40 Go-To Gift for 5-Year-Old Girls

We've pulled together the must-haves gifts for the 5-year-old girl in your life —from top trends to can't-go-wrong classics.

Sugar, spice and everything nice: that's what little girls' Christmas lists are made of (oh, and throw in a monster truck or two for good measure!). We've pulled together the must-have gifts for the 5-year-old girl in your life —from top trends like fidget toys and blind bags to can't-go-wrong classics like Candy Land and Barbie, to skill-building STEM kits. We promise, with this gift guide and a little Christmas magic, she'll know she was on Santa's nice list!

Once you've got the gifts under the tree, snag some of our favorite Stocking Stuffers for Kids, and Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers, too.

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Best Gifts for 5-Year-Old Girls

LOL Surprise All-Star Sports Series, $11.60, Amazon

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Your sporty little star will unbox a summer sports star and her 8 surprise accessories! The active 5-year-old in your life will love the stylish hair, fun to dress outfits and many detailed accessory pieces that come with this gift idea.

Polly Pocket Spin ‘N Surprise Compact Playset, $24.97, Walmart

Your little one will scream for this ice cream Polly Pocket playset. Inside, they'll find 25 themed surprises including micro Polly and Lila dolls and Polly's dog Peaches, and a playground that includes a hot air balloon; a banana split see-saw; ice cream sandwich and ice cream cone fountains. The go-anywhere carrying case? That's just the cherry on top!

Emerson Wellie Wishers, $65, American Girl 

The Wellie Wishers line, designed by American Girl for little ones ages 4 and up, has many of the high-quality features of the classic dolls but sized small for younger kids. The 14.5 inch Emerson doll dons a unicorn headband, colorful tutu and of course, the dolls' signature wellie boots, perfect for sparking your 5-year-olds imagination.

Barbie Dreamtopia Mermaid Doll, $9.99, Nordstrom Rack

You'll mer-make her Christmas with a Barbie Dreamtopia mermaid doll. Bright and fun from head to fin — her bottom half moves back and forth so Barbie can 'swim'!

Barbie® Color Reveal Doll Assortment, $13.49, Kohl's

Santa will make a splash with the Sand and Sun Color Reveal Dolls. Each Barbie comes ​with 7 surprises in 1 package—including a mystery doll whose style can only be revealed when dipped in water — to deliver up Christmas morning delight!

Related: Best Gifts for 2 Year Olds

Reindeer Squishmallow, $16.99, Claire’s

You know Dasher and Dancer—but do you know Darla? Straight from Santa's sleigh, this adorably soft Squishmallow is ready for couch cuddles and reindeer games with your little one!

Furry Unicorn Headphones, $34.95, Claire's

It may not get cooler than Airpods for teens and adults, but for the early elementary set, furry unicorn headphones are where it's at. These over-the-ear headphones feature soft padding that won't hurt your little ones ears, and are decorated in silver tinsel, sequins and pink accents.

Aurora World Toys 7'' Unicorn Pet Carrier, $11.97, Nordstrom Rack

The next time your little one insists on bringing her favorite stuffie out, this unicorn pet carrier will be packed and ready to go! The stuffed animal is made to fit perfectly inside the dazzling purple and gold purse, and pops out for pretend play when you get home, too.

Cozy Socks for Kids, $2.00, Old Navy

On a cold winter night, what could be better than hot cocoa and cozy socks? These Old Navy pairs come in a variety of colors and patterns—but we love the pretty pink penguins best!

Belle PJ PALS Short Set for Girls, $24.99, Shop Disney 

These soft knit Beauty and the Beast-themed PJs encourage your little girl to be her fierce flawless self! And like Belle, she'll fall asleep dreaming of far-off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!

Light Up Drawing Tees, $25, Uncommon Goods

They can't draw on the walls, but they can draw on their clothes with this comfy cotton t-shirt. Let their artistic skills shine, mess-free—any concentrated light source (like a phone flashlight) will light-up the canvas with their creations. And the lines fade after five minutes, so she can draw new doodles over and over again.

