24 Holiday Gifts to Make Any Baby Go Ga-Ga

From too-cute teethers to super-cool cruisers, we’ve got the goods that will delight newborns and up this holiday season.
ByChristina Vercelletto
Sep 2020
mom holding baby by christmas tree while holding gold ornament
Photo: Crytsal Marie Sing
We have included third party products to help you navigate and enjoy life’s biggest moments. Purchases made through links on this page may earn us a commission.

The holidays are always a special time for celebrating traditions (old and new), but if it happens to be baby’s first Christmas—well, that calls for pulling out all the stops. Ornament? Check. Photo? Check. Outfit? Check. Baby’s first Christmas gifts? If you’re still working on that one, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done the hard work for you and figured out which are the best Christmas toys for your little one this year. Any of these baby Christmas gifts are sure to top off this special milestone and make it truly memorable.

Newborn Christmas Gifts: 0 to 3 months

Holiday shopping for your little ones is always fun, but baby’s first Christmas gifts have to be extra-special. From play mats to loveys, rattles and more, these age-appropriate presents for newborn girls and boys will soothe and stimulate your child.

Photo: Courtesy Jellycat

Plush Security Blanket

If you’re considering gifting baby some Christmas stuffed animals, this is a perfect present for your little lamb. 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: 0 months+
Buy it: Jellycat Bashful Lamb Baby Security Blanket, $20, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Meri Meri

Organic Knit Rattle

Crafted from organic cotton, this sweet, knitted rattle is easy for tiny fingers to cling to and shake, which makes it ideal for encouraging baby’s fine motor skills and senses. We’re also obsessed with the ultra-unique, giggle-inducing weiner dog design. The pup is even sporting a winter sweater! Baby Christmas gifts that are adorable and development boosters? Yes, please.

Related Video

Ages: 0 to 6 months
Buy it: Meri Meri Sausage Dog Baby Rattle, $20, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Lovevery

Developmental Play Mat

This play gym from Lovevery is a guaranteed good time. That’s because it was designed by child development experts to deliver just the right engaging activities. It’s also eco-friendly, thanks to sustainably sourced wood, and pretty darn stylish too.

Ages: 0 months+
Buy it: Lovevery The Play Gym, $140, Lovevery.com

Photo: Courtesy Manhattan Toy

Modern Wooden Grasper

Speaking of wooden toys, here’s another baby Christmas present that’s easy on the eyes. This multi-sensory clutching toy has a chic, minimalist design that makes it stand out from other newborn Christmas gifts. On top of that, it’s durable and utterly fascinating to curious infants.

Ages: 0 months+
Buy it: Manhattan Toy Artful Skwish Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy, $17, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Baby GUND

Animated Stuffed Animal

This soft, huggable plush toy is so much more than just a stuffed animal—it flaps its ears, plays peek-a-boo and sings songs to delight your little one. It has our vote as one of the must-have baby Christmas gifts this year.

Ages: 0 months+
Buy it: Baby GUND Flora the Bunny Animated Plush Stuffed Animal Toy, $40, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy cuddle + kind

Cute, Cuddly Doll

When you give one of cuddle + kind’s adorable handmade toys, you also give back. The brand donates 10 meals to children in need for every doll purchased. The heirloom-quality baby’s first Christmas gift is one they’ll love more and more as they grow older. We also like that each doll comes in two sizes: one smaller, one larger. If baby has a sibling, consider getting the pair matching presents.

Ages: 0 months+
Buy it: cuddle + kind Zoe the Unicorn Stuffed Animal, starting from $55, Nordstrom.com

Baby Christmas Gifts: 3 to 6 months

Your little one is starting to explore the world around them—so the baby Christmas gifts you select should encourage their curiosity. Delight baby’s senses with musical toys, teethers, tummy time accessories and more.

