7 great, cheap kid-friendly gifts that aren’t video games


This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2021, our list of ideas, by topic, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the perfect gift.

If you’re reading this, you’re either searching for a gift for someone ahead of Black Friday or just curious about what else is available for kids outside of video games. It’s getting increasingly difficult to keep a child’s attention these days, but sometimes all that’s required to have a good time is to return to the basics of play and imagination, especially when the whole family gets involved.

Lego sets are usually a fantastic choice if you know the child will enjoy playing with them. Card games, another option, are better when played with two or more people, as the game really is just a ruse to develop memories with each other. And what could be better than making memories?

Our choices are really inexpensive and fit the criteria for being interesting, engaging and diverting a child’s attention away from a screen (if that’s what you’re going for). But these aren’t the only deals available; have a look at our other gift suggestions to discover something that suits you.

Read more: Top toys for children in 2021

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With just 103 pieces, this Lego kit shouldn’t take long to assemble, and it’s designed to be simple enough for smaller kids (ages 4 and up) to construct with some assistance. If they enjoy Marvel movies (and who doesn’t?), this is a fun way to recreate the excitement of the later Avengers movies.

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This isn’t a gift for a small child; it’s best for kids aged 10 and up who enjoy fantasy, magic and folklore. It’s a trick-taking card game for two players where the person with the highest card wins the round. 

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Yes, this classic is still around, bouncing and “walking” the way it always has. And it’s dirt cheap, to boot.

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If a kid you know loves Star Wars, they’ll love building and playing with the blasters from this 102-piece set as they create their own stories from the hit Disney Plus show in a galaxy far, far away.

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If you don’t ease young children into Jenga, it’s one of those games that can lead to a brawl (at least in my family). So, not just playing but also teaching strategy will help make this classic game fun. Stack as high as you can go, and the last player who removes a block without the tower toppling, wins.

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There are two ways to play Uno: the regular way, and the way my family grew up playing it, where even the children got intense. If you want to gift something that gets everyone revved up for fun, this one is easy to learn and always fun for groups.

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This set, recommended for ages 8 and up, is a nice change of pace from many of the ones we grew up with thanks to its more diverse figurines. Black Panther, Shuri and an evil Chitauri warrior (Thanos’s minion) are all available, along with a 202-piece dragon flyer that a kid can build on their own (if they’re old enough) or with assistance from an adult.



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