WHEN you have two girls, trying to come up with Christmas gift ideas can be challenging. More so for the second child, because the eldest child got it all the first time around. There’s always that temptation just to rewrap some old toys in the cupboard. I wouldn’t though. I promise.

So I thought I’d provide a little bit of inspiration for those of you struggling to find gifts for the toddler and preschool aged girl.

The Wiggles – Big Big Surprise DVD Set RRP: $99.99

The Wiggles - Big Big Surprise DVD Set

The O’Brien household was introduced to The Wiggles four years ago, just as Sam took over the reigns from Greg. This beautiful 20th birthday hardcover photo album-style book and box set, featuring 10 CDs and DVDs hidden inside the book’s pages, has been a lovely way to tell her about the back story of The Wiggles. Our cupboard is overflowing with Wiggles DVDs and CDs. I think we pretty much have every DVD and CD since Sam begun, so it’s a real treat to get our hands on everything from Toot Toot to Let’s Eat.  Each page reveals clues as to what the CD/DVD might be, along with some great photos and quotes and even a limited edition 35mm film frame. It’s has a pretty price tag, but is worth every cent.

MegaBloks Dora Bus RRP: $39.99

MegaBloks Dora Bus

What appeals about the MegaBloks Dora Bus is it’s a buildable play set ideal for fostering creative play. The bus has to be built from scratch using the blocks, but there’s no right or wrong way to go about it. It also includes a Dora and Boots figurine, guitar, scooter, palm trees and more. Stickers allow children to decorate the items as they wish. Ella has enjoyed pulling this one apart and then rebuilding it, more than the actual playing itself. Not ideal for children under 3, as it has small parts.

Stockists: Big W, Toyworld and independent retailers.

Octonauts To the Gups! DVD RRP: $19.99

Octonauts: To the Gups

As I’ve mentioned before, the Octonauts are a bit of a favourite in our house. Ella never seems to tire of them and quite casually slips some of their phrases into everyday conversation. Once again, children will learn about marine life with Barnacles, Kwazii and Peso in the seven creature reports. The show also imparts some good lessons on young minds. Ella reacts in quite an animated way to some scenes, like when the Octopod is hijacked by a group of crustaceans.

Hallmark’s Jingle the Husky Pup RRP: $34.99

Jingle the Husky Pup

Hallmark keep releasing these gorgeous interactive toys for children and their latest has won two hearts in our household. Plush toy Jingle the Husky Pup is part of the innovative Interactive Story Buddies, which feature books and plush characters with voice-recognition technology. The idea is you read the Jingle story and key phrases prompt Jingle the Husky Pup to sing, bark or howl. The story itself is incredibly heartwarming and would be a winner even without the plush toy. The only real frustration with Jingle is that while he makes a noise 99% of the time when I read the key phrases, he doesn’t make a noise 99% when Ella’s four-year-old voice challenges him. There is also a free Jingle All The Way app with the option to record your own voice reading the story.
Available at leading retailers, newsagents and selected gift stores nationally or online at www.hallmarkcards.com.au.

The Wiggles It’s Always Christmas With You CD RRP: $18.95

There’s nothing like waking up to some fresh Christmas songs on Christmas morning and this one is a real treat. Ella has learnt the lyrics to all the songs already ,thanks to having it on repeat. One of our favourites would have to be the skivvy-clad boys teaming up with *NSync’s Joey Fatone for O Holy Night and Jingle Bell Rock with Dorothy. The idea behind I Just Can’t Sleep on Christmas Eve, featuring Jeff, is pretty clever too.

Some other gift suggestions:

Tell the Time Watch

Tell the time watch

The watch, quite obviously, teaches young children how to tell the time. For example, next to the one it says: “five past’’

A Jig-Sew for Boys and Girls

Jig-Sew

This is a great one for children who love jigsaws and sewing. It is a real test for Ella who is enjoying the challenge of learning to thread.

Dr Seuss My Primary School Album

Dr Seuss Primary School Album

This is a gorgeous book. It actually doesn’t start until prep, so is just a year too young for Ella who’s about to start kinder next year. However, it’s a great book to fill out as progresses through primary school and then have as a keepsake.

Bracelet

baby girl's bracelet

I think every little girl needs to have her own bracelet at some stage. If not for birthdays, then definitely Christmas. This one is ideal for any age.

Guess How Much I Love You Pop-Up Book

Guess How Much I Love You Pop-Up Edition

I’ve mentioned this one before. It’s one of my favourite books for this year, with its clever interactive pop-ups and a beautiful story most of us are already familiar with.

What gift suggestions do you have for girls this Christmas?

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**UPDATE. COMPETITION NOW CLOSED. Because it’s Christmas and we’re being rather generous, you have the chance to win one of THREE Octonauts: To The Gup! DVD and The Wiggles It’s Always Christmas With You CD packs. To go in the draw, tell us your favourite Christmas present as a child (if you can remember!). Mine was my Cabbage Patch Kid, Astra! The giveaway closes Thursday, December 15 at 7pm and winners will be drawn randomly and announced on this blog and via Facebook and Twitter. Australian residents only. Limit of four entries.

