Here are two amazing gift ideas for girls ages four to eight.
Anything personalized is always a hit with young girls. Olive Kids is a wonderful resource for colorful and inspired presents that can be personalized. This year I ordered place mats (check out the set of five personalized place mats for $44.99) for my girls and a set of bookmarks (a great stocking stuffer at $8.99 each) to keep the nightly reading properly marked. Hurry--orders need to be placed by 12/16 to qualify for regular shipping.
Karito Kids was an Oprah pick last year. And the dolls have only gotten more popular since then. I like the message of global unity. Each 21" doll has a passport and a story about her country. The details on each doll are impressive. The large dolls, such as the new Karito Kids - Piper from Australia go for about $100. But I am loving the new Travel Charmer Doll. These 16" dolls are squishy (the original is a more traditional doll--think American Girl) for a fraction of the price you get excellent quality and the same embrace of different cultures. Check out the Karito Kids Ling Goes To Japan Travel Charmer Doll or the Travel Charmers Lulu Goes to Madagascar $19.49
Bonus: A percentage of sales from every doll will be donated to Plan USA, a worldwide children'??s charity. By entering a unique code (found on every product) on the company website, children will be able to select the charitable cause to which the donation will be directed. What a terrific way to celebrate this season of giving!