100 Great Gifts Ideas for Babies Under One

This may feel early, but if you have a baby you’re going to be asked about a holiday list sooner rather than later. I think we all understand that babies don’t want or really need anything for Christmas, but I totally get that people really want to make the first one special.

Best+gift+ideas+for+babies+under+oneIf you have a baby you’re going to be asked about gift ideas sooner rather than later. I think we all understand that babies don’t want or really need anything, but I totally get that people really want to recognize special occasions.

The challenge is finding stuff that lets people express their generosity while actually being useful and that ain’t always easy. Let me tell you, my older son was around 10 months old for his first Christmas and he had two sets of grandparents, two aunts, three uncles and a set of great-grandparents all chomping at the bit to buy him his first Christmas presents. If left unchecked, my grandmother would have come down trumpeting on a sled full of gifts like the final scenes of the Grinch that Stole Christmas.

So I put my own list together of great gifts for kids under one. It was a little tricky because shopping for a two-week old is different from shopping for an 11-month old but I tried to make it fairly universal.

Here is my criteria:

  • gifts that have great play value – so it’s not ditched by dinnertime
  • gifts that have a long play life and educational elements so you get the most bang for your buck
  • gifts that get excellent reviews from a number of sources
  • a little variety – because no matter how much you need diapers, some people just want to buy a cool toy

I have to give a special thanks to all you readers who made suggestions – your ideas rocked it and many have been added to the list.

I’m going to keep adding items so check it out and let me know what you’d add. I’m dying to know what you think.

Great Gifts for Babies Under One

Baby Snow Terry Bath Mitts – Baby

$12.00 zoocchini.com

It’s a puppet, it’s a bath mitt, it’s something awesome to chew on!

NIDO – Quilted | 7 A.M. Enfant

$59.00 7amenfant.com

This is an amazing car seat cover that keeps your baby toasty and warm but is also safe to use (it goes over the baby, not behind)

Elks & Angels Cuddle Bear

$32.00 elksandangels.com

These are made of sheepskin so they are easy to clean and naturally resist bacteria, dirt and odour, plus they are sooooo soft and cuddly.

Hohner Kids Toddler Music Band

$24.91 amazon.com

These are fun little instruments to spark your future musician.

Roll & Play Game

$19.99 amazon.com

This is an amazing first game for kids. Simply roll the cube and choose the matching color card and perform the simple activity shown, such as “Make a happy face”, “Moo like a cow” or “Find something blue”. It’s fun and easy and something you can do together.

Rockin’ Rider Charger 2-in-1 Rocking Pony

$49.99 amazon.com

Kids love things they can sit on and rock. This sturdy, little pony is easy to climb on and converts to a rolling toy when your child is done rockin’


$10 amazon.com

If your child doesn’t have an Oball, snap one of these suckers up. They rattle, are easy to grip and whip around with little damage if you take it in the face. Kids love ’em.

DUKTIG 9-piece fruit basket set – IKEA

$8.00 ikea.com

IKEA has the most lovely play food.

LeapFrog My Pal Scout

$20 amazon.com

Okay, Scout is awesome. Scout can learn your child’s name and favorite things for personalized learning in 15+ activities. Plus, Scout has 40+ learning songs, melodies and lullabies. If only Scout could put away laundry.

Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table

$37.99 amazon.com

Even if you’re not in water play weather, you will be soon enough and this is a real winner. I love that it’s not too big so you can move it into the shade and dump it at the end of the day so it doesn’t grow sea monkeys.

Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy

$21.99 amazon.com

Summer will come again (dammit!!) so don’t forget about the fantastic water stuff out there.

Playskool Busy Poppin’ Pals

$18.99 amazon.com

Nothing beats hours (okay minutes) of fun like a cause and effect toy. This one is sturdy and the doors are less likely to fail causing a kid meltdown.

Hide N Squeak Eggs

$10.99 amazon.com

These have a ton of play value. There are shapes at the bottom of each egg that fits in the bottom. Kids can match the top of the shell to the bottom and they squeak. These will drive you crazy but kids love them.

Fisher-Price Growing Baby Animal Activity Puzzle

$16.22 amazon.com

I love that they can play with the animals before they’ve mastered the puzzle part.

Step2 Whisper Ride II, Blue

$59.99 amazon.com

Depending on the age of your child, this may be jumping the gun, but these little cars are fantastic when you have a blossoming walker that doesn’t dig the stroller. It’s easy to get in and out of and kids love catching this ride to the park.

Sassy Mirror

$15 Amazon.com

You may feel like a mirror is just ‘meh’ but you know who else thinks your baby is the cutest, most interesting person on the planet? Yep, your baby. It does a whole bunch of cognitive stuff but, most importantly, it keeps your baby interested.

Fat Brain Toys Spin Again Toy Baby

$30 amazon.com

I saw this at a Baby Show and even I was totally mesmerized by it. Each time you add a gear to the spool it gently spins down. It’s easy to thread so there’s no frustration factor too. It’s a winner.

Board Books

Board books are the best. They are durable, short little stories that kids love. He are some of my faves that are tried and true but without the really popular ones like Guess How Much I Love You, Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny because most people have those. If you read this site for any amount of time you know how much I love I Am a Bunny. BEST. BOOK. EVER!

Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon®, Red

$92.19 amazon.com

Not only do wagons come in handy for carting kids around, they come in handy for carting crap around too.

Spielstabil Nesting Stacker

$17.09 amazon.com

These are great for home, the bath, the beach, you name it. The stack and nest and one even strains water.

Bright Starts Lots of Links- Solid Colors

$4.88 amazon.com

These are inexpensive and tons of fun. Babies love the feel of them, plus, they are safe to chew on.

