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American Girl Dolls: The Perfect Gift For Your Girl

Updated on May 28, 2012
Rebecca lives in the year 1914
Rebecca lives in the year 1914

I do not have children, so I never heard of American Girl Dolls until my niece started asking for one. I love my niece to pieces and decided to buy her one for her birthday.

After a bit of research I find out the dolls came out in 1986 and sold by a company named Pleasant Co. I was a kid in 1986 so why haven't I ever heard of these dolls? Then I remember the Cabbage Patch Kid craze back then and now I know why. Another reason I probably never heard of them is because back then, American Girl Dolls were mail order only, there was no internet and there were no American Girl Doll stores.

The idea of the American Girl Doll was to create a doll for each special era in American history and to teach children important life lessons while learning about history at the same time.

The line has expanded since then. In addition to the historical dolls, there are also babies and twin toddlers. Your child can even create her own special doll that looks just like her.

Cécile & Marie-Grace live in New Orleans during the 1850s (dolls are sold separately).
Cécile & Marie-Grace live in New Orleans during the 1850s (dolls are sold separately).


The American Girl dolls are well made dolls. Each doll represents a ten year old girl of a certain era in American history.

The hair is rooted, soft and easy to comb and style. The face and limbs are vinyl, while the body is made of soft cloth. The eyes open and close and have thick lashes. Dolls come in different ethnicities, eye colors, hair colors and facial shapes.

Best friends and 1970s girls, Julie and Ivy.
Best friends and 1970s girls, Julie and Ivy.
Addy, Civil War Era
Addy, Civil War Era

Historic Dolls

There are more than a dozen historic dolls that represent different time periods and ethnicites. Each doll comes with a story book. The book is historically accurate and in the books, each girl faces her own unique challenge in life. The stories deal with issues like racism, poverty, death and divorce. The book that comes with the doll is part of a series. Additional books can be bought or can be found at the library.

In addition to the book, sold separately are movies, accessories, pets and clothes from their time period. Each doll has a hobby and you can purchase items for their hobbies, like rollerskates and dance recital outfits. Each doll has a bedroom set and accessories unique to their time period.

Josefina lives in New Mexico during the 1820s.
Josefina lives in New Mexico during the 1820s.

Create Your Own Doll

In addition to the historic dolls, your child can create a doll and make it look the way she wants it to. Your girl can choose from different hair colors, lengths and textures, skin tones, eye color and even freckles. After the doll is created, she can add accessories, like glasses and braces and choose an outfit. This is all for additional fees.

Some of the items for purchase really were surprising. Among some of the accessories were a first aid kit, toothbrush set and even a wheelchair. You can even have your doll's ears pierced.

Choose Your Twins

Twins dolls are sold together and represent toddlers of about two years old. Your child can pick from a variety of twins. Your child can choose identical or mix and match. They even have boy dolls so she can even choose boy-boy twins or boy-girl twins.

Twins come in Caucasian (blonde or brunette), African American, Asian and Hispanic.


Choose from African American, Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic. These baby dolls are really cute and accessories include cribs, strollers and highchairs.

Infant doll
Infant doll

Doll of the Year

Each year a new doll is created to represent the girl of today. Right now that doll is a beautiful doll named McKenna.


Additional Stuff

Dolls can be purchased online, however, there are several stores located in select cities across the US. If you live in one of those cities, you can go to the store. Some of the stores have restaraunts inside them. You can bring your daughter and her doll to a tea party, lunch or dinner. Your child can even have her doll's hair styled at the store by a real hair stylist for a fee.

In conclusion, let's go over the pros and cons of American Girl Dolls.


  • Dolls, clothing and accessories are of very high quality and are made to last
  • If doll happens to get ruined there is something called a "doll hospital" where you can send the doll and have it fixed.
  • Teaches children about history and life lessons
  • Dolls come in different ethnicities, hair colors, hair texture and eye colors.


  • Dolls are expensive and all accessories are sold separately. A standard 18 inch doll costs about $100. That does not include any accessories.
  • Limited stores and purchasing is mainly online. Buying online includes shipping and handling fees. Shipping delays are possible and returns take longer.

On a final note, my niece loves her doll (she chose Julie) and she takes her everywhere. Although it was a pricey doll, I love it and I'm happy that she does too.


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    • malenk profile image

      malenk 5 years ago from Chandler, AZ

      I love American Girl dolls too, for now, my favorite is Kanani....I love styling her hair and she is just sooo cute. But what I enjoy most about these AG dolls is sewing clothes for them, they seem to look good in everything I made for them.

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      amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

      Rebecca is very pretty and I think her clothing is by far the best of all the historic dolls. Thank you for commenting :)

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      Taylor 5 years ago

      I love Rebecca and I never knew so much about her until now:))))

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      amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hi Jeshrash, I am also someone who loves dolls. I would have loved to have a doll like this when I was a kid. Thank you so much for stopping by. I am going to check your hub out now. :)

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      Jeshrash 5 years ago from USA Washington

      I love dolls when I was a kid and until now I appreciate them. If you don't mind would you like to visit my hub... by the way keep up the good work! nice hub!

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      I hope your friend can find one at a thrift store. Has she tried amazon or ebay?

      They are very expensive and I'm really happy my niece loves the doll. My sister in law and I love looking through the catalogs. Makes me want to be a kid again! Thanks for commenting!

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      This sounds like wonderful dolls to own. A friend mentioned that she looks for them in thrift stores. Now I know why! Thanks for such an informative hub.