Affordable Christmas gift guide for girls
Published 2 December 2014 by Hayley Cox
For parents, the build-up to Christmas can be stressful, with many feeling the pressure to overspend during the holiday season. To help you buy for the little girl in your life while remaining on budget, have a look at our affordable gift guide.
Girls’ toys this Christmas are dominating many of the ‘top toy lists’, with the success of the Disney film Frozen contributing to this. Other girls’ toys that have made it on to such lists include the My Friend Cayla doll and the DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Design Kit. To help you buy some of these gifts at their cheapest prices, we’ve put together a guide to all the best and most affordable gifts available for girls*.
Stocking fillers are great if you are spending on a budget, as you can boost the number of gifts that you give by adding just a few inexpensive items. Children don’t really understand the cost of the gifts they get and it’s often the toys they receive as stocking fillers that they play with the most – it is Father Christmas who brought them after all! To help inspire you, have a look at the following stocking filler ideas:
•Ask any child under the age of three who Peppa Pig is and they’re bound to know. So to appease the little Peppa Pig fan in your life, this 35-piece puzzle is sure to go down well. Toys R Us currently offer the best price for the puzzle at £4.99.
•If your child is one of the few who have yet to watch Frozen, the Disney DVD is going to make the perfect stocking filler. The cheapest price for the DVD can be found at Smyths for £6.99.
•Craft sets can keep children entertained for hours and so make great stocking fillers. They can also be relatively inexpensive, with this Friendship Bracelet set from Crayola being found at Tesco and Amazon for only £5.
•With Lego Duplo now catering for girls between the ages of 2 and 5, any one of their Lego Duplo Disney Princess sets are sure to go down a treat with under-5s this Christmas. The Cinderella’s Castle set has been given good reviews and can be found at both Tesco and John Lewis for £31.99.
•Disney’s Frozen has officially taken over Christmas 2014, with Disney creating a range of products for all ages. This Disney Princess Snow Glow Elsa is suitable for children over the age of three, and can be found at its cheapest price of £34.99 at Argos.
•Want to encourage your little one to stay active this Christmas? The LeapFrog LeapBand Activity Tracker could be the perfect gift. The LeapBand encourages children to be active and promotes healthy habits through a variety of games and challenges. The pink version of the watch can be found at Amazon for £19.99.
•The toy on everyone’s lips this Christmas is the My Friend Cayla doll, which is being labelled as the world’s first interactive doll. Cayla can tell stories and play games, as well as answer questions on a variety of topics. If you want to purchase this doll for your little girl this Christmas, make sure you buy it as early as possible as they are sure to sell out. Toys R Us currently offer the best price for the doll at £49.99.
•Interactive toys seem to be very popular at the moment, with the Little Live Pets Bird Cage – Beauty Bella being another sought-after toy this Christmas. The bird can be carried anywhere in its cage and will respond to a child’s touch with singing and chirping. Asda offer the best price for the toy at £19.97.
•For any girl who loves to be creative, the DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Design Kit from Play Doh could make a great gift this Christmas. The best price for the toy can be found at Argos and Amazon for £19.99.
•For any older girl who likes to give the boys a run for their money, the Nerf Guardian Crossbow blaster could be the ideal gift. The crossbow features a colourful design and can fire darts up to 75 feet – perfect for the wannabe Katniss Everdeen in your life. The cheapest price for the toy can be found at Amazon for £12.49.
•Lego Friends, when released in 2012, met the demand for girls’ Lego and since then has continued to grow in popularity. For girls over the age of 10, there are many sets that are challenging enough for an older child, with the Dolphin Cruiser Playset being one of them. The set can be found at Amazon and John Lewis for £43.
•Alternatively, why not surprise your child with an early Christmas present in the form of a Lego Friends Advent Calendar? Toy calendars like these have soared in popularity over the last few years and tend to sell out quickly - so if you want one be quick! Argos currently offer the best price for this calendar at £19.99.
*Prices correct at time of writing – 12/11/14.
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