Minnie Mouse Deluxe Art Kit, $29.99, Shop Disney 

Simply ear-isistable! For your budding artist, this Minnie Mouse-themed deluxe art kit comes with everything she'll need to hone her arts and crafts skills. The fold out carry case comes with watercolor markers, paints, pastels, crayons, pencils and more.

Melissa and Doug Play, Draw, Create - Princess, $13.99, Macy's

Don't be fooled by this unassuming carrying case—this activity kit packs a ton of fun inside its convenient on-the-go design. Open it up to find a reusable drawing magnet activity kit that includes 54 magnets, 5 dry-erase markers, built-in magnetic dry erase board a 13-page activity book!

Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Cookie Creations, $8.99, Amazon.com

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A cookie craft so cute they'll want to take a bite (don't worry, Play-Doh is non-toxic... but it's not too tasty!). Little bakers can dream up colorful and creative cookie designs with this Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe.

Craft-tastic Make Your Own Magical Wands, $12.99, Barnes and Noble

Whether she's in a snow fairy or magic mermaid mood—there's a wand for that with this Make Your Own Magical Wand set. The craft comes with enough pieces to make five whimsical wands, each one holds three special powers they'll discover as they build!

LoveHappy Co™ Best Friends Forever Mix & Match Bead Kit, $19.99, Claire's

The BFF bead kit includes everything your 5-year-old could want in her jewelry—stars, smiley faces, rainbow-colored beads and cute charms. Plus, she can head back to school after the New Year with a gift for her Kindergarten bestie, too.

Claire's Club Butterfly Bling Mechanical Lip Gloss Set, $12.99, Claire's

Little girls will delight in a "real" makeup set that's just their speed—this blinged-out mint case is stocked with an assortment of 11 peach-flavored sparkle and shimmer lip glosses in a rainbow of shades.

Wash-Off Nail Polish, $32, Uncommon Goods

A non-toxic, non-messy mini mani is perfect for your independent little one — let your kiddos paint their nails stress-free with these water-based shades. When it's time to take off the polish, simply wash with soap and water!

LOL SURPRISE LOL Surprise! Hair Goals 5-Piece Set, $7.97, Nordstrom Rack

She'll have the most stylish strands on the playground with LOL-themed hair accessories. Each set comes with a scrunchie, a brush and—in classic LOL Surprise fashion—two mystery, collectible packs to upgrade her 'do!

Toothbrushing Turtle Timer, $18, Uncommon Goods

Upgrade her morning and bed-time routine with this turt-ally adorable toothbrush timer. Just press the turtle's belly to activate the first of four lights guiding your kiddo through a 2-minute quadrant teeth cleaning technique. After each section is complete, he'll flash his feet to celebrate a good cleaning!

Good Banana Unicorn Bubble Machine, $19.99, Maisonette

Billows of bubbles will enchant your little one with the push of a button on the Unicorn Bubble Machine. Its battery-operated and pint-sized design makes it easy to move from porch to party, or backyard to bathtub, for pop-tastic fun anywhere.

Pop Fashion 9'' Star Fidget Toy, $16.99, Claire’s

If you have (or know) a five-year-old, you also have (or know) about the year's biggest trend: pop-it toys. We can pretty much guarantee she'll be over the moon for this extra large, sparkling star-shaped fidget toy, which can be used for de-stressing and independent play, or games with friends!

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Spirit Untamed Barn Playset with Spirit Horse, $39.99, Walmart

Happy holi-neighs! This barn playset comes with everything your horse-obsessed kiddo could want to live out her dreams of owning her very own pony— including an 8-inch Spirit horse with 10 accessories, and a barn with four areas to play pretend, including a table, clubhouse, feeding and grooming area and tire swing.

Personalized Flying Unicorn Nightlight, $65, Uncommon Goods

Star light, star bright, your kiddo will fill with delight seeing their name in lights! This personalized night-light makes the dark a little less scary, and sends them to sleep dreaming of rainbows and unicorns.

