Gifts for baby first christmas: Baby’s First Christmas Gifts That Are Actually Cute

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A Gift Guide for Babys First Christmas

ByCamille Whiting


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It’s kind of a magical thing to have a baby around Christmas time. As Christians, we’re given that sweet reminder of the baby we’re celebrating. Plus I’m a little obsessed with red, and there’s nothing quite like a red holiday sweater in miniature form!

It’s also a time when you’ve already brought baby into the world and likely acquired all they need, so it’s hard to think of baby’s first Christmas gifts and what you should actually give them. This is true for parents as well as extended family and friends wishing to give the little tyke a baby Christmas present.

I’ll be honest, the baby is not going to remember anything, so this is mostly going to be for the parents. But, we’ve learned we can gift a few items that baby may grow into and enjoy in the coming year. Also, it’s a great time to give a few luxuries that may make life as a parent easier or more fun.

Either way, buying tiny gifts for a tiny person is such a fun thing to do! As parents who are now celebrating our second child’s first Christmas, I wanted to share what we’ve purchased as baby’s first Christmas gifts that we highly recommend!

Baby’s First Christmas Gifts List

  1. Babylit– I’m a firm believer in reading to a baby once they are born. I’m watching my four-month-old just start to have it click there are pictures and he loves books. He squeals when we read and excitedly kicks legs when we turn pages. It’s hilarious! Both our kids have adored the Babylit series when they are little through toddler years. They are a great gift and just so cute!
  2. Jellycat lovey– I gave this to my first baby when he three-months-old on Christmas and it’s been a comfort object ever since. You’d better believe little brother is getting his own to snuggle this Christmas.
  3. Jellycat stuffed animal– I found one with a skinny neck little arms could snuggle, and long arms little hands could hold. I’m not huge on stuffed animals, but these are as cute and soft as they come! It’s always the first choice for my toddler!
  4. Teether– we’ve had Sofie the giraffe used and loved, and wooden rattles seem to be fantastic too. Pick your favorite style and add one of these to baby’s stocking or wrapping under the tree.
  5. Lamaze baby toys– I did a post on these years ago (called toys that grow with them), and just pulled this toy out again. I mean this baby gives you the look like he dares you to take it away. It has all the right textures, sounds, colors, and interesting elements to keep a baby entertained for at least 20 minutes. Nothing short of a miracle!
  6. Mirror– definitely grab a plastic/safe version. But babies love faces. I’ve read it’s the most interesting thing they look at. Letting them smile at their cute self is just darling and a great gift too.

    Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide

  7. Wooden train set– I’m going to recommend going modest on this one for a new baby, but our firstborn received this shortly after he turned one and I’ll never forget the “Choo choo!” and giddy squeals. Baby brother loves to hold those trains in his chubby fingers. I love the idea of gifting a few he can teeth on and play with and enjoy.
  8. Melissa and Doug fish– This is actually what our son is getting! He is so in love with gift #6 that I knew this would be a hit too.
  9. Stroller– I got a running stroller for my gift my first baby’s Christmas thinking it was for me. Sure it helped me get back in shape, but I think my baby loved it even more! If you can facilitate more time outdoors, and more exploration time, it’s a gift they’ll enjoy just as much!
  10. Exersaucer– This is a parenting item I swore we’d never buy, and low and behold, we bought it. We even saved it for baby #2! From about four months to a year (when baby can hold head up and before they walk) they love these things! They are so entertaining and fun.
  11. A Jumper– another baby favorite! Think of it as the equivalent to a bike for an older child.
  12. A Pair of Mocs– we’ve loved and used Freshly Picked for years. It felt like a splurge at the time, but when I look at the amount of use we’ve gleaned I’m going to argue they are so worth it!
    They are holding up through our second child and I love that they stay on and look fantastic! Feet stay warm, comfy, dry, and safe. I’m adding another pair for our little guy to learn to walk in since they are the best shoe to support and not inhibit!

