12 hot toys under $25 for the holidays
Price: $8.99 and up
Ages: 6 and up
The Nerf Stampede ECS blaster, with its fully automatic firing action, is going to be a big seller during this holiday shopping season. But the Stampede's six D-battery requirement and more than $50 price tag don't make it the most frugal of toys. Luckily, parents can still get kids in on the action thanks to a wide range of Nerf foam blasters that start at $8.99.
"There are Nerf blasters under $20, so you can get involved in it without that sort of high-performance thing," says Byrne.