20 Gifts $20 and Under – Tot Gift Guide

Searching for high-quality presents for babies and kids that don’t cost a fortune? You’ve come to the right place! In this guide we’re sharing 20 affordable gift ideas and our favorite product picks!

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You’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice… and you’ve realized that it’s loooooong!

To help you still rock a kid’s world without breaking the bank (or doing harm to their health), our guide we’ll go over:

  • Chemicals to avoid in toys
  • Affordable gift ideas & products picks for babies and kids

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Chemicals to avoid in toys

At The Tot, we never use or recommend anything that hasn’t passed The Tot Test. This means we’ve looked deep into third-party testing, examined ingredients lists and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition to ensure it doesn’t contain any of the chemicals that we avoid.

For toys, this is extra important because of the type of contact a baby and/or child has with them. (Let’s be honest – they usually end up in a mouth!) When shopping for toys, it’s wise to steer clear of the following chemicals:

 

Harmful Phthalates

Many phthalates are known endocrine disruptors associated with asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity, type II diabetes, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues.

 

Bisphenols (BPA + BPS)

Bisphenols mimic the hormone estrogen and have been linked to prostate cancer, breast cancer, female infertility, and obesity. BPA is an especially dangerous endocrine disruptor since even small amounts of this chemical have been shown to cause serious reproductive damage, especially when the exposure occurs in utero.

 

PVC

PVC, also known as polyvinyl chloride, or vinyl, is an incredibly toxic chemical that is harmful to our bodies and to the environment right from the production phase through to disposal. It contains additives like phthalates, lead, cadmium, organotin that are quite toxic and have been linked to asthma, allergies, reproductive problems and cancer.

 

Lead & Other Heavy Metals

Exposure to heavy metals can cause nerve damage, learning and behavioral problems, reproductive damage and irreversible brain damage.

 

Click here to read the full list of ingredients we avoid and why.

 

 

Affordable gift ideas & products picks for babies and kids

As advocates of play based learning, we love nothing more than gifting a toy that does double time facilitating both fun and learning!

Below are twenty affordable gift ideas and product picks that will help hone fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, encourage problem-solving and of course – spark creativity and imaginative play!

  • Silicone teether
  • Crochet rattle
  • Stacking cups
  • Shape sorter
  • Fine motor nuts & bolts toy
  • Color changing cards
  • Fire truck
  • Chunky wooden puzzle
  • Stuffed animal
  • Wooden percussion set
  • Magnetic game boards
  • Non-toxic play dough
  • Magnetic play scenes
  • Crayon coloring set
  • Non-toxic sidewalk chalk
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Bell shaker
  • Crayons or markers
  • Decoder puzzle
  • What am I? brain teaser game

Scroll down to see our product picks for each!

 

Loulou Lollipop Llama Silicone Teether

 

The Loulou Lollipop Llama Silicone Teether is great because it helps soothe sore gums, enables babies to gain control of their ability to grasp, shake and bring a toy to their mouth and is also fun to play with!

Loulou Lollipop Llama teether

 

Loulou Lollipop Llama Silicone Teether

 

$14

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Crochet Rattle

 

Easy for little hands to hold, the Cheengoo Christmas Tree & Snowman Rattles are the perfect stocking stuffer! Sure to be a family heirloom, they can even sit pretty on a mantel as decor.

 

Cheengoo Christmas Treet Crochet Rattle

Cheengoo Christmas Tree Crochet Rattle

 

$15

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Cheengoo crochet snowman rattle

 

Cheengoo Snowman Crochet Rattle

 

$15

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Mushie Stacking Cups

 

Mushie Stacking Cups

 

The best part about the Mushie Stacking Cups is that they are also fun in sand, play dough and water! Designed with unique cut outs, kids can sift, strain and press for hours on end!

 

Mushie Stacking Cups

 

Mushie Stacking Cups

 

$14.99

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Green Toys Shape Sorter

 

Made from recycled milk jugs, the classic Green Toys Shape Sorter is another indoor-outdoor hit! Fantastic for teaching shapes, colors and hand-eye coordination, it’s a must-have for every home!

 

Green Toys Shape Sorter

 

Green Toys Shape Sorter

 

$19.99

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Miniland Eco Nuts & Bolts Set

 

Fine motor skill play just got extra fun thanks to the Miniland Eco Nuts & Bolt Set. Designed to strengthen the muscles needed to develop correct pencil grip, do up a button and tie shoe laces, it offers fun and functionality!

 

Miniland Nuts and Bolts

 

Miniland Eco Nuts & Bolts Set

 

$19.98

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Floss & Rock Magic Water Changing Cards

 

Floss & Rock Construction Magic Water Changing Cards

 

For lovers of construction sites and sensory play, the Magic Water Color-In Cards book will be a huge hit.

 

Floss & Rock Construction Magic Water Changing Cards

 

Floss & Rock Magic Water Changing Cards

 

$15

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Luke’s Toy Factory Fire Truck

 

Putting out fires will be a breeze with Luke’s Toy Factory Fire Truck! Made in the USA, it’s durable, waterproof and manufactured with the environment in mind.

