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15 Bargain toddler toys

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Shopping for toddlers can be fun, but with all the possibilities out there, what is the best present for the little one in your life? Here are 15 bargain toddler toys that girls and boys will love and that won't empty your wallet.

From books to toys to games, the possibilities are endless. Walk down any toy aisle and it's easy to get overwhelmed. Let's face it — the days of 99-cent toys are over. So with so many choices out there, which toy will your toddler still enjoy even though it's a bargain for you?


Imaginext Batcave
Play Set

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In this Fisher-Price Imaginext Batcave Play Set, kids can join the Caped Crusader and his sidekick, Robin, at their secret headquarters, where they watch over Gotham City from their Batcomputer (Wal-Mart, $30).


DreamWorks Holiday Collection

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Available for the first time, this limited-edition collection features holiday favorites like Shrek the HallsMerry Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda Holiday and Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury. It's a bargain deal this holiday season (Target, $33).


Night Before Christmas

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Children love books, but this book is extra-special in that it puts your child at the center of the story. This customized version of Night Before Christmas is a great bargain because it captures your child's imagination and includes personal notes, like the city you live in, your favorite pet and more (Chronicle Books, $35).


Magical talking doll

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Sofia the First, the magical talking doll with animal friends, is a great present for a young girl. When you bring each animal close to Sofia's amulet, it glows, and Sofia can recognize and talk to each beloved friend and get unique responses in return (Amazon, $40).


Color Me Hungry Hippo

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Perfect for babies and those entering toddlerhood, the Color Me Hungry Hippo engages young ones with his glowing belly each time he eats (Target, $22).


Vivitar's XO Tablet

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There are a lot of tablets on the market, but the Vivitar XO Tablet was created specifically to help toddlers and children explore their dreams with new and creative ways to learn (Vivitar, $149).


LEGO pirate set

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Stop Captain Hook from sneaking on board Jake's Pirate Ship Bucky and taking the treasure with this cool Lego set for toddlers 2 and up. The set comes with 56 pieces, allowing kids to explore the high seas (Amazon, $57).


Crayola creations

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Crayola has released some great and affordable toys that allow kids to explore their creativity. My First Crayola Tissue Paper Creations is designed for kids 3 and older and includes all the art supplies needed (Crayola, $12).



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These stacking beanbags inspire little imaginations to think big. They build self-confidence by encouraging exploration and building through open-ended play (Kushies, $40).


On the Farm

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This family farm teaches children how to follow simple rules while learning new vocabulary in expressive play (Ravensburger, $21).


Baby Alive Real Surprises Baby Doll

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Your little one can feel like a real mommy or daddy when taking care of this adorable Real Surprises baby doll, which needs lots of loving care (Wal-Mart, $55).


Leapfrog My Own

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LeapFrog My Own LeapTop is a kids' play computer that can be personalized. It comes with over 20 songs that can be downloaded and customized into a playlist (YoYo, $24).


Zylie the Bear

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Zylie the Bear is the gift that keeps on giving because its character stars in its own unique and ongoing adventure-story series — engaging children through a fantasy world that takes them from New York to Australia and beyond (Toys R Us, $50).


Nighttime Shadows Theatre

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This Nighttime Shadows Theatre will charm the youngest members of families. It comes from a French toy company known to produce award-winning toys for over 40 years (YoYo, $19-$40).


VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset

All aboard! This Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset allows toddlers to watch the train go through the station and under the bridge. They can also turn the hand crank to make the train ride up the conveyor belt. It's perfect for the budding conductor (Wal-Mart, $40).

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