Want extra entries? Then here’s how you can up your chances in the draw. Each task is worth one extra entry, but must be included as a separate comment (or it won’t count).

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**DISCLOSURE: I received The Wiggles – Big Big Surprise DVD Set, MegaBloks Dora Bus, Octonauts To the Gups! DVD, Hallmark’s Jingle the Husky Pup and The Wiggles It’s Always Christmas With You CD to review. All opinions expressed are my own. Some links are affiliate links. This means if you become a customer, I may receive a commission in the future. This doesn’t affect how much you’re charged.

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92 Responses to Christmas gift ideas for kids – girls (review and giveaway)

  1. Narelle Rock says:

    My Little Pony, loves brushing their tales and putting on their accessories!

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  4. Corinna Winen says:

    Wow, some awesome ideas there! My favourite present would have to have been my Rigadoon. Remember them? lol

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    + 1’d on google =)

  7. Lisa Blackman says:

    I loved my Mr Men plush I got one year but he had an unfortunate accident… He slipped out of the pram on the way to the shops and was never found again. Took me forever to get over it.

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  11. Elisha says:

    Mine was my cabbage patch doll too ! Believe it or not.. I still have her….. The date on her bum says 84 – i was 4 the year i got her and im nearing 32 =/ LOL, Emily loves her – Oh and as if by conicidence, my doll has the most shocking red hair EVER… and then i had a ranga daughter =) Maybe – it was pre destined.. HA HA, well i like to think so!

    PS I love the tell the time watch – how very clever !

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  15. silvana says:

    i used to love my teddy bear a panda bear that cames with me all times and i sleep with him i still got it after nearly 33 years

  16. Mine was a Cabbage Patch Doll too. I had wanted her for SO long but my parents told me they couldn’t afford her and so when I found her under the Christmas Tree I was thrilled. I still have her + my girls play with her now.
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  17. Tat says:

    My favourite was a train set!
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  18. Elise says:

    My favourite present was my Alf stuffed toy – I loved Alf so much and that matted grotty toy is still tucked away on my top shelf where the kids can’t get at him
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  20. Trish says:

    My favourite present was Trixie Belden books ..it’s all I can remember.
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  21. Trish says:

    Shared on FB , MY little Drummer Boys.
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  22. My favourite was a MooMoo Cow my dad picked up in Japan when I was 4. It lasted until I was 11 when the stuffing started coming out and mum couldn’t fix him anymore.

    You tipped him upside down and he mooed. It was massive I could hardly hold him when I was little! I loved my moomoo cow! My parents still look for one similar to him whenever they visit Japan.. and I am now 30!
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  26. Michelle says:

    A hypercolour shirt. I was so awesome with my sweat highlights and pre-boob beams.
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  27. Deb says:

    My most memorable Xmas Present as a child was getting my motorbike!!! (Tom boy much???)

  28. Deb says:

    Shared on FB also:)

  29. Kelly B says:

    I would have to say that one of the only Christmas presents I remember receiving as a kid was a camping Barbie – she had red hair & came with a glow-in-the-dark sleeping bag that rolled up into a back pack!

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  31. Gemmie Alliston says:

    My favourite would have to be a gorgeous little chinese doll I called ‘Izzy’, I took her everywhere with me!!

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    I follow you on gfc 🙂

  33. Lisa See says:

    Shared on Facebook 🙂

  34. Lisa See says:

    My favourite toy was the glow worm 🙂

  35. manda rainbird says:

    Always Barbie is a good christmas winner!
    also shared on FB @BossMummy

  36. Rachael says:

    My son would love the Octonauts. We go ‘to our stations’ every time I need something done quick lol

    My fav present as a child was a sprinkler skipping rope, you attached it to the outside tap and it wet you as you jumped and you only needed one person to turn the rope!

  37. Rachael says:

    I also posted on Facebook!

  38. Michelle Rivett says:

    Mine was also a Cabbage Patch Doll, named Cassie. I got very upset with my Aunt when the following year she had her baby girl, Kassandra, and everyone called her ‘Kassie’. How rude!

  39. Sally D says:

    I remember receiving and loving a handmade Holly Hobbie dressing gown 🙂

  40. Melinda Nardella says:

    My favourite memory was getting a portable stereo. So cool back then. It was 1981 and I got the album ‘1981 over the top’ I still remember the songs.
    There was Olivia Newton-John, Stevie Nicks, Kim Wilde and many more!!

  41. Melinda Nardella says:

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  42. sue petrie says:

    mine was a bride doll i took her everywhere

  43. sue petrie says:

    i’ve shared this on facebook

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    i have shared this on twitter

  45. Charlotte says:

    My favourite was Barbie and her accessories. Still have some of them that I’ve recently given to my daughter 🙂

  46. Mandy says:

    believe it or not in my early teen years I remember getting a sports girl tee, with the logo across the front. That was huge to me. clearly I didn’t have a lot. lol.
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    I posted this on facebook @ A Little Space Like Home
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  49. Mary Preston says:

    My favourite Christmas present as a child was my baby doll. She was incredibly beautiful. She came with different baby clothes & a carry cot & a feeding bottle. Just the perfect size to cuddle & rock to sleep.

