33 Best Baby Gifts for Any Occasion (and Budget)
Whether you’re looking for the perfect present to welcome a newborn to the world or a first birthday gift, finding the best baby gift can be tricky. And if the parents-to-be have already had a baby shower and their registry is pretty picked over, the search is all the more challenging. Our advice? Go for something that’s thoughtful and useful—and you get bonus points for personalization. Of course, it’s also important to buy something that’s age appropriate for baby. After all, there’s no point in buying a walker for a month-old infant!
Need some shopping inspiration? Check out our picks of the best baby gifts, including useful gear, trendy toys, cute clothing and more. (And if you need more ideas for great parenting products and must-haves, check out our Best of Baby winners!)
First up on our list of the best baby gifts is this sweet set by Mudpie. It includes an adorable knitted rattle and a soft cotton bodysuit that reads: “It might be the milk talking but I love you.” Perfect for milk drunk little ones!
Buy it: $29, Nordstrom.com
Every little one should have a plush toy they can call their own. And this adorable elephant does more than sit and look cute—its ears come to life at the push of a button. Baby will get a kick out of playing peek-a-boo and singing along to “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” with this adorable baby gift.
Buy it: $45, Amazon.com
Some of the best baby gifts are pint-size versions of adult favorites, like these mini Chuck Taylor’s. Parents will relish the early opportunity for a matching moment with these adorable crib sneakers. They come in sizes starting at one month, making them a good gift for newborns too.
Buy it: $25, Nordstrom.com
A present that keeps on giving, this toy subscription is one of the best gifts for babies and tots. The science-backed play kits are designed to support each age and stage of development, from birth to toddlerhood. Lovevery is also a Best of Baby award-winner for two years running! And gifting is easy too: Simply provide baby’s birthdate and choose how many boxes you’d like to send, and the educational toys will be delivered straight to your recipient of choice.
Buy it: Starting at $80 per play kit, Lovevery.com
Crafty and DIY-minded parents will adore a baby gift like this erasable chalkboard. It can be used to mark milestones in daily, weekly, monthly and annual photos—and there’s plenty of space to note baby’s latest accomplishments, like how many teeth they have, new likes and dislikes, height, weight and more.
Buy it: $25, Nordstrom.com
A baby blanket holds a special place in a child’s heart. And when it’s labeled with their name, it’s even more meaningful, which is why a personalized lovey makes a wonderful baby gift. This Etsy shop creates sweet, snuggly styles—and with 90,000+ sales and tons of five-star reviews—you know you’re getting the best. Choose from 11 animal and mythical creatures (the dragon is just too cute!), 25 font choices and 40 embroidery colors.
Buy it: Starting at $26, Etsy.com
It’s safe to say that at the top of any new parent’s list—aside from having a happy, healthy baby—is a few hours of quality shut-eye. A sound machine can help them achieve this goal. They’ll be able to control the white noise, sounds and volume from their phone. Moreover, the machine has a dimmable night light and a library of expert-approved songs and stories to help little ones drift off to sleep.
Buy it: $80, Hatch.co
How about a snuggly set of newborn basics? The mini layette set by Monica and Andy comes with a knot cap and a receiving blanket crafted from the finest organic cotton. For a unique touch, add an embroidered name or monogram for an extra $15.
Buy it: $36, MonicaandAndy.com
Celebrate baby’s individuality with a custom art print from Etsy. This woodland theme would be lovely for fall babies, but the artist offers tons of different illustrations to suit every style and season. The best part? Prints can be personalized with a name, date of birth and birth weight or even a special message.
Buy it: Starting from $69, Etsy.com
How about this tropical print outdoor blanket from Little Unicorn? The water-resistant quilt is perfect for beach days and picnic outings and large enough to fit two adults and a baby with some room to roam. It folds into itself for easy transport and is machine-washable too, making it a great baby gift for families on the go.
Buy it: $50, buybuyBABY.com
Did you know that newborns see in shades of black, white and gray? That’s why high contrast toys are endlessly fascinating to baby. With three different sensory activities, this Wimmer-Ferguson spiral is designed to engage baby from birth onwards. Better yet, the black and white design—with a few pops of color—encourages visual development and pattern recognition.
Buy it: $24, Maisonette.com
How cute is this baby bath bundle? With a hooded cow robe, two towels and six washcloths, this is one of those best baby gifts that’s sure to make a splash at bath time. The set is made from super-absorbent terry, with ribbed cotton for extra-soft postbath snuggles. Plus, the gender-neutral design is great for little boys and girls.
Buy it: $50, Carters.com
A stuffed animal is a classic baby gift—and with good reason. Snuggly and sweet, young infants can clutch onto a plush toy for comfort, while newly minted toddlers can take it along on all their adventures. Dressed in a non-removable plush onesie, this darling doll has embroidered features making it suitable from birth onwards.
Buy it: $50, TheTot.com
The best baby gifts for new parents are often the most unexpected. Take these cool milestone cards, for example. Rather than a traditional memory book, these double-sided cards have a slot for a photograph on one side and space to jot down memories on the reverse. With a card for each month from birth to one year, this is a wonderful way to record the landmark moments in baby’s early life.
Buy it: $20, Maisonette.com
Who says practical presents have to be boring? Not us! This bib set is made from soft Peruvian pima cotton with an absorbent terry cloth backing to wipe up dribble and wayward nibbles. Adorned with the days of the week—alongside a cute critter—you can count on these bibs being one of the best baby gifts that will get a lot of use.
