10 Ideas for Christmas Gifts For a Baby
I was inspired to write this article after reading others about what to buy a baby for Christmas and not really agreeing. For example I read one advising buying a baby a £150 cashmere blanket. I'm sure it was a lovely blanket, but as a parent, I would much prefer a cheaper machine washable baby blanket.
This is my own list of gifts that would be suitable for a baby under one with ideas for all budgets. Gift-giving and receiving is obviously a matter of taste and you will need to choose what's most appropriate for your relationship. These are the sorts of things I would like to receive and give for my baby.
1. Day Trip/Experience
Buy the parents and family an experience or tickets for a day trip.
You will need to check attractions in the family's local area but here are some ideas:
- the zoo
- a baby friendly theatre show
- an aquarium
- baby footprint/handprint making venue where you can decorate your own pottery
2. Membership of Local Attraction
Is there somewhere local the family likes to visit or would enjoy? Rather than a day trip buying annual membership or a pass could be great present. For example to the local zoo, swimming pool, aquarium, soft play or National Trust?
3. Baby Classes
Offer to pay for a baby class. Where I live there are loads of options including baby massage, sensory classes, baby swimming, music classes, baby yoga or messy play.
The only word of caution is that personally I would be annoyed if someone booked me onto a class committing me to a specific time and place without asking me first.
4. Family Photoshoot
A voucher for the family to use at a local photographer is a great gift. The family can get portraits taken that they can look back on for a lifetime.
5. Big Ticket Items
Big ticket items mean the more expensive items a family might want, for example particular pram, baby walker or cot.
A few words of caution on big ticket items. I would only usually buy this sort of thing after discussing with the parents first. Parents often want to choose themselves - although they might be very happy for you to buy their choice or contribute to one.
Offering money toward that item the parents are struggling to afford might be more appreciated than buying them random things.
Before you buy anything big also be mindful of the sort of place the parent lives in and how much space they have. I live in a small apartment so I would rather not receive large items without warning, however nice they are.
6. Hand Knitted Items
Can you knit or crochet? I love receiving handmade gifts like hats, cardigans or toys for my baby. It's nice knowing someone has taken the time and effort to make something themselves. It also means that the item is unique and special.
I love the hand-knitted cardigans my friend's mum made my daughter even though they aren't perfect and I probably wouldn't have chosen sparkly purple wool myself.
If you don't have the necessary skills to knit yourself, you might be able to buy a gift that someone else that hand knits. You can find beautiful unique items that have had care and love put into producing them.
7. A Skwish
This is a smart looking baby toy, that looks classy and sleek so will appeal to adult aesthetics as well as baby ones. It is suitable for babies from birth, but babies will use it in different ways as they get older and bigger. My little one loved his as a baby.
8. Bath Toys
My baby loves his bath and giving him some toys to play with are great.
In fact these very simple are my favourite baby toy that I received for Christmas. They are such a versatile toy that can be used to learn so much, for example about pouring water, colours, shapes, putting things in and out and building. Ours are still in regular use two years later and I expect for several more to come. stacking cups
10. Baby Books
If in doubt about what to get a book is always a suitable gift for a child which won't cause offence. There are many beautiful baby books you can purchase. I've written about how to choose a book to buy as a gift for a baby to give you some ideas.
9. Wooden Toys
Wooden toys for babies are currently very popular as a lot of parents seek to avoid too many plastic toys.
Here are some toys would be a good option for a baby:
- wooden blocks
- wooden shape sorters/stackers
- wooden balls in a container you can take them in and out of