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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Best Friend Max Feature Plush(Credit: Spin Master)
Bring home all the action and personality of Max, the star of "The Secret Life of Pets," due to hit theaters in July. The plush features a detachable leash, lifelike walking action and 20 different sounds and phrases from the movie. $44.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2d4ghEW; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/2ddzwrH.
Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope(Credit: Educational Insights)
This 10x magnification telescope allows kids to view the moon. It also comes with two large eyepieces with comfy goggle and nose cut-out guide for perfect eye placement, a built-in diagonal mirror and a lens cap. $29.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2cTkKok; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/2cTkPIR.
Cabbage Patch Kids Baby So Real(Credit: Wicked Cool Toys)
The Cabbage Patch Kids Baby So Real's eyes come to life with animated LCD eyes that open, close and look around. The doll comes with realistic features such as sensors for peek-a-boo, tickle play, feeding from a special bottle, burping, diaper changing, rocking to sleep and more. There's also a free app that allows your phone or tablet to simulate a baby monitor and more. $99.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2cTjamv; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/2d4g1FL.
Real Cooking Sprinkle Cupcakes Baking Set(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
The Sprinkle Cupcakes Baking Set includes real cooking tools, two proportioned mixes to make 16 cupcakes, edible toppings and decorations. The set also comes with two mixing bowls, a unique egg cracker, a silicone mini cupcake baking sheet and more. $29.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2d78Vh8; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/2d4dg7o.
PowerPuff Girls Deluxe Flip to Action Playset(Credit: Spin Master/ Jeremy Freeman)
This playset transforms from the Powerpuff Girls' bedroom to a superhero lab. The set comes with two-inch Bubbles and Professor Utonium figurines. $29.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2czkoSO; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/2cTdZD9.
Care for Me Learning Carrier(Credit: VTECH)
The Care for Me Learning Carrier from VTECH lets kids put the plush puppy inside or take her out of the carrier. Hear playful phrases when opening and closing the door. There is an activity panel on the side of the carrier. Suggested retail price $24.99, for ages 9 to 36 months, available fall 2016.
Knot-a-Quilt Chevron(Credit: Alex Toys)
The Knot-a-Quilt Chevron from Alex Toys lets kids create a quilt by simply knotting the 24 pre-cut pieces together. Suggested retail price $33, for ages 8 and older, available spring 2016.
Svan Ice Cream Cart(Credit: Svan)
The Svan Ice Cream Cart lets kids serve customers by scooping play frozen treats onto connectable cones. The cart is equipped with more than 30 pieces, including scoops of ice cream, connectable cones, an ice cream scoop, popsicles and Italian ice. Suggested retail price $159.99, for ages 3 and older, available spring 2016.
Charm U(Credit: Charm U)
Charm U from Cepia is a pack of collectible charms that are themed, have catchy names and are numbered. Surprise charms also come hidden in a colorful mini backpack. Pack includes a bracelet, eight charms (two of them surprise charms), a mini backpack and collector's sheet with charm stickers. Suggested retail price $12.99 a pack, for ages 5 and older, available fall 2016.
Floof Indoor Snow and Snowball Maker(Credit: Play Visions)
The Floof Indoor Snow and Snowball Maker from Play Visions includes a new compound that looks like snow, feels like a marshmallow and molds like clay. Suggested retail price $12.99, for ages 3 and older, available spring 2016.
Tall Tales(Credit: SCS Direct)
Tall Tales from SCS Direct is a new family game. In this creative, non-competitive storytelling game, players draw random story elements from a bag and weave their best tale using each piece. Suggested retail price $34. 95, for ages 4 and older, available now.
IAmElemental Female Action Figures(Credit: IAmElemental)
The IAmElemental Female Action Figures: Series 2/Wisdom from IAmElemental are compact at 4 inches tall. Suggested retail price $10.99 each, for ages 4 and older, available August 2016.
LEGO Elves The Secret Market Place(Credit: LEGO)
LEGO Elves The Secret Market Place features heroine Emily's return to the enchanted town of Elvendale to help her friends, the magical elves, save the baby dragons and return them to their mother. $59.99. More information: http://lego.build/2dhHgqF; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/2d76b3F.
Monster High Great Scarrier Reef Peri & Pearl Serpentine Doll(Credit: Mattel)
The two-headed daughter of the Hydra, Peri and Pearl are double trouble with this Monster High Great Scarrier Reef Serpentine Doll. The twin sisters feature glow-in-the-dark bioluminescent effects in the fins and a scaly tail that curls. $21.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2dh0EYz; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/2cAfRVm.
Walking Talking Pets(Credit: Spin Master)
Characters from "The Secret Life of Pets," a Universal Pictures movie that hits theaters in July come to life with these motorized figures that walk and talk. Choose Max, Gidget, Snowball and Mel, each with their own phrases and unique action moves. $12.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2d4ghEW; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/2czq8Mt.
Mega Bloks American Girl Grace's 2-in-1 Buildable Home(Credit: Mattel)
The large, buildable Mega Bloks set includes multiple rooms with fun features. The set comes with three American Girl mini fashion figures, including Grace, as well as accessories for every room in the house. $69.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2dd2fgm; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/2dp0IH3.
SIMON AIR Game(Credit: Hasbro)
The SIMON AIR Game from Hasbro gives the classic SIMON gameplay a modern twist with touch-free technology. Remember the sequence, repeat the pattern using hand motions and conquer the game. Three "AA" batteries are required. $19.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/2d6GH4C; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/2doxFUr.
DC Super Hero Girls(Credit: Mattel)
Iconic DC Super Hero Girls are all new in a high school setting as they learn about their powers. Choose from SuperGirl, Wonder Woman, BatGirl and more. Suggested retail price $19.99, for ages 6 and older, available spring 2016.
My Friend Dory(Credit: Bandai America)
The My Friend Dory interactive plush doll features motion and touch sensors that activate sounds and up to 50 phrases. She moves both her eyes and mouth and speaks "Whale." $39.99, for ages 5 and older, available May 1, 2016.
iBesties: Middle School Moguls(Credit: Gengirl Media)
The iBesties: Middle School Moguls from Gengirl Media is a collection of dolls, books and online "edutainment" that follows a group of five talented and adventurous middle school friends turned Internet moguls after their school project goes viral. Suggested retail prices $19.99 to $29.99, for ages 6 to 11, available August 2016.
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.
Wet Head(Credit: Zing)
Put on the Wet Head hat from Zing and get ready to possibly be soaked. Opponents choose a peg to withdraw from the hat in a form of water roulette -- if they picked the right one, you get drenched! If not, pass the hat to the next player. Suggested retail price $19.99, for ages 4 and older, available spring 2016.
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.
Sonic 25th Anniversary 3" Collector Figure 3 Pack(Credit: TOMY)
The Sonic 25th Anniversary 3" Collector Figure 3 Pack with Coins from TOMY marks the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. Get the original Sonic, Knuckles and Tails figures featuring the styles from 1991. Suggested retail price $19.99, for ages 4 and older, available fall 2016.
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.