21 of the Best Barbie Gift Ideas Your Child Will LOVE! - Barbie Christmas Gift Guide

Mattel's Barbie toys are eternally popular with girls and boys.

With new dolls, houses, furniture, play sets and accessories released every year, once a child gets in to Barbie you have every birthday and Christmas gift sorted for some years to come!

The Barbie doll was first created by Ruth Handler in 1959 and is called Barbie after Ruth’s daughter who was named Barbara.

When the doll was first released, her eyes didn’t look straight to the front but had a side-eyed look.

This look was changed in the early 70s when Barbie became well-known for her line of fashion styles and accessories.

The doll’s boyfriend Ken was introduced to the world in 1961 and was named after Ruth’s son, Ken.

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The Barbie Dream House

One of the most iconic Barbie toys is the Barbie Dream House and year after year, it continues to be a bestseller.  The toy is suitable for kids ages three and older.  The three story home has a lift that makes all floors accessible and comes with an amazing assortment of accessories for Barbie and her friends.

Read our Barbie Dream House review

For example, in one house the front doorbell works, the appliances have sounds and the oven has a light that will come on.  The bedroom has a bathroom located off of it and features a toilet with flushing sounds.  There’s even a doggy bed by Barbie’s large canopy bed.

Here are the Barbie Dream Houses that are currently available:

The Barbie Campervan

The Barbie Camper is a great gift for any Barbie fan.  This campervan has the ability to turn into a pool.  There’s a grill for cooking out and plenty of accessories for enjoying life on the road.

Barbie and her sister or friends can sit around the included campfire and toast marshmallows, which are also included.  Then the Camper has plenty of sleeping room with a set of bunk beds and a double bed.  There’s a TV, blanket and more for relaxing when the travel day is done.

Barbie Pet Care

The Barbie Pet Boutique set has a grooming area for the pets that are included: a kitten, a terrier and a poodle.  The pet bath tub and grooming tools also come with the set and there are pet fashions and accessories included as well.

In the Doggy Daycare set Barbie is caring for four adorable pets, one dog that poops, one that pees and two adorable puppies.  Feed the big light brown dog its three small bones, then push down its tail to see it poop - kids will love this pooping puppy!

Fill the water bottle with water and feed to the big white and brown dog, then place it on the newspaper and lift its back leg.  The dog will pee, and as it does, the water causes the paper to turn yellow; but no worries, clean-up is easy - just watch it fade away.  Barbie is ready to play with the dogs all day long.  (Buy in the US here.)

Barbie Doll Characters

Barbie is one of the most well known fashion dolls in the world.  From the moment the doll burst onto the toy scene, she’s been a consistent bestselling toy that’s loved by children and collectors alike.

There are so many versions of the doll that you can buy along with her plentiful accessories, play sets and even household items like bedding.  Many of the Barbie dolls are created after movie characters and some are created with a particular career, such as Barbie as a veterinarianan astronaut or perhaps a paediatrician?

The Barbie Career 60th pilot set has Barbie dressed in a pilot outfit complete with cap.  Or if Barbie wants to be on the other side of the door, try the Barbie doll and travel set which has a puppy and a whole host of fun accessories.

Barbie Play Sets

The Barbie Ultimate Kitchen comes complete with a new Barbie doll, cooking dough and utensils.  The oven and stove have working lights and make real cooking sounds as Barbie whips up dinner using the five colours of dough provided. She even has her best apron on!

The Barbie Glam Pool is perfect for Barbie to have all her friends over for a day of fun in the sun.  The pool comes with a slide, umbrella and tropical drinks.  If you need some beach-ready dolls for the pool, the Barbie Beach Doll and Ken Beach Doll are perfect additions.

Barbie’s little sister Chelsea is also available with the Barbie Chelsea Tiki Playset.  In the set, along with the doll, you’ll get the tiki hut, a swing chair, hammock and a sand pit with mouldable sand to play in.

Fantasy Barbie

Beyond her real life adventures and careers, Barbie has also been busy in Dreamtopia, a magical make-believe work imagined by her youngest sister, Chelsea.  Kids can join Chelsea and Barbie as they swim through rainbow rivers with beautiful mermaids and fly with fairies through beautiful puff cloud-filled skies.

The new Barbie Dreamtopia Magical Lights Unicorn and Princess Barbie doll set offers whimsical light-up and sound effects to spark imaginative play.  The unicorn has its own ice cream cone to eat and lights up when it eats or you touch its horn.  He even has snoozing sound effects and plays a lullaby!  The Barbie doll is beautifully dressed with a sheer, rainbow overlay skirt and long pink hair.

The magical light-up Barbie Rainbow Lights Mermaid doll has a tail that glimmers in water wirh colourful lights inspired by a sparkling rainbow,  Press the button in her necklace then dip her into the tub or pool to activate the light show, or just enjoy the lights on dry land.  With rainbow fin, pearl-details, pink-streaked hair and a princess tiara this magical mermaid really makes a splash.

The Barbie Dreamtopia Royal Ball Princess doll has a magical look  with a glittery rainbow ball gown, princess shoes, pink-streaked hair and five fantasy accessories to mix and match including a pretty shimmering fairy wand.  The full skirt of her gorgeous gown features multiple layers of rainbow fabric, shimmering tulle and a sheer overlay with glittery star print.

As Dreamtopia is part of Chelsea's imagination, what better way to populate this magical world than with an entire rainbow of Chelsea dolls?  Each doll in the Barbie Dreamtopia Rainbow Cove 7 Doll set wears an adorable, brightly colored outfit and has vibrant matching hair in a unique hairstyle with a fun hair accessory to complete the look.  The brilliantly coloured dolls represent red, orange, yellow, teal, blue, pink and violet, an entire rainbow kingdom of Chelsea dolls.

Chelsea, Barbie and their friends can live in the Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset which gives the magical Barbie dolls their very own castle.  With beautiful pastel rainbow colours and three floors to explore there is lots of attention to detail and plenty of accessories to play with.  Rest in the cosy bed with fluffy pillow or relax in the seashell-shaped pool.

Read our full Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset review.

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