Pragmatic Mom

– Bday Gifts for Around $20

One of my mom friends asked for this category.  We just had two birthday parties so I was able to ask my kids what they liked the most from their stack of gifts.  I also periodically check Marshalls and T. J. Maxx for birthday party gifts to stock up my supply– hidden from the kids, of course!.  A great gift for girls is a blank or lined diary or fancy notepad and the Marshalls near my house seems to almost always have great ones for half-off which I like to give with a book (you know me, I love books!). 

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Pop Up Books

Prehistorica Dinosaurs ($20.15), Prehistorica Sharks ($20.15), Prehistorica Mega-Beasts ($18.47), Charlie and Lola, I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato ($12.91),  ABC ($11.21)



Dinosaurs, $10.44;  Alphabet $13.98; Animals $14.83, Vehicles $9.06

Games for Younger Kids

Zingo, $18.80; Chutes and Ladders, $9.99; Candyland, $9.99


Wooden Blocks, $18.97; Legos Duplo Basic Bricks, $23.85


Imaginative Play

Ultimate Spy Watch, $14.87; Doctor Kit, $18.11; Blender, $21.14;  Mixer, $21.27; Picnic Basket, $20.53; Cutting Food Box, $19.81

Other Fun Things

Dump Truck, $18.97; Dinosaur Excavation Set (I Dig Dinosaurs), $22.15


Gifts for the Artistically Inclined

Mr. Sketch Smelly Markers, $13.30 

Smencils.  Pencils with a scent.  $14.95 for regular pencils (1st item); colored pencil 10-pack $10.99 (2nd item)

Artist to Artist:  23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art.  Eric Carle Museum of Picture Books. $19.80

Window Mosaic, $15.95.  Make a mosiac to hang on your window.

Window Markers.  My kids LOVE to write and draw on their windows.  Easy wipe off!  $6.32

Bead Bazaar Bead Symphony Bead Kit.

Jewelry Box Sticker Mosaics.  $14.99


Friendship Bracelet Wheel by Alex.  $12.51

Gifts for Mad Scientists

Perfumery.  $16.99.  Mix your own perfumes.

Bubble Gum Factory.  Make your own bubble gum.  $19.98.

Scientific Explorer, A Kit for  Studying the Science of Disgusting Things.  $14.67.


Gobbet Junior, tic-tac-toe in 3D.  $18.95

Rush Hour, A Game of Strategy with Cars.  $19.99

Monopoly.  $12.99

Apples to Apples Party Box:  The Game of Hilarious Comparisons. $23.41


 Topple.  $9.99



Kite, $24.26

Spy Watch, $14.72

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