From the category archives:

gifts under $20

The Princess Knight (in disguise) beats all the other knights who are supposedly jousting for her hand in marriage, then essentially declares she’s actually not a trophy, thankyouverymuch.


Thank YOU to writer Cornelia Funke for pointing out that “winning” a Princess’ hand in marriage is a twisted concept.

The other two stories are equally deep-yet-readable. A Princess, A Pirate and One Wild Brother, $12.91.


We personally don’t own this beautiful doll … because she sings.


We do own a singing Ariel, her signature song is a series of very loud, melodious notes.
(She was a gift).

As a big fan of the Diamond Castle Movie, I’m sure Liana’s songs are lovely, especially when sung in your friend’s playroom ;) Liana Doll $9.99.


It’s the 1959 movie, “digitally restored” meaning the illustrations and audio have been bedazzled. The three fairies that look after Princess Aurora are wonderfully complex characters who quibble and still love each other.


The dragon scene isn’t too scary, and as a lovely bonus, the Princess’ mommy gets to stay alive for the entire movie. Sleeping Beauty DVD $14.99.


Despite the premise (little Nancy wants to fancy-up her boring family) the Fancy Nancy book is actually endearing and ends with “I love you”… aw!


But your grandchild likely has the book, so consider this purse-shaped book/toy packed with cute activities, like ways to fancy-up sunglasses by gluing on broken jewelry: brilliant.

Fancy Nancy: Let’s Get Fancy Together
: $12.23


We were at a fish grill when local bellydancers took the stage and began performing. When a little girl came by offering bindis, LP took a pink one.


She held it for a while before sticking it right between her little eyebrows and announcing that she would never take it off, not even in the bath.

Recommended: get a few sets ($10.99) and keep them wrapped up for when friends drop by unexpectedly bearing gifts.


This movie ($10.99 at Amazon) is a surprise treasure; think “Barbie meets the Indigo Girls.” The music (not really the I.G.s but that vibe) is great and the story’s about friendship and music, with cute boys as bumbling accessories.


About 30 minutes in, evil Lydia corners the girls in the woods and it gets a little scary (Lydia’s spells turn people temporarily into green-eyed zombies which my LP found freaky). The songs are seriously catchy, consider the
Barbie & the Diamond Castle CD too.

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Our Little Princess won’t let me brush her hair, ever. It’s like a nest of watermelon hairspray and randomly self-inserted hairclips that hang in the middle of her hair, not really holding anything in place but rather, just hanging on like little anchors. Sweet.

Love how these are a little bit rock n roll.

A little bit rock n roll.

I’m going to order these to see if she’ll let me put them in on TOP of her head—you know, where the bangs are. Click here to get yours—they’re $3.25 for a pair, and check out all the lovely designs by this artist at her Supa Designs shop. PS: at a back-to-school event today I realized I was wearing a shiny purple flower clip in my hair… nice.


Our Little Princess is nuts about this. She brings it in the bath every night and demands I put Barbie’s pink-streaked hair into a pony tail. This has prompted our LP to want pink hair (not sure if that’s a good thing).

Barbie Splash and Style Mermaid: Pink Doll with FishThe tail doesn’t actually “Move like she’s swimming” as it says in the ad, but if you squeeze Barbie’s hips, she flaps her tail. Little P’s hands aren’t strong enough, but when I do it, LP goes “ooooh!” The tiara comes off and goodness help you if you lose it… All in all a good investment.

Barbie Splash & Style Mermaid Doll with Angel Fish $15.93


This book took us 40 minutes to read it out loud, has beautiful pictures and our LP was enchanted by the story. Two parts I’d forgotten about: 1. The wicked stepmother gets gleeful thinking that the dwarfs might mistake Snow White’s sleep for death and “they’ll bury her alive!” (I mean really) 2. Grumpy saying “all females are poison” (thanks for nothin’ Grumps.)

Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

You might want to skim ahead so you can decide if you want to skip lines here and there when it gets scary… This book is a good present if you know a Little Princess who loves to read—or loves Snow White.

Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Price: $12.99

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These are cute and highly pack-able; each can fit into a kid-sized purse. Many LPs we know collect them and they’re especially fun if your LP has a dollhouse (or a castle). One note: I’ve never met a child under 6 who can put the dresses onto these dolls by herself. Disney Favorite Moments Gift Set $19.95


The trick for many is to put the doll’s little arms in the air like she just doesn’t care and then pull the dress on, hands first (when you have the dolls this will make sense).

More fun though is watching your husband try to do it with his big man-hands. Hopefully you will avoid the fate of our dad-friend who is often reminded of how he “broke Ariel’s best pink dress.” A great gift if you’re not sure what princess your LP’s friend likes most.