40+ Christmas Gift Ideas for Girls

gift suggestions for girls

Early on, Joe and I decided to limit Grace’s Christmas gifts. We tried 5 gifts (and failed) and then decided that 3 would be better. Jesus got 3 gifts; 3 gifts are good enough for my kids.

We cheat a little because Santa gives 3 gifts, and then we give pajamas and an additional gift on Christmas Eve.

And a stocking.

We’re getting better.

Last year, I forgot to post my annual list of Christmas gift suggestions. Readers complained.

Sorry about that.

After all that, there was no way I’d forget this year.

Every item on this list is something that I have or would spend my own money on. I have not included anything just because it was given to me by a company or PR rep or because it might make a few cents on commissions.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Little Big Early Elementary Girls

ClothingChristmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

  • New pajamas – Our family tradition is that the girls get two presents to open on Christmas Eve. They are gifts from Joe and I; one always contains new jammies.They wear those new pajamas to bed, and all of our Christmas morning pictures feature their cute new pajamas.I haven’t picked up this year’s pajamas yet. I need to get on the ball.

Electronics

  • A digital camera - I got Grace a kids’ camera once, and it was terrible. The batteries died every hour, the camera took horrible, dark, blurry pictures, the internal memory would allow her to take only 8 pictures at a time, and I ended up hiding it (or did I throw it out?) because it frustrated Grace so much. She’s still very into taking pictures, and the ones she takes with my camera are decent. I got her a Kodak EasyShare Camera two years ago, and she’s taken thousands of pictures with it.
  • Apple iPad - A lot of people recommended that I buy Grace a LeapPad or some such electronic tablet for kids, but I don’t understand. Why spend a few hundred dollars on a kids tablet and games to go with it when you can spend a comparable amount on a real iPad? Both Grace and Allie both love our iPad. They argue over it play with it all the time. We have a variety of apps ranging from educational to music to fun and games and a Survivor Extreme-duty Military case. It’s not pretty, but our iPad has been dropped, kicked, stepped on, spilled on, and flung, and it is still in one piece.. The iPad is our very best toy/game/device ever.
  • Kindle Fire – My sister has a Kindle Fire; it’s really nice. I’ve never used it, but Grace loves it almost as much as the iPad.

Toys

  • A cool science kit - Grace’s favorite school subject right now is science. I got her a big box of science experiment supplies (mostly from Steve Spangler Science {who I’m not working with but should be}). There’s Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes: Unforgettable Experiments That Make Science Fun (a book)atomic glow concentrate, a big blacklight, a Magic Tree, a Discovery Scope,  a Water Wizardry kit, a rainbow wand kit, and a color mixing kit. I haven’t yet decided how to package it, but I’m leaning towards a plastic tote – strong enough to keep tempted toddler from getting in the loot.
  • Playmobil’s Big City Zoo Set - Last Christmas, we wanted to get Grace a zoo set that would be more developmentally appropriate and grow up with her. This one is awesome. We also picked up a couple of add-on sets – the koala/kangaroo and the gazelle/cheetah. This zoo gets put away for a month or so, and then it comes out again like it was brand new. The only thing hampering Grace’s zoo play right now is her little sister.
  • A fabulous doll house - We got the Loving Family Grand Doll house at a yard sale a couple years ago, then we picked up different furniture and people for gifts. Grace still loves that doll house (and it’s in her bedroom), but it isn’t big enough for Barbies. This past summer, a friend found us a magnificent wooden dollhouse at a yard sale, too. The new one is big enough for Grace’s Barbie dolls, so it lives in the living room.
  • A puppet theater - We don’t have a suitable doorway for this, but Grace would love to have it. She plays with the puppet theater at our MOPS group hour after hour.
  • My Learning Tower - This isn’t really a toy; it’s so much better. We received Grace’s Learning Tower for a review in 2009. We have always loved it, from the very first day. Three years later, Grace and Allie both climb up into it almost every day. Grace helps cook and do dishes; Allie beats things with kitchen tools. We all hang out in the kitchen, and that time together is priceless. (Read my full Learning Tower review from 2009)
  • Rudolph and Clarice (or any friend from Build-A-Bear Workshop) - To be perfectly honest, we are overrun with friends from Build-A-Bear Workshop. Because of my work with them this year, we have gotten a lot of them. Allie’s favorites are her Allie Cat and Playful Pup. Grace’s favorites are Star Bear and Clarice. You can’t go wrong with Build-A-Bear or buildabear.com.
  • My Style Studio: Design & Trace Your Own Fashions & Style Studio Extra Stuff- Grace tells people lately that she likes to design clothes and is going to be a fashion designer when she grows up. This set had a lot of positive reviews on Amazon.
  • Froggy Feeding Fun – I chose this for Grace this year, because she needs to work on playing games (taking turns, not upsetting the board, etc) and fine motor skills. Plus it looks like it will be fun.
  • Play-Doh Prettiest Princess Castle – We received this from a PR rep early this fall, and my girls have played with it most days since. They even dragged it out as soon as Thanksgiving dinner was cleared. And at Old Grandma’s house. Allie likes it as much as Grace (or maybe more). I would totally buy this.
  • Pillow Pets Dream Lites – I add this at the behest of my 5-year-old who knows she’s getting one for Christmas from Grandma. Because she and Grandma ordered it online together. She’s been talking about this Pillow Pet for months, pretty much since Easter.
  • Littlest Pet Shop pets - Grace still plays with her Littlest Pets at least once or twice a week. I think they’re awesome, too.
  • Board games - You can never go wrong with classic board games, right? There’s a reason they’re classics. We like Candyland, Connect Four, and Sequence for Kids.

