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An American Girl Adventure - Holiday 2015



Madison here again! If you've never been to an American Girl store I would suggest heading there before the Holidays is over. It's an adventure for sure and there is so much to learn. American Girl offers a Personal Shopper experience and the good news is that it's totally free but it's also something that you have to schedule. This past weekend Mommy and I and my Bitty Baby took a trip to American Girl where we had a personal shopper and got to experience American Girl like never before. Since I was taking my Bitty Baby with me I decided that we were going to have matching outfits so I dressed up in the American Girl Snuggly Sweater with their Snuggly Leggings, and my Bitty Baby had on her matching Snuggly outfit.  This isn't my first rodeo as they say but it was my first time having a personal shopper and I'm not sure why mommy never thought of having one before. She was AMAZING and I got to learn so much that I never would have if I had just gone into the store to shop. So what's in store for you this year at American Girl? Well that's what I'm here for. So let's begin!



I'm not sure if your store is like mine, but mine is all decked out for the holidays and it's awesome. First let's get into the American Girl Doll of the Year Grace Thomas. If you're thinking of getting her, well she's only available until the end of the year so you'll have to hurry. Here is something that you may not know, but Grace is an avid baker and American Girl launched the campaign "For Goodness Bake!". It's a fund-raising initiative in support of No Kid Hungry. Every $1 you donate can provide up to 10 meals for a needy child. When you shop at American Girl in stores you can donate right there at the register. How amazing is that? We had no idea so of course when we checked out we donated. After all mommy and I believe that there should be no hungry kids in the world.


To make this even better when you purchase the Williams-Sonoma spatulas available at American Girl a portion of the sales also go to the No Kid Hungry campaign. Now that's not all that available in stores. I have more for you. At the time we were in the retail store, there were amazing sales going on and of course the one and only store exclusives. Another reason for you to go in to the store. Just look at the exclusive below. You get the entire outfit (doll not included) at an amazing deal and it's only available for the holidays. How much? I'm not going to tell you. You have to go in and check it out for yourself.


And of course they have some of the most coveted dolls that are on every little girls' wish list this Christmas. And American Girl has a doll for everyone. From the Bitty Baby which I received for my very first Christmas to the dolls that looks truly like me, there is a doll for everyone! My favorite has always been the Bitty Baby Twins, perfect for those who have twins of course, but even if you don't you can get them separately. Now the reason I've always liked the twins is that they're the only Bitty Baby to have hair. Bet you didn't know that? The original Bitty Baby's don't have any hair making them perfect for the little ones who love putting everything in their mouth. You can mix and match the twins, so you can have them anyway you want them. Bitty Baby also come with their own story book.


Now don't despair. American Girl didn't want us little ones to feel left out, so just like the big kids the Bitty Baby's also have their own accessories and clothing line. YES!! So we can look grown up too just with a smaller version of the dolls the bigger kids like. We can match our dolls just like they can because they also have the clothing for smaller kids just like me. At this time I can't fit into the bigger kids clothing but I can sure fit into my Bitty Baby clothing line made just for me. This is perfect for your little one's first Christmas.



Now you may also be wondering about that doll that I said looks truly like me. Well American Girl along with having their signature Be Forever dolls  also have a "Truly Me" collection of dolls as well. These dolls can be purchased to look like your own little girl at home. From the skin tone, to the hair and even down to the freckles. Yes you can have a doll that looks truly like you. These dolls are the same size as the signature dolls and can fit into all the clothing made for the other dolls. Also all accessories can be used for them as well. I like to think of these dolls as the dolls of this era since their clothes are so much more stylish and fun, just like we wear now.



So you've seen a few dolls but if you've never been to an American Girl doll store you may not know about the Doll Hair Salon. Here your dolls can be pampered while they have a new hairstyle or even a spa day. You can even get your dolls ear pierced here too.


So what else did I learn while I was at the American Girl store? I learned that they have accessories to complement every child. For example if your little one is into music you can purchase the music kit. If he/she loves horses, there's one there too. I even noticed that there were wheelchairs for dolls because not every child can walk. American Girl truly thought of everything! And don't worry, the store is totally kid friendly so you can touch and play with the dolls and accessories while you're in the store. That's what the display is there for. Of course mommy made me clean up after I was done having tea.