Photo: Courtesy Fisher-Price

Sensory Toy Set

Did somebody say taco night? This fun (and affordable!) baby Christmas gift set is what foodie parents’ dreams are made of. The “taco Tuesday” trio comes with an avocado rattle, lemon and lime clackers, plus a multi-sensory taco toy. It’s just the sort of playful present perfect for a special occasion.

Ages: 3 months+
Buy it: Fisher-Price Taco Tuesday Gift Set, $7, Target.com

Photo: Courtesy Manhattan Toy

Rattle and Teether Combo

Babies at this age are beginning to discover cause and effect, so encourage them with an engaging toy that makes noise when they shake it. This Christmas gift for infants is lightweight for easy play, colorful to really catch their eye, and also chew-safe. Did we mention it won our Best of Baby 2019 award for top toy for 3 to 6 months?

Ages: 0 to 24 months
Buy it: Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Toy, $14, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Sassy

Tummy Time Toy

Baby may be so taken with this floor mirror that they’ll forget they’re doing tummy time! Those neck, shoulder and upper arm muscles will be getting stronger in no time. The reflective toy also promotes visual development.

Ages: 0 months+
Buy it: Sassy Tummy Time Floor Mirror, $13, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Oli and Carol

Hilarious Veggie Teether

Teethers are foolproof baby Christmas gifts for a 3-month-old to 6-month-old, since that’s right around when babies, well, teethe! But don’t settle for any old design—especially when you can buy this unbe_leaf_ably cute one. The handmade, kale-shaped toy also doubles as a bath toy, and everyone is sure to get a kick out of baby nibbling on it.

Ages: 3 to 10 months
Buy it: Oli and Carol Kendall the Kale Teething Toy, $18, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Courtesy Skip Hop

Colorful Activity Book

The bold contrasting colors of this book-playhouse hybrid will catch baby’s eye long after their other cool 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 doors and windows that open and close.

Ages: 0 months+
Buy it: Skip Hop Vibrant Village Peek & Play Activity Book, $15, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy LAMAZE

Octopus Musical Toy

A finalist in The Bump Best of Baby 2018 awards, this musical toy is perfect for introducing baby to fun colors, textures and sounds. Older babies will get a kick out of exploring each tentacle’s unique musical note. Maestros, if you please!

Ages: 0 months+
Buy it: LAMAZE Octotunes Musical Octopus Stuffed Baby Toy, $30, Amazon.com

Baby Christmas Gifts: 6 to 9 months

Baby is busy fine-tuning their motor skills (by grabbing everything in sight). Opt for baby Christmas gifts that they can get their hands on, like clutching toys, rattles, balls and sensory activity books.

Photo: Courtesy Hape

Musical Wobbling Toy

This sweet penguin wobbler will rock, spin and “waddle” whenever your kid bats at it. It also has a built-in bell that jingles a baby-pleasing sound. Together, the features are sure to entertain your little one for hours.

Ages: 6 months+
Buy it: Hape Penguin Musical Wobbler, $15, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy HABA

Christmas-y Clutching Toy

Baby Christmas gifts (the best ones, at least) can be magical in their ability to charm an infant with their simplicity. And here’s a prime example. This cheerful wooden caterpillar makes a soft rattling sound, and it comes in festive green and red. If baby spends as much time gnawing on it as shaking it? No worries: It’s finished with a nontoxic, water-based stain.

Ages: 6 months+
Buy it: HABA Rattling Caterpillar Dangling Figure, $18, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Skip Hop

Hedgehog Accordion Toy

This woodland critter is so easy to push, pull and make music, even for little hands. It even has movable beads attached to work baby’s fine motor skills. Aren’t cool Christmas toys the best?

