Top Christmas Toys from a 5-Year-Old

So I thought I’d mix things up a little bit with today’s blog post by asking my 5-year-old to guest post for me… well sort of! I originally started this site because of my daughter and she loves dolls as much as any little girl so predictably, her Christmas wish list consists of mainly dolls and doll accessories. If you’re stuck for ideas of what to buy a little girl around the same age this year, hopefully this list should give you a few ideas.

And just to balance things up, we’ve included a few requests from her younger brother and some unisex toys that both boys and girls will love.

Disney Frozen Royal Sisters Anna & Elsa Doll

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buynowbuttonI think you’d be hard-pressed to find a little girl in the western world who doesn’t love Frozen and my daughter is no different. So it’s not too much of a suprise that the first thing on her list is “Anna and Elsa dolls”. This set of two dolls is amazing value considering that the separate dolls often come close to the same price anyway.

They’re about the same size as Barbie dolls about 10″ tall (Elsa is a little taller than Anna) so they’re fully compatible with all your existing doll houses, clothing and other accessories. They come wearing gorgeous sparkly gowns and crowns.

There are lots of cheap Chinese knockoff Frozen dolls around that will soon loose their limbs, tear their clothing and have hair falling out but these dolls are actually very high quality and licensed by Mattel.

Frilly Lily Cloth Doll Nappies

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buynowbuttonMy daughter just had her birthday and asked for a Baby Alive doll, which of course we got for her as she wanted nothing else (she’d been watching youtube videos featuring this doll for a long time). This is one of those dolls that you can feed real water from a bottle and it wees.

It came with a disposable nappy and you can buy packs of replacements but of course after giving the doll one bottle it’s soaking wet and there’s only so many times you can dry it out and re-use it before it starts getting really filthy and the tape loses its stickiness.

That’s why I’m going to stock up on these cute towelling re-usable doll nappies that are suitable for any 14-18 inch baby dolls like Baby Born and Baby Annabell.

They can be washed and re-used forever, the velcro fastener never loses stickiness and they come in a range of different designs. I like the one pictured because it’s cute but not too girly so great if you have some boy dolls.

My Little Pony Rainbow Princess Sparkle

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buynowbuttonNow my little girl doesn’t just like dolls – she also loves My Little Ponies, just like I did when I was her age. She’s been requesting a Rainbow Dash for a while. Now this isn’t technically Rainbow Dash but I spent a long time looking at all the My Little Pony figures (which is very confusing as they all have slightly different brand names so they look like knock-offs even when they’re not) and all the Rainbow Dash dolls were kind of disappointing – small, boring, or had stupid plastic wings that would snap off in 2 seconds.

I think she’ll like this Rainbow Princess sparkles much better as it comes with a cool shimmery cape, shoes (shoes!) and lots of different hair accessories.

LEGO Classic Creative building Box

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buynowbuttonOk onto some more unisex ideas. This is top of the Christmas list for both kids this year and really, you can’t go wrong with lego. This classic set goes back to basics (no girly lego friends here) and includes 580 blocks and pieces like windows and wheels to make all sorts of models, limited only by your imagination.

Honestly, I think every kid should have a large selection of Lego bricks and this is a great way to start off your collection. I’m really enjoying the fact that my kids are now at an age where they can enjoy building things with lego and I can also have fun helping!

Hot Wheels 10 Car Pack

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buynowbuttonNow I don’t want to get too off topic as this is a site about dolls after all, but just so my boy doesn’t feel left out (and just incase his grandparents are reading – wink!) here’s one for the boys. My son like most little boys loves cars and his current obsession is hot wheels.

There are all sorts of funky hot wheels race tracks you can get but he’s still at the age where he’s happiest racing them around the room so this multipack of cars would be pretty perfect for him. I’ve bought him quite a few of these little cars over the years and the Hot Wheels ones are great quality and last a lot longer than cheaper versions. Plus this multipack is great value for money anyway.

 

Choosing a Dolls Pram Set





Little girls love to play with dolls and a great toy to provide them with is a doll pram. Playing with dolls is an important part of creative and social development and a dolls pram will encourage this play by increasing the number of games they can play with their dolls. All children love to copy their parents and if you have a baby you will probably find that your little girl wants to “help” push the pram when you go out for walks together. She’ll be thrilled to receive her own dolls pram that she can push alongside you and take her dolls out for walks.

Dolls prams come in many different brands and models from simple to sophisticated and expensive. While a simple pram is fine for younger children, older girls really appreciate authenticity and will be extra happy with a doll pram that looks just like their mother’s. You can buy doll prams that are miniature replicas of the real thing from companies like Silver Cross and Mamas and Papas.

Another way to make the play experience more lifelike is to provide doll pram accessories. Real prams usually come with a range of accessories such as rain covers, sun parasols and changing bags and then of course parents add their own pram toys and blankets. You can buy dolls pram accessories separately, but an easy way to get everything your little girl could possibly want in one go is to buy a dolls pram set.

Dolls pram sets are produced by several different toy makers and manufacturers of doll prams and their contents vary from set to set. There are some very large sets that include lots of items and would be great for a really special birthday or Christmas present. Two example of sets like this are the Graco Mega Value Set
including a pram, high chair, swing, travel seat, carry cot, bouncer and travel cot with toy bar and the Deluxe Dolls Pram Set from Grossman including A pram, travel cot, carry seat, rain cover, parasol and a doll with two outfits. These large sets are great value for money as they cost much less than it would be to buy all the items individually.

If you’re looking for smaller sets, there are many available which usually contain the pram plus a sun parasol and rain cover or a matching shopping bag. These type of doll pram sets are produced by Silver cross, Mamas and Papas and Zapf, to name a few.

As well as actual doll pram accessories, there are some lovely bedding sets you can buy that are specially made for dolls prams. Your little girl will love tucking her dolls up in these beautiful quilts and pillows which you can buy in toy shops or have custom made to match the pram or your little girl’s room,“ possibly even customized with her name embroidered on the fabric. You can even make your own doll pram set if you are handy with a sewing machine. It is an easy project to do and you can choose whatever kind of fabrics you prefer.



Dolls Prams Accessories





After you’ve selected your pram there are many dolls prams accessories on the market to enhance the play experience. Maybe your little girl already has a doll pram and you’e looking for another gift ideas – there are many accessories available for prams for dolls, just like real-life prams, which are great for make- believe.

Silver cross produce a range of accessories to fit their doll prams . You can buy a chrome shopping tray which fits to the bottom of the dolls pram and use it to carry around bags and baby doll clothes just like mum. They also sell a changing bag – an exact replica of the real thing which little girls will love to store their doll’s clothes in and carry around with the pram.

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Popular accessories for other brands of dolls prams include rain covers to protect dolly when it’s wet and pram toys which attach to the front of the pram to keep your baby dolls occupied  just like a real baby!

Another very popular brand with little girls is Baby Annabell which comes with a whole range of accessories that can be used with the Baby Annabell doll prams. Little girls love collecting things and the Baby Annabell range has enough selection so you’ll never be stuck for present ideas again!

Not to forget, many mid to high end doll prams come with their own set of accessories such as a matching umbrella and shopping bag. If your little girl wants to be the most stylish when out and about then these doll pram sets are an excellent choice.You can buy Silver Cross doll accessory sets and Mamas and Papas also do their own version.

When choosing your dolls pram make sure not to forget about accessories!