The holidays are coming, and one safe bet nearly anyone will love is a LEGO set. But LEGO sets can be expensive, like the $250 Batmobile or the $350 Disney Castle. Here are some options that cost less than $30.
For this guide, we’re trying to offer a broad range of options. While you can find great LEGO sets for adults, this guide will cover adults, kids, and everyone in between.
Keep in mind that LEGO pricing does fluctuate. At the time of writing, every set here was less than $30 and will likely remain that way. We’ll feature sets from Amazon or the LEGO Store based on who had the best price, but you might want to keep in mind LEGO’s VIP loyalty program, which can net you free LEGO goodies. Sometimes it pays to spend a little more if you know you ‘re going to buy LEGO bricks frequently.
A Great 3-in-1 Set: LEGO Creator 3in1 Deep Sea Creatures
Just because you’re minimizing your dollars spent doesn’t mean you can’t maximize your LEGO purchase. This 3-in-1 set comes with the plans and bricks to build a crab, treasure chest, and either a shark, squid, or angler fish.
That last part is the 3-in-1 promise; the kit includes all the necessary bricks to build any of those three options. And when you’re tired of the shark, you can take it apart and then put together a squid.
LEGO Creator 3in1 Deep Sea Creatures 31088 Make a Shark, Squid, Angler Fish, and Crab with this Sea Animal Toy Building Kit (230 Pieces)
Why buy a LEGO Set that lets you build one thing when you can get a set that lets you build three? With this kit, you can build a shark, squid, or angler fish.
Augmented Reality Fun: LEGO Hidden Side Wrecked Shrimp Boat
The fun doesn’t have to end when you finish building a LEGO set. And the new Hidden Side series proves that point with an augmented reality extra.
Download the Hidden Side app (available for Android and iOS), and you can play a game with your LEGO set. You’ll find and capture ghosts haunting your wrecked boat, and you’ll even take the set apart some to make your way through the game.
LEGO Hidden Side Wrecked Shrimp Boat 70419 Building Kit, App Toy for 7+ Year Old Boys and Girls, Interactive Augmented Reality Playset (310 Pieces)
LEGO Hidden Side sets feature augmented reality to extend the fun beyond play. After you finish making this wrecked boat, you'll capture ghosts and explore the ship in greater detail.
Because I’m Batman!: LEGO DC Batman Batmobile
LEGO recently announced a $250 Batmobile featuring the look of Michael Keaton’s Batman (a.k.a. the Best Batmobile). That’s a lot of money, so here’s a more affordable alternative.
Featuring a look somewhere between the Michael Keaton Batmobile and the 90s Animated Series, it’s long, sleek, and unlike the more expensive set, it fires its guns. You get get Batman and Joker mini-figs too. Not bad for less than $30.
LEGO DC Batman Batmobile: Pursuit of The Joker 76119 Building Kit (342 Pieces)
Who doesn't love the Batmobile? This particular incarnation resembles the 90s animated series and features guns that fire. You'll also get Batman and Joker mini-figs.
For Star Wars Fans: Millennium Falcon Microfighter
If your child is ready to graduate from Duplos but not ready for incredibly intricate sets yet, the Millenium Falcon Microfighter is a good starting place. That also makes it great for Star Wars fans without a lot of LEGO experience.
You get an easy-to-build Millennium Falcon and an adorable Chewbacca with bowcaster. Everyone say “rwaawrrrg.” I mean, “Awwwww how cute.”
LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon Microfighter 75193 Building Kit (92 Pieces)
Look at Chewbacca! He fits right inside this tiny little LEGO Millennium Falcon. It's so cute and adorable, and perfect for a young child or anyone new to LEGO in general.
LEGO Inception: Microscale LEGO Brand Store
What if instead of stepping into a LEGO store, you bought a LEGO Store? And what if you bought a LEGO Store FROM the LEGO Store? What if the LEGO Store you bought from the LEGO Store contained a LEGO store? OK, that last bit isn’t true, but the rest of this inception is.
This LEGO-built LEGO Store contains everything a LEGO Store needs—like small sets, a pick-a-brick section, and a build-a-mini stand. But the most accurate detail goes to the ATM. Cause you’re gonna need one when you go into a LEGO store.
For Disney Fans: Cinderella’s Carriage Ride
Name a more iconic duo than LEGO and Disney. We’ll wait.
But in all seriousness, if your child loves Disney movies, Cinderella’s Carriage is a great set to have. It includes a small castle, a horse-drawn carriage, and a few mini-figs. It’s not overly complicated to build and features a more whimsical look than your average LEGO set.
An Advent Calendar: LEGO City Advent Calendar
Christmas is coming, and it’s almost time to count down the days of Advent! This kit serves as an advent calendar and features 24 doors you open each day of Advent. Each door features a different set of LEGO bricks you get to build, ranging from Santa, to a snowman, to a turkey dinner.
The box also doubles as a display, with a cover that folds down to reveal an ice skating rink.
For Muscle Car Fans: LEGO Speed Champions
Do you wish your LEGO sets could be a little more “fast and furious?” You could spend $350 on a Bugatti Chiron, but that might be a little excessive. Instead, try these muscle cars.
You get a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T along with a countdown light for good ol’ drag racing fun. I call shotgun!
LEGO Speed Champions 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 75893 Building Kit (478 Pieces)
Who doesn't like a powerful car? Or drag racing? Or LEGO-themed muscle cars that go drag racing? This speed champions series nets you a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T along with the requisite mini-fig drivers.
Potterhead Love: Hungarian Horntail Triwizard Challenge
Are you a Potterhead? Are you a LEGO fanatic? Good news, you can re-enact the Triwizard Challenge with this set.
Included is (of course) Harry Potter, Fleur Delacour, Cedric Diggory, and Viktor Krum mini-figs. You’ll also get a fire-breathing dragon, golden eggs, and a champion’s tent. What you won’t get is any spoilers on who wins the Triwizard Cup.
LEGO Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire Hungarian Horntail Triwizard Challenge 75946 Building Kit (265 Pieces)
This LEGO set features the dragon challenge from the Triwizard Tournament. You get all the players, including Harry Potter of course, along with his trademark broom and a firebreathing dragon.
A Bunch of Bricks: Classic Basic Brick Set
What do you get for a LEGO fan who has it all? Why a bunch of LEGO bricks, of course! Sets are great, but sometimes what your loved one wants is a bunch of random blocks to complete the custom set they’re designing.
This 300-piece basic brick set comes with wheels, eyes, and assorted brick shapes of various colors. You could build a dinosaur or a puppy, but the real point is, you get an excellent assortment of pieces for a variety of projects.
LEGO Classic Basic Brick Set 11002 Building Kit (300 Pieces)
With this set you could build a dog, or a tree, or even a car. But that's not the real point. This 300-piece set gives you a wide variety of brick shapes, wheels, and eyes. Perfect for adding to any custom project.