32 birthday gift ideas for girls who don’t like princesses

32 gifts for girls who don't like princesses

On her fifth birthday, Scarlett opened a birthday gift from my sister and then left the room crying. When I talked to her about it, she said with a very sad voice, “I forgot to tell Auntie Em that I don’t like princesses and fairies.” The gift was a set of paper doll and sticker activity books. Perfect for a five-year old girl. Or at least most of them.

This year, Scarlett’s number one wish — after a guinea pig which her very mean parents did not grant — was a CamelBak. Or as she called it, “a water backpack”.  She was delighted to receive it from her grandparents, even though it is Raspberry in color and she had warned everyone that she didn’t want “anything pink, with princesses, fairies or Hello Kitty.”


She is currently into soccer, stuffed animals, a large plastic horse intended for American Girl-sized dolls to ride, and listening to pop music on Spotify.

I challenged our ten-thousand-Mom Facebook community to provide gift ideas for a non-girly girl, and they delivered. Here’s the list, which is ultimately a fabulous list of gifts for any 6-year old:

  1. LEGOs
  2. Remote control train
  3. Make-your-own book kit
  4. Science kit
  5. Nunchucks and a ninja mask. (Um, see this photo for why this was recommended by someone who knows me.)
  6. Membership to the zoo
  7. Adopting an animal via WWF
  8. Terrarium
  9. Puzzles
  10. Art supplies
  11. Chess board game
  12. Bow and Arrow
  13. Classic books like Where the Sidewalk Ends
  14. Superhero cape
  15. Goldie Blox (She received a kit.  Jury’s still out. Love the mission, but I got personally frustrated with connecting the parts together.)
  16. Tickets to a show
  17. Stomp rocket
  18. Horses (This means small plastic ones, I presume. I cannot afford a live horse, much less a set of them.)
  19. Water balloon launcher
  20. Craft kits
  21. Gardening tools
  22. Magnatiles (Great idea! Oh, how I covet these expensive magical toys!)
  23. Soccer ball, any kind of ball
  24. Ivy and Bean books
  25. Weighted Hula Hoop
  26. Ladybug farm
  27. Basketball hoop
  28. Piggy bank
  29. Bike
  30. Musical instrument
  31. A bubble machine
  32. Butterfly kit

These are all good ideas! Got any more for us?