The Best Newborn Baby Gifts to Celebrate a New Arrival
April 25, 2021
Have you or someone you love recently welcomed a new baby into the world? It’s time to celebrate! A lovingly chosen newborn baby gift is a wonderful way to mark this life-changing event and show you care—especially for long-distance friends and family that can’t celebrate in person.
Don’t forget that parents probably received a ton of baby gear and newborn essentials at their baby shower. But there are still plenty of unique newborn baby gift ideas that parents (and baby!) will adore. Ready to begin your search for the best new baby gifts? Scroll down to discover our favorite gifts for newborn baby boys and girls.
Newborn babies don’t do much (bar eat, sleep, poop, repeat) right off the bat. But that doesn’t mean you can’t buy them a gorgeous newborn gift. The best gifts for a newborn baby are utterly adorable, age-appropriate and safe for infants (avoid anything with small removable parts). Beyond that, a present can be a sweet and sentimental token, something practical that parents will appreciate, a piece of beautiful nursery decor, a toy that’ll stimulate a newborn’s senses or a plaything that baby will grow to love as they gain new skills and reach new milestones—the options are endless.
Whether you’re shopping for a friend’s baby or your brand new niece or nephew, a lovingly chosen gift is a fabulous way to spread some love and welcome baby into the world. From adorable outfits and cute stuffed animals to fun photo props and practical baby gear for parents, here you’ll find the best gifts for a newborn baby.
Willow Bee Apparel Newborn Coming Home Outfit
How cute is this coming home outfit? The set includes a bodysuit, pants and a hat personalized with baby’s name. If you’re hoping the new arrival will sport this gift on their way home from the hospital, better present it in advance of their due date. Of course, it still makes for an adorable outfit of the day even after they’re home and settled. (FYI, you can also score this sweet set in pink.
Buy it: Starting from $19, Etsy.com
GUND Flappy the Elephant
This musical Elephant plush toy is a fantastic newborn baby gift. Press the Elephant’s left foot and it’ll wiggle its ears and sing “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” or press the right foot and it’ll play peekaboo with baby. How cute is that?
Buy it: $40, Bloomingdales.com
Wonderbly Welcome To Our World
Personalized newborn baby gifts are extra-special—and this book by Wonderbly is no exception. Add the family’s names and characteristics to this heartfelt story that reassures new parents they’re doing a great job. You can even write a dedication to appear on the first page for an extra-sweet touch.
Buy it: $35, Wonderbly.com
DockATot Deluxe+ Dock in Pristine White
Here’s a newborn baby gift that’s sure to come in handy: The DockATot Deluxe+, a cozy, portable “docking station” for babies aged 0 to 8 months old. (Because let’s face it, parents need somewhere safe and comfy to put baby before they’re mobile.) It’s the ideal spot for supervised play time, tummy time, diaper changes and more. Better yet, DockATot makes adorable toys and accessories that can be added to the docking station to keep baby happy and stimulated.
Buy it: $175, Maisonette.com
Pearhead ‘All About Baby’ Chalkboard
Insta-moms and dads will be over the moon to receive this fun, erasable chalkboard. They can add all of baby’s major milestones and use it as a photo prop or piece of nursery decor. It comes complete with writing prompts and four pieces of colored chalk.
Buy it: $25, Nordstrom.com
World of Eric Carle Organic Muslin Bib and Burpcloth Set
How about this bib and burp cloth set inspired by the beloved children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This set includes two patterned bibs and two burp clothes, crafted from a cotton-muslin fabric that’s touchably soft and absorbent. Although baby may be too young to appreciate the classic tale, parents will love this nostalgic (not to mention practical) newborn gift.
Buy it: $46, PotteryBarnKids.com
Hatch Rest Baby Night Light, Sound Machine & Time-to-Rise
Treat new parents to the gift of a good night’s sleep with this top-of-the-range sound machine. It works as a nightlight, white noise sound machine and even has a time-to-rise feature for the toddler years. (We love a good multi-use item!) Parents can use their phone to customize the color, sound and volume to create the ideal sleep environment for the whole family.
Buy it: $60, Walmart.com
Lucy Darling Baby’s First Year’ Little Camper Memory Book
This darling keepsake book is the perfect way to document baby’s first year. It has plenty of spaces for photos, plus handy writing prompts and blank pages that parents can fill as they wish. Talk about thoughtful newborn baby gifts!
