When it’s time to buy Christmas gifts for the kids in my life, I don’t want want to buy them more stuff. I want to buy them gifts that will stand the test of time. Here are 3 classic recommendations for girls:
1. Jewelry. Cheap costume jewelry is a perennial favorite for young girls, but I’m talking about real jewelry. My 6-year-old daughter has a beautiful, classic gold necklace that my mom gave her. (My mom took an antique shank button she had on hand to the jeweler and had them attach an inexpensive gold chain.)
My daughter loves her beautiful necklace now, at age 6, but she’ll be able to wear it for years and years to come. (Hey, if I could fit the chain around my neck, I’d wear it!)
Real jewelry doesn’t have to cost too much more than the dress-up stuff, so consider buying your girl something she’ll be able to wear for years.
2. Books. Christmas is an excellent time to help a young girl build her library. Here are 3 timeless suggestions:
Anne of Green Gables box set, by L. M. Montgomery. These are classics: you can give a box set to your 8-year-old and she’ll still be reading them 30 years later. And then she can pass them down to her daughter–if she’s willing to part with them. (If you missed the Life Lessons from Green Gables series, go read it–now!)
The Little House Collection box set, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This 5-book set doesn’t go out of style. I read the Little House books for the first time as an adult so I could help my 1st grader with his homework, so now I know what I’ve been missing all these years. An excellent choice for building a young girl’s library.
The Betsy-Tacy Treasury, by Maud Hart Lovelace, contains the first four Betsy-Tacy books. (There are 10 total.) I’ve not yet read these myself, but so many of you have written telling me that I have to read them that I am recommending them with confidence. Some of you are even blogging about the Betsy-Tacy books! I’ll get to them soon, I promise!
3. Dolls. An American Girl doll makes a classic gift (even if I I do have some reservations about the brand). I was astonished at how many of you commented here or wrote me telling me how you were passing your own American Girl doll–the one you had as a girl–down to your daughter.
A much cheaper alternative is the Our Generation dolls from Target. These run $17 versus $100 for the American Girl dolls, but you won’t be passing these dolls down to your daughter.
What’s your favorite classic gift for girls?
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