Disney Princess Pink Tea Set, $59, Pottery Barn Kids

A royal tea fit for royalty — this magical miniature tea set is made for your little princess. Plus, the tin tea set feels fancy, but won't break if there's a ceremonial spill!

Pacific Play Tents Cottage Play House, $60.99, Buy Buy Baby

Games of house just got an upgrade with this cozy cottage tent. Kids can peek out the see-through mesh windows, and the skylight and fun front-yard features like a fence and flower pots make it feel like, well, home!

Kids on Stage Board Game, $12.99, Buy Buy Baby

Your diminutive drama queen will love acting out animals, objects and actions with this kid-friendly charades game. Each charade card comes with an easy-to-understand picture, so little ones can play together without adult intervention.

Candyland Board Game, $11.99, Nordstrom Rack

Classic games are classics for a reason, and Candy Land is iconic. Kiddos will enjoy the bright colors and sugary sweet designs of this make-believe world, and gameplay is simple enough for even the littlest to learn in minutes.

Kids' School Time! Classroom Play Set, $25.99, Macy's 

The student becomes the teacher with this interactive play set. Encourage their love of learning and play as they teach their little siblings and friends with 'official' school accessories like a pointer, whiteboard, bell and more.

The Little Girl or Boy Who Dared to Dream, $34.99 Wonderbly

Send your kiddo on a magical personalized journey that inspires them to dream big! They'll feel extra special when they see the main character looks like them, too.

Minions Duet Buddy, $29.99, Best Buy

Think classic karaoke with a Minion spin. Kids will crack up as they belt out duets of Kool & the Gang's Celebration with minion Bob.

Related: Best Gifts for 1 Year Olds

Sharper Image Toy RC Monster Baja Truck 6MPH All-Terrain, $29.99, Macy's

Vroom, vroom—fast-track the fun with an electrifying remote-controlled race car toy! The RC Monster Baja Truck zips along on all terrains, performing spectacular stunts with the direction of a wireless remote.

Discovery Kids LED Glow Drawing Palette, $19.99, Macy's

Looking for portable screen-free fun for your little one? Meet your new best friend for road trips and vacations. The Discovery Kids Drawing Palette lets kids use the attached stylus (they can use their finger, too!) to draw 2 different thicknesses and 12 different colors on the art pad. The best part, it won't make a mess anywhere else. The palette also features a 6-song music player to spark their imagination and get the artistic juices flowing.

Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 32-Piece Set, $49.99, maisonette

Magna-tiles have become the go-to for open-ended and independent play. With no instructions or pre-set rules, young minds will work on their spatial, critical thinking and problem-solving skills while constructing castles, cars, or anything else they can dream up!

K'NEX Creation Zone 50 Model Building Set, $23.99, Macy's

Kids can learn and play with 417 classic K'NEX pieces. Their imagination is the only limit to the amount of creations that can be built, but the kit comes with 50 cool model ideas to master, including a dragon, a robot and more!

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Glowing Marble Run, $89.99, Amazon.com

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Your little one will be way too fascinated by the glow-in-the-dark marbles racing through the maze to even realize they're learning all about physics and aerodynamics with this mesmerizing STEM toy! The construction kit comes with five sturdy bases, 15 glowing glass marbles and 45 clear smooth-run track pieces to encourage countless creative configurations.

LEGO Friends Puppy Playground, $9.49, Kohl's

The 57-piece LEGO set is perfect for kiddos new to independent building, and once the set is complete, they can enjoy hours of role-playing fun at the adorable Puppy Playground!

Barbie Cook n Grill Playhouse, $44.88, Walmart

Serve up the fun with the Barbie Cook n Grill Playhouse. With six play areas and 30+ pieces, your little one will think of endless stories and scenarios for her dolls in this fun setting.

Razor USA Lil Kick Scooter, $39.99, Maisonette

Your little speed racer can ride with confidence with the Lil Kick Scooter. Made with oversized wheels and a slip-resistant deck, they can keep up with the big kids while safely mastering the art of balance and steering.

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