Day #3: 10 Gifts for Kids Made by Indie Merchants

Day #3: 10 Gifts for Kids Made by Indie Merchants
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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

It was a tough job to narrow down our top picks in the "kids" category, given all the cute ones we received when we asked for submissions for this year's Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide.

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.