Buy it: $35, Nordstrom.com
Personalization Mall Embroidered Knit Baby Blanket
A baby blanket is a classic newborn gift. But if your knitting skills are a bit rusty (or non-existent), why not pick up this sweet embroidered throw. It comes in grey, pink or blue knit with a soft sherpa lining on the reverse. Add baby’s name, initials or monogram for a truly special personalized newborn baby gift.
Buy it: $50, PersonalizationMall.com
Lovevery The Play Kits
Looking for a newborn baby gift with an educational twist? Check out the Play Kits by Lovevery. This subscription service sends sensory toys specifically designed for each developmental stage. The Looker Play Kit (for infants 0 to 12 weeks old) is jam-packed with fun, age-appropriate toys that’ll engage baby’s senses and encourage them to interact with the world around them. The sign-up process is easy: Simply enter baby’s birth date and subscribe, and they’ll receive a box every two to three months.
Buy it: $36 per month, Lovevery.com
Mini Mori Personalized Snap Baby Pajamas
Mini Mori makes excellent newborn baby clothes that any parent would be delighted to get as a gift. Case in point: These personalized pajamas made from the brand’s signature cotton-bamboo blend fabric.
Buy it: $39, MiniMori.com
Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile
Searching for newborn baby gift ideas that’ll stimulate their senses? Check out this super-cool crib mobile by Wimmer-Ferguson. It comes with 10 interchangeable cards decorated with high-contrast images that’ll mesmerize baby. The spinning cards foster visual and multi-sensory development in infants and each card is labelled by age to keep things simple for parents.
Buy it: $30, buybuyBABY.com
Fauve and Co New Baby Gift Box
Send new parents some love with this newborn baby girl gift set. This beautifully presented gift box is filled with a crochet bunny, leather oxford baby shoes, a linen hair bow and a wooden teether. This Etsy seller also has gifts for newborn baby boys and gender neutral options to boot.
Buy it: $57, Etsy.com
Jellycat Bashful Unicorn Soother Blanket
As Baby grows, they’ll enjoy snuggling up with this cozy lovey, which comes complete with an attached unicorn stuffed animal. Baby will soon be inseparable from this cuddly newborn gift.
Buy it: $20, Nordstrom.com
Monica + Andy Hospital Cuddle Box Mini
Treat parents and baby to some adorable, high-quality infant wear. Made from the softest certified organic cotton, this newborn gift set includes a coming home blanket and an adjustable baby hat. This set comes in 25 cute prints that are perfect for newborn girls and boys. Bonus: Monica + Andy also offer a personalization service.
Buy it: $33, MonicaandAndy.com
Little Hippo Shop Baby Handprint & Footprint Picture Frame
Help new parents make precious memories with this heartwarming newborn gift. The DIY kit comes with a frame and everything needed to record baby’s hand and footprints. It’s the perfect piece of artwork to hang on their nursery wall.
Buy it: $22, Etsy.com
Sophie la Girafe Classic Gift Set
Next up is the trendiest teether set money can buy. This newborn baby gift set includes the classic Sophie la Giraffe toy, plus a soothing teether ring packaged in a stylish gift bag. Both items are made from 100 percent natural rubber and are the perfect size for little hands to grab and squeeze.
Buy it: $47, Maisonette.com
Uncommon Goods Constellation Spoon and Cup
Here’s a cool newborn keepsake gift: A silver mug and spoon set engraved with baby’s name, date of birth and the constellation that matches their star sign. Star-gazing parents are sure to appreciate this unique newborn gift that’s designed and hand-engraved in Rhode Island.
Buy it: Starting from $45, UncommonGoods.com
SewMine Personalized Newborn Swaddle
How about a custom-made swaddle set? This adorable swaddle and hat set comes in tons of colors and is personalized with baby’s name in your font of choice—simply beautiful. Swap the hat for a bow (the seller offers a selection) and you’ve got yourself a fabulous newborn baby girl gift.
Buy it: Starting from $22, Etsy.com
Skip Hop ABC & ME Activity Gym
Introduce baby to a world of fun with this alphabet-inspired activity gym. The plush mat and supportive rainbow pillow is perfect for tummy time, meanwhile the hanging toys will introduce newborns to exciting sounds, textures and colors.
Buy it: $80, SkipHop.com
Jellycat Blossom Tulip Star Musical Pull
Check out this whimsical musical toy by Jellycat. Parents can pull on the plush bunny to hear the soothing lullaby “Hush Little Baby.” It can also be attached to a stroller for easy on-the-go entertainment.