Now while I briefly mentioned the signature Be Forever dolls, I won't go into much details because these are the dolls that everyone knows and love. These are the books that our parents possibly read growing up. Each doll comes with a book that tells their story. What you may not know though is that the Samantha you see in stores today is not the same Samantha of years gone. See that's what the personal shopper is for. She tells you EVERYTHING, and this Samantha is just a tad different, her clothing is also a little more updated. So if you have the old Samantha with the older fashion, she's now a collectible, but I'll grab this one too if I were you. And while there don't forget to pick up their holiday clothing for your doll and your little girl as well. This is Kit Kittredge below, Kit grew up in the 1930's and is one of the more popular Be Forever doll. Notice all the clothing selection made especially for her?  However she still fits into the other clothing styles as well, if you want her to look like a girl of this generation.


I spent quite a long time at the American Girl store and there was so much to see and do that I became overwhelmed pretty fast, but it was so worth it! Mommy made a few purchases and American Girl gifted me with a doll of my choice. I chose the Be Forever doll Addy with a little help from mommy since there was so much to choose from. I also received a goodie bag which included brand new Bitty Baby book, and a few other surprises. I couldn't wait to get home to play with her. After all no-one said that it was my Christmas gift. Thank you American Girl for making my day! Now I want to share with you my Addy and the other cool stuff I got while there.


So let me show you what I got and what you can expect to find at your own local American Girl store and online.


Matching holiday dresses for you and your doll that is perfect for picture taking. Think holiday photo cards for the family.


Matching holiday pj's too!



Store exclusives such as the one above. This included 3 outfits with accessories and an exclusive American Girl Boutique Shopping Scene. There is also a Salon Scene that is also exclusive to stores and you won't believe the price. It's like getting 1 outfit with accessories for free, but just don't take my word for it. Go in stores now and check it out before they're gone.


And last but certainly not least, my beautiful Addy doll who I'm going to cherish forever and ever. Addy is also one of the very few to have her ears already pierced. My personal shopper related her story to me but of course since she came with her own book I got mommy to read it to me again.


I got mommy to also pick me up her school outfit from her time along with her lunch pail. After all she can't go to school without lunch. With my birthday coming up I'm hoping mommy will take me back to get her a few more outfits. Fingers crossed.



So if you're still hesitant about what to get for your little ones this Christmas, don't forget American Girl. There are sales both online and in stores but personally I would go in store for those exclusives. Don't forget as well to donate to the No Kid Hungry fund and to pick up Grace Thomas the girl of the year doll. Trust me your little ones would be amazingly happy this Christmas like I am. American Girl definitely gets my TWO TINY THUMBS UP once again!!


Let's discuss: What do you love most about American Girl? 


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  1. I absolutely love American Girl dolls. Not only do they come with a great little backstory, but they're one of the first doll companies I saw start making dolls with other cultures and ethnicities in mind.

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  2. It looks like she had a great time experiencing American Girl Dolls. I am considering getting my toddler a Bitty Baby for Christmas!

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  3. Oh man I have yet to go into an American Girl store because I've seen the prices for the dolls and just couldn't afford it. However with sales maybe I can afford the Bitty Baby for my own daughter this holidays. Madison you are just too cute in your matching outfits.

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  4. I have an all boy family so I have never been to this store. I have a friend that has a little girl that LOVES the American girl dolls. It looks like it would be a lot of fun for a mom and daughter day.

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  5. I love these dolls - they are so great! Our youngest really wanted one that looks like her this year, and so she will see it in about 3 weeks and I can't wait to see her face light up.

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  6. When I was younger my grandparents got me the Bitty Baby for Christmas. It was one of my favorite and most cherished gifts ever. Mia still plays with it, though of course she has her own now too! My grandparents also got her the Bitty Twins which she drags everywhere with her! It is amazing to me the incredible quality of American Girl products and how long they last! It looks like you guys had a wonderful visit to the store! Everything is so beautiful (I am obsessed with the pink and red Christmas tree)! Madison and her doll also look adorable in the matching outfits. You have inspired me to visit our local NYC store!

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  7. American Girl dolls are so adorable! My daughter is asking Santa for a Bitty Baby doll this Christmas. I think she'll be happily surprised!

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  8. We love American Girl. When I was a child I used to collect them. I'm so glad they are still around. I love how diverse they are and how friendly the staff is. It's an amazing company!

