November 14, 2013

Christmas gift ideas for little girls (ages 3-6)

I try and get Christmas shopping done as early as possible for my two little girls. They love girly things, especially mini-dolls. I thought it might be nice to make a list of some of things they love, to give you some ideas for the little girls in your life! You can also check out my gift ideas for little boys here, and my list of gender neutral gifts here.

1. LEGO DUPLO Creative Cakes 6785
My toddler loves DUPLO blocks, and she is usually building houses or "birthday cakes" so this set will be perfect for her!

2. ALEX® Toys - Early Learning String A Treat -Little Hands 1486S
This one is for the toddler too, she loves to do anything that requires fine motor skills (like peeling crayons!), so this one will be great. I especially like this set because it has a wooden dowel on one end for easy threading, and bead on the end is permanent to hold them all on. And they're so cute! This brand has other styles too.

3. Mini Lalaloopsy Tales 3 inch Mini-Dolls - 8-Pack
Oh my, Lalaloopsy dolls are probably in the top 3 most played with toys at our house. I really like this set of fairy tale characters. I tried to buy it last year, but couldn't find it for under $80, so I'm buying it early this year while the price is low.

4. Disney Princess Magic Clip Little Kingdom 7 pack Doll Set
These mini-princesses are the number one played with toy at our house. We have the older versions, with the rubber dresses, but this year I'm getting them the Magic-clip ones. The manufacturers finally wised up and made the dresses easy for little hands to put on. No more begging mom every 2 minutes to change Belle's dress!

5. Barbie Mariposa and The Fairy Princess Doll
This Barbie is gorgeous, and a butterfly. What else is there to say?!?

6. Disney's Tangled Fairytale Friend Rapunzel Doll
I'll be honest, these are cheaper/easier to buy at Costco, but I think they're going to be a huge hit this year. I've seen Rapunzel, Cinderella and Ariel, and they're 3 ft tall! Every little girl's dream to have a princess their size to play with!

7. Barbie Sisters Cruise Ship
This was the one gift my 5 year old requested last year (after I had already bought her other gifts), and she still is asking for it. It has great reviews, and it folds up pretty small, which is a big bonus.

8. Our Generation 18" Non Poseable SADIE Doll
My 5 year old has finally succumbed to the American Girl catalog, and asked for her own doll that looks like her this year. We almost bought her a Kit doll, but decided to wait one more year, and test out the waters with an Our Generation doll. Target has lots of hair/eye color combinations to choose from, and most of them are only $20, and the outfits start at $13. MUCH more economical, but still pretty similar to American Girl.

9. Calico Critters Hopscotch Rabbit Family
We don't need another set of little people/animals for the girls to play with, but if we did, I would totally start buying them Calico Critters. Oh my, they are so sweet and innocent. I used to beg for these when I was younger.

10. Melissa & Doug Sweet Treat Tower
My girls got this for Christmas last year, and it gets played with ALL THE TIME. The "frosting" velcros on so they can switch around the toppings. A must have for tea parties!

11. Fisher Price Loving FamilyTM Grand Dollhouse Super Set (Caucasian Family)
We debated back and forth between this dollhouse and a larger-scale wooden one. We decided on this one, considering my daughter's fondness for mini-dolls. It gets played with a lot, and I like that it folds up and still fits in her closet.

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  1. Good list. My daughter is 5 (and has an older brother). She only wants BOY toys (and clothes) for Christmas. If Santa can manage making her a boy and changing her name to Dylan she would appreciate that too! Oh motherhood!

  2. This is awesome! Keep going, I always have so many questions on what kids at certain ages are looking to see under the tree this year for our Sub-for-Santa family!

    1. Your wish is my command! Making these lists is like vicariously shopping! :)

  3. Love those Dupo creative cake blocks. My almost three year old daughter will love, love, love that! I have never heard of those...she just uses mega blocks and wooden blocks right now.

    1. Same here! I foresee a lot of "Happy Birthday" singing and pretending to blow out the candles. :)

  4. OMG! My daughter would LOVE the Duplo Cakes. I can't believe I didn't think of them. Earlier, I was going to buy her a membership to an online educational game (it's between a few nick games and ) but I'm sure she will love and appreciate this a lot more. I can't even express how happy I am to have found this post. You are amazing, Kylie! Thank you!

    1. Oh that makes me so happy! I am giving them to my daughter this year too, and I'm so excited! Hope your daughter loves it!

  5. Wow!!!amazing collection for kids.Merry Christmas!!!
    JingleBells Jinglebells

    1. Thanks! Merry Christmas to you too!

  6. Great list! My daughter (4,5 y.o.) already have the biggest part of it! J Now I'm trying to search for some alternatives, like handmade dolls by US artists. Similar to those that stated in this article (first photo) She also loves Tilda style dolls that are for sale in some shops on Etsy. And even my pretty grown up friends enjoy such gifts! J

  7. This list feels a little bit sexist when compared with the boys? It's all about pretty things, playing house, and baking? The boys list is all about being active, building, and learning. Why not build little girls minds too? Check out for products geared toward girls 4-9 that are all about being a female inventor and creative thinker while still being fun. Barbies have their place and can be great for the imagination too but - please a little more diversity in your lists!