Here are my top gift picks for 5-12 year old girls for 2013! My goal is to find gifts that will actually be used and not just end up on a shelf in the playroom (or lost under a couch!) Hopefully this is helpful as you pick out gifts for the girls in your life this holiday season!
The Rainbow Loom is THE hot item for girls this holiday season. I ordered one for my 11 year old (it was one of the few things that she asked for) and I’ve heard great things about it.
Does anything else need to be said about this one? You can bling pretty much anything with the Blingles Bling Studio. The Blingles all-in-one station with more than 300 gems, comes with a gem pen, transfer slides, and a glue roll, so that you can make your own designs or use the pre-set patterns to decorate and personalize up to 10 designs. Each jeweled sticker you make can adheres to any smooth hard surface.
I got the original Just Dance just days after it came out and have used it as part of my workouts for a few years now. The kids enjoy Just Dance also, but they absolutely LOVE the Just Dance Disney game! It’s geared specifically for them and has songs that kids from 1 up to teens would enjoy (and plenty that adults will enjoy too!) The dances in Just Dance Disney are intense enough to where anyone could get a great workout doing them too! We’ve been using it as part of our “PE time” during our homeschool day. 🙂
LEGO Friends are about 30 years late (I would’ve loved them as a kid!) but at least they have them available now for my girls to play with.
I don’t think I’ve met a pre-teen girl who hasn’t loved making things out of duct tape! This book comes with directions for all kinds of fun items to make, as well as a few rolls of different colors of duct tape. You could give someone this set along with a few extra patterned duct tape rolls (at Walmart for under $3).
I was introduced to Fashion Playtees a few years ago and immediately fell in love with the whole concept! You can get a girl a giftcard to Fashion Playtees and then they actually get to design their own outfit! The people behind Fashion Playtees make the outfit exactly how it was designed and then ship it. My daughter loved the outfits that she got to make and I would highly recommend this as a great gift for anyone in the 7-12 year old range!
I wouldn’t have though this would be as big of a hit as it is, but kids love it! Kids watch the small packet of Orbeez expand to 100 times their original size when they add them to a bowl fo water. Then they become squishy, translucent, multicolored balls. Once the Orbeez are “grown”, you pour them into the Flower Power Light Show and watch the colors project onto the ceiling. It also makes a great night light!!
The LeapPad Explorer Tablets have been super hot items the past couple of years. You were lucky to just find one in stock, much less actually find a good deal on one. Last year, Leapfrog introduced the LeapPad2 Explorer and there are definitely some nice upgrades from the first version! For one, the speed is much faster than the original (which was pretty slow). It also has front AND back camera/video recorders so that’s a nice touch for kids to experiment with! This year, LeapFrog introduced the LeapPad Power which *finally* comes with a rechargeable battery!!
This is such a neat idea! You make the images using the provides templates and window paint (or you can create your own images!) then once it dries you can peel it off and attach it to any smooth surface!
This last one is more for the younger ones, but I really think those 10 and under would have a ton of fun playing with it too. Playing store was one of my favorite things to do in elementary school, and having a quality, working cash-register would’ve been really helpful!
Is anyone else tired of the massive amounts of paper that your children want to bring on car trips to color on? Or is that just my kids? The Boogie Board is basically an expensive Magna-Doodle for older kids, but I was impressed enough with it to add it here. My kids thought it was the greatest idea ever and begged to get one (even though they had ditched their Magna-Doodle before Kindergarten!) I haven’t seen anything out there like it yet and I think it would be a very well-received gift for any 5-12 year old.
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