The Ultimate List of Gift Ideas for Six-Year-Old Girls (2016 - 2017)
Sometimes we Just Need Ideas
This list of ideas has been built over many years with lots of love for our six year old daughters. Enjoy!
- Please vote for each gift suggestion. At the end of the year, I'll remove the ones people don't like and add new ones to the list.
At six, a girl's personality is pronounced, and she likely has strong preferences and interests. A typical six-year-old:
- is in first or second grade
- may be reading beginner books, or moderately advanced chapter books
- Is beginning to develop more advanced physical skills skills like riding a bike, catching and throwing or playing soccer
- may sing, dance, and play music with organized groups
How These Gifts are Picked
Each year I make a list of gift ideas. All of these ideas have started by asking a six year old girl what she wants for her birthday or Christmas.
Each year I include a poll for readers to vote for the suggestions.
I try to keep gifts that 60% of readers think are good. Gifts people don't like are removed. For example, last year I removed the reusable lunch box because only 45% of respondents thought it was a good idea. I also removed things like a water bottle, kids high heels, and an ipod in 2016.
For the last couple of years, a jewelry-making kit has won the overall poll as the best gift idea, but in 2016 - 2017 readers are choosing Magna Tiles as well as girls legos, non-toxic nail polish, and age appropriate books. Jewelry-making still remains hot going into 2017, as Rainbow Loom Bands are still popular with little girls. In fact, the most well-liked gifts appear to be related to arts and crafts.
Gift Idea #1: A Jewelry-Making Kit for Children
Lots of little girls love crafts and love jewelry. At the local elementary school, you can see that kids are going nuts for these rubber-band ring and bracelet kits [Buy from Amazon]. The most popular package seems to be from Rainbow Loom Bands. A loom for creating the jewelry comes with a bunch of multi-colored rubber bands, and you can buy replacement bands. Our six-year-old girl loves this and spends hours playing with it. The kit and the bands seem overpriced for what they are, but they are a bargain, given how much our girls play with them.
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Gift Idea #2: Glow-in-the-Dark Stars
It's pretty common for little girls to get scared in the dark, or to have a bit of trouble going to bed. Parents can make a dark bedroom more inviting by plastering the walls and ceiling with glow-in-the-dark stars [Buy from Amazon]. Our daughter was pretty excited about turning off the lights and getting into bed so she could see these stars glowing in the dark!
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Gift Idea #3: Games That Use Their Minds
Development studies show six-year-olds enjoy structure in their games and activities. In Spot It [Buy from Amazon], each card has exactly eight symbols, and each pair of cards shares exactly one symbol. Spot it!
While Spot It says it is for kids seven and over, reviewers say younger kids enjoy it, and our six-year-old picked up on it pretty quickly. It’s pretty fun to play with her.
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#4 American Girl Doll
American Girl [Buy from Amazon] makes a high-end doll, for which you can buy all sorts of clothes. You can even send a picture of the child and get a doll that looks like the little girl, with a matching outfit. Our six-year-old received this gift from her Grandma and loved it.
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#5 Soccer Ball
Six is a great age to develop a few physical skills and a love for sports. Fortunately the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) puts together soccer teams for girls that age and younger. Get her a ball, and kick it around with her outside on a sunny day!
Little girls need a small-sized soccer ball. Six- and seven-year-olds use a size three while eight- to eleven-year-olds use size 4.
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#6 Great Books
Some kids are pretty high-level readers by the time they're six. Getting them great books and reading to them is a fantastic way to encourage this healthy habit. Some favorite books for six-year-olds are E.B White books like Charlotte's Web and Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series.
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#7 A Girls Watch
Gifts are a great way to give kids more responsibility; that's why I love the idea of giving a six-year-old a watch. For example, I can say, "I want that TV off in ten minutes," and then I can show them where the hand on the clock will be. My favorite is, "Let's see how fast you can take a bath and get in your pajamas." Give her a watch, and she'll have a tool that lets her become more responsible for herself.
Young girls also have definite opinions on what is cute. Swatch makes kids' watches for $40-50 that are exceedingly charming, maybe even beautiful.
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#8 Magna Tiles
In 2016, our poll shows that Magna tiles are the most well-liked suggestion.
We purchased Magna tiles [Buy from Amazon] as a gift for our daughter when she was younger, but as she developed with age, her creativity exploded. I have to say, I didn't want to spend the money on these things (very expensive) because I thought they would end up in a box and never used. However, they turned out to be an excellent value because our daughter has played with them for years. The tiles are similar to blocks that come in various shapes and sizes, but they connect with magnets. She builds patterns on the floor to elaborate castles.
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#9 A Princess Costume
Each little girl is different, but at six, some little girls enjoy dressing up like princesses. On our trip to Disneyland, I was amazed at the girls getting totally into all things princess (and it wasn't just the little girls either). While I don't particularly like the whole princess thing, I do appreciate that children like to be creative and dress up. When I was five or six, I'd wear a cowboy outfit and love it. I can see why little girls love dressing up in a princess outfit as well.
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#10 Art idea - Pastel Set
Our daughters have loved various art supplies. Oil pastels [Buy from Amazon] are much brighter than chalk. Their little creative minds can come to life. One of the most impressive pieces of artwork I've seen created by a young girls is a pastel of a tiger's face. It's amazing what they can produce with these. Also, it's a good idea to add some high-quality pastel-drawing paper to complete the gift.
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#11 Art Idea - Girl Themed Legos
Besides being small and the occasional piece ending up in the vacuum, our little girls have enjoyed Lego [Buy from Amazon] for hours at a time. When our six-year-old was asked to pick a set out from a list, she went with the rehearsal stage set. It's more feminine in my opinion than the Star Wars set (my favorite when I was young).
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#12 Technology idea - Kid Headphones
We purchased these headphones [Buy from Amazon] for our daughter to use in the car. There are two reasons to get these. One, if your child has a tendency to turn the speaker way up, there is a volume control chord that limits the volume to 80% of the maximum setting. And second, if she has a smallish head. These will fit a small head. I bet they would stay on a typical two-year-old baby on the smallest setting.
One of the neat things about these is they come in some fun colors, so if you have multiple kids, each can have a pretty unique set of headphones.
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#13 Girly idea - Hair Chalk
This chalk sparkles [Buy from Amazon] in the hair. Our girls love having some fun with coloring their hair, and this temporary hair color is pretty good. Although, my wife usually needs to help out, or one of the older kids applies the color.
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#14 Girly idea - Gift Card to Girly Store
The two most girly stores we know are Justice and Claire's. Both of these have feminine kids clothing and jewelry. While these clothing shops are designing for the trendy tween, they do have clothes and jewelry for little girls. If you have a feminine fashionista, then this is the stores I'd go to for a gift card.
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#15 Girly idea - Non Toxic Nail Polish
Here is something a little Fancy Nancy would like. Sparkling nail polish [Buy from Amazon]. My wife insists that if the girls are using nail polish it has to be non-toxic. There are tons of choices and colors available, but just be sure to double check that it's non-toxic makeup.
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#16 Girly idea - Best Friend Locket
Raising daughters, I've learned how important their relationship is with their best friends. When two girls become extremely close, they appreciate having a symbol of their friendship [Buy from Amazon]. Our daughter was given a heart shape split best friend necklace from her friend. But, then she lost it! She was so upset. She now has another one and never takes it off.
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Two Ideas Coming in 2017
Colorful Kids Bike
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Kids Sleeping Bag
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2016 - 2017 Poll: Select The Best Gift For a Six-Year-Old Girls?
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