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We selfishly based these gift guides on our own kids, which is why I’m writing the 5 Year Old Girl Gift Ideas post and Brittany handled the boy version. Obviously, there are no gender assignments to toys. There are a ton of things on my list a boy would love and vice versa.
Ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s dive in.
This is such an easy and fun gifting age. Isla is pretty happy with anything covered in glitter, rainbow, a princess or some kind of little critter. That being said, I like to do a mix of educational things and wish fulfillment.
5 Year Old Girl Gift Ideas: Things She Already Has (and Loves!)
Dear Girl is just about the best book I think I’ve ever read. I got this for her last Christmas, and it’s been in the night time rotation pretty frequently. It’s just the sweetest book ever and I love that she has memorized it because it’s everything I want her to know. It’s also my go to baby shower gift now too.
This is the perfect age to get into board games, but the sportsmanship may need a little help. I love cooperative games for just this reason. As the name suggests, in a cooperative game, all the players work together for a common goal and there are no individual winners. I love these because they are so developmentally appropriate, it’s a great way to introduce the logistics of games (taking turns, drawing cards, moving a token, etc.) and they are actually really fun for parents too! We have Hoot Hoot Owl!, and we had Count Your Chickens until a certain little brother got a hold of it.
Shape Maker was a sleeper hit. It’s a magnetic tangram set including pictures to make different things from the shapes. We’re working hard on independent play and this has been a perfect activity. It’s also working as a great cool down activity for Isla and I love that it’s helping her spatial awareness by having to manipulate the shapes to create the picture. Anything to help her be better at math than I am!
Santa brought this Disney Princess Pop-Up Castle last year, and I’m shocked at how much use it’s gotten. I love that it folds up, so it doesn’t permanently take up space.
This Pop Snap Bead Set from B Toys has been a lot of fun. She got it as a birthday gift and she loves making jewelry for all of us. It’s great for fine motor practice too!
5 Year Old Girl Gift Ideas: This Year’s Picks
I loved this Susan B. Anthony shirt so much, I couldn’t pass it up. I know she won’t have much context for this now, but I love that this starts a conversation about important women in history and how important it is to stand up for what you believe in and what is right.
Drawing is having a moment in our house right now, and I’m tired of picking up scraps of paper. This Crayola Ultimate Light Board looked like a fun alternative.
Pretty Pretty Princess was a favorite game as a kid, and I know Isla would live for this game.
Speaking of childhood toys, this dazzle ribbon (whatever Amazon, we all know it’s called a Ribbon Dancer) will be perfect for her stocking. If you’re not singing the Ribbon Dancer song the rest of the day, you didn’t watch enough TV as a kid.
And her Santa request- a Rainbocorn Big Bow Surprise. I have been told many times that it must be the one with the bow. I don’t love this because I think it’s going to lead to disappointment when she doesn’t get the animal she wants. I also don’t think it’s going to have a very long shelf life. She likes stuffed animals, but she isn’t one to do tons of dramatic play with them, so I think it will lose it’s appeal once she opens the egg.