Minimalist Holiday Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers in 2020
Minimalist Holiday Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers
October 15, 2019

Minimalist Holiday Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers

Minimalist Holiday Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers.
Minimalist Holiday Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers

If the idea of a mountain of gifts this season sends your minimalist-loving heart racing…we have a better way.

Want, Need, Wear, Read is a holiday gift-giving strategy that’s become pretty popular lately, and we understand why. The idea behind it is simple: every member of the family gets something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. For many families, this means more meaningful gifts and a lot less chaos—and that’s something we can definitely get behind, especially during the hectic holiday season.

Here are some of our favorite minimalist Want, Need, Wear, Read picks for babies and toddlers this year.


This quirky toy is as unique as it is fun. It’s equal parts rocker board, balance board, spinning seat and open-ended play toy—and that’s what’s so great about it. It’s a creative way to get kids moving and a good choice for a toy that will last from the younger toddler years all the way through the bigger-kid stage.

Fat Brain Toys Teeter Popper


A set of blocks offers limitless play opportunities and is a must-have even for the minimalist parents among us. This colorful collection features five different geometric shapes (all in their own stacking storage trays) and can be used alone or with other block sets for hours of creative fun.

Grimm’s Large Shapes and Colors Building Set


This starter set has everything a tiny artist needs to begin drawing, coloring and creating. Markers, crayons, colored pencils, watercolors and so much more, all stored neatly and in a compact carrying case complete with a handle and even spot for paper—this art case is just as good for on-the-go as it is for coloring and drawing at home.

Crayola Ultimate Art Case


Line them up, push them around and take them for a ride. There are so many ways for kids of all different ages to play with these wooden vehicles, whether they’re zooming around in a race or setting up a pretend town. They’re easy for even younger children to grab and hold and will have a place in any playroom for many years.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Town Vehicles Set



Small in size but big in style, this pint-sized table and chairs set will quickly become a favorite spot for arts and crafts, building, reading and whatever else your little one can dream up. We love the modern, minimalist aesthetic and the neutral colors that work in any space.

Crate & Kids Pint Sized White Toddler Table and Chair Set


It may not sound fun to add burp clothes to your holiday wish list, but we promise they’re worth it. Oversized, extra absorbent and ultra soft, these cotton cloths go the distance when it comes to keeping you (and your baby) clean and mopping up spit-up and spills. The modern patterns add some extra fun to what could otherwise be a pretty uninspiring must-have.

Copper Pearl Burp Cloth Set


When it comes time for little ones to start eating solids, you’ll be happy to have a set of made-just-for-them tableware. This kit includes a baby bowl and spoon, baby plate and spoon and a rainbow pack of 5 spoons. Made from lightweight bamboo, the plate and bowl adhere to surfaces (reducing spillage) and the spoons have a soft silicone tip. They look nice too.

Avanchy Rainbow Baby Gift Set


Our go-to infant wrap, the soft, lightweight Solly Baby will be one of your most-used pieces of gear for the first year and makes the perfect gift. It’s easy to put on, evenly distributes baby’s weight so it’s comfortable to wear, and creates a snug spot to keep your little one close by anytime you’d like.

Solly Baby Wrap


We’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t a true “need”—but we think once you start using the Rest+, you’ll find it pretty tough to live without! Sound machine, night light, time-to-wake clock and audio monitor all rolled into one minimalist, beautiful design that makes life as a parent or caregiver just a little bit easier. Sign us up.

Hatch Rest+ Sound Machine, Night Light, Time-to-Rise plus Audio Monitor



Some of our favorites of all time, Hanna Andersson’s classic PJs check all the boxes when it comes to baby clothes. These organic cotton zip-up sleepers are soft, wash beautifully and feature ready-to-grow cuffs that keep them fitting through several growth spurts. There are so many winter and holiday patterns to choose from that picking your favorite may take a while!

Hanna Andersson Night Night Sleeper in Organic Cotton


Baby moccasins? Yes, please. These gender-neutral mocs are easy on and easy off and, unlike some other baby shoes, actually stay put on your little one’s feet. And have we mentioned how cute and stylish they are?

Freshly Picked Moccasins


Is there anything better than a jean jacket? Yup—and it’s a personalized jean jacket in sizes just right for your baby or toddler. This distressed denim jacket is just like the adult classic down to every last detail. You can personalize it with your little one’s name or initials, or even a saying, for a little extra fun.

Levi’s Personalized Denim Trucker Jacket


This cozy fleece suit is the perfect solution to chilly winter days. This zip-up design goes on right over your baby’s clothes, making it a bit easier to think about venturing outside with your little one when the weather is less than ideal.

Zutano Cozie Fleece Elf Romper



We’ll break our minimalist mentality when it comes to books, because we think you can never have too many! This starter set features five well-loved classics to jumpstart any first library collection.

Babylist Baby Starter Library


This award-winning classic depicts the magic of a snow day through a small child’s eyes. It’s a favorite winter read-aloud and a story you’ll want to return to again and again throughout the year.

The Snowy Day


A joyful holiday read-aloud, this beautifully illustrated picture book celebrates the magic and tradition of picking out that perfect Christmas tree.

Pick a Pine Tree


Toddlers will love learning all about the dreidel with beloved favorite character Elmo as he celebrates the first night of Hanukkah.

Elmo's Little Dreidel

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