I have been putting off posting my Holiday toy recommendations because I wasn’t sure I should split the girls and boys lists. Some people are very sensitive about the whole gender specific toy issue. In our house it really isn’t that big of a deal. While Ellie does tend to lean toward girlish toys there are toys that are marketed towards boys in her toy box. I think it’s up to each parent to decide what’s best for their children.
Let the Holiday’s begin! I’ve been working on my top toy picks for about 2 months now and I’m finally ready to share! A huge thank you to Time To Play Magazine for introducing me to so amazing toys this year!
Winx Club Believix Dolls
These dolls are based on a new Nickelodeon show. The fairies, Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna, and Aisha have interchangeable wings and 11 moveable parts, making the dolls very pose-able. Dolls are sold separately.
What I love: These fairies are all about Girl Power!
Retail Price: 11.5 inch dolls retail for about $19.99 each.
Monster High has been extremely popular for the last few years. This year is not exception. This year The Monster High Ghouls are staring in their first DVD movie. All dolls have interchangeable clothing and accessories. Dolls are sold separately.
What I love: These dolls are beautiful, but not traditionally beautiful. I love that!!!
Retail Price: Dolls can retail from $12.99 to $22.99 depending on doll.
Ok, I’ll admit it. I have a love hate relationship with Barbie. On the one hand, I love the fashion and my memories. On the other hand, I’m torn on whether or not I want my daughter to look up to her. There is no denying she is a beautiful doll and she’s just as popular today as she was when we were little. I will admit this The Barbie Photo Fashion Doll is very cool! Her belt is actually a camera and her T-Shirt will display one of the 200 images that the doll will hold. The USB cord will also charge the doll as you download the pictures to your PC or MAC.
What I love: The creativity! I am huge on letting Ellie take off with the camera to see what she captures. I love that she can change the design of the T-Shirt with a snap of the camera.
Retail Price: Photo Fashion Barbie retails from $39.99 to $49.99
Lalaloopsy Soft Dolls
What I love: I love that they’ve added a cuddle aspect to this sweet doll.
Retail price: The Soft Lalaloopsy retails between $14.99 to $16.99
American Girl Bitty Baby
This is the favorite and most played with doll in our house. I love seeing Ellie so nurturing and playing house with her baby. This is one of the few toys on my list that isn’t on the Time to Play list. You can pick from several different hair, skin and eye colors. While the kit may be more expensive than just buying the $50 doll, but it’s a great starter kit. The backpack also doubles as a baby carrier. If you plan on introducing any of the American Girl Dolls in the future, this is a great starter doll.
What I love: I love the old fashion pretend play this doll inspires.
Retail Price: Doll alone is $50, Doll and starter kit retails for $120
I know that there was some controversy over Lego Friends last year. I get it, why market a new line of legos specifically to girls when they’re already playing with the other legos. Say what you will, but I love the Lego Friends line and so does Ellie.
What I love: Not only does this toy teach kids to follow directions, but they can also use their imagination and built what ever they want. After the toy is built the play doesn’t stop.
Retail Price: $10 and up
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Pony Princess Wedding Castle
What I love: It’s adorable!
Retail Price: Retails for $39.99
Furreal Friends Baby Butterscotch
Last year the animated Furreals sold out everywhere! I don’t expect anything different this year. I love toys that encourage nurturing. Baby Butterscotch responds when her special sensors on the sides of her head, her muzzle and on her body are touched.
What I love: When Ellie asked for a pony this year I knew this would end up under our tree! 😉
Retail Price: Retails between $99.00 and $119.00