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


All the fun girly Christmas gift ideas from this mom of daughters! Toys for pretend play, group games, building, arts and crafts and more.

Updated 11/2019 – my original ideas and links are at the end of the post.

I try and get my shopping done as easly as possible for my two little daughters (like I talk about in my post about how to enjoy the holidays more). They love girly things, especially tiny 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.

gift ideas for little girls ages 3-6

Gift Ideas for Little Girls

My girls love girly things! Here are some of their favorite toys (and toys they wish they had! lol) You can click on the image or "read more" to go to the item listing on Amazon. I've separated the toys by type: pretend play, arts and crafts, Barbies, tiny dolls, Wellie Wishers, building toys, LOL Surprise dolls and group games.

Pretend Play

Encourage their little imaginations with these fun, open ended toys. Dress-ups, tea sets, play makeup and more!

Arts and Crafts

Help them explore their creative side with this low mess toys!

Barbies and accessories

Barbies have been popular for generations for a reason!

Tiny Dolls

Sometimes smaller is cuter!

Wellie Wishers

Whimsical little dolls, just right for them.

Little Builders

Legos aren't just for boys! Check out these darling girly sets!

LOL Surprise Dolls

We don't get it, but we do know the kids are all obsessed with these LOL dolls!

Games for Girly Friends

Fun group games for their next playdate!

gift ideas for little girls

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! Update 11/2019 This has been a well loved toy!!

2. ALEX® Toys – Early Learning String A Treat -Little Hands 1486S Similar Item

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 (No longer available)

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 (No longer available)

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 (No longer available) Similar item

This Barbie is gorgeous, and a butterfly. What else is there to say?!?

6. Disney’s Tangled Fairytale Friend Rapunzel Doll (No longer available)

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 (No longer available)

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 (No longer available)

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) Newer version here

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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Saturday 7th of December 2013

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!

Ksenija Rostova

Friday 6th of December 2013

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


Monday 2nd of December 2013

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

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Thursday 5th of December 2013

Thanks! Merry Christmas to you too!

Angel Smith

Monday 25th of November 2013

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!

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Thursday 28th of November 2013

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!

Liz Mrozowski

Friday 15th of November 2013

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.

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Sunday 17th of November 2013

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

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