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Girl Power Gifts for Little Wonder Women

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Festive weapons against mansplaining

Images: BookPeople, Etsy, Amazon, Target/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows
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Festive weapons against mansplaining

If you didn't know already, we're here to tell you: Little girls are a lot more than sugar and spice and everything nice. So instead of just tossing Barbie dolls, Easy-Bake Ovens and American Girl accessories into your shopping cart this holiday season, don’t overlook opportunities to celebrate your favorite kid’s strong, rebellious nonconforming, fearless, punk rock spirit.  

That doesn’t mean you have to stuff a Wonder Woman DVD into her stocking — though any budding warrior princess would surely be happy to score that loot. Whether she’s a Nasty Woman-in-training or just your average pint-size powerhouse who likes unicorns and robots, there are countless girl-power gift ideas that are bound to inspire and empower. From books to dolls to clothes to STEM-supporting craft kits, retailers are finally coming through with the feminist “herstory” merch.  

Read on to discover our favorite feisty finds of the year. And if you really want to help her smash the patriarchy, tell her Santa isn’t real (or that he’s just an intern helping out the real big boss, Mrs. Claus).  

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BooleanBox

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BooleanBox

Has your little gal got STEM in her sights? This kit for girls ages 8 and up includes a build-it-yourself computer and insight on coding and engineering. Boolean Girl also offers resources for starting a coding club at school or the local library, though there’s something more poetic about sacrificing your home garage to the cause.

BooleanBox, $149.99 at Boolean Girl

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Reversible masked hero girl costume

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Reversible masked hero girl costume

Even that Wonder Woman get-up needs to go in the washing machine once in a while. In those dark times, turn to this clever creation aimed at an underserved market of wannabe caped crusaders. One side of the reversible cape features white blooms; the other gives off major Frozen vibes and is an excellent reminder that Elsa is way more powerful than that gadget-dependent Batman.

Reversible masked hero girl costume, $34 at The Land of Nod

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Cat & Jack 'Girl Power' T-shirt

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Cat & Jack 'Girl Power' T-shirt

Someday, she’ll fully appreciate the significance of Ginger Spice’s Union Jack tea towel dress. Until then, this simple statement tee is ready to rock recess.

Cat & Jack 'Girl Power' T-shirt, $6 at Target

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'Little People, Big Dreams: Rosa Parks'

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'Little People, Big Dreams: Rosa Parks'

The beautifully illustrated Little People, Big Dreams book series is a who’s who of trailblazing heroines from history: Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Emmeline Pankhurst and so on. Here, young readers can learn about Rosa Parks’ courageous fight for civil rights.

Little People, Big Dreams: Rosa Parks, $14.99 at BookPeople

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Lego Women Of NASA kit

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Lego Women Of NASA kit

Sick of seeing astronaut merch aimed at boys? You’ll be glad to learn that one of the most in-demand toys right now — hence having to resort to private eBay and Amazon vendors — is this 231-piece Lego kit inspired by real-life NASA legends like Sally Ride and Mae Jemison. Throw in a DVD of Hidden Figures, and you’re ready for liftoff.

Lego Women Of NASA kit, $55.21 at Amazon

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Little Feminist Playing Cards

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Little Feminist Playing Cards

A game of Go Fish becomes instantly more interesting and educational if you’re dealing from this pro-female pack. Each illustrated playing card features an important figure in women’s history, including Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton and Queen Elizabeth I.

Little Feminist Playing Cards, $12.99 at Domino

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Princess Leia Rebel Grrrl lapel pin

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Princess Leia Rebel Grrrl lapel pin

That disturbance in the force you’re sensing? It’s just your warrior princess leading the resistance with this spectacular Star Wars brooch pinned to her backpack.

Princess Leia Rebel Grrrl lapel pin, $12.99 at ToYouFromMePinkyLee/Etsy

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'Feminist' baby onesie

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'Feminist' baby onesie

That’s not spit-up; it’s a commentary on the patriarchy and the oppression of women! Because it’s never too early to get the girl-power party started.

Feminist Baby Onesie, $29.95 at Feminist Apparel

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Hermione Granger pencils

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Hermione Granger pencils

Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger is brainy, brave and pretty much entirely responsible for saving Harry's and Ron’s hides. Celebrate her wisdom and wizardry with these too-cool-for-school pencils.

Hermione Granger pencils, $12.25 at AdoptAPencil/Etsy

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Misty Copeland Barbie doll

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Misty Copeland Barbie doll

It turns out Barbie and Skipper have some pretty rad real-life friends. Barbie’s Sheroes line recognizes female icons such as ballerina Misty Copeland and gymnast Gabby Douglas. Come 2018, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad — the first member of the U.S. Olympic team to compete in a hijab — will get a special-edition doll of her own. And do we finally have a lesbian Barbie yet or what? Only time — and maybe Santa — will tell.

Misty Copeland Barbie doll, $29.99 at Mattel

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'Run the World' circle bag

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'Run the World' circle bag

At last, the Beyoncé-approved arm candy she's been looking for all her life.  

Skinny Dip London 'Run the World' circle bag, $45 at Always Fits 

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Images: BookPeople /Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows
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