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Help with birthday gift to 7 year old German Grand Daughter, please.

Help with birthday gift to 7 year old German Grand Daughter, please.

Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 12:10 PM
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That's a great idea, Sassafrass. If the Gotz dolls are what's in with her friends then she will be able to trade clothes for the dolls.

The American Girl doll would be limited if the sizes are different.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 12:14 PM
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Just a little info on duties and taxes.

In Germany, you pay a simplified flat rate tax of 17.5% on the value of the shipment for gifts sent from one private person to another - if it exceeds 45 Euros, but does not exceed 700 Euros.
You must also declare it as a "gift" or "non commercial" on the customs sticker.
Some people make the mistake of stating only the actual content on the customs sticker, i.e. "doll" or "jewelry".

So if the value of the shipment is (the equivalent) of € 140, the recipient will pay €24.50 in taxes when picking up the parcel in Germany.

It's more complicated when you order stuff online in Europe from the US or China via ebay or such - but since this is not the case here, the customs issue is not super complicated. Though not exactly cheap.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 02:14 PM
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Those Götz dolls, at least the 46-50 cm ones, are very similar to the American Girl dolls, and it's true that if her friends also have them it will be an advantage. However, they're so much alike that I think an American Girl doll could fit right into a Götz play group. If you want to buy a Götz doll online, you can do it here:

http://www.goetz-puppen.de/shop/en/D...6-50cm/?lang=1

The prices vary widely according to how they're dressed.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 04:54 PM
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Superb suggestion Sassafrass! Bvlenci has given me the source, as well. I'll be up late tonight learning more about dolls than I have ever needed to know, before. I particularly like the idea of her getting to choose at the store. First, though,I will need to follow LSky and Newbie's advice and find out if she likes dolls.

Actually, thee 17.5% duty does not sound outrageous. The doll would certainly be more than €45, and you can be absolutely certain it would not be over €700! I would of course reimburse my Son for the costs, but not having to squish the thing into my tiny case, or carry an extra parcel is certainly worth it for me.
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Old Jun 10th, 2017, 08:48 AM
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I hope you find out she likes dolls! My 4 granddaughters (now in their 20's) all had American Girls and loved them, and those dolls traveled a lot, believe me. A Gotz doll sounds like the perfect idea for your German granddaughter.
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 08:31 AM
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When I read the title of your thread, I immediately thought of an American Girl doll also.
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 10:34 AM
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Since this thread has resurfaced, I should tell you what I decided. I got the American Girl doll for my Granddaughter, though it turned out to be a PITA getting it to her.

I tried ordering it through the German and French Amazon.com sites, but they did not carry anything other than the doll accessories, such as clothing. I tried both Amazon in the States, and the American Doll sites, and they will not ship overseas because of some trade restrictions(?). I ended up buying from Amazon here in the States and then shipping it myself to my Son in Belgium. The shipping cost almost as much as the doll.

I thank all of you for your suggestions. I'll see if she likes it next month and report back.
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 01:20 PM
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So you gave up on the idea of letting her select her own? Did Amazon have a good selection? I did not know you could even buy AG dolls from Amazon except from private owners. Which doll did you get? If she likes dolls at all, she will surely love whatever you got, and will treasure it because it came from you.

We just took a trip with our Granddaughter, she took one whole suitcase filled with two AG dolls and two OG dolls and all their clothes, etc. At least two went to dinner with us every night. These dolls are loved to shabbiness.
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 02:57 PM
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First, Sassafrass, there are no American Girl dolls I could find available in Germany, so she could not pick her own there. In any case I want to surprise her. Secondly, the language barrier would make it difficult for her to choose a doll on the American Doll website. She is just starting English classes in her school.
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 05:44 PM
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Oh, I meant if she picked out one of the Beautiful German dolls that are equivalent to the AG dolls.
You are a wonderful Grandparent to have gone to so much trouble to give her a special surprise. What did you think of the doll when you saw it? With my Granddaughter's doll addiction, I have come to know and love them as well. I would still love to know which doll, if you don't mind telling.
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 09:35 PM
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I got her the Tenny Grant doll, Sassafrass. I wanted something from this side of the pond to give her something to love that is Yankee, and the story on this particular one is that she is a country singer from Nashville, complete with guitar. https://www.amazon.com/American-Girl...ican-girl+doll
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Old Aug 27th, 2017, 07:20 AM
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Nukesafe, she is adorable! Love the hair! The story is great, and the music connection is too.

