Christmas gift guide for toddler girls and little princesses

Christmas gift guide for toddler girls and little princesses, local selection, Alifeleadsimply single mama (1)
Christmas gift guide for toddler girls and little princesses, local selection, Alifeleadsimply single mama (1)

It is that time of the year when every mama starts scratching her head about what to give her precious little girl. No matter if your girls are young or older, this seems to be an ongoing dilemma – what do you give her?

This year, this question is even more challenging than previously. Not only are we globally struggling with finances (thank you Covid-19 as well as becoming a single mama!) but also do I have to think what to get the kids that their dad will not also get them (again, thank you, single mama!). Trying to stay within a budget, while keeping in mind kids’ different personalities, likes and dislikes, seems to be a daunting task. Then you also want to give the most Instagrammable gift (right?) and at the least something that the kids will want to play with for a few days. Tough I know.

I have always been strict about the number of presents the kids got from us, and this year I will be even more strict. Limited budgets are the main reason, but then contributing is the fact that I hate clutter and waste. When kids get too much, they tend to stop appreciating what they have. They are always ready for “the next” thing to come along, and will gladly and quickly forget that favourite toy when the new and improved model comes along. To minimise all of these pain points, I stick to my 4 gift rule – the kids only get a maximum of 4 gifts from me (which sounds like a lot, but compared to what other kids get is actually not). These 4 gifts are also split up – I give 1, grandma gives 1, sister gives 1, and Santa gives 1.

What are the 4 gifts?

The broad categories are:

  • Something they want
  • Something they need
  • Something to wear
  • Something to read

My gift guide will follow these 4 categories to make it easier for you to pick 😉

(disclaimer: all of the brands and products named and listed are done based on personal opinion. This post is not sponsored in any way. Also, I tried to stick to local suppliers so most of these will only be available in South Africa)

Christmas gift guide for toddler girls and little princesses, local selection, Alifeleadsimply single mama (1)
  • Something they want

This category includes any toy, dress-up clothing or items that they have been pinning after. This would be the spoil category.

A perfectly adorable bear that they can keep forever, like this one from Mr Bear Brown

A pretend play outfit, such as this astronaut from Melissa and Doug

A cooking box from The Little Chefs Box

A themed playdough box such as these beauties from Hello Dough

Prints for her bedroom, such as these darling hot air balloons on wooden blocks from Nifty Gifts

  • Something they need

This category includes things that they need, but that is still special enough to count as a gift, such as a new backpack, hair accessories, an umbrella, new hat, or educational toys.

Hair accessories such as this bow from Mimelia Boutique

Beautiful new bedding such as this set from Little Baby Brave

A kids digital camera for those budding photographers. Get yours from Takealot

Learning kits such as this one of the solar system from Cabin Kids

New shoes such as these ballet-inspired pumps from Cotton On Kids

  • Something to wear

You guessed it – clothing, but not your everyday run of the mill pieces. These must be special, different and unique. You can even give this gift on Christmas eve (in the case of pyjamas) or early on Christmas day (especially if it is something special to wear to church and lunch).

A beautiful frilly dress, like this one from Lallie

A custom t-shirt, such as these printed by Tee Rex Creations

A super-soft sweatshirt in the most beautiful print, like this one from Ella and Jo kids (you can even get yourself a matching one!)

The poofiest tutu, like the ones Tutu Cute makes

New pyjamas, such as this pair from The PJ Co

  • Something to read

We need to raise a reading generation, so give them books! My girls love to read, books are always a spoil.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (1978)

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison (2019)

Die hasie van fluweel deur Margery Williams

Rympies vir kleintjies en kleuters

Underwater Zoo by Alan Glass, Ed Jordan

And those are all of my suggestions, mostly local, all beautiful. I hope this helps to make your decisions a bit easier!

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