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table

$63.98 amazon.com

LeapFrog does an excellent job of figuring out what kids love. This little musical table is no exception.

Baby Stella Peach Doll

$24.32 amazon.com

Dolls like this are great because they are loved and used for a long time so you get a ton of play out of them.

Earlyears Roll ‘n Swirl Ball Ramp

$16 amazon.com

You can take it apart, the balls have little shaker stuff in them AND you can drop it like it’s hot. What more could you want?


$29.99 Amazon

Easy way to thaw and reheat baby food.

Boon Snug Silicone Sippy Lids

$10 amazon.com

These guys convert any cup or glass into a sippy cup. It’s a handy thing to have on the go too.


Clevamama Splash and Wrap Baby Bath Towel

$19.99 amazon.com

These towels are huge so you can use them all the way up to toddlerhood.

Mixie Formula-Mixing Baby Bottle – 8 oz

$19.95 amazon.com

If you are formula feeding I cannot stress how amazing these are. Keep the dry formula in one part and the water in the other, then pop the bottom to mix it all together. They are truly amazing.

otteroo floatie

$35.00 otteroo.com

I fully recognize that this look like a torture device (I felt the same way when I saw it) but this thing is magic and babies LOVE it and so do parents. You can use it in the tub or a pool too.

Graco 4ever All-in-One Car Seat

$299.99 amazon.com

If you’re just about to move out of the infant seat stage nothing says “great gift” like a new car seat.

Medium Colored Zip Top Tote Bag from Lands’ End


My kids each got a personalized like this and I use it all the time. I’ve used it to for toys, extra clothes for preschool, and overnighters. Be sure to get the zip top so it doesn’t tip over and you have little socks everywhere. LL Bean also makes one so be sure to check them out to compare styles.

Anywhere Chair | Pottery Barn Kids

$99.00 potterybarnkids.com

These little chairs have a long shelf life. My kids read, played and even slept in them. My husband is actually sitting in one right now playing a video game — I kid you not.

Frida Baby The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

$15.13 amazon.com

I think every sick baby appreciates a snot-free nose. You may have skipped this one in the registry stage because you thought it was gross. Now that you’re a parent you realize that nothing disgusting can phase you anymore and an easy-breathing baby is a sleeping baby.

TROFAST Storage combination with boxes – IKEA

$90.00 ikea.com

Today’s infant toy storage can become tomorrow’s Lego storage.

green sprouts Cool Calm Press, Turtle

$5.99 amazon.com

These are awesome. It’s a cold compress you keep in the freezer. It gets nice and cold but not “ouchy cold”, you know what I mean?

aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket 4 Pack, Make Believe

$49.95 amazon.com

Just keep asking for these until you stop having babies. You can’t have too many.

Zoo Membership

I have mixed feelings about zoos, but there’s no denying that kids love them. Zoos are just plain fun and when you’re wracking your brain about where to go to get out of the house, this is always a hit.

Aquarium Membership

Fish are soothing and it’s a damn nice place to hang out on a rainy day.

Photo Studio Session

$600.00 honeybournestudio.com

A photo session with a local photographer is always a wonderful gift. Obviously the price range is pretty big between photographers but you can usually find something to fit everyone’s budget.

Swaddle – “Classic” Zen Swaddle

$22.49 amazon.com

This swaddler is magical because it’s lightly weighted to lengthen infant sleep by mimicking mom’s touch.

Apple iTunes Card

$25.00 apple.com

There are some really incredible apps out there for babies and toddlers, so if you’re lucky enough to own an Apple device this is always a good ask.

World Wildlife Fund | adopt a penguin chick

$55.00 gifts.worldwildlife.org

You get a little stuffed chick, certificate, card, etc. too. There are all kinds of animals you can adopt so it could be cool if a particular animal had special meaning. You can even adopt a raccoon (WTF?!)

Top Ten Most Popular Gifts to Donate | World Vision

$35.00 donate.worldvision.org

Some of the gifts you can donate here are really incredible and truly life changing. You can even sponsor a child the same age as yours.

Creative Classes for Kids

A local hang out that offers fun classes is always a great gift.

Swimming Lessons

Get ’em in the water and swimming early.

Lucy Darling Closet Dividers

$24.99 lucydarlingshop.com

These are fun and heaven knows organizing baby clothes is a damn nightmare.

Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light, Turtle Tunes

$29.95 amazon.com

This sucker projects stars on the ceiling and has bluetooth capabilities so you can pipe in your favourite tunes.

iPlay Swim Diaper

$15.99 amazon.com

Swim diapers are an awesome alternative to disposables. No one wants a pool “fouling”

Baby Wisp


These sweet little flowers have special little clips that can gently hold on to the wispiest hair.

Trumpette Baby Boys’ Johnny Socks – 6 Pairs Assorted

$20.99 amazon.com

These come in little mary janes, ballet slippers, etc. They are beyond adorable.

Robeez Classic Bootie

$27.99 amazon.com

These are the best damn baby boots. They are warm. They never come off and they cover up the bare spot between the top of your socks and the bottom of your pants. They are also great for indoor slippers.

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit 6-9 months – Cream Cotton

$39.95 amazon.com

Any baby that needs to transition out of swaddling will love this little sleep suit because it’s heavy enough to muffle their reflexive startles that tend to wake them up.

Custom Microfiber Beach Towel

$40.00 joanngracedesigns.com

My kids have these and they love them. It’s amazing what a name on a blanket or towel will do.

Columbia ‘Lil Bear Fleece

$30 amazon.com

Baby Bear Bunting. There’s nothing else to say.

Whew! What else would you add? Let me know in the comments!



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