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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Shopkins Tall Mall(Credit: Moose Toys)
This set features different play areas with level one for home and garden, level two is where Shopkins can hang out to eat and level three is where kids will find electronics. The Tall Mall folds down for easy on-the-go transport and features extra storage. It also comes with two Toys R Us exclusive Shopkins figures. Best for ages 5 and older; $34.99.
Pokemon Z-Ring(Credit: Tomy)
The Z-Ring can be synchronized with Pokemon video game series for Nintendo 3DS to enhance the play experience through sounds, lights and vibrations. The ring can be used without the video game in role-play mode to bring battle play to life with different 4D experiences with each Z-Crystals. It also comes with a two-inch Pikachu figure. Best for ages 5 and older; $29.99, available in November.
Dreamworks Animation Trolls Hug Time Poppy Doll(Credit: Hasbro)
Poppy includes music, phrases, lights and sounds. She comes with a comb, a tiara and a matching wearable Hug Time bracelet for kids, and when activated, both bracelets and Poppy's hair light up. Best for ages 4 and older; $29.99.
SelfieMic(Credit: Moose Toys)
The Selfie Mic from Moose Toys is a microphone-meets-selfie stick to let users tape or photograph themselves singing karaoke style. Use the free included partner app, StarMaker, to sing along to songs from a catalog of more than 3 million choices, including hits by Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, One Direction and more. Voice and video effects enhance the performance. Best for ages 8 and older; $24.99.
Razor Power Core E100 Electric Scooter(Credit: Razor)
Simply kick start and twist the throttle to feel the maxed-up power and take a ride on this light-weight scooter. The Power Core technology gives kids 50 percent more ride time and up to an hour of continuous use; $149. More information: http://bit.ly/2d4BgGx.
Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station(Credit: Pome)
Kids can choose from six different ways to decorate their very own pom poms. The set folds up and is easy to carry on the go. It includes 75 pom poms, removable trays, water cup, adhesive dispenser and much more; $29.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2cmnGsx.
Num Noms Lipgloss Truck(Credit: MGA Entertainment)
This truck includes everything kids need to make flavored lip gloss in cherry or vanilla. Choose a flavor, add glitter sprinkles, mix it up and dispense it from the ice cream machine; $32.99 at http://bit.ly/2d29wQi.
My Life As A Food Truck(Credit: My Life As)
This Walmart exclusive includes more than 40 accessories, such as pretzels, hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, onion rings, soda bottles, ice cream scoops, cones and more. Your kid's doll (not included) can fit comfortably in the driver's seat and the kitchen area expands for additional play; $97.97. More information: http://bit.ly/2dh9RxC.
My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle(Credit: Hasbro)
This My Little Pony playset has rotating light-up features and reflects three cutie marks at the press of a heart-shaped button. It also includes two staircases, 16 accessories, two closets that spin and a swing for the Baby Flurry Heart figure. It also includes a Princess Cadance figure as well; $39.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/2cVaonu.
Barbie Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset(Credit: Mattel)
The rainbow theme runs throughout the playset floors and brightly colored backdrops. At the top, sparkly clouds can hold a fairy doll (sold separately). There's also double doors are decorated with rainbow hues and cutout butterflies, a dining room on the first floor and a shell-shaped mermaid pool outside; $99.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2cZPp6F.
Pie Face Showdown Game(Credit: Hasbro)
Players load the arm with whipped cream (not included) or the included sponge. Then, each player places their chin on one of the chin rests and at the count of three, rapidly mashes the button nearest to them, which activates the hand on the throwing arm. The player who doesn't get "pie-faced" wins; $24.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/2bgxOmp.
Barbie STEM Kit(Credit: Thames & Kosmos)
This kit includes plastic building pieces and science experiment materials, as well as a Barbie or Nikki doll. Kids can design outfits for Barbie to wear, build a washing machine, rotating closet and more, all compatible with the Barbie Dreamhouse; $29.95 at thamesandkosmos.com.
Mighty Makers: Director's Cut Building Set(Credit: K'NEX)
Follow the interactive, story-based building instructions and learn about the science behind making a movie. Bonus online instructions show how to incorporate a mobile device into the set to make your own movie. Set features 320 parts and pieces, including a buildable camera and stand, a theater with seats, Lily and her dog, Zoom, and adjustable bands that fit most mobile devices; $34.99 at knex.com.
Code & Go Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set(Credit: Learning Resources)
Build a maze and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the programmable robot mouse. Once you program the sequence, watch Colby race to find the cheese. The set comes with 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge and more; $59.99 at learningresources.com.
3Doodler Start(Credit: 3Doodler)
This 3D printing pen extrudes an eco-friendly plastic that cools and hardens rapidly, allowing kids to draw in the air. It's designed to be clean and safe for kids, with no hot parts or messy glue; $49.99 at 3doodlerstart.com.
