This is Day 26 of the 30 Days of Giving: Making Christmas Meaningful campaign, which is designed to bring the community creative and practical ways to cheerfully give this holiday season through gifts, relationships and charity. Come visit the 30 Days of Giving Advent Calendar each day in our countdown to Christmas for intriguing and original ways to help you to experience and spread the spirit of joyful giving that God intended throughout the holiday season.

Many parents work hard to help their little ones focus on the “reason for the season,” rather than letting them succumb to the toy-commercial induced attitude of “gimme, gimme” that seems to abound each year during the holiday season.

This does not mean, however, your kids will miss out on the joy of opening that special gift on Christmas morning. There are many choices when it comes to choosing fun — even educational — toys for your children that won’t break the bank. 

There are quite a few options when it comes to finding electronic Christmas gifts for children for under $100; even under $50.

Electronic / Robotic Toy Pet Figures for under $100: From cute, voice-responsive, robot-like puppies to adorable, furry hamster-like critters, there are a number of popular domestically-aimed robotic toys to choose from, including Furby Boom and Zoomer. These virtual pet pals combine the best of both digital and physical play. Download interactive apps that let kids “hatch” and raise their virtual pets, let the pets “talk” to one another and play interactive games.

Remote Control Flying Toys under $50: Kids of all ages love remote-control toys. Combine remote control with flying and you’ve got a sure-fire way to keep them entertained and entranced for hours. So entertaining that they can lure any child away from video games, your kids will have hours of fun with a real-life inflatable flying fish or floating shark, or how about an easily maneuvered remote-control helicopter that is gentle enough to fly indoors? 

Video Games for $50−$100: You’re sure to please even the choosiest child with that must-have video game. 

Video Game Accessories for under $100: From dance pads to wireless remotes, headsets to virtual steering wheels, you can find any number of popular video game accessories for under $100, and often well under $50.

Video Gaming Systems for under $100: While most new game consoles and gaming bundles can cost several hundred dollars, many stores — Game Stop for one — sell refurbished systems for under $100. They often offer limited warranties with these systems, and with trade-in options and extremely reasonably priced used video games, this is an ideal, budget-friendly option for many families.

Musical Instruments $50−$100: Develop your little one’s love of music with her first keyboard or an electronic set of drums. Many electronic musical toys can be found for under $50.

Educational Tablets under $100: A number of tablets are now available for less than $100, and for children not yet ready for the “real thing,” there are plenty of age-appropriate educational tablets to consider including the Leap Pad2 Tablet, the NabiJr, or the Kurio Touch4S Android.

Electronic Readers for under $100: There are any number of interactive electronic children’s books on the market, and for well under $100 you can surprise your child, tween or teen with a Kindle or Nook Simple touch. These easy-to-use eReaders allow your child to carry her library with her wherever she goes. 

Table Games under $30: Perfect for slumber parties and family game nights, old family favorites are new again with electronic versions of favorite table games including Electronic BattleshipTwister or Monopoly Zapped Edition

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