Gift for 4 & 5 Year Old Girls?

Updated on February 17, 2011
S.B. asks from Burlington, VT
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My best friend is coming for a visit with her husband and kids from Australia. I only get to see her children every couple of years or so I like to buy them special gifts when I do. Could you please give me some ideas what 4 & 5 year old sisters might really enjoy receiving as gifts? I don't know what girls that age like. Living in Australia my friend often complains that they don't have the variety that can be found in the States and it takes longer for trends to get there. My first idea was maybe some Calico Critters, but I'd especially appreciate any novelty or original ideas. I'm looking to spend about $30 each give or take.

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answers from Jacksonville on

Pillow pets are huge right now. They come in a variety of animals... my daughter (9 yrs) wanted and got the Panda one. They are machine washable and would even be great for the plane trip home!

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answers from Dallas on

Do they have Build A Bear Worshop in Australia yet? You could give them gift certificates when they get here and take them to the mall. That would be something they could do while here, so it's an outing and a gift. And they're sisters, but unique. They can personalize them to thier liking.

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answers from Dallas on

I agree with the Pillow Pets. My 4 year old and my 9 year old love theirs.

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answers from Bakersfield on

Tracy K's idea is great!
My five year old loves her build a bear!!!
They can make them have there own sound, heart beat and different clothing!
We have a dress up store for little girls here, I cant remember what it is called but they cann feel like they are at a salon getting their nails and hair done to!!!

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answers from Sacramento on

Our four-year-old daughter is very much into Pillow Pets and many of her classmates are, too.

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answers from San Antonio on

A lot of little girls right now are very into the "Twisted" toys - or I love giving books that are activity books as well as reading or coloring. Lastly, kids that age love to play pretent and Target has a line of play outfits, make-up (make sure mom approves) and shoes for dress up.
Good Luck!

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answers from Portland on

My granddaughter started being interested in Little Pet Shop pets at that age. She's 10 and still plays with them. She was and still is playing with stuffed animals.

Another idea is to wait until they get here and take them to choose what they want.

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answers from Boston on

My 4 year old girl is into dressing up a lot and lots imaginative toys and books. I completely agree about making sure it fits into their luggage. The girls could probably carry the pillow pets but it may just end up being carried by the parents. My child just got introduced with zhu zhu pets because her friends loves them but she isnt as crazy about it like her friends, and I think because she likes to read more and play dragons and dinosaurs, but she loves fairies.
But there is one thing her and her friends like are game boards. She recently just got 2 games Inchimals and Camelot Jr and both loves them. She can play by herself or have help with another. If you have Lakeshore learning centers nearby, it a great place to game boards and theyre prices are competitive too.



answers from Boston on

My 4 y.o. daughter loves Playmobil and I know they release different sets in the States then they do overseas. Popular with us are the fairies, fairy tales and school sets.



answers from Boston on

I agree with all of the ideas below. Another thing to consider is some sort of craft. For my daughter's 5th birthday a friend gave her a Hello Kitty bag that she could color in with markers. She loves the bag and uses it to carry her dance stuff in. She was extra excited to show her friends how she decorated it. She also loves painting anything, making jewelry etc.



answers from Boston on

polly pocket and my little pony are popular with that age group. some of them come as sets with a little carry case so that would also be good for the trip home. Strawberry Shortcake is coming back too, I remember playing with that set until I was pre-teen.



answers from Minneapolis on

My daughter is turning 4 next month. We're getting her a cute nightgown and cute dresses and skirts. She loves dress up clothes and anything princess. We're also buying her a sterling silver necklace with Tinkerbell charm.



answers from Boston on

Make sure that anything you get them is sort of small. We travel frequently to Europe and often have to leave things behind that don't fit into the suitcases. As cute as Pillow Pets are, they take up about 1/2 of a suitcase, same with big teddy bears.
4- and 5-year old often like princess stuff, so any dress up items would be great. I too like the polly pockets, because they are easy to travel with.

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