This summer, while I have free time, I’ve decided to plan my Christmas shopping so I won’t be pressed after returning to school. I’ve done some searching and have decided for Kaitlin’s first gift, I’m going to order a “just like me” My Twinn Doll. Emily is too young to take care of it just yet so I’m going to order her a My Twinn Baby Doll. She’ll be almost 3 and into playing Mommy.

From the name, you can guess that a My Twinn doll resembles the child by choosing hair and eye color and skin tone. Through my searching, I also found American Girl Dolls which are also “just like me” dolls. As the wise old grandmother I am (well somewhat wise and not so old), I did some comparison shopping between MyTwinn Dolls and American Girl Dolls before I made my decision on which one to order for Kaitlin. Here’s what I found:

  • Dolls, accessories, clothing, and more
  • Dolls, accessories, clothing, and more
My Twinn Doll American Girl Doll
  • Choice of 1 of 4 outfits plus camisole and panties edged in pink
  • Choice of 1 outfit, doesn’t mention undies
  • $139.00, includes $35 personalization fee
  • $99, includes very small book and CD
  • online – more choices, custom personalization included
  • online – limited choices, no custom personalization
  • 3 – 4 weeks once they receive your completed order including custom hand painting form – rush delivery available
  • Length of time to receive order is not stated, gives indirect answer
  • Bill Me Later = subject to credit approval – 90 days to pay
  • Bill Me Later = subject to credit approval – 25 days to pay

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My Twinn also has a boy doll that can be individualized, too!

I was much more impressed with MyTwinn.com than AmericanGirl.com by the larger selections for their skin and hair, and especially the customized hand painting of the facial features. Their website offered more information, also. I will definitely be placing my order for a MyTwinn Doll for Kaitlin and a My Twinn Baby Doll ($29) for Emily for the first of their 2008 Christmas presents.  Now, on second thought, I might give Emily a My Twinn Toddler Doll…they’re so adorable, just like her!

FYI:

This is from MyTwinn.com (I couldn’t find anything to compare on AmericanGirl.com):

Give an unforgettable gift that the child in your life will treasure for years to come. A hand-crafted, one-of-a kind My Twinn doll makes a wonderful companion today and a priceless keepsake in the years to come.

Designed for children ages 3-12, each doll is 23″ tall with a soft, cuddly and durable body and 18 points of poseability for versatile, lifelike movement. When you order a personalized My Twinn doll, you choose the eye color, hair color, skin tone and hairstyle that most closely resemble your child.

You can even choose to have the My Twinn Artisans hand-paint special custom details, like freckles or birthmarks, at no additional charge.

Once our doll workshop receives your order, our artisans work to create a beautiful artistic likeness of your child. Before sending your doll home, a special team at our Doll Workshop checks it for quality. Each doll arrives in a keepsake box.

Shipments that include a personalized My Twinn doll or personalized My Twinn Toddler are usually delivered in 3-4 weeks. We begin processing personalized orders with additional custom options (e.g., hand-painted freckles) only after receiving the required additional information.

Receive $10 off a Personalized My Twinn Doll, use coupon code MTLS6 during checkout (ends 9.30, exclusions apply)

So, if I order the dolls by the end of September, I’ll qualify for the $10 off promotion – just when I’m planning on ordering Kaitlin’s and Emily’s Dolls. They are also sponsoring a Cute Kid Photo contest – can’t resist that one, either!

Here’s another idea! My Twinn Dolls would make great grandparent gifts, too! Hint, hint to our children when they read this!!!

I will be searching for more great gifts for the girls, nephews and nieces too, as the summer goes on. When I find them, I’ll be sure to share them with you!