Trendy, fun, and educational.
As girls get older, they tend to get more difficult to shop for. Nine-year-old girls specifically are at the age where toys are still cool, but they're passed the phase giant LEGO sets and preschool playthings. Now that they're nearing the tween girl age, they want only the best new toys that all their friends are talking about, like L.O.L. Surprise! sets, DIY crafts and activities or science kits that teach you how to code.
Each year, the Good Housekeeping Institute tests toys and works with kids and real parents for months to evaluate each toy's safety, educational aspects and quality. That means that we know exactly what toys kids will actually love, even for those hard-to-buy-for ages. Where possible, we try to note what type of skills they develop, from logic and reasoning to STEM or art practice, although this is the age where kids also like to collect trendy toys just because. Don't forget to check out Good Housekeeping's guide for best toys for every age, from toys for 2-year-olds to teen gifts. Here are the best toys and gifts for 9-year-old girls: