Let’s declare this Christmas as the year of the girl. Let’s find our girls gifts that encourage them to be strong, smart, compassionate and fun, without sacrificing that soft side that makes them so special. Let’s lift all girls, from toddlers to teens, in ways that help them grow into the nurturers, artists, educators and leaders of the future. There’s no more worthy goal than that, is there? Whether you’re shopping for your daughter, sister, niece or the child of a friend, we know you’re looking to find unique and special Christmas gifts for girls that spark curiosity and creativity. After all, we’re a village, raising a band of fearless little ladies into powerful women, and we can never start teaching life lessons too soon.
As we compiled our list of the best gifts for girls, we wanted to focus on toys and gifts for toddler girls that provoked conversation between you, and increased their independence. When it came to our selections for older girls and tweens, you’ll discover there are a lot of STEM ideas and the kinds of gift ideas that promote their strength and self expression. And Christmas gifts for teens – well, they’re a nod toward her more grown up status, even though you still think of her as your little girl.
We’re excited about the discoveries on this list, because they’re the kinds of gifts for girls that promote inclusivity, and break down gender barriers. We think, when you see our reasoning, you’ll get excited too. When it comes to girl power, you don’t want anything stopping your favorite younger female, so get ready to find her Christmas gifts that will keep her engaged long past Christmas morning. And if he’s lucky, she might even be willing to share some of them with her brother. Here are our picks for the Top 20 Best Unique & Special Christmas Gifts for Girls, but shop early because you’ll want to be sure there’s inventory and, most importantly, delivery before Christmas. For all the shipping cutoff dates, just look here.
Naturally, you’re shopping for more gifts for the whole family, so be sure to check out all of our carefully curated gift lists, where you can find the best on trend ideas for women, and wives, dads and husbands, and pretty much everyone else on your Christmas list.
Best Gifts for Girls 3-6 Years Old
1. Skuut Wooden Balance Bike
1. Skuut Wooden Balance Bike
The first time I saw these little balance bikes, a little girl was riding on one of them in Berlin. As soon as I got home, we went on the hunt for this nifty first bike to add to our collection of bikes for our smallest grandchildren. This cool bike teaches your little girl balance, without the distraction of pedals and brakes. It goes beyond those cute scooters and plasma cars your toddler loves, to give her the basic feel of bike riding, without training wheels. It’s perfect for learning balance, steering, coordination and independence. And people will be wickedly impressed by your little girl’s bike skills at such a young age. We started our family toddlers on the Skuut when they were two and three, because it has an adjustable seat that works with even pretty small toddlers.
2. Disney Moana Adventure Doll
Who does’t love the story of Moana, the little girl who braves the oceans and Mother Nature to save her culture? This sweet little doll is a great gift idea for girls because you can watch the Moana movie with her, and share with her why being brave (and trusting the advice from your grandma) is always a good thing. Moana’s iconic blue shell necklace is a fun gift to give your girl too. It lights up with a soft green glow from the heart of Te Fiti. Role play with your daughter and this doll, and challenge her to think about what she’d do in Moana’s situation. These conversations with your little girl will stick with her for the rest of her life, and they’re great if both mom and dad participate.
3. Heart Of The Home Kitchen Playset
Every toddler loves to play in the kitchen, and this adorable toy kitchen is a great way to introduce your little girl to all kinds of important life concepts. It is focused on so much more than cooking, because this realistic toy kitchen includes a pet nurturing center, recycling bin, and reusable grocery bag. While she’s learning and playing at the same time, you can show her those real things in your own home, so she’ll see first hand that healthy eating, taking care of the family pets and saving the Earth are all important. The cute wipe off white board on the fridge lets her plan her shopping list along with you, fun sounds from the phone and bubbling stovetop make for great interactive play. With 41 kitchen accessories and lots of storage for them, all you’ll need to add to this gift for girls is some play food and maybe a baking set, or pretend pet.
Price: $127.49 (24 percent off MSRP)
4. LeapFrog LeapStart Interactive Learning System for Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Getting your girl prepared to learn is going to be a key to her being successful in school. This LeapFrog LeapPad gets kids excited about learning with activities that they can practice and master over time. Perfect the little girls getting ready for kindergarten and first grade, this interactive learning system is designed to help build tomorrow’s key skills today, in imaginative new ways. Each activity book seamlessly blends school and life skills that include storytelling and discovery. Designed with activities at two learning levels, your girl can master the first level and move on to more advanced activities as she goes. LeapFrog has developed lots of highly rated early learning books too, including Pre-Kindergarten Activity Book: Read & Write and Communication Skills, Moonlight Hero Math with PJ Masks Book and the Around Town with PAW Patrol Book.
