Every year I sit down to write holiday gift guides for girls. I’ve always loved looking through pages and pages of hot toys for what’s the best. But, I’ll be honest, I have a pretty good grasp on what’s hot for boys and little girls. But to find out what girls who are 6-9 truly want for the holidays this year, I went to the people who know: moms of 6-9 year olds.
American Girl Dolls, Accessories and more
Without doubt, the number one wish for girls this winter is an American Girl doll. They want Caroline, the newest doll, McKenna, the girl of the year and My American Girl Doll (the one you can personalize to look just like your little girl.) Of course, not everyone is going to give your daughter or granddaughter a $100+ doll, so accessories make great gifts as well.
- If she already has an American Girl doll, consider 18″ doll clothes from American Girl or find unique clothing from Etsy.
- Is she a reader? American Girl has a library of book offerings, from Self Esteem and health to Historical Fiction
- There are also tons of furniture and accessoriesin the many American Girl themes
After American Girl, the next most desired items were electronics. Requests are flooding parents for iPods, Kindles or Nooks and Tablets such as a MEEP! Android 4.0 Kids Tablet.
My boys both have iPod Touches. Big saved for a year to afford his Touch, and Middle asked for only money for his birthday. Letting them afford the iPods on their own has taught them incredible value in their money as well as appreciation for things they own. Now that they have these tiny handheld devices, they’re learning to budget and make wise spending choices by receiving iTunes gift cards as gifts. If your giftee has an electronic item, I highly recommend a gift card.
If she’s a reader, then don’t look further than the most basic Kindle–the 6″ touch that retails for $69 (with ads, $89 without). We gifted a Kindle to our son for his 8th birthday. He’s an avid reader and having a Kindle makes it easy for him to pull out a book and read it again, or get a new book whenever he finishes one. Added bonus! His room is cleaner because there aren’t as many books laying all over the floor and piling on shelves.
I hadn’t heard of this until I asked the question on Facebook, and when I asked the boys about a Girl Tech Password Journal I received rolled eyes and grumpy replies. Had they heard of them? Yes. Definitely. “But you can only get them in pink,” Middle replied. I laughed and explained that any journal can be a password journal. Just get a notepad and write down the websites and passwords, then put the notebook somewhere secret.
I was SO wrong. Turns out a Password Journal is a voice activated diary. It unlocks when it hears only the owner’s voice. Inside are papers, an invisible ink pen, a blue light and a space to plug in an MP3 player.
Also, I later explained to Middle, it’s available in Purple and Turquoise, as well.
I’m still not entirely sure I get this concept. At first, I thought the big rage for girls was a dollhouse of sorts with strange looking girls. But when Chris and Jim from Time for Play explained that the concept behind Monster High High School Playset is that everyone is different, everyone is accepted and cool… no matter what. That’s cool. So, suddenly this very trendy toy set makes a lot more sense.
Also available are dolls, furniture and other accessories.
Girls love crafting, and the girls’ market covers everything from sewing machines and kits to scrapbooking to personal care and jewelry making. We were gifted a collection of American Girl crafts to try out and while Little is too young, I’m really impressed with the quality of their crafting kits. Other great crafting kits come from ALEX and Creativity for Kids.
When toys are no longer desired
If your giftee is on the older end of the the 6-9 age group, please note the advice from Emily of West of the Loop:
[My daughter] at the top on that age range at 9. Her list has changed so much in recent years. No more AG doll stuff or Harry Potter Legos. She now mostly wants clothes or jewelry — “real Uggs” was all she wanted for her birthday in Sept. My girl is very into sports so that’s another area; her “big-ticket” item is a basketball hoop for the driveway.
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