Christmas gifts for eight-year-old girls need to be items that are more complex than a “basic” toy. By the age of eight, the average girl has developed enough skills to try many different activities. Dolls can have bent arms and be complicated to dress, games can be complex and require construction, and building blocks can be tiny without the worry of anyone choking.
Girls' Christmas gift ideas don’t have to stick to tea sets and baby dolls, they can include anything the child is interested in, including building blocks. Though fancy small interlocking building block sets are a popular choice, they’re not the only choice. There are also sets you can use to build machines with gears or create interactive marble mazes.
Arts and crafts gifts tend to be popular with eight-year-olds. There’s no need to stick with basic crafts, as most eight-year-old girls can handle more complex activities. Look for pottery-making kits with plastic pottery wheels, or a plastic bead kit that you assemble and iron to create solid shapes. You can also give sticker-making kits, basket-making kits, fashion plate tracing kits, or any kind of jewelry-making kit.
Fashion dolls are another popular item for eight-year-olds. Forgo the simple, straight-armed dolls that are meant for little girls. Eight-year-old girls are more sophisticated and want a fancy doll. Look for dolls that come in stylish, highly-accessorized outfits with extra items, such as an alternate outfit or a pet.
Fashion doll sets with furniture, cars and other larger items can be expensive, but they are the kind of gifts that create lasting memories. If you prefer to spend the bulk of your gift money on a single big item, a fashion doll house or bedroom set are popular choices. Kitchen sets, living room sets, cars, planes, boats and stores are also in demand.
Christmas gift ideas for girls that involve electronics may or may not be a suitable choice. As long as you’re willing to spend the money and believe it’s age-appropriate for the child in question, an electronic gift will be a hit with an eight-year-old. Examples of this type of gift include personal music players, cell phones, computer games, video game machines and video games.
While gift cards may seem to be boring, they can actually be very exciting for eight-year-old girls. While an adult may view a gift card as a lackluster and impersonal gift, a little girl will likely be thrilled at the independence it offers. A gift card to a toy, book, clothing or shoe store gives her the chance to act like an adult and pay for the purchase herself. If you're not sure what type of gift she might like, consider a generic gift card like Visa or MasterCard that can be used in any store.
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