An elderly neighbor gave us a gift to give our 3 year old DD, a set of seven Barbie-like dolls that are all Disney princesses. This isn't the exact set but it's a lot like this: http://tinyurl.com/2bezbjw . They have big breasts and small waists, and some of them have skimpy tops that are already falling off inside the packages.
The neighbor showed us the dolls before she wrapped them. DD doesn't know that she's been "given" this gift.
I would choose not to give DD Barbie dolls -- I didn't have any as a child thanks to my feminist mom. She's never seen a Disney movie so she doesn't know these characters. She hasn't (yet) learned about the princess craze -- princess games aren't really part of her repertoire at this point.
It would be easy to write the neighbors a nice thank you note and quietly make the dolls disappear. Or to give her just one doll and put the rest away to decide what to do with them at some later time.
I also realize that lots of kids play quite creatively with dolls that some adults fine "problematic." So I don't believe that just giving her these dolls would be the downfall of her childhood.
What would you do?