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Favorite Holiday Gifts: Paper Dolls and The Smurfs

To get us in the mood for the holidays, over the next couple weeks, our Project Nursery experts and contributors will be sharing favorite holiday gifts that either they received as a child or their children received. Join in on the conversation. What was your favorite gift?


Julie: As a little girl, my favorite Hanukkah gift was the newest “cut-out-and-dress-up” paper doll book that my parents would get for me every year (normally night five of Hanukkah). When I was eight years old, they found me adding glitter and paint to the dresses of one doll and trimming the hem on another, so they began to realize a creative profession was looming in my future.

This “Fancy Nancy” book reminds me of the books I loved as a little girl.

I love Rosie Flo’s Fashion Show, which allows you to color and stage your own paper fashion show.

Melissa and Doug take “dress-up” dolls to a new dimension with their magnetic wooden dress-up dolls.

Alessia: Of all my childhood Christmases, the ones I remember with great pleasure are those when I have received yet another figurine for my Smurfs collection. I was obsessed with the Smurfs, and I “had to have” the complete village! Since my parents wisely never gave it to me all at once, I always had room to wish for more. This kept me well engaged in writing strategic letters to Santa for several years. If your children have a passion for something, add a little piece each year, and they will remember it for a very long time.

The Smurfs Cottage and Movie Set Figurines

The Original Smurfs DVDs: Season One, Vols. 1-3

The Smurfs Pop and Race Game


Wednesday 7th of December 2011

Paperdolls were something I really loved as a little girl. Too bad my daughter doesn't appreciate them as much as I did. Or maybe she's still not at that age. I try to make her some DIY paperdolls, and the head goes off after a few hours of playing.