20 Gift Ideas For Baby’s First Christmas
Nasiba Adilova, The Tot Founder and mama of three, shares her gift picks for baby’s first Christmas.
There’s nothing quite like getting to experience Christmas with a new baby.
It doesn’t matter if they’re 12 weeks old or 12 months old, getting to watch Christmas lights twinkle in their curious and awe-struck eyes is one of my favorite things in the world. As the mother of two boys and a little girl, this momentous first occasion is something my growing family cherishes deeply, which is why I take pride in making each of my children’s first Christmas’ extra special.
Whether we’re at home or visiting family across the globe, I love starting or continuing traditions like reading I See Me!’s A Christmas Carol by the Christmas tree before we open presents. It’s important to me that my children understand the value of family and the meaning and purpose behind the holidays from Day 1. Life can get insanely busy or even downright turbulent, which is why embracing holidays that bring friends and family together to express love and gratitude is crucial. In a way, Christmas marks the end of a year and can be a beautiful time to teach little ones about reflection as well as how special memory making can be.
When it comes to shopping for a baby, it can get a bit tricky, especially for those who don’t have kids yet and are unsure of what’s age appropriate.
Tips for choosing age-appropriate gifts for babies
Even though babies tend to be equally fascinated by the wrapping paper as the present itself, thoughtfully picked presents really do often end up becoming heirloom pieces that can be passed down from generation to generation. By shopping wisely for toys now – you will have the opportunity to give items that will be played with for years, not months. The other pro of choosing age appropriate gifts is that they can serve as a great distraction on the day if you’re still busy trying to get Christmas dinner on the table or have a meaningful conversation with family and friends.
One special gift idea I really love is gifting a new baby a Marie Chantal Holiday Angel Wing Footie that they can then give to their baby on their first Christmas. Being able to pass down an outfit, sweater or rattle is sentimental and a great way to honor or remember the previous owner. It’s little things like this that add extra meaning to an already special holiday season.
Baby’s first Christmas gift ideas
Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers from Santa, family matching holiday PJs or simply want educational toys that will help your tot reach important developmental milestones, I’ve got you!
Here are my idea for baby’s first Christmas gifts as well as my product picks!
- Stocking + Stocking Letters
- The Night Before Christmas book
- Gift set
- Crochet booties
- Sleeping bag
- Hooded towel
- Organic baby personal care items
- Climbing triangle
- Indoor ball pit
- Developmental play gym
- Play and learn sets
- Baby/Toddler Trike
Scroll down to see my product picks for each.
The GATHRE Mats are as versatile as they come. Suitable for tummy time, park dates, a trip to the beach or most popularly under the highchair for an easy mealtime cleanup – these ethically and responsibly made leather mats offer durability, functionality and effortless style.
When it comes to Christmas decorations and stockings, sometimes it’s really fun to take a non-traditional route! I love these simple and sweet liberty print stockings from Coco & Wolf.
While I love a good embroidered stocking situation, how genius and adorable are these no-fuss stocking letters from Sweet Felt Dreams?!
Available in more colors and quantities
I mentioned this before, but my family reads The Night Before Christmas every year! Always a fan favorite, I love gifting it from I See Me! because each books is personalized, and the kids get excited hearing their names featured within the story.
Soft toys are always a popular gift choice for babies and the range from O.B Designs are not only adorable but eco-friendly and sustainable—this sheep is filled with recycled plastic that removes two plastic bottles from ending up in landfill.
O.B Designs Lee Lamb Soft Toy
More animal options available
The Maileg Noah’s Ark and Friends Rattles set adds just the right amount of Christmas cheer as your baby learns to grasp, shake, and let’s be honest…drop!
Knitted from soft and chemical-free 100% cotton, Albetta’s range of booties are such a cute and playful gift! They’re also insanely photo-worthy!
Play mats are a must-have for both tummy and play time. Available in a timeless nautical print and whimsical celestial print, Pehr’s round play mats are screen printed by hand using AZO-Free dyes and (the best part) are machine washable!
