Gifts for girls
Sugar and spice and everything nice -- here are fun gift ideas for the young girls on your list -- from Disney "Frozen" and princess castles to American Girls, tech gadgets and more.
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Hello Barbie(Credit: Mattel)
The Hello Barbie plays interactive games, tells jokes and inspires storytelling for kids ages 6 and older. Equipped with a microphone, speaker and LEDs that light up when Barbie is activated by a button on her belt; $74.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1NDDAwP; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1NDDLrZ
Shopkins Season 3 Fashion Boutique Salon(Credit: Moose Toys)
Ride the Fashion Boutique elevator and check out what's in season in the change room and more. The play set comes with four exclusive Shopkins and two exclusive handbags; $34.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1WINJ2L; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1HCNzOi
Candy Craft Chocolate Pen(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
The Candy Craft Chocolate Pen from Skyrocket Toys is a motorized chocolate pen that dispenses real liquid chocolate that then hardens into solid chocolate. The chocolate tubes can be easily switched to create multicolor treats. The chocolate kit, for kids ages 6 and older, includes the pen, different colored chocolate tubes, molds and more; $29.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1PkVJTo; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1QpyFCg
Girls Scouts Cookie Oven(Credit: Wicked Cool Toys)
The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven from Wicked Cool Toys allows kids ages 4 and up to bake their own cookies. A real working oven, it comes with tools and mixes inspired by the girls' leadership organization. The oven comes with a mix to create Thin Mints, a spatula, baking pan and a measuring tool; $59.99, additional mixes are sold separately, such as Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut Carmel, Sugar and more for $6.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1Lm2cL4; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1Y0dIQC
My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic Canterlot Castle(Credit: Hasbro)
The castle stands 29 inches tall with more than 40 accessories, a working elevator and more. Princess Celestia and Spike the Dragon figures are included; $79.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/1HDkS3B; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1WMUT0M
Mighty Makers: Fun on the Ferris Wheel(Credit: K'Nex)
Kids ages 7 and older can use 324 parts and pieces to build a Ferris wheel, pirate ship and boardwalk game for character figure Emily. The storybook guides kids as they build, and then they can decorate their creations and enjoy imaginative fun. More information: http://bit.ly/1PXiXhx. Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1LEWuCM
Disney Frozen Elsa's Ice Palace(Credit: Mattel)
With this playset, inspired by Disney's "Frozen," little ones can enjoy a magical light show, turn snow to stairs, send an icicle chandelier spiraling downward and make the castle grow. It comes with a throne, mirror and a vanity; $129.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1HIrxK3; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1M7puTP
Barbie Saddle 'N Ride Horse(Credit: Mattel)
Clip Barbie's hand to the horse's mane, push the button on the horse's brow and the doll swings up onto the saddle. Then, push the button on the horse's pink plastic ribbon to release the Barbie doll. She's wearing an adorned with a patterned tunic, a denim cropped jacked, pink plastic pants, tall riding boots and a pink helmet; $49.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1PQfhfa; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1PkUjbo
Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Doll - Giovanna(Credit: Toys R Us)
A Toys R Us exclusive, the Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Giovanna Doll wears a long red ball gown, drop earrings, a furry shrug, a clutch wristlet, a bracelet, gloves and shows; $49.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1GuSORl
Barbie Dreamhouse(Credit: Mattel)
Children ages 3 and older can dream up all kinds of stories with three floors, seven rooms, 70-plus accessories as well as a working elevator. You'll also find interactive furniture with lights, sounds and/or motion, for example, the fish swim and you hear bubble sounds in the aquarium; $199.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1kGsHQR; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1OCxGPR
FurReal Friends Star Lily, My Magical Unicorn(Credit: Hasbro)
