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25 Collections to Start for your Daughter

By Jacinda |

Starting a collection for your daughter can be the perfect gift because it lasts forever and can be enjoyed for generations to come. Growing up we had my great grandmother’s spoon collection from all over the world and every time we’d travel we would bring back a spoon to add to it. There are a zillion different collections to start and you’ll know which one is just right for her. To get you started on choosing the perfect collection here are 25 Collections to Start for your Daughter…

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25 Collections to Start for your Daughter


Start a book collection with your favorite childhood books and have her add to them as she grows up.
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12 thoughts on “25 Collections to Start for your Daughter

  1. Kate says:

    As the recipient of multiple collections started specifically for me, I have to say, most of this is ridiculous–be very careful if you’re going to start any collection for a child, please!!

    Unless it’s small and very well curated, it’s likely to be a burden emotionally and physically. In the least, make it clear that you’d like your child to enjoy these, but if they’re not their cup of tea so to speak, it’s ok too.

    Thankfully my mom put the spoons of every location they ever visited into the attic at an early age instead of obligating me to keep it in my bedroom. The angels took over my bookcase (although I appreciate the sentiment that started it: one of my aunts who had moved out of state about the time I was born would send one to me for birthdays and Christmas, so she would have one specific thing to send me–but a lot of other people decided to get in on that collection), and because my mom asked if I liked Coke after bringing home a glass bottle from my girlfriends house (just because I thought a glass bottle was cool in general), I ended up with a very large collection of Coca-cola items that I felt obligated to appreciate when gifted new items for far too many years–at 10 or 12 years of age you’re not emotionally equipped to say, enough is enough! I enjoyed some of them, but it just takes over too easily.

    I don’t want to sound ungrateful, I know that my aunts and parents wanted to buy something for me that I liked that could be part of something I’d appreciate over time, and frankly they were easy gifts for them to get as opposed to trying something new I may or may not like (which as an aunt now I hope that the gifts I give will be enjoyed, so I understand all the more), but they became a burden instead of a treasure.

    I do appreciate having a dated ornament from each year, as well as an assortment of others from over the years to choose to decorate my tree with…my husband joked that my ornament collection was dowry because I had more than I could decorate a large tree with by the time we were married. But now that I’m an adult, I can choose which ornament I put out.

  2. Mellissa says:

    I agree, be VERY careful when starting a collection for a child. My grandmother started a Porcelain doll collection for me when I was very young, even though I had no interest in them. I got a doll from her for every Christmas and every birthday. I still have many of them in a box in my storage unit because I feel guilty for not caring about them and don’t have the heart to give them away.

  3. cd says:

    Other mothers apparently have much more time to dust.

  4. Debbie says:

    my granddaughter is 7 since she was 5 she has been enphatuated with Nut Crackers. so let me tell you we have all tried to find unusual ones for her. This year i found at a thrift store a theater that actually moves and performs the nutcracker play. Music and all. Talk about a excited little girl. And not to leave my grandson who is 11 without a collection of his own. We have started him on one with banks. He is just as excited with his as she is with hers. Everytime he gets one he yells out what number he now has and runs to his room to display it on his shelfs. So remember everyone. Boys love to save to.

  5. 100200 says:

    I agree with Kate that a collection can be a burden, so start one with care! The problem seems to be that once a collection is established, the collector probably already has enough…but that’s when people (extended relatives and bad gift givers) catch on and suddenly your daughter is drowning in something–and isn’t getting any gift she wants or is excited by. Unless there is a real passion for something and an interest in building an expert knowledge about that thing, hold off. And if your kid is the collecting type, help her find a way to display and care for her collection. The collection collected here are LOVELY, but the best collections come from the collector’s desire, not the parent’s.

  6. Catherine says:

    Well I love it! I think a small collection of beautiful things is a lovely gift. Of course, its about finding the right item for your girl, something that is just so her. I will keep my eyes open!

  7. Rachel says:

    Whilst in theory I like the idea of starting a collection for my daughters, I echo those posters above who advise caution. These are beautiful pictures, but I was also struck by how many of the links here are stuff that is really, really fashionable right now (brooches, vintage tins, matryoshka Russian dolls, owls…..) Surely all this stuff is going to date really fast?!
    If I was going to start a collection, it would be a collection of something very small, and hopefully a bit timeless.

  8. Eleanor says:

    When I was 9, my family moved to England and my mother decided that each of my sisters and I would collect something specific, to cut down on souvenir craziness. I got thimbles. My sisters no longer collect their items, (very understandable when one got badgers!), but I have over 300 of mine. I have thimbles from all over the US and the world; vintage advertising thimbles; and thimbles made from unusual materials (coal, antler, glass, etc.). Since I ended up being a sewist, this was perfect. I never felt pushed by mother, and since I probably wouldn’t have done this on my own, I appreciate it.

  9. Nicole says:

    I started a small jewelry collection when my daughter was born. A birthstone necklace, diamond studs, gold cross, etc. They’re all stored in my safe at the moment, but hopefully when she gets old enough, she’ll have a collection of beautiful things, that she’ll also be able to use.

  10. Jen says:

    When first reading this, I thought, “Wow, yeah, I want to do this!” But then I thought of all the stuff my mom tried to make me collect- porcelian dolls (never expressed interest in them, and they scared the hell out of me), spoons from travels-BORING!, at one time she started buying me BIbles- ????. Basically I would always do the opposite of what my mom wanted for me. As much as I love this idea, I think I’ll wait until my little one expresses interest in something herself.

  11. Annette says:

    I like the book idea, because books are always good to have for educational entertainment with your kids. i also like the tea cups, mostly because my daughter already has a few and loves playing with them, though i would suggest starting with miniature size ones. i love the idea of starting a collection but being a family who lives in a smallish apartment, space is a big issue so if i were to make an official collection it would have to be something small and useful.

  12. gerdy says:

    yes…let’s start teaching them how to be hoarders while they are children.

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