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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:09:35 PM
I need some inexpensive gift ideas for boys (especially the older ones) ages 9, 7, 4 and 1. Any suggestions? These all need to be under $10, preferrably much under. Thanks!

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:17:47 PM
Little boxes of lego for the older two. Also hot wheel cars/trucks/motorcycle, action figures, mini skateboards (tech decks), flashlight, balls/mini balls (football/etc), top, brainteaser/puzzles.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:23:54 PM
Here are some things my DS11 is getting:

A yo-yo
origami paper and/or book
favorite candy bar
bottle of soda (I know it sounds weird but my DS gets root beer in his stocking since we do not allow sodas normally and he can drink it for breakfast, LOL)
book light (to clip in car)
smencils (smelly pencils)

other ideas:
LED flashlight (got some from the $1 store before our last storm and they were great)
favorite gum
special "character" soap (like in an angry bird container or something like that)
head lamp
bullets for Nerf gun
DVD from $5 shelf

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:31:57 PM
My boys (14, 11, 7) are all getting Lego mini figures. they are around $3 and you don't know which ones you get until you open the package. They love them and buy them whenever they get the chance.

When my kids were bath takers I always put fizzy bath bombs in their stockings. Walmart had some that had little dinosaurs inside. They are little, so keep an eye on the kids and don't let them eat them.

If you have a World Market they have a lot of small toys that are a little unusual.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:32:45 PM
What about a roll or a few of the decorative duck tape?

My older ones (13 and 9) absolutely love this stuff! There are tutorials on Youtube on how to make different things out of nothing but duck tape. They really have fun with it.

I am giving a big box of different designs and colors of duck tape as a joint gift to them.

My 13yr old step son is also getting some.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:37:27 PM
I always get bath sets for mine - they love the shaving soap! And bath crayons for my toddler.

Many of the things I do have already been listed. I usually go to Target, Dollar Tree and Walmart and see what fun stuff I can find (like the Angry Bird slingshots Walmart had). Toothbrushes and candy are also traditional stocking stuffers here on top of the toys.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:42:13 PM
I shopped for my 3 year old last night. He got 2 sets of underoos (Spider-Man & batman), dice, crayons that are rings, and Nesquik from the $ spot.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:43:33 PM
Socks, gloves....

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:46:03 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! I will definitely have to hit up the $$ spot at Target and the Dollar Tree. Which section were the angry birds sling shots in at Walmart? How much $$?


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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:50:35 PM
Do you have a Five-Below store near you? Tons of stuff there, including some decent name brands.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:00:08 AM
Pokemon trading cards
Star Wars toothbrush
Scissors ( he likes crafts)
Lego mini figure
Silly putty
Finger laser lights
Angry Bird Star Wars Pez dispenser


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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:16:30 AM
Flashlights or those little lanterns. We bought one for my nephew last year. He uses it for his reading light! Hes 12!

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Posted: 12/4/2012 5:59:36 AM
For my older boys I went to the camping section and got a compass, a pocket knife but it is just a fork, spoon, butter knife and a can opener, astronaut ice cream, mini flashlight, magnifying glass

There are lots of fun things around $5

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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:36:50 AM
We've done lots of the things listed here. Walmart has the coca cola bottles in the round ornament shape. My kids love those (and they take up a lot of space for $0.99)

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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:47:26 AM
Besides the Target $ spot, check out the stuff at Old Navy. I found a couple cheap stocking stuffers there. Also, if you want a couple unique items, go out to The Depot on 23. They have a pretty big toy section with bins full of stocking stuffer items. Most were under $10 and a lot of them were much cheaper.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:59:42 AM
The Angry Bird slingshots were around $7 or so. They had lots of variety. They were in the toy section, near Nerf, but they actually had a section just for Angry Birds stuff!

Oh, and I second the survival/camping stuff. My older boys LOVE that. Walkie-talkies are always fun, too!

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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:03:03 AM
football cards. target has $1 packs. my 8 year old LOVES them.

off to find smencils. OMG that sounds awesome!!

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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:06:22 AM
grrrrr. smencils are made in china. why?????


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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:00:29 AM
Every Christmas I got my girls construction paper, writing paper, pencils, crayons, glue, coloring books, stickers, was always a big hit. They have lots of these types of things at the dollar. stores.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 4:07:18 PM
Everything listed here is $5 or under

gift card for their favorite yogurt place.

