Best Gifts for 8 Year Old Girls (That They’ll Love)

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Looking for the best gifts for your 8 year old girl? From dolls to STEM kits to books and plushies, here are tons of fun gift ideas for your 8-year-old girls.

How do I know? I love giving gifts and my kids circle all the magazines and make long lists — so that I can pick exactly what they want. (And share it with you!)

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Mythics: Marina and the Kraken written by Lauren Magaziner, illustrated by Mirelle Ortega
What an exciting start to what is sure to be a smash-hit series of adventure, girl power, and mythical creatures! When Marina doesn’t get matched with a familiar like the other kids, she and four other 10-year-old girls discover their familiars aren’t everyday animals but mythical creatures and together, they’re destined to save Terrafamiliar. The girls start their search by boat to look for Marian’s familiar. But they’re chased by a golden jumpsuit lady who wants to steal their mythical powers. As they evade their pursuer, Marina discovers that her familiar is a kraken– a kraken who accidentally capsizes their ship. Now she and her kraken must save her friends from drowning and escape the sinister lady.

Squishmallows Mushroom Plush
Squishmallows Mushroom

My kids both love these BEST out of all other plush toys because they’re so soft and squishy.

Barbie Cutie Reveal Doll
With purple hair and a poodle costume, this Barbie is filled with fun surprises like a headband, shoes, comb, and mini-poodle.


Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit

Make 12 wicking flowers then customize your bouquet with this STEM craft kit.


Check the Oven 

If you’re looking for a game gift for an 8 year old girl, try this hilarious game of bluffing where kids develop confidence and solid math skills! Players use strategy, humor, and logic to accumulate cards adding to 12.


Barbie Color Reveal 

Give a Barbie doll surprise, then submerge the doll in water and watch what happens — long paste-colored streaks will appear in the doll’s hair in a surprise color. Four extra surprises include a rain jacket, vinyl hat or headband, rain boots, and a brush.

A Million Dogs: Fabulous Canines to Color by Lulu Mayo
Adorable, cute, lovable dogs fill these pages. Which will you color in first? Lulu May’s coloring books are enthusiastically endorsed by kids! If you like the Lulu Mayo drawings, also try her BearsOwlsCatsSloths, and Unicorns coloring books. (Her drawing books are also fantastic, both my girls love them!)


Karaoke Microphone

Would your 8 year old girl love this? Kids can pair with Bluetooth and sing along to songs from any app.


Master Detective Toolkit Spy Labs

Find and lift fingerprints, write secret messages in disappearing ink, and decipher top-secret codes.


Plasma Ball

Learn about electricity, matter, and energy! A great toy gift for eight year old girls.


Car with Pony

Travel with your car and your horse in this fun playset.

National Geographic Sea Otter Care & Nurture Set
Give your sea otter a check-up with this set that includes a stuffed animal, bag, stethoscope, bottle, syringe, clam, bandage cuff, and sticker sheet.

Puzzlooies Space Cats to the Rescue by Russell Ginns and Jonathan Maier, illustrated by Kristen Terrana-Hollis
Kids will love this fun, interactive, and silly adventure story with lots of illustrations, jokes, and puzzles. They’ll have to read the chapters, solve the puzzles, and pay close attention to the mysterious messages and clues. In this story, an asteroid is about to hit Earth! The problem (besides the asteroid) is that the astronauts who are supposed to defend the Earth have food poisoning. Who can help instead? How about cat-stronauts?


KLUTZ Pet Adoption

Eight year old girls will get to make and bake 15 cute clay animals using the step-by-step instructions in a 32-page book! You’ll find directions for animals like puppies, kitties, birds, and guinea pigs.


Lite Brite Oval

Make light-up designs on this redesigned retro toy shaped in an oval!

P.I. Butterfly Gone Guppy Case #1 by Karen Kilpatrick, illustrated by German Blanco
MYSTERY GRAPHIC NOVEL
Fabulous, funny, and entertaining! P.I Butterfly is a girl who loves butterflies and mysteries. When she discovers that the family guppy is missing from the fish bowl, she’s determined to discover what happened. But who did it? Was it her sister? Her mother? Her cat? She searches for clues and interviews suspects. She puts together the evidence, follows the trail of clues, and tries to get a confession–and with hard work and persistence, solves the case! Not only is this a delightful story, but it’s also filled with problem-solving, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning.

