20. The Fresh Dolls
When it comes to buying dolls, people of color aren’t always represented in the toy aisle. And even when they exist, you might find that the black dolls have the same hair texture as the white dolls, or that they only come with one skin tone. Children from BIPOC communities need to see diversity when they play, watch cartoons, and TV shows. This is where Fresh Dolls somes in. They offer dolls of various skin shades, hair textures, and colors. The dolls come in both an 11.5-inch version that’s the same size as Barbie. Fresh Dolls also offers 18-inch dolls called “Positively Perfect” that are very similar size to American Girl. The one major difference is that the Positively Perfect dolls are only $18, instead of costing well over $100.
This is another product that was chosen by Oprah’s Favorite Things 2020. Dr. Lisa Williams founded EPI, the parent company that makes Fresh Dolls and Positively Perfect. Dr. Lisa is a former professor who really saw the benefit in making dolls for children of all skin colors. Psychological studies have shown that even for white children, having a toy box filled with diversity is going to have long-lasting positive effects on their well-being. There is a large selection Fresh Dolls featured on Amazon Prime, but the company has a huge catalogue of dolls to choose from on their website. Obviously, though, if you’re buying last-minute holiday gifts, it’s best to go through Amazon Prime.