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  9. Scarlet hasn't been yet. We have one near Boston and I keep waiting for the day I'll take her. She hasn't really thought about it much so I'll probably wait until she's a bit older. And then we'll go crazy!

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  10. Now this looks like a fun trip!! I remember when I got my first American Girl doll (there were only 4 out at that time) and waiting for the catalog to come to my house. I wish there had been stores when I was really into them!!

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  11. It's so cool that they have a doll salon in-store. I definitely need to stop into the American Girl store for the holidays.

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  12. Oh wow Madison, your post was great and very informative. Olivia is 19 months old and she may be ready for a special Christmas with her very own American Doll soon. This is her second Christmas so she's a little more aware of her toys than last Christmas. Think she'd love one of those Truly Me Dolls or a bitty baby as she is a bitty baby still. Thank you for this awesome post. American Girl will definitely be a part of our growing up Olivia traditions.

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  13. I used to love these growing up. My daughter could care less. I wish she was more into them.. And kinda random but I LOVE the way they have all those stars at the top of the tree.

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  14. These dolls are so cute! My daughter will love them but I think they're pretty pricey.

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  15. When my daughter (about to be married in the spring) was a little girl, we read all the American Girl books. I can hardly wait until I had a granddaughter so I can get her an American Girl doll.

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  16. I wish that we had a little girl that I could share American Dolls with!! I love that they come with a book about their story and there is a little lesson in each one!!

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  17. The dolls are amazing. I have two granddaughters who are crazy about dolls. I will check this out.

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  18. We don't have an American Doll store around here but when ever we are traveling and near one, we stop in. I love all of their matching outfits.

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  19. Growing up American Girl Dolls were my absolute favorite! In fact for my 10th birthday the store had just opened in NYC and my mom and grandma took me there for the day. To this day the Christmas catalogue is still one of my favorite things about the Christmas season. I'm so happy Madison was able to have this experience!

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  20. We love American Girl, my girls got their first ones this past summer and love them. I can't wait to see what the girl of the year is next year, my daughter got Grace this year and loves her.

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  21. How fun would this be for a little girl?!? I love these dolls and can't wait until my daughter is a little older so I can get her some ;-)

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  22. I have never been to an American Girl store before. I love that they have a spa there for the dolls.

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  23. Awe Look how happy she looks with all the dolls. Our girls love American girls.

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  24. I took my daughter to American Girl several years ago for Christmas. I think I had as amazing of a time as she did!!!!

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  25. This sounds like a great campaign that American Girl is participating in for sure. These are such cute dolls and items for dolls. I will have to she this with my nieces for their two little girls.

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  26. My daughter wants an American Girl Doll for Christmas. They're truly lovely dolls. I'm hoping Santa can pull some strings and one will arrive safely at my house.

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  27. What a great experience! My girls don't know much about American Dolls. One part of me is super glad because man are they expensive, but another part of me is sad because they are beautiful! - Jeanine

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  28. I've never been to an American Girl store, but I think their dolls are beautiful. I would love to visit their store because it looks so pretty, but I don't think we have one here in the city.

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  29. I wish we had an American Girl Store close to us. I know both of my girls would be in heaven! I will have to look and see where the closest store is and maybe we can visit someday!

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  30. I am getting the Bitty Baby for my own this Christmas and I had no idea there were exclusives in the stores. I am going to have to take a trip to Manhattan this weekend and see if those specials are at our store. BTW Madison you are too cute in your matching clothing. I think that holiday dress is what I may just get as well.

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  31. I have been in the American Girl doll store only for a niece. The store is decked out all over for just about anything to do with dolls.

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  32. My daughter is only 3 and we've not got into the American Girl phase yet. I am looking forward to it though as I love all things girly.

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  33. My daughters are obsessed with the American Girl dolls. I was when I was their age as well. The dolls are pricey but the stories are and memories are priceless.

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  34. I love American Girl and grew up reading their books. The dolls are so well made and I think they are on almost every girls wish list this Christmas. :)

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  35. The Addy doll is SO BEAUTIFUL! I hear there is a 20% off sale, so I would love to go and get Gabriella her 1st Bitty baby (since she may leave a regular American Girl Doll looking crazy). I love how happy you look at your fun American Girl Doll Experience.

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  36. American Girl looks like a great toy! I know I would have loved to have this when I was little.

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  37. What a fun experience for a child! I know that I went to an American Girl store in New York and had fun even as an adult.

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