Attending a birthday party shouldn’t break the bank – we asked local toy stores to send us their favorite birthday gift ideas that are well within budget.

Recommended by Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop;
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
Bounce it, bend it, tear it, stretch it, snap it or pop it. The putty is also magnetic and is a fun way for kids to learn about science. Small tins: $3.50; large tins: $10.99 – $14.99

Poppers by Hogwild Toys
These fun animal poppers shoot foam balls up to 20 feet, and come in silly designs such as a pig, monkey, cow and more. $9.99

Meri Meri Necklaces
Any girl will love the mini plastic charms such as a mermaid, unicorn, rainbow, etc. that hang from these necklaces. $11.99

Da Bomb Bath Fizzers
Fun combinations of bath bombs including cake bomb, groovy bomb and more created by two teenage girls. Drop in at bath time and watch it fizz. $7.99

Recommended by Kazoo Toys;
MindWare KEVA Brain Builders
Full-color cards include a 2-D building challenge on one side and the solution on the other. Manipulate your KEVA planks to build the plans on each card. $14.95

Chalk Spray by Toysmith
A fun way to take traditional sidewalk chalk and make it new – spray chalk is a liquid solution which allows for creating colorful chalk designs by spraying. $1.99 each

Everyone gets ten dice. Someone says “go.” Then everyone rolls as fast as they can until someone gets all their dice on the same number. $14.95

Recommended by Treehouse Kid & Craft;
Eco Bricks
Interlocking bricks made from Cherry Wood that kids can stack or build and can even be colored with markers, paint and more. $15

Write & Draw Notepads by eeBoo
Two brightly-decorated notebooks, one lined and one unlined for different types of creativity. $14

Playmobil Soccer Shootout Carry Case
Soccer fans will love this easy-carry case complete with two soccer player figures with kickable legs, a soccer ball, a goal and two cones. $12

Color-Your-Own Washi Tape
Washi Tape can be used in many craft projects, and this tape allows for kids to color their own. $4

Recommended by Brilliant Sky Toys;
The BeamO Junior
BeamO flying disks are made out of a foam ring and soft elastic material, which make them easy to throw and catch. $14.99

MiniSpinny by Fat Brain Toys
From reaching and grasping to exploring and counting, the MiniSpinny is a sensory toy that stimulates young minds. $12.99

A mild glycerin-based soap that looks like a natural stone, which kids will love watching melt in their hands. $14.99

Recommended by Happy Mango;
Begin Again Toys Tumbler Flip and Push Toy
Great for little hands and can roll and move no matter what side it is placed on. Made of natural rubber and colored with nontoxic paints. $8

Ecokids Nontoxic Eco Dough 3 Pack
The creators of this product use all natural ingredients including plant, fruit and vegetable extracts. Essential oils are also used to keep the dough soft and pliable. $12.50

Uncle Goose Nursery Rhyme Blocks
An update of a classic set, these fun blocks help children learn their nursery rhymes. Each block is embossed with two silhouette images from classic Mother Goose stories, and the text for nine nursery rhymes is printed on the other four sides. $14.90

– Teresa Farkas

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