By Patricia Wersinger
What do girls want for the holidays? Whether your daughter is a coquette, cowgirl or creator, here’s a list of BN favorites that will appeal to all types and ages.
Hello Kitty has designed a camera especially for a young girl’s teeny hands and quick eyes. The 5.1 MP digital camera kit includes a digital camera with three changing faceplates, cable and photo editing software. Your daughter can learn how to enhance the pictures herself and print them on templates provided in the kit. She can also personalize stickers with her own photos, create CD labels, and design greeting cards for endless hours of learning and enjoyment. http://www.sakar.com
Our Generation features a series of high quality dolls that can be posed: Sydney Lee the ballerina, Katelyn the figure skater, Eva the detective, Mary Lyn the pianist, Lily Anna the budding equestrian, and Hally the schoolgirl . Each doll comes with a 100-page book, two sets of clothes and all the accessories needed to recreate the story in her book. Find the best features of the American Doll with Our Generation dolls at a fraction of the price at http://www.target.com and http://www.amazon.com.
Your daughter can make her own individually flavored lip balm with Creativity for Kids. Combine a lip balm base with a variety of flavors and colors to create an original blend. Girls can also adjust the consistency. Now that your girl can make her own balm, she’s less likely to dig through your purse to use yours! Available at http://www.creativityforkids.com.
Have a daughter who dreams of designing her own dresses? Fashion Playtes can provide the opportunity. After choosing a style of dress among eight choices, she can design her own creation by adding color, pattern, trims, borders, rhinestones and a distinctive original label. It’s fun and creative — and your daughter will be proud to wear and show off her own designer original. Get her started on her own Project Runway at http://www.fashionplaytes.com.
Nest Pretty Things offers a lovely collection of vintage-inspired charm bracelets to evoke the Victorian Era. A puffy brass heart, a delicate crown, vintage roses and pearls and a brass bird are hung on a string of pale yellow pearls. Nest Pretty Things items are exquisitely packaged in an eco – friendly gift box with linen string. Peruse the website for a wide collection of wonderful, old-fashioned children’s jewelry, Liberty of London hair accessories and more: http://www.nestprettythings.com.
Famous Figures of Ancient Times is a book of movable, hard-stock paper figures to cut, color and assemble. Make history come alive in ancient Egypt, Greece, China, Rome and Jerusalem with Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, King David, Hannibal and his elephant, and many others, and you can also read about their amazing lives. This is a great gift for imaginative kids who love crafts; available at http://www.figuresinmotion.com
Authentic cowboy boots can be an obsession for cowgirls-at-heart, and Ariat Boots are as authentic as they get. Ariat offers a line of premium, full grain leather boots with genuine detailing such as stitch pattern and stitch welt, and inner cushioning for exceptional comfort and support.
This is the pair of glamorous cowboy boots that will only get better as they weather with age. Find them at http://www.ariat.com.
Southern Brand is “a down-home, Dixie-fried” southern brand. It features one-of -a kind, 100% pure cotton T-shirts that were put through an extensive, vintage-wash process to bring out distinctive weathering and subdued color. Offbeat logos, vegetable inks and non – formaldehyde discharges will appeal to the high-minded philosopher in your abode with old world nostalgia. http://www.southernbrand.com
If your daughter seems to always lose her cell phone, maybe what she really needs is a gorgeous phone wallet such as the Ava Bag that she can simply hook to her backpack or purse. She can also put her school pass and keys inside the Ava Bag to have at hand when needed. Problem solved! The chic Ava bag is available at http://www.gigihillbags.com. Moms will love them, too.
This holiday season why not give a gift with meaning? Kids naturally gravitate toward better world principles and wish to make a positive impact on society. The Bread and Butter Project Company has an online apparel store with cool styles that will appeal to the altruistic and philanthropic girl who wants to help the more unfortunate; 50% of profits are donated to food pantries across the nation. Give a gift that gives back at http://www.breadandbutterproject.com.
The Leakey Collection provides an assortment of multi-strand necklaces and bracelets made of hand tooled, burnished wood by the Maasai women in Kenya. These unique pieces adorn any contemporary outfit with an organic elegance. Production of these stunning necklaces and bracelets have helped to support as many as 100 Maasai families since the end of the devastating 2001 drought in Kenya. Friendship bracelets are available for girls too at http://www.leakeycollection.com.
DDG or Drop Dead Gorgeous hair is what Totally Texty delivers – a line of shampoos and conditioners exclusively for tweens and teens. The set has a cell phone-shaped label, which is so perfect for the “on the town” girl who loves to conjure up mystery and drama — as the scent of her hair wafts in the elevator or at the dinner table. Free of chemicals, parabens and sulfates, this brand for girls will enable your fahionista to feel her power. http://www.totallytexty.com.
The Sonoma Soap Company’s collection of hair and skin products are crafted from certified organic lavender, citrus, wildflowers, cedarwood, oatmeal and maple. Your budding Nature Lover who doesn’t want to compromise on the purity of products will appreciate this collection of authentic scents straight from the woods and fields of California’s wine country. Give your flower girl something that’s 100% vegetarian, paraben and phthalate-free, and color and fragrance-free.