American Girl, the character doll, started from the idea of a gentleman that was looking for a Christmas present for his nieces. He found baby-dolls on which little girls could practice their maternal skills, teenage-dolls on which teenagers could reflect aspirations, but no doll looked like an 8 to 12 years old little girl. He combined this idea with that one of a history tale accessible to children and thus the American girl was born, a doll accompanied by a book and a full line of accessories, telling little girls about racism, slavery, poverty, or war. One of the most popular dolls in the series is Addy Walker, a black girl who runs from the plantation where she is a slave and heading north. There she dreams of a free life but also learns about preconceptions and racism. A book was written about Addy’s life, but also many other doll series inspired several films, the last one was released in 2009.
If you are a parent, you probably have been asked a lot “Can I have an American Girl Doll?”, and while your little girl only talks about how many accessories and outfits wants for their doll, you only think about “How much does an American Girl Doll cost?“.
In case you heard about the American Girl Doll you are probably aware that the cost adds up fast. We will give you some average prices of different doll’s outfits and accessories.
The average price, from a store, for the doll alone plus the single outfit that comes with it is around $110, but you might also get the history book that comes with it.
You should know that they have all types of accessories, including historically accurate furniture, which of course you buy separately.
The most popular dolls are My American Girl Doll, which you can customize entirely, and you pay $110 for the doll and the starter outfit. These dolls can be designed to look like any type of girl from every corner of the world, and if they don’t have a certain ethnicity you can order it exactly as you want it to be.
Here are some extra costs you can pay for your American Girl Doll:
• ears pierced for $14;
• braces for $14;
• glasses for $10;
• the outfits range from $24 to $38 apiece.
Most little girls want more outfits for their doll, so in general, parents buy around 3 outfits, meaning a subtotal at about $200.
Well, if you bought your little girl different outfits for her new doll you will also have to buy some accessories.
We will make you a list with the most desired accessories and their costs:
• One pair of shoes costs from $14 to $16;
• A set of earrings costs $10;
• An underwear set costs around $10;
• A manicure kit costs $10;
• A hairbrush is $8;
• A set of hair clips and scrunchies is $20
• A purse or a watch costs $8 each.
If your little girl loves animals you can add a pet for $24 or if you choose the Service Dog expect to pay around $34.
We also told you that you can buy historically accurate furniture for the American Girl Doll for costs ranging from $22 to $300.
The American Girl Doll also has a „Feel-Better Kit” including, for the amount of $30, a wrist and leg cast, stickers, bandage, ice pack, finger splint, plus a wheelchair for $38.
Usually, most buyers end up spending at first around $500, but in the end, they keep spending a lot more, because who wouldn’t like to see their little girl happy and with an educational toy about their history?