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Holiday Gifts to Make Any Baby Go Ga-Ga

From too-cute teethers to super-cool toys, we’ve got the goods that will delight newborns and infants this holiday season.
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October 20, 2021
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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 selected the best Christmas toys for your little love.

From festive threads to seasonal toys and keepsakes—any of these baby Christmas gifts are sure to be the star on top of this special milestone. And while you’re making your list (and checking it twice), browse our seasonal gift guide for toddlers and preschoolers for even more inspiration.

Newborn Christmas Gifts: 0 to 3 months

Doing holiday shopping for little ones is always fun, but picking baby’s first Christmas gifts is an extra-special affair. From play mats to loveys, rattles and more, these age-appropriate presents for newborn girls and boys will soothe and stimulate your sweetheart.

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Plush security blanket

If you’re considering gifting baby a stuffed animal for Christmas, this is a perfect present for your little treasure. As soft as a marshmallow, this sweet, clutchable unicorn 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 Unicorn Soother Blanket, $23, Nordstrom.com

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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, festive elf design (there’s a super-cute reindeer version too!). Baby Christmas gifts that are adorable and development boosters? Yes, please.

Ages: 0 to 6 months

Buy it: Meri Meri Elf Rattle, $22, MeriMeri.com

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Charming three-piece set

Can’t settle on which baby Christmas gift to go with? How about a trio of treats? This cute museum-themed set includes a soft bunny, teething ring and book with crinkle pages. Talk about getting some serious bang for your buck! Plus, the teething ring is made from natural unfinished wood free from unsafe chemicals, so baby can happily gnaw away.

Ages: 0 months+

Buy it: Manhattan Toy Petit Artiste Toy Gift Set, $33, NeimanMarcus.com

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Animated stuffed animal

This soft, huggable plush toy is so much more than a stuffed animal—it flaps its ears, plays peekaboo 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, $26, Walmart.com

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Developmental play mat

This play gym from Lovevery is a guaranteed good time. Designed by child development experts to deliver engaging activities, the mat has five different play zones and easily transforms into an adorably cozy fort—so you can use it for the first 12 months and beyond. It’s also eco-friendly, thanks to sustainably sourced wood, and pretty darn stylish to boot. Oh, and did we mention that this pick is a 2021 Best of Baby winner?

Ages: 0 months+

Buy it: Lovevery The Play Gym, $140, Lovevery.com

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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 minimalist design that makes it stand out from other newborn Christmas gifts. What’s more, 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

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Sophie la Girafe Christmas gift set

Searching for foolproof newborn baby Christmas presents? Check out this stylish gift set by Sophie la Girafe. It includes the beloved classic teething toy, snug slippers and a seasonal baby beanie. Trés chic.

Ages: 0 months+

Buy it: Sophie la Girafe Christmas With Sophie Hat & Socks Set, $35, Maisonette.com

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Baby sound machine

Next up: an innovative product pegged as a must-have by celebrity parent (and all-round style guru) Tan France. The Baby Shusher is a portable sound machine that emits a rhythmic shushing sound, which mimics in-utero noises and engages baby’s natural calming reflex. Trust us, this is one newborn baby Christmas gift new parents will thank you for.

Ages: 0 months+

Buy it: Baby Shusher: The Sleep Miracle, $35, buybuyBABY.com

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Cute, cuddly doll

There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with baby Christmas gifts that give back. When you purchase one of cuddle + kind’s adorable handmade toys, the brand donates 10 meals to children in need. The heirloom-quality present is one baby will 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 a matching set.

Ages: 0 months+

Buy it: cuddle + kind Lola The Llama Little Hand-Knit Doll, starting from $59, Amazon.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 this natural curiosity. Delight baby’s senses with musical toys, teethers, tummy time accessories and more.

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Hilarious veggie teether

Teethers make perfect baby Christmas gifts for a 3- to 6-month-old; it’s around this time that 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, $19, Nordstrom.com

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Christmas pajamas

Pajamas make great Christmas gifts for babies and kids of all ages—and Hanna Andersson is known for their high-quality PJs. Crafted from organic cotton, this cute sleeper suit has flatlock seams for added comfort and a practical full-length zipper. Plus, the quirky Fairisle print, adorned with candy canes and gnomes, is perfect for your littlest holiday helper.

Ages: 0 to 24 months

Buy it: Hanna Andersson Baby Zip Sleeper In Organic Cotton, $44, HannaAndersson.com

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Music player

This baby “MP3 player” is easy to grasp and fun to play with—making it one of the best baby Christmas gifts. Your mini musician can press the large center button to toggle through seven classic tunes. Meanwhile, colorful lights dance across the screen to promote visual perception skills.

Ages: 3 months+

Buy it: Baby Einstein Take-Along Tunes, $9, buybuyBABY.com

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Rattle and teether combo

Babies at this age are beginning to discover cause and effect, so encourage curiosity with an engaging toy that makes noise when they shake it. This Christmas gift for infants is lightweight for easy play, chew-safe and colorful enough to really catch baby’s eye.

Ages: 0 to 24 months

Buy it: Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy, $13, Walmart.com

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Winter woodland activity pad

Hoping for a winter wonderland? This festive activity pad featuring woodland critters will transform you and baby to a whimsical scene. The ethically produced organic cotton pad is perfect for baby’s first Christmas gift (and a great travel toy to boot). Baby will discover hidden sensory delights, including a rattle, squeaker, and maple teething ring. Brownie points for the eye-pleasing monochromatic design.

