Everyone’s feeling the economy crunch and with Christmas fast approaching thoughts about sticking to a budget may have some folks worried. I know when my 2 daughters recently asked for American Girl dolls I sort of cringed at the thought of approximately $100 a doll. That’s when I started looking into different 18 inch dolls that have a similar American Girl look without the expensive price tag attached. I was pleased to find that there are some really good options out there in this regard.
Our Generation Dolls
These dolls are very similar looking to a few of the American Girl Dolls. We already have a Generation Girl doll named Robyn who endlessly gets played with by my almost 9-year-old daughter. I like the blonde hair on this doll. It doesn’t easily tangle and it seems easy for my daughter to manage. I also thought that their brunette dolls were very similar to American Girls Molly and Samantha. The clothes that were included with Robyn weren’t as well made as the American Girl Doll clothes but they’ve held up for the last year and haven’t ripped or torn. They sell for around $22- $35 … a big savings when compared to AG. That price also includes a book about the doll’s character. I found these on Target.com and I’ve seen them in my local Target store as well. I think this line of dolls is a great alternative to the more expensive brands and you probably won’t be sorry you ended up purchasing one.
Today’s Girl Dolls
I found these dolls on the Nextag Web site and would consider one of these for my kids too. They seem to have larger facial features than the Generation Dolls but that didn’t take anything away from them, they’re still really cute. Lots of nice outfits that come with them too! They have dolls with blonde, dark blonde and brunette hair. The cost for these was around $50.00, about half of what you’ll pay for an American Girl Doll.
Madame Alexander Dolls
This brand has a new line of 18-inch dolls called “Favorite Friends”. There are six of them to choose from and they are all similar to what you’d see with American Girl Dolls. They have a mixture of blondes and brunettes to choose from with lots of cute outfits that are included with them. These dolls were listed at $33.95 on the Madame Alexander Web site and the clothes were priced at $16.95. A third of the price of an AG doll, and the clothes were cheaper than what you’ll find American Girl Doll clothes priced at. Generally, I paid around $200 for an AG outfit. These are really appealing dolls for the price and I’m going to take these seriously when making my final purchase decision.
I don’t know about you but just having this information relieves a bit of my holiday budget stress! I was really glad to find these dolls and I think they’re some good options for those budget minded folks that still want to give their girls their hearts desire.