Sloth Journal
A locking journal that will inspire your 8 year old girls to write!

Anarchy Pancakes
If you’ve played Spot It, the visual matching game, then you’re almost ready for ANARCHY Pancakes, Anarchy emphasized. Because in this wild game of chaos, there are no turns! Players match and grab at will — as quickly as they can. Fun and funny.


Hedgehog Plush

I love giving the gifts of toy plushies. Don’t you? My kids have so many but they love them all.


A Game of Cat & Mouth 

Speedy and fun! Flick the tiny paw with a ball and try to get it to hit spots on the cat’s face like the hose or teeth.

Stomp Rocket
It’s a classic for a reason!


Mermaid Potions

Mix up mermaid options with the included supplies and put them in potion bottles or necklaces.


Educational Insights Circuit Explorer Space Station STEM Toy

Explore electricity & circuits! Build a Deluxe Base Station with towers, a planetarium with color-changing dome light, a communication station with a rotating radar dish, and more. Also includes astronaut and robot figures for pretend play and stickers for customization.


Plus Plus Horse

Interlocking cubes fit together to make a horse. Kids love these clever toy puzzles!


Stand Up Swing

Improve balance and core strength while having fun!


Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers

Hatch a flying fairy! Launch her from the base or lift her into the air, then use your hands to guide her – she’ll sense if your hands are high or low!



My Audio Pet Mini Bluetooth Speaker

How cute is this tiny (2″ high) animal speaker? Connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device! (Pick from lots of animals including unicorn, pug, beaver, and dragon.)


Shifting Stones

We love this fun engaging strategy game that will develop your visual/spatial skills and long-term planning.

books for 8 year olds
Kristy’s Great Idea Babysitter’s Club #1
by Ann M. Martin, illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
We’re loving these updated Babysitter’s Club graphic novels by the uber-talented Raina Telegemeier who wrote the highly-acclaimed Smile and Sister. I recommend starting with book one since the stories are told in a specific order with details from previous stories. These are funny and fun to read, maybe even more than once. BOX SET HERE.

Diamond Painting Light
Make your own night light with diamond painting gems.

American Girl Truly Me Doll
The Truly Me 18″ dolls come in different hair, eye, and skin colors. They also include a journal for your writing!


LEGO Friends Forest Camper Van and Sailboat

Get your LEGO Friends mini-dolls outside in nature with 3 dolls, a raccoon toy, a detailed camper van, a sailboat, and more!


Quick Knit Loom

Your child gets to make two knit hats using the provided loom and chunky yarn!

The Best Arts & Crafts Toys and Gifts for Kids 2020
Color Your Own Water Bottle
Get creative coloring and decorating this water bottle! This is a great activity that keeps kids hydrated and imaginative!

Mantis
We love this beautifully illustrated card game! It’s a great family game for ages seven and up where players match and steal sets of cards. Even my teenager loves this game


Barbie Dreamcamper Vehicle Playset

Over 60 camping accessories come with this camper playset that has a kitchen, dining area, sleeping area, bathroom, pool, slide, fire pit, pool, and more.


BrainBolt Memory Game

A light-up memory game from Educational Insights that will challenge you to remember the light sequence and see how long you can remember it correctly! (For one or two players.)


Tiny Ceramics Studio

Use the materials provided (including a pottery wheel) to sculpt, paint, and glaze projects from the 24-page book of ideas.

Aquabeads Magical Unicorn Party Set
Aquabeads Magical Unicorn Set
Kids can make all different kinds of unicorns with this unique aquabeads craft – the possibilities are endless!

Kindle Paperwhite Kids
Perfect for growing readers, this Kindle Kids Edition offers a black and white glare-free display. It includes a one year subscription to Amazon Kids+ with many popular book series, including Harry Potter!

good books for 8 year olds
Jada Jones Rock Star
by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Jada starts the school year hoping to find new friends, hopefully, ones that love rocks like she does. She misses her best friend but feels excited when her class studies geology. Unfortunately, one bossy girl in Jada’s group project makes fun of Jada’s interest in rocks. This is a well-written STEM story that shows the challenges of getting along with others and staying true to yourself. Plus, you’ll like that the main character (of color) is a big science nerd!