I give this gift to everyone I know who has a baby!!! Made of scrumptious velour, the gold angel wing footie suit from Marie-Chantal is something even your baby’s baby will wear!
Available in more colors
Perhaps the thing I love giving most is HART + LAND family matching PJs! Made from organic pima cotton that is buttery soft and free of harmful chemicals like pesticides and flame retardants, their SLEEP collection features festive prints and sizes for the whole family!
BUT for baby, I recommend their footed bodysuit PJ!
Louelle have mastered gift sets. From choosing timeless prints and colors to hand-selecting the best fabrics, their products are where practicality and luxury intersect.
Available in a variety of colors and exclusively available at The Tot, the below sets include a sleeping bag, hooded towel and apron bib!
As lovers of all things organic and timeless, we teamed up with Atelier Choux to create soft and functional rocking horse bibs. Just the thing you need for catching drool and dribbles, they’ll make your tot’s look even cuter!
I’m also a huge fan of the brand’s swaddles because they can be used in so many ways. From swaddling to burping to using as a nursing cover, they’re the most versatile thing a mom can own in my book!
If you know me at all, you know I won’t put anything on my children’s skin unless I know it’s truly non-toxic. If you’re looking for organic baby skincare that leaves skin feeling hydrated and nourished, you need to know about Evereden. Each of the products goes through a strict eight-step process to ensure all ingredients are of the highest standards, not to mention that it’s also Tot Tested!
Another personal care brand I can’t get enough of it Kiss Kiss Goodnight. The Kiss Kiss Goodnight Discovery Kit is perfect for parents with a new baby, and these three travel-sized nighttime essentials are beautifully presented in a signature box. The Hydrating Face & Body Lotion will prepare your and your little one’s skin for a restful night’s sleep and is perfect for locking in moisture after a warm bath or shower. The Hydrating Balm will gently and effectively heal diaper rash, and can be used on mama’s hands and lips too! The Balm Cleanser is a natural massage gel + gentle milk cleanser + moisturizer in one and is specially formulated for sensitive skin.
If you’re looking to truly spoil a tiny tot in your life you can’t go past this gorgeous rocker from Charlie Crane. Made from European beech and finished with water-based, baby-safe paints with a 100% organic cotton cushion, this rocker can be used by an infant right through to the age of 5.
Available in walnut and floral cushion
Toys that facilitate play-based learning
From Pikler Triangles to shape sorters, the below product picks and gift sets provide fun while aiding in your tot’s physical and cognitive development.
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The Lily & River Pikler-inspired Climber allows babies to use their natural climbing instinct to strengthen muscles, build confidence and most importantly – explore what their little bodies are capable of. Available in birch wood and bamboo, you can choose from two colors and configurations.
Ranging from $369.95 to $578.95
Available in more colors and bamboo
The Balu Organics Ball Pit can be used from day dot (without balls of course) for tummy time and play time! As your baby gets stronger, it then becomes a safe and soft place for them to learn to sit up. Once they’re confidently balancing and eventually walking, you can let the ball pit fun really begin!
Available in more colors and sizes
Swinging can be both exhilarating and calming, which are two feelings all babies and toddlers love! Easy to hand inside or out, the Solvej swing comes in multiple colors and will be loved dearly.
Available in more colors
The Lovevery Play Gym is genius. Complete with non-toxic toys and 12 months of developmental activities to do with your tot, it transitions into a toddler tent when they get older!
Speaking of fun and educational gifts, have you heard about The Tot Play & Learn Sets?
We teamed up with an Early Learning Educator to create a booklet of activities designed to help babies reach important milestone. Each set also includes six toys that can be played with in a variety of ways! While we have options for kids up to age 6, I’ve listed the three sets that are perfect for baby’s first Christmas below!
A very important part of your baby’s development will involve engaging in active play. While they may now be able to pedal now, you can introduce them to the concept of riding a trike with Doona’s S3 Liki Trike!
Available in more colors
- Still need a few more gifts? Visit The Tot Holiday Toy Shop!
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