2017 Holiday Guide: 50 Smart Gifts Ideas For Your Smart Girls!

For Your Artsy/Craftsy Smart Girl

Ages 3-7

Crayola Magic Scene Creator ($27.65)

Watch your kids create amazing things using The Crayola Magic Scene Creator and their imagination! Your child can create an amazing scene and watch it come to life utilizing the gel FX markers and adding action cards. We love how easily this toy wipes clean easily, is incredibly portable, and can be used over and over to create wonderful scenes! Your child’s imagination come to life!

Buy from: Crayola

 

Ages 8+

3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set ($46.60)

A toy that truly amazes us with all the possibilities! Your child can literally draw something out of thin air. The 3Doodler is a kid-friendly 3D printing pen that rapidly melts plastic, which quickly cools and hardens. Your child can create anything they can imagine.

Buy from: 3Doodler

 

Ages 7-12

ALEX Toys Craft My First Sewing Kit ($35.00)

Do you remember your first sewing kit? We certainly remember ours, and the time we spent making stuffed animals, pillows, and other adorable items. The My First Sewing Kit will encourage your child to create anything they can imagine sewing. The kit travels well with its secure handle, and has a great amount of supplies to get your child creating great things.

Buy from: ALEX Toys

 

Ages 3 & up

Melissa & Doug Stained Glass Made Easy Activity Kit (12.99)

Let your little artist create the most beautiful of stained glass art projects! We love this item, as your child can create a project to keep and display at home or one to share with someone as a gift. It really is the gift that keeps on giving. Your child will hone those fine motor skills, build concentration, and learn the importance of following directions, all while creating something gorgeous. Fun, and easy to do, this gift idea is a winner in our book.

Buy from: Melissa & Doug

 

Ages 8 & up

Spirograph Deluxe Design Set ($24.99)

We love Spirograph as a kid, and now our kids can love it too! Easy-to-use stencils and pens help your child create unique works of art every single time they use it. A great toy for parents and kids to play with together. Kids are easily inspired as they see immediate results with this great artistic toy.

Buy from: Kahootz

 

Ages 4 & up

Creativity for Kids Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books ($10.00)

Inspire your budding author with this great 3 Bitty Books Set. Your child acts as both author and illustrator to fully connect to their creativity. You will love reading the books they create together. Each set comes with 6 markers, plenty of color-in stickers, one book holder, and three quality blank books for your child to fill. Kids can create stories about their lives, their family, or just make something new up completely from their imagination! You will treasure this gem for years to come!

Buy from: Creativity for Kids

 

For Your Tech Savvy Smart Girl

Ages 8 & up

Cra-Z-Art SoundMoovz Musical Bandz ($39.00)

Give your child the gift of their own personal dance party at any given moment! SoundMoovz, by Cra-Z-Art, is a motion-activated device your child wears on their wrist. All you need to do is download the accompanying app, pair the device with Bluetooth, and download up to 400 songs. The wristband activates and plays music for your child to dance to. With two bands, this item is great for multiple users.

Buy from: Cra-Z-Art

 

Ages 3 & up

Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game ($29.74)

 

We love Bloxels, and and you will too! Your child can use their imagination to create their very own personalized video game! Everything from the story, characters, and even the configuration is all up to the designer, your imaginative child. Once done creating, you child can play and SHARE their video game with fellow gamers.

Buy from: Mattel

 

Ages 5-12

Osmo Genius Kit ($67.99)

Osmo Genius Kit includes five games for kids to work on drawing, math, words, and visual challenges. Osmo works with the iPad and responds to your child as it sees what they are working on. It will encourage, provide guidance and even laugh. Your child will have hours of fun with this creative genius. Works with iPad Pro 9.7 inch, all iPad Mini, all iPad Air, all iPad 2 & up. *INCLUDES THE OSMO BASE

Buy from: Osmo

 

Ages 8 & up

Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit ($19.99)

What better way to learn about electronics than through this hands-on creative system! Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 has over 30 color-coded circuit components that kids can snap together to create working circuitry! It comes with a guide containing 101 do-it-yourself projects, or your child can create their own project. We love toys like this that are both entertaining and educational!

Buy from: Elenco

 

Ages 8 & up

MudWatt STEM Kit ($36.95)

Behold the power of MUD! Did you know there are electricity-generating microbes in our soil? Well your child will learn about that and so much more with MudWatt STEM Kit. Kids perform experiments on food and different types of soil to measure power, track microbe growth, and unlock a comic book. Believe it or not, your child may even be able to power a digital clock by using the microbes. The educational value of this is immeasurable.

