10 hot toys for under $20
So, while buying the most expensive, most elaborate toy available may make the gift giver feel good, price doesn't have a lot to do with whether a toy will become a perennial favorite for the child in your life, or will join the pile of unloved playthings that graces many kids' bedrooms.
Finding a toy that fits your budget and has good play value for your target kid, especially in the absence of a specific recommendation, can be tough at a big toy retailer, says Annicelli. He says that while "mom and pop" toy stores may not be able to sell toys quite as cheaply as big-box stores can, those in doubt about what to get may benefit from the knowledgeable staff and smaller, more focused selection.
Here are 10 of Byrne and Annicelli's picks for hot toys under $20 that should provide good play value for your holiday dollar.