Some 9- and 10-year-old girls are still very young at heart, and many in this age group enjoy playing with traditional childhood toys. Other girls of this age will be in a big hurry to grow up and want to own the same items they see older girls enjoying. While choosing a gift for a 9- or 10-year-old girl can be difficult, there are some items that will appeal to almost every girl in this category.
Dolls and Animals
Many 9- and 10-year-old girls love animals, and there are a variety of toys created for young girls with this fact in mind. Stuffed animals such as Webkinz, which come with a code that allows the child to access an online game and activity site, have become hugely popular, and many girls amass large collections of these toys. A line of toys called the "Littlest Pet Shop" has cute small plastic animals and accessories that young girls seem to love.
Dolls are still popular with this age group, although most girls will prefer dolls that look more grown-up over the baby dolls they loved at a younger age. American Girl dolls are coveted items for young girls, and they are available with special accessories and books that follow the stories of fictional girls who lived during a specific historical era. Barbie dolls make good gifts for this age as well, and there are always new types of Barbie dolls available to choose from.
Girls aged 9 and 10 years old are often beginning to develop creative interests such as painting, drawing, sewing, sculpting or playing a musical instrument. Gifts that support these interests such as art supplies, craft kits or sewing materials will be useful and help to encourage these healthy interests. Paying for a class or some private lessons in the child's field of interest would make a generous and thoughtful gift as well.
Other toys that offer children a way to express their creativity include building toys such as Legos, Zoobs and Magnetix and character play sets, such as Playmobil, that give children the chance to play with toy zoos, circuses, princesses, firefighters and doctors.
Gifts for the more mature girls in the aged 9 to 10 category can include electronic gadgets such as CD players and CDs, cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, video game consoles, and handheld electronic toys such as a Gameboy or a Nintendo DS. These gifts require a certain amount of maturity on the part of the owner to use them responsibly and not lose them; some girls in this age group will be ready for this responsibility, while others will not.
Girls in this age group have often begun to take an interest in fashion and enjoy receiving stylish clothing, shoes, hair accessories or pocketbooks. Play makeup and nail polish sets allow them to feel grown up and older than they are.