Every year, THE very most popular gift guide on my blog is what we’re actually giving our girls for Christmas.
It’s one thing to put together a list of ideas – it’s another to share what you’re really wrapping for under the tree.
We usually do five gifts for each of our girls and this year we decided we wanted one of those gifts to be quality time, so we’ll be doing a date with each of them over Christmas break.
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Gift ideas for girls
- Splendor. We often like our games to belong to the family, rather than a certain child (who sometimes gets precious about who can play), so this will be the addition to our family game closet.
For Ella (who is nine and a half)
- Kids Kindle Reader. The Kids Kindle Reader just came out and I think Ella will LOVE it – our library has a really great e-book collection and it’ll be nice to have her able to read them.
- Mermaid Latch Kit. Ella lives for crafts and projects, and they’re especially fun over the holiday break after Christmas. I think she’ll LOVE this one.
- New Film. We gave Ella an Instax Mini camera several years ago and she’d been asking for new film for it. Easy peasy.
- Hand Held Yahtzee. We had one of these when I was growing up and we all LOVED it. You can play one or two players and it’s perfect for the car.
- Date to Little Women with Mom & Dad. With the new Little Women movie coming out at Christmas, I told Ella that if she read the book, we’d take her to see it. I can’t WAIT for this date.
For Ani (who just turned seven)
- Watercolor for Kids class. Ani LOVES art and I’ve heard rave reviews about this watercolor class (which also has a Christmas bonus lesson) and I think she’ll love taking it over the holidays. Use the code JANSSEN15 for 15% off (it’s only $30 to start with!).
- Spirograph. I absolutely loved my Spirograph when I was growing up and I think it’ll be a hit with Ani.
- Heelys. Ella asked for a pair last year and has really loved them, so Ani is hoping for a pair as well. This is the best price I’ve seen on them.
- Hula Hoop. All our hula hoops have passed on, and Ani LOVES these, so I’m excited to get a new one for her.
- Ice Skating Date. Ani has been begging to go ice skating, but it’s challenging with the littler girls, so this is the perfect winter date.
For Star (who is almost five)
- Llama Storage Bin. Star is a stuffed animal fiend (that’s what she spends all her own money on and always wants more of) and they are taking over her chair and bed, so when I spotted this cute, soft bin from Crate & Kids, I knew it’d be perfect for her to store all her little plush friends in.
- Bike. This is pretty much the only thing Star wants for Christmas – she took one for a test ride in the store last week and has talked about nothing else since.
- Janod Animatrix Scratch Art Kit. After how much she loved doing the Paint by Sticker books this year, I thought this would be an equally fun activity for her to do while she listens to her afternoon audiobooks.
- Colored Pencils & Coloring Books. Star blows through coloring pages at a crazy rate, plus she’s super envious of Ani’s nice set of colored pencils, so I bought her a big box of them and I’m buying her a stack of about 10 coloring books.
- Lunch Date. When we took Star to breakfast on her birthday date earlier this year, she was just in HEAVEN, so I can’t wait to take her out to lunch.
For Tally (who is almost three)
- Laptop Chalkboard. This is basically the cutest thing I’ve ever seen from Crate & Kids and it’s perfect for taking in the car or to church. Pretty sure all the other girls will want one too.
- Lacing Cards. I spotted these at Tuesday Morning when I was there a few weeks ago and knew that Tally would be ALL ABOUT them.
- Wooden Puzzles. We have done our set of wooden puzzles ad naseum, so it’ll be nice to add four new ones to our rotation (I bought mine at Tuesday Morning for about half the price they are on Amazon).
- Play-Doh. Tally is super into play-doh and all of ours has dried out, so she’ll be thrilled to find this under the tree.
- Library Date. She loves going to the library and doing the puzzles, coloring, and reading books together, but it’s challenging when I’m also trying to help the bigger girls find audiobooks and novels, pick up my holds, and check things out. This will be a dream for her.
And of course, what’s Christmas without some stocking stuffers? Here’s what we’re getting for them (and I talked more about how we do stockings in this post):
STOCKING STUFFER GIFTS FOR GIRLS
- Mini Nail Polish. I bought a set of these and I’ll divide them up between the four girls’ stockings (packaging isn’t the boss of me!)
- Washi Tape. Washi tape (and heck, scotch tape) are wildly popular with my girls, so they’ll enjoy finding some new rolls in their stocking.
- Underwear. My girls all need new underwear and I think Carter’s undies are the BEST.
- Candy. I mean, what’s a stocking without candy? I usually do special candies, including a Pez dispenser (weird family tradition).
I’d love to hear what you’re getting your children this year – I love seeing people’s actual lists!
Photos by Heather Mildenstein