I confess; for a few years, there, during the very lean times, I bought knock-off die-cast vehicles for my kids. And they were terrible—the decals peeled off and the wheels popped off and they were basically the fast track to disappointment. I learned my lesson.
Now it’s Hot Wheels or nothing, and this is especially important because my husband likes a car or two on Christmas morning, too. (My son may have just about outgrown the toy cars, but luckily the husband is still going strong.) Did you see that Amazon has this 9-pack of Hot Wheels cars for just $5? (Free Prime shipping, or eligible for free Super Saver Shipping.)
These are perfect for donations, too. Get an extra and drop it off in your local Toys For Tots bin.