Top 10 Best Cheap LEGO Sets (+13 More) for Both Adults and Children

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LEGO is the largest toy brand in the world and LEGO sets are among the best gift ideas and holiday presents for kids and adults. They are fun, and educative, and help develop essential skills including problem-solving skills, creativity, teamwork, and planning.

LEGO also helps improve eye/hand coordination and develops spacial skills: the ability is the capacity to understand, reason, and remember the visual and spatial relations among objects or space.

However, they can be so expensive with many LEGO sets in the range of hundreds of dollars. But this doesn’t mean that the best LEGO sets are always the most expensive.

Some of the best LEGO sets are also cheap and provide the same fun, entertainment, and other benefits. 

Here is a list of what I consider the top 10 best cheap LEGO sets available for both adults and children, plus 13 other cheap LEGO sets. Many of these sets are under $20 with some in the $20 to $50 range so you are sure to find one that fits your budget.

I also shared with you a complete buying guide to help you choose the best cheap LEGO sets for yourself, your kids, and your loved ones.

Let’s get started!

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Editor’s Choice

Bonsai Tree

2nd Best Choice

Holiday Camper Van

3rd Best Choice

Batmobile: The Penguin Chase

1. Bonsai Tree

2. Holiday Camper Van

3. Batmobile: The Penguin Chase

4. Christmas Tree

5. Dominion Blue & Beta Velociraptor Capture 

6. Hogwarts Carriage and Thestrals

7. Flower Bouquet

8. Ice-Cream Truck

9. Hogwarts Courtyard: Sirius’s Rescue

10. The Abandoned Mine

11. Mighty Dinosaurs

1. Bonsai Tree

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Set no: 10281

Pieces: 878

Theme: Icons

Age: 18+

LEGO Icons Bonsai Tree is the ideal LEGO set for adults who love interesting LEGO building sets. This set comes with 878 pieces with interesting features that capture your imagination for less than $50.

The set comes with interchangeable pieces that allow you to style the model with classic leaves or vibrant pink cherry blossom blooms and features a rectangular pot and slatted LEGO wood-effect stand for easy display.

Whether you are buying it as a gift for a loved one or as a treat for yourself, this set is sure to capture the imagination and looks great on display. The finished model measures over 7 in. (18 cm) high, 8.5 in. (21 cm) long, and 7.5 in. (20 cm) wide.

2. Holiday Camper Van

Set no: 60283

Pieces: 190

Theme: City

Age: 5+

For a price, of less than $16, this LEGO City Holiday Camper Van set offers a unique playing experience and allows kids to travel wherever their imaginations take them.

The set is packed with realistic features including a furnished interior with a kitchenette and sleeping facilities for imaginative role-play.

The LEGO City Holiday Camper Van includes 190 pieces and comes with a mom and sad Minifigures and a cute baby figure to set the scene for endless camping adventures.

This set has everything a kid needs to create an awesome camper van and will make a top holiday, birthday, or any other-day gift for kids. The finished Camper Van measures over 3.5 in. (9 cm) high, 6 in. (16 cm) long, and 2 in. (5 cm) wide.

3. Batmobile: The Penguin Chase

Set no: 76181

Pieces: 392

Theme: DC Super Heores

Age: 8+

LEGO Batmobile: The Penguin Chase is another cheap LEGO set that puts action from the Batman movie into the hands of kids with versatile looks that makes an awesome display in kids’ rooms.

The set includes 392 pieces and features 2 spring-loaded shooters that launch mega missiles from the front, either simultaneously or individually, when kids press plates on the hood. 

This LEGO Batmobile set features 2 Minifigures: Batman, with a fabric cape, and The Penguin, with a shooter and hand-held rocket launcher, which includes an integrated stud shooter that fires circular pieces. 

4. Christmas Tree

Set no: 40573

Pieces: 784

Theme: Others

Age: 12+

For less than $50, this exclusive LEGO Christmas Tree set lets you create an eye-catching festive display and is adorned with ornaments and candles, and sits on a decorative mat. 

This colorful 2-in-1 LEGO Christmas Tree set will make a great display allowing you to build 1 tree or 2 smaller trees and comes with a yellow star which you add to the top of the tree for a perfect finishing top. 

When built, the taller tree stands over 11 in. (30 cm) tall, while the medium tree stands over 9 in. (23 cm) tall, and the small tree stands over 6 in. (16 cm) tall. 

5. Dominion Blue & Beta Velociraptor Capture

Set no: 76946

Pieces: 181

Theme: Jurassic World

Age: 6+

LEGO Dominion Blue & Beta Velociraptor Capture is inspired by a thrilling scene in the Jurassic World Dominion movie and is packed with cool features to encourage kids to role-play and dream up original stories.

The set includes 181 pieces and features a buildable toy truck, bike, and a dinosaur cage with a trap function and chicken drumstick accessory element for dinosaur bait. 

This LEGO Jurassic World set will delight fans of all ages in the popular LEGO Jurassic World range and includes 2 Minifigures: Maisie and Rainn Delacourt with a tranquilizer gun, plus Blue and Beta dinosaur figures.

The whole playset can be combined with other LEGO Jurassic World building toys and will make a cool birthday present, holiday gift, or surprise treat for a creative kid to build and play solo or with their friends. The finished model measures over 2.5 in. (6 cm) high, 5.5 in. (14 cm) long, and 2.5 in. (6 cm) wide.

