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The holidays are a wonderful time to build on traditions and create memories for your family. Whatever holiday(s) you celebrate, our best gifts for baby’s first Christmas guide is sure to provide your little ones with glee and joy as they open their gifts. I’ve searched not only for the hottest toys of the season but for ones that will stand the test of time. After all, the holidays are not just about quantity but quality.

I am a big believer in quality gifts rather than a mountain of presents under the tree. In fact, babies and toddlers respond better to a smaller number of key items rather than heaps of toys. Large quantities of toys will often overwhelm their senses and keep them from being engaged deeply in their toy exploration. And in the end, they may end up enjoying the boxes, paper, and ribbon just as much as what’s inside!

Wrapping Tips

Opening gifts is a great opportunity to develop the fine motor skills of tiny hands and fingers. To avoid too much frustration, your gift may not meet Martha Stewart's levels of perfection. Wrap the gift loosely, giving a bit of slack to the paper, and loosely adhere it with minimal tape.

If a loosely wrapped gift isn’t your jam, don’t fret! You can expertly wrap your gift and then give your little one a little hand on getting the opening started. You can also use gift bags, tissue paper, newspaper, craft paper, or other materials as well. Have fun, get creative and embrace the mess!

What to look for in a gift:

Look for items that have longevity. Toys that can stand the test of time will help to reduce clutter. Open ended play is great for developing your child’s imagination. You can start by demonstrating the toy for your child, but then allow them to explore it in their own way. As long as it’s safe, there is no right or wrong way to play!

Baby’s First Christmas Gift Ideas:

Baby Holding Teething Rattle

Manhattan Toy Winkel Teething Rattle

Put and Peek Birdhouse

Manhattan Toy Hide and Peek

Little Rocket Finds Home Children's Soft Book

Manhattan Toy Soft Book

Sweet Olive Personalized Onesie

Premium Bamboo Eco-Friendly Diapers

Believe Premium Bamboo Diapers

7AM Warm-Lined Booties

7AM Winter Snowsuit

Lovevery Play Gym

Lovevery Block Set

Lovevery Montessori Rainbow

Manhattan Toy Play Date Friends Doll

Ahimsa Starting Solids Set

Clover Baby Footie Pajamas

Hape Rotating Music Box

Skip Hop 3 Stage Activity Center

Skip Hop Explore and More Bee

Petit Collage Tummy Time Peek-a-boo

Mudpuppy Color Changing Bath Book

Wool Nonslip Grip Socks

Lulla Doll

Ideas for Toddler Christmas Gifts:

Tonies Player Bundle
Code Partner15 for 15% off

Ahimsa Plate Set
(ERIN15 for 15% off everything except bundles or gift cards)

Clover Baby Pajamas

Micro Kickboard Scooter

Banana Panda Memory Matching Game

Blockaroos Magnetic Roadster Set

LEGO Duplo Amusement Park

Magna-Tiles Jungle Animals

Minnie Mouse Roadster

Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage

Mickey Mouse Treasure Adventure Pirate Ship

Silk Wool Balaclava

Crayola Window Markers

Melissa and Doug Latches Busy Board

Mudpuppy Lift the Flap Puzzle

By: Erin Pasquet
Birth and Postpartum Doula
Childbirth Educator
Certified Lactation Counselor
Pre/Post Natal Yoga Teacher