The FurReal Friends unicorn features lifelike movements, has a horn that lights up in different colors and can spread and flutter her wings; $119.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/1KlJ5jn; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MoaLSi
The Pet Vet Checkup Center comes with an electronic stethoscope, kid-powered EKG, otoscope, play thermometer, brush, bandage sticker dispenser and more. Use the play x-rays to activate lights and sounds, weigh animals on the scale and give them a bath with a pretend water sprayer; $159.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1iURQGv; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1HA0hT4
Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck(Credit: Moose Toys)
The Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck from Moose Toys lets kids 6 and older transport their Shopkins in this ice cream truck. Includes two exclusive Shopkins characters; $19.99; More information: http://bit.ly/1GkQW0W; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1LiSS9f
Disney 'Descendants' dolls(Credit: Hasbro)
The teenage kids of Disney heroes and villains who star in the "Descendants" movie are presented as dolls, wearing their outfits from the movie. For ages 6 and older, $19.99; More information: http://hasb.ro/1LXTD4J; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1jvUiV2
Goldie Blox Craft-Struction Box(Credit: Goldie Blox)
This set combines crafting and construction for an open-ended play experience for kids ages 6 and older. With more than 275 pieces, kids can think like Goldie to prototype and problem-solve. Includes building blocks and bits, stickers, springs, and more; More information: http://bit.ly/1inr6y2; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1Gzmb8S
UNICEF Kid Power Band(Credit: Target)
UNICEF Kid Power Bands encourage kids to stay active--the fitness band comes with a free app with programmed "missions" to keep them moving and racking up points--and based on points scored UNICEF then delivers therapeutic food packets to malnourished children around the world; in blue, orange, and two special "Star Wars: Force for Change" editions in black and white, $39.99 at Target.com. More information: http://bit.ly/1QZnuBl
Lego Duplo Sofia the First Royal Castle(Credit: Lego)
Frozen Castle Light-Up Karaoke Machine(Credit: Toys R Us)
Kids will have a blast singing along to their favorite tunes by syncing the karaoke machine up to an iPad, iPhone, iPod or other tablet. It comes with one microphone, flashing lights and two songs from the movie ("Let it Go" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman"); $99.99 at toysrus.com.
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer(Credit: Nintendo)
Talk about creature comforts. Some critters with some very human qualities unleash their inner interior and exterior decorator in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo). E for Everyone; $39.99 for Nintendo 3DS. More information: http://bit.ly/1JKhkkM; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1LYMB69
3D Maker(Credit: Tech 4 Kids)
When kids ages 6 and older trace stencils and molds with gel and insert them into the UV chamber, their designs harden into flexible plastic. Connect finished pieces together to build 3-D structures. No heat ensures kid-safe play; More information: http://bit.ly/1jVm7q3; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/20eaF9j
Crayola Easy Animation Studio(Credit: Crayola)
With Smooth Action Technology, only a few poses are needed to create full animation. Personalize animations with 10 customizable characters and five backgrounds. Compatible with iOS, Android and Windows devices; $24.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1PXaGdb; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1Ml9kTG
Disney Infinity 3.0(Credit: Disney Infinity )
Kids ages 10 and older can play as "Star Wars" characters, battle with lightsabers and fly Star Wars vehicles. Kids can also play as characters from Disney, Disney?Pixar and Marvel franchises; $114.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1XCuNjn; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1kWpoWj
Snowtime snowballs(Credit: NORDSTROM, Inc.)
Oh, what fun it is to have a snowball fight indoors with this 30-pack of plush, soft snowballs by Play Visions Toys that almost feel like the real thing; $30. More information: http://bit.ly/1NORdMx; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1LwdyZg
Disney Pixar "Inside Out" Mood Changing Lip Balm(Credit: Drugstore.com)
Kids can choose their lip balm based on Disney Pixar's "Inside Out" movie featuring Fear, Anger, Sadness, Joy and Disgust; $6.99. More info: http://bit.ly/1kTQGgd.
