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25 Presents to Make Any Baby Go Ga-Ga

From too-cute teethers to so-cool cruisers, we’ve got the goods that will be delighting the tiniest tots throughout the new year.

The holidays are always a special time for celebrating traditions (old and new), but if it happens to be your baby’s first Christmas? Well, that calls for pulling out all the stops. Ornament? Check. Photo? Check. Outfit? Check. Your baby’s first Christmas gift ideas...Oh, still working on that one? You’ve come to the right place, then. We’ve already figured out which are the best of the best for baby this year. Any of these baby Christmas gifts for your little one will top off this special milestone and make it truly memorable.

Best Baby Christmas Gifts

Whether your wee one just joined the family, or is fast approaching the first-birthday mark, you’ll find the best baby Christmas toys right here. We’ve even included perfect stocking stuffers.

Photo: Courtesy of Jellycat

Plush Security Blanket

Yes, Christmas plush toys are everywhere. But take a look at this one. As soft as a marshmallow right out of the bag, this sweet, clutchable lamby will see your little one through long car rides, doctor visits and victorious battles with monsters in the closet.
Ages: Newborn to 36 months
Buy it: Jellycat Plush Security Blanket, $24, Rhbabyandchild.com

Photo: Courtesy of Rubbabu

Pig Aniwheelie

Your list of baby’s first Christmas gift ideas could easily start with a perfectly palm-sized, squishy porker on wheels. This handmade toy has a tactile, velvety surface that babies can’t resist.
Ages: Newborn and up
Buy it: Pig Aniwheelie, $8, Rubbabu.com

Photo: Courtesy of Finn and Emma

Sailor Play Gym

It’s one of our favorite eco-friendly baby Christmas gifts. The height-adjustable (read: it will see plenty of use) frame is 100-percent birch, finished with nontoxic stains. The wooden toys are buffed with vegetable seed wax. The dolls (one is a pirate!) are hand-knit in Peru from organic cotton; even the rattle inside them is phthalate-free. Ahoy, baby!
Ages: 3 to 12 months
Buy it: Finn and Emma Play Gym, $135, Finn and Emma

Photo: Courtesy of Yookido

Stack Flap ‘N’ Tumble

As your baby stacks each of the five pieces, she hears a different sound, making this one of the best baby Christmas toys for reinforcing cause and effect. Once they’re all stacked, she can drop the balls down the chimney to hear yet more engaging noises.
Ages: 9 to 24 months
Buy it: Yookido Stack Flap ‘N’ Tumble, $25, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy of Gulnara Kydyrmyshova/Uncommon Goods

Taco Booties

Infants usually discover their hands before their feet. But put these handmade, felted wool booties on your little fiesta animal, and his tootsies will be just as big a delight. These have our vote as one of the must-have baby’s first Christmas gift ideas.
Ages: 0 to 12 months
Buy it: Taco Booties By Gulnara Kydyrmyshova $25, Uncommongoods.com

Photo: Courtesy of Fisher Price

Press ‘N Go Monster Truck

Found: one of the best baby Christmas toys of the year! This silly guy takes off when baby presses down on his head. Don’t be surprised when your reluctant crawler is suddenly scooting across the floor to catch up with his new pal.
Ages: 9 months and up
Buy it: Fisher-Price Press ‘N Go Monster Truck, $8, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy of Lakeshore Learning

Scoot-Around First Rider

As baby Christmas gifts go, this is among our top picks for the wow factor under the tree. A bike for beginning beginners, the chubby handles and smooth-turning wheels are made to help brand-new walkers build muscle strength and balance.
Ages: 12 to 36 months
Buy it: Lakeshore Scoot-Around First Rider, $80, Lakeshorelearning.com

Photo: Courtesy of EverEarth

Owl Baby Rattle

Looking for quality wooden toy among your baby Christmas gifts list? Your tiny tot will be shaking things up with this clacker-style rattle. The ring design makes it a cinch to hold onto. Clack. Giggle. Repeat.
Ages: 6 months and up
Buy it: EverEarth Owl Baby Rattle, $15, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy of Emily & Meritt

Gem Blocks

Looking for baby Christmas gifts that mom will love too—these chew-safe, squeezable blocks come in pretty colors, interesting shapes and cotton-rope detailing that will entice your baby to reach and grab, building those key fine motor skills. Dreamed up by fashion designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, the blocks come in a giftable bag that reads, “you’re a gem!” Ain’t it the truth.
Ages: 3 to 18 months
Buy it: Emily & Meritt Gem Blocks, $39, Potterybarnkids.com

Photo: Courtesy of HABA

Clatter Frog Clutching Toy

Baby Christmas toys (the best ones, at least) are magical in their ability to charm an infant with their simplicity. And here’s a prime example. This cheerful wooden croaker makes a soft rattling sound. Does your baby spend as much time gnawing on it as shaking it? No worries: Made in Germany, it’s finished with a nontoxic, water-based stain.
Ages: 6 to 18 months
Buy it: HABA Clatter Frog Clutching Toy, $15, HABAUsa.com

Photo: Courtesy of Land of Nod

Pom Pom Knit Hat and Booties

There’s a reason why people like to shop for baby Christmas gifts. Case in point: This hat and bootie set, designed exclusively for Land of Nod by Misha and Puff. It’s knitted from baby alpaca wool, so it’s as practical as it is irresistible.
Ages: Newborn to 6 months
Buy it: Pom Pom Knit Hat and Booties, $59, Landofnod.com

Photo: Courtesy of Melissa & Doug

Turtle Ball Pit

The 60 squeezable balls are easy to grasp (and push through the holes or toss, so gross motor skills are getting a workout). This shot will be Insta-worthy for sure. For that alone, we’re not surprised that this rose to the top of the baby’s-first-Christmas-gift-ideas heap.
Ages: 9 to 18 months
Buy it: Melissa & Doug Turtle Ball Pit, $80, MelissaandDoug.com

