December 20, 2009


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Ideal for budding engineers


20 award-winning toys for $20 or less

I don't think I know anyone who isn't on a budget this holiday (and those of you who aren't, feel free to keep that happy news to yourself). For the rest of us playing Santa on a shoestring, I bring tidings of great joy.

Yes, Virginia you can find great toys priced under $20 -- and I'm talking award-winning,

hours of fun, thank-you note kind of toys for all ages.

After combing through 2009's lists of award winning toys from toy-testing aficionados

including Family Fun Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Dr. Toy, The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Toy of the Year Awards, iParenting Media Awards, as well as the list of top ten "Toy of the Year Awards" from the American Toy Industry Association, I found far more than 20 toys priced under $20.

So, in the interest of time (which is another thing parents don't have enough of), I used my status as a veteran mother of two to highlight a cool list of toys representing a variety of age ranges, interests and prices (not the old, $19.99 trick every time).

Feast your eyes:

Citiblocs -- $16.95

This 54-piece red and blue set of pine blocks is CPSIA certified green and was named one of Dr. Toys Best Products of 2009. Ideal for budding engineers and architects who love to spend time figuring out how things work, the possibilities for creativity are as endless as a child's imagination. Timeless, old-fashioned fun.


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