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Gift for 7 year old and 9 year old girls - are these too young?

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Bigoldhag · 06/12/2021 11:06

Hi everyone,

I’ve got two presents left to buy and for various reasons I am now switching to buying phtsical gifts this year.

They are 7 and 9 (sisters), the elder has some additional needs. She is particularly ‘girly’ and enjoys ‘taking care of her tots/dolls’ and nurturing.

7 year old is harder to read, she likes fantasy and magical stuff, is very very clever.

They’ve gone through some significant trauma and I don’t know them very well yet so a bit stuck.

My budget is £40-£50per child and I try to buy only one item. Toys only (for those various reason that’s not right for me to disclose).

I was thinking of the v-tech secret diary and the treasure chest - are these suitable?

Any help appreciated!

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TheGirlWhoLived · 06/12/2021 11:16

My dd is 7 and whilst she would enjoy the treasure chest or diary, she would be on the very edge of outgrowing them. If she’s into fantasy etc (possibly art too!?) I would go with some Top Model drawing/sticker things for them.
My eldest (11) has the top model code diary and loves it, a little more ‘grown up’ but still girly and more of a journal than the v tech one (also about £30 cheaper) the books are a bit pricy for what they are but the girls absolutely love them- you design clothes and dresses or use stickers, there are various kinds like dance, fantasy, wedding and also specific pencil crayons you could get to go with them.

I know that’s what my two would love!

TheGirlWhoLived · 06/12/2021 11:16

Sorry this probably doesn’t count as toys… let me have a rethink!

Duvetflower · 06/12/2021 11:19

I'd say the diary would be better for the 7 year old. I have a 9 year old not at all girly though... I'll have a think.
Maybe a tamagotchi for 9 year old?

Duvetflower · 06/12/2021 11:22

I like Wicked Uncle for ideas by age.

Bigoldhag · 06/12/2021 11:38

Some good ideas! 9 year old is a little young for her age, with her additional needs. I like the tamagotchi idea but fear it might be too small - she has some motor control issues!

Sorry for the drip feed!

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BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz · 06/12/2021 11:43

I have a 7yo and 9yo and those would be too young for mine. Just the look of them would put them off I think as they look so young.

Maybe you could get them each a nice notebook with suitable covers for their interests and a pencil case each full of nice pens, stickers etc?

Alternatively, Schleic do really nice play sets (horses and stables, horsebox and car) which have tons of play value and will last them into early teens (though my eldest would keep the fact she still enjoys them to herself).

Aroundtheworldin80moves · 06/12/2021 11:47

My 10yo wanted a diary with a lock on... there's one I saw in Claires with a fluffy panda cover for example

SSOYS · 06/12/2021 12:05

Sylvanian families for the 9yo? I know lots of children who still enjoy it at that age and you could get a nice set for your budget.

Melissa and Doug magic set for the 7yo.

SSOYS · 06/12/2021 12:17

The Schleich set is also a lovely idea. My DD had a v-tech diary, I can't remember what age, and tbh it was a bit rubbish.

BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz · 06/12/2021 12:18

Sylvanian Families is a good shout too!

Wormwoodm · 06/12/2021 15:12

I have a 6 and 9 year old. Vtech is now a bit young at 6 so think far too young for them.
Top model is a good shout but my 9 year old loves art. Posca pens are a big deal at the moment.

Lipsandlashes · 06/12/2021 16:00

Sylvanian Families is a great call. My 10 year old DD still likes a sneaky play of her younger sister's sets when no one is looking.
How about a Harry Potter Lego set for the 7 year old?

LittleDoritt · 06/12/2021 16:05

I agree that those ideas might be a bit young. My 7 year old would absolutely love the things mentioned by previous posters - a lockable diary, Top Model books, Sylvanian Families, the magic set. All fab ideas.

evilharpy · 06/12/2021 16:11

My 7yo would love a lockable diary that she could write in herself but the V tech one would definitely be too young for her. She loves Sylvanians and particularly wants the cake shop, grocery shop and tree school.

PunkAssMoFo · 06/12/2021 16:13

If the older child likes dolls, would an our generation/ designafriend doll plus outfits be suitable? My dd would also have like a proper hairdressing styling head or board games such as game of life etc….

