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Baby Gift Ideas: 100 Great Gifts for Babies Under One!

By Amy Morrison
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Coming up with baby gift ideas – even gifts for infants – is hard! I think we all understand that babies don’t want or really need anything, but people really want to recognize special occasions.

So I put my own list together of great gifts for kids under one. It was a little tricky because shopping for an infant is different from shopping for a 10-month old but I tried to make it fairly universal for anyone in their first year of life.

Here are my criteria for baby gift ideas:

  • 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 baby essentials like diapers, some people just want to buy a cool toy

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

Lovevery Block Set

Lovevery play kits and gym have a bit of a cult following so their block set is a pretty safe bet. The set contains 70 heirloom quality pieces that work with each other in more than 20 stage-based activities. You can find the block set here.

fox bath mitt

Terry Bath Mitts

It’s a puppet, it’s a bath mitt, it’s something awesome to chew on! It’s a great baby gift idea. Shop here.

baby playing with loops

Fat Brain Toys pipSquigz Loops

pipSquigz Loops may look like a randomly-shaped piece of silicone, but it has different textures, rattle rings, and a variety of places to grab and chew. Plus, they suction cups onto the table, which helps eliminate the “throw this down so mom has to pick it up” game. If you're looking for a toy, you can't go wrong with Fat Brain. The store is full of well-curated educational toys and there are very few stinkers. Shop them on the Fat Brain site or here on Amazon.

nido car seat cover

7 A.M. Enfant Nido Stroller & Car Seat Baby Wrap

Some of the best baby gift ideas aren’t even toys. 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). Skip Hop also makes one that's a little more wallet friendly. Shop here.

Personalized Pillow

Minted makes these gorgeous custom pillows. Each pillow includes an alternative down insert and free personalization. Pillows are custom-made from luxury, natural fabrics printed in the United States. You can shop them here. If you use the code PC15 at checkout you’ll get 15% off.

roll and play baby game

ThinkFun Roll and Play Game

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. Shop here.

little girl on a skip hop unicorn ride on

Skip Hop Zoo 3-In-1 Ride On Toy

Skip Hop’s cute and colorful Ride-On Toy offers three ways to play: walk, ride and scoot. Stage one is wagon mode—a great spot for favorite toys, too. Stage two, the wagon’s storage tub converts to a seat for ride-on mode. Stage three, the whole kit and caboodle converts into a scooter. A child can play with it for a long time making it a wonderful baby gift idea. They make a puppy and a fox version too. Shop here.

Best gifts for babies: Oball is a great gift for an infant and under $10

Oball

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

green customized board books

Itty Bitty Books from Pinhole Press

These sweet little custom board books are 3″ x 3″ and feature your baby’s photo in a variety of illustrations. It’s a unique baby gift idea and there are four books to choose from. You can customize them here.

Hape Fruit Basket Set

This colorful selection of this pretend play food set holds a pineapple, banana, strawberry, a slice of watermelon, apple, pear and orange. Each fruit peel-able details and teach your little one about colors, shapes and different characteristics of fruits. Shop it here.

Lovevery Play Gym

Lovevery Play Gym

As I mentioned off the top, these award-winning play gyms have a bit of a cult following. It’s made from sustainable material and comes with Organic Cotton High Contrast Montessori Ball, a sustainably-sourced wooden batting ring and an organic cotton teether with BPA-free silicone ring. You can find them here.

Best gifts for babies: Boon bath toys make a great Christmas present for 6 month old babies

Boon Bath Toys

Boon makes great bath toys. They have tons of play value and don’t get filled with scuzz. You can shop them all here.

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

Even if you’re not in water play weather, you will be soon enough and this is a real winner as a baby gift idea. 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. Shop here.

Looking for baby gift ideas? This custom memory game would make a great gift for a baby girl or baby boy

Custom Memory Game

Kids are freakishly amazing at memory games (probably because they aren’t burdened with 20 years of t.v. jingles) so these make a really lovely gift to remember all the special people in their lives. Shop here.

Busy Baby Mat

Attach your favorite toy, soother or sippy, then stick the Busy Baby Mat to any clean, smooth surface to end the ‘toddler toss’. (Think highchair, restaurant table, door, coffee table – it even folds on itself so you can use it on a grocery cart, stroller bar, etc..) When you’re done, simply roll it up and pop it in your diaper bag. You can find them here.

Great gifts for babies: Hide N Squeak Eggs

Hide N Squeak Eggs

These have a ton of play value and improve recognition of colors and shapes. 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. Shop here.

Step2 Whisper Ride II, Blue

Step2 Whisper Ride II

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. Shop here.

