Awesome last-minute Christmas gift ideas for kids under $50

Photo; iStock
Photo; iStock 

Budgets are stretched in 2019, with many people buying far less than usual, or donating money to bushfire causes as Australia battles its worst ever bushfire season.

With that in mind, we've created a gift guide for those last-minute dashes to the shops - all of these items should be easy to get if you're not relying on post to receive them.

There's something for most ages and stages that they're bound to love, and all come in at under $50. We've left teens off because most want tech gifts, gift cards or cash.

Toddlers

Toddlers are an active, inquisitive bunch who have the endurance of elite athletes. It's little wonder we're so exhausted when we are catering for little Einstein minds, and Usain Bolt bodies.

Here are some budget-friendly, non-screen-related gift options for toddlers.

Small-scale sports equipment

Photo: Target

Photo: Target

Young toddlers will need your help and encouragement but it's a great way to instil a love of sport and physical activity from an early age. The hoop set above is $39 from Target. Or go for a Scuttle Bug ride-on (below) for $20 from Kmart.

Photo: Kmart

Photo: Kmart

Wooden bus play set - $20

Photo: Kmart

Photo: Kmart

There's hours of imaginative play in this gorgeous wooden bus play set - just $20 from Kmart.

Kids aged five to seven

Kids really begin to individualise their likes and dislikes by this age. You can still go for something that will thrill them and stay within budget.

Trick scooter - $49

Photo: Kmart

Photo: Kmart

Kids this age just love trick scooters - this one is a budget-friendly $49 from Kmart.

Lego set - $19

Photo: Lego

Photo: Lego

Lego is a winner with almost every child - the set above is $19 from Big W, however prices start at just $6.40 for sets.

Luxe reading chair - $49

Photo: Kmart

Photo: Kmart

Want to encourage them to curl up with a book? This luxurious reading chair will fit perfectly in the corner of their room and make them feel pretty grown up. It's $49 from Kmart.

Tweens

They're not yet teens but they're no longer little. Tweens love increasingly sophisticated gear and tech is big.

Google Home Mini - $39

Photo: Google

Photo: Google

They can play music, ask questions and learn sports statistics. Google Home Mini can also be their alarm clock. It's $39 from JB HiFi.

Headphones - from $27

Photo: Big W and EB Games

Photo: Big W and EB Games

With all the music-listening and device-watching ahead for the holidays, a pair of headphones is as much a gift for you as it is for them.

Above left are the Motorola Pulse Max Headphones, currently $27.40 on sale from Big W, and right is the Turtle Beach Recon 70X Gaming Headset, $47 right now from EB Games.

Room decor - LED wall light $35.99

Photo: Typo

Photo: Typo

Score serious cool points with these LED wall lights from Typo - right now they're $35.99 on sale (usually $59.99).

Photo: Typo

Photo: Typo