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If I were a little girl, I would totally want one of those cool artsy tee-pees and some decorative lights for it.  I don't have kids, but I have friends whose little girl has one, sooo cool.  I got this for my 2 and 4 year old nephews. What about American Girl dolls (they might already have them).  What about a bath bomb kit??? Don't they really like bath bombs?

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I've been demonizing American Girl dolls as toys for the bourgeoisie.  So we might buy American Girl doll accessories as gifts for others, we do not buy anything for ourselves.  They have two hand me down American Girl dolls.  

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I'm very grateful that my 4-year-old hasn't discovered American Girl dolls yet (though we did receive marketing mail from them when she was less than a year old)!

(I assume that since my daughter is a couple of years younger than your younger daughter they're interested in different things. Mine's pretty into Paw Patrol and My Little Pony.)

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8 hours ago, ktmoomau said:

What about American Girl dolls (they might already have them).  What about a bath bomb kit??? Don't they really like bath bombs?

8 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

I've been demonizing American Girl dolls as toys for the bourgeoisie.  So we might buy American Girl doll accessories as gifts for others, we do not buy anything for ourselves.  They have two hand me down American Girl dolls.  

6 hours ago, dracisk said:

I'm very grateful that my 4-year-old hasn't discovered American Girl dolls yet (though we did receive marketing mail from them when she was less than a year old)!

A warning to anyone unfamiliar with American Girl dolls: Be very, very careful - I had a friend whose daughter had an American Girl collection. Like buying a printer, the doll itself is only the beginning; then, you have to buy ink cartridges, annual software updates, etc. ... every possible accessory for each American Girl doll costs mega-bucks, and they're marketed directly to the children, so the little kids clamor for more-and-more of everything. It's an expense that can easily explode geometrically, and if you think it's going to be a one-time, $100 gift, a few years later you may realize you've dropped over $1,000 at this store.

I'm not saying they aren't lovely dolls, but buyer beware! I saw it happen with my own eyes.

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12 hours ago, DonRocks said:

A warning to anyone unfamiliar with American Girl dolls: Be very, very careful - I had a friend whose daughter had an American Girl collection. Like buying a printer, the doll itself is only the beginning; then, you have to buy ink cartridges, annual software updates, etc. ... every possible accessory for each American Girl doll costs mega-bucks, and they're marketed directly to the children, so the little kids clamor for more-and-more of everything. It's an expense that can easily explode geometrically, and if you think it's going to be a one-time, $100 gift, a few years later you may realize you've dropped over $1,000 at this store.

I'm not saying they aren't lovely dolls, but buyer beware! I saw it happen with my own eyes.

The Tysons store has a doll hair salon: Watch as our expert stylists give dolls a new look! Choose doll hairdos, ear piercing, pampering services and more.

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I'm also glad that my daughter is too young to know about L.O.L. Surprise! But I'm sure there will be something equally inane when she's older.

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My nearly 6 year old likes science kits, especially the goo-related ones. She also likes random instruments so we are getting her a xylophone at her request. She wants music sheets for her lap harp (which was her dad's). She also wants a sewing machine and for me to teach her to sew which can't happen for a variety of reasons that I won't get into.

She also likes making mess, I mean art so Santa will refresh her googly-eye and pipe-cleaner supply and add some new stuff. 

If they don't have stomp rockets and you have a yard, it's a must-have. Ours busted so we are getting a new one. You too might enjoy it.

We are buying some new family games. All of ours have been rendered useless by use. I'm open to suggestions about novel ones that I might not have considered (5&8).

Finally, American Girl dolls are horrible for so many reasons. I am very happy that my girl thinks they are "creepy looking" and I swear I did not offer that thought to her myself. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, NolaCaine said:

We are buying some new family games. All of ours have been rendered useless by use. I'm open to suggestions about novel ones that I might not have considered (5&8).

I'm looking forward to trying Qwirkle when my daughter's a little older. I just learned about it recently, but maybe you already know about it.

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Ah geez, this thread is like a trip down memory lane. American Girl dolls, Qwirkle, Rat-a-Tat-Cat, Slamwich....My kids are 14 (twins) and this year's main presents are an EOS camera for the girl and a new monitor for the boy.

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2 hours ago, Bob Wells said:

Ah geez, this thread is like a trip down memory lane. American Girl dolls, Qwirkle, Rat-a-Tat-Cat, Slamwich....My kids are 14 (twins) and this year's main presents are an EOS camera for the girl and a new monitor for the boy.

Books for your girl...wait, is one of those 14 yr olds female? I actually am going to recommend "Bloody Jack" and "Parisole Protectorate" anyway...I read a lot...and pretty much anything.

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