These gift ideas are for 3-year old, 4-year old and 5-year old girls. We dug through 2019's hottest new toys and books, as well as some old favorites, so you won't have to.
Below are our recommendations for gifts that encourage girls to grow up to be strong and successful. For girls age 3-5, we focused on toys and books that feature strong female role models and/or characters that reinforce a healthy body image, inspire confidence, and/or encourage STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.
Coding Critters Interactive Coding Toy
These playful kitten pets bring early STEM concepts to preschool learning through 100% screen-free coding. The set comes with a storybook full of fun coding challenges, plus kids can create their own challenges and games. Great for kids age 4+.
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer
This book is both smart and adorable. It features ten women leaders, with an illustration and brief summary of what made them remarkable. Trailblazers include Rosa Parks, Florence Nightingale, and Coco Chanel. This is a board book, but the content is very appropriate for girls age 3-5, who can understand how each of these women contributed to society.
Baby Shark Play-Doh
This fun set is perfect for Baby Shark enthusiasts! Play-Doh is a great way to let kids get creative and work on their motor skills, with minimal mess. This set comes with everything your little girl needs to create her own Play-Doh shark family.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be (Book)
This heartwarming book reads like a modern take on "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" Simpler and sweeter than the Dr. Seuss classic, this book encourages girls (and boys) to dream big. This is a great addition to any little girl's bookshelf, and something that parents and children can enjoy reading together.
Pretend & Play Camp Set
This pretend camp set encourages girls to break free of stereotypes and imagine themselves on outdoor adventures, practicing survival skills. If you're looking to spend a bit more, this pairs nicely with the tent listed below.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
This book includes illustrations and short biographies of 100 incredible women from history and today. The biographies featured in this New York Times bestseller are written in a compelling, bedtime story format. For girls that already have/love this book check out Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2.
Secret Castle Bed Tent Playhouse
When paired with the Pretend & Play Camp Set listed above, this bed tent (yes, it's a tent with a built-in air mattress!) encourages girls to dream big about outdoor adventures.
Code 'n Learn Kinderbot
If your little one is into robots, this might be just the gift for her! This interactive bot is designed to help kids get ready for kindergarten with lights, actions, and fun phrases about colors, shapes, and more. For ages 3-6.
This Is Sadie (Book)
This beautifully illustrated book is the perfect gift for inspiring a girl's creativity and strength. Sadie, the main character, is an explorer, a builder, a mermaid, a hero, a friend, and much more. This book shows girls that they can be and do anything, if they use their imaginations.
LEGO DUPLO Large Playground Brick Box (71 Pieces)
This classic Lego set encourages girls to apply their imagination and creativity to building and construction (early STEM skills). This set of building blocks includes girl and boy figures, a treehouse with slide, a swing area with a windmill and a bouncy car ride. For age 18mo and up. If the girl in your life is passionate about pink, check out the Lego Duplo Cafe set.
Magnet Building Tiles
These magnetic tiles help develop early STEM skills by encouraging girls to apply their imagination and creativity to building and construction. They also help girls learn about color, geometric shapes, magnetic polarities and more.
Ask Me (Book)
This book does a great job of capturing the bond between a father and daughter, while transforming a simple walk into an exploration of the world.
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I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls
This groundbreaking coloring book is all about building a girl's confidence, imagination, and spirit! The 22+ coloring pages encourage girls to think beyond social conventions and inspire conversations with adults about what it really means to be confident, brave, and beautiful.
Science! STEM Sticker Adventure
Spark your little girl's interest in science with Science! STEM Sticker Adventure by Hopscotch Girls. The world of science is an exciting place for little girls who dream big. This fun sticker book is packed with activities that will empower your daughters, granddaughters and the special little girls in your life to ask questions, seek answers and explore the natural world.
Outdoor Sports Sticker Adventure
Unlock the spirit of adventure in your little girl with this confidence-building sticker book! Outdoor Sports Sticker Adventure was designed to encourage girls ages 4-8 to be courageous and bold. This book uses strong and confident female role models to empower girls and show them that they can do anything - even climb mountains!