There’s no doubt about it, especially not these days: Girls are fierce. Sure, they can be sweet, but they’re also strong and independent. Little girls are a lot more than sugar and spice and everything nice. So instead of just tossing those Barbies, Easy-Bake Ovens and American Girl accessories into your shopping cart this holiday season (although, okay, Barbie has seriously improved recently), don’t overlook opportunities to celebrate your favorite kid in all their strong, rebellious, nonconforming, fearless, punk-rock glory. Because she’s basically a little Wonder Woman, isn’t she?
That doesn’t mean you have to stuff a Wonder Woman DVD into her stocking — though any budding warrior princess would surely be happy to score that loot. Whether she’s a Nasty Woman-in-training or just your average pint-size powerhouse who likes unicorns and robots, there are countless girl-power gift ideas that are bound to inspire and empower. From books to dolls to clothes to STEM-supporting craft kits, retailers are finally coming through with the feminist “herstory” merch.
Read on to discover our favorite feisty finds of the year. And if you really want to help her smash the patriarchy, tell her Santa isn’t real (or that he’s just an intern helping out the real big boss, Mrs. Claus).
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A version of this article was originally published in December 2017.