Popular Gift Ideas for Eight-Year-Old Girls (2016 - 2017)
What to Give an 8 Year Old Girl
The 8-year-old you are looking to purchase a gift for is in the 2nd or 3rd grade. Perhaps she has the occasional sleepover. She's likely reading chapter books. She's becoming a wizard with all things Apple and perhaps she's beginning to mix it up on the soccer pitch.
She's probably a bit of all these things, but the one thing she is definitely becoming is aware of her friends and her sense of self. Finding a really great gift for a special young lady that aligns with her is really hard, isn't it?
Reading the list below is your chance to find a few good suggestions and to help others by voting for gift ideas you like best. 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 friends.
While, at eight, most gifts are geared toward the creative side, there are a few suggestions for the active, curious, and game loving kid. Take a look at the list and remember to vote.
Each year, I drop the gifts with the lowest percentage of yes votes and replace them with new ideas. Then I sort the list with the highest number of yes votes at the top and the new ideas at the bottom.
Get Her a Gift Based on What She Likes to Do
Trends Among Eight-Year-Olds
Over the last few years, I've been watching what the kids play with at school for gift ideas.
- In 2011, Silly Bandz had a good run with young girls. They wore them on their wrists and traded them with each other.
- 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.
- In 2013, the trend was rubber-band bracelets. 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).
#1: An Art Kit
As girls approach the age of eight, they start to appreciate high quality colored pencils and special paper for their creative efforts. Art supplies purchased in a kit that has lots of goodies is great, but you can also pick out items one by one and put your hand-selected kit together for her.
Either way, she's likely to appreciate this present. I have to say, we got this kit (buy from Amazon) for our daughter, and she's loved it. She had a choice. An art kit or an iPod and she chose the art kit. We were pleased!
Is an art set a good gift idea for an 8 year old girl?See results without voting
#2: Friendship Bracelet Kit
As little kids, our girls started out with best-friend lockets. Now they want to make each other friendship bracelets. They put a lot of effort and detail into these projects.
Friendship bracelet supplies is an inexpensive, but creative gift idea. Get them:
- Embroidery Floss (multiple colors)
Then print out instructions online on how to make a bracelet, and they will stay busy for hours!
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#3: Rubber-band Loom
Girls at eight are becoming artistic, and they can weave some pretty incredible rings, bracelets and necklaces with a rubber-band loom (buy from Amazon). The rubber bands come in a bright assortment of colors. They can even weave the rubber bands with their fingers to make designs like fishbones.
At a birthday party, we gave each girl a bag of rubber bands and the girls spent about one-hour making bracelets as a craft. The kids loved it. The only downside is these little rubber bands seem to be quite messy, but they are totally worth it because the kids love playing with them so much!
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#4: Make Your Own Book Kit
This gift idea is creative and educational: it's a kit (buy from Amazon) 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.
Most second and third graders are writing stories in their classrooms, and this will help build on the writing foundation they're developing. Our daughter received this as a gift and liked it, but she also received a locking diary, and she seemed to like the diary just as much.
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While girls love to play games on the iPod and Wii, they also enjoy some classic games like Connect 4 and Twister (buy from Amazon). I had this game as a kid, and we played it a ton with the neighborhood kids and occasionally the parents.
Our daughter goes to a chess class, and we have had fun playing against each other. A gift that you can play with together is a commitment to interact with a child and spend time with them; it’s more than just, “here is something you will like.”
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#6: A Soccer Ball
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.
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#7: iPod Touch With iTunes Card
I've noticed a steady increase in how much our daughter listens to music and talks on the phone. She's asking for a cell phone, but we aren't quite ready to get her one, partly because of the monthly fee and partly because we don't think she is ready for one.
However, I do think she would love an iPod Touch (buy from Amazon) (“iTouch”). It's an excellent music device. 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. The iPod Touch is a cool gift. (They also sell them at Costco, which is a definite plus for me.)
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…”
Gift givers who want to splurge can tack on a gift certificate for the App store with an iTunes card. The child can purchase apps, music and movies. iTunes gift cards may be purchased online from Apple.
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#8: Locking Diary
Our daughter got two diaries with different locking devices. One had a voice-activated password and the other a key. The construction of the electronic journal was weak, and it soon broke, but the one with a key was pretty cool. She loved them both, so I don't think you can go wrong. It's pretty clear that she enjoyed the idea of having a place to keep her secrets.
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#9: Kids Interior Design Kit
Hearthsong 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.
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#10: Bow and Arrow
This gift might sound strange for girls, but our daughters recieved them for Christmas and have loved them. They launch a long way and they light up in the dark. I actually enjoy standing out with them launching them back and forth.
The Zing Air Bow (buy from Amazon), has been durable and a ton of fun!
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2016 - 2017 Poll: Best Gift Ideas for Eight Year Old Girls
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Differing Views About the iPod Touch
In the poll, I ran in 2013 about all ten gift ideas, about 15% of people selected an iPod Touch as the best gift for an eight-year-old girl. 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. The people that think it's a good idea must also be selecting it as the best idea in the overall survey.
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 iTouch.
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