Movie tickets

Pez dispenser


A small bag of marbles

A comic book

A card game

Lifesaver book

Markers or crayons

Glass bottle of coke

Paperback book



Neat shoelaces (these are big in elementary school)

Trading cards

Mighty beans


Stainless steel water bottle

$5 GC to a book store

Little Lego sets (there are several under $5)

Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars

Superhero Squinkies

A movie box of their favorite candy

A GC to Powells (if you have one neat you)

Sharpies (my DS loves them)

Colored pencils


Balloon animal kit (under $5 at ToysRUs in the $ spot)

Mad Libs


Trash pack can

Koosh ball

Yo yo

Pop gun


Lego key ring (to hang on their backpacks)



Gomu erasers

Temporary tattoos

Lego minifigures

I Spy wand


New flavor of toothpaste

A brand new golden dollar

$5 Geoffrey Dollar bill (ToysRUs money)

$5 GC to Target on the Lego GC (target has these with all their other GCs, they ate a little clear box with legos and the GC is printed on the back of the little box)


Barnums animal cracker box

Duct tape

A book of McDonalds certificates



$5 DVD from target (they have lots of DVDs for kids for $5)


Barrel of Monkeys

Tub Crayons

Origami paper and directions

Wooden train whistle

Silly string

Playmobil figure

Laser Finger beams

Slingshot Screaming Flying Monkey

The Famous Fart Whistle

Pooping reindeer

Marvel Superhero Thumb Wrestlers


Toysmiths Lightup Rail twirler

Glow on the dark stars

Story Cubes

Silly putty

Tin Kaleidoscope

Slide whistle

Coin Slide Magic Trick

Rudolph's holiday flashing reindeer nose

Dinosaur Fossil Dig Tyrannosaurs Rex

Sea monkeys

Light up/flashing ball ($3 in ToysRUs dollar spot

Prism Scopes

Puzzles (dollar tree has boxed puzzles for $1)

Sillybanz (or other shaped rubber band bracelets)

Box of character band aids

Schleick animals


Whoopie cushion

Bertie Botts Every flavor jelly bellys

Dog tags

Mini etch a sketch

Mini magna doodle

Potato gun

Mini Rubix cube

Rocket balloons

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Posted: 12/4/2012 4:15:56 PM
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Posted: 12/4/2012 4:17:34 PM
Lots of great suggestions!
My Target dollar spot has headlamps for $3 right now. My son thinks they are so cool and has been asking for one but the type DH has was pretty pricey so I was glad to find this! They also have Angry Birds slap bracelets and dog tags which the middle boys might enjoy.

Great thread - I am totally writing down some of these ideas!
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Posted: 12/4/2012 5:17:35 PM
Great ideas!

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Posted: 12/4/2012 5:28:54 PM
I have a 10 year old and the are some of his sticking fillers (as we call them!)
Twistable crayola pencils and oloured pencils
Dr Who DVDs ( really cheap on amazon)
A little solar powered dancing flower ( from ebay, Hong Kong, v cheap)
Some glow in the dark gloves
New diary of a wimpy kid book
A journal with a padlock
Glow sticks
Hair gel ( he sees his big brother using it and was desperate for his own)

I can't think of others yet but will add if I remember.

ETA cheap earphones- he gets through loads
Guinness book of records book

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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:27:06 PM
great son is bridging to boy scouts soon and he would definitely love a headlamp and fork/spoon


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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:41:55 PM
i just left target and scored big in the dollar section for stockingstuffers,,,,tons of stuff for the girls...they're so easy to buy for. for my son i got the headlight flashlight, a slinky, glow sticks, and in the mens department they had little boxed gifts, 3,5,10 dollars, i got a drinking straw kit for 5 dollars and a boxed magic trick set for 5 dollars.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:48:25 PM
little wind up animals/robots etc...always fun to have races with them down the hall on Christmas morning!


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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:13:11 AM
Thanks for the heads up on the Nanobugs on Amazon - just picked some up for this year's stockings! Great price!

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:15:39 AM
My 5yr old son is getting a magnifying glass and a magnet in his, a set of drawing stencils and some bubble bath. A couple of other bits as well but that's it really.
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