Regalitos $5 and less

I don’t know about you, but pisto is tight around here this year, even more than usual. So I decided to share a small list of some fun gifts for under $5.

Lotería, also known as “Mexican Bingo”, is fun for all ages, is a great game to encourage Spanish language skills, and can be had at your local Latino Market for around $5. (For authenticity, play with dry frijoles as markers.)

Guatemalan Worry Dolls, (Muñecas quitapenas), are a traditional toy. As their name suggests, you tell the little dolls your worries and then when placed under your pillow, you will have a peaceful sleep. This set I found at The Hunger Site, which has so many great things. The best thing about shopping there is that each purchase also goes towards contributing food for the hungry. This set costs only $2.95! (By the way, even if you don’t purchase anything at The Hunger Site, you can click the yellow button on their homepage to donate food for free every single day.

Solar powered dancing cactus in a sombrero. Know someone who has everything? I bet they don’t have one of these. It’s so weird and yet so cute. I spotted these for $5 at a chain store called “Five Below“. You put them in a sunny windowsill and they dance back and forth. Not exactly a necessity, but sounds like it might cheer up a gloomy office.


  1. I have some of those worry dolls, they are very sweet.

    We have no Latino market in this town, but the bingo looks like great fun (my kids love coin bingo and zingo)

    The solar powered cactus lost me though…. aren’t REAL cacti solar powered? Or even more fun, how about a venus fly trap (do they still sell those?)

    Mexican jumping beans? And envelope of “rattlesnake eggs” — my step-dad brought that back from Arizona last time he was down there and they have caused great fun at school!

    • Pol – LMAO, Yes, Pol, real cacti are solar powered. My God, it didn’t even occur to me.

      I had a venus fly trap as a kid and I bought Mexican jumping beans for the kids a few months. Great ideas!

      If you want to buy the Mexican Bingo and don’t have access to a Latino Market, you can find them on Ebay, too!

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