Kurio Watch(Credit: KD Group)
Made specifically for kids, this smartwatch features a touchscreen, alarm, calculator, music and video players, front-facing camera, activity tracker and mini games that detect wrist movement. Kids can also message friends and family via other Kurio or Android devices; $59.99 at kurioworld.com.
Disney Frozen Northern Lights Elsa(Credit: Jakks Pacific)
When kids wave their hand over the snowflake and hold it there, they can watch as the Northern Lights are restored and sparkle on Elsa's dress. The doll says 40 phrases and sings "Let It Go;" $39.99 at jakks.com.
Disney My Time Singing Elena of Avalor Doll(Credit: Hasbro)
Press Elena's gem necklace to hear her sing "My Time," a song featured in the hit TV show "Elena of Avalor" on the Disney Channel. The doll's arms allow her to hold the included guitar as she sings; $29.99 at hasbro.com.
FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin' Dragon Pet(Credit: Hasbro)
This plush baby dragon breathes flame-colored mist. Bring the color-changing marshmallow treat close to the mist and watch it "toast," then feed it to Torch and listen as he makes munching sounds. The dragon features more than 50 sound and motion combinations; $79.99 at hasbro.com.
Project MC2 We Heart Chemistry Kit(Credit: Alex Brands)
Kids can conduct 10 experiments at home using everything in the kit as well as some additional household materials. Make ordinary powders fizz and foam, create a color-changing mixture, a rolling wave, a color-changing eruption, a glow-in-the-dark test tube and more; $25.50 at alexbrands.com.
Animal Jam Club Geoz Playset(Credit: Jazwares)
Listen to music, dance under the lights and watch the disco ball spin. This playset comes with the exclusive Diamond Artic Wolf and one scratch off code that unlocks exclusive content in the hit online game Animal Jam; $29.99 at jazwares.com.
Hatchimals(Credit: Spin Master)
Kids can take care of the egg and small, interactive creatures will hatch themselves. Little ones can teach them to walk, talk, play games and more. Who's inside? It's a surprise; $59.99 at spinmaster.com.
Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy(Credit: Moose Toys)
This puppy moves, feels and responds just like a real pet. Kids can feed this no-mess puppy with his bottle and he'll fall asleep in their arms. Pat his head or rub his tummy and Snuggles will make puppy sounds; $54.99 at moosetoys.com.
Roominate Cotton Candy Carnival(Credit: PlayMonster)
This kit encourages girls to build and play while learning engineering concepts. Kids can use the 145 snap-together pieces to create a Ferris wheels, carousel, swings and game tent. Then, attach two motors to bring the rides to life. The set also comes with the Bettina and Jenna dolls; $44.99 at roominatetoy.com.
Barbie Hello Dreamhouse(Credit: Mattel)
This smart dollhouse goes high-tech with floor sensors that recognize where Barbie and her friends are in the house. There's also embedded speech recognition to control elements of the house, including the slide and elevator. Kids can further customize with the accompanying app; $299.99 at mattel.com.
PJ Masks Headquarters Playset(Credit: Just Play)
Based on the hit preschool superhero animated TV show, the PJ Masks Headquarters Playset features three character-themed levels and stands more than two feet tall. The PJ Picture Player allows kids to choose their mission while using the zip line, working elevator, hanging cat rings, trap door and pop-out hatch. Cat Boy figure and Cat Car are included; $69.99 at justplayproducts.com.
CHiP (Canine Home Intelligent Pet) is a robotic dog that recognizes and responds to commands using the included SmartBand, a rechargeable wearable controller. CHiP responds to hand gestures and voice commands. He also plays fetch and fun games with his SmartBall, interacting all the ways a real dog would. At the end of the day, CHiP knows to head to his special SmartBed to recharge; $199.99 at wowwee.com.
Zoomer Chimp(Credit: Spin Master)
With lifelike movements and realistic chimp sounds, Zoomer Chimp can follow you, stand up on his own and recognize commands through his voice recognition technology. He performs tricks, follows voice commands and more; $119 at spinmaster.com.
My Friend Pikachu(Credit: TOMY)
Hug the plush Pikachu to make its ears move, cheeks light up and activate cute sounds; $29.99 at tomy.com.
Happy Places Shopkins Happy Home(Credit: Moose Toys)
This miniature world of Lil' Shoppies, kids can collect and display the Happy Places Petkin furniture pieces to decorate their Happy Home. There are different collections to choose from, including Kitty Kitchen, Puppy Parlor, Bathing Bunny and Dreamy Bear; $29.99 at moosetoys.com.
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.
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