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Colorful Kids Origami Kit
Use beautifully colored, pattern-filled origami folding paper to create amazing and eye-catching designs, like a rocketship, creatures, or origami flowers!

Squishmallows Teal Leopard Plush
Squishmallows Teal Leopard


Klutz Mini Bake Shop

Create and decorate your own mini clay cakes, cookies, and pies. Helpful, step-by-step directions in a full-color 48-page book plus all the materials you’ll need.


Watercolor Dreams

Learn how to use watercolors and then paint the 20 darling designs any way you wish! Paint, palette, and brush included.

The Magical Reality of Nadia by Bassem Youssef and Catherine R. Daly, illustrated by Douglas Holgate
MAGICAL REALISM
Funny, entertaining, and filled with important themes of friendship, growing up, and racism, this is one of my new favorite books! Nadia unexpectedly discovers an ancient Egyptian teacher (Titi) trapped in her hippo amulet. He comes out onto a paper and TALKS! Tita helps Nadia with problems she faces at school like the new kid who is rude and prejudice about her Egyptian culture and troubles with her friends who are working together on a school project. Totally wonderful, heartfelt, and relatable.

Perplexus Rebel

Perplexus Rebel
My daughter says, “I love it. It’s a really good time passer.” Figure out how to get the marble through this challenging 3D maze.


KLUTZ Sew Squishy Cubes

Use the 24 page book to follow the directions to make 3 squishy felt creations: a unicorn, a phoenix, and a yeti with felt pieces precut with holes for extra-simple sewing.
gifts for 8 year old girls
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel 
In a word: Hilarious. We all think Bad Kitty is very naughty. But, oh so funny. These books are addictive to read and fun to reread.


Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio with Stencils

My kids LOVE these! 40 sketch sheets with pre-printed models’ silhouettes to make fashion drawing easy for beginners or for anyone who wants to improve their drawing techniques. Use the removable stencils with over 50+ clothing and accessory shapes to help create different outfits and styles.

Spotted Zebra Reversible Plush Vest
Reversible Puffer Vest
How cute is this? Plush purple or starry patterns with a zippered front and side pockets.

The Best Arts & Crafts Toys and Gifts for Kids 2020
Enchanted Fairy Garden Craft Kit
Kids can grow magical fairy gardens with this cute craft kit that comes with a paintable potting dish, a flower house for their very own fairy, plus a lot more!


Fitbit 
My daughter LOVES her Fitbit! Get one for your kids that will tell time and help you calculate steps, calories, distance, and sleep. It’s a great way to motivate healthy living.


Unicorn Academy: Sophia and Rainbow
by Julie Skyes, illustrated by Lucy Truman

Well-written and charming, this unicorn book series is sure to entrance many young readers. In this story, Sophia arrives at Unicorn Academy and is paired with the lovely Rainbow. But, she feels guilty for making a new friend and leaving her best pony, Clover, back at home. On top of that, the unicorns’ magic is wonky because the lake is being poisoned. When someone accuses Sophia, she and her new friends decide to investigate.

Give this Book a Cover: Spark Your Imagination with Over 100 Activities by Jared Lerner and You
Drawing and writing prompts will give kids fun activities to complete on their own. They’ll get to finish a comic panel story, write a story about a cactus, learn to draw in steps, and much more. Engaging, perfect for summer.

Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game
We LOVE this cool STEM skills game that makes you think while creating something awesome — a roller coaster. Full review here.

Whatever After by Sarah Mlynowski 
Once upon a time, a regular girl and her brother accidentally went into a fairy tale. And messed it all up. (Whoops.) We love all the books in this series.

Switch Lite
This handheld version of the Nintendo Switch is the perfect gift when it comes to price and size for any kid looking for an awesome game console!

Lego City Town City Square
Build your own little town, from its trucks to its coffee shop to its street stands! This LEGO set is full of never ending building fun that will keep children entertained all day!

