This Year's Top Holiday Gifts for Kick-Ass Girls

by: Colleen Hughes

Wondering what might be at the top of your daughter's holiday wish list? Check out some of this year's award-winning and most-wanted toys and gifts for girls ages 6 and up. Choose from games, sports, hands-on kits, ride-on toys and more! Plus, don't forget to check out these awesome STEM-related toys for more great gift ideas!

Crystal Growing Experimental Kit

Christmas Gifts for Girls Crystal GrowingFrom 4M

Price: $19.99

This kit has everything your budding geologist needs to grow seven different crystals in an array of colors. It also includes seven display domes to store and show off the sparkling results of her experiments, and you and your daughter can read all about the crystals she’s growing with the included fact sheet!

Recommended ages: 10 and up

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Zycom Zinger Adjustable Scooter

Christmas Gifts for Girls ScooterFrom Zycom

Price: $81.92–$114.99, depending on color

This three-wheeled scooter has three-stage adjustable handlebars that will grow with your child. It features self-righting technology and pivot steering, which is similar to the steering required for skateboarding and helps your child improve her balance and coordination, all while scooting around the neighborhood.

Recommended ages: 5 and up

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Chocolate CHiP Robot Toy Dog

Christmas Gifts for Girls Robot DogFrom WowWee

Price: $139.99

This little robot dog can play, learn tricks, and show affection to your animal (or robot!) lover. CHiP works with a free Android or iOS mobile app and the included SmartBand. Your girl will love playing fetch with his ball and teaching him to "speak," and you'll love that this dog is mess-free.

Recommended ages: 6–15

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Knot a Quilt KitChristmas Gifts for Girls Knot a Quilt

From ALEX Toys

Price: $14.31

This no-sew quilt is the perfect craft for little hands! With no cutting or sewing required, children as young as six can get in on the quilt-making fun. This Parents Choice Approved Award winner has everything your child needs to create a soft, colorful 42” x 54” quilt.

Recommended ages: 6 and up

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Craft-Struction BoxChristmas Gifts for Girls Craft-Struction

From GoldieBlox

Price: $39.99

From the people behind Goldie Blox, the world’s first girl engineer, comes the Craft-Struction Box, an over 275-piece craft and construction kit that introduces your girl to the STEM concept of prototyping. The kit easily lends itself to open-ended play, or there is a poster and online videos with building ideas to get your ideas flowing.

Recommended ages: 6 and up

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Rule Your Room Kit

Christmas Gifts for Girls Rule Your RoomFrom littleBits

Price: $84.99

This kit teaches the basics of electronics to your child while she constructs inventions that combine with common household items to keep her room safe from intruders. The kit comes with instructions and parts for building eight different inventions, such as the Pop-Up Puppet, Domain Defender, Burglar Buzzer and Top Secret Safe, and the free iOS or Android app provides countless more ideas and challenges.

Recommended ages: 8–13

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170-Piece Inventor Set

Christmas Gifts for Girls 170-Piece Inventor SetFrom Brackitz

Price: $99.99

This building set features a variety of planks and connectors (including motion connectors) designed to unlock your child's imagination. Your child can build anything from a simple house to complex designs with moving parts. As she grows, her constructions will grow with her and develop more advanced complexity. Among Brackitz's many awards are a 2016 Parents' Choice Gold Award, a Toy Man STEM Award and Award for Excellence, and a Dr. Toy 2015 Best Classic Toy Award.

Recommended ages: 3 and up

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Christmas Gifts for Girls Imagine GameFrom Gamewright

Price: $14.38

This game takes Charades to a whole new level. Players try to guess the concept (called "enigmas") written on the card the illustrator has drawn, but the illustrator can only use a series of overlapping transparent graphics cards to depict their enigma. The game requires an extensive use of imagination from all players as they try to figure out how to work with what they're given to illustrate — or guess — the enigmas they're confronted with.

Recommended ages: 12 and up

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IlluStory Book-Making Kit

Christmas Gifts for Girls Illu-StoryFrom Lulu Jr.

Price: $29.95

This 2017 Mom’s Choice Award Gold Award recipient contains a writer’s guide, book pages, washable markers, and everything else your child needs to write and illustrate her own 20-page story. It even includes an About the Author page for her biography. When she’s done composing her masterpiece, you can send in the pages in the included postage-paid envelope to receive a professionally bound hardcover copy of her book.

Recommended ages: 4 and up

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Adjustable Portable Basketball System

Christmas Gifts for Girls Portable BasketballFrom Lifetime

Price: $74.99

She shoots, she scores! The great thing about this basketball hoop is that it adjusts in size from 7.5 up to the standard 10 feet, so it grows along with your budding sports star and lets younger siblings get in on the fun. It’s also portable — just fill the base with water or sand and roll it into its desired location — so doesn’t need to be mounted anywhere.

Recommended ages: None listed

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Looking for more great toys for the holiday season? Check out our top gifts for 10-year-old girls.