School & Craft Supplies

  • First of all, I don ‘t know a single kid who would frown at a box of craft supplies. Kids love stickers and paint and paper and brushes and markers. But especially stickers. Oh, and glitter.
  • Kumon workbooks - We have had quite a collection of these over the years, and Grace has loved all of them. Her current favorites are telling time and counting coins. She has also loved coloringcountingtracing, and cutting.
  • Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center - I got this for school last year, and everyone loves it. Both Grace and Allie draw on it all the time. We use it for school once in a while, but mostly, it’s for fun.
  • Dot paint - A lot of homeschool resources recommend dot paints, and Grace used them a lot at preschool (when she was still going). We have both this set of rainbow colors and this set of brilliant colors. We also found some sparkly scented ones. Awesome.
  • Grace has this set of rubber stamps from Melissa & Doug. They’re fun.

Books

  • pink bibleThe Jesus Storybook Bible – I like this Bible because the stories are a little longer than in other storybooks. The illustrations are beautiful, not quite realistic but not exactly cartoonish. Every story in the book references back to the coming of Jesus to save the earth.
  • Pink sequin Bible - Sometimes, we need an actual Bible for reading. The story of Esther, for example, was not in any of our story Bibles, but we needed it for our Jesse tree devotions. We needed a Bible that was written in language a child could understand; this one is the International Children’s Bible (ICB) translation. This particular Bible is pink with sequined flowers all over the front. Grace likes to hold it and look through the pages because it’s pretty.
  • Gigi, God’s Little Princess - Grace loves this book. It’s about a little girl who doesn’t look like a stereotypical princess, but learns through the course of the book that she’s God’s Little Princess.
  • The Little Critter Books – I grew up with Little Critter (my favorites – Just Me and My Mom, Just Me and My Dad, I Just Forgot, and I Was So Mad!).  I love sharing them with Grace. We don’t have many Little Critter books in our library, but we get some from the library almost every time we visit.
  • Bear Stays Up – I adore this series. I love the sing-songy rhyme and the beautiful, bright drawings. I love the animals, and I love reading them out loud. This particular book is special because Bear does something nice for his friends, and he gets something nice in return. It’s a story about Christmas.
  • The Berenstain Bears – Like Little Critter, the Berenstain Bears remind me of my own trips to the library as a kid. I didn’t expect Grace to love them as much as she does. She happily sits through every one, and she looks for them at the library. She’s even requested a few as presents.
  • The Pine Tree Parable - Aside from I’ll Love You Forever and Let Me Hold You Longer, I never expected a children’s book to make me cry. This is the sweetest story, about a farmer’s wife who loves a beautiful Christmas tree. At the end, she does something I never expected. Grace was still talking about this book several days after we read it. The story will stick with you.
  • Anything from this book list or this book list or this book list would make an awesome Christmas present for a child in this age group.
  • The Snowman – This book has no words. None. It’s a series of wonderfully illustrated scenes about a little boy who makes an enormous snowman. During the night, the boy and the snowman have a great adventure. Grace and I like to take turns telling the story.
  • Sadie and the Snowman – I am horribly disappointed that this book is out of print, though there are copies floating around the used book market. At the beginning of the story, Sadie builds a snowman. Like all snowmen, it melts. The next time it snows, though, she’s able to roll a bit of the old one into a snowball to make a new snowman. She keeps reworking the same snowman all winter, and then finds a way to save it through the summer for the next year.
  • Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening – This is my most favorite poem ever. The illustrations are superb, and they show the poem exactly as I’ve always envisioned it. Full of forest creatures, Grace loves it, too.

