Best Gifts for Baby’s First Holiday Season

Best Gifts for Baby’s First Holiday Season

October 28, 2019

Best Gifts for Baby’s First Holiday Season

Best Gifts for Baby’s First Holiday Season
Best Gifts for Baby’s First Holiday Season

Celebrate your newest family member’s first holiday with items that will inspire everlasting memories. Whether you want to honor old traditions, or create new ones, these special keepsakes and play objects will delight young eyes while embracing the sentimentality of the season.

The Gift of Reading

One of the easiest gifts to give for baby’s first holiday (or any occasion, really) is perhaps also one of the most thoughtful. A classic or sentimental book inscribed by its gifter is sure to be cherished for years to come. Choose a book you loved as a child, a holiday favorite or simply a fantastically written fairy tale, then handwrite a note inside its cover. Each time the story is read, your words will be shared and a new memory will be made.

Stockings for Stuffing

The addition of a new baby often necessitates an update to your family of stockings—or maybe you’ll start a new holiday tradition. For a timeless look that will compliment any decor, opt for a classic cable knit with names embroidered in script. Baby will love pulling out sweet surprises from the cotton-lined sock, and it will soon become a cherished part of your holiday tradition. (Note: personalization is additional $10.)

Walking Tall

An endlessly entertaining toy that toggles between being a balancer for emerging walkers, a stroller and a trolley for pretend play. This beautiful hand-woven rattan basket is an ideal investment piece since it grows with your child as their imagination develops. Add play vegetables, or a beloved doll for a sure-fire favorite gift. Baby too young to play with it? In the meantime, use it to store stuffed animals, blankets or toys.

Friends Forever

So much more than just stuffed animals, Hazel Village’s collection of friends are part of a whimsical world filled with stories and crafts. The hand-stitched dolls don’t come with clothes, but you can add more than 50 outfits to their wardrobe, some of which match children’s sets for your little one. Have up to six letters embroidered inside a heart on your doll’s chest for a truly special gift that’s meant to be well-loved. (Clothes and personalization cost extra.)

Family Wagon

A family favorite for more than 100 years, Radio Flyer wagons are a classic. Around the block or at the beach, you and your child will love riding with iconic style. You can also now completely customize one of its three of its classic wagon designs. Head to Radio Flyer and choose fun upgrades like a cooler caddy or UV canopy and, of course, add your baby’s or family’s name on a personalized plate.

Soft & Sweet

Babies and toddlers love to snuggle, and this plush giraffe can be a fast friend. Made from velvety fabric with a satin trim, it also has textures and sounds, thanks to a crinkle leafe and tail and an interior rattle. Soft and sweet, this is a companion your little one will carry around for years to come.

Feeling Fresh

A gift that’s as good for new parents as it is for babies. Yumi’s fresh, organic baby food blends are delivered to your door each week so you don’t have to prep, plan or stress about baby’s first foods. The superfoods are designed for every stage of baby’s brain and body development––you can even work with one of Yumi’s nutritional coaches to customize a plan. With the guesswork gone you can focus on all the other mega milestones in the year ahead. (Pricing: 1 meal a week starts at $35; see additional pricing models.)

Building Blocks

Let your child’s imagination soar, and stimulate sensory development, with a gorgeous set of etched wood blocks. The time-honored toy feels fresh in white, with letters, animals and numbers for endless creations. Spell out their name or first word on the top of your gift box for a playful preview of what’s inside.

Tailored Tot

If you like festive jammies, but matching family pajamas aren’t your thing, then you’ll appreciate Paper Cape’s suited-up styles. Made from 100% hand-harvested Peruvian Pima cotton, the PJs are soft, strong and made to last (the brand prides itself on offering heirloom-quality clothes), while also feeling festive for baby’s first holiday.

Pen Pal

Although your baby may not appreciate this gift in the moment, they will surely cherish it in years to come. Sugar Paper’s beautifully crafted baby book offers pages to adhere photos and record all of baby’s milestones, as well as envelopes to fold in letters to your child and store small keepsakes. Begin by writing your wishes for them on their first holiday. They’ll love reading your sweet words one day.

Candle Lit

While baby is too young to light candles on the menorah this Hanukkah, they’ll love pretending by rotating the wooden star blocks and turning them to flames on this play piece from Pottery Barn. It’s a beautiful way to introduce holiday traditions, right from the start.

Music Makers

Gifting toys for the holidays may seem obvious, but this set from Baby Einstein is one babies will love. It includes Take Along Tunes—a favorite of both kiddos and parents—a Discover & Play Piano and teether Rattle Toy that will keep baby entertained throughout their first year.

Tree Hugger

Wiggling baby feet are hard to capture in traditional ceramic or plaster. Thankfully, this Pearhead personalized ornament kit makes it easy to put your baby’s stamp on their first holiday with a no-mix, air-drying clay. Follow the simple directions and you’ll be able to touch those tiny toes for many seasons to come.

Marching Band

Music is one of the most fun ways to engage active minds. These wooden animal shakers from eco-friendly company Green Tones strike all the right notes. Safe enough for even a newborn, yet sturdy enough to last until you can form a family band, they’re the perfect starter set to build upon with additional instruments.

Priceless Piece

Even if you’re starting a higher-tech college fund, a traditional piggy bank is still a beloved heirloom. Add loose change every time you empty your pockets and you’ll quickly build a coin stash for your child to learn with one day. This balloon-animal design is a contemporary addition to baby’s room too. A worthy investment for baby’s first holiday.

Grand Entrance

Something magical happens when you put on your finest frocks for the holidays. Janie and Jack is the master of special occasion dressing for kids and the brand’s newest tartan collection serves up plaid perfection. Add flair to any outfit with this oversized bow, or opt for the full look with a jacquard dress. For boys, coordinate a fair isle pullover and poplin shirt.

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