10 Smart Holiday Gifts for Less Than $15
Gaskins sent us recommendations for gift items for kids (and adults) under $15. And in case there's any doubters about the fun factor of brain teasers, a recent visit to Marbles in Chicago kept two teenage girls (12 and 15) and one overgrown boy/45-year-old man enthusiastically busy for the better part of an hour.
Pocket Posh Game Book -- $7.99. For the brainy fashionista in your life. There's an entire series of Pocket Posh Game books, including one just for young girls.3D Puzzle White House -- $14.99. Yes, that White House! Build a cardboard model of your own.
Brain Box -- All Around The USA -- $14.99. Memory game for the whole family.
Call-It! -- $14.99. Created by actress Daryl Hannah, also known as the mermaid in the '80s movie, Splash. Named one of the 10 best toys by Dr. Toy, this also makes for a fun game night with the kids.
Marbles Mind Music -- $12.99. Gives your brain a nice workout and makes a nice hostess gift.
Marbles Mind Putty -- $10.99. This nontoxic putty bends, mushes and changes colors like a mood ring.
Marbles Tic Tac Two -- $9.99. Put a new twist on tic tac toe. The board moves and shifts, turning an often boring game into a challenge. And it's great for travel.
Muscle Joe Piperoid -- $13.99. Paper robot sets wildly popular in Japan and finally available in the U.S.
Rubick's Cube -- $14.99. Always a classic.
Spot It! -- $12.99 -- a fun, fast-thinking, great portable game that increases visual perception.