Shopping for dolls can be both thoroughly enjoyable and overwhelming at the same time. It’s a huge world of dolls out there and selecting from the top dolls for Christmas 2016 is a challenging task indeed. You can either make this easy or hard. Here’s where you start…
Knowing the child’s age group is one of the first things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for dolls for children–simply because some of the more advanced dolls will not be appropriate for younger children.
But before we delve any further, let’s understand that dolls are not just for girls. There are male dolls, as well. For example, one of the more popular male dolls was Ken, from the world of Barbie dolls (although they went their separate ways and Ken has not been in the picture for a few years.)
At the other end of the spectrum, there are different doll categories:
- As with action figures, the popularity of particular dolls rise with the release of certain movies. This year, the success of Suicide Squad has propelled crazy anti-villain Harley Quinn doll ahead of the pack on the top dolls for Christmas list.
Superhero dolls are not far behind with Wonder Woman leading the pack in traditional fashion and Batgirl and Supergirl close behind.
- Fashion dolls. The fashion dolls are the hottest item you can get if your child is past the toddler stage.
- Barbie, of course is in a class by herself. Currently the most sought after Barbie is Barbie Rainbow Lights Mermaid Barbie doll.
- Monster High dolls are popular in this arena and have maintained a constant frenzy among a particular age group of young girls who are less conservative in dress-up.
The Monster High dolls have consistently been on the list of top dolls for Christmas gifts over the years. They have different lines such as the Jinafire Long Doll which been one of the more popular dolls in this line. She’s fabulous with her green hair and travel accessories.
And let’s not overlook the doll accessories that accompany these fashion dolls–particularly the fashion dolls–accessories that would complement the dolls as gifts–such as the dollhouses, along with the furniture; the cars (like those fabulous-looking Barbie cars; the pools. Oh, and the fashionable line of clothes)!
If many of us could dress like some of those dolls, no doubt we’d be fashion models. I’m sure there other accessorizing gadgets that I can’t recall right now.
- Baby dolls. The baby dolls that aren’t cloth are always going to be intriguing to toddlers and older children. Both boys and girls like to play with baby dolls – and they have both genders and multiples you can buy, too.
A bestseller baby doll now is the Melissa and Doug Mine to Love Brianna.. This soft body doll can suck thumb. She’s easy to clean with a simple wipe down, and you can even remove her clothes for a quick wash.
- Cloth dolls. These cloth dolls are perfect for the littlest tot because they’re safe and soft so there are no bumps and bruises when your child plays with these.
First baby doll The Manhattan Baby Stella Doll is one of the most well-liked cloth dolls; and it has some wonderful features not usually found in cloth options, such as the magnet sewn in behind her mouth that holds in her pacifier.
- Reborn dolls. These are life-like baby dolls and are very popular.
- Baby Alive Dolls. This is as close to real as you can get. A doll that poops! Little girls will experience what it feels like to be a real mom–the feeding, diaper changing–the whole nine yards.
- Not to be forgotten are the Shopkins dolls, relatively new to this arena compared to the other brands. These miniature dolls have a huge following but the dolls are not recommended for ages below three years old.
American Girl dolls and Barbie dolls are arguably the top brands in the doll market and they’ve certainly provided consumers with a monumental array of selections–enough to make parents want to pull their hair out when shopping from the list of top dolls for Christmas for their young children, especially the girls.