Most-Wanted Christmas Gifts for Girls

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The most-wanted Christmas gifts are the items that everyone's talking about. For girls ages 10 and younger, the "it" gifts are usually toys related to role play. For girls ages 11 and older, the must-haves are the same items that grown-up women love, such as electronics, cool clothes and designer accessories. Consider the girl's age when buying the present she wants most, and buy a gift accordingly.

Little Girls

  • Little girls, ages four to seven, love role playing, and that makes dolls, dress-up costumes and toy kitchen goods the most-wanted Christmas gifts. Buy your little girl a baby doll with accessories such as a stroller, bassinet or a toy baby bag filled with doll clothes.

    Get your little princess a royal gown to wear to the ball. Disney princess costumes are a big hit. Or help her channel her inner chef with a toy kitchen made of wood or plastic. Make sure to include all the accessories, such as toy pots, pans, plates and cutlery, and faux food.

Big Girls

  • Girls ages eight to 10 still enjoy playing with dolls, but at this age they have graduated to the hot trend of dolls that look like kids their own age. You can match the doll's hair, eye and skin colors to your big girl's hair and complexion.

    The accessories for these dolls mimic real-life accessories, with everything from slumber party goodies, like sleeping bags and toy food, to bikes, furniture and sports equipment. Find these dolls at stores such as Target and American Girl. Make sure to include at least a few outfits, since they'll be on the most-wanted list as well.

Tweens

  • Girls ages 11-13 long to be more like teenagers, so the most-wanted Christmas gifts for girls in this age group are the electronic must-haves of teenagers. Not every tween is ready for these items, however. Consider the risks and responsibilities of giving your tween a cell phone or a laptop computer. A better choice may be an MP3 player loaded with age-appropriate music that you choose or an electronic reader and a gift card to download books and magazines.

Teenagers

  • Teens want the accessories of adulthood, and they're old enough to have them. Their most-wanted Christmas gifts are likely to be electronics such as a new laptop, a cell phone with video chat capability, and an iPad.

    Teen girls also adore clothes, and the most popular brands include Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister and American Eagle. Give her a gift card to those so she can shop on her own or buy her some hoodies and T-shirts with the store brand on the front. Designer bags are also big among teens, and Vera Bradley leads the pack with its colorful prints for backpacks, purses and accessories.

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