Buy from: Magical Microbes

 

Ages 3 & up

 

For Your Maker/Creator Smart Girl

Num Noms Lipgloss Truck Craft Kit ($26.49)

Tis the season for chapped lips. Have no fear, your kids will be mixing up great tasting lip gloss with the Num Noms Lipgloss Truck. All the ingredients are included, just add to the truck and watch your child create the next best lipgloss. You can even take it with you! Kit includes 1 Lip gloss base, 2 Lip gloss flavors (cherry and vanilla), 1 pack glitter sprinkles, 1 cupcake making tool with cherry spatula, 1 special edition, scented num: cherry scoop, 3 lip gloss sundae containers.

Buy from: Num Noms

 

Ages 6 & up

ALEX Toys Craft Knot A Quilt ($20.44)

Do you remember making knot quilts? So much fun, and easy to make, the ALEX Toys Craft Knot a Quilt Kit helps your child create a beautiful quilt. No cutting, sewing, or knitting needed, just tie the pre-cut squares one by one. Spark your child’s interest in quilting, and create beautiful items together.

Buy from: ALEX Toys

 

Ages 6 & up

Orb Factory Sticky Mosaics: Jewelry Box ($19.88)

Every girl loves a great jewelry box for her treasures. The ORB Factory Sticky Mosaics: Jewelry Box encourages your little one to use her imagination to create the most beautiful box she can imagine. The kit includes over 1000 sticky tiles, foil tiles, and jewels. Easy to follow instructions and a gorgeous butterfly designed template make this one too great to pass up. Your child will love creating a beautiful jewelry box of her very own. Box is made of sturdy cardboard and measures 4″ H x 8″ W x 6″ D

Buy from: The Orb Factory

 

 

Ages 8 & up

Magnetic Mini Tile Art ($10.60)

Arts and crafts are taken to a new level with 4M Magnetic Tile Art Set. Your child can create original works of art and attach them to magnets. Great for displaying on the fridge, or any metal surface. A great gift for the child who may want to make something special for a loved one as well. The tiles measure 2-inches by 2-inches. It is the perfect way to create and display your child’s gorgeous works of art.

Buy from: 4M

 

For Your Imaginative/Pretend Play Smart Girl

 

Ages 6 & up

LIMITED EDITION GLITTER SERIES Ball LOL Series 1 L. O. L. ($27.33)

 

We love these L.O.L. Surprise! dolls, because who doesn’t love a surprise! Let your child unwrap layer by layer to reveal a new surprise. At the end, your little one has a new doll with a great outfit, and plenty of sparkle! The little surprise that will get a big reaction from your little girl.

Buy from: L.O.L. Surprise!

 

Ages 3 & up

Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby ($53.59)

Get your baby a realistic baby of her own. Baby Alive is as close to a real baby as you can imagine. Teach your little one how to nurture her own baby through caring for this sweet baby. She will feed, diaper, and care for this little one as you cared for her as a baby. Nothing sweeter than seeing our babies be good little mamas to their Baby Alive.

Buy from: Baby Alive

 

Ages 5 & up

Dance Code featuring Disney Princess Belle- Amazon Exclusive ($99.99)

Interactive Princess Belle will have your daughter dancing alongside her every step of the way. Belle can programmed by your child to follow a specific dance routine, or you can utilize one of the 10 pre-programmed lessons so your child can learn some new moves of her own. Princess Belle is programmed with 100 phrases, 7 songs, and your child can dance and twirl along with her favorite princess. Just download the accompanying app and your child can program her very own dance routine for Belle, and herself. A great toy for girls to be inspired through dance!

Buy from: Disney Princess

 

Ages 2-5 

Little Tikes Waffle Blocks Steam Train ($44.76)

All aboard! Little Tikes Waffle Blocks Steam Train lets your child create a train, station, and track all by stacking, locking and building with this set. Your child becomes the conductor of their new world. If they can imagine it, they can create it. Hours of fun can be had with this set, we love it, and so will you!

Buy from: Little Tikes

 

Ages 3 & up 

Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk ($29.99)

Every little girl has dreamed of being princess for a day. With this Disney Princess Royal Dress-Up Trunk your little princess can be a new princess every day. The beautiful trunk works great as storage for all your little one’s princess wear. She can be Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. Plus, it comes with matching accessories, because no princess is complete without some bling.

Buy from: Disney Princess

 

For Your Building/Constructing Smart Girl

 

Ages 3 & up

LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Wonder Woman ($15.99)

LEGO knows how to keep girls happy! The DC Superhero Girls Wonder Woman Set can stand alone or connect to the Super Hero High School Set. Wonder Woman and her lasso will empower your girl with the power to protect everyone from Kryptonite. Your little one will feel like she is the superhero with this awesome LEGO set.

Buy from: LEGO

 

Ages 8 & up

KLUTZ LEGO Make Your Own Movie Kit ($21.81)

 

The LEGO Make Your Own Movie Kit turns your little one into a producer/director. By using a phone, tablet, or computer, your child can create mini-movies with easy-to-follow instructions. As your child advances they can manipulate things like lighting, sound effects, and camera angles. Your little one will soon be creating smash hits for the family to enjoy.