5. Just Play PJ Masks Sing & Talk Plush Owlette
Every little girl needs a superhero pal to inspire her, and this adorable singing and talking Owlette is the perfect PJ Masks pal. She an Owlette can adventure into the world to save anyone in distress, proving that girls, kids, and especially kid girls have the power to do good. With the simple press of a button, Owlette says some of her most popular phrases from the PJ Masks show and sings the theme song. If you’re just looking for a little Owlette stuffy to put in her stocking, this one is super cute. To make it even more fun, get your little girl the PJ Masks Girls’ Short Pajama Set with Cape for experiential play (and sleep.) If she’s a huge Owlette fan, the Owlette Hoodie is great for daytime play outdoors and the hooded tee is fun for indoor wear at school or preschool.
Best Gifts for Girls 7-10 Years Old
6. American Girl WellieWishers Doll
6. American Girl WellieWishers Doll
There’s no better doll to give your girl, than one that actually looks like her. These adorable WellieWishers dolls from American girl embrace the cultural and ethnic differences that make up your little girl’s world. The WellieWishers are a sweet and silly group of girls who each have the same big, bright wish: to be a good friend. These dolls are some of our favorite special gifts for girls, and because they’re a bit more of an investment, we’re recommending them for girls who a older and can appreciate the lessons of inclusiveness they create. Give them an American Girl Doll Clothes Wardrobe, so they can dress their dolls in clothes to match their own personal mood or the day’s activities. With the American Girl Ultimate Crafting Kit, your little girl can create fun jewelry for herself and her dolls, expanding her play even further.
7. Osmo Genius Kit
If you own an iPad, your little girl can enjoy this mind expanding toy that encourages visual thinking, problem solving, and creative drawing skills through hands on play. She can supercharge her drawing skills with the Masterpiece game, transforming a photo or gallery image into easy-to-draw lines. Then she can share a magical time-lapse video of her creation. Five different games give your girl unlimited opportunities to turn learning into totally fearless fun. Through puzzles, word and number games, she’ll gain a greater grasp on spelling, math and more. If you don’t have an iPad, you can get an iPad mini for under $200 right now, and it’s a great investment for your whole household this Christmas.
Price: $79.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
8. My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
Are you hoping your girl might become the next Marie Curie? Then it’s never too soon to spark her interest in science and chemistry with this awesome Mind Blowing Science kit. Both you and she will learn amazing new things about basic and acidic solutions, and how to play with them in fun and exciting ways. Whether erupting an under-water volcano or growing colorful, jiggly crystals, this science kit mixes learning with experimentation in a fun and colorful way. Each of the hands-on activities in the science guide is intended to be performed by your young scientist, but of course your supervision is required too. The great thing about a girls’ gift like this, is that it creates more opportunities for you and your girl to spend quality time together. While none of the experiments included in this kit are especially messy, each one should be done on a flat surface that can be easily wiped clean in case of spills. The Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit is another fun one, with the payoff of creating sweet treats that will satisfy her tummy and inspire her curiosity. Grab a great science kit for a summer surprise, while you’re at it. The Ice Cream Science Kit can show them how to create their favorite tasty treat in just five minutes.
Price: $10.49 (56 percent off MSRP)
9. Raleigh Eva 24 Girl’s Mountain Bike
Playing hard is a lesson that lasts little girls a lifetime, and there’s no better way to get her attention off screen time and on the outdoors than a nifty mountain bike. The sweet girls’ mountain bike from Raleigh, will teach her to be fearless, help her push boundaries, and develop critical physical and thinking skills to tackle tough problems, even off the bike. Plus it’s a great excuse to get good and dirty, which girls definitely need to do more. The large alloy anodized wheels make this bike fairly scoff at bumpy trails, while the mechanical disc brakes provide great stopping power in wet and dirty conditions. Thanks to some sweet front suspension, she’ll be challenging you to ride longer and harder, which will be absolutely great for you both. We think this is one of the best gifts for girls, and it’s an affordable bike, that will get her through the tween years, when she’ll probably need to step up to something with a lot more features. Don’t forget to get her a good bike helmet, hydration pack and some padded gloves, because keeping her safe and comfortable means she’ll learn to love biking for a lifetime.
10. My First Sewing Kit
Regardless of gender, every kid needs to learn how to sew, and this adorable My First Sewing Kit is a wonderful way to teach your little girl some sewing basics. With easy to understand illustrated instructions, she can learn how to work with a needle and thread, a skill that will last a lifetime and eliminate the need for you to sew on buttons, fix her hems, or stitch a seam hole. With this kit, she’ll will learn lots of valuable skills so she can more fully enjoy arts and crafts of all sorts. Your young crafter can use the included supplies to create fun projects that expand her imagination, all of which fit in a cute little carrying case. Another crafting kit we love is the Knot A Quilt Kit, that gives her everything she needs to make her own cozy fleece blanket. Once she’s mastered the skills from these kits, get her the Giant Knot and Stitch Pillow Kit, which combines the skills of both into one seriously cute project she can spend hours on.
