Minimalist Holiday Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers in 2020
Minimalist Holiday Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers
October 21, 2020

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.


There’s something uniquely irresistible about popping the five silicone bubbles of the Dimpl in and out, in and out, and in and out yet again. It’s a great toy both for at home and on the go and it’s a fun multisensory experience that will also help your little one develop their fine motor skills.

Fat Brain Toys dimpl


The perfect choice for a burgeoning new artist, this crayon pack celebrates diverse ethnicities and skin tones to reflect the multicultural world around us. The crayons’ larger size makes them easier for little hands to grip.

Crayola Multicultural Large Crayons


Blocks are a tried-and-true classic toy that go the distance from babyhood through the big-kid years and support so many aspects of developmental play. This heirloom-quality set was crafted by child development experts and features 70 pieces in a rainbow of 18 beautiful color shades, all made with non-toxic paint and finishes.

Lovevery The Block Set


This time-tested toy favorite has gone modern. This classic stacker that helps develop hand-eye coordination and sorting skills is now made from renewable plant-based materials for hours of sustainable fun.

Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack


A scooter is an investment that will pay off for years—and the Mini Micro is one of our favorites. It’s known for its lean-to-steer design that supports toddlers as they’re learning to ride and features an adjustable handlebar that grows right along with your little one. It’s available in a huge range of fun colors.

Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter


A gift your older toddler can grow into, this matching game features the faces of 24 children from all over the world. It helps with recognition and memory skills and it works as a solo activity or a fun pick for family game night.

I Never Forget a Face Memory Matching Game



Teething isn’t so fun, but this teether sure is. It’s made from food-grade silicone and features nubby textures on both sides that are soothing for sore gums. The beaded clip lets you attach it to your little one’s clothing so it won’t get dirty when they drop it (which they will). If bubble tea isn’t your thing, there are lots of other adorable choices like avocado, a llama and more.

Loulou Lollipop Silicone Teether with Gem Clip


A push toy is a great way to help your baby’s balance, coordination and motor skills as they learn to walk. This classic from Radio Flyer doubles as a wagon and a walker so your little one can work on mobility while also transporting their favorite toys and stuffed animals all over your home. (It’s great for toy storage, too.)

Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon


A light, portable travel crib makes sleeping away from home so much easier. The Babybjorn Travel Crib Light is remarkably lightweight (13 pounds), easy to set up and break down, designed to fit within any airline baggage space and includes a comfortable mattress. This dark green color is a Babylist exclusive that you’ll only find here.

Babybjörn BABYBJÖRN x Babylist Travel Crib Light


If your little one is getting ready to start solids, this silicone feeding set is a holiday wish-list must-have. The mat is a bowl + place mat all rolled into one that suctions to the table or high chair tray to keep messes in check. The Tiny Cup and Tiny Spoon are specially designed to encourage eating and drinking independence and everything is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

ezpz First Foods Gift Set


Watch your little one have some fun this holiday season with this activity center that goes the distance. It’s perfect for contained play when you need a little time to yourself, then converts to a play station for cruisers and finally a toddler table. There are more than 25 activities so your little one will never get bored.

Skip Hop Explore & More 3-Stage Activity Center



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 Holiday Pajamas

$35.00 and up

Setting aside how cute your baby will look in this cozy fleece bear suit (hint: pretty darn cute), this one-piece pram is just right for keeping your little one snug and cozy from head to toe when temperatures dip. The outside is made from Sherpa fleece and the inside is fully lined with 100% soft cotton. There are built-in mittens and a magnetic closure up top to make it easy to get on and off.

Magnetic Me Fleece Pram

You can never have too many zippered footies. They’re soft and comfy, easy on and off and perfect for day or night. These thoughtfully designed organic footies from Goumi Kids are a bit of a holiday splurge but will get a ton of use. We love the two-way zipper, integrated bum flaps for easy diaper changes and the knee reinforcements for older babies on the go.

Goumikids Organic Cotton Footie


And speaking of keeping warm…we can’t forget those tiny toes. Zutano booties are an all-time favorite thanks to the fact that they actually stay put on babies’ feet. (Not the case for lots of other booties, trust us.) This sherpa fleece version offers extra warmth and comfort for chilly days and nights.

Zutano Cozie Fleece Booties



Celebrate Hanukkah with this beautiful board book that tells the story of the holiday in a way that’s easy to understand for young readers. It introduces the stories of the Maccabean Revolt, the Holy Temple of Jerusalem and the oil that burned for eight nights.

The Story of Hanukkah Board Book


Do you know a budding scientist? This set of four mini board books features important scientists throughout history including astronomers, physicists and more. It’s a kid-friendly way to introduce some of the world’s most important scientists to little readers.

Little Scientist Board Book Set


Little Llama is a well-loved favorite of babies and toddlers, and this short holiday story finds him giving gifts, singing songs and decorating cookies.

Llama Llama Jingle Bells Board Book


Empower even the youngest readers to change the world. This board book offers nine child-friendly steps for building a more equitable world through thoughtful text and bold art.

Antiracist Baby


Slumberkins is the brainchild of two moms—a child therapist and an educator. Each lovey is paired with an illustrated board book that promotes positive life skills. There are twelve animal + story pairs to choose from so it’s easy to find a favorite to snuggle all year long.

Slumberkins Snuggler & Board Book Gift Bundle

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