Last week I went to the toy store to buy a birthday present for my son to take to a classmate’s party. Normally, buying a present isn’t an issue. If it’s for a boy, I usually get something my son is obsessed with such as Lego Hero Factory or Matchbox cars, because more times than not, his friends are just as obsessed too. However, this present was for a five-year-old girl. Uh-oh!
I have to say I was a bit stumped as what to get this little girl. She’s a girly girl, something I know nothing about, since I was a bit of a tomboy growing up. When I asked my son what I should get her, he told me that she “liked that Barbie girl.”
Boy was I wrong.
As I walked down the huge Barbie aisle at the toy store, I was totally overwhelmed by the hundreds of products to choose from. Plus, that song “Barbie Girl” by Aqua started playing in my head:
I’m a Barbie girl, in the Barbie world
Life in plastic, it’s fantastic!
you can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation
Barbie is over 50 years old (oh, and you know she’s had some work done!) and she hasn’t spent all of her time on the beach, in fact, she’s had over 100 different careers on her “resume.” Currently, I could choose Barbie as a ballerina, pancake chef, hairdresser, lifeguard, doctor, veterinarian, actress, or ice skater. Her past careers include being an astronaut, NASCAR driver, paleontologist, and even a presidential candidate!
She’s also had a lot of transportation options to choose from including a pink convertible, canopy horse-drawn carriage, camper, Vespa and Jeep. And let’s not forget her various deluxe accommodations including the Dreamhouse, beach house and vacation house. Oh, and I haven’t even touched upon all the non-doll-related Barbie products including bicycles, clothing, suitcases, DVDs, makeup, musical instruments and purses.
I was in that toy store, no joke, for 45 minutes trying to figure out what to get. Should I get her a Barbie doll? Barbie vehicle? Barbie house? Barbie clothes? I wound up asking some moms and their daughters who came down the aisle for their own Barbie shopping sprees for their gift suggestions.
I ultimately wound up getting a Barbie I Can Be…Art Teacher Doll which came with her own easel and paint brush, which using cold water can color change the easel panel. I thought it was a “safe” profession rather than what I considered one of her more frivolous or “pretty girl” career options of fashion model or rock star.
Now, I do have a daughter, but she’s only two and half. Though she does have three Barbies — all received as gifts, mind you — she’s not really into playing with them at this point, well, aside from taking their clothes off:
I guess she’s still too young to get wrapped up in all things Barbie. However, if she does turn out to be a Barbie girl, this mom is now primed and ready, although I’d better be prepared to bring some plastic of my own to enter her universe!
Now it’s your time to share….do your kids or did you play with Barbie? What’s your kidlets favorite toy right now?
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