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Kid's gifts bring cheer to holidays without breaking budget

Christmas gifts for kids ages 10 and younger include the usual suspects: dolls, action figures, technology items and video games.
BY HEATHER WARLICK Published: November 18, 2012

What's hot in gifts for the under-10 set this holiday season? Superheroes and classic characters and techno toys top the lists of must-have gifts. But you don't have to spend a fortune to bring a massive smile to your child's face on Christmas morning (unless you really want to).

Here are a few hot gifts at affordable prices for Christmas 2012.

Children's tablets. The LeapFrog LeapPad 2 and VTech InnoTab 2 are great technology gifts for kids under 10. Both devices have their pros and cons. A great comparison between the two can be found at Prices vary.

Other items that combine technology and creativity are great gift ideas for kids. The Crayola Digital Light Designer is the Lite Brite of today's generation of kids. It lets them create colorful pictures with a stylus, bring them to life through animation, then start over with a clean slate. $39.99 at Target.

Headphones are popular among teens and the younger set. A of couple recommendations for small and full-size headphones for kids from For an excellent, all-purpose headphone, the site recommends the Koss KSC75. For full-size headphones, try the Sennheiser HD201. According to the site: “Due to their low sensitivity, kids will have a hard time turning it up too loud.” Prices vary.

Get your kids moving

Just Dance Kids 2 will have your young ones off the couch and moving to the groove of 40 crazy dance routines to kids' favorite songs. Available for Wii, PlayStation Move for PlayStation 3 and Kinect for Xbox 360. Prices vary.

Master Moves Mickey dances up a storm with one-handed handstands, and 360-degree spins. With eight original songs and 15 dance moves, Master Moves Mickey is sure to get your little one up and moving. $59.99 at Target.

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