Favorite Things: Great Birthday Gifts for $20 or Less

A Puzzle with its Own Trunk

Elmer: 4 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

Photograph by Mark Mantegna

Elmer: 4 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles from kids preferred features the popular pachyderm of picture book fame. Preschoolers will love piecing Elmer together, and parents will love the quality of the wooden parts and storage box.

Ages 4 to 6 $14.99, amazon.com

Peek-A-Boo Page Turner

What's Inside?

Photograph by Mark Mantegna

The title question, What's Inside?, is posed throughout this book by author and illustrator Okido. Questions such as "What's inside your head?" cue kids to lift the page to the light, where the answer, drawn on the backing page, shines through.

Ages 5 to 9 $19.95, thamesandhudsonusa.com

Mix-And-Match Creatures


Photograph by Mark Mantegna

Talk about a present with personality! Mixels sport funky hair, big eyes, and wild colors. The best part? Pieces from different sets can be combined so that kids can make their own wacky buddies.

9 sets available. Ages 5 and up, $4.99, shop.lego.com

Retro Style for Modern Tunes

Beat Box Flat Pack Speakers

Photograph by Mark Mantegna

Plug your mobile phone or mp3 player into the cardboard Beat Box Flat Pack Speakers for some One Direction on the go--no batteries required.

Ages 8 and up, $17.99, worldmarket.com

Tiny Treats

Cupcake Cuties

Photograph by Mark Mantegna

Dip into Cupcake Cuties for a bit of soothing, flavored gloss.

Ages 6 and up $10.19 for four, karmakiss.net

Originally published in the March 2014 issue of FamilyFun

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