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Paul is the father of three daughters and maintains multiple lists of gift ideas with regularly updated poll data. The young girl you are looking to purchase a gift for is likely in the 2nd or 3rd grade.
I have three young daughters that I've searched to find the perfect gift for each year. Ever since I've constructed this list, kept track of the voting, and gotten her one of the most-liked ideas, she's been happy on her birthday and Christmas with her presents.
It's also worked out really well for when she needs to bring a gift to one of her friend's parties. Gifts for 8-year-old girls: Most kids enjoy crafts, dress-up, and play activities from dolls to soccer.
Over the last few years, I've been watching what the kids play with at school for gift ideas. In 2011, Silly Band had a good run with young girls.
In 2012, girls used a string to make things like cat’s cradles, witch’s brooms, and hammocks. During the day, they carried the string wrapped around their wrist, and when they had a break they played with it like crazy.
Girls would use kits to make them for each other and give them to friends. In 2014, arts and crafts of different kinds seemed to have become the most popular gift for young girls.
In 2015, arts and crafts remain in the top spot. In 2016, arts and crafts are the most liked suggestions, while people clearly don't like ideas that suggest candy (gum ball machine) or pocket knives (Even though my own children asked for them).
Surprising that gender based gifts appear stronger (nail polish) and toys that are more gender neutral were considered bad ideas (Nerf bow and arrow). As girls approach the age of eight, they start to appreciate high quality colored pencils and special paper for their creative efforts.
They put a lot of effort and detail into these projects. Friendship bracelet supplies are an inexpensive, but creative gift idea.
Girls at eight are becoming artistic, and they can weave some pretty incredible rings, bracelets, and necklaces with a rubber-band loom. The rubber bands come in a bright assortment of colors.
This gift idea is creative and educational: it's a kit kids use to write, illustrate and publish their self-authored book. You can mail in the story to the company, so they can publish it, or you can put together the book online.
For the kid who likes to write and draw, this can be fun. While girls and boys love to play games on the iPod and Wii, they also enjoy some classic games like Connect 4 and Twister.
Our daughter goes to a chess class, and we have had fun playing against each other. Unfortunately, sports toys often go overlooked as gift ideas for girls.
My daughter plays soccer and loves to kick the ball around at home. I also think she would enjoy a basketball hoop that is adjusted to a height where she could shoot and make a basket.
Strongly consider gifts that support physical activity, confidence, and teamwork. These will contribute to a healthier child with a richer life.
I've noticed a steady increase in how much our daughter listens to music and talks on the phone. It can be used as a phone if you install Skype on it, and it plays lots of games for kids, available in the Apple application store.
The latest iPod Touch shoots high-quality pictures and video. An expensive electronic gift could be a force for good if it came with the right message, something like, “You are ready for a big-girl item.
Keep showing us that you are old enough for this, by using it at appropriate times, and making sure you don't lose it; it’s hard to replace…” The child can purchase apps, music and movies.
The construction of the electronic journal was weak, and it soon broke, but the one with a key was pretty cool. It's pretty clear that she enjoyed the idea of having a place to keep her secrets.
Hearth song makes a number of design kits for children that taps into their creative side. We had a lot of fun with our girls picking out paint colors for their rooms and letting them decide on where to put their dresser and bed.
As a dad, I'm always a little leery of reinforcing stereotypes for my daughter, but her aunt got her a birthday gift that included this sparkling nail polish. She loved it, but it did cause a bit of trouble because she put it on unsupervised.
The good news is that little kids nail polish is a lot easier to clean up. I thought it was silly, but I watched my girls play pretend for hours.
These are expensive toys, but the girls have loved them and kept them in pretty good shape over the years. At some point, the girls outgrew the dolls, but they also made great hand-me-down gifts.
We received and passed on several of these and each time the kids loved getting them, even when they were used. However, in the poll on the individual presents, 59% of people said an iPod Touch wasn't a good gift idea.
This difference suggests that the iPod Touch is pretty polarizing. I suspect lots of people think the iPod Touch is an imperfect gift idea, because it’s expensive, and because they don't want a child paying that much attention to an electronic device.
That’s consistent with the increased popularity of arts-and-crafts gift ideas in the last few years. The make-your-own-book kit and the friendship bracelet gifts are now more attractive than the touch.
The theater is usually empty and it's a really nice time with the kids! Answer: Some kids love gifts that can be used outdoors from bug catching kits to sporting equipment and kites.
Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlington, CA on May 25, 2016: I feel like the list is pretty good now with a little something for every type of child.
People send me emails and ask questions about it all the time. I showed this to a few other kids, and they all wanted it as well (just to make sure the idea isn't completely nuts).
Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlington, CA on February 05, 2015: Instead of an iPod Touch, I would recommend just a small mp3 player.
Here are a few things you might want to consider adding that our 8-year-old likes: hair chalk and hair accessories, the game Sleeping Queens, an origami kit, movie and dinner with no siblings or with just her friend, earrings if her ears are pierced, Beanie Boos (stuffed animal). I was trying to come up with some last minute fillers for under the tree and got some great ideas here.
Of course the number one thing she would love is horseback riding lessons..... My daughters are older now yet, they still love all the items listed.
Their mom won't let them sign up for sports or have pets. They come to my house every other weekend and have lots of board games as well as cards that we play...a Wii, PS2.
Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlington, CA on November 03, 2013: The touch does still seem like the top gift, although I'm considering getting our 8-year-old daughter an iPad so it's not quite as easy for her to take it with her, but a bit better for reading digital books.
For my 8-year-old granddaughter I bought one of those hat boxes that have all kinds of areas to store jewelry and it has a layer inside. Actually, it wasn't a hat box, but like a vintage train case look with flowers on it.
Well anyway, I filled it with all kinds of fun jewelry, lip gloss, note pads, a feather pen, candy, compact mirror, brush, anything I could fit in. I don't want an iPod touch because Santa gave an iPad to the whole family for Christmas this year.
I don't have children but I have my friends kids I enjoy spoiling. If I give them jewelry, it's most likely a tangled mess on the floor or a game they will never play.
So, this year I gave a kid what they love...candy! Yep, 15 large boxes you can get at the Dollar Store, what better idea, it's the perfect gift that will make them happy, it'll fit and make it...well, memorable if not for the child, the parents.
Billy, If they have access to a computer, you can skype with them to talk and see video. Although, if my grandkids didn't have the ability to call me from a home or parents phone then I would get them something.
One of the best gifts is talking and spending time with young kids. I have a 5-6 year old granddaughters, I want to buy them a cell phone with pre-paid min, so they can call once a month.
Beautiful hub that I believe was written out of experience, thanks for sharing. I will revisit this page when the birthday of my 3-year-old kid sister approaches.
A pony is a tall order for some parents in these days of recession and if you live in a city but how about a little girl manicure at a local nail salon. They do some beautiful nail art with gems and air brushing.
Girls have different preference when it comes to toys and other stuff. But I like your selections, maybe I'll consider some of those to give to my relatives.
Shape_shifter from The Free Waters of Planet Earth on November 22, 2010: In the meantime, she was content with a great PC game where you learn all aspects of horse care, breeding, competition, riding, etc.
It's called Pet Horse 2... (Her #1 request was a real pony, but we live in something very closely resembling a horse TRAILER...lol). Get her things (basketball, soccer, active games to encourage activity- and take her horseback riding with friends.
I have a 7-year-old daughter and I would say that she is into the whole craft thing, so the book idea is great! I have a daughter turning seven, so I know the pains you are going through. This was a wonderful post full of ideas and thought proving, like money or the phone we bought are daughter a cheap digital camera last year and it is cool to see the world through there eyes.good luck to you.
It's an iPod but doesn't get access to the internet so it would be a great start off to an older more mature gift. An iPod touch would have to be regulated to ensure an 8-year-old's internet safety.
Thanks for the ideas- I have an eight-year-old great name and was wondering what to buy for Christmas- I think board games like connect 4 would be good-because as an only child it has to be something that mother or father would also enjoy- thanks- that is one off my list My children are now all grown up but there're the grandchildren now and Their tastes have changed so much since their sums and dads were this age.
One point is certain wherever we live in that sport products are advertised more with boys in mind! When my granddaughters come over they love a pencil case full of crayons and paper.
Hi Paul: I've been around Hub pages writing poetry for two years. I was always wrong and totally gave up and let my wife make all the decisions.
The innocence of children are the magic that gives us the impetus to strive to be a better person... Thanks for helping parents know how well to treat and train up their Kids.
But sometimes it's difficult to know from kids what is best for them since they lack the ability to take the right and wise decision. You're also spot on with the bike riding and board games.
As an author/publisher, I love any idea that includes her writing and illustrating her own book!! There is absolutely nothing that teaches a young girl more about life, responsibility, love, independence, and maturity than a horse.