ALEX Toys at Amazon
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Lots of parents will tell you that their kids don’t need any more toys, that they’d rather you gift them with experiences for Christmas. But experiences can be hard to wrap, so the selection of Alex toys on sale at Amazon is the next best thing. For today only, they start at just $5, and they almost count as experiences. Like, making things and learning about science and developing a talent for magic — all excellent uses of a kid’s time. Building, painting, sewing, and general craftiness are skills that will serve them well in life, so these toys aren’t so much toys as they are chances to work on new abilities. No parent will have a problem with that!