Lovemusic33 · 06/12/2021 16:14

Playmobil for the 7 year old, I think they do some fantasy type sets (unicorns, mermaids?)?

I have DD’s with additional needs, both struggle with fine motor skills, they are older now but things the enjoyed (some the still enjoy)….

Kenetic sand.
Lego (one can do it, one can’t).
Marble run (probably the most played with thing).
Anything collectable (shopkins, minimbrands, Pokemon cards, lol dolls).
Puzzles and one player problem solving games.

TheSpanishApartment · 06/12/2021 16:16

Yes, agreeing with everyone else. My 7 year old loves Sylvanians, and has a LOL surprise secret diary that she also loves. What she loves most of all though are all those things that come in eggs (hatchimals, rainbocorns, crybabies etc). Plastic tat, essentially. She loves it though.

WhenZoomWasJustAnIceLolly · 06/12/2021 16:25

Dolls house? My nine year old who has mild sen and is young for her age loves them.

Lego and playmobil also great. And can help with fine motor development.

If into fantasy stuff, does she like Harry Potter yet? Harry Potter Lego may be a good shout

noscoobydoodle · 06/12/2021 16:30

Agreeing with other posters- those are probably too young for a 7 and 9 year old (if it's not something they have specifically asked for).
Playmobil do a great dragons series that my 7 year old niece loves.
The our generation dolls mentioned by pp are a good shout for a girly 9 year old and theres lots of accessories and stuff available. My girly DD is only 6 but loves the dolls accessories from the frilly Lilly website. My 8 year old isn't girly at all. She enjoyed the Melissa Doug magic set and m&d detective/decoder set.
Both girls want a squishmallow and a lockable diary (not electronic) for Christmas.

AliceMcK · 06/12/2021 16:33

How about an our generation doll for the 9yo or designafriends one. If she’s very girly and likes to take care of her dolls she may like these. My 9yo has grown out of hers but just not quite ready to let go yet so might be just right for you.

When you say fantasy, dose the 7yo have anything particular she likes? My DDs all love Dr Who, Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Worst Witch etc… My 7yo has asked for an invisibility cloak for Christmas, she’s also got lots of other Harry Potter bits including a Tom riddle diary with invisible ink. My 9yo likes magic tricks but I’m yet to find a worthwhile magic set.

ODFOgrinch · 06/12/2021 16:38

I was going to say dolls house like pp.
Asda used to do a sturdy wooden one for about £45. Then you could Buy a batch of furnture and make it a joint present?
Over the years ours was a house, a school, a stable etc... so much possibility and such a flexible toy if it isn't branded.

UndertheCedartree · 06/12/2021 17:36

My 9 yo loves playing with dolls. I would recommend the dolls from Argos. They have a range of baby dolls and older style ones called Designafriends. As well as the dolls themselves my DD likes things like a highchair or crib for the babies or a wardrobe for their clothes. Also different outfits for the dolls.

UndertheCedartree · 06/12/2021 17:38

Oh and I second Frilly Lilly for doll clothes too.

nocutsnobuttsnococonuts · 06/12/2021 17:58

Would it be possible for you to take them to build a bear so they could choose a Teddy and outfit each? My dd is 9 and adores her llama with roller skates! They do lots of animals/characters and the experience is a lovely one to do with them. You could also do a photo of them stuffing the Teddy or afterwards to print off.

Alternatively other things my dd likes,
Kinetic sand and fidget toys.
Board games (literally her favourite activity!).
Keyboard has been a huge hit recently (not sure on cost new as ours was given to us!).
Lol/barbie/enchantimals/disney/shopkins dolls.
Squishmallow cuddly toys.
Garden toys like skipping rope, pogo stick, scooter, swingball.
Shes asked for a gymnastics mat and a set of crystals.
Little figures - puppy in my pocket, shopkins, hatchimals.
Dinosaurs, shes asked for a jurassic world blue figure this year.
Jewellery box and junk type jewellery.
Lego - particularly lego friends or just plain bricks and some minifigures blind bags!

CactusLemonSpice · 06/12/2021 18:15

9 year old, our generation doll or set?

7 year old magic set? Or a board game?

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