Editor's Note: We're rolling out 10 Days of Indie Merchant Gifts, in our annual celebration of the artists, craftspeople, designers and other independent merchants who make one-of-a-kind products. See gifts in the categories of pets and jewelry.
Our entrepreneurial entrants ranged from parents to elementary-school teachers to even a 13-year-old (who made the final cut). Their inventions are clever, thoughtful and often adorable -- basically, all the things we look for ourselves when picking out gifts for the kiddos in our lives.
Take a peak at our slideshow of top picks. All items cost less than $50 and come from the minds of some imaginative independent merchants.