It’s that time of year again! From little girls, tween girls and teen girls, shopping for the best gift ideas can be challenging. If you are ready to start shopping, I’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas gifts for girls. This great gift guide targets perfect gifts for elementary aged girls.
If you are able to support a local toy store or bookseller, I would highly encourage you to do so, but I am also compiling my list from Amazon since I know many of us are shopping from home. Here we go with our best gift ideas for Christmas! Hope it helps you find just the right gift for the young lady in your home!
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Journals for the Best Christmas Gifts for Girls
- Mom and Daughter Journals – I bought a journal for each of my older daughters and we absolutely love writing back and forth. They usually write during their quiet time at night and leave it on my bed to respond. I love these journals, in particular, because they ask great questions that we might not normally discuss. Plus, they have cute graphics that my girls love! Highly recommend.
Legos and Jewelry
Like many families, we have a ton of Legos in our house! I am listing a few of our favorite sets below, but we have also discovered the world of Lego Dots. They allow the girls to make picture frames, bracelets, jewelry boxes – all kinds of fun crafts they can design and redesign. Huge hit!
Friendship Bracelet Kits for Best Christmas Gifts for Girls
Craft kits make the perfect gift for Christmas morning. My girls love these bracelets and giving them as gifts to their best friend or family member. Perfect for improving hand-eye coordination, girls can come up with all kinds of different designs of different sizes.
Charm It Bracelets and Charms
What girl doesn’t love jewelry? This one is on multiple wish lists around here! Every special day after, they can add a charm to the bracelet. These Charm It Bracelets make fantastic Christmas gifts and perfect birthday gifts for 8-12 year olds!
Books always make cool Christmas gifts for kids. Whether picture books, an activity book, or chapter books, they are always a great idea. Add these to your Christmas shopping list this year.
Love Does for Kids by Bob Goff
This is the best devotional we have found for our kids. The stories are brief and engaging and full of truth. We are already through the entire book for the first time, and I know we will be rereading it with them again. Great pick!
Mallory Series by Laurie Friedman
My girls love this series! There are many Mallory books about her getting into all sorts of adventures and navigating relationships along the way. Grade level 2-5.
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
These early chapter books are great for young readers transitioning to chapter books. Following the antics of two second grade girls, Ivy and Bean get into many funny situations and keep kids entertained. Best for grades 1-4.
Magic Kitten and Magic Puppy series by Sue Bentley and Angela Swan
Anything by DiCamillo is wonderful. If you have younger readers, they might enjoy her Mercy Watson series about a rambunctious pig. Older readers will enjoy any of her chapter books. My favorites are Because of Winn Dixie and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
American Girl series
American Girl books are the best. My girls love reading about all of the different time periods of the characters. We have also enjoyed the nonfiction books about growing up. Best for grades 3-5. These make the best Christmas presents, along with an American Girl doll or American Girl Doll accessories.
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
Judy Moody is a young girl who is very confident about her ability to conquer the world. It is fun to read these with your daughter and then watch the movie Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer on Netflix! These are perfect for early elementary readers.
Whatever After Series by Sarah Mlynowski
These series takes traditional fairy tales and turns them into new adventures with the sibling pair Abby and Jonah. The children end up in a fairy tale that is usually going wrong, and the children must turn it around and save the day. My girls have enjoyed the whole series.
The Cupcake Diaries by Coco Simon
In these stories, the main character Katie Brown encounters some middle school challenges and overcomes them. Best suited for older elementary and middle school aged girls, my daughters are enjoying the whole series. They make a great addition to a young girl’s library.
The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin and Gale Galligan – I love the classic versions of these books and my girls do too, however, they have also discovered the graphic novels and enjoy zipping through them. Either way, you can’t wrong with The Baby-Sitters Club. Just plain fun and best for girls ages late elementary entering the teen stage.
Again best for upper elementary or early middle school, these books explore relationships and situations in a fun graphic novel format. My daughter’s favorite is Sisters.
Melissa and Doug
If your young girls love dolls, these babies are so sweet from Melissa and Doug. They come as single dolls or twins and their accessory sets are precious! My daughters love putting these sweet dolls into their bunk beds every night. I love encouraging imaginative play with my kids as long as possible.
Crafting, Puzzles and Games
Hands Craft DIY Miniature Houses
These hand crafting miniature structures are absolutely beautiful and come with lovely accessories. The best part is you can build them together and display.
Melissa and Doug Gifts for Girls
Fleece Quilt Crafting
My older daughter received this last year and loved working on it during cold, snowy days. She has pulled it back for this winter to cozy up with during her TV time. You could pair this with some fun face masks, smelly bath bombs, and your girly girl will have a great Christmas present or birthday gift.
My girls love these sticker books and we often pack them for long road trips.
Watercolors and Paper
Art supplies are a lovely language around here. We can’t get enough watercolor paints and new, fresh paper. Easy and simple way to get our art on paper.
Board Games and Puzzles
This card game was developed by a girl and her family, and we love it! There is some strategy involved along with math skills, and not many other games are like it. A family favorite and it promotes great critical thinking skills. This one is another perfect stocking stuffer.
If you don’t have this game yet, you need it. It’s quick and easy, great for multiple ages and easy to throw in a purse or diaper bag to have something to occupy the family during waiting periods. Lots of different varieties for whatever interest your child may have.
We love both the tile Qwirkle game and the card rummy version. With the goal of matching colors or shapes, multiple age groups can play this and enjoy strategizing.
Tenzi is a great, quick dice game that multiple ages can play. I use it with my kids and also as a quick transition game between activities with kids that I tutor. So fun!
Blink Card Game
This is another fun card game which has kids match color, shape, or number. It’s a fast paced game that parents and kids will enjoy.
If you don’t have card holders for your little ones yet, these come in handy. You can go with the handheld ones or the kind that sits on the table. Very helpful when you are trying to include the whole family!
My husband and kids love puzzles and here are a few on our list for this year! They make the best gifts for girls and boys at Christmas.
Springbok’s 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Sweet Tooth, Multi
Lego Paint Party Puzzle, 1000 piece
Outdoor Play Gifts for Girls
If you are lucky enough to live in a warm spot during Christmas time and you can get out and play, here are some of our favorite outdoor gifts for girls.
Razor A Kick Scooter
Razor scooters make the best gifts to promote outdoor play for girls and boys! We have them in all different sizes, and they are a hit for kids of all ages.
Velcro Toss and Catch Game
My kids all love this velcro toss and catch game. It’s easy enough for all of them to play together and feel successful, regardless of their athletic ability. 🙂
I hope you found some good ideas for the best Christmas gifts for girls this year! If you need ideas for babies and toddlers, please hop over here and find more.