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Best Gift Ideas for a New Big Brother or Big Sister

Updated on March 17, 2012

Welcoming a New Baby

When a new baby is born, many friends and family members flock to the hospital or home to visit the new bundle of joy. Often times they will bring presents to welcome the new little being. While this is much appreciated by most, it does not always please everyone. If there is a big brother or sister in the family they might find this a little insulting. After all, the older sibling has been the king or queen of the roost up until this new little joy entered the family. So why does this baby get all of the presents? Sometimes this is the very beginning of a long road of sibling rivalry. So what can you do to ease this transition? It's easy, bring a little something for the big brother or sister too.

Gift Ideas for a Big Brother or Big Sister

You don't have to bring an expensive gift, anything will truly be appreciated by the sibling. So what are some ideas?

Interest Specific

If you know the child well, you may already know what kinds of things he or she may be interested in. If you are unsure, a quick call to one of the parents to find out would be fine as well. For example, if you know that child likes a particular character like Winne the Pooh or Elmo, you could bring something that has that character on it. If the child enjoys bugs, why not bring a bug catcher or an ant farm?


Books are always a great choice. You could select something that is about being a new big brother or big sister to ease this transition time for him or her. You could relate it to an interest of that child like sports or science. You can even choose a book that is a journal type that allows the older sibling to record his or her impressions, thoughts, and feelings over the next year.

A New Toy

Kids love toys, toys of any kind. You could pick something gender specific like a new truck or a doll. Or you can choose something that is very gender neutral like coloring books or a new DVD. Still not sure that this is a right fit? What about legos or play dough. Most kids love to create and build.

Gift Basket for a Boy or Girl

Gifts for Older Siblings

For kids who are new big brothers or sisters and are beyond the toddler or preschool age, their interests may be a little different. While a great art set or dvd may please them, a gift basket of sorts will also do the trick. Just grab a cute gift bag and start filling! You can fill it with things like snack crackers like goldfish or fruit snacks like organic fruit strips. Choose things that are not perishable so that if in the shuffle of things it gets left out, it does not spoil. If you are still stumped, just pick up a card that tells him or her how proud you are of what a great job they are doing as a new big brother or sister and slip in a gift card. The amount isn't as important as the thought. Kids of the tween age and beyond love gift cards and the excitement of going to the store to chose something special to them.

Appreciation From the Siblings

If you bring the older sibling a gift, not only will they greatly appreciate that you remembered them, but the parents will too. I remember that when I had my son, several friends and family members brought gifts for my daughter. She loved the attention and new surprises and I loved it because it kept her entertained, even if just for a little while!


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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      I agree philipuae. Books are always a favorite gift of mine to both give and receive. And the smile is priceless. Thanks for your comment.

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      philipuae 6 years ago from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

      Kids really like books are a good gift item, many times you see that kids connects to the person via the gift item. More importantly I believe it is the smile on their face.

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks HBN, I needed a change! It doesn't surprise me at all that you remember the older sibling when visiting a new baby. You have such a kind nature. Thanks for your feedback.

      Oh Leah, that's so sad. I hate when I hear stories like that. It's so wonderful that you were able to give the big sister something to take her attention off of the tension that the family must be feeling. I wish the family all the best. Thanks for your comments.

      Tsmog, you brought a smile to my face! I'm glad I was able to help you out a bit! :) Congrats to the family and I'm glad you liked the ideas.

      Thanks Travel Man! It is so important to remember that they are still part of the family. Thanks for visiting.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Excellent ideas, Ms. Cara. As always, gift-sharing is ideal to new siblings in the house.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      WOW! My nephew & wife just had a new baby girl now a few weeks old. There is a big brother too. Great thought and wonderful gift ideas. Thanks for kinda' setting me straight too.

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      This is a great article. We have dear friends who just had a baby at 26 weeks gestation, and we got together a gift basket for the new baby AND for the older sister (who was turning 5). Since they are staying in a Ronald McDonald house near the children's hospital (about 80 miles from home), we included lots of little craft and activity items for the 5 year old. She was SO happy to get a little gift basket, particularly after all the trauma and upset following the (very early) birth of her brother. He's still in the NICU, but she happily remembers getting presents after he was born!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Great ideas. I always try to bring a gift for the older sibling for all the reasons you stated.

      Love your new profile pic!

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Enjoyed the read. I do my best to ensure all the little ones get something, no matter whose birthday it is.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Cara, Excellent ideas. It is a very sensitive person who will remember the older sibling when visiting the new family. Beautiful shot of the big sis with baby. They are gorgeous.