Price: $14.06 (60 percent off MSRP)
Best Gifts for Tween Girls
11. The Daring Book for Girls
11. The Daring Book for Girls
The tween years are a time of amazing growth, misunderstandings, and changes that seem to come at lightning speed. I’ve heard many parents say (and I’m one of them) “I wish there was a manual for this”. This, obviously, meaning figuring out how to best raise your tween-ager. The Daring Book for Girls is the manual for everything that girls need to know, and we’re not talking about sewing and cooking here, but much more important life stuff. Whether it’s learning about female heroes in history, discovering secret note-passing skills, or figuring out science projects, friendship bracelets, double dutch, cats cradle, the perfect cartwheel, this book has it. It even delves into the eternal mystery of what boys are thinking, something every girl needs to know. But it’s not just a guide to giggling at sleepovers—although that’s included. This book is an invitation to adventure for every tomboy, girly girl and those in between. Once your tween girl has devoured this primer on life, be ready with the follow up, The Double-Daring Book for Girls.
12. FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Camera and Accessories Bundle
Giving your tween freedom to explore her own creativity is a huge gift on its own, but why not arm her with a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, so she can take selfies and pictures of her friends, and immediately have printed photos to decorate with. After all, this is a time when instant gratification is at the fore. This little camera is a total winner when it comes to self-expression, and it’s a great gift for girls at this age. She can shoot and instantly print photos to her heart’s desire, and then use them to decorate her room, notebooks and more. Be sure to give her plenty of film, because once she gets started, you don’t want her fun interrupted. Another great way to begin letting your girl define her own space is with this beautiful tree of life wall decal. She can adorn the tree with her photos of family and friends, or design the wall to her own liking. I remember when my mom painted an entire wall mural one summer, when I had been away at our family farm. I was so delighted when I got home, and all my friends were totally jealous that my room was so cool.
13. Be Amazing Toys Big Bag Of Science
With so much focus on STEM programs, this fun bag of science is a great way to get your daughter excited about discovering all sorts of interesting and unusual facts about the world around her. She can use real scientific tools to perform more than 70 activities, from making fizzing colored water to creating instant worms. Fun, huh? This kit comes with a step-by-step instruction book, that includes photos and illustrations. That makes it easy for your girl to get into the science fun. With three areas of focus – physical science, earth science and life science, she’ll experience learning activities in chemistry, physics, magnetism, weather, biology, geology and flight. The re-usable big zipper bag easily stores everything when it’s time to put her lab away. Another fun group of science kits lets her create her own bath bombs, lip gloss or body scrub.
14. VicTsing Bluetooth Shower Speaker
The tween years are just about the time when your daughter starts taking showers that are so long, the hot water runs out. Since this habit doesn’t actually stop until she leaves for college, she might as well have music while she’s doing it, right? This cool little water resistant Bluetooth shower speaker delivers crisp, clear sound in and out of the shower, plus it’s tough enough to stand up to the falls and knocks your daughter is likely to give it. With a detachable suction cup, and an aluminum metal alloy hook, she can take this 5W speaker from the shower, to her room, to the beach and anywhere else she wants music. It works with any Bluetooth enabled devices, so she can connect wherever, whenever. This versatile tiny speaker is a unique gift idea at a budget price of less than twenty bucks.
Price: $19.19 (29 percent off MSRP)
15. Harry Potter Hybrid Bag
If you’ve got a Harry Potter fan in your house, she’s most likely a huge fan of Hermione Granger, for her smart, sassy and somewhat unconventional ways. She’s a great role model for your tween, because she’s not afraid to speak her mind and stand up to the boys. If your daughter has a lot of these same qualities, celebrate them with this super cute purse that Hermione would be proud to carry. As officially licensed Harry Potter merchandise, you know it’s got to made to the highest quality standards. This purse can be carried as a small satchel or worn with the shoulder strap, and it’s the perfect size for her to carry her wallet, lip gloss, comb, phone and more. The Harry Potter Satchel Fold Wallet, embellished with the Hogwarts Crest, would fit nicely inside it, as well. We also think the Harry Potter 9¾ Deluxe Mini Brief Handbag is completely adorable, and fashionable too.
