10 Best Toy Ideas & Gifts for 8 Year Old Girls
Finding the perfect gift for an eight-year-old girl can seem daunting thanks to the sheer variety of options available on the market. From traditional gifts that have delighted generations of children to more modern items that use technology, there is such a wide choice on the market. Eight-year-olds also have an idea of what they do and do not like, which can make it seem like a tricky area to navigate.
Even if you do not know her that well, there is a good range of general gifts – from creativity sets to scooters – that will make most children more than happy to open up on their birthday or at Christmas. Luckily this wide variety also means you will be able to find something that fits exactly in one of the areas that most interests her.
We have assessed 10 of the best gifts for girls age 8 to make the decision that little bit easier for you. For younger girls try these lovely gifts for 6 year old girls or perhaps these present ideas for 7-year-old girls. We have also used this information to compile a list of questions you should be asking yourself before making a final purchase.
View the Best Toys for 8 year old Girls, Below.
Is It Safe and Durable?
This should be your primary concern before making a purchase. If you are buying plastic toys they should be used with child-safe, non-toxic materials. Wooden toys should be sanded down as part of the manufacturing process. In general, you want to make sure they conform to US federal and state regulations. If it is manufactured within the US, Canada or European Union it is likely the gift conforms to these regulations, but if it is manufactured elsewhere you should check the product specifications and customer reviews for a clearer picture.
Also, keep in mind that creativity based gifts should be safe if they use paints or anything which she might apply to her face or accidentally ingest. In terms of durability, you will ideally be looking for a gift that will last a long time, as these provide more value for money. The best idea of this will come from customer reviews – in particular, pay attention to the lower ratings and their reasons why. If the product comes with a guarantee or warranty period, it is more likely that it is of good quality.
Is it Age Appropriate?
Most toys will come with an age rating, but you can double check this in the customer reviews as well to make sure that ages are not exaggerated. If gifts are suggested for up to eight years old we recommend you reconsider. Not only will the kid definitely grow out of the product within a year, but there is every chance they are already too old for the item.
Likewise, you should also make sure that gifts that are eight years old plus have been well received by other customers. These gifts are generally fine but may require adult supervision for the first few uses.
Does the Gift have any Educational Value?
Though not as important as gifts for younger children, this is still well worth considering. Gifts can have a variety of educational and developmental benefits, even if they do not seem obvious upon first reading the description. In particular, a lot of toys in this age range are designed to develop STEM skills, interaction abilities and creativity amongst a range of other benefits.
You should also seriously consider a toy that keeps her active. In a world filled with gadgets and screens, these can often be overlooked but have a variety of benefits. Not only do they promote exercise and gross motor skills, they can also often encourage kids to spend more time outdoors and build on social skills if they are used with friends. These are a great option for promoting healthy lifestyles from a young age.
What is your Relationship with Her?
What your budget is and what kind of gift will be expected of you depends on what your relationship with her is. Of course, if you are the parents you pretty much have free choice over this. If you can, we suggest getting in touch with others who are giving her a gift as they may already have purchased an item. This makes sure you do not waste money on something she will already be receiving. Close relatives, such as grandparents, can get away with higher budgets however it will likely be expected you put more thought into the gift.
Try choosing something you know she will like based on her tastes, and coordinate with her parents to make sure it is a gift she will love. More distant relatives, such as aunts or uncles, should stick to a maximum budget of $50. You can get away with more general gifts – such as creativity based items – however, it is always a good idea to put in as much thought as you can.
If you are looking for a gift for your own child to give at a birthday party, stick to around $15 as a budget. You can have a little more leeway if they are best friends and you are spending on a more thoughtful item, but it should always cost less than the average budget of family members.
Are there any Cultural Considerations?
These can be overlooked, but are well worth considering. Her cultural or religious background may limit what you can give as a gift. Some cultures and religions will look down upon gifts which can be seen to promote violence, and even princess toys gifts go against some religions. When in doubt, double check with the parents.
Also, consider if the parents are vegan. Cosmetic and creative gifts might contain products, such as beeswax, which uses animal by-products in their manufacturing process. These are less common nowadays, but should still be checked. If you are unsure, a quick online search for the item will usually give you a good idea.
What does she like?
Eight-year-old girls have a good idea of what they do and do not like, and this should definitely be taken into account before deciding on what gift to give her. Princesses, dollhouses and dress-up sets might seem like an obvious choice, but some girls might equally prefer soccer balls, video games, and construction gifts. If you are struggling, have a conversation with her parents about her interests – this will also give you an idea about items that she already has so you can avoid purchasing these.
You can also speak to others who are buying a gift for her to know what areas they are buying in – again, this will prevent her from receiving multiples of the same gift. Certain gifts are also fairly neutral and are great if you still cannot find a more personalized item within the other constraints. Creativity based gifts are always a great option in this scenario, as well as gifts that promote activity.
Once you have considered all of the questions above, finding the perfect gift for her should be much easier. Have a talk with the parents, and potentially other gift givers, to make sure you are not buying items she already has or will already receive. This also gives you a better idea of her cultural background, tastes and any space requirements that may influence what makes a good gift for her. If in doubt, opt for a more general gift such as creativity based kits and gifts that will make her more active.
These are universally loved by many children and usually, have great educational and development value. You might even be lucky and instill her with a new hobby. This list is a good starting point for figuring out the best gift. Even if you do not want to get any of these items for her, you can use it to give you an idea of what kind of areas to look in for eight-year-old girls. Good luck, and happy shopping!
Always chat with the parents before making a purchase just to make sure. If at all possible, it can also be a good idea to ask other gift givers to get an idea of what gifts she will already be receiving and what areas interest her. You can also coordinate your gift in terms of educational value by picking something in an area that nobody else has considered.