Music

  • Wee Sing Bible Songs – Oh, how I love this CD. Grace and I listen to it almost everywhere we go. The songs are mostly songs I remember singing in Vacation Bible School. Today, my mom told me that she remembers singing a lot of them in Sunday School.
    I love it, even when Grace sings me Bible songs at 4:24 in the morning.
  • Wee Sing Sing-Alongs- This is my second favorite CD to play in the car. Some of the songs have a Christian slant, but most of them are traditional nursery rhymes and songs.
    All Wee Sing CDs come with a book that contains the music and lyrics to every song on the CD. When we move past the banging stage and into the real playing music stage, we’ll be playing some of these songs on Grace’s keyboard.

Stocking Stuffers

  • Ornaments – Another of our family traditions is to give Grace an ornament that represents her interests each year. This year, I took Grace and Allie to Hallmark and let them each pick their own ornament. Grace picked Barbie from The Princess and the Pop Star, and Allie picked a soccer ball.
  • I got a couple of smallish items from Mama May I, a handmade mama-owned online shop with awesome stuff.
  • Make Your Own Ice Cream Mugs – These were not expensive, around $13. The catalog says all you have to do is put ice and salt in one compartment, milk and sugar in the other compartment, and shake for a few minutes. I was interested enough to get one for each of the girls.
  • Color My Bath! - These are supposed to be really vibrant, and I can’t wait to try them.
  • Gloves or mittens - You know, the really inexpensive stretchy kind, so I don’t feel bad when 3 pairs get lost in one winter.
  • Socks - I love the kids’ socks in the dollar bins at Target. I’ve found Smurfs, Tinkerbell, Snoopy, Disney Princess, and other characters there for a buck.
  • Cool plates & bowls – I also got these in the dollar bins at Target. One set has dinosaurs on it and other is jungle animals.

Get More Ideas

I love the following blogs and their gift guides. There is some overlap with me (because we have similar taste, after all), but you will find many more terrific suggestions in these links:

What are your gift ideas?

I didn’t try to make a comprehensive list; feel free to add your suggestions below.

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Comments

  1. says

    I totally agree with you about the camera and the ipad. We got one of those “kid tough” cameras one year and it was a piece of junk. We spend a tab bit more the next year and got her a regular sony digital point and shoot (and I’m talking $10 more, because we got an awesome holiday sale!) and she loves it and it’s fine!

    Our daughter also up and asked for a tablet this year (which I think was prompted by our new Nook color that she LOVES) so I started looking and a Kindle or Nook is pretty much the same price as the leapfrog versions (and the Nexus 7″ is just a little more) and has MANY more possibilities and will grow with her better.

    PS we do christmas eve jammies too!

  2. says

    I just happened on your page a year later :-) But Thanks for the ideas. I My favs for now were the digital camera idea. My daughter always wants to borrow my camera, and I am afraid she will end up breaking it or losing it, and since the only one I have, well… I let her use with much caution. But getting one for her is a cool idea. And she usually does not ask for much! I am bookmarking your page for when I have time to return and look at the rest of your ideas. :-)

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