Every year without fail, some friends with kids the same ages as mine all start chatting about what we’re getting our kids for Christmas and birthdays. I decided to put together a gift guide for girls to share some of the ideas that have been a hit with my daughter and nieces over the years!
My memory isn’t always the best, though, so I’m going to skip the infant and toddler years. Those toys change so fast anyways, that anything I would recommend is probably outdated by now!
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Butterfly Garden– My daughter loved this because it was a long-term project that was so rewarding once it was time to release the butterflies! She was just precious taking care of it and checking in on them! This is actually a picture of my niece’s butterfly being released with my daughter front and center! We’ve had a few of these gifts in our family and they amaze us every time!
Malia House– I received this as a review, but it really is as amazing as the reviews say! It’s perfect for a kid who likes to build and storytell. You can create a different house every time with magnetic panels that you can mix and match. It also works with Magna-Tiles for even more building fun! This is one of those toys that even older siblings will enjoy and want to help with, and what’s better than seeing your kids working together! One of my favorite parts as a mom, is that when it’s not in use, it can be folded up and put back in the box! I don’t know of any other dollhouse that takes up so little storage space! This makes it the perfect toy to put back in its tiny, compact box and take it with you if you’re traveling! It would provide hours of entertainment and take up barely any luggage space!
Mind-Blowing Science Kit– If you’re child is into hands-on learning that’s fun, this was one of our favorite kits! The whole family got involved and it was a great rainy day activity!
Ukelele– My daughter has loved ukeleles since she was about 4. She’s 13 now, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a day where she doesn’t pull out her ukelele. I’m not sure I get it, but she loves it! She walks around the house playing, sits out in her hammock playing, takes it to friends’ houses… ALL.THE.TIME. with this ukelele!
The Color Kitchen– The perfect time to get your kids in the kitchen is when they’re young! They still think it’s a treat and it’s great quality time spent with you! There’s no better way to get them interested than with a cookbook/coloring book! This one is filled with yummy recipes that are easy enough for kids to make themselves, and then they can color in the pictures while they wait for it to bake! Grab her an apron and some colored pencils to go with it and you’ve got the perfect, practical gift!
Mancala– One of her elementary teachers had this game as a math station. She loved it and asked for it as a Christmas gift that year. Many years later, we still play it! All 4 of us can get pretty competitive with this one!
National Geographic for Kids– We get each of our kids a magazine subscription for one of their gifts. National Geographic for Kids has always been a huge hit. I love that it’s a gift that lasts all year and brings them a little excitement each month when it arrives!
Beatles Piano Book– All through elementary school, my daughter played piano. One of the ways we got her excited for playing was by getting her this Beatles practice book and a Michael Jackson one. She loved learning how to play some of her favorite songs! I wish she still played! I’d be getting her this Star Wars one that looks amazing!
And while I even think some of those gifts were cool as an adult, the rest are more for the tween/teen crowd!