Saturday, November 20, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide - Dress-Up Clothes


There is something that is simply magical, almost transforming when a child puts on dress up clothes. It gives them license to be someone or something completely different than who they are. Sure, children can pretend without dress up clothes, but dressing up takes it to the next level.

Before we had dress up clothes, I can remember tucking a baby blanket into the back of my son's shirt so that he could be transformed into a super hero. He would fly around the house and return regularly to be re-tucked.

Then, we got a few hats that they started to use for dress-up. We had a hat that I think might have been a Diego hat. And, then some plastic fire fighter hats that they received at school.

Then, we started our collection of dress-up clothes a few years ago at Halloween. After the events were all over (we try to maximize the number of events where the kids can dress up), we hung the costumes in their closets. We now have a Fairy Princess, a Tinker Bell, a Superman, a Darth Vader and a Clone Trooper in our former Halloween collection of dress-up clothes.

Last Christmas, I learned of an online company called My Princess Party to Go. I was looking to get some additional dress-up clothes for my daughter. We had been to my niece's house for her birthday party and the two girls had so much fun dressing up as princesses, complete with shoes, jewelry and crowns. After watching them play, I simply had to get some princess wear for our house too! I went together with a few friends to save on shipping and we purchased some dresses, crowns and wands. I also picked up a Pirate set for my son, not wanting for him to be left out of the dress up fun. I was impressed with the quality value of the product. The dresses offered cost less than what I had been seeing at the store and the quality of the dresses have been completely satisfactory.

Since that time, I have had the opportunity to experience more of their product. I won a Twitter giveaway, a giveaway on a blog, attended a birthday party where the dresses and accessories were from My Princess Party to Go and purchased some dress-up clothes for my daughter's 4th birthday - both princess and prince gear.

My kids enjoy dressing up. Sometimes, they will pull out a full outfit, other times it will simply be some of the accessories. I enjoy listening to the tales, describing what they are doing, "pretend that..." as they play in their dress-up clothes. As a mom, I like that dress-up clothes allow them to imagine that they are something else. I think that pretend play and imagination are important in their development and that is part of why I recommend dress-up clothes as a holiday gift (or really, anytime).

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No compensation was received for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. My initial experience with My Princess Party to Go was through a purchase I made last holiday season. Since that time, I have won two separate giveaways and made an additional purchase. The gift certificate for the giveaway is courtesy of My Princess Party to Go.

58 comments:

NeedANap2 said...

My oldest age 9 would like something that would fit her so the Pink Princess Parade dress in large would be good. And the Pink Sparkle Princess is very cute!

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I would use it towards the Petite Pink Princess with Hat dress! So cute!
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I would use it towards a party in a bag!

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Jennifer said...

I think I'd get the party in a bag for my neice

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mframe said...

I would get the Flashing Star & Crown Wand.
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Anonymous said...

My 7 year old would love the pretty pink damsel

melanie said...

i would love something for my son, like the pirate outfit...

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I love the foamy tiara and princess stick on jewles!
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Liz said...

My daughter would like the Pink tulle princess in a bag.

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Anonymous said...

Pink tutu and a couple of crowns!

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Deb K said...

Fancy Princess Tiaras are our favorite!

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Mandy said...

I would put my money towards the tutus!
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Great Contest! My daughter would love this!

I would probably get the Cinderella dress and a tutu!

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I would put it towards the pretty in pink package.

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I would choose a party - in - a - bag for my cousin.

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Stacy said...

I think I would get the Pirate Party in a bag for each of my kids.
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one frugal lady said...

I would put this towards the glamour and glitz birthday party pack!
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maygan said...

I only have boys, but was thrilled to see the knight and price dress up costumes! It;s hard to find boy dress up outfits sometimes

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Audrey @ Tight Wad in Utah said...

I think I would get a tiara. So cute!

April said...

I would love to use the gift card to get a Rainbow Fairy Set and maybe a tutu!
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Steph S said...

I'd get my boys the Knight in Shining Armor set for their dress-up box.

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Baby Mama said...

I would get the pirate dress up for boys
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Carlene said...

I'd get my daughter the Pink Sparkle Princess dress and a tiara to match! :)
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