The Amazon Toy List Top 100. If you want to know what kids want, there is no better crowd-sourcing platform than the mega online retailer, which has more data about products and desires than a thousand busy elves. Hmmm... (Amazon's) Robots v. (Santa's) Elves could be Pixar's next big hit -- but we digress.
There are 10 items on the Top 100 Toy List that cost less than $20. Here they are, from clever board games that keep adults coming back for more to the simple, adorable recycled plastic airplane from Green Toys.
The #1 bestseller in robotics -- one of the hottest categories around -- this kit turns any old soda can into a silly robot with imagination and a AA battery.
The #1 bestseller in chemistry science kits -- this STEM-focused 20-piece kit is a tremendous (and fun!) starter set for naturally curious kids. Ages 4 and up, but suitable for kids in double digits.
Pie Face Showdown ($19.82)
The #1 new release in Toys & Games -- this fun, goofy pie-throwing game gets 4 out of 5 stars with 59 customer reviews. It squeaks in under $20 by less than a quarter!
With over 780 customer reviews and a 5-star rating, Codenames is a boardgame winner in a digital world. "A nearly perfect game. Easy to teach, quick to play, rewards smart play, and has broad appeal," writes one reviewer.
Trolls Operation Board Game ($19.99)
Magformers Standard Set ($19.58) -- a safe, cool, creative building set for kids with 14 pieces. 520+ customer reviews give Magformers a 4.5 star average out of 5.
Green Toys Airplane, Red ($11.04)
A sweet, classic toy -- for kids who dream of flying. Made in the US from 100% recycled milk containers. What's not to love?