I came across these My Life As Dolls and think they're a really cute alternative to American Girl dolls. If you just can't afford one or think that she won't play with one long enough to justify the expense, these dolls might be a great choice. The price is right(about 1/3 of American Girl Dolls) and there are some great accessories to go along with them.
18" My Life As Pink Ballerina Dressed Doll is $27 and I just think she's adorable in her ballerina outfit. She's ready to perform!
18" My Life As Cowgirl Dressed Doll is also $27.97 and I love her pink cowboy boots!
How about these cool accessories:
My Life As Doll Bed for 18" doll - $19.97
My Life As Baking Set for 18" doll - $12.97
There are more My Life As dolls and accessories HERE.