Holiday shopping survival guide: Top toys on a budget

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KATU News challenged the owners of Frog Pond Toys in Lake Oswego and Finnegan’s in downtown Portland to come up with this year’s top toy list, with one catch – every toy has to cost less than $20.

Babies and Toddlers:

•    Green Toys Stacker & Tugboat -- $15 -- Floats great and has a wide spout to scoop and pour water. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk containers. 
•    Chicco’s Butterfly Spinner -- $18 -- Child controls spinning motion by pressing handle, causing four butterflies and four ladybugs to spin magically inside. Colorful and captivating, this toy develops visual and coordination skills.
•    Kidoozie Press ‘n Go Inchworm -- $17 -- Press down on the Inchworm’s back until he’s flat, release, then watch him zoom across the room. Rubberized wheels for extra long travel. Colorful moving beads inside wheels. No batteries required.
•    Alex Tub Coaster Flying Fairies -- $15
•    Manhattan Snuggle Pod Dolls -- $16
•    OBall by Rhino Toys -- $7 and up -- Hollow, light weight balls with holes make it easy for baby to catch.
•    Fishing in the Tub by Alex Toys --$11 -- The plastic fishing pole is the perfect size for little anglers to hook colorful EVA foam fish. Comes with pole, three fish, a starfish and a crab.
•    Little Peanut and Snuggle Bug by Manhattan Toy -- $16 -- Super soft plus babies inside peanut or pea pod.
•    Manhattan Toy Whoozit Happy Face Rattle -- $17.99
•    Manhattan Toy Whoozit Discovery Ball -- $19.99
•    Douglas Playtivity Loopee -- $12.99
•    Kid O Go Car -- $12.99

Ages 3-5:

•    Manhattan Automoblox Minis -- $20 for one, $30 for three -- Oppenheim Best Toy winner, these “future-retro” cars fit in the palm of your hand. Their universal connector system enables rapid interchange of parts. Various colors and styles, mix and match cars.
•    Melissa & Doug Magnetic Dress-Up Dolls -- $13 -- 27 pieces of clothing stay on wooden doll using the magic of magnets. Various styles.
•    Alex Giant Pipe Cleaner Party -- $18 -- 120 giant pipe cleaners in assorted colors with easy instructions.
•    Cobble Hill Create Your Own Puzzle -- $13
•    Educational Insights Play Foam -- $6
•    Peaceable Kingdom Stone Soup -- $17
•    Sprig Dump Truck -- $17 -- All Sprig Eco-Trucks are fully equipped with flip-open cabs and easy-grab handles, making them a cinch to maneuver. Dump Truck features tilting cab, locking bed and swing-out tailgate. The playful, cartoon-like design of this chunky vehicle makes them irresistible to preschoolers, and parents love Sprig’s earth-friendly products and responsible business practices.
•    Groovy Girls, Manhattan Toy -- $20 -- These plush dolls with their often whimsical, always fantastical outfits and hairdos are irresistible to little girls. Assorted styles with plenty of clothing and accessory options.
•    Green Toys’ Chef Set -- $15 -- Includes stock pot with lid, skillet, ladle and spatula. All Green Toys are Made in the USA.
•    Woodkins Dress-Up Kids, Small World Toys -- $13 -- Kids use pieces of fabric to dress this wooden cut-out doll. The fashion possibilities are endless.
•    Wikki Stix - 48 craft stix per pack -- $7.99
•    Alex Ready, Set, Tell Time -- $19.99

Elementary, preteen and beyond:

•    Blue Orange Trigger Game -- $13 -- Slap yourself silly in this ridiculously fun party game. Players answer “true” or “false” as quickly as they can by slapping a target. Right Hand = True, Left Hand = False. Sound easy? Many laughs are packed into this tiny tin game. 3 to 8 players, ages 8 to adult.
•    Zartz Urban Throwing Darts -- $16 -- These large hand-deployed darts will suction to just about any surface. Fling ‘em, flick ‘em, stick ‘em. They come off eventually so you can throw some more.
•    Orb Factory Happily Ever After Jewelry Box -- $20
•    Klutz Safety Pin Bracelets -- $20
•    Mogo Magnetic Charm Bracelets -- $15
•    Doodle Track Car -- $17
•    Lego Star Wars sets -- $17 up -- Lego, the building toy, has Star Wars themed box sets to build, launch and soar through your galaxy, from TIE Defender (ages 8-14) to Droid Tri-Fighter (ages 7-12) and Republic Frigate (ages 9-14), and more!
•    Yo Yo Factory Yo Yos -- $12 -- Recommended by Yo Yo University, these are designed for all levels, beginner to pro.
•    Krazy Kars Marble Racers -- $8 each (Six feet of interlocking glow-in-the dark tube track and one marble racer, $15) -- When the cars roll on their inner marbles, the marbles light up. Made in USA. Ages 5 and up.
•    Bananagrams (Bananagrams International) -- $16 -- “The anagram game that will drive you bananas.” For word-game lovers, ages 7 and up, this banana package goes just about anywhere. 2-8 players.
•    WOW Rackets, Alex Toys -- $15 -- Two short-handled rackets, 1 birdie, 1 ball, and storage bag, this set will prepare any youngin’ for a world of racket sports. Also fun if you already have the skills.
•    Poof Breakaway Basketball Hoop, Poof-Slinky -- $8 -- Attaches to the wall or over a door. Soft, Safe Fun Foam! Ages 5 and up. Way up.
•    Awesome Origami, Faber-Castell/Creativity for Kids -- $15 -- 100 papers, assorted feathers, wiggly eyes, and more! This open-ended product provides hours of quality experiences for kids to create, pretend, have fun and learn. Ages 8 to 98.
•    The Original Magic Rocks, NSI -- $12 -- Everything you need to grow a brilliant underwater garden in minutes. Ages 10 and up.
•    Blue Orange Fast Track Game -- $19.99 (boys & girls)
•    Zibits - robots -- $15.99/$17.99 (boys)