Wow- such a question. I get giddy with excitement just thinking of everything I want to say about these dolls!
I should start by saying I am a 35 year old woman. A woman, who as a child, dreamed of having my own American Girl Doll. I had the catalogues and a select few friends who had them, back then they were not very common in my neighborhood. As my daughter reached about the age of 5 she discovered the catalogues. She studied them over and over. We would sit and talk about the pictures that covered the pages. The detail in each and every thing, the price not yet a concern of course, because we hadn't purchased anything. Four years later it is like a mini Christmas when the catalogue comes in the mail.
Her grandma bought her first doll for her the Christmas she was 5.
There is nothing like the store. In my daughter's words it is the next best place to Disney World! Walking through the doors and seeing the catalogue come to life is such an experience. Being able to see each doll in "person" and each accessory and animal. Having personal shoppers, a cafe, a hair salon and more.As my daughter has grown and become an avid reader she has seen a whole new world of history open in the American Girl books and movies. She has spent countless hours imagining up so many amazing stories for her dolls to live out.
We have made crafts and used our imaginations to make everything for our dolls from coffee to movies.
As a person who considers myself thrifty I admit there is a high cost to the dolls. But, the quality and durability of the dolls makes them well worth the money. We have bought the knockoff dolls and there really isn't any comparison.
We have many at this point, 5 dolls and bitty twins. She plays with them and cares for them and knows their stories.
The next one she buys she is saving for herself. She is learning even more to appreciate them because she has been saving for so long.
To be quite honest these dolls just make me happy. They make my daughter happy.
She won't always be little and she won't always want me to play dolls with her. I will take these moment and soak them in for as long as I can.