Monday, October 23, 2017

An American Girl Doll Would Make Any Little Girl Happy This Christmas #HolidayGiftGuide

Can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.  I'm sure everyone has started to begin their holiday shopping or will be doing so in the next few weeks. Scarlett really has a maternal side when it comes to pretend play with her toys.

She will brush her Barbie's hair, hug a stuffed bear and give it a baby bottle, and push her dolls around in a stroller. It's very cute to see and she is very proud of herself.  She even says she is the doll's mommy! If you ask me, she's a very good little mommy.  All little girls enjoy playing with dolls at one point or another.  What's your child's favorite doll?

American Girl offers inspiring products for each stage of a young girl's development from baby dolls all the way up to full size dolls that would delight any child.  Through an array of premium-quality books, dolls, clothes, toys and accessories, American Girl has earned the loyalty of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators.  

All of the dolls are characterized by a different name, story, and personality.  Surely your daughter will find the one that appeals to her most.  There's an array of clothing options to choose from ranging from pajamas and casual wear to party dresses and fancy coats. Don't forget the purse and perfect pair of shoes to complete the outfit with! 

I have a special place in my heart for American Girl dolls because I had one about 22 years ago.  I'm not exactly sure when I received it, but I do think it was for my 8th birthday present.  It was one of those monumental presents that I was very excited to receive.  My doll was the create your own version that looked similar to me.  I remember flipping through the catalogs whenever they came in the mail and wishing I could order a lot of the accessories! 

My aunt was very talented and built a bed for the doll as well as a mini wardrobe for the clothes.  She also sewed blankets and a pillow for the bed.  I'm fortunate enough that my mom kept the doll, clothes, and furniture after all these years for my future daughter to play with.  It's very special that Scarlett will be able to have years of enjoyment from the items just like I did!

It's funny how more than two decades later, American Girl is still just as popular as it was in the 1990's when I was a child.  Scarlett was fortunate enough to receive the Samantha doll and what a lucky girl she is to have it.  While the doll collection has grown over time, the classic girls from the beginning like Addy, Felicity, and Samantha remain. I vividly remember my friend having the Samantha doll when we were children and loving her old-fashioned clothes and beautiful hair. 

Samantha is one of American Girl's first historical characters along with Kirsten Larson and Molly Mcintyre.   Since her inception in 1986, she's been extremely popular.  Samantha was retired for a few years but has now been re-released and is back to entertain and bring joy to girls everywhere again.

Scarlett really loves dolls and has been interested to play with Samantha since she arrived in the mail.  I think it's very special that a piece of my childhood will also be included in hers.  Samantha comes wearing the classic "Meet Samantha" outfit that I remember her in all those years ago as well as a coordinating book.  You'll instantly fall in love with her beautiful hair and dark features.  Scarlett is used to dressing up her barbies, but to have an 18 inch doll that you can play with and change her clothes is a lot more fun.  

She enjoys brushing her hair gently and showing Samantha to all of her stuffed animals. Our dog Lynnie was even introduced to her! I'm lucky that Scarlett understands that she cannot be rough with the doll and really goes out of her way to play with her nicely. Scarlett even offered to share her yogurt raisins with Samantha which is a big deal because those are her favorite.

Samantha only comes with one outfit, but more are available to buy on the American Girl website.  She is quality made and has a huggable cloth body with moveable head and limbs made of smooth vinyl. I've already gone a little nuts and bought the doll a lot of clothes online including pajamas, a swimsuit, and a jacket.  Hey, a girl needs to have options! I'm waiting for those to arrive in the mail.

Even though Scarlett is young for the doll at almost 3, it's something that she'll be able to receive enjoyment from for years to come and won't quickly outgrow it.  As a parent, I like having toys and dolls that she'll be able to get years of use out of.

When we go to visit my mom in Florida in December, I'll be bringing back the bed and the wardrobe for Scarlett. I'm sure she'll love being able to put all of the doll's clothes away and changing her outfits whenever.

In time I may add various various accessories and playsets to the doll for Scarlett.  There's so many options to choose from on the American Girl website that are beyond adorable. I've noticed that there's so much more available then when I was a child!

If you're looking to make a little girl happy on Christmas morning, why not put an American Girl doll under the tree for her?

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to American Girl for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

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