Ages: 3 months+

Buy it: Wee Gallery Woodland Activity Pad, $39, TheTot.com

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Tummy time toy

Baby may be so taken with this floor mirror 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 Baby Sensory Development Floor Mirror, $11, Target.com

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Deer activity toy

We’re in love with this darling deer activity toy by SkipHop. It has multiple textures, patterns and sounds that are ideal for multi-sensory play at home or on-the-go. Plus, the deer’s bandana doubles as a teething toy that mom can detach and wear around her wrist—genius! There’s a range of colorful Christmas characters to choose from including a pretty pink deer, a friendly yeti and a cute, cuddly penguin.

Ages: 0 months+

Buy it: SkipHop Bandana Buddies Activity Toy, $15, SkipHop.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.

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Hedgehog accordion toy

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

Ages: 6 months+

Buy it: SkipHop Hedgehog Accordion, $15, Nordstrom.com

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Rolling and stacking toys

These baby Christmas toys look deceptively simple, but your child will get lots of play with the three balls that 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 baby build dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

Ages: 6 months+

Buy it: Mirari Juballees, $45, Walmart.com

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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, $17, Amazon.com

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Crochet bunny

Baby Christmas gifts (the best ones, at least) magically charm infants with their brilliant simplicity. Here’s a prime example: This cheerful knitted bunny is super-soft and cuddly, not to mention cute (check out that mini Christmas jumper!).

Ages: 6 months+

Buy it: Just Dutch Miffy and her Christmas Overall, $35, Amazon.com

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Rock-a-mole guitar

The best infant Christmas gifts spark creativity. And this adorable avocado guitar is sure to be a hit with your mini musician. Designed with tiny hands in mind, it has seven songs to keep your pint-size superstar entertained. Spin the avocado “pit” for twangy tunes, press the light-up buttons and rock out!

Ages: 6 months+

Buy it: Skip Hop Farmstand Rock-A-Mole Guitar, $16, SkipHop.com

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Pajama and book set

Make some cozy memories with this baby Christmas gift set. It comes with the classic tale Twas the Night Before Christmas and a matching set of cotton jammies for baby. Feeling festive yet?

Ages: 6 months+

Buy it: Books to Bed Kids’ Twas the Night Before Christmas Fitted Two-Piece Pajamas & Book Set, $49, Nordstrom.com

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Splashy bath toy

Looking for baby Christmas gifts that literally make a splash? This wind-up penguin bath toy actually swims through the water. Plus, it’s a small, affordable option making it a perfect stocking stuffer.

Ages: 9 months+

Buy it: Munchkin Swimming Penguin, $5, Munchkin.com

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Hooded towel set

Looking for practical Christmas gifts for babies? Consider this buttery-soft towel set by LouLou Lollipop. The generously sized towel keeps baby’s head and hands warm thanks to the hood and pockets, while the matching washcloth is gentle on delicate skin. And get a load of that whimsical winter print!

Ages: 0 months+

Buy it: LouLou Lollipop Hooded Towel Set Merry And Bright, $35, LouLouLollipop.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.

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Personalized storybook

Keen to start new family traditions? Give baby this jolly tale as their very first present, then read it to them every year around the holiday season. The book is filled with cute animal illustrations and read-aloud rhymes that countdown the days until Christmas. Choose from a selection of characters and add baby’s name to the story for an extra-special keepsake.

Ages: 0 to 36 months

Buy it: Wonderbly First Christmas For You Book, $35, Wonderbly.com

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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, so baby can roll, toss and explore. Wow-worthy baby Christmas gifts will help make this holiday extra special.

Ages: 9 to 24 months

Buy it: Melissa & Doug Turtle Ball Pit, $98, MelissaandDoug.com

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Durable stacking cups

When it comes to finding the best Christmas gift for a 9-month-old to one-year-old, you can’t beat a classic stacking toy. Made from recycled plastic, this set of stacking cups is dishwasher-safe and suited for regular playtime, bathtime or the beach. And the cups are numbered to help teach slightly older kids counting skills.

Ages: 6 months+

Buy it: Green Toys Bath Stacking Cups, $13, Walmart.com

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Rolling helicopter toy

Is your little one ready for take off? When baby presses down on this helicopter’s propeller, 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 and Go Helicopter, $15, Amazon.com

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Fishy bath toy set

Fishing for baby Christmas gift ideas can be tricky. But in our experience, bath toys are always winners.This colorful boat comes with a captain, fishing hook, four ready-to-catch fish and more. The grabbable pieces foster hand-eye coordination and can be tucked away inside the boat once playtime is over. Set sail for bathtime fun!

Ages: 6 months+

Buy it: B. toys Bath Toy Set - Fish and Splish, $23, Target.com

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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. They’re perfect for older babies who are ready to grasp and pull. Once they’re pulled back, the plush cars zoom off—to your little one’s great delight.

Ages: 9 months+

Buy it: Melissa & Doug Pull-Back Vehicles Baby and Toddler Toy, $30, MelissaandDoug.com

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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 absolutely fixating for littles.

Ages: 10 months+

Buy it: Fat Brain Toys Dimpl, $13, FatBrainToys.com

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