Holiday shopping for the little one in your life? The great thing about giving gifts to babies is they’ll be happy with anything you choose!
Let’s be honest… Baby gifts tend to be as much for the parents as the baby, and the wonderful thing about so many toys is that grown-ups will want to play with them too!
If you’re in search of good stocking stuffers for your own baby or need a little something for a little one you know, check out these toys that will spark holiday joy in everyone who picks them up.
Is it baby’s first holiday? This My First Christmas Personalized Ceramic Ornament will be a sweet reminder, and customized with baby’s name and the year, it can be the start of an annual tradition.
Combining colors, numbers, fine motor skills, and addictive tactile play Dimpl Digits is one of the toys of the year. Bonus: On one side the numbers are spelled out in English, on the other, in Spanish.
For smaller babies who may not know from Christmas, the Hold Me Bee Plush Lovey will be a winning gift. Made of organic cotton velour, it’s safe for teething and washes easily.
If your holiday gifting philosophy goes “something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read,” you’ll want to include at least one book in baby’s gift pile. ’Twas the Night Before Christmas is an obvious choice, and this special edition has monochrome illustrations in keeping with the early-19th-century poem by Clement Clarke Moore.
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For another kind of classic, The Peter Rabbit Classic Collection will charm parents as much as kids. This set of board books includes The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Classic Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, The Classic Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Classic Tale of Two Bad Mice, and The Classic Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies in a beautifully illustrated box.
With colorful graphics, My ABC’s Ring Flash Cards will hold the attention of younger babies while planting the seeds of the alphabet. In addition to being used as flash cards, they can be separated and strung as decor in a nursery or playroom.
Make a gift package by combining ABC flash cards with first words. The humorously nerdy 100 First Words for Little Geeks will be a gift to parents too, skipping “apple” and “dog” in favor of hoverboard, gigawatt, and kryptonite.
And for tactile touch-and-feel elements to engage those little fingers while being read to, the Bright Baby Touch & Feel Boxed Set includes On the Farm, Baby Animals, At the Zoo, and Perfect Pets.
Parents of teething-age babes know there can’t be too many properly chewable toys around the home. A teething toy makes the perfect stocking stuffer, and curious minds will love this Animal Lover Teether with a super cute, gender-neutral elephant safari theme.
Little hands can manipulate these Natural Wooden Baby Beads for endless entertainment, and the timeless design will last into toddlerhood and beyond. They’re crafted from natural rubberwood and feature a water-based, non-toxic finish, so no worries if they go in the mouth too.
For smaller babies beginning to grab and hold, the Crinkle Me Taggie Hedgehog is part soother, part activity toy, with crinkle paper, a squeaker inside, eight Taggies ribbons, and a loop for attaching to a stroller.
Does the baby on your list have toddlerhood in sight? The Plan Toys Push Along Duck is a fun version of this classic push toy, with rubber feet that make a satisfying flip-flop as they go round and round.
For a classic stuffed animal gift, the Just Born Elephant Knit Plush Toy makes the perfect cuddle buddy. In a soft gray that’s easily gender neutral, it will work for babies from newborn to toddler, even as a nursery accessory.
For a future artist or designer, the Pantone: Box of Color Board Books is a set of mini board books in all the colors of the rainbow, with peek-a-boo cutouts that illustrate different objects and shades of each color family.
An updated version of a classic, the Plan Toys x pbk Watercolor Hammer Head is a toddler pounding toy with “carrots” and a rabbit-faced mallet. It’s made from sustainably sourced woods finished in child-safe, water-based paint for a more environmentally friendly option.
A playroom must-have is a set of wood alphabet blocks. The Maxim Preschool Collection ABC Wooden Block Set is an open-ended toy that lets imagination take over, as a good toy should.
What’s a little girl’s Christmas without a doll? The Little Me Vintage-Like Rose Jackie Doll is the perfect first baby doll. She’s sweet and plush, with a rattle for extra entertainment.
Play ball! The Haba Baby Ball with Animal Friends is just the right size and softness to roll and toss indoors, for play that also improves motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
For a gift that’s cute but also practical, the Just Born Love to Bathe Hippo Hooded Towel is made of plush cotton terry that’s snuggly against baby skin, both before and after the bath.
Also for bathtime, the Bath Beats Musical Bath Toy Set will let baby join the band with a xylophone, a rhythm toy, and two starfish shakers made for noisy, splashy fun.
These playful Jungle Bath Squirties are perfect for water play, but they’re just as good for little animal lovers on dry land too.
The Wee Gallery Wooden Stacker Bear for older babies and toddlers can be arranged in different combinations to help develop hand-eye coordination and encourage creativity. It would also look sweet on a shelf till baby is ready for it.
Plan Toys x pbk Watercolor Sensory Blocks can be stacked and tumbled like blocks, with the added touch of elements like a wooden ball, plastic beads, kaleidoscope lens, mirror, and felt to stimulate the senses.
The Plush Ball Rattle is a ball and rattle in one. It’s perfectly sized for little hands to hold and shake, and it's also super soft, so it works as a snuggle toy too.
And finally, plan for a whole year of holidays with Baby's 1st Year Holiday Bib Set. Baby will be set to celebrate New Years, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and that all-important first birthday.
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