Buy it: $38, Babyshop.com
Ello Home Baby Personalized Monthly Milestone Blanket
Help parents mark all of baby’s monthly milestones with this gorgeous blanket. The personalized blanket reads “love you to the moon and back.” It’s a sweet and sentimental newborn baby gift for new parents who don’t want to miss a thing.
Buy it: $38, Etsy.com
Patricia Carlin Personalized Storybook Pillow
Mark the beginning of a little one’s story with this unique newborn baby gift. The charming throw pillow features storybook-inspired illustrations that cast baby as the hero of the tale and the parents as the authors. Customize the character by choosing their age, skin tone and hair color.
Buy it: $120, UncommonGoods.com
Meri Meri Sausage Dog Baby Rattle
Pet-lovers will adore this darling sausage dog rattle. It comes complete with a striped knit sweater, soft floppy ears and a sweet embroidered face, meaning it’s 100 percent baby-safe.
Buy it: $22, MeriMeri.com
Little Unicorn Tropical Outdoor Blanket in Green/White
Take picnics in the park to the next level with this outdoor baby blanket. The tropical-print throw is super-soft, water-resistant and machine washable. It’s a practical newborn baby gift parents will thank you for.
Buy it: Starting from $45, buybuyBABY.com
Manhattan Toy Petit Artiste Gift Set
The best gifts for a newborn baby are great-quality keepsakes baby will grow to love. Introducing this sweet artist-inspired infant and toddler gift set from Manhattan Toy. Babies can gum the natural wood teether and clutch the vibrant crinkle book when they’re little and explore with the bunny in tow once they graduate to toddler status.
Buy it: $32, Maisonette.com
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Box
Still searching for the ultimate newborn gift? Take a look at this newborn baby gift basket by the iconic brand Burt’s Bees Baby. It’s chockablock with essentials, including clothing, toys, books and baby-safe toiletries. And for every Baby Bee Box purchased, a donation is made to Save the Children, an organization that provides lifesaving relief to children in need.
Buy it: $150, BurtsBeesBaby.com
Lamaze Clip & Go Flip Flap Dragon
Check out this cool dragon toy by Lamaze. Featuring six different tactile materials, this activity toy has a squeaky nose and flappable wings. It’s suitable for newborns and babies up to 24 months and can be clipped onto a diaper bag or stroller for fun on the go.
Buy it: $15, buybuyBABY.com
I See Me! Welcome to the World by Jennifer Dewing Personalized Baby Gift
Looking for newborn baby girl gifts? This baby book is just the thing to celebrate a newborn baby girl or boy. Add baby’s name and picture to this charming tale in which an array of animals celebrate the new arrival. Personalized newborn baby gifts don’t get much better than this.
Buy it: $30, Etsy.com
Pehr Swan Lake Mobile
Luxury newborn baby gifts don’t have to break the bank. Case in point: This beautiful, artisan-crafted baby mobile. Inspired by the ballet Swan Lake, this delicate crib mobile will help newborns drift off into a peaceful night’s sleep.
Buy it: $85, Maisonette.com
Tubby Todd Bath Co The Newborn Gift Set
We’re obsessed with this newborn baby gift set by Tubby Todd Bath Co. It comes with six body care essentials—including an everyday lotion, hair and body wash, baby massage oil, diaper paste, all over ointment and a baby fresh spray—designed for sensitive newborn skin.
Buy it: $96, TubbyTodd.com
Tinabless Baby Socks Toys
Encourage baby to reach and grab with these colorful baby rattle socks and wristbands. Made from 100 percent cotton, these simple sensory toys will stimulate baby’s senses while keeping their tiny toes warm and cozy.
Buy it: $11, Amazon.com
Bohemian Mama Over The Rainbow Organic Crib Sheet
Add some color to their nursery decor with this cheerful rainbow crib sheet. Made from GOTS certified organic cotton, this crib sheet would make the perfect backdrop for newborn photos.
Buy it: $48, BohemianMama.com
Parachute Baby Bath Bundle
Babies love bath time, so why not treat the new arrival to a gloriously soft bath towel set from Parachute? This bundle comes with two baby washcloths and an adorably pint-sized hooded towel made from Turkish cotton.
Buy it: $42, Parachute.com
Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book) by Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt
Last up on our list of the best newborn baby gifts is this timeless children’s book. One of the best-selling baby books of all time, this touch-and-feel tale will introduce baby to new textures, experiences and words. And at only $7, this newborn gift is pretty affordable too!
Buy it: $7, Target.com
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