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 recently released the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Wooden Dollhouse. It’s a three-story, wooden dollhouse complete with furniture for $130. 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 Greenwich Dollhouse for $399 is a storybook dream come true. However, it’s the Monique Lhuillier Parisian Dollhouse for $449 that dazzles. The Parisian Dollhouse is not like your traditional dollhouse with its miniature dolls, it’s nearly 50″ high and fits 18″ doll (similar to an American Girl Doll). I will give it to Pottery Barn for offering a pretty big variety of houses and price ranges to choose from.
Amazon has a great variety as well. I like Kidcraft My Dreamy Dollhouse with Furniture because of it’s bright colors and 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 and becomes portable plus comes with furniture and two dolls. Speaking of dolls – Lakeshore Pretend and Play People have the widest range of diversity in their families. Native Americans, Differing Abilities, Asian, Hispanic, Black, White and Kids Around the World.
Land of Nod sells a Treehouse Play Set and Camping Buddies type-dollhouse for $238 that is great for both boys and girls and the “dolls” are woodland creatures. Another great Fold & Go from Melissa & Doug is the two-story wooden castle including six wooded knight play figures to sweep your children to the medieval times.
Build Your Own Custom Dollhouse
If your the parent who wants to make a truly custom dollhouse for their child, I recommend checking out Hobby Lobby for their dollhouse kits. Kits range from $150 – $250. They also sell flooring and carpet, decorative trims and lightbulbs. I’m going to suggest staying away from the doll selection though. Talk about creepy. I think your children would prefer the dolls available from Lakeshore or Pottery Barn Kids.
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