Gift Ideas For Little Girls
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Almost a year ago, I wrote a post on what gifts we were giving Girl 1 for Christmas. I had high hopes of setting a precedent of non-materialistic Christmases, with just a few simple gifts.
Last year, at age three, Girl 1 didn’t really remember what to expect on Christmas. She opened up a few presents in her stocking and was pretty psyched. Then we got to my in-laws’ house for the traditional family gift-opening extravaganza. Pat and each of his eight siblings (or as many are in town), plus spouses and children, plus his parents, all take turns opening gifts while everyone else looks on and “oohs” and “aahs” appropriately.
Girl 1 quickly caught on. And as for my plan to make each individual piece of the Melissa and Doug castle furniture count as an individual gift for her to unwrap . . .
yeah, that went over like a lead balloon.
Fortunately, it was the year that Grams Saved Christmas with The Slutty Fairy, and all was well in the end.
This year, ho boy. I’m just trying not to go overboard. That’s all.
And usually I’m not one of those super
obnoxious organized people who get their Christmas shopping done early. But for some reason, this year, spurred on by my soon-to-expire free Amazon prime trial membership. I’ve bought all their presents already.
So here’s what’s worked or not worked for us in the past.
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Washable markers really do wash off easily, so they’ve been okay. But caps get left off and roll under bureaus and markers dry out, so I’m hoping we can switch to these:
- Jumbo beeswax crayons
Supposedly not as breakable as Crayolas . . . ? We’ll see.
Anyway, the princess coloring books are a solid 10. We’ve gone through several similar ones. This year both girls are getting Cinderella coloring books (Cinderella being one of the least offensive of the Disney princesses).
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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Folding Princess Castle. My friend Liz of Catholic Deals, pointed out a great deal on this castle (now expired, unfortunately). I got it for about half of the regular price.
As expected, it wasn’t huge hit when we gave this to Girl 1 for her fourth birthday (which was soon after Christmas). However, she’s starting to grow into it. She really got into imaginative play in the past few months, and Girl 2 always plays along with whatever Big Sis is doing. So hopefully the girls will use this more and more, especially since we’re getting them . . .
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Disney princess dolls!
Ack! Disney princesses are distasteful to me on so many levels, but you know what? This.
Also, I have fond memories of Cinderella and The Little Mermaid as a kid. As far as I can tell they had no deleterious effects.
So anyway, Girl 1 got similar dolls some time last year, I forget the occasion, and they have been a huge hit with both her and Girl 2. But several princesses have disappeared during trips to Walmart and whatnot, so it’s time to replenish the supply.
These, on the other hand:
Chopped liver. Except the prince. Girl 1 is still fuzzy on the details, but she’s realized it’s nice to have a prince around the castle.
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On the subject of princesses (still), last August I happened to find Aurora and Belle dress-up dresses at a rummage sale. For like a buck apiece. I did not realize at the time what a great bargain this was. Disney brand dress-up dresses are really pricey ordinarily and are often of shoddy quality. Ours are now a little worse for the wear, but they’ve gotten a lot of wear.
Gymboree has a line of dress-up clothes, and I’m hopeful they are of better quality. But, of course, they’re pricey.
I scored a Gymboree Cinderella dress on Ebay for about $16 total. It’s not in perfect condition, but quite good enough. Before too long, the girls probably will not be satisfied with pre-owned gifts (or maybe not, we’ll see), but for now I think she’ll be thrilled.
Also from Ebay, I got Girl 2 a princess costume from Old Navy, for cheap:
And an Angelina Ballerina stuffed animal (all to be washed in hot water before use):
She loves Angelina but new Angelina toys currently go for $30-$40. Too much for a stuffed mouse. And of course since I bought this, she’s moved on to Barney. So should I get her a stuffed Barney dinosaur? I don’t know.
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Books! Oh my goodness, I love buying the girls books.
This has been a huge hit recently:
Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young
I picked up a falling-apart copy from the library’s discard shelf, and both girls LOVE it. The cover has fallen off and the pages are starting to fall out, so I ordered them a new copy. And also this:
Forget Me Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart
And this (on Rosie’s advice):
And all of these:
Ella Ballerina by James Mayhew
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For Easter, I got the girls matching princess pajamas similar to these:
Disney princess cotton pajama set
I got them for cheap at Walmart and the girls LOVE them. The ones I bought are short-sleeved though, and wearing out.
Girl 2 is now wearing hand-me-down monkey-print footsie pajamas from Girl 1. She really thinks she’s hot shiz in those jammies. It’s something else. And, thanks to a pointer from a loyal reader (Hi, Elizabeth!), I found footsie pajamas in Girl 1’s size:
Carter’s footsie pajamas in big kid sizes
I think she’s going to love them. The girls love wearing matching clothes. Come to think of it, they love wearing clothes that match with mine, too.
Anyone know where to get grown-up footsie jams? 😉
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