I’m always a fan of going simple and keeping it to essential items and toys. Babies mostly want to be held and played with, but anything that helps their brains develop and bonding time happen more easily I’m all for!


Anyone else celebrating with baby’s first Christmas gifts this year? Let me know what’s on your list, I always love more ideas!

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We don’t want to alarm you, but Christmas is just around the corner! Yep, it’s time to start thinking about filling those stockings and deciding who’s hosting dinner this year.

If you’ve welcomed a newborn into the world over the last few months, baby’s first Christmas is going to be a really brilliant time in your growing family. It can be hilarious because the little ones are usually too young to have any idea what’s going on (just like at their first birthday party — but we’re throwing one anyway) but that’s not going to stop us spoiling them with Christmas presents…

Whether you’re a mum or dad, a granny, aunt, uncle or friend, you’re bound to want to get baby something special to celebrate their first ever Christmas Day — so here are some great ideas for cute little Christmas gifts for babies.

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Sophie La Giraffe

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What baby doesn’t want to spend hours bouncing in a jumperoo? This design from Fisher-Price has all the bells and whistles (all safely secured!) required to keep baby entertained. What’s more, the cheeky monkeys are on hand to keep your own cheeky monkey company{:target=_blank :rel=noopener noreferrer}

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Personalised Penguin Robe

Show us something that’s cuter than baby wearing this personalised penguin robe? We’ll wait.[Personalised Grey Penguin Robe, £20, My 1st Years](http://Personalised Grey Penguin Robe)

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Personalised Peppa Pig Book

Baby will love you FOREVER if you pop them in a book with Peppa Pig that sees them going to playgroup together. It would basically mean you child is BBFs with Peppa.Personalised Peppa Pig Book, £14.99, Prezzy Box

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Getting comfy on the sofa with a box of Quality Street chocolates and watching The Snowman is a Christmas tradition for many — start ’em young with these adorable booties. The Snowman and The Snowdog Booties Gift Box, £10.40,


Personalised bauble

There are LOADS of pretty baubles out there that you can get personalised with baby’s name. Check out Etsy for some super creative designs. We particularly like this golden one{:target=_blank :rel=noopener noreferrer}

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Hand & Foot Prints

Make some memories with this print kit, which captures baby’s feet and hands in ink so that you can frame the prints or keep them in a scrap book. You’ll be amazed how much bigger they are the next year. Baby Hand And Foot Inkless Print Kit, £11, Not On The High Street

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Christmas Pudding Romper

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Christmas Elf Outfit

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Night Light Stars Projector

Add some more magic to Christmas nights with this nightlight that projects stars onto the ceiling. Chicco Goodnight Stars Projector, Argos, £17.99


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Sophie La Giraffe

The Sophie La Giraffe teether has been a hit with generations of babies for over 50 years — it’s a timeless classic! Not only will baby love getting his/her chops around it, but it will help parents dealing with teething tantrums.Sophie La Giraffe Teether, £11.99, Mothercare


Still struggling? Think of special things that you can keep for baby to look back on when they’re older — like personalised stockings, decorations and books. Toys and teddies are, of course, always a good shout, but try not to go overboard (we all know how easy it is to do this!). And practical gifts are always a good shout — babies have a way of finding the fun in the most boring things.

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Of course, the sleep and nutrition regimen of babies should not be disturbed during the New Year holidays and he is unlikely to remember how he spent his first Christmas in his life, but for this in the modern world there are smartphones that take excellent photos and video.

Christmas photo session

Dress up your child as Santa, Snow Maiden or Snowman and go to a family photo session. Even dad will be interested. For bright pictures, you can invite relatives. In any case, do you remember when you and your husband took normal photos and not selfies? Consider that you have a reason.

