Trust me, you need a gift guide for this one. If you have a little guy or girl who likes lots of pink to be happening under their Christmas tree, don’t underestimate that shopping trip. Sure, lace and sparkles can go a long way but that doesn’t inoculate your gift from inciting holiday disappointment. Not any petticoat, tutu, or Barbie video game will do. So pick between the Malibu beach houses carefully.
While princess stuff has the capacity to be utterly lame (and troubling for some parents), a flat out disregard for the aisle can cost you some true gems, even if they’ve been sullied by Disney. And just because you’ll be suiting up to dig in the pink trenches doesn’t mean you should feel confined by the plastic jungle of crap. Not all princess trinkets are created equal, nor do they all necessarily espouse the same message.
Besides, not all girly girls are going to have their femininity defined by the stylings or thoughts of Belle. You’ve got more room to work with than Toys R Us is willing to let on.
So from a girl’s first set of Jane Austen to playing doctor with baby, here’s what I unearthed from the Pepto Bismol-slathered corners of the Internet.