I've said it before and I'll say it again — the gift-giving season doesn't start for me until I figure out what to get at the American Girl holiday 2017 sale. OK, so I don't always plan to "get" something (especially since my daughter is only 3 and because an almost 30-year-old woman buying herself her own Bitty Baby doll and accessories is frowned upon), but I do love the brand, the sales, and everything about browsing through an American Girl store.
No seriously — I daydreamed about these dolls for years, and that was back in the '90s when there was only five historical dolls. Now, the brand is enormous and there are everything from WellieWishers to Bitty Babies to Girls of the Year. Oh, and there's a ton of sales.
There are also some major benefits to shopping the holiday sale at American Girl. (You know, besides the gifts.) Turns out, for every $50 you spend, you can save on some select items: a blue rhinestone studded dress for 18" dolls ($14), a WellieWishers merry stocking for girls ($11), and a purple daisy blanket for Bitty Baby ($7). Extra bonus? All of those items ship for free.
Speaking of free shipping, you'll also get to enjoy that perk on items from WellieWisher's World (the doll that's perfect for kids between Bitty Babies and big 18" dolls) with no minimum purchase required. And, if you order by Dec. 20, American Girl guarantees that your packages will arrive by Christmas or shipping is free.
I mean — c'mon. What more did you need to know? If you're overwhelmed by all of the goodies, I get it. So here's just a sampling of what you can snag at the 2017 American Girl holiday sale:
1. Matching Outfits For Dolls & Girls
Is there anything cuter than your little girl matching her American Girl doll? The year I received my Samantha doll under the tree, she and I both got matching nightgowns and I made sure we wore them constantly. This holiday sale, you can snag some perfect pairings that are up to $26 off, meaning this adorable Tenney Grant's gingham pajamas set ($50, American Girl) is on major sale through Dec. 24.
2. Furniture & Accessories
The American Girl dolls are pure magic, but the furniture and accessories they come with are truly my favorite. The details are exquisite and, luckily, you can snag a bunch for your kids' gifts at the holiday sale. Some are as much as 50 percent off, but the prices vary. No matter what you're looking for though, there's sure to be a mega item on sale, like the Magic Theater Play Tent for Girls ($75, American Girl) that's normally $150.
3. Doll Clothing
Does your doll need a Bride of Frankenstein costume for next Halloween? Looking for a swimsuit for your American Girl doll so you can all hit the beach next summer? Need a historically accurate outfit for your Josefina or Addy? No matter what your clothing needs are, the current sale is sure to help you out. You can find some American Girl doll clothing for as low as $10 and many items are 50 percent off like Josefina's summer outfit ($14, American Girl).
4. Clothing For Girls
5. Bitty Baby & The Bringing Home Bitty Collection
I credit the American Girl books for a lot of my historical knowledge, but they're also just really great, girl-power instilling reads. For your little bookworm, you can grab books for as little as $3 (when they're normally $10), and sets like the Grace boxed set ($9, American Girl) that's usually $30.
Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:
Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch.