In case you didn't catch my debut post in the series, (I reviewed a great toy for boys last time), you can check it out here.
This week I am going all things girly and focusing on gift ideas for girls of all ages. Some have fantastic giveaways attached. I hope this round-up is helpful to those of you who are struggling to find a suitable toy to gift to a young Miss in your life this Christmas.
First up, My Friend Cayla. Have you heard of her? She's a beautiful, large, classic looking doll but with a very modern twist, and it's not just her trendy outfit.
Cayla is the first ever doll to wirelessly connect to the internet and talk! Cayla can interact with little girls as if she were real thanks to her in-built Google technology. Not only can girls play with Cayla in the traditional sense, Cayla will talk to your daughter about all the latest child-friendly news and even assist with homework!
My Friend Cayla can answer questions on topics from science, history, maths and sport to popular topics like fashion and more. There's no need to fear inappropriate content either as she has built-in parental controls to prevent anything undesirable from slipping through.
Cayla excels at telling stories, answering questions and playing word games. She is both a friend for any little girl and a brilliant educational plaything. Her talents are best illustrated in this short video:
We tested out Cayla for ourselves and found her to be charming! Cayla connects via Bluetooth on any smart device. (There's a free iPhone App which I used. You can also build on her 3000 strong abilities with further in-App purchases on iOS. Android users have unlimited use.) She can play both online and offline too.
Cayla has been answering all sorts of questions from my children and even solves mathematical problems and spelling queries. She can even tell you about the day's weather! Cayla is proving herself very useful at homework times and being a source of so much important information, she's certainly taking the pressure off me!
My Friend Cayla is available nationally at all toy retailers for a RRP of $129.99 and she comes with an age recommendation of 4 plus.
Got a budding engineer in your family of the female kind? Then GoldieBlox is her thing!
GoldieBlox is a toy company on a mission to 'disrupt the pink aisle.' Recognising that building toys have been in the realm of boys only for decades, GoldieBlox toys aim to bring out the engineer within all young girls. These toys seek to develop spatial skills and grow an interest in maths and science within the girl market. GoldieBlox is even founded by a real-life engineer, Debbie Sterling!
We tried out the GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank set (pictured here). The building toy is recommended for the 4-9 age group and features a book plus 52 pieces to construct an intricate toy - a dunk tank. Girls are enticed to assist Goldie, (the retro-styled heroine of the play sets), to clean up her dirty dog's act. (Nacho is the name of her doggy companion.)
The setting takes place in a carnival and young readers are encouraged to read along, build along and then play along. The mission: Build a mechanical dunk tank and dunk Nacho! (You provide your own glass of water to do this.)
This toy is beautifully styled and I love the concept behind it. I had my 10 year old Son help out on the build with this one and at times he found it tricky as some of the parts can be quite fiddly. With this in mind, I would say that the age range could extend a little above the 4-9 recommended by the manufacturer. (PS: Boys find this one fun too!)
The GoldieBlox range is available to purchase at Australian Geographic, Kidstuff, Myer, Target, Toys 'R' Us, Toyworld, Toys2Go.com.au and all good toy retailers. RRP $39.95.
For the crafty girl, the sweet little pets to sew in the kits by My Studio Girl Sew-Your-Own Rescue Pet by University Games will make a great gift idea.
Inside the box is one cute little animal friend to sew. The kit contains all 22 pieces which are pre-cut along with a plastic needle and full step by step instructions - everything except scissors. Each pet comes with its own adoption certificate and name tag collar. The finished pet measures 18cm x 16cms. (Pictured is the Dalmation.)
The pets are ideal for the 8 plus age group. (Even my 14 year old Daughter is itching to sew this cutie up!) Crafty girls will adore this toy. At just RRP $14.95, these lovelies will provide hours of fantastic holiday fun and make great stocking stuffers this Christmas. Find the My Studio Girl Sew-Your-Own Rescue Pets at toy retailers nationally or search online.
***Christmas Giveaway for Girls!***
Like to win some of these great gifts reviewed here?
I have four prize packs to win for four different winners
thanks to GoldieBlox and My Studio Girl.
Win EITHER a GoldieBlox Prize Pack consisting of:
GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine RRP $39.95
and GoldieBlox and the Parade Float RRP $34.95
There are two to be won. (Total value of this prize per pack $74.90.)
Win a My Studio Girl Prize Pack consisting of:
One My Studio Girl Rescue Pet (Either a Kitty or Dalmation.) RRP $14.95
One Felt Hang-About Ginger Bread Man RRP $6.50.
One, Onesies Piggy RRP $9.95
There are two to be won. (Total value of this prize per pack is $31.40.)
The total prize pool of this entire giveaway is $212.60.
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*Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were gifted for the purpose of review.
All opinions expressed are those of this blog's Author.
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