Thursday, November 29, 2012
Our Generation Dolls provide inspiring gift for young girls this Christmas
And they're much cheaper than the American Girl series.
OG Dolls are not only fun, but offer an empowering and affirming image for little girls. Companies often make promises to address important issues for young children – and in the case of OG Dolls we see that occasionally they actually get it right. For several years now, educators and community leaders have attempted to bring sharp attention to the importance of providing little girls with positive images to help them expand their dreams and improve how they see themselves. OG Dolls does a great job of putting ideas into action in a way little girls will enjoy, and oh by the way help them to believe they can someday make a difference too.
The 22 OG Dolls – short for Our Generation Dolls – each come with an impressive number of accessories and a book sharing the backstory of each individual doll. I received the Jenny Deluxe Set to review (includes many of the items shown but not the refrigerator oven and sink set shown because the photo is of Jenny’s Gourmet Kitchen Set), which included not only an 18” poseable doll wearing a cute outfit, but accessories to correspond with Jenny’s story told in The Sweet Shoppe Mystery. The companion book is recommended for a 7-year-old child or older, so this can be a great opportunity for an older sibling or relative to read the creative tale to a younger girl.
Naturally OG Dolls are often compared to the very popular American Doll series and they generally receive rave reviews by children and their parents. For example, the price difference is significant. Visiting American Girl’s website showed the Abby doll, book and accessories is $124 online. The Our Generation Jenny deluxe doll set with the book is available for only $31.99 on Target.com, I read online that the store even offered clothes for the dolls as low as $8.99 recently.
While American Girl Dolls focus on the important contribution females have made throughout American history, Our Generation Dolls spotlight the impact women are making today through leadership in different forms. For example, of course all young girls love cooking theme toys, but in the book a leading character is a female baker wearing a chef’s hat. Subtle but important image to put in front of young girls because it suggests they cannot only enjoy cooking for family and friends, but someday become a chef or bakery owner, In 2012, a year in which we witnessed more women elected to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives than ever before, subtle images are important and make a difference.
The OG Dolls take their messaging even further, the story of every doll focuses on how the character is making a difference within their community. For example, the message shared by “Jenny” on the website is:
“We are an extraordinary generation. We’re baking cupcakes to help animal shelters and teaching our families to recycle. But we never forget to laugh with friends, lick the frosting off the spoon and follow our sweetest dreams.“
In addition, for every doll or accessory sold, the company will donate 10¢ to Free The Children’s Power of a Girl Initiative. The program pledges to help educate girls in developing countries, arming them with the power of knowledge in their struggle to rise out of poverty. Free the Children was actually started 17 years ago by the then 12-year-old Craig Kielburger. You can learn more about the organization on their website in a story featured in a 60 Minutes feature.
To learn more about OG Dolls visit www.OGDolls.com, the website spotlights little girls around the country making a difference and include education features like Word of the Day.
OG Dolls are not only a very affordable line of dolls, but also an appealing fun toy for girls at least three years old with an empowering and educational message encouraging little girls to make a difference in their community. These are just a few reasons why OG Dolls are a great idea for anyone with a daughter, niece or granddaughter on your Christmas shopping list.
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This is the first in the North Dallas Gazette’s 25 Days of Christmas Gift Guide Series.