Christmas gifts for girls
This year, some of the hottest toys for girls feature their favorite new characters — such as Sofia the First. Other popular gift ideas are throwbacks from yesteryear — including Cabbage Patch dolls!
- Cabbage Patch Kids Celebration Kids (CabbagePatchKids.com, $50) — In celebration of the 30th anniversary of this iconic toy brand, JAKKS Pacific introduces the Kids — a collection of dolls with fun fashions and cool hair.
- Sofia the First Talking Doll and Animal Friends (Walmart, $32) — Sofia the First has quickly become very popular this year. This playset includes the 10-inch doll, her three animal friends, her amulet and more.
- Under the Sea Surprise Ariel (Toys R Us, $27) — Tollytots recently introduced the Under the Sea Surprise Ariel. Now your little one can play with Princess Ariel like never before!
- Flutterbye Flying Fairy Doll (Walmart, $27) — Fairies are all the rage right now. Your little girl will love this battery-operated fairy doll that dances through the air as she guides it.
- My Little Pony Crystal Princess Palace Playset (Hasbro, $25) — My Little Pony is really popular right now among little girls, and even their older brothers. Your daughter will love this colorful playset.
Looking for multicultural dolls? We love the Prettie Girls Dolls (Doll Genie, $22+). These dolls promote positive self-image and empowerment for girls of all colors.
More Christmas gift ideas for girls
For the creative kid: For artsy, creative girls, you can’t go wrong with simple arts and crafts supplies, modeling clay or good old-fashioned Play-doh. We love the Play-doh Sweet Shoppe Frosting Fun Bakery (Hasbro, $15) and Design-a-Dress Boutique (Hasbro, $22). Also consider the WowWee ArtSee Studio drawing kit (WowWee, $40). It transforms drawings on your iPad into animated games.
For your little fashionista: Add a little glam and glitz to her stocking with the Style Me Up! Perfect Nail Markers (StyleMeUp.com, $12) or fun hair accessories. When it comes to clothes for little girls, there are certain brands that we can’t get enough of. Here are just a handful of our favorites:
- Anthem of the Ants
- Millions of Colors (dress pictured above)
- Pink Chicken
- Tea Collection
For your techie girl: If your daughter can’t get enough of computers that doesn’t mean you always have to hand off your tablet or smartphone. These days, they make plenty of tablets designed just for kids. Many of them are equipped with Wi-Fi and loaded with tons of fun and educational apps. We love the ClickN KIDS tablet (Walmart, $99), which includes the multi-award winning Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics program.
Educational toys and games
Toys and games that make kids think are often some of the best. These holiday gift ideas are suitable for both girls and boys.
- Discovery Kids TechTab (Shopko, $110) — This 7-inch, Android-powered, kid-friendly tablet features over 60 preloaded apps that your kids will love.
- Animal Planet Micro Kingdom Volcano Island (Toys R Us, $50) — The volcano has real sounds, light-up lava, and rock slides that tumble down when the volcano erupts!
- Truth or Myth? Science Kit (Lakeshore Learning, $40) — Little scientists discover whether popular beliefs are truth or myth as they explore solar power, gravity and more!
- Fossil Discoveries Dino Lab (Lakeshore Learning, $20) — This kit includes everything young scientists need to create really cool dinosaur fossils out of clay.
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