Step away from that soft and fluffy stuffed toy. It will just gather dust along with many others. Instead, choose a practical and fun gift for baby this Christmas that Mum will also appreciate (and one that will be enjoyed well past the baby stage).
Nothing is sponsored here – these gift ideas are ones I love to give (and ones I would love to give!).
I absolutely LOVE anything to do with Maisy and this 4 piece melamine mealtime set from French brand Petit Jour Paris would make a lovely gift. BPA free and dishwasher safe.
I’m a big fan of Green Toys products. Free of BPA, Phthalates, PVC, melamine and external coatings like lead, they are dishwasher safe too.
Made from 100% recycled materials, these stacking cups will enjoy many years of use in the bath, shower, sandpit and playroom.
Also made from 100% recycled materials, the tugboat and submarine are quality bath toys. They float well and have large spouts for scooping and pouring water. They are also great to wash away shampoo when hair washing in the bath!
Made of water resistant and lightweight fabric, the Skip Hop Zoo Tuck-away Bib tucks into its own built-in pouch. I am a huge fan of these bibs as they are fantastic to take out and about and clean easily with a simple rinse or machine wash. Designs come in a variety of animals (cat, dog, elephant, dinosaur, panda, owl, bee and more). The monkey is my favourite!
Handmade and designed in Western Australia, Bugsey Bee teething rings are made from 100% Organic Ash wood. They are easy for bub to hold and provide a smooth hard surface for chewing on which won’t split or splinter.
Books make a wonderful gift and will provide joy for many years to come. You are never too young for a book!
Hooray For Fish is a gorgeous book from Lucy Cousins (author and illustrator of the Maisy books). I can recite this one by heart. I love her bright and bold illustrations.
Alpha Block is for the hipster child. With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, this book introduces the alphabet with funky retro illustrations. Not your everyday alphabet book – and that’s what makes it great to give as a gift.
The award winning That’s Not My… series of books feature simple and repetitive storylines – great first books for little fingers to explore. There are now over 35 titles! My kids love the touch and feel pages. These board books are sturdy enough for even the wildest toddler tornado.
I’m also a huge fan of Maisy and Spot books and anything by Australian author Mem Fox – so many great titles! For more book suggestions check out my post on Great books for 0 – 2 year olds.
A good quality hooded towel should be thick yet soft enough for baby’s delicate skin. This Sheridan “Quinn” baby towel comes with a mitt as part of a gift set and is beautifully soft.
For ages 3 months and up, the Shake’n’Beats Tambourine has bright colours, a large shiny mirror and is just the right size for little hands. I’m a fan of Fisher Price toys – my kids now play with my own Fisher Price toys from the 1970s (thanks Mum for keeping those!).
The Shape-O is a classic toy but I had no idea that this was a Tupperware product until I had kids myself (and no, just to let you know I don’t sell Tupperware). A great solid and colourful toy that acts as a rolling rattle, a shape-sorter and counting toy with numbered blocks. I’ve also discovered that the different shapes are great cutters when playing with Play-Doh.
For something special and a true keepsake – I LOVE my Mason Pearson hairbrush. It was given to me by my beloved Grandma when I was little and I still use and cherish it to this day. Grandma also gave a brush to both Miss TT and Mr TT and I hope they will cherish theirs too. This Child’s Bristle Brush comes in pink, blue and white.
For more gift ideas for babies and kids, head to Gift Grapevine on Pinterest. Here you’ll find lots of gift ideas organised by age group from babies up to ages 10+. All items are gifts I love to give (or would love to give!).
One of my first blog posts was a selection of gift ideas for babies and new mums based on the feedback of my wonderful mothers group. So what were the gifts that we received when our kids were born that we most loved and used and what were the items that we didn’t find as useful? Read Gift ideas for babies and new mums – from mums who have been there to find out!
And for my view on stuffed toys as gifts, here is my first ever post – Please no more stuffed toys! Gift ideas that aren’t just soft and fluffy
What gifts do you love to give babies up to the age of 1?