Christmas presents for infants: Sassy Mirror

Sassy Mirror

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. Shop here.

baby climbing on Pikler triangle

Pikler Triangle

These cool climbers can be configured into a variety of playtime combinations. They are suitable for crawlers all the way up to daredevils and do a great job of building self-confidence, motor skill development, balance control, and muscle growth (with minimal risk to head injuries). They are definitely a hot ticket item amongst parents of young children. The bamboo Pikler triangle I've shown is from Lily & River but you can find less expensive versions on Amazon and Etsy.  

Fat Brain Toys Spin Again Toy

I saw this at a Baby Show and 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. You can find it on the Fat Brain site or on Amazon here.

Christmas ideas for newborns: Board Books

Board Books

Board books are the best baby gift. They are durable, short little stories that kids love. Here 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!

I am a Bunny
Little Blue Truck
Peek-a-Who?
Open the Barn Door
Big Red Barn
Go Dog Go
Is Your Mama a Llama?

Also, check out Best Books for Babies (Including Some Hidden Gems)

Little Feminist Book Club

Children’s book subscription that focuses on diversity and gender equality. Yes, it’s a great gift for baby boys too. Shop here.

Nesting Stacker

These are great for home, the bath, the beach, you name it. It includes 9 multicolored stacking cups and 1 bucket with a handy handle that holds them all. You can find them on Amazon.

Gifts for a 9 month old: Leap Frog play table

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table

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

cotton toy bin filled with stuffed bears

Cotton Toy Bin

Hey, ya need a place to put all this stuff. Shop here.

Top gifts for babies: EZPZ Mat

Ezpz Mat

These are easy to clean and hard to throw so mealtime stays fun for everyone. They make 100% silicone mats, bowls and accessories. You see a lot of knock offs out there but ezpz is the OG. Their entire line is amazing. Shop here.

Best gifts for babies: otteroo floatie

otteroo floatie

I fully recognize that this gadget looks 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. Shop here.

Personalized Back Pack

My kids each got a personalized bag like this and I use it all the time. I’ve used it for toys, extra clothes for preschool, and overnighters. I found these on Pottery Barn Kids and they come in a variety of styles and patterns. Shop here.

Explore & More Sort & Spin Yeti

Skip Hop Explore & More Sort & Spin Yeti

This fun guy includes three stages of learning along with 50 songs, sounds and phrases. You can find him on the Skip Hop site and on Amazon. (Check both before you buy for the best deal.)

Gift ideas for newborn: custom name labels

Minted Custom Name Labels

Especially great for keeping track of jackets, hats and sippies at daycare (or at the park). Shop here.

Baby Christmas present ideas: Anywhere Chair | Pottery Barn Kids

Anywhere Chair | Pottery Barn Kids

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. Shop here.

Christmas presents for infants: TROFAST Storage combination with boxes – IKEA

TROFAST Storage combination with boxes

Today’s infant toy storage can become tomorrow’s Lego storage. Shop them at IKEA here.

Christmas presents for newborns: green sprouts Cool Calm Press

green sprouts Cool Calm Press

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? They have a turtle, an owl, and a butterfly.  Shop here.

aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddles

Swaddles are a fail safe baby gift. They have a million uses – nursing cover, swaddle blanket, changing table cover, etc. – and aden + anais are one of the favorites out there. Shop here.

Lucy Darling Closet Dividers

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

Gift ideas for newborn: baby on the beach wearing an iPlay Swim Diaper

Green Sprouts Swim Diaper

Swim diapers are an awesome alternative to disposables. No one wants a pool “fouling”. The whole Green Sprouts swim and sun line is amazing if you wanted to get a whole outfit. Shop here.

The Nugget

This highly coveted play couch is made up of four foam pieces (base, cushion, and two triangle pillows), and covered in a microsuede fabric cover in the color of your choice. It has an infinite number of configurations and doesn't look icky in a living room. The Nugget is the OG but you can find less expensive versions on Amazon.

Gift ideas for baby girl: Baby girl outside wearing a Baby Wisp clip

Baby Wisp

These adorable bows and headbands are built to stay put on even the baldest of baby heads. You can check our review, and buy them on Amazon.

baby socks that look like shoes

Trumpette Socks

These come in little mary janes, ballet slippers, skater shoes, cowboy boots, etc. They are beyond adorable and don’t fall off like shoes can. Shop here.

gray zutano baby booties

Zutano Booties

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. Shop here.

Columbia 'Lil Bear Fleece

Columbia ‘Lil Bear Fleece

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

baby pajamas

Hanna Andersson Pajamas

These guys really do make gorgeous sleepers and pajamas. I love that they have zippers instead of snaps too (they were my nemesis when I was a new mom doing late night diaper changes.) Shop here.

