lore Big Bug Magnifying Jar
(Insect Lore $12.99 Score: )

Kids can get a close-up view of bugs they collect in this bucket with a giant shatter-proof 3X magnifying lens on top. The bucket has an easy to grip handle and air holes so that the bug can survive for a while. Kids should be encouraged to let the bug go after they have had time to examine it.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

For the Globe Trotter

One of the best gifts to give is one that inspires kids to dream and think beyond their own world. A huge Rand McNally 50" x 32" map of the USA or the World ($14 each) gives context to events (like the World Cup) or places they've been to or dream of visiting. 

 

 


2014 Award
Rand McNally World Map
(Rand McNally $11 Score: )

Having a big 50” x 32” map of places you've been or those you long to visit, offers a good way to spark their interest in maps and geography. Give them a set of stickers to label the places they've been or hope to get to.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014.

 

 

 

 
2014 Awards
Rand McNally U.S. Wall Map
(Rand McNally $14.95 Score: )

A giant 50” X 32” wall map for young geographers. Bring home this or a similar World Map ($8.99) for their room. Kids will like putting stickers on their personal map--marking the places they have been (or want to see) and following sports or world news; locating where in the world things are happening. An interest in mapping begins early if encouraged by making maps relate to their interests and experiences.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

For the Gamer/Puzzler

 

 


2014 Award
Gamewright Sushi Go!
(Gamewright $12 Score: )

We're not going to lie. We got hungry for sushi while playing this fun card game. For a generation of kids that are familiar with sushi, this will be a hit. The goal is to get the highest scoring collection of sushi. For example if you add wasabi to your nigiri - you'll get triple points. Each player gets a certain number of cards to begin (depending on how many are playing). From that hand you keep one card, place it face down. Now here's the fun part-- you pass your hand to the next player.  This keeps going until all cards are played.

There is some strategy involved in what cards you collect. For example if you have the most number of puddings, you get six points -- but if you don't the have most - you have to subtract six points from your total score.

The instructions take some time (and a grown up) to figure out but then it starts moving quickly. Marked for 8 & up and rounds take about 15 minutes to play for 2 to 5 players.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014.

 

 

 


2014 Award
Diggity Dogs Game
(Educational Insights $14.95 Score: )

For five-year old dog lovers, Diggity Dogs is an ideal way to sharpen visual and social skills. Players each get a dog card at the start of the game that indicates three things this dog needs. Each player then takes two "go fish" style cards that show objects the various dogs need, such as a bone, ball, bed, a dish, etc. Players take turns collecting cards from the slush pile or barking and asking one of the other players if he has a needed card. When a player get all three objects pictured on her dog card she gets to adopt the dog and collect another dog. The player with the most dogs at the end of the game is the winner. A fun matching game for 2-4 players. For cat lovers, take a look at Kitten Caboodle, same idea but with kittens.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2014 Award
Janod Princess Carriage Floor Puzzle
(Janod $14.99 Score: )

In a royal coach that looks a lot like Cinderella's there is a young princess with a cat and a friend. Might be fun to make up some stories about who this friend might be and where they are going. But, first things first—putting the puzzle together is going to be the challenge. Designed for the younger pink set, this 39-piece floor puzzle has giant pieces. Though this has so many pieces, it does have outline cues that are strong and easily recognizable. Since children like to redo their puzzles multiple times, we look for those that can stand up to the wear and tear and remain interesting, too.  Like other Janod puzzles, this one is sturdy, attractive and comes in a suitcase for storage. 5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

 

 

 


2014 Award
eeBoo Birthday Tree Puzzle
(eeBoo $11.95 Score: )

Every child loves a birthday with cake and presents and this charming 64-piece puzzle is all about bear's special day. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet, this is a lovely way to challenge kid's problem solving skills. Kids love to do their puzzles more than once.  Take the time to give them strategies for putting the frame up and finding parts that go together. Helping the first time round will not spoil the fun or doing it all over again.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 
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