Editor's Picks:

We continually update this page with the hottest gift ideas and trends for 8 year old girls. If you have a great gift idea for this age group please feel free to share it using the message form at the bottom of this page! Thanks for stopping by today and good luck shopping!

Editor’s Pick:

Duct Tape Arts and Crafts Kits (DUCK TAPE):
duck tape designsWhether you call it duck tape or duct tape, one of the most popular new arts and craft genres is creating masterpieces out of the many new duct tape colors and pattern options available on the market today. If you’re looking for a quick, original, and relatively inexpensive gift idea. Pick up a few roles of bright and colorful duct tape at your local home improvement or arts and crafts store and bundle them up with one of the many books available on creating artwork and fashion accessories out of duct tape. As an alternative to buying a book, there are many great websites and blogs dedicated to duct tape art with great how to instructions for various projects (making dresses, purses, wallets, etc.). You can simply print out a project or two off the website and include that in your gift basket.

Crocs Shoes and Footwear Accessories

gifts for 6 7 8 year old girlsEverybody loves Crocs shoes, especially kids! The original Crocs shoes where a huge hit with parents thanks to their versatility and now a variety of new “themed” Croc designs and styles have increased the appeal of Crocs to children as well (Free Economy Shipping On All Orders at Crocs.com!). Crocs are a perfect gift for virtually anyone on your holiday shopping or birthday list. Our children loved their Lego themed Crocs we bought them last year and this year our son absolutely loves his “Spider Man” Crocs with glow in the dark eyes. Our older girls love the cool “animal print designs”. New for 2015 and 2016 are the popular Star Wars themed crocs as well!  Crocs even come in fleece lined versions to help keep children’s’ feet warm during the cold winter months. Free Economy Shipping On All Orders at Crocs.com!

Slackers Zipline Kits

The author's 9 year old daughter on the family's 90' Slackers "Eagle Series" Zipline.

The author’s 9 year old daughter on the family’s 90′ Slackers “Eagle Series” Zipline.

If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity for a boy or girl between the ages of 4 and 12, you can’t go wrong with a Slackers Eagle Series Zipline from Brand 44. Hands down these are the safest and easiest to install ziplines you can buy for home use and they cost a lot less than you might think (around $140 for a 90′ model).  Best of all, they’re a TON of fun!

My wife and I have 3 kids (ages 9, 7 and 4) and they absolutely love their zipline. Don’t take chances trying to build a homemade zipline system yourself (chances are it would cost you more money to do so anyway). Slackers Ziplines are specifically engineered for outdoor fun and take less than 30 minutes to install with two adults.

For more information read our full review of the Slackers Eagle Series Zipline we bought for our own kids which includes a demonstration video of the zipline in action!

Where to Buy: Click here to purchase a Slackers Zipline Kit today through HearthSong.com.

Cooking Supplies and Accessories ($1+):
Girls this age love to cook with mommy and daddy! If you’re looking for an inexpensive gift to delight the girl in your life, consider giving her her very own “real” cooking accessories. Measuring cups, aprons, cooking utensils, and colorful bowls are excellent ideas. You can put together an entire suite of cooking accessories or “mix and match” based on your budget! You can pick up quality cooking supplies at virtually any major retail center.

Lego Compatible OYO Mini Sports Figures!!!

oyo minifiguresIs she a sports fan too? OYO Sports Save 15% Off – Use code: SAVE15OYO

If your family is like ours, you probably haven’t had much luck finding Lego brand building block sets with NFL, MLB and NHL athletes.

The reason you haven’t is because Lego does not own the rights to create all of these different players. Those rights belong to our friends at OYO Sport right here in New England (yes, we’re from Maine so we have a little bit of New England pride going on here). To see some of these great Lego compatible athletes in action, check out the video below and take advantage of our special pricing agreement—> OYO Sports Save 15% Off – Use code: SAVE15OYO:

Popular This Week:

Pampered and Pretty Gift Basket ($15):
This age appropriate gift will keep her primping and pampering herself comes with an assortment of hair barrettes, hair clips and ties, and a brush. Some nail art decals for her hands and lip gloss for her smile while enjoying the candy that comes with the arrival. Topped with colorful ribbons and shrinkwrapped, this is a gift that will help her discover her own beauty. This great gift idea is available through Lilyputts Gift Baskets.

Snap Circuits: Electronic Science Experiment Kits:

snap circuits gift ideas for kidsDoes the child on your Christmas or Birthday shopping list have an interest in electronics and conducting science experiments? If so, you can’t go wrong with the Snap Circuits SC-300. This amazing science project kit comes with everything you need to easily build over 300 amazing electronic contraptions including AM Radios,burglar alarms, doorbells, and motion activated lights.

As the name implies, Snap Circuits utilize patented button snap wires, resisters and other components that easily “snap” together with no messy wire terminations or soldering required. Even better, the kits come with a detailed instructional manual that not only walks the child step-by-step through each science experiment but also explains exactly what each component does and how the circuit works together to perform the desired result. My 7 and 9 year old girls and 5 year old boy absolutely love playing with this great kit.

Snap Circuits make a great gift for kids and are available at most major retailers and can be purchased online through Target.com or Walmart.com.

Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled Game

best christmas gift ideas for son and daughterWho doesn’t love Jelly Belly jelly beans? Jelly Belly offers a ton of great holiday and birthday gift ideas for boys and girls. In addition to the regular gift packs, our kids absolutely love the Jelly Belly BeanBoozled game where you spin the wheel and take a chance on eating either a delicious flavor or something less desirable. Make sure you pick the correct bean or you could be eating a bean with the following flavor attributes: canned dogged food, skunk spray, baby whites, barf, and stinky socks. You can only imagine how much fun this game could be for 4, 5, 6, and 7 year old boys and girls!

Razor Kick Scooters:

razor scootersYou just can’t go wrong with these Razor A Kick Scooters! Our kids absolutely love them and when used with helmets, they’re a great way for the kids to burn off some of their energy and get exercise. These scooters are offered in a variety of different colors and they’re built to last. They’re rated for children (and adults) up to 143 lbs but they feel sturdy when I stand on them (6′ and 180 lbs). You can order them online through Target, Toys R Us or just about any other major online retailer. Good Luck and Have Fun! Shop at Target.com

Bead Bazaar Bead Symphony Bead Jewelry Kit ($22):
Perfect for the upcoming slumber party or girl’s night! This Bead Kit comes in a hand-crafted wood case with clear sliding lid. Each kit includes a wide array of glass beads and ceramic beads, instruction & design booklet, and related hardware. The girl on your shopping list is going to enjoy making her own dazzling designs!
“Grow” Your Own Rock Candy (And Make Other Tasty Treats) $19:
Who knew science could taste so good? With this kit, you’ll whip up cupcakes, cookies, candy, and more all in the name of science! Learn what makes cakes rise, candy crystallize, and more real chemistry happen in the kitchen. Tasty Science is packed with ingredients, recipes, activity cards, a test tube laboratory, and lots more to explore the science of taste.

Live Butterfly Garden ($16):

We first bought one of these Life Butterfly Garden kits for our children about 4 years ago and our kids absolutely love it!  You really do get to watch the butterflies grow, and hatch!  Our kids love watching the beautiful butterflies “hatch” and come to life.  The kit is reusable and when they’re not filled with butterflies, our kids enjoy reusing the net to keep other critters like lightening bugs, lady bugs, grasshoppers and any other little critters they find around the house.  This is probably the best $16 we’ve spent on a gift.

Zentangle Arts and Crafts Gift Basket:

zentangle gift basket ideaThe Zentangle craze is upon us! If your looking for gift ideas for a creative boy or girl on your shopping list who loves art, you should really look in to the various Zentangle arts and crafts products available on the market. Simply put, Zentangle is an artform that formalizes the the “doodling” that children (and adults) love to do anyway. By using structured shapes and containers on a piece of paper, zentanglers are have the freedom to fill in the shapes and containers with any shapes, patterns or design of their choosing. You can arrange the containers and block shapes into various objects, or you can just keep stringing them together and see where your imagination takes you!  You can put together and inexpensive gift basket, or you can go all out and put together a high end zentangle package with the latest books, pencils, pens and stencils.

Great Gifts Between $25 and $50:

An Authentic L.L. Bean Backpack ($39):
In New England (and especially in my home state Maine), receiving your own L.L. Bean back pack (with your initials stitched in the front pocket) is a right of passage for children entering junior high and high school. It is not uncommon for these backpacks to stay with the kid through out his or her college years as well. Best of all, L.L. Bean backpacks come with an unconditional 100% money back guarantee. If the child on your shopping list wears the backpack out, they can simply send it back and get a new one! You can order L.L. Bean backpacks directly through their website.

Cool Gifts $50 and Over:

CHEM C1000 Chemistry Kit ($74):
This is a great introductory chemistry set for the inquisitive young man on your shopping list! Conduct real science experiments with an easy to follow full-color 40 page manual. With hands-on laboratory experiments for beginners, the “scientist” will build a strong foundation in chemistry through exposure to electrochemical reactions, acids and bases, indicators and chromatography. Although we normally recommend shopping online through Amazon, we have found this product for $50 at Target and Toys-R-Us (Amazon doesn’t always have the best prices).

An Authentic L.L. Bean Sleeping Bag ($59)
Yes I’m from Maine, and yes my in-laws work at LL Bean headquarters in Freeport, ME, but that doesn’t stop me from making an unbiased recommendation of an L.L. Bean sleeping bag as a great gift for an active boy or girl! I literally grew up in one of these bags! Whether crashing on friend’s living room floor during a slumber party, or camping at a remote campsite, a good quality sleeping bag (especially one from L.L. Beans) will stand the test of time and keep the boy or girl in your life warm and cozy no matter where they end up sleeping! If you’re not lucky enough to live by an L.L. Bean retail or factory store, you can shop for L.L. Bean sleeping bags online.

Take the stress out of gift shopping with unbiased suggestions, opinions, reviews, and tips from real parents. If you need to buy a gift for a child’s birthday party, Christmas, Easter, graduation, holiday, or other special occasion, this handy website will help guide you in selecting an appropriate and enjoyable present.