Green Toys Wagon

Lightweight, durable, and perfect for towing around their favorite toys. Green Toys are made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic and are safe and durable for indoor/outdoor play. They have no BPA, phthalates, PVC or paint AND they are dishwasher safe. The whole line is amazing. You can shop the wagon here.

Fat Brain Toys OombeeCube

Part-teether, part-puzzle, the OombeeCube is a durable, multi-textured educational toy that can keep your tot entertained while they chew, squish, and problem solve. As a bonus, the puzzle pieces don’t come off, making it a perfect high chair toy to bring to a restaurant without worrying about anything dropping on the floor. Shop here.

Personalized Baby Gifts: wooden blocks

Personalized wooden blocks alphabet letter by BannorToys

These are just so lovely. Shop here.

Tubby Todd products Hair & Body Wash, Everyday Lotion, Baby Massage Oil, Baby Fresh Spray, All Over Ointment, Washcloth Set

Tubby Todd Newborn Gift Set

Tubby Todd makes really nice natural products. I love this as a gift because you don’t need to gift wrap it as it comes in this cool box. This set comes with Hair & Body Wash, Everyday Lotion, Baby Massage Oil, Baby Fresh Spray, and their cult-classic All Over Ointment (I reviewed it in this post). Shop here.

Color Changing Splash Jacket

Hatley makes these beautiful splash jackets that change color when they get wet. They also make umbrellas and rain boots if you want a full color-changing ensemble. You can find them all on the Hatley site.

Unique Baby Gift Ideas: Art Cards for Baby - Garden Collection

High contrast art cards not only appeal to babies but would also make really cool nursery decor. Shop here.

Inexpensive baby gift: Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether, Orange

Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether

This is a great little gift for babies. They are made of medical-grade silicone, are easy to garb and are great to gnaw on. Shop here.

Best Baby Gifts for a 7 month old: Snuggle Baby

Manhattan Toy Snuggle Pod

Babies hit a stage where they love to put things in and take things out (this often involves your toilet) so toys like this have a long shelf life. Squishy and fun when they are wee, and in and out good times when they are older. Shop here.

Indestructibles Books

These are chew-proof, rip-proof, nontoxic, 100% washable books for babies that are surprisingly soft and flexible. They are great for the bath, car, outside or to pop in your diaper bag. There are a ton of titles and are fun to read. You can find all the titles here on Amazon.

Inexpensive baby gifts: Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy

Winkel: Manhattan Toy

They things are indestructible and won’t hurt if your baby clocks you (or themselves) in the head with it. Babies love these things and they aren’t crazy expensive. Shop here.

Best inexpensive gifts for babies: Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover, Moby

Skip Hop : Moby Bath Spout Covers

It covers the bath spout so they don’t knock their little noggins on the faucet. I had one. It rocked. Shop here.

Best Gifts for a 9 month old girl

Corolle Doll

These are the best damn dolls. Despite being all fancy and French, they are a perfect size and, because the body is soft, they are extremely loveable. I bought one of these for my friend’s daughter and she hauls it everywhere. Shop here.

growth chart for a nursery or baby gift

Growth Chart

Growth chart that can stay up after they have outgrown fairies and fire engines but haven’t outgrown *growing*. You can find all the designs Etsy has to offer here.

Christmas ideas for babies: Zoo Membership

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.

Good gifts for babies: Aquarium Membership

Aquarium Membership

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

Infant gift ideas: Photo Studio Session

Photo Studio Session

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

Best Baby Gifts: Unicef gifts are gifts that give back.

UNICEF USA Gift

You know how I love the idea of this kind of gift. Instead of getting a gift for your newborn who is happy to stare at jingling keys, why not get them something that will save kids in other countries? Some people may not like the “no gift to open” factor on this one, but some may love the gesture this brings. (For more gifts along this line, check out my Baby Gifts That Give Back post.)

Baby Christmas present ideas: World Wildlife Fund | adopt a penguin chick

World Wildlife Fund | adopt a penguin chick

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?!) Shop here.

Baby Christmas Present ideas: Top Ten Most Popular Gifts to Donate | World Vision

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. Shop here.

Gifts for a 9 month old: Creative Classes for Kids

Creative Classes for Kids

A local hangout that offers fun classes is always a great baby gift idea (that often helps with the sanity of new parents too).

10 month old baby christmas gifts: Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

Get ’em in the water and swimming early.

What do you think are the best gifts for kids under one?

Is there a piece of baby gear that you love? Something specific for family members or newborn baby gifts? Let me know in the comments!

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