Photo: Courtesy of Playskool

Poppin Park Busy Ball Popper

It’s magic! Or at least it’ll seem that way to your child among her haul of baby Christmas toys. Air pushes the featherweight balls up and out of the elephant’s trunk. You can also position the trunk down, so that the balls roll right out to your sitting babe.
Ages: 9 months and up
Buy it: Playskool Poppin Park Busy Ball Popper, $33, Hasbro.com

Photo: Courtesy of Skip Hop

Hedgehog Accordion Toy

It’s so easy to push, pull, and make music, even for little hands. This woodland critter even has movable beads attached to work a baby’s fine motor skills. Aren’t baby Christmas toys the best?
Ages: 6 months and up
Buy it: Skip Hop Hedgehog Accordion Toy, $15, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy of Kid O

Activity Board

This mod busy box is the ultimate cause-and-effect lesson among our picks for baby Christmas gifts. Turn the dial to hear a heartbeat at different volumes; slide the knobs to change the flower’s color from red to blue to green; press the button to make the bee buzz and vibrate slowly or quickly.
Ages: 6 to 18 months
Buy it: Kid O Activity Board, $40, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy of Blabla Kids

Pretzel Rattle

Crafted of 100 percent cotton, this sweet, squishy rattle is easy for tiny fingers to cling to and shake. And it’s available in four other color combinations. It’s pretty much the perfect small present if you have a few baby Christmas gifts under the tree. Psst, we see it peeking out of a stocking.
Ages: 2 to 12 months
Buy it: Pretzel Rattle, $18, BlablaKids.com

Photo: Courtesy of Little Poland Gallery

Wobbling Chicken

This little chicky’s head dips and bobs as your child pushes him. He’ll always stay upright, no matter how he’s rolled or spun around, thanks to the special way he’s balanced. Handmade of sustainably-harvested birch and beech, this wooden toy will be among your child’s favorite baby Christmas toys for months to come.
Ages: 9 months and up
Buy it: Wobbling Chicken, $35, BellaLunaToys.com

Photo: Courtesy of Skip Hop

Vibrant Village Peek & Play Activity Book

The bold contrasting pattern of this book-playhouse hybrid will catch baby’s eye long after her other baby Christmas toys are played out. And the fun and learning just keeps coming, with a baby-safe mirror, ribbons for tactile play, a ladybug teether and a mushroom squeaker to teach cause and effect.
Ages: 3 to 12 months
Buy it: Vibrant Village Peek & Play Activity Book, $15, SkipHop.com

Photo: Courtesy of Fat Brain Toys

Rollobie Baby Toy

When this little buddy is rolled across the floor, its belly spins, which activates a rattle inside. Voilà! A cause-and-effect discovery for baby. And a twist of its horns makes it wake up or go to sleep. Shhh!
Ages: 9 months and up
Buy it: Rollobie Baby Toy, $15, FatBrainToys.com

Photo: Courtesy of Mirari


These baby Christmas toys look deceptively simple, but your child gets lots of play options with three balls, which shake like mini maracas! They split into six halves that can be mixed and matched, and linked together to roll. They can also be stacked, a bonus to build dexterity and hand/eye coordination.
Ages: 6 months and up
Buy it: Mirari Juballees, $15, PlayMonster.com

Photo: Courtesy of Tiny Love

Rock and Ball Activity Toy

Baby Christmas gifts that offer three-in-one fun—this activity ball starts out as a fascinating tummy-time toy, then converts to a tambourine, and finally becomes a ball that baby can crawl after. Showing your baby how the toy changes can help cement the concept of object permanence.
Ages: 3 months and up
Buy it: Tiny Love Rock and Ball Activity Toy, $14, Target.com

Photo: Courtesy of Sofie La Girafe

Sophie La Girafe So’Pure Bath Toy

Looking for baby Christmas toys that literally make a splash? Soft, 100 percent natural rubber and baby-friendly paint makes this adorable bath toy safe to chew. The ring design makes it easy to grasp, and it’s completely sealed, so no water can get inside.
Ages: 6 months and up
Buy it: Sophie La Girafe So’Pure Bath Toy, $20, SophietheGiraffe-USA.com

Photo: Courtesy of The Manhattan Toy Company

Farmer’s Market Grape Baby Beads

Imagine the cuteness as your little one sits among her baby Christmas gifts nibbling on this cluster of wooden beads strung together on an elastic cord. The pieces can be twisted and turned into all different configurations, perfect for fine motor skill development. Each “grape” is about 1.5 inches across, which is a nice size for newbies to grab.
Ages: 3 months and up
Buy it: Farmer’s Market Grape Baby Beads, $20, ManhattanToy.com

Photo: Courtesy of Mamas & Papas

Tummy Time Activity Toy

Propped up on this fun bumper, your baby may be so taken with the mirror, teether, rattle, crinkles and textured toys that he’ll forget he’s doing tummy time! Those neck, shoulder and upper arm muscles will be getting stronger in no time.
Ages: 3 to 9 months
Buy it: Mamas & Papas Tummy Time Activity Toy, $30, BuyBuyBaby.com

Photo: Courtesy of VTech

4-In-1 Stroll and Grow Tek Trike

Searching for cool baby Christmas toys that will be used for years to come? This sturdy ride-on changes modes as your child grows: from strolling, training to triking. The LED screen displays content that also evolves, so your child can learn directions and road safety, and have fun with role play, as he boosts those gross motor skills.
Ages: 9 months to 6 years
Buy it: Vtech 4-in-1 Stroll and Grow Tek Trike, $100, Toysrus.com

Published September 2017