If your family is expecting a special Christmas delivery from the stork rather than Santa this year, you’ll be wanting some extra special gifts to celebrate their first festive season. Whether it’s your own bundle of joy you’re shopping for or a grandchild or friend, we’ve found the best gifts for the tiniest tots so you can spend your time cooing and cuddling instead of searching for the perfect gift.
If you have a little newborn Houdini on your hands who loves to escape from even the most expertly bound swaddles, then this is the gift for you. The Love to Dream organic cotton zip up swaddles give newborn arms and legs a little more freedom whilst still providing the comfort of some stretchy cotton boundaries for little limbs to push against and keeping little hands available for self soothing. If you give any new parent the gift of better sleep then surely that is the best gift of all! $41.95 from Love to Dream.
When you have a new baby, very soon you will be fielding all sorts of advice about getting in to a routine. Anything that helps maintain it whilst allowing a bit of travel and flexibility can be really useful. Enter the small portable Rainforest Friends Projection Soother from Fisher-Price. It plays music, has a white noise option and best of all it’s a gentle night light that projects a lovely colour scene overhead. A portable little treasure to help keep the sleep routine consistent and comforting for bubs. Currently on sale from Target for $44.25.
Keep baby snug in this bright and gorgeous little blanket from O.B.Designs, perfect for cot or pram. Blankets have a special place in our hearts when it comes to little bubs and make beautiful yet practical presents that are loved for years. What a beautiful thought, wrapping your little one in a super soft rainbow! Hand crocheted from all natural fibres, it’s $99.95 from O.B.Designs.Tiny weeny adorable outfits for mini humans always make popular presents. Eeni Meeni Miini Moh make particularly gorgeous designs and they have a perfect selection for newborns in The Le Luxe spring/summer gift box. Perfect for babies born around our Aussie Christmas time, this treasure trove of lightweight baby clothes made in soft, jersey fabric is a wonderfully thoughtful gift. As well as a selection of clothes and a little nail brush, the mini hamper also includes a Newborn Photography Voucher valued at more than $250 and valid in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Available from Eeni Meeni Miini Moh for $125.
Apple Park create gorgeous environmentally responsible and luxurious products for babies and children and they’ve created the perfect first gift for our cuddly little newborns with these sweet little Woodland Pal plush toys. These are toys baby can cuddle close, made from the finest eco-friendly materials available, so they’re safe for baby and the planet. $64.90 from Apple Park
If there’s a little girl on the way in your family this Christmas and you want to give a gift that will be treasured possibly for generations, then these exquisite wraps (pictured above and at top of post) from Tilly & Otto are just the thing. Made from the highest quality cottons and torchon lace these beautiful creations are a bit of luxury in which to wrap up your littlest treasure. Tilly & Otto have a few product ranges to explore, including head wraps and a beautiful snugly cot quilt. From Tilly & Otto, starting at $49.95
Keep bubs entertained on the move in the pram or at home in the cot with this cute little ‘pram necklace’ created by designer and illustrator Camilla Lundsten. This cotton crocheted creation is available in multi colour or black and white and comes in a beautifully presented little box. Currently $45 at Luumo Design.
Muslins, you will own at least a thousand and use them for every possible baby related activity you can think of. And some you can’t. These Weegoamigo baby wraps are a step above your average muslin with beautiful designs that almost qualify as works of art. You’ll be wanting to keep them way beyond babyhood. A stunning gift for new parents available for $49.95 from Too Cool for School.
Recently I’ve been on the look out for Australian centric toys for kids. There are a lot of generic toys from overseas, but I love celebrating our native culture, flora and fauna and this gift is a great start down that road. They say black and white images are helpful for developing the vision and focus of young eyes and crinkle books are always a hit for the very young. Other Australian focused titles available in this series are From the Outback and From the Nest. Available from Urban Baby for $12.95.
Help baby drift off with a little star gazing with these beautiful decorative cloud mobiles from Baby Jives. Now available in a Luxe range made with metallic leather and luxurious linen and wool felt. Just the thing for adding a little magic to the nursery. These mini versions are available start from US$28 and go up to US$98 for bigger variations from Baby Jives.
Add a little magic to baby’s room with this delightful ornamental nightlight that is also a sweet little snow globe housing beautiful delicate figurines. There’s no need to shake it as the in built fan swirls the glitter automatically to reflect the colour changing lights, casting gentle dappled patterns to help baby drift off. Part of the Little Big Room collection by Djeco, each globe is presented in a stunning illustrated keepsake box. It’s battery operated and has even has a timer to help you save power. Available from Shop of Toys for $58.95.
You may have come across the ubiquitous Sophie the Giraffe natural rubber teething toy. But did you know they also have a gorgeous So Pure unisex range designed specifically for newborns? This Birth Set is ideal to welcome your little bundle of joy and includes: a large soft blanket made from organic cotton with a Sophie the Giraffe embroidery in the corner and a natural rubber Sophie So Pure teething ring. Sophie is such a popular toy because she’s made from natural rubber, ideal for baby to clutch and chew. All presented in a beautiful gift box. Available from Oopsie for $60
Those early weeks with baby can often blend into a haze of sleepless nights and busy days, but with this divine journal and ‘chatter book’ you can treasure the memories of parenthood right from the start. This gorgeous and easy to maintain Special Edition Once-A-Year Book prompts you to choose one picture from each year of your child’s life to display in a stylishly illustrated concertina design display book. Each book is hand bound and features illustrated covers by Laura Blythman, with gorgeous copper and peach or copper and mint tones on acid-free archival quality paper.
In the accompanying 50-page hand bound Chatter Book you can place your thoughts and those of your little one once they start talking, creating a keepsake of special moments that will last forever. The books are gorgeously presented in a wooden box with gift tag, a perfect gift for busy mums and their little wonders. Available from Laikonik for $80.
Newborns don’t really need shoes, but for a truly unique Christmas gift you can’t go past these divine tiny moccasins and at a price that won’t break the bank. Beautiful, but also completely functional, these Petit Bib baby shoes have either elastic or velcro, so they are very easy to put on the tiniest feet. Made of genuine leather, they are available in sizes starting from 0-6 months, up to two years. From $29.95 at Petit Bib
Stay tuned tomorrow for more Babyology Christmas gift guides.