After we decided to get our three-year-old daughter a dollhouse for Christmas I was immediately overwhelmed when I put the search term into Amazon. There are almost 9,000 items that match the search term, "dollhouse." NINE THOUSAND.
I don't know about you, but I don't have time to look at 9,000 doll houses.
I looked at the reviews and the prices and the aesthetics of a few and it was all pretty unhelpful. With toys it can be so tough to tell what will be a hit and what will match your child's style of play and existing toys. ANd with an item so ubiquitous as this, it seemed like everyone liked everything. Dollhouses don't exactly bring out the crazy Amazon reviewers.
I am so lucky that that my best friend happened to already buy HER three-year-old a dollhouse for her birthday last August, because I went ahead and just bought that one to make my life simple.
The Plan Terrace Doll House is super cute. The footprint is more square than this photo lets on and it's not as tall as it appears either. It's really open and easy to reach in to arrange items. I like that parts of it don't have a roof at all (the, uh, "terrace" I suppose), which made it even easier to play with.
It's wood, with red and blue accents, and has a nice aesthetic that I don't mind looking at. The doors, walls, and windows are moveable, so it can change as a kid gets bored with it. I think she's going to be really happy with it.
Also, knowing that I liked the Plan brand, I almost bought this "Chalet" style house instead. It comes with furniture (a huge plus as the furniture can be pricey) and it's kind of kooky-modern to me in a funny Brady Bunch way. But, I'm tradtional at heart and I ordered the first one. One Christmas gift down, a frillion to go!