Ages: 6 months+
Buy it: Skip Hop Baby Explore and More Hedgehog Accordion Toy, $15, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy LAMAZE

Fun “Fishbowl”

This baby Christmas gift won our Best of Baby 2019 award for top toy for 6 to 9 months for a reason: The classic put-in, take-out design expertly captures babies’ attention while helping them develop their dexterity. They’ll eagerly reach for the crinkle crab, rattling starfish, squeaky oyster and jingling fish to hear their unique sounds. Bonus: Since all critters fit snugly in the bowl, it’s an easy toy to pack up and store.

Ages: 6 months+
Buy it: LAMAZE My First Fishbowl Toy, $14, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Mirari

Rolling and Stacking Toys

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, which helps build dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

Ages: 6 months+
Buy it: Mirari Juballees, $15, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Sofie la Girafe

Splashy Bath Toy

Looking for baby Christmas gifts that literally make a splash? Soft, 100 percent natural rubber and baby-friendly paint makes this adorable, trendy 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: 0 months+
Buy it: Sophie la Girafe So Pure Bath Toy, $20, Nordstrom.com

Baby Christmas Gifts: 9 to 12 months

Presents that baby can push, pull and chase are bound to be winners this year. After all, your tiny tot is probably on the move! Our picks for the best baby Christmas gifts boost little ones’ fine and gross motor skills and sensory development. They’re also just plain fun.

Photo: Courtesy Melissa & Doug

Baby Ball Pit

What kid doesn’t love to monkey around in a ball pit? Now babies as young as 9 months can get in on the action. This soft, easy-to-clean, turtle-shaped “pit” offers plenty of support and padding to keep little ones safe—just fill it with the included balls for baby to roll, toss and explore. For wow-worthy baby Christmas gifts, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Ages: 9 to 24 months
Buy it: Melissa & Doug Turtle Ball Pit, $80, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Playskool

Elephant Ball Popper

Found: one of the best baby Christmas toys of the year! This silly guy shoots out balls when baby presses the button. It also plays six different tunes. You control where the balls go—either back into the toy, or across the room for your kid to scoot after!

Ages: 9 months+
Buy it: Playskool Chase n Go Ball Popper, $33, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Melissa & Doug

Pull-Back Vehicle Set

Another one of our favorite baby Christmas gifts to encourage baby’s motor skills, these pull back vehicles from Melissa & Doug are perfect for older babies ready to grasp and pull. Once they’re pulled back, these plush cars zoom off—to little ones’ great delight.

Ages: 9 months+
Buy it: Melissa & Doug Pull-Back Vehicles, $25 for a set of 4, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Green Toys

Durable Stacking Cups

When it comes to finding the best Christmas gift for a 9-month-old to 1-year-old, turn to our Best of Baby 2019 awards. This toy took home top prize for the age range. The stacking cups are made from recycled plastic, they’re dishwasher-safe and they’re suited for regular playtime, bathtime or the beach. And as your child gets older, the cups are numbered to help teach counting too.

Ages: 6 months+
Buy it: Green Toys Stacking Cups, $11, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy VTech

Rolling Helicopter Toy

When baby presses down on this helicopter’s propellor, it’ll soar across the floor, motivating them to try and crawl after it. When they press the side buttons, they’ll be treated to fun songs and lights. The educational baby Christmas toy also introduces them to colors, letters and numbers.

Ages: 9 to 36 months
Buy it: VTech Spin & Go Helicopter, $13, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Fat Brain Toys

Bubble Sensory Toy

Rounding out our list of favorite baby Christmas gifts this year is the Dimpl sensory toy from Fat Brain Toys. Little fingers love to explore—and they won’t be able to resist these vibrant silicone buttons in varying sizes and colors. Babies can push them all the way in to pop them through to the other side—so simple, yet impossible to put down.

Ages: 10 months+
Buy it: Fat Brain Toys Dimpl Baby Toy and Gift, $13, Amazon.com

Updated November 2019

Plus, more from The Bump:

What to Do About the Sophie La Girafe Mold Problem

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor

Q&A: Will I Be Able to Assemble the Crib Myself?

Ali Wing, founder and CEO of Giggle stores