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Ten pounds doesn't go far when it comes to finding the perfect present for children and teens.
Which means you're going to have to put in some extra work tracking down gifts for £10 that will be well received on Christmas morning. Luckily we've done a lot of the hard work for you searching high and low for cheap Xmas gifts that all come in at ten pounds or less.
It can be hard to strike the balance between finding a great gift and keeping within a budget. But it really is possible to keep the price low and the wow factor high with some clever detective work. Think about who you're buying for, what they already have and what they're into, as well as how useful your gift will be. Do plenty of research as there are lots of fun gifts for under £10 out there. Some of these gifts will also make excellent Secret Santa presents. Despite the fun they offer, the price is surprisingly tiny.
Once you've got the presents sorted you can turn your attention to the stockings. We've rounded up some of our favourite stockings for babies, toddlers, kids and teens already. And filling them doesn't have to be a chore, with these fantastic stocking filler ideas. Now, on to the shopping for friends and family.
Kidadl's Top Pick
Our top pick earned its spot thanks to the sheer volume of activities you get for the price. It's a great educational tool for older children, but fun enough they won't realise they're learning.
1. On The Go Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set - Melissa & Doug
There's a whopping 50+ activities in this set so you really do get plenty of play for a small price. Parents will love the screen-free activities too which include cracking codes, revealing secret messages and uncovering hidden clues. Older kids will love working on the three activity books and using the magic-reveal stickers. There's also colour-change markers, an invisible ink marker and a seek and find lens. We reckon there's hours of amusement to be had.
- Price: £9.60
- Age: 7-12 years
- 50+ super-sleuth activities
- Fun and educational
Best For Secret Santa Ideas
2. Glitter Gelli Play - Zimpli Kids
We think slime has had its day and parents will love the Gelli Play as much as the little ones because it's totally biodegradable. All you need to do is sprinkle the powder over water to get eight litres of sparkly, glittery goo. Little hands can help mix it up as it's non-irritating and non-staining, and then plunge their hands into the gooey mess. They can add figures to the mix for multi-sensory play or follow the instructions to make shapes. And when they're done all parents need to do is add more water to dilute it then dispose of it safely down the toilet.
- Price: £2.99
- Age: 3+
- Messy and sensory play
- Biodegradable product
Best For Budding Gardeners
3. Peppa Pig Growing Pot - Smyths
This is a great way to get youngsters interested in gardening for less than ten pounds. Each kit comes with a Peppa Pig plant pot, a pack of seeds, a character from the Peppa Pig series and accessories. Kids can have fun growing their own plants - including cress, pea shoots, basil and red amaranth. The addition of the characters and accessories helps extend the fun and we also love that you can even build your very own street of plant pots by clipping them together with the fence that's included.
- Price: £7.99
- Age: 3+
- Includes recognisable character
- Grow your own
Best For Girls' Gifts
4. Magic Tears Winged House - Cry Babies
Finding the best little girl gifts under 10 pounds can be hard, but amazingly you can get something from the hugely popular Cry Babies range that feels value for money. There are 13 characters to collect, including one rare one, and each will cry real coloured tears if they're giving some water to drink from their bottle. Each character is packaged in their own winged house, decorate to match their personality and there are four accessories, a customised blanket and stickers. The only downside if you won't know what character you get until you open the house.
- Price: £9.99
- Age: 3+
- Collectable gift
- Cries real tears
- One rare character to find
Best For Future Engineers
5. Junior Engineer Workshop Aeroplane - Tobar
There are 205 pieces in each set which gives you an indication of how much time older kids will spend with this, and at the end of it, they'll have built their own aeroplane. The pieces are metal, with plastic wheels and propeller and the kit includes the tools needed (a spanner and a screwdriver). It comes with instructions and will require super concentration and fine motor skills to put it all together. It's suitable from the age of eight, though they may still need a little help with some of the fiddly bits. Older kids should be able to complete on their own.
- Price: £7.94
- Age: 8+
- Build your own model aeroplane
- Includes tools
Best For The Latest Craze
6. Superthings Secret Spies Series - 4 pack - The Entertainer
Secret Santa gifts under £10 can be tricky if you're buying for a child, but we think this fits the bill perfectly. You'll get four collectable Superthings; one special silver one, one hero and one villain and one surprise. Plus this pack comes with one hideout and one spy detector. Each dinky 9cm high figurine also has colour-changing properties, place them under warm water to real their true identity and under cold to return them to their original state. These make great small Christmas gifts.
- Price: £8
- Age: 3+
- Colour changing
- Imaginative play
- Collectable gift
Best For Angsty Teens
7. iPhone Bubble Wrap Phone Case - RB-Case
Let teens take out some of their frustration on this phone case. Soft silicone is used to make a bubble wrap effect which can be popped over and over again. It just might keep them off their devices for a while too. But it's also made with high quality, durable materials to make sure it is also up to the job of protecting their phones. And it's available in multiple colours, though you can't go wrong with sleek black. Find it at Amazon Christmas gifts and for less than 10 pounds too!
- Price: £7.56
- Durable and lightweight
- Bubbles can be popped indefinitely
Best For Teenaged Girls' Gifts
8. Silicone Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat - Edjian
Cheap present ideas don't have to be tacky. We think this clever item will go down a treat with makeup-loving teenage girls as it's so useful. Made from environmentally-friendly silica gel it can be stuck to the sink with its suction pads and then used to scrub away all that old makeup from makeup brushes. There are two in the pack and each has seven different raised designs to deal with makeup residue. It's as unusual as Christmas gift ideas come but we think will be much appreciated by your loved one too.
- Price: £5.99
- Hand-held or suction pads
- Set of 2
Best For Lego Heads
9. Build-On Brick Mug - Uncle Paul
No matter how old they are they're never too old for Lego, but this clever mug makes it acceptable for even teens to continue their Lego love affair. Who'd have thought cheap presents under ten pounds could bring so much joy. Not only do you get a new mug to enjoy your drinks from but also building blocks to customise your mug and a character too. It's compatible with most brand building blocks too so there's no end to where their imagination could take them. The only downside is it can't go in the dishwasher so they may have to acquaint themselves with the washing up bowl.
- Price: £9.49
- Compatible with most brick brands
- Hand wash only
Best For Cheap And Cheerful Gifts
10. Pom Pom Clip And Clean Hand Sanitizer - Prezzy Box
This will make a great stocking filler, Secret Santa gift or small token gift for someone. You'll get a small bottle of moisturising, non-sticky hand sanitiser (much needed in these times) which comes with a carabiner clip and decorative pom pom so it can be clipped to a bag where it can't get misplaced. It's certainly a cheap and cheerful gift but it does the job.
- Price: £3.99
- 3 scents
- Kills 99.99% of bad bacteria
Best For Artistic Gifts
11. Paint By Numbers - Komidea
It's an oldie but a goodie, and children with an artistic bent will love taking their time with this kit to produce a work of art. It is suitable for all skill levels from 3+ and will also help younger children with number recognition. The kit includes everything you need including a canvas board, paintbrushes and acrylic paints. The giraffe paint is easy to attempt with no blending needed and a fun picture at the end to be proud of.
- Price: £9.99
- Age: 4+
- Includes canvas board and acrylic paints
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top products for families of all ages. If you enjoyed our ideas for gifts on a budget for kids then take a look at our best Christmas gifts that girls will love or find out the best gifts for boys this year.
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