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 hwarlick@opubco.com Published: November 18, 2012

Yummy gummi lamps. These lamps are fun, functional and look delicious on your child's wall. By day, they're simply decorative. But by night, give the bear's belly a squeeze and the built-in LED light will glow with ambient-colored light. $28 at Uncommongoods.com.

Favorite characters

Action figures are always hot Christmas gift items. This season's action figures are almost all superheroes. Web-Shooting Spider-Man has two web shooters for double web-blasting action. $28.88 at Walmart. Angry Birds Star Wars AT-AT Attack Battle Game combines Star Wars and Angry Birds in a game of launching rebels to take out Storm Troopers and destroy a fearsome AT-AT walker. $39.99 at Toys R Us.

Younger children love to play with characters from their favorite TV shows. Here are a few to consider this holiday season.

Disney's favorite Doc McStuffins dolls help little girls realize they can do anything they put their minds to. Disney Doc McStuffins Time For Your Check Up Doll is an affordable doll that comes complete with doctor's uniform, bag and tools of the trade. $9.99 at Kmart.

Jake's Musical Pirate Ship Bucky from Disney's Jake and The Neverland Pirates includes a spring-loaded canon that fires water-ball projectiles and the ship is packed with 25 action phrases and songs. The set comes with Jake and Skully figures and three water-ball projectiles. $59.50 at Disneystore.com.

Barbie Tawny Walking Horse & Doll Gift Set combines a little girl's love of dolls and horses. The horse makes realistic sounds and even prances. $29.99 at Kohl's.