One of my earliest memories of Christmas morning was when Santa had delivered my very own dollhouse. It was a grand, two-story, picture perfect home with brown wood roof shingles, white paint and grey trim. It was the home I wanted to live in as a child. It was filled with cozy furnishings including my favorite dinette set with red and white checkered fabric on the chairs. The house sat in my bedroom on a huge table that had wheels so I could slide behind it and run away with my imaginary family.
This time of year makes me feel nostalgic for dollhouses. I still have this very one but it sits in my garage and is in need of some serious TLC. My own daughter has played with it some and we’ve even bought paint to bring it back to life but haven’t invested the time it deserves. I do have a fantasy of one day finding a spot in my home for it – à la Lorelei Gilmore – but I can’t quite figure out if that’s kitsch or creepy.
Where to Buy Dollhouses for Kids this Holiday Season
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Target sells the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Wooden Dollhouse. It’s a three-story, wooden dollhouse complete with furniture for $129.99. It’s really stinking cute with it’s green front door and black shutters. If you are in the market at all for a dollhouse, I highly suggest grabbing this before it’s gone.
Pottery Barn Kids has a big selection of dollhouses to choose from. I love the simple Farmington Dollhouse for $99. The best part about it is that back opens up and the house doubles in size. The traditional Westport Dollhouse is another great choice for $199 and the Barrington Dollhouse for $399 is a beautiful gray and white sprawling manor. I will give it to Pottery Barn for offering a pretty big variety of houses and price ranges to choose from.
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Amazon has a great variety for younger kids. I like Kidcraft My Dreamy Dollhouse with Furniture because of its bright colors and interactive functions like working lights and flushable toilet sounds!
Fisher-Price Little People Surprise & Sounds Home is perfect for toddlers.
But, my favorite is the Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Wooden Dollhouse that closes up and becomes portable. It comes with furniture, two dolls and garage. I love the gender-neutral aesthetic.
Build Your Own Custom Dollhouse
If you’re the parent who wants to make a truly custom dollhouse for their child, you should see these kits: Greenleaf’s Fairfield Dollhouse comes unassembled and unpainted.
Another DIY Dollhouse kit that screams Gilmore Girls is Greenleaf’s Laurel Dollhouse. It has a front porch and can be completely customized to your favorite style.
Dollhouses for All Kids
Imaginative play is so important for all kids. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, check out this wooden treehouse or rocket ship both from Crate & Barrel. I also love this fire station from Kidkraft and Melissa & Doug high-rise.
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