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Our 17 Favorite Princess Toys of 2012

by Kate Goodin


Our 17 Favorite Princess Toys of 2012

For the princess fanatic, these beautiful tutus, handmade wands, crowns, dress-up clothes—and yes, plenty of Disney princess toys, too—will make pretend play a royal hit. Plus, get even more great gift ideas!

Hot Wheels 

Your little Princess can build, color and decorate her wearable princess costume with crayons, glitter, paints, stickers or whatever she wants to help make it her own. Construction play turns into role-playm as she straps on her own customized wearable carriage. 

Wearables Princess Carriage 3D Children’s Costume by KID CONSTRUCTION,INC, $25 at Amazon 

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The Revolution Will be Princessified! 

In Melissa Levis’s deftly crafted, tuneful songs, little princesses come to life in an array shapes and sizes – each one more empowered than the last. These catchy ditties foster strength, courage and generosity of spirit in your little princesses at home.

Princess Revolution, Moey’s Music Party/Lemonade, CD price $13.98

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So You Liked Brave?

This sweeping saga tells the story of Violet, a most unlikely princess, is adventurous, tragic and heroic. There are gods, a magical castle with secret rooms and mazes of hallways, plus an actual dragon. A great read for ages 8-12

Iron Hearted Violet, Hardcover price: $16.99

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Royal App

 

A cute and user-friendly app for all ages, the Princess Fairy Tale Maker encourages storytelling by providing a tool that records sound and the movement of characters.

Princess Fairy Tale Maker, by Duck Duck Moose, $3.99 at the App store

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Royal Quarters

Perfect for holding court with friends or quiet, solo playtime, we love this charming, colorful tent for princesses.

Marrakesh Room Tent, $207, available at moolka.com

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Mirror, Mirror

Your highness can bling out her own magic mirror with jewels, stickers and glitter glue with this cute kit from toymaker Melissa & Doug.

Decorate Your Own Princess Mirror Kit, $5.59, available at gummylump.com

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Let Down Her Hair

Got a Tangled fan in your house? She can mimic the original Rapunzel’s look with this blue and silver brocade conical hat.

Golden Rapunzel Hennin, $18, available at chasing-fireflies.com

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Wear Me

Alice in Wonderland wasn’t a true princess, but we think yours will make an exception for this retro-style, powder blue tutu—perfect for an un-birthday party or very important date.

Alice in Wonderland Tutu Dress, $48, available at etsy.com

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Princess Party

For a princess-themed party, these festive cupcake wrappers and toppers put the icing on the cake.

Princess Cupcake Set, $11.95, available at Meri Meri

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Royal Stamp

Glass slipper? Check. Tiara? Check. With this whimsical stamp set that includes all the requisite princess ingredients, she can create and color her own magical kingdom.

Princess Wooden Stamp Set, $8.95, available at fatbraintoys.com

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Princess Game

Loosely based on Monopoly, Princess-opoly’s goal is to make princess friends and earn crowns to give them. We love the “Kiss the Frog” square in place of “Go Directly to Jail.”

Princess-opoly, $15.95, available at fatbraintoys.com

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Sweet Ride

Every princess needs a carriage, right? She can glam up this recycled cardboard number by coloring it her way with nontoxic markers (included). Fits 2 to 3 princesses (or maybe even a lucky prince) inside!

Princess Carriage, $41.99, available at moolka.com

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Doll-in-Waiting

Based on the Princess and the Pea fairytale, this cuddly doll will keep her company and act as her lady-in-waiting.

Princess and the Pea Dolls, $34, available at potterybarnkids.com

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Disney Dolls

For the diehard Disney fan, princesses through the years are all here in this collectible set, from 1937’s Snow White to 2010’s Rapunzel from Tangled.

Classic Disney Dolls Gift Set, $99.50, available at disneystore.com

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Dream House

Cinderella’s castle is the ultimate princess real estate. This tricked-out play set is the next best thing, complete with moveable staircases, working lights and secret passageways.

Cinderella Castle Play Set, $74.95, available at disneystore.com

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Tiny Dancer

Even if she turns out to be a tomboy, you can still fulfill your princess vision with these mini, ballet slipper-inspired shoes. We love the elegant pink ribbon and lace detail.

Fairytale Princess Pink Lace Ballet Shoe, $40, available at etsy.com

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Snow Queen

If your girl isn’t the type to go for the candy-pink frilly numbers, this ice-blue creation is special without going over the top. The scattered star accents make it look like a night sky.

Winter Magic Sewn Custom Tutu, $25, available at etsy.com

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