Ok, please, please don't be mad at me for asking, but did you get the guitar or any clothes or accessories? It did not look as if the guitar actually came with the doll. It looked as if it was separate. Everything is so blooming expensive!

We are lucky because I have been able to get a lot of stuff like that second hand or waited until AG has a sale.

I have even made a lot of things, like a big egg chair using papier-mâché, a balloon, and cheap turntable. I made a hammock out of cheap PVC. If her Mom or Dad are the least bit crafty, a guitar would be easy out of cardboard, glitter glue and string.

There are hundreds of tutorials online for making things at home out of cheap stuff.

It has already cost you a bundle, but if you want any more clothes or shoes, etc, the clothes at Target for the Our Generation dolls also fit American Girl.

The ones at Toys are Us for the Journey Dolls do not. They are too tight.

One last thing. Don't shoot me.

The hair. From the experience of my Granddaughter making a royal mess of her doll's hair, and it taking me an hour to de-tangle it, you need to tell her how to take care of it. It should be brushed (never combed) only while damp! She should mist the hair with a small spray bottle. Do not get the doll wet! AG makes a special (expensive) small brush for it, but you can find similar ones at Target or a drug store. They have long, wide spread, wire-like bristles.

Are you sick of doll talk? At least, it is a one time thing. I hope her face when she opens it will make it all worth it.
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Old Aug 27th, 2017, 08:13 AM
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Yes, I did get the guitar and accessories, including a doll hairbrush. Thanks for the additional information, as I plan on sending doll clothing for future gifts.
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Old Aug 27th, 2017, 09:03 AM
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OK Nukesafe, I was a bit worried about that. What a gift! You really went all out. I hope she loves it! Have a fantastic trip.
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Old Aug 27th, 2017, 10:04 AM
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I've bought clothes for my granddaughter's American girl doll from Amazon.

I have the opposite problem to Nukesafe, as I live in Italy, while my granddaughter lives in the US. This summer she came to visit us, and I saw that the doll still goes on trips with her, even though my granddaughter's now 12 years old. I have a feeling that the doll-playing days are drawing to a close, but I know the doll will still have a place of honor on a shelf, and bring her pleasant memories for years to come.

As I said, her mother had refused to buy this doll, because of the cost, and I had initially agreed. My husband, the big softie, insisted on getting it for her, and I'm glad he did.
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Old Aug 27th, 2017, 10:50 AM
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Well, the cost is irrelevant. Since she lives so far away, and I'm 86, I really want her to have something she can connect in her memory with her Grandfather. She has only seen me when she was a baby, and this may well be the only time she gets to see me that she will remember.
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Old Dec 26th, 2017, 04:25 PM
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HI Nukesafe,
How do the gift of the AG doll go? I have thought about it often and hope your trip was wonderful?
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Old Dec 26th, 2017, 04:52 PM
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Oops, "did," not "do" and no ? at the end. Too much of a hurry to post, I guess.
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Old Dec 26th, 2017, 04:59 PM
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Thank you for asking, Sassafrass. The gift of an American Girl doll went very well, and I get reports that she likes it and plays with it a lot. I just sent some additional doll clothes to her for Christmas.

BTW the visit with her in Belgium was a success, though I got precious little alone time with her. She is just starting English classes in school, and my German is minimal, so our conversations were more about hugs than actually talking.

We did get to go to her school festival on the Saturday in Germany. Hundreds of little kids orbiting around, playing games and shrieking in German. Lots of food, though, and I was surprised by the fact that they were civilized enough to have a beer truck there, so there was something for the Dads and Grandpa to do.

On the Sunday she had her big party at her Father's farm in Belgium. Eleven seven year old girls and one lonely little boy careening around like mad munchkins while Grandpa and Grandma managed to sneak a short nap in to avoid a complete sensory overload.

Anyway, I thank all who advised me on gifts for her.
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Old Dec 26th, 2017, 06:27 PM
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Thanks for responding. So happy it worked out. It sounds as if you had a lovely time, even without a shared language. You had a shared love.
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