Pajama Dance Party Cabbage Patch Kids(Credit: Wicked Cool Toys)
Boogie down baby and get into the groove with the first ever Dancing Cabbage Patch Kid. These talented dolls are ready for adoption from BabyLand General Hospital. Simply squeeze their hand to hear everyone’s favorite dance song “I Feel Good” and watch them dance; $37.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1OlENvG; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1M9Wo43.
Yoshi's Woolly World(Credit: Nintendo)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Nintendo) spins a new yarn about the green dinosaur and his friends, who are all made of yarn in this installment in the franchise. But that's not the only new wrinkle to the game, in which Amiibos are used to unlock new themes. E for Everyone; $49.99 for Wii U; More information: http://bit.ly/1Gdj5at; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MxCe3q
Care Bears Sing-a-Longs(Credit: Just Play)
The Care Bears Sing-a-Longs from Just Play interact with each other and can talk, sing and dance to three different songs. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Kids can choose from Cheer, Grumpy, Funshine and Share Bear; suggested retail price: $29.99 each; More information: http://bit.ly/1knk6mt; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1XivOwK
Equilibrius Stacking Game(Credit: Lilliputiens)
The Equilibrius Stacking Game from Lilliputiens lets kids ages 3 and older sculpt crazy creatures from the critter cards; $17.99 at habausa.com.
Geo Fox Hoodie(Credit: Etsy)
Painting Lulu(Credit: Painting LuLu)
Painting Lulu comes with a traditional coloring book and digital stylus. Kids can color on the page with crayon, or import a partially colored or blank page to the iPad to color using the stylus. Kids can also upload a photo of themselves that will be turned to a coloring page on the iPad; $6.99-$7.50 (includes app) at store.paintinglulu.com.
Jewelry Fold - Triangle(Credit: Paper Punk)
Jewelry Fold - Triangle from Paper Punk lets girls fold paper into colorful statement jewelry; $19.95 at paperpunk.com. More than 550 pieces. Also comes in Jewelry Fold - Square. More information: http://bit.ly/1Gz5L0m
Flower Crowns(Credit: Creativity for Kids)
Flower Crowns from Creativity for Kids lets kids ages 7 and older twist paper roses, berry bunches and ivy around twig bases to create four bohemian crowns; $14.95. More information: http://bit.ly/1GN1SEN; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1NDvN1U
Connect 4 Twist and Turn(Credit: Winning Moves Games)
Connect 4 Twist and Turn from Winning Moves Games is just like the classic game of Connect 4, with literally a new twist. Each layer of the tower twists so strategy can include drop, twist and win; $16.95. More information: http://bit.ly/1PX56Yt; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1GN2c6n
Magnetic Game Fairy Garden(Credit: Haba)
The Magnetic Game Fairy Garden from Haba is a two-sided, 28-inch-by-40-inch fairy tale scene for the refrigerator. Kids place 64 magnetic pieces to create their own ever-changing story; $48.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1NEZNfA; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1M6TWNY
Invite Bandz(Credit: Marked Private)
Adoptimals(Credit: Wicked Cool Toys)
Adoptimals from Wicked Cool Toys are the Cabbage Patch Kids' newest best friends. The nine-inch furry animals for kids ages 3 and older include pet sounds, phrases and a heart locket that lights up. Each pet includes a bowl and brush as well as the Oath of Adoption; $19.99. Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1ROM854
DohVinci Spotlight Spin Studio Kit(Credit: Hasbro)
The DohVinci Spotlight Spin Studio Kit from Hasbro lets kids ages 6 and older take their art to all-new dimensions using the design-and display turntable. The kit includes two 3-D projects, three flat projects, a Styler tool and six Deco Pop colors; $29.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/1Vs3zsA; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1RgG9Wm
Little Live Pets(Credit: Moose Toys)
Little Live Pets from Moose Toys are owl families that talk to each other. They come in pink, blue or white; $19.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1kpuGtp; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1Nrt3lG
Groovy Girls Style Scents(Credit: Manhattan Toy Co.)
