It's fairly easy to shop for a 10-year-old girl. She still likes toys, but she's starting to notice clothes, jewellery and cosmetics, too. She likes dolls, and she might want to make new clothes for them to wear. Select a few gifts for quiet times and some others for their energy-burning play value.
At age 10, many girls have some interest in fashion. Give her a paper-doll set that lets her design the dolls' clothing, or buy her a miniature working sewing machine and include a gift token for beginner's sewing lessons.
Present her with a spa and perfume set loaded with natural materials to make perfume and bath products. Stimulate her interest in jewellery-making with a starter set that has a bead assortment, jeweller's wire and basic tools.
Give her "The Frog Princess" by E.D. Baker; this tale puts a funny twist on the fairy-tale theme of a frog transformed into a prince. Introduce her to classic girls' favourites such as "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery and "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott.
Pair your classic book gift with a gift that helps your 10-year-old develop her own writing and drawing skills--a kit for creating her own book. After she writes a story and draws the illustrations, she mails the pages to the kit's creator, who transforms it into a hardcover book. One finished book is included in the purchase price, but you can buy additional copies.
Board games make good general gifts for children of all ages, but you can find games aimed at distinct age groups, as well. Good choices for a 10-year-old include games that require some problem-solving skills, such as mystery or puzzle games, adventure games featuring spies and labyrinths, and fairy-tale themed games with princesses, castles and secret gardens.
For pure and simple fun, give her a marshmallow shooter, a skipping rope, a motorised hamster in a playhouse, a magic 8-ball or a dollhouse.
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