David Baratz for USA WEEKEND
Seven fun gifts that don't break the bank:
Rory's Story Cubes. There are 10,077,696 possible combinations in this set of nine dice. Roll and tell a story based on the images displayed. Ages 8+, $7.99, Gamewright.
The Natural History Museum Pocket Micro- scope. Young scientists will delight in observing the world around them. Ages 5+, $13.99, wildcreations.com.
Hand Tattoos. These whimsical temporary tattoos of animals, robots and more inspire imaginative play. Ages 3+, themed packages of eight for $7.95, Paper Source stores nationwide.
Peek-A-Boo Bags. It's a treasure hunt! Youngsters search for small hidden objects. Ages 2+, $14.99, International Playthings.
Rubik's Slide. With 10,000 puzzles, this LED-powered version of Rubik's Cube will keep techies busy for years. Ages 8+, $19.99.
Tales2go. This traveling library of streaming audiobooks will entertain families on the holiday road with unlimited access to more than 1,200 titles; a three-month subscription is $6.99. Ages 3+, Tales2Go.com.
Battle Cards: Aircraft. Learn history of flight from biplanes to super-jumbo jets. Ages 6+, $10.95, Birdcage Press.