Best Gifts for Teen Girls
16. Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Medium Dotted Journal
16. Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Medium Dotted Journal
Every young woman struggles to keep her chaotic life organized, and the latest trend that’s becoming a powerful tool for teens is bullet journaling. If you haven’t heard about it, this method of getting organized is a great daily exercise that will teach them lessons that will last into their life. It could be that you should get two, and begin the exercise together, because once you’ve grasped the concept, you’ll soon discover there’s lots more time to enjoy life, when you quickly organize your list of priorities, because the whole idea is to keep your thoughts very short and succinct. This particular dotted journal comes in a brilliant purple and comes in 14 other colors as well. Why dots? To keep your thoughts lined up and organized, without a mess. This bullet journal contains 249 numbered pages of bleed-proof, acid free dotted paper. Made with high quality materials and an easy to wash hard cover, each book is thread bound and opens flat for easy note taking. Additional features include a blank table of contents, stickers for labeling and archiving, eight perforated, detachable sheets, expandable inner pocket and page marker to keep track of tasks, days and future plans. Fine point pens are a great way to call out priorities and ideas, color coding each of her desired categories and goals. Help her (and you) grasp the concept with a great instruction book like The Bullet Journal for Beginners. If you wonder whether or not this concept is right for your daughter, check out this great story on BuzzFeed, written by a bullet journal convert. Also, check out this great video about bullet journaling.
17. Leather & Stainless Steel Magnetic-Clasp Bracelet
Talk to any teen, and they’re pretty ambivalent about jewelry, unless it has a bohemian vibe, which changes everything. Lots of girls right now are embracing the feelings and expressions of the hippie generation, and we, for one, welcome that. Teens today love less formal, more organic jewelry. That’s why cool leather bracelets for women are a great choice for your girl. They’ll signify you see her as a woman. This bracelet can be wrapped as many or as few times as she’d like. It has a non-tarnishing stainless steel magnetic clasp, that adds just the right amount of shine. We also think she’ll also love the Triple Strand Leather Zen Bracelet with Bali Beads, that has a unique blend of bali beads, metal rings, hematite beads and woody beads. Let her know that gem theory experts say hematite encourages the wearer to “reach for the sun”, signifying your belief in her attaining big things in life. It’s also a stone of alignment, helping her sort a chaotic world, a great gift for the teen years. Another pretty option is the Soft Leather Multicolour Ropes Bracelet that features multiple leather strands in different sizes and colors.
18. Cinnamon Rolls NOT Gender Roles Tee Shirt
Naturally, we’ve raised our teenage girls to have a voice, and to speak up about those things they think are important. But we also know, they can occasionally need other ways, when they’re not in a position to speak out, to express their worldview and social, philosophical and spiritual beliefs. This cute feminist shirt communicates clearly their stand for equality for everyone on the planet, in a very sweet way. There are many fun feminist t-shirts out there, but naturally, not all of them will fly for school attire, but we definitely have a few favorites that fit the bill. The My Favorite Season Is Fall Of Patriarchy Feminist T-Shirt is a great one. We’re also fans of the Proud Feminist, and We Should All Be Feminists shirts, both of which should be totally appropriate for school. And, since the weather is cold, you might want to consider getting your girl a social statement hoodie too.
19. HP Chromebook 14
Every kid needs to be whip smart to compete in today’s world, so your teen girl definitely needs a fully functioning laptop to survive the rigors of daily school work, research, reading the news and of course, live chatting with friends. This HP Chromebook gives your teenage girl a gift that will be indispensable throughout her teen years. This fast running Chromebook comes with an impressive list of tech specs, including: 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz, 16GB Internal Storage, a 14-Inch diagonal HD SVA WLED anti-glare (1366 x 768) screen, one USB 3.0,two USB 2.0, one HDMI port, a headphone/microphone combo jack, and a high def webcam. Because it’s super light and portable, she’ll be sliding this into her backpack every day. At this low price, it’s a great value, and a Christmas gift she’ll love. Plus it will get her in practice for a more expensive laptop before college. Slightly smaller, but also well-equipped, the Samsung Chromebook 3 is a steal at under $200.
20. Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow
Your teen can channel her inner Katniss Everdeen, at the same time as she builds strength, hand-eye coordination and confidence. This takedown recurve bow delivers the classic bow shooting experience, at a pull weight that won’t strain her growing muscles. Target shooting, or even bow hunting is a great way to improve concentration and fine motor skills as well as give your girl the knowledge that she’s strong enough to take care of herself. Build her competitive spirit, at the same time as you give her the peace of practicing yoga. Take her to the woods with some targets, and you’ll see what we mean, because bow shooting is a Zen kind of sport. Of course, you can’t just get your archer a bow. She’ll need some arrows (we recommend carbon) and a quiver, a finger tab and an arm guard, to begin with. Naturally you can always supply her with plenty of targets, and join her outdoors in a sporting family competition. That would be the most special gift of all. The Samick Sage Take Down Recurve Bow Bundle includes a stringer tool, arrow rest and more, in a nice combo pack.