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2023 Gift Guide—Empowering Gifts for Girls Age 8

These are some of our favorite gift ideas are for 8-year old girls! We dug through the 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 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.

Future scientists will love this science magic kit. Includes supplies and instructions for bending metal with water, creating a vanishing test tube, 
making a coin float, and more.

It sounds funny, but we love electric current kits and games. They're a great way to introduce girls to electricity and engineering, but also logical and critical thinking. "With Circuit Maze, your goal is to create a real electrical circuit that lights up designated beacons. The 60 challenges are tricky and clever, providing hours of electrifying fun."

What kid doesn't like to blow stuff up? More exciting than your typical science kit, this kit allows girls to create and launch a rocket, make a volcano erupt, build a lava lamp, and more.

We like this science kit because girls can use it to create things that they can actually use. Plus we've found soap making to be pleasantly easy.

With this dig kit, future geologists can uncover crystal treasures and gems, including "pyrite, amethyst, tiger’s eye, fluorite, quartz,
 obsidian, aventurine, and more."

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It seems like there are a ton of books about prominent female historical figures these days (hooray!), but this book is a bit different. It focuses on girls and young women who have made an impact, which might be more relatable to some girls.

Future scientists will love this collection of 15 biographies of women on the forefront of scientific discovery.

"Perfect book for aspiring astronauts! …It’s imaginative and sparkly and fun—like stepping into a child’s dream…This is the perfect gift for any little kid who loves space and may want to be an astronaut one day!”

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