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Budget-Friendly Gift Guide: 20 Baby Toys Under $20

Adorable toys that’ll suit any baby and budget.

Babies and kids are notoriously easy to please—or not. So let Grandma and Grandpa take care of the bigger ticket gifts. Mom and Dad, you can put together a few smaller ones at lower price tags with our budget-friendly gift guide for little ones. We guarantee these gifts will get you a lot of bang for your 20 bucks. Scroll on to see our picks.

Sassy Ring O’ Links
What better to stimulate baby’s senses than a super-portable tactile toy? These rings have plenty of textures for little hands and mouths to explore—and bold, high-contrast colors to fascinate baby as he or she starts to see beyond just black and white.

Age: 0 months+
Shop It: $3, Buybuybaby.com

The Manhattan Toy Company Seasons On-the-Go Activity Book
Reading may still be a ways off, but there’s sensory fun to be had. The soft pages feature colorful characters, sounds, textures and even a teether corner to keep baby entertained. Plus, the included clip means you can attach it to strollers and diaper bags for on-the-go playtime.

Age: 0 months+
Shop It: $6, Manhattantoy.com

Skip Hop Baby Explore & More Roll Around Rattle
The soft surface and large openings make this toy easy to grasp, and fun rattle beads encourage baby to roll, shake and toss this toy around. And that cute hedgehog face? Well, that just seals the deal.

Age: 3 months+
Buy It: $8, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy of LeapFrog

LeapFrog Stack & Tumble Elephant
Kids are sure to have tons of fun with this one, and will learn as they go. As each ring is stacked on elephant's trunk, he'll introduce baby to colors, numbers and shapes. When it's time to start over, he'll give a great sneeze, sending the rings tumbling off his trunk.

Age: 6 months+
Shop It: $15, Amazon.com

EduShape Gummyball Teether
Teething tenderness is no fun—but this Gummyball teether will change all that. These easy-to-grasp balls have nine nubs that are perfect for nibbling, each with a different texture for various teething phases (from 0 to 3).

Age: 0 months+
Shop It: $12, BabiesRUs.com

Green Toys Stacking Cups
These numbered stacking cups give baby oodles of options for fun, perfect for at home, on the beach or in the bathtub. They also help introduce early math concepts—fill cups 1 and 2, and it’ll equal the volume of cup 3. Plus, you can feel good knowing these toys are made from 100-percent recycled plastic and made in the USA.

Age: 6 months+
Shop It: $10, Amazon.com

Photo: Kiddopotamus

Kiddopotamus Have It All Ball
Thanks to this fun, educational toy, baby really can have it all. It’s packed with crinkly textures, colorful ribbons, squeaky sounds and hidden characters that pop out with a squeeze of the ball. With so much to discover, baby is sure to have a blast.

Age: 6 months+
Shop It: $12, Amazon.com

VTech Baby Babble & Rattle Microphone
Get baby rocking and rolling with the Babble and Rattle Microphone. Baby can get mic-ed up when she’s ready to sing her heart out, or shake it like a rattle when she’s not in a concert mood. Plus, it’s got over 60 built-in songs, sounds and phrases for baby to babble along to.

Age: 3 months+
Shop It: $13, Amazon.com

SoapSox Ray the Manta
It’s a plush animal! Nope, it’s a bathtime sponge! Well, it’s both. Built-in finger pockets let you get a good grip while scrubbing baby clean. There’s even a clever opening for liquid or bar soap, making sudsing up all the cuter—and fun—for baby.

Age: 0 months+
Shop It: $13, Soapsoxkids.com

Melissa & Doug Match & Roll Shape Sorter
Your classic shape sorter—with a twist! Baby can work on his problem-solving skills as he drops various shapes through the color-matched holes—and then roll it around, open the lid, and repeat.

Age: 12 months+
Shop It: $14, Walmart.com

HABA Moby Wooden Fish Rattle
Baby will have a whale of a time with this brightly colored clutching toy. The sections are strung together with elastic and click together when shaken or swung, keeping baby entertained while she works on those grasping skills.

Age: 6 months+
Shop It: $16, Walmart.com

Photo: Courtesy of Finn + Emma

Finn + Emma Wood Rattle Teether
This all-natural rattle is filled with cooking beans for a delightful sound and finished with non-toxic vegetable seed wax so it's safe for your little one to gnaw on. And that hedgehog face? Too cute.

Age: 0 months+
Shop It: $19, FinnandEmma.com

Lamaze Clip & Go Olly Oinker
Introducing one of Lamaze’s latest characters, Olly Oinker. He delivers everything families have come to love (and expect) from a Lamaze toy: bright colors, textures, rattles, silky ribbons and a teether for baby to explore. And for a real giggle, baby can squeeze him to hear cute little piggy sounds.

Age: 0 months+
Shop It: $15, Amazon.com

Mirari myPhone
Babies are fascinated by smartphones—and who can blame them? Now they can have one of their own. This interactive toy features 12 light-up icons with fun songs and sounds that turn on when pressed. Best of all, you can record a message on the phone—then remotely activate the phone’s ringer so baby can get his first phone call.

Age: 6 months+
Shop It: $15, Amazon.com

Estella Organic Rubber Ducky Rattle Baby Toy
Here’s a Rubber Ducky baby can enjoy outside of the bath! In fact, it’s not actually rubber—this adorable little duck is handmade in Peru with organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes. And there’s a hidden treat inside: When baby shakes the toy, beads rattle around for a soft, captivating sound. It’s easy to hold, and just as easy to love.

Age: 0 months+
Shop It: $16, Estella-nyc.com

Photo: Courtesy of LEGO

LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train
This LEGO train is the perfect way to get your child on board with numbers and counting. It comes with large, numbered pieces especially designed for little hands. Once the train is up and running, there's no stopping kids' runaway imaginative play!

Age: 18 months+
Shop It: $16, Amazon.com

Fisher-Price Bright Beats 2-in-1 Musical Drum Roll
Whether baby is sitting or crawling, she can be entertained. In Drum Beat mode, baby can tap the drum to enjoy lively songs and dancing lights, or add her own beats. And when baby is on the move, she can chase after this rolling toy.

Age: 6 months+
Shop It: $19, Fisher-price.mattel.com

PBS KIDS Honeybee Stacking Toy
This is a gift that continues to give back. A portion of the proceeds from this PBS Kids eco-friendly stacker goes to supporting the Whole Kids Foundation, dedicated to improving kids’ wellness and nutrition.

Age: 12 months+
Shop It: $20, Shop.pbskids.org

Sophie la Girafe So Pure Bath Toy
You know the world-famous Sophie la Girafe teething toy, right? Well now baby can bring beloved Sophie into the bath. Made of 100 percent natural rubber, this floating toy is ideal for gnawing on, and the round body is easy to hold. Talk about bathtime bonanza!

Age: 6 months+
Shop It: $20, Buybuybaby.com

Just Born Sparkle Elephant Plush Toy
Give the gift of snuggles with this super soft stuffed elephant. Coated with a touch of shimmer, it’s carefully crafted to welcome years of tight hugs.

Age: 0 months+
Shop It: $20, Buybuybaby.com

Updated October 2017