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4 Yr Old Girl B-day Gift Ideas

Hello! My son just started pre-school and has been invited to a classmates birthday party. The party if for a little girl who is turning 4. Any gift ideas? I am not sure what she likes (we just started pre-school) and have no idea's what to a buy a little girl. I go to the store and end up in the train section! lol! Thanks for any suggestions!

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Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions! We ended up buying her art supplies, construction paper, coloring book, crayons, and glitter markers (big hit; the little girl opened them and said "awesome!").

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Hi A.,

I always start with the Oppenheim Toy Awards http://www.toyportfolio.com/

Once you find an awesome toy, it can be kind of a pain to find it in stores. But I've had some pretty good luck if I have a list of 5 or so that look cool and that are pretty big brand names.

Other than that, books, play-doh, and art supplies are good standbys.

-K.

My daughter loved polly pockets and dress up... so jewlery is fun too!
She also enjoyed coloring books, drawing paper etc.
Puzzles, books, play dough could be for either a boy or a girl

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Art supplies are always good because they are consumable. Melissa and Doug make great craft kits for girls that age (paint a jewerly box, etc.) that are pretty reasonable...maybe $10-$15. They have them at most toys sotres and book stores.

My daughter loved polly pockets and dress up... so jewlery is fun too!
She also enjoyed coloring books, drawing paper etc.
Puzzles, books, play dough could be for either a boy or a girl

My daughter is 4 and right now the craze is Tinker Bell. Any Tinker Bell or the other fairies from "Pixie Hollow" (where Tinker Bell lives) I bet she would love.

My middle child (girl) just turned 4. Here's what she really loves right now: Barbies, Littlest Pet Shop, Polly Pockets, coloring books & crayons, Legos (real ones, not the Duplos) - especially sets from the Lego City line, simple, easy "ready-to-read" level books, Little People playsets, playdoh, toy kitchen with dishes/food and dressup stuff.

My daughter on her 4th birthday last year received a Orb Factory Sticky Mosaics - Princess - she loved it. It's learning and having fun. Crafts for girls always seem to be a hit. Check with the teacher for suggestions of the little girl's interests. Best wishes.

We have all girls in our family, so I am used to buying girl stuff! Anything Princess, My Little Pony, or Littlest Pet Shop are always a hit. They have playsets in all price ranges so it's fairly easy to find something. Good luck!

How about a gift card to Build a Bear? Maybe too much $ for someone you don't know well. I guess it just depends on how much you want to spend. A gift card would probably need to be at least $20.

Otherwise, all kids love Mickey Mouse and coloring so you could go to the local target and get something like that.

Good luck.

My little girls were never into dolls, but they both loved make believe. You can't go wrong with dress up. Go to the thrift store and by the gaudiest high heels, a slip that could double as an evening gown, a gaudy hat and tacky jewelry. The flashier it is, the more she will love it. Then put it in a special bag or old vanity case.

I would suggest a craft kit. My daughters loved getting them, my youngest still does and she is 9. Good Luck!

How about a build-a-bear gift certificate? If it is too expensive maybe you can go in with someone else.

It all depends on the girl. Some girls like girl toys and some don't care. Ask the teacher what the girl is like in class. I think coloring books are good, books in general, Hello Kitty, Dragon Tales, Dora the explorer, pretend play items. My daughter had a vet kit with a dog, and loved it. She also loved to put random items in her purse. So maybe a cute "purse" with some misc items in it. Lip balm, travel lotion, body wash.....
I hope that helps.
M. S

Most little girls like dolls. Barbie is still a big hit as are her clothes. There are great books out there for children as well. If there is a phone number on the invite to RSVP to call the parents and just ask what she likes and what she all ready has. Some parents are willing to play games with their children (even today) and things like children's boggle, etc., are good and educational at the same time.

Hello A.,
I have two girls. My younger one turned 3 years several weeks ago (she had an Ariel party) so its about the same age range (she's in pre-school). She likes anything princess(especially dress up -they have dresses, shoes and purse dress up packages at toys r us), mermaids (they have great bath toys),Dora the Explorer and Glo Doodle. This is pretty generic girl stuff if you don't know the child but you have to keep in mind not all little girls like 'girlie' things.
I've exposed both of my girls to toys such as Thomas and dinosaurs before the more gender specific toys so they like both. If you still can't decide, the best (and most appreciated)thing is to ask what the birthday girl is into when you RSVP for the party.
Hope that helps!

Hi A.,

I always start with the Oppenheim Toy Awards http://www.toyportfolio.com/

Once you find an awesome toy, it can be kind of a pain to find it in stores. But I've had some pretty good luck if I have a list of 5 or so that look cool and that are pretty big brand names.

Other than that, books, play-doh, and art supplies are good standbys.

-K.

Hi A.,

When you RSVP ask what she likes. I have found that to be helpful both ways, when I have parties and when my kids are invited. I am sure the mom wont mind. Not all girls are girly girls!

Art supplies! Crayola has some great stuff (we bought a light board thing for a 5yo b-day party not long ago).

Games are also good. My son just got "I Can Do That" and it is TERRIFIC. It's in a blue box and has Cat in the Hat all over it.

My daughter will be 4 next month and has asked for Barbies, Disney Princesses and dolls. You can also go for art supplies. They are easy to find and not too expensive. Also my little girl loves stickers. Books may seem like a boring gift but I think that they are wonderful to get. Good luck.

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