6. Hogwarts Carriage and Thestrals

Set no: 76400

Pieces: 121

Theme: Harry Potter

Age: 7+

The Hogwarts Carriage and Thestrals set offers many ways to play and will inspire kids to recreate favorite scenes from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and role-play imaginative adventures of their own for a price less than $16.

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Carriage and Thestrals allow young witches, wizards, and Muggles to join Harry Potter and Luna Lovegood as they discover an adult and baby Thestral in the Forbidden Forest.  

This set comes with magical creatures to care for and carriage rides and includes iconic characters: Harry Potter and Luna Lovegood Minifigures, an adult and baby Thestral, plus a buildable carriage that attaches to the adult Thestral.

This set will bring Harry Potter magic to kids whether given as a birthday present, holiday gift, or special treat. When built, the carriage pulled by the adult Thestral (wings folded) measures over 3.5 in. (9 cm) high, 6.5 in. (17 cm) long, and 2.5 in. (6 cm) wide. 

7. Flower Bouquet

Set no: 10280

Pieces: 756

Theme: Icons

Age: 18+

LEGO Icons Flower Bouquet is one of the coolest LEGO sets and is also cheap. This impressive flower display brings a touch of fun and color to any room and lets you relax, unplug and create something wonderful.

This flower bouquet is made from customizable LEGO components and delivers a vibrant display of colors and interesting shapes, inspired by real flowers such as roses, snapdragons, poppies, asters, daisies, and grasses.

The adjustable stems of this set make it easy to tailor the arrangement for any vase or container and most of the flower petals are also positionable so you can have fun designing different arrangements. 

8. Ice-Cream Truck

Set no: 60253

Pieces: 200

Theme: City

Age: 5+

LEGO City Ice-Cream Truck is another cheap LEGO set that inspires imaginative play that reflects real life in a fun and exciting way. It allows kids to explore their favorite land, air, and sea vehicles and machines up close.

This LEGO City set lets kids save the day by serving cool ice-cream cones and popsicles to sweltering LEGO City citizens and comes with room inside the truck for the ice-cream lady to work and drive, plus a skateboarding customer with a cute dog, for independent role-play fun. 

With the LEGO City Ice-Cream truck, kids can create sunny, summer-day fun with this LEGO City Ice-Cream to inspire creative, independent role-play based on everyday life. The finished model measures 4″ (11cm) high, 5″ (15cm) long, and 2″ (6cm) wide.

9. Hogwarts Courtyard: Sirius’s Rescue

Set no: 76401

Pieces: 345

Theme: Harry Potter

Age: 8+

The LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Courtyard: Sirius’s Rescue is based on memorable scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and will inspire witches, wizards, and Muggles to explore a magical world of imaginative play.
The set includes 345 pieces and features 3 iconic Minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Sirius Black – and popular Buckbeak the Hippogriff. Buckbeak’s figure has movable wings and room on his back for a Minifigure passenger.
The finished model measures over 12.5 in. (31 cm) high, 8.5 in. (22 cm) wide, and 4 in. (10 cm) deep, and will look good on display.

10. The Abandoned Mine

Set no: 21666

Pieces: 248

Theme: Minecraft

Age: 7+

LEGO Minecraft The “Abandoned” Mine offers hands-on Minecraft mining adventures. It brings classic Minecraft action to life in the real world as kids help the game’s leading character mine, build and explore while trying to survive constant attacks by a variety of hostile creatures.

The set includes coal, iron, and diamond elements and a falling gravel feature and also features a familiar cast of Minecraft characters and creatures: Steve, a zombie, a spider, and living slime. 

The set combines easily with other LEGO Minecraft toys and is designed to inspire endless imaginative play. The finished model measures over 5” (14cm) high, 7” (19cm) wide, and 4” (12cm) deep.

11. Mighty Dinosaurs

Set no: 31058

Pieces: 174

Theme: Creator 3in1

Age: 7-12 years

LEGO Creator 3in1 Mighty Dinosaurs let kids create T. Rex with dark-green and beige color schemes, bright orange eyes, posable joints and heads, large claws, and an opening mouth with pointed teeth to allow them to engage in endless hours of creative play.

The set is accompanied by dinosaur prey in the form of a buildable rib cage. It features a variety of dinosaur accessories such as bright orange eyes, posable joints and head, large claws, and an opening mouth with pointed teeth Plus, dinosaur prey that comes in the form of a buildable rib cage.

The finished T-Rex measures over 4-inch (11cm) tall, while the Triceratops measures over 3-inch (9cm) tall, and the Pterodactyl measures over 1-inch (4cm) high, 7-inch (18cm) long and 9 inches (25cm) wide.

Conclusion

There you go. Our list of the best cheap LEGO sets for both adults and children.

Whether you are looking to buy as a birthday present or a holiday gift for kids, loved ones, or for yourself, you are sure to find one that suits your needs.

You should keep in mind that LEGO sets do retire and they tend to increase in value and become expensive once they are retired. So it is best to grab one that you like before it retires and becomes expensive.

Related: Top 10 Best Bang for Buck LEGO Sets

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Lisa D. Marsh

Hi, my name is Lisa and I'm the editor of BrickMechanics.com LEGO has been part of my life ever since I was young. I have a deep love of LEGO and it has guided me through my early years, through school, and eventually through my degree in Engineering.