  50. Mary Preston says:

    Follow on Google + – I think. New to that one.

  51. My favorite was a barbie bus! I loved that thing! I was devastated when i found out mum had given it away when i was 16 lol
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  54. I LOVED my Gymnast Barbie! She was so bendy hehe 🙂
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  55. My favourite Christmas present as a child was a popcorn maker! I got it when I was about 8, it was great!
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  56. Allison Owens says:

    I was given a doll with long blonde curly hair which i had seen in a shop window and loved her ,i would sit for hours and brush and style her hair today she lives at my daughter’s house still in good conditition.

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  58. Judith M says:

    My favourite Christmas present was a dog. Aged around 12 months, she came from the RSPCA and it took me nearly 12 years of pestering my parents to get her. Fittingly I named her ‘Lucky’ and she was our beloved pet for more than 17 years.

  59. jasmine barton says:

    When I was 8 my nanna won a doll at our school christmas concert, the most creative answer won. She called her Belinda Blue Eyes! She won & gave her to me for Chrissie, I loved Belinda so much and still have her at my mums house, looking a little worse for wear I must say, but still beautiful in my eyes <3

  60. suzi says:

    One year when I was about 7 or 8 I got given this beautiful doll that you could make walk by sort of rocking it forward the legs would move into a walking motion. It had beautiful soft hair you could brush and eyes that closed when it laid down. I called her Jessica.

  61. Rebecca Trounson says:

    As mum to 2 little girls too, I know how hard it is to find things for girl number 2, poor little things!! One of my favourites were my cabbage patch dolls too, Doreen and Patience (how is a red headed clown with 1 tooth). But my favourite ever was my Strawberry Shortcake, that when you squeezed her tummy, strawberry scent came out her mouth! Kind of weird though now I think about it!!

  62. Barbara says:

    Barbie of course

  63. Barbara says:

    I’ve shared on twitter

  64. My favourite present was a Cabbage Patch too, I remember it very fondly and I still have her. My girls can have her when they get older.
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  68. Melissa J Smith says:

    My favourite toy was never my Cabbage Patch Doll but it is now as my Miss almost 3 loves ‘Serena crystal’ so much!

  69. kerry santillo says:

    I had a holly Hobbie doll and matching handbag!! I thought I was a princess 🙂
    I so miss them now . thanks for a chance

  70. kerry santillo says:

    have shared on facebook 🙂

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  73. Melissa Okimoto says:

    I got a pony when I was younger, we lived on a farm and I wanted one sooo bad. I looked after him so much and he was my best friend

  74. Crystal McFarlane says:

    I would have to say mine was my Cabbage Patch too!! I still have it!

  75. melanie - ThisMummyMaze says:

    I got a TV when i was 12 i thought that was pretty spesh.

  76. Lisa Wood says:

    My all time favorite xmas was when I got a cabbage patch doll….and then the following year I thought I was gettin a (real) pony but got “My Little Ponies”!!

    Gosh that was a funny xmas!

    Cheers
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    shared it on facebook 🙂

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  78. Nicole says:

    My favourite toys When I was little were a rag doll with a complete outfit that was removable and a huge White shaggy dog almost life size that I hid behind when shadows in my bedroom scared me

  79. Claire Lewis says:

    One Christmas when I was about 4, my sister and I came downstairs to find two beautiful shiny bikes with great big bows on the handles and spokey dokeys on the wheels – so exciting to get our first big girl bikes!

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  82. Kimberley Belford says:

    A doll that would talk , you could feed and obvicously wee and poo then lol
    Older version of the Baby Alive
    I loved her sooo much , I always wanted a lil baby sister but instead I got ‘Ruby’

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  85. Cate says:

    Mine were my cabbage patch dolls too- must be our age! Mine were called Bridget Rhonda and Gloria Naomi. My sister and Mum made me baby carriers, clothes, bags… for our C.Ps. They went everywhere with us- to the zoo, Brownie pack holiday…. My nephew even has one now, which was left on the plane on the way to Queensland- thank goodness the kind airline got it back to him quickly.

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  87. Leila says:

    Mine was my only real cabbage patch doll ‘Alex’ when the dog tore his stomach open i was devestated but my mum ‘operated’ on him and using a stocking folded several times over repaired him and even gave him a belly button.

  88. Izabella Del Papa says:

    My most memorable gift… I wanted a Strawberry Shortcake doll but I received an Orange Blossom instead but I grew to love her. When you pressed her tummy the scent of orange blossom came out of her mouth!!!

  89. Carolyn says:

    A pink My Little Pony that had glittery hair from my Nanna who passed away not long after.