Dollhouses are without a doubt the stuff that some childhood memories are made of — especially this time of year. Parents looking to go big this holiday season need look no further than a Victorian replica, a modernist mini home, or a Colonial style dollhouse. There’s a dolly home for whatever you or your child’s aesthetic sensibility may be.
And, my, what choices to choose from. Some of these “mansions,” “cottages,” and “farm houses” are a lot fancier than what many fully grown adults live in — whether we’re talking those wrap around porches, French doors, or just, you know, elevators. From modern to classic, from Colonial to Victorian, there’s enough to incite your envy and make you almost wish that you were the dolly getting to move into these walls. (Except for when your kid takes a scissors to the doll’s hair every now and again.)
Between design, mobility, accessibility, or practicality, all these houses have their strong points depending on what your own dollhouse criteria is. But considering that your child is probably not trying to raise a live family in there or anything, I say you can let “practicality” slip a few rungs.
(Assembly required for many so be prepared to break out your tool kit)
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Modernist Dollhouse, $350
Excuse me while I pack up my entire apartment and move in here. A sleek and clean design for the kid with a truly sophisticated eye for design. Would make a wonderful addition to any Mad Men dolls that happen to be kicking around the house.
Melissa and Doug Folding Princess Castle, $79.99
For some kids, everything must be princess. Including his or her dollhouse. Will make a lovely addition to any princess sheets, princess toothbrushes, and any other princess garb that defines your house.
KidKraft So Chic Dollhouse, $197.00
No walls makes this dollhouse ideal for the big family or for playdates. Few things can trigger a kid tiff faster than crowding over the same tiny bedroom with two dolls. Am I right? (plus wheels for swiveling!)
Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Dollhouse Play Set, $40.99
This purse-like unit is good for the kid on the go. Just pack up that teeny family and you're out the door. No frills means that you don't have to bother packing up the dollhouse's pool, jacuzzi, or sauna either.
Glencroft Dollhouse, $109.99
A two-story tasteful Tudor cottage gives the kiddies a taste for that English architecture young. Is that Henry Tudor I see wandering about the grounds?
Sugarplum Dollhouse, $39.99
This simple little house is one story (one room) with a full attic. Perfect for the single doll just starting out on his or her own in the play world.
This Victorian replica evokes some serious Edith Wharton for me. Does Lily Bart vacation here or what?
Willow Dollhouse, $109.99
Bringing it back to our American forefathers with this Colonial style dollhouse. Be sure to remind the kids that this is bonafide authentic 18th century architecture here.
KidKraft Majestic Mansion, $212.49
Rounding out with another modern choice that includes a whopping 34 furniture pieces and an elevator. An elevator! Plus stairs if, I guess, the elevator breaks? Dolly needs to have an emergency evacuation plan just like the rest of us.