 

Luke_s Toys FireTruck EcoTruck

 

Luke’s Toy Factory Fire Truck

 

$19.95

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Petit Collahe Little Lion Chunky Wood Puzzle

 

Puzzle play is a wonderful way for tots to work on their problem solving skills, while having loads of fun. This chunky wood puzzle from Petit Collage is a total winner for animal lovers!

 

Petit Collage Little Lion Chunky Wood Puzzle AW19

 

 Petit Collage Little Lion Chunky Wood Puzzle

 

$18

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Maileg Ballerina Mouse

 

Simple and sweet, the Maileg Ballerina Mouse can be a snuggly friend and stellar make-believe performer!

 

 

Maileg Ballerina Mouse

 

Maileg Ballerina Mouse

 

$20

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Petit Collage Wooden Musical Percussion Set

 

Made of child-safe wood and non-toxic paints, the Petit Collage Wooden Musical Percussion Set is a fun way to help your tot develop rhythm while learning the names of animals and colors.

Petit Collage Wooden Musical Percussion Set

Petit Collage Wooden Musical Percussion Set

 

$20

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Floss & Rock Magnetic Fun & Games

 

4 classic games in one easy to travel with tin? Yes, please! Available in a mermaid and dinosaur theme, the Flosee & Rock Magnetic Fun & Games tins include boards for: tic tac toe, shoots and ladders, word search and a magnetic DIY scene!

 

Floss & Rock Mermaid Magnetic Fun & Games

 

Floss & Rock Magnetic Fun & Games – Mermaid

 

$17

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Floss & Rock Dinosaur Magnetic Fun & Games

 

Floss & Rock Magnetic Fun & Games – Dinosaur

 

$17

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Eco-Kids Eco Dough

 

Eco-Kids Eco-Dough is the non-toxic play dough you’ve been searching for! Both a calming and sensory experience, play dough can help sooth anxiety while facilitating creative play.

Eco-Kids Eco-Dough 6 pack

Eco-Kids Eco-Dough

 

$15.99

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Floss & Rock Fairy Magnetic Play Scenes

 

Magnetic fun can happen at home or on-the-go thanks to the Floss & Rock Fairy Magnetic Play Scenes!

 

Floss & Rock Rainbow Fairy Magnetic Play Scenes

Floss & Rock Fairy Magnetic Play Scenes

 

$20

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Crayon Rocks Rubeez Art Box

 

The Rubeez Art Box is where coloring meets origami! Consisting of unique crayon shaped rocks (that are easy for hands to hold), this art box also has textured sheets of card stock to take your tot’s work to the next level!

Crayon Rocks Rubeez Art Box + 16

 

Crayon Rocks – Rubeez Art Box + 16 Crayons

 

$15.99

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Twee Cheey Pizza Sidewalk Chalk

 

A plain stick of chalk is all you need to make a solid driveway coloring session happen, BUT when a kid is armed with a funky pizza shaped piece of sidewalk chalk, then imaginations can run even wilder!

 

Twee pizza shaped Chalk

 

Twee Cheesy Pizza Sidewalk Chalk

 

$16

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Floss & Rock 40 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

 

Puzzle play is so important for critical thinking, problem-solving and of course, hand-eye coordination! These 40 piece puzzles from Floss & Rock are the perfect size for little learners!

Floss & Rock Dinosaur 40 Piece Jigsaw AW19

Floss & Rock 40 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle – Dinosaur

 

$16.99

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Floss & Rock Mermaid 40 Piece Jigsaw AW19

 

Floss & Rock 40 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle – Mermaid

 

$16.99

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Bell Shaker

 

The BabyNoise Bar Bell Shaker is made of natural wood and designed with jingly bells that let kids shake and make music wherever they may go!

BabyNoise Bar Bell Shaker

BabyNoise Bar Bell Shaker

 

$19

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Kitpas Crayons Set or Kid Made Modern Washable Markers

 

Crayons are cool, but you know what’s cooler? Crayons that can draw on glass! Kitpas crayons are made with paraffin, which means they can draw on paper, glass windows and whiteboards, making craft time or party decorating extra fun.

We also love the washable double sided markers from Kid Made Modern because kids can get really detailed with their creations!

 

Kitpas Eco Friendly Crayons

 

Kitpas Crayons Set – Medium

 

$20

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Kid Made Modern Washable Double-Pointed 30-Count Markers

 

Kid Made Modern Washable Double Pointed Markers – 30 count

 

$19.99

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Decoder Puzzle

 

Take your puzzle game up a notch with Petit Collage’s Decoder Puzzle. Once pieced together, kids can put on a special mask to reveal objects hiding in the busy scene!

 

Petit Collage Decoder Puzzle Monster Jam AW19

 

Petit Collage Decoder Puzzle – Monster Jam

 

$18

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Petit Collage What Am I? Game

 

The Petit Collage What am I? game is fun for the whole family and is particularly helpful with developing language skills!

Petit Collage What Am I? Game

 

Petit Collage What am I? Game

 

$16

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