Do you find yourself struggling to find great gifts for girls under five? Here are great non-princess gift ideas for preschool and kindergarten girls.
While we do buy princess gifts and toys, I’ve tried to balance those gifts with other non-fairy tale gifts. If you are also looking for some thoughtful gifts that girls will love, take a look at this list.
Take a look at this list to help you brainstorm some amazing presents for the 3 to 5 year old girl on your gift list!
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Time-tested Little Girl Gifts
Watches – While they aren’t quite telling time yet at ages 3-5, little ones love playing at grown-up activities. We’ve also found these to be thoughtful gifts for friends on the older end of the age range.
Jewelry boxes – Jewelry boxes are pretty self-explanatory, right? Besides having a place to put their little plastic bobbles, I’ve also heard my kids start an impromptu ballerina dance party after winding up the box.
Pretend & Play sets – Kids don’t need much to start up a pretend school day. A few of their doll babies, a book or two and they are leading story time. But, as they get older, having a few more props can really be a special treat.
Lego sets – Legos are a huge hit in our household. At age 3, Lego duplo sets are the way to go. By age 5, some children may be transitioning to the standard size legos (especially if they have older siblings), so double check before buying!
Bouncing ball -Finally, the bouncing ball has remained popular for several years. This 18 inch/45 cm version has been the perfect size for our children at ages 3 to 5. Consider the next size up of jumping ball for taller 5 year olds and up.
Pencil Sharpener -In this age range, my children are spending plenty of time at our “art table.” The electric sharpener was a hit immediately last Christmas. Tip: remove crayons from the mix before leaving the pencils and sharpener on the table…
Staple-less Stapler – The stapler is already purchased to be placed under the Christmas tree this year. After repeated calls to bring the stapler from the office over to make “books”, I’m so looking forward to the kids being able to “create-their-own” mini-book (up to 5 pages) masterpieces with this stapleless stapler!
Journal – The journal has lines for practicing letters as well as a space for an accompanying picture on each page. This will be a hit particularly for any children with older siblings, who may have similar journals for their classwork!
While we still get plenty of princess time from movies, shows and library books, we try to keep as many non-princess books in our regular rotation. These books have been huge hits during the preschool, pre-k and kindergarten years.
Collections – Both the Berenstain Bears and Franklin books are collections, so you get a great value for the buy. Plus, I see these books being early readers for the children for several more years.
Elephant and Piggie – We didn’t discover the Elephant and Piggie series until recently, but oh these books have been a big hit for the past year. With their simple and repetitive language, these books have helped with basic letter and word recognition, too.
Dictionary – The dictionary was a hand-me-down and its popularity has been such a surprise. For nearly two years, my older child has flipped through this dictionary nightly, literally wearing out the book (and will be getting a replacement this Christmas.) The pictures have sparked great discussions and she loves looking at the pages of flags and maps. A great buy for a curious child! (Here’s another picture dictionary that I’ve considered, for a 2-3 year old.)
Busytown boardgame – For family fun nights, here’s our list of favorite games. While learning to win and lose graciously is important, it’s sometimes nice to get a break (for grownups and kids alike.) In the Busytown boardgame, everybody wins or loses together. We have all these games and they’re all great in different scenarios.
Busytown cards – I’ve seen 3 and 4 year olds playing the Richard Scarry card game (not necessarily by the “rules” but playing quietly, so who cares?)
Chutes and Ladders boardgame – Chutes and ladders is a perennial favorite, but just be ready to spend some time coaching kids through going DOWN the chutes, not just UP the ladders…
Skip-Bo – Skip-Bo takes a little time learning the rules at first, but kids catch on fast to these number games! My 3.5 year old was my “helper” and I’ve actually played a game with my 5 year old and older family members. (The trickiest part for her was actually holding the cards, not playing the game!)
Do you have even more ideas for great gifts for girls 5 and under? Do you see something missing in this list? Tell me your favorite must-haves in the comments, and let’s make gift-giving easier for our loved ones (and the next reader!)
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