Fun, Educational Holiday Gift Ideas Under $25 From Carson-Dellosa

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Each year it seems that children’s wish lists include high-priced toys and technology that can strain budgets to the breaking point. But for under $25, parents and grandparents can give great “unplugged” gifts that will hold a child’s interest far into the new year.

Each year it seems that children’s wish lists include high-priced toys and technology that can strain budgets to the breaking point. But for under $25, parents and grandparents can give great “unplugged” gifts that will hold a child’s interest far into the new year.

“Toys and games that promote hands-on, interactive learning are wise, budget-friendly choices,” said Judy L. Harris, CEO of Carson-Dellosa Publishing. “Look for gifts that encourage children to think and be active so that they’ll continue learning during the holiday break.”

Below are some great gift ideas from Carson-Dellosa that are under $25, many affordably under $10.

Guinness World Records® Products
Full of outrageous and amazing facts that kids love to share, Guinness World Records Math and Reading books, puzzle books, fact cards and tangrams have serious “wow” factor. Children will love learning about record breakers, unusual animals, feats and foods.

Guinness World Records tangram puzzles put a new twist on the classic shape-making puzzles. Each of the 30 tangram puzzle cards features a favorite Guinness World Record chosen by kids. They won’t even realize they’re building critical thinking, spatial and logic skills as they try to create shapes like a toilet seat or a dog from the puzzle pieces.

Puzzles and Board Games
Giant floor puzzles are perfect for little learners. The large-sized pieces strengthen eye-hand coordination and are tough enough for little hands. Carson-Dellosa offers a wide range of options, including a menacing T-Rex, 10-foot colorful zoo animals, and Richard Scarry’s Busytown with vintage art from Scarry’s classic children’s books. Several sets also include activity cards, which cover language arts, math, social studies and science.

The Sight Word Space Station board game, a Parents’ Choice Award winner, is a concentration-style game that teaches beginning reading words over two levels of play. As a fun bonus, an alien space station is revealed as matched cards are removed from the board.

Perfect Stocking Stuffers
For fun stocking stuffers, consider card games. Brighter Child® offers 24 titles of flash cards focusing on subjects such as math, phonics and U.S. History, as well as classic games such as “Go Fish” and “Old Maid.” These cards use colorful illustrations and fascinating science and nature facts to help reinforce word recognition and following directions.

Books that match a child’s interests can create a life-long love of learning. Whether they are downloaded for an e-reader or wrapped in paper, books are a gift you can always feel good about giving.

A great option for new and emerging readers is the Brighter Child Keepsake Storybooks. Wonderful illustrations accompany classic children’s story favorites like The Gingerbread Man, Cinderella, Pinocchio and more. The simple text helps even the youngest readers enjoy these familiar tales.

Imagine It! books include open-ended illustrations that allow children to use their imaginations and explore their own creativity. Each book focuses on building reading and critical-thinking skills through open-ended art activity fun.

Teacher Gifts
Don’t forget your child’s teachers this holiday season. For under $2, you can treat them to colorful stickers, pencil toppers and bookmarks to stock their classroom treasure box. You can also brighten their desk with fun notepads featuring ladybugs, turtles and busy bees.

Traveling Gifts
If you’re hitting the road this holiday season, consider Brighter Child activity books that help your child practice math and reading skills on the go. Little learners will have loads of fun as they complete puzzles, mazes, hidden pictures, dot-to-dots and other activities.

The Big Book Of… series includes more than 200 fun and age-appropriate learning activities like mazes, word puzzles and hidden pictures – enough to keep little ones entertained in the car, on a plane or at grandma’s house.

Write-and-wipe activity books are great on the go. Packaged with a dry-erase marker, the books include fun activities kids can do again and again.

“Each of these gift ideas is fun and truly educational,” said Harris. “They provide wonderful opportunities to exercise children’s brains and engage their thinking. They also get that sense of ‘I can do it!’ that is so motivating.”

Gift ideas above can be found at or at a local retailer. All of Carson-Dellosa’s products are developed and tested by educators to ensure they meet the needs of children, parents and educators for games, books and toys that are high quality and highly engaging.

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