Buy from: Klutz

 

Ages 8 & up

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit ($21.32)

The LEGO Chain Reaction Kit takes your child’s ordinary LEGO blocks and turns them into machines that make different reactions. Perhaps your child wants to make a machine to deliver a message, or play with the dog; the LEGO Chain Reaction Kit makes it happen. Your child can create dozens of different reactions.

Ages 8 & up

LEGO Friends Snow Resort Ski Lift ($84.89)

 

The LEGO Friends Snow Resort Ski Lift Set is all kinds of wintery fun! It is filled with activities from skiing to rock climbing, and your child can build alone or with a friend. The set contains mini-doll figures, a bear cub, and a whole bunch of fun! The set can be combined with the LEGO Friends Snow Resort Ice Rink and Snow Resort Ice Chalet for even more fun! We love this set because it helps our kids enjoy the winter season in a whole new way.

Buy from: LEGO

 

Ages 7-12

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Building and Coding Kit ($159.95)

LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox is an amazing toy for this season! All you have to do is download the accompanying app and your child is on her way. The step-by-step instructions will have your child building their very own Vernie the Robot. He moves, talks, and has 4 different tool attachments. You can also build Frankie the Cat, your very own interactive cat, without the mess of a real cat. Also possible is Auto Builder and automatic production line that creates miniature LEGO models. Please go to LEGO.com/DeviceCheck for a list of all compatible devices.

Buy from: LEGO

 

For Your Physically Active Smart Girl

 

Ages 3-7

Skywalker Trampolines Round Bouncer Trampoline ($53.04)

Everyone loves a good bounce session, and the Skywalker Trampoline is the best around. The Skywalker company takes pride in their safety features and their ability to provide safe environments for your child. You can feel safe with your child bouncing around in one of these trampolines, and they will love it!

Buy from: Skywalker

 

Ages 3 & up

The Original PlasmaCar ($63.99)

We love this old-school PlasmaCar! It is powered strictly by your child’s energy; no batteries, no pedals, no gears. Just pure wiggle and fun. Your child steers and navigates on sidewalks, driveways, and any smooth, flat surface they can find. A great toy, that requires nothing more than some pure energy.

Buy from: PlasmaCar

 

Ages 3 & up 

Mercedes Benz E550 6V ($156.60)

Let your little one cruise around in style, with this Mercedes Benz E550 Ride On. It moves forward, reverse, and tops out at 2.5MpH. It comes equipped with a 6V rechargeable battery. Your child will love the smooth ride, and easy steering.

Buy from: Kid Motorz

 

Ages 2-5

Chillafish BMXie-RS: BMX Balance Bike with Airless RubberSkin Tires ($60.00)

The Chillafish BMXie -RS takes on the BMX style with a lightweight frame which is strong and durable. The balance bike has tires that give great grip and do not require inflating. The bike is adjustable to grow with your child, and stores easily. It is brightly colored, and attractive to kids. Your child will love cruising around on this bike.

Buy from: Chillafish

 

Ages 8 & up

RipStik Brights Caster Board ($55.99)

The Ripstick Caster Board is one fun twist and go toy. The deck pivots and the casters move 360 degrees. Vibrant colors will make your child stand out with this toy, and they will love the ride. Create a feeling of snowboarding or wakeboarding with this amazing design.

Buy from: Razor

 

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Editors Note: Fierce Love

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, NPRs How I Built This, on my way to work recently and Barbara Corcoran (think Shark Tank) was being interviewed. She has been open about how bad she was at school when she was younger and how she struggled with self-doubt. However, the part of her story that I didn’t know was how big of a part her mom played in that. When she failed a test and the nuns at her school would tell her that she was stupid, her mom would tell her “oh don’t worry about it, with your imagination, you will fill in the blanks”. That affirmation from the very person who mattered most, gave her a strength to hang on to and basically became a self-fulfilling prophesy.

It made me think, have I done that? I know my child’s strengths but have I used it to encourage her when she is down. We are quick to come to the rescue when your child is hurt or down but how often do we actually point them to their own strength so lovingly that it reinvigorates them. Think about those annoying traits; does your child talk your head off like mine? Does your child feel bad about it because she gets shushed a lot or does she feel great about it because she knows she has a gift, even if it needs to be developed.

Don’t miss the opportunity to introduce your child to her own self. Every time you do, you place a rock solid block in her foundation where healthy self esteem and resiliency can develop from.

In short, I need to learn to replace “You talk too much, T!” with “you are such a great storyteller, T!” more often. 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend Smart Mommies! Rock on! Continue to be fierce in your love for your children!

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Editor’s Note: Six Weeks and Counting!

 

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