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The best toys under $25 sure to win you favorite Santa this Christmas season


There's no better time of year to delight the children in your life than Christmas and holiday seasons. Making kids' Christmas wishes to true doesn't have to be expensive. From stocking stuffers, budget gifts or simply some smaller presents for the kid in your life, Santa is giving all of us a gift his year courtesy of gifts under $25. From Lego to LeapFrog, you don't have to spend more than $25 to still deliver toys and Christmas cheer that Santa would approve of.

The best toys under $25 to shop before Christmas

Impress even the most scrutinizing little one with these terrific Christmas and Hanukkah gifts, all under $25. Hooray.

For the kid that loves trucks and trains: Melissa and Doug 17-piece wooden tabletop railroad playset

Melissa & Doug 17-Piece Wooden Take-Along Tabletop Railroad

This Melissa and Doug wooden railroad playset includes three wooden wheeled train cars and a park ranger vehicle that kids can move throughout the tabletop play station. There are wooden mountains, animals, bridges and even a railroad station for them to drive the truck and train around.

This 17-piece playset is for ages 3 and up. It's currently $25, reduced from $38.

Why we like this playset:

This playset has earned a 4.8-start rating on Amazon with over 4,000 reviews. It's a fun gift for railroad enthusiasts.

Pro tip: Amazon is throwing a huge half price (or better!) sale on Melissa and Doug toys right now, making this the perfect opportunity to stock up for Christmas. Tap the button below to see all the Melissa and Doug toy deals now.

For the young learner: LeapFrog Number Lovin' Oven

LeapFrog Number Lovin' Oven

Children ages 2 to 5 can learn to count and enjoy baking fun with this toy oven. It includes 16 dishes, and the singing oven is designed to count and recite phrases. Plus, the toy lets your child move the number slider and turn the timer for counting clicks. They can also place the pan on the stove for sizzle sounds.

This 4.8-star-rated Amazon-exclusive toy oven is currently $25, reduced from $29.

Why we like this toy:

This toy is great for both learning and fun.

For the budding gamer: Roblox gift card


Get 1,700 Robux for $20 and choose your own avatar and add additional perks to your experience. One of the most popular social gaming platforms, Roblox provides players with infinite hours of fun and the ability to connect with others even while at home. 

Why we like Roblox gift cards:

Gift cards allow kids a choice and ensure they get the exact gift they want. Over 29 million people play Roblox daily. Chances are, the kiddo in your life is one of them.

For the animal lover: Squishmallows plushes

Squishmallows 16-Inch Rosie Spotted Pig

A top seller each Christmas? Squishmallows. 

Rosie the spotted pig, seen here, made Amazon's 2023 Toys We Love list. She's an Amazon exclusive and rated 4.9 stars. This large Squishmallow has a flower crown. She loves crunchy biscuits and spending time with her nanna.

Of course, there are plenty more Squishmallows to shop and Amazon -- and plenty of Squishmallows deals to take advantage of. You can get a 8-inch tie dye sea bunny Squishmallows plush for less than $8.

Why we like this toy: 

Squishmallows are big every Christmas and available in all sorts of popular animal-inspired designs.

For the Star Wars fan: Lego Star Wars 332nd Ahsoka's Clone Trooper Battle Pack

LEGO Star Wars 332nd Ahsoka's Clone Trooper Battle Pack

Legos are a classic. This 108-piece Star Wars Lego set lets your gift recipient recreate a Clone Wars scene. 

Find a Clone Infantry Support Speeder. This set also comes with four mini-figures: Clone Captain Vaughn with special helmet accessories and three 332nd Clone Troopers, plus a blaster rifle, three blasters and two jetpack accessories.

This set is for ages six and up. It's currently $16, reduced from $20.

Why we like this toy: 

Star Wars fans will love this Lego set that isn't too hard to put together.

For the 'Sesame Street' watcher: Sesame Street Comfy Cozy Monster Hugs Elmo

Sesame Street Comfy Cozy Monster Hugs Elmo

Elmo's still around. This stuffed animal which has been purchased by Amazon shoppers over 600 times in the past month, and it makes a great gift for the "Sesame Street" fan.

This two-pound weighted sensory Elmo plush gives great hugs during stressful situations. Cuddling weighted stuffed animals and blankets can help ease kids' anxiety

This Amazon-exclusive plush is for ages 18 months and up. It also comes in a cookie monster version. It's on sale Amazon for $13, reduced from $20.

Why we like this toy: 

Elmo is a classic holiday gift and this one can even help with anxiety. 

For the lover of game night: Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

This card game for all ages (but specifically ages 8 and up) will keep them busy over the holiday season. 

The game revolves around the five words taco, cat, goat, cheese and pizza. Once there is a match between a card and a spoken word, slap your hand on the central pile of cards. The last person to do so must take them all.

This game is currently $10 at Amazon.

Why we like this game: 

Teenagers and younger kids alike can get a kick out of playing this card game together.

For the L.O.L. Surprise! collector: L.O.L. Surprise! Mini family playset collection

L.OL. Surprise! Store via Amazon

This L.O.L. Surprise! Mini family playset collection includes O.M.G. characters, their Lil Sis doll and a family pet all in miniature size. Each ball can even become a multi-room playset that reflects the personality and style of the mini dolls.

With 12 family playset options available, the excitement lies in the surprise of discovering which one you've got when you open it up.

"This little family set is just so cute," an Amazon customer says. "[It comes] with a mini, little and pet. More bang for your buck with this L.O.L. Surprise! ball."

Why we like this toy:

Each L.O.L. Surprise! Mini family collection is a surprise inside. You get two dolls and a tiny pet, plus the ball can become a multi-room playset. 

For the young musician: 'Blue's Clues & You!' sing-along guitar and microphone playset

Blues Clues music set for toddlers

This pretend guitar and microphone playset comes with lights and sounds. It features songs that kids will love to sing along to and comes with all the batteries you'll need.

"My son loves 'Blue's Clues,'" an Amazon reviewer says. "He always wants to listen to the songs on our Google Play. This little guitar works great because now he can play the songs he wants and change it when he wants."

This playset is on sale at Amazon for $14, reduced from $28.

Why we like this playset:

This guitar features three modes of play and two songs. It lights up and makes fun sounds to keep kids entertained. It's earned a 4.7-star rating on Amazon. 

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