Barbie Dreamplane
The pink plane seats a pilot and 2 passengers with lots of fun details like TV screens on the seat backs (and working overhead compartments), a snack cart, 2 trays, a puppy and more!

Colors of the World Markers
These 24 new Crayola colors that represent people from around the world are essential for homes and classrooms.

Harry Potter Create by Sticker: Hogsmeade
Use the stickers to complete the Hogsmeade-related mosaics starting with a Marauder’s Map and ending with a landscape of Hogsmeade Village. Cute cartoon illustrations and a brief narration take you on an adventurous experience. Harry Potter fans who like to puzzle together mosaics will enjoy these memorable sticker scenes. Also in the series: Create by Sticker: Hogwarts.

Smencils
Kids love these scented pencils!

Pusheenosaurus Plush
Pusheen Dinosaur Cat

Anyone else have a Pusheen-obsessed child? Mine loves all things Pusheen. Check out this cute, soft, and huggable pusheenosaurus!

LEGO Harry Potter Hagrid’s Hut
Who doesn’t love Buckbeak the Hippogriff? You’ll get Buckbeak plus Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Executioner, and the Minister of Magic and a really cool hut kit!
The Best STEM Toys and Gifts for Kids 2020
Ooze Labs Chemistry Station Science Experiment Kit
This educational chemistry set is perfect for children who love doing their own experiments and want to create something colorful, slimy, or fizzy in their very own lab!

TOMOLOO Hoverboard with LED Lights
This self-balancing electric scooter is a HOT gift right now! This highly-rated model offers 5 LED lights with Bluetooth music and unique tires.

LEGO Friends Olivia’s Mission Vehicle

Build a cool truck for rescue missions and you’ll get a rooftop control center, secret compartment, computer, 5 mini-dolls, and more!
creative artistic and craft gifts for 8 year old girls
Harry Potter Coloring Book
Intricate illustrations and elaborate designs let kids color in explorations of Hogwarts Castle, the Forbidden Forest, magical creatures, and iconic scenes from the films. Want more? Look for Harry Potter Magical Creatures and Magical Places.

LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster
How cool is this? Set up your own amusement park for your LEGO Friends with a rotating Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and lots more!

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Erasable Markers
Draw or write with these fun colorful pens. Erase any lines you don’t like!


Barbie Dream House

My kids played and played with their Barbie Dream Houses — so I feel nostalgic in recommending this new model. It has a slide into a pool, a working elevator, lights, and sounds — plus more!
  
Notebook Doodles: Go Girl!
What 8-year olds love about Notebook Doodles are the inspiring quotes paired with cool looking designs, art lessons, and color palette ideas. Tear out the perforated pages to hang or give as a gift.

card games for kids
Sleeping Queens
SO MUCH FUN! We play this weekly and have for years. It’s my daughter’s favorite game of ALL TIME. The goal is to be the first player with queens that add up to 50 points. Steal queens, put opponents queens back to sleep, and fight dragons. A must-own game for kids!

Craft Tastic Yarn Tree Arts and Crafts Gifts for Kids Gifts for 8 Year Old Girls
Craft-Tastic Yarn Tree

Wrap colorful yarn around the tree and put it in your room. Store necklaces, bracelets and earrings on the branches. 

Lottie Pandora Pretend Play Gifts for Kids Gifts for 8 Year Old Girls
Lottie Pandora’s Doll
 

7.5 inches tall, Lottie has moveable arms, bendable knees and can stand on her own two feet (a useful skills for all girls big and small). She’s a positive, healthy role model; she doesn’t wear makeup, jewelry, heels or suggestive clothing, she’s the girl next door; cute, fun and adventurous.

gifts for 8 year old girls
Unpainted Russian Nesting Dolls

Paint your own Nesting dolls.

gifts for 8 year old girls
Doodle Socks
Decorate your socks in any wacky and creative way you imagine! Use the provided markers to adorn the 3 socks provided.

gifts for 8 year old girls
Tear Up This Book!
by Keri Smith
Your 8 year old girl will be thrilled to get this very popular American Girl gift book for fun, creativity, and crafts. My kids love this book.

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  1. I love this post! I have a 8 year old daughter and I’m always looking for ideas for her birthday. Thanks for the great ideas!

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