7 cool and inexpensive gifts for kids who aren’t video gamers

Listen, video games are fun and good, but sometimes you just want to give a child something else as a gift. There are also a lot of fun things there, so your search is not for nothing. It might seem hard to keep a child’s attention these days, but all you need is a back to basics to spark their imagination. Card games, Lego and the like are great for this.

Lego sets are usually a fantastic choice if you know the child will enjoy playing with them. Card games, another option, are best played with two or more people, as the game is really just a trick to build memories with each other. And what could be better than creating memories?

Our picks are really inexpensive and meet the criteria of interest, engagement, and distracting a child from a screen (if that’s what you’re looking for). But these are not the only offers available; take a look at our other gift suggestions to find something that’s right for you.

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With just 103 pieces, this Lego kit shouldn’t take long to put together, and it’s designed to be simple enough for little kids (from 4 years old) to build with a little help. If they love Marvel movies (and who doesn’t?), this is a fun way to recreate the excitement of the latest Avengers movies.

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This is not a gift for a small child; it is best suited for children ages 10 and up who love fantasy, magic, and folklore. It is a card game for two players where the person with the highest card wins the round.

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Yes, this classic is still here, bouncing and “walking” like it always has. And it’s very cheap, to boot.

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If a kid you know loves Star Wars, they’ll love building and playing with the blasters in this 102-piece set while creating their own stories from the hit Disney Plus show in a galaxy far, far away.

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If you don’t get young kids into Jenga, it’s one of those games that can lead to a fight (at least in my family). So not only playing, but also teaching strategy will help make this classic game fun. Stack as high as possible and the last player to remove a block without the tower collapsing wins.

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There are two ways to play Uno: the usual way and the way my family grew up playing it, where even the kids got intense. If you want to offer something fun for everyone, this one is easy to learn and always fun for groups.

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This set, recommended for ages 8 and up, is a nice change of pace from many of the ones we grew up with thanks to its more diverse figures. Black Panther, Shuri, and an evil Chitauri warrior (Thanos’ minion) are all available, along with a 202-piece dragon flyer that a child can build on their own (if they’re old enough) or with the help of a an adult.

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