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
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.
Encourage their little imaginations with these fun, open ended toys. Dress-ups, tea sets, play makeup and more!
Play Food Set
Pair this set with a play kitchen for hours of fun! Girls will love the sweet treats!
Pretend Teacher Set
Attention class! Kids will love this fun collection so they can set up their own pretend classroom!
50 pc Tea Set
Tea parties are a magical part of childhood. This girly set includes cute pretend food and a carrying case.
Pretend Salon Set
Just like moms! Haha well, maybe not. But your girly girls will love this fun pretend salons set with curling iron and blowdryer!
Cash Register with microphone
Attention customers! My kids have loved this pretend cash register. They use it to set up a grocery store, bookstore and more!
Slice&Bake Pretend Cookie Set
Even adults can't resist this slice (velcro) set. Practice patterns on the sly with the colorful decorations.
Pretend Makeup Set
All the fun of makeovers without the mess! This cute set comes with a bag and brushes too.
Princess Dress Up Trunk
Start (or add to!) her dress-up collection with these darling Disney Princess dress-ups. Guaranteed years of use!
Dress-up Ring Set
She will squeal with delight when she see this darling set of rings. Enough to share with friends!
Big & Bright Kitchen
This is the very kitchen my girls had. We love the bright colors! It was THE toy to play with when other kids came over!
Arts and Crafts
Help them explore their creative side with this low mess toys!
Girls will love creating jewelry and patterns with this fun pop bead set.
Light Board Drawing Tablet
Such a cool drawing tablet!
Light Up Tracing Pad
My girls love this light up tracing tablet, with included fashion and hairstyle tracing sheets.
Just like you remember! But now its LED. We learned about pixels before they were a thing! Now your kids can too.
Colorful Art Case
She's going to oooh and awww over this beautiful art case, full of crayons and markers and more!
Barbies and accessories
Barbies have been popular for generations for a reason!
Chelsea Doll & Horse
Girls love Chelsea and her tiny things. This little horse set is darling!
Barbie Teacher Doll
Pretend teacher is one of my girls favorite games, and this Barbie set is perfect for it!
Barbie Rainbow Lights Mermaid Doll
Barbie AND mermaid? Of course! This one will be fun at the pool next summer too!
Barbie Fairytale Dress Up
If your little girl is just getting into Barbies, this set is a great place to start! These outfits switch out easily and are perfect for little fingers.
Foldable Doll House
This is one of our all time best purchases! It collapses flat for storage!! Its the perfect size for Barbies and other small dolls. You're welcome!
Made to Move Barbie
Yoga Barbie is pretty cool! Sometimes its nice to have a Barbie that bends.
This has been on my girls wishlist for years! Maybe someday Santa will bring it...
Fashion Dolls Clothes
Need some extra Barbie clothes? This set is a good option to expand her wardrobe.
I'm pretty sure my son would play with this Barbie Dream Plane just as much as my daughters would!
Barbie Styling Head
If your little one is ready to learn how to braid and practice brushing, this Barbie Styling Head is a great place to start.
Sometimes smaller is cuter!
Polly Pockets are coming back! I love this cute flamingo set!
Polly Pocket Mall
Oh I'm pretty sure this Polly Pocket Mall would keep my girls busy for HOURS! So many cute little shops and areas to play.
Cabbage Patch Kids Little Sprouts
This little set would be great for toddlers who aren't quite ready for more delicate dolls.
Shopkins Shoppies - Lolita Pops
My girls love Shoppies! They come in lots of cute colors and styles.
Whimsical little dolls, just right for them.
AG Wellie Wishers Doll
These darling little dolls are great for young girls that aren't quite ready for the big American Girl dolls.
Snow Much Fun Outfit
Well of course she needs some darling little outfit options!
WellieWisher Unicorn Outfit
Wellie Wishers and Unicorns, perfection!
WellieWishers Daisy Princess Costume
And of course she'll need a princess dress too!
Legos aren't just for boys! Check out these darling girly sets!
LEGO DUPLO Cakes
We have the original version of this set, and it has been well loved! Even adults like to build a treat. 😉
LEGO DUPLO Cafe
This set is great for older toddlers who are ready to start building on their own. They might even be able to easily follow the instructions on their own!
LEGO DUPLO Playground
Another fun DUPLO set! Kids will love the slide and treehouse!
LEGO Ariel's Castle
This set is great for preschool age and up!
LEGO Friends Supermarket
Another fun set for when they're ready for the big girl LEGOs!
LEGO Friends Emma's Art Stand
This is a fun set with a variety of pieces!
LOL Surprise Dolls
We don't get it, but we do know the kids are all obsessed with these LOL dolls!
L.O.L. Surprise! Amazing Surprise with 14 Dolls
This huge set comes with 14 dolls, 2 playsets and 70 surprises.
L.O.L. Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Fashion Camper
You gotta have a place for the LOLs to play! This Glamper is pretty fun.
L.O.L. Surprise! Bigger Surprise with 60+ Surprises
Ugh, you know they'll love it.
L.O.L. Surprise! Glam Glitter Series Doll
Ok, ok they are pretty cute!
L.O.L. Surprise! Glitter Globe Doll Winter Disco Series
Well, this is a little LOL option, if you're not ready for the big guns yet.
Games for Girly Friends
Fun group games for their next playdate!
Princess Cupcake Game
My girls have loved this game! I don't mind sitting and playing the game, and its been a great gift for birthdays too.
Even little toddlers can understand and play this game! Pro-tip put all the pink cards near the beginning to hurry the game along. 😉
Cupcake Spinner Board Game
This looks like another fun cupcake game!
Mermaid Island Board Game
I'm sure my girls would love this game, and we love cooperative games.
Hi Ho! Cherry-O Board Game
Boys and girls love this game! Its a classic.
Spot It! JR. Animals
We love Spot it games! I think we have 3 or 4 different versions. Its another game I don't mind playing with my kids.
ORIGINAL 2013 POST:
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 http://www.goldieblox.com/ 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!
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 http://blog.inselly.co/top-christmas-gift-ideas/ (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
Thursday 5th of December 2013
Thanks! Merry Christmas to you too!
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 http://www.jumpstart.com ) 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!
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!
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.
Sunday 17th of November 2013
Same here! I foresee a lot of "Happy Birthday" singing and pretending to blow out the candles. :)