Are you guilty of Christmas shopping at the last minute? Don’t feel bad, because there are still lots of totally awesome last minute gifts that are perfect for all the girls on your list, no matter their age. Since you need delivery in time for Christmas, we’ve got suggestions for toddlers through teens that promote experiential play, STEM education, freedom of expression and independence. Each of these gifts doubles down on being both fun, and teaching life skills girls need these days. Plus, they’re all budget friendly, with everything under $25. That’s our little gift to you.
If you’re probably still searching for last minute presents for other people on your Christmas list, we’ve got gift guides that feature great last minute deals on luggage, shoes, jewelry and watches too. So sometimes it doesn’t hurt to procrastinate, because it means you might just score the best stuff at the cheapest prices of the season. Way to go.
1. Best Last Minute Gift for Toddlers: Melissa & Doug Farm Friends Hand Puppets
We’re in love with Melissa & Doug toys because they are sweet, well-made and offer the kind of great imaginative play experiences little ones need most. These adorable hand puppets are the perfect set of last minute gifts to give to the toddler girl on your Christmas list. Great for building motor skills, hand-eye coordination, communication skills, self-confidence, and social-emotional connections, these fun gifts for girls include four friendly animals – a cow, horse, sheep and pig. Their stuffed plush heads encourage lots of cuddling and smiles, and will make your little girl’s Christmas morning, and every day, special. At 43 percent off, they’re an especially great last minute Christmas idea. Get the farm friends along with the Melissa & Doug zoo animals in a combo pack that would be perfect when you host toddler play group.
Price: $11.39 (43 percent off MSRP)
2. Battat Grocery Shopping Cart Toy for Toddlers
Every toddler loves to mimic their parents, and grocery shopping is especially exciting because it involves bright sounds, colors and sensory experiences. This adorable grocery cart is one of our favorite last minute Christmas gifts for either girls or boys who love things to push and pull. Filled with a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables, canned and boxed foods, this is a great way to teach your toddler colors, words, and compare the included foods with what they’re having for meals and snacks. Still looking for more fun gifts for girls? We also love the Melissa & Doug Food Groups that comes with 21 hand painted pieces of food in clever wooden crates.
3. Best Last Minute Gift for Little Girls: Barbie Collector Ballet Wishes Doll
Little girls love Barbie dolls and ballerinas, so you can hardly find a better last minute gift for girls than this collector’s edition Ballet Wishes Barbie. Dressed in pretty shades of pink with a sparkling tiara, tutu and toe shoes, she’s poised and ready to pirouette and play with your little girl. To make their playtime even more fun, get your little girl the pretty Rainbow Tutu Skirt to practice her ballet moves along with Barbie.
4. Rory’s Story Cubes
Little kids love to play make believe, and tell you all kinds of stories about imaginary friends. If you want to teach your little girl to expand on her imagination, Rory’s Story Cubes are a wonderful way to do it. Creating combinations with the cubes, kids are encouraged to use the pictures and weave them into a story all their own. They’re great last minute toys to take along on a car ride, keeping your little one occupied for hours. The Rory’s Story Cubes Actions game encourages your little girl to add movement and action to her storytelling, and the Voyages Story Cubes encourages storytelling about amazing adventures and journeys she’s made up using the cubes. All three of these last minute Christmas gifts for girls can be delivered in time for the big day.
5. Best Last Minute Gift for Big Girls: Creativity for Kids Glow N’ Grow Butterfly Terrarium
Your bigger girl has a mind that’s racing with ideas and curiosity. That’s what makes this fun Glow N’ Grow Terrarium Kit one of our favorite last minute Christmas gifts for girls. It promote STEM learning, and gives her the chance to become a budding botanist. She’ll create her own eco-system and learn about the life cycle of plants with her habitat, which will begin to grow in as little as 3-4 days. At the same time, she can express her artistic skills, decorating her terrarium’s jar with awesome glow in the dark stickers. This cool kit includes: a plastic mason-style jar, decorative lid, potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, craft accessories and a plant mister to keep her terrarium watered. Fun.
Price: $11.29 (25 percent off MSRP)
6. ALEX Toys Craft Giant Knot & Stitch Pillow Kit
Lots of kids love crafts, especially those that turn into something they’re proud of and can display in their room. That’s why we love this kit from Alex Toys that allows your girl to create her own fun pillow using simple stitching and tying techniques. It comes with easy instructions, so your girl can get going with her project right away. We also love the ALEX Toys Craft Pillow Text that turns pre-cut fleece pieces and fun applique into a playful pillow with text message words.
Price: $17.96 (12 percent off MSRP)
7. Best Last Minute Gift for Tween Girls: SoundBot HD Water Resistant Bluetooth Shower Speaker
Oh my, tween girls and extremely long hot showers go hand in hand. Since she’s likely to run you out of hot water everytime she steps in, you might as well let her rock out at the same time. This cool Bluetooth shower speaker from SoundBot is a great last minute gift that will provide her hours of musical joy both in, and out of the shower. This water resistant speaker delivers up to six hours of play before it needs a recharge, and it easily connects to your WiFi so she can stream music, and with a speaker and built-in mic, she can chat hands-free with her friends. This nifty device is perfect for the beach, pool parties and whenever she’s in the mood for her favorite music.
8. She Believed She Could So She Did Necklace
There’s no more difficult time in a girls life than the tween years. She wants to be more grown up, but she still wants to cuddle on your lap when the going gets tough. This sweet necklace conveys the perfect sentiment to boost your girl’s self esteem and inner strength. Wearing it will help her to remember always that she has the courage, brains and ability to achieve whatever she dreams. We also love this inspirational bangle bracelet for the same reason, because encouraging our girls to grow into strong women is a key. Both of these would be great last minute Christmas gifts for girls of almost any age.
9. Best Last Minute Gift for Teen Girls: Amazon Gift Card
If you’ve got a teen girl on your Christmas list, it’s likely you’re struggling to find the perfect last minute gifts for her. It’s hard to know her style, music preferences, sizes or even what books she reads. That’s when an Amazon gift card comes in as the go to gift for girls. She’ll love you for giving her the best gift of all, which is independence to choose exactly what she wants for Christmas, with no worries or hassle of unwanted gift returns. With an Amazon gift card, you give her millions of gifts to choose from, and better yet, you don’t have to drive her to the mall. That’s pretty much a win for everyone.
10. BR Deluxe Makeup Palette
The teen years are so often a time for developing a girl’s self-expression and one of the ways she’s likely to express is through makeup. This cool makeup palette gives her everything she might want to experiment with. It includes a whopping 64 colors of eyeshadow, blush, lip gloss and lots of applicators. Get ready to find her in full face first thing in the morning. You might also want to get her a fun set of makeup brushes, so that she can create different looks with this fun and creative cosmetics kit. Both of these last minute Christmas gifts can still get there by Christmas day if you order fast.