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35 Christmas money saving ideas for moms

Crafty kids

  • Crayola crayon boxes (48, 64, 96, 120 and 150-ct. Crayon Tower): Inside these crayon boxes kids can access a unique code that unlocks Crayola’s Lights, Camera, Color picture printer program online at Kids can choose a digital photo and save it to their computer, upload it to Lights, Camera, Color at With a click, the color magically disappears from the photo, as it morphs into black and white line art ready to return to full color with the bold and bright strokes of a crayon. The 48-ct. box contains a code good for 3 months of unlimited prints; 64-ct. and larger boxes offer codes good for 6 months. ($5-$15)
  • Crayola Model Magic Jungle Animals Craft Pack: Includes everything to complete two jungle animal sculptures; a monkey and a panda and an easy, step-by-step instruction card with illustrative guidelines as well as two ounces of model magic modeling material (0.5 oz. each of black, white, brown and bisque). ($4.99)
  • Crayola Color-Fillz: This easy, unique art experience contains model magic colors which can be used to complete 4″ x 6″ mosaics. ($4.99)
  • Crayola 9 Ct. Washable Glitter Glue: These easy to use, washable, non-toxic pens come in nine colors including blue, jade green, silver and purple. ($4.99)

Budget-friendly toys

  • Wooden Animal Dominos: These classic Wood Dominoes are a developmental toy teaches patterning and matching and come neatly stacked in a wooden storage box.( $12)
  • K’NEX: These construction sets provide kids with the chance to imagine, build and play and fosters interaction among children and parents.  K’NEX 400 PCS Tub: This tub comes packed with 400 parts, including bricks, rods and connectors, for lots of open-ended building fun and building ideas for 20 different models and a convenient storage tub. Kids can also use their imagination to build whatever they are inspired to create ($21.99)
  • K’NEX Sesame Street Neighborhood Collection Building Sets: These feature sets to build an Elmo, Cookie Monster and/or Ernie police officer, cowboy, vet and more. Each set also includes a “Play & Learn” activity sheet filled with educational fun and additional building ideas. Sets starts at just ($10.99)
  • 25 Random Things About Me: Players try to match fun facts (or “random things”) on the game cards with their opponents by guessing “yes” or “no” to the cards read aloud. Make a match and then add a new, totally random thing about yourself to your list on the provided notepad. The first person to complete a list of 25 random things about themselves wins. At the end of the game, players are encouraged to share their created lists and further get to know interesting tidbits about one another. ($16.95)

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