Groovy Girls Style Scents from Manhattan Toy Co. are dolls and sidekicks that come with a signature scent. Choose Mia & Taffy, Lilly & Parfait, or Sadie & Shortcake; $25. More information: http://bit.ly/1kNblC1; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1NrtyMB
Text Cool Bracelet Studio(Credit: Spin Master)
The Text Cool Bracelet Studio lets kids ages 6 and older wear a message on their wrists. Customize bracelets easily by stamping letters, emoticons and patterns. The kit comes with 34 bracelet bands, pattern rollers, clasps and more; $24.99. Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1keHH8j
Mighty Makers Up, Up and Away(Credit: K'Nex)
The Mighty Makers Up, Up and Away Building Set from K'Nex asks kids to help Ava create a butterfly, build an airplane or invent a flying contraption, includes more than 110 pieces; $14.99 at toysrus.com.
Take Care of Me Lambie(Credit: Just Play)
Doc McStuffins' best pal is the new patient. Take Care of Me Lambie from Just Play is an interactive plush animal that talks and sings as her eyes, ears, mouth and body move along to show how she's feeling, with more than 50 interactive responses. The doll, for kids ages 3 and older, also comes with doctor's tools such as a thermometer, sticker bandages and more; $49.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1SjUy4c; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1NLJ5ey
Switch-A-Rooz(Credit: Wild Republic)
Switch-A-Rooz from Wild Republic let kids switch between two stuffed animals; 24 Switch-A-Rooz offer 48 animal choices; $14.99 at wildrepublic.com.
Monster Laundry Game(Credit: Monster Laundry)
Monsters have mucked up the laundry room and kids must restore order by spotting and snatching the most golden clothespins in Monster Laundry. Game includes tin washing machine, 52 clothespins and monster cards; $19.99 at habausa.com.
Kidizoom Action Cam(Credit: VTech)
VTech's Kidizoom Action Cam lets active children capture videos and photos when they're on the move. It comes with two mounts so kids ages 4 and older can attach it to their bike, skateboard and more. It also comes with a waterproof case so they can take pictures or videos under water; $59.99 at target.com.
Inside Out Plush(Credit: TOMY)
The Inside Out Plush line from TOMY comes out in conjunction with the Disney Pixar animated movie of the same name, featuring the five emotions personified in the film -- Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust; Comes in three sizes, priced from $14.95-$29.95 at disneystore.com.
Compose Yourself(Credit: Think Fun)
With the Compose Yourself game from Think Fun, kids ages 6 and older can create, play and share a world-class composition. Simply play with the cards and create interesting visual patterns by flipping, rotating and reordering them. Then, they can enter card codes on a special website to hear their composition played by virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie and members of a full symphony orchestra; $14.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1fD3K6C; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1kWv0Qc
Buildable Minions Blind Pack Series III(Credit: MEGA Brands)
The Mega Bloks Despicable Me -- Buildable Minions Blind Packs Series III from MEGA Brands lets kids recreate favorite Minion moments; each comes with an accessory and kids can mix and match clothing, goggles, accessories, even arms and feet; $2.99 at megabloks.com.
Roominate Chateau(Credit: Roominate)
With the Roominate Chateau, girls can use pieces that snap together to design two-level structures, bunk beds, balconies, a house on wheels and more. Electrical circuits let girls bring their creations to life with spinning windmills, carousels, lamps and more. Included in this 131-piece set are eight wall/floor panels, 52 furniture building pieces, 32 connectors, a motor, string of four lights, two switches, two battery packs, a screwdriver, doll, pet, 20 sheets of craft paper, four arches, four wheels, and two axles; ages 6 and older; $49.99 at toysrus.com.
It's My Bizz(Credit: Fashion Angels)
Tween girls can become CEOs of their own real business with It's My Bizz from Fashion Angels. Sets include Bead Boutique, Cup-Cakery Bakery, Vintage T-Shirt Shop and Laquer Lounge Nail Spa; ages 9 and older; prices start at $19.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1xAf8GQ; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MwP3RG