12 Holiday Gifts You Can Get at the Dollar Store
Finding presents for friends and family can be difficult when wish lists are longer than the budget allows. Believe it or not, dollar stores can be a good option for gift givers not eager to battle the crowds at big-box retailers. They stock popular brand-name toys, for instance -- because many kids can tell the difference between the real thing and the wannabes. From stocking stuffers to bigger gifts, there are treats for every age group that rarely cost more than $15. Here are some ideas that can help holiday gift givers save money without seeming chintzy. (Note: Some items are sold out online, but may still be available in stores.)
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Older kids in their tween and teen years are notoriously hard to please. Dollar stores come to the rescue with over-the-ear headphones (a blast from the past now back in vogue) for about $9 to $12. Some light up, feature characters from recent hit movies, or limit the volume to protect kids’ ears.
Superheroes are ever popular, and dollar stores are full of them. Fill a holiday gift bag with a favorite Star Wars or Marvel character (such as Darth Vader, Captain America, or Ironman) for $10 at Family Dollar.
For girls of a certain age, these bizarrely glamorous dolls are immensely appealing. Pick up a Monster High basic doll at Family Dollar for $10.
A Hot Wheels Daredevil Jump (starting at $5 at Family Dollar) could be a great complement to a set of Matchbox cars, or stand on its own (it comes with a car). Family Dollar also sells the larger Hot Wheels City Speedway starting at $10. Dollar Tree sells individual Hot Wheels cars for $1 each.
The Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Lunchtime Creations set (starting at $10 at Family Dollar) comes with five containers of different Play-Doh colors and is recommended for children 3 or older -- those who know not to actually eat their Play-Doh creations. Dollar Tree carries 4-ounce canisters of Play-Doh for $1 each.