This is one of those posts that is probably more useful to me than to anyone else (although I hope it’s useful for you too!).
Doing this post every year forces me to sit down and decide specifically what we’re giving each of the girls and then get things ordered.
I’ve never had this particular gift guide ready this early and I have to say . . . it feels GOOD.
If you’re looking for real ideas for what to give your kids for Christmas this year, I hope you’ll find this year’s post helpful!
Here’s what each of our four girls will be finding under the tree this year!
gifts for young girls
- A FOOSBALL TABLE. We’ve loved our little hand-me-down pool table for the past year and we thought a foosball table would be a fun addition to our basement family room. Plus, it’s nice that more than two people can play!
For Ella (who is ELEVEN and a half)
- BASEBALL HAT. Ella left her baseball cap on an airplane and has missed it terribly since then. She asked for a new one for Christmas and I think she’ll love this fun leopard print.
- POGO STICK. Bart is really good at making sure there are some FUN things on the Christmas lists for the girls and as soon as he suggested that we get them all a pogo stick, I knew it’d be a huge hit!
- BINOCULARS. You know how sometimes your child asks for something and you’re like “I have absolutely no idea why this is on your list”? This is one of those gifts.
- FORBIDDEN ISLAND. It’s not Christmas without a new game (or five) and I’ve heard rave reviews about this cooperative game. I cannot wait to play it!
- A YEAR OF KIWI CO. I renewed everyone’s Kiwi Co subscription for Christmas. Ella has been doing the Doodle Crate this year and absolutely LOVES it. You can use the code READING for 30% off your first month of any of the Kiwi Co lines!
- MINKY BLANKET. Last year, Bart’s bank sent him a super soft, cozy Minky Couture blanket that was 10x better than any blanket we had at our house. Bart named it Fluffy and we all are deeply covetous of it. This year, we’re getting everyone their own Fluffy! You can use the code BRADSHAW45 for 45% off any Minky Couture blanket or this is a super highly-reviewed one for less!
For Ani (who just turned NINE)
- A DIGITAL WATCH. My parents gave Ella a digital watch for her birthday a few years ago and she has absolutely loved it. I hope Ani likes hers at least half as much as Ella has loved hers!
- LED UNICORN LIGHTS. Ani sleeps on the bottom bunk and loves decorating her bed with all sorts of fun things. Bart suggested some fun lights and I think she’ll be thrilled to hang them around her bed.
- KIWI CO SUBSCRIPTION. Ani gets the Tinker Crate and it’s just perfect for her. You can use the code READING for 30% off your first month of any of the Kiwi Co lines (P.S. These are a great gift to request from grandparents if they’re asking for suggestions!).
- POGO STICK. When we got the girls hula hoops last year, we got four identical ones and that was so nice because there was no arguing over who’s was best. We did the same with pogo sticks this year.
- CAHOOTS GAME. We’re all in on the collaborative games this year and I’m really excited about this one!
- MINKY BLANKET. You get a fluffy, you get a fluffy and YOU get a fluffy!
For Star (who is almost SEVEN)
- POGO STICK. One more identical pogo stick, coming right up.
- BOXED BOOK SET. One of the things on Star’s Christmas list was “good books” and when this ten-book set popped up on sale, I knew it was just the perfect thing for her!
- ACTIVITY BOOK. This was her #1 request when we asked for any last minute Christmas wishes. I’m getting her a couple including this one.
- KIWI CO SUBSCRIPTION. She’s loves the original Kiwi Crate and she really enjoys having the same level as Tally so they can do their projects in tandem.
- OUTFOXED GAME. Star gets really stressed about losing games (she always asks “is this a game with luck?!” because she feels better if it’s not her fault if she loses), so a cooperative game is right up her alley.
- A KINDLE READER. She has turned into such a super reader in the last year, I know she’s going to be THRILLED to have a Kindle reader like her big sisters (we’re giving Ani one for her birthday in early December). Plus, at this price, I couldn’t resist.
- MINKY BLANKET. It’s just going to be a blanket party at our house this Christmas.
For Tally (who is almost fIVE)
- AIRFORT. Tally LOVES cozy little forts, blanket nests, or anything else special and her own. So so many people on Instagram raved about their Airfort and I can’t wait for her to open this on Christmas morning!
- POGO STICK. To be honest, she’s a little young for a pogo stick, but there is no way she’ll want to be left behind!
- A YEAR OF KIWI CO. She also gets the Kiwi Crate and she definitely needs a bit of help with it, but its’ fun to have her and Star doing the same projects each month. You can use the code READING for 30% off your first month of any of the Kiwi Co lines.
- ANIMAL MUG. All the other girls in the family (plus me) have special mugs that we use any time we drink hot chocolate or eggnog or something special. Except Tally. She’s really been noticing this year and when I spotted this darling mug, I ordered it faster than you can say “youngest child.”
- AMERICAN GIRL HORSE. Last year, we got Ani and Star horses for their American Girl dolls and Tally has been asking for one non-stop so she can play along with them. She’s going to be THRILLED.
- MINKY BLANKET. And one more Minky blanket for good measure.
And of course, what’s Christmas without 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 Young GIRLS
- Gatorades. When Ella started playing soccer this summer, suddenly all the girls were VERY into Gatorade. So much so that it was on several of their Christmas wishlists this year. Wish granted.
- Body Wash. Last year, Bart bought each of the girl a bottle of shower gel at Bath & Body Works and it was a SERIOUS hit. Several of the girls specifically mentioned that they hoped they’d get another one this year!
- Fridge Water Bottles. In our new house, we started keeping a personal water bottle for everyone in the fridge so we didn’t run through forty glasses a day and it’s been great. The girls had super fancy leftover Gatorade bottles, so we figured it was time for an upgrade.
- Stickers. These books of 1000 stickers for under $5 were THE most popular item on this year’s $5 gift guide – of course I had to get one for each of the girls!
- Beanies. We’re planning to do a lot of skiing this winter, so I got each of them a thin hat to wear under their helmet to keep their ears warm!
- Diamond Painting Bookmark Kit. My girls have all been VERY into diamond painting this year, so these seemed like a fun stocking stuffer.
- Candy. I mean, what’s a stocking without candy? I usually do special candies, including a Pez dispenser (weird family tradition), tic tacs, and Lindor balls (Ella discovered Mango ones this year when we went to New York City and she’s obsessed).
- Pringles. While Pez is a funny family tradition for my family in our stockings, Pringles is Bart’s family’s thing. I don’t think it would feel like Christmas to Bart without a can of Pringles in his stocking!
I’d love to hear what you’re getting your children for Christmas this year – I love seeing people’s real lists!
If you liked this post about Christmas gifts for Young girls, you might like these posts too:
- How we do stockings stuffers at our house.
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Photos by Heather Mildenstein