The first gift

At Christmas, guests will come and will definitely give the baby clothes and toys, and he needs a special gift from his parents. This is his first Christmas present! Let’s do this: dad gives, and mom shoots on video. And here’s a tip: a musical instrument is a bad idea, as the child will want to play it day and night, so it’s unlikely that you can watch a Christmas series in silence.

Pajama party

Christmas is a family holiday, so you can do without uncomfortable outfits by having a pajama party. Christmas pajamas are adorable no matter your age. Try to find a family set. And, perhaps, the most cozy Christmas is waiting for you!

Photo with Santa

Even if dad becomes Santa for a while. It is important. The first Christmas and the first acquaintance with Grandfather, who will now come every year. However, this is a good manipulation tradition, especially from the age of 2: if you behave well, Santa will bring a gift and take a photo with you.

Personalized gift sock

It’s the child’s first Christmas, which means he should have a personalized gift sock that usually hangs over the fireplace in anticipation of Santa. The child will grow up, and the sock will remind of his childhood. Fashion for such things does not change, because these are such warm memories.

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In the States, it is customary to give expensive gifts, as family gatherings are rare. Christmas is the most important occasion for Americans to gather in one place and give each other something valuable and practical.

Every gift in the United States is accompanied by a purchase receipt, but not to brag about the value, but so that the gift can be exchanged or returned to the store — suddenly it won’t work. Such a tradition differs from the Russian one — in our country it is considered bad form to show the price. If you have ever washed the glue from the price tag or painted over it with a black marker, you definitely understand what it is about.

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It’s the other way around here: the British are not used to spending large sums on Christmas gifts — instead they buy inexpensive souvenirs.

In some families, gifts are distributed by lot right at the celebration. At the same time, it is not so much the price of the gift that is important, but the attention to the person. Therefore, children mainly receive key rings, figurines, tea cups, toys and all kinds of accessories for Christmas.


In Mexico they love the New Year as much as in Russia: for nine days everyone forgets about work and school and organizes folk festivals. The most common gift given to children here is piñata , a large Mexican papier-mâché toy that resembles an animal, a star, or an ordinary geometric figure. Inside the gift is a surprise in the form of sweets, cookies or crackers. The child is blindfolded and blindly hits a piñata suspended above the floor with a bat. This toy symbolizes the sins that can be got rid of only by breaking it.


Despite the absence of snow and other usual Christmas and New Year attributes, Indians are happy to celebrate the New Year in their own way: with lush and long garlands of flowers, paper lanterns in houses and on the streets, generous distribution of sweets to friends and unfamiliar, presenting small homemade gifts: talismans of the year, postcards, caskets and other pleasant little things.


«Akhali Tseli» — Georgian New Year — an incredible variety of national traditions. This is the Georgian Santa Claus — Tovlis Babua, the Georgian New Year tree — chichilaki, as well as a symbolic step through the threshold of your Mekvle house — a person who promises you happiness in the new year, and, of course, a rich Georgian New Year’s table. The holiday is not complete without dancing and wine, which flows like a river and is drunk from a wide variety of glasses, horns and earthenware vessels. But the most sacred thing is the singing on New Year’s Eve «Mravalzhamier» — a traditional Georgian drinking song, which is performed in polyphony.

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Traditional Christmas tree — chichilaki — a small snow-white tree made of hazel branches, decorated with sweets and berries. After the holidays, the tree is burned and the ashes are scattered to the wind to get rid of the troubles and hardships of the past year.


At midnight, church bells and chiming clocks announce the arrival of the New Year. Celebrations on the streets start as early as 9 pm, so that even the youngest children can enjoy the fireworks and the atmosphere of magic before their parents send them to bed.

In Australia, there is a Santa who appears in a very original way: on a surfboard, dressed in a bathing suit, but with a beard and in a cap familiar to everyone. He has a colleague named Sveg Men — a funny little man who moves in a chariot, accompanied by a Dingo dog. It is customary for both to leave sweets and milk for the night.

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