These are our top recommendations for gifts for 6-year old, 7-year old and 8-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 ideas for gifts that encourage girls to grow up to be strong and successful. For girls age 6-8, 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.
Rosie Revere, Engineer (Book)
In this book, Rosie Revere (great-great-niece of the famous Rosie the Riveter) pursues her love of inventing and building things, while learning about self-confidence and determination. This quirky and charming book is appealing to girls and grownups alike, and is a nice introduction to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts.
Creatable World Customizable Doll Kit
This kit includes a doll, a wig, clothing and accessories that can be mixed and matched to create more than 100 characters and looks. We like how these kits allow girls to imagine their own dolls, instead of being restricted to what the toy companies think will sell best. For example, the doll comes with short hair, but kids can add on a longer wig if they prefer a different look. They come in a variety of hair colors and skin tones too. For age 6 and up.
This beginner slackline encourages girls to build confidence and strength. All you need to do is mount it between two sturdy trees or poles. The slackline is fun for all ages, and can be a great activity for girls to do alone or with family and friends.
Eco Crafts Scrapbook
This fun scrapbooking kit comes with everything kids need to create their own memory book. Many of the pages and supplies are earth-friendly too. The kit includes a scrapbook, stickers, paper shapes, frames, papers, eco pencils, buttons, craft sticks, glue stick, ribbons, twine cords, scissors and instructions. For kids 6+.
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.
The Princess and the Pig (Book)
This is not your average princess story! In this beautifully written and illustrated book, a princess and a pig swap places and hilarity ensues. This book shows does a great job of showing girls there's more to life than being a princess.
Electronics Discovery Kit
This award-winning toy allows girls to design and create working models of electrical circuits, and build STEM skills. Specifically, girls can build a photo sensor, a flashing light, and an adjustable-volume siren. This toy has received rave reviews from girls and parents.
Journey Girls 18" Doll
These dolls are super cute and won’t break the bank. They’re similar to American Girls dolls (both are around 18 inches tall), but cost around $35 each (vs. $60 to $120+ for American Girl dolls). Most of the dolls aren’t too grownup looking, and they come with a variety of hair and skin colors.
The Whisper (Book)
This unique and beautifully illustrated book models creativity and confidence, and prompts girls to dream up their own magical stories. This book made our list primarily because it inspires girls to be confident.
Secret Formula Lab
This lab kit helps budding chemists build STEM skills. Girls can conduct science experiments using basic kitchen ingredients and the chemicals provided. The kit includes test tubes, a beaker, a petri dish, and more. This is a great option for introducing girls to chemistry. For age 8+.
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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!