Buy it: $68 for a set of 7, KissyKissy.com
Stock the nursery bookshelves with this thoughtful baby gift idea: a customized picture book. Wonderbly has a fabulous collection of personalized book options with bright colors and fun illustrations, like this magical bedtime story starring baby as the main character. It’s the perfect baby gift to help new parents instill a love for reading from day one.
Buy it $37, Wonderbly.com
This modern take on the classic bean bag chair is a great baby gift that’ll last for years. It’s perfect for posing for monthly milestone photos and for storytime during the toddler years. Better yet, the 100 percent cotton removable (and machine-washable) cover comes in 25 colors and patterns. Mark it out as baby’s seat of choice by adding their name in a bold print.
Buy it $168, Minted.com
For a modern twist on a retro toy, opt for this puzzle by Familiar Faces. Made from sustainable wood and finished with non-toxic paint, this peg puzzle can be personalized with pictures of your baby, extended family members or even pets. Simply slide out the acrylic frame and slot in your photographs of choice—genius!
Buy it: $59, TheTot.com
Munchkin’s safety duck is a firm favorite at The Bump office, so you can imagine our delight when we discovered this bumper bundle stored in a scaled-up version of the rubber ducky. Just like the original design, the inflatable tub actually alerts you when the water is too hot for baby’s sensitive skin. As if that wasn’t good enough, the gift basket is stocked with other must-have baby items, including bottles, feeding essentials, bath toys and even a nasal aspirator.
Buy it: $150, Munchkin.com
Sensory toys are popular baby gifts as they can be used from a very young age. Designed to delight infants, this ball boasts multiple textures and patterns rendered in high-contrast colors. The squishy texture and grabbable segments make it a fascinating toy for developing children.
Buy it: $43, Maisonette.com
Here’s another tactile toy parents and kids love: The flip fish by Melissa and Doug. This multi-textured plush toy has crinkly scales, a squeaky tail and a shatterproof mirror to engage baby during tummy time.
Buy it: $23, MelissaandDoug.com
This gift set from Honest has everything new parents need for diaper changes and bath time. It comes with diapers, wipes, shampoo, body wash, a soothing balm and more. Even if parents were gifted care essentials at their baby shower, it’s still one of the best baby gifts—these everyday items get used up fast.
Buy it: $50, Honest.com
Fat Brain Toys has tons of innovative gifts for baby. Our top pick? These bendy, chompable, suction cup creations. Baby can attach and release the cups to make a satisfying “pop” noise, rattle the loops and squeeze the bendy stem for sensory stimulation. Better yet, it’s made from BPA-free, food-grade silicone, so teething infants can also gnaw on it to soothe sore gums.
Buy it: $10, FatBrainToys.com
An activity gym is a must-have for any new parent. Why? It’s fun and entertaining and offers a safe space for tummy time and overhead play. This pick by Skip Hop engages baby’s senses with over 17 developmental activities. It’s also super-plush and comes with five cute hanging toys.
Buy it: $80, SkipHop.com
These blankets are extremely versatile, making them one of the best baby gifts as they’ll get so much use. They can serve as swaddles for sleeping, but they also work as stroller shades, nursing covers, burp cloths and security blankets.
Buy it: $27, CopperPearl.com
One of the best baby gifts is this classic set by Sophie la Girafe. The eternally popular giraffe toy comes in a beautifully presented gift box beside a mini teether with easy-to-grab handles. Each item is made from all natural rubber and is suitable from birth onwards.
Buy it: $50, buybuyBABY.com
Buy it: $65, MeriMeri.com
Truth be told, the best gifts for infants are often items parents will use every day. Case in point: This feeding essentials set by ezpz. Suitable for use from 4 months on, it comes with a silicone cup, bowl and utensils to help baby along the path to independent eating habits. Bonus: Use code BUMP15 to get 15 percent off sitewide.
Buy it: $38, ezpzfun.com
Searching for a sentimental gift for baby? Check out this memory book by Lucy Darling. Filled with whimsical illustrations, writing prompts and slots for photos, this journal is sure to become a treasured keepsake. It spans baby’s first year in-depth—and even has a few pages dedicated to major life events, like their first morning at daycare.
Buy it: $50, Nordstrom.com
This is one of the best high-end baby gifts for new parents. Why? Because it’s a small price to pay for how much relief it will bring them. The swing has five adjustable speeds that mimic the movements of real-life caregivers to soothe cranky babies. It’s the perfect piece of baby gear to help parents get some things done around the house (at least, for a few minutes!).
Buy it: $299, 4moms.com
For the pal whose brunch of choice is always avocado and eggs, give them a present that will remind them of their favorite meal once baby starts gumming toys. Loulou Lollipop is known for their playful collection of food- and animal-themed teethers and swaddles (like this adorable llama!. Parents will definitely be glad you gifted this silicone-grade toy; before they know it, they’ll have a teething baby on their hands.
Buy it: $26, LoulouLillipop.com
This stylish play mat earned a spot on our list of best baby gifts, thanks to its thoughtful design and artistic aesthetic. Made with organic cotton with a padded filling, the reversible mat features the iconic work of artist Keith Haring. The bold print has been expertly scaled and colored by a consultant orthoptist to support baby’s visual and cognitive development throughout the first year.
Buy it: $99, EttaLoves.com
Last up on our list of the best baby gifts is this set by Estella. Inspired by the Big Apple, this nine-piece bundle includes rattles, onesies, a book and a plush toy, all made using organic cotton. Trust us, parents will love this present whether they’re a seasoned New Yorker or first time visitor.
Buy it: $260, Estella-NYC.com