100 Great Gifts Ideas for Babies Under One

Best baby gift ideas for infants to 1 year olds. Unique gift ideas for boys, girls, christmas or any special occasion.
If you’re looking for some baby gift ideas – even gifts for infants – 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.

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.

Here is 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 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

Great Christmas gift ideas for 6 month old

Baby Snow Terry Bath Mitts – Baby

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

Best gifts for babies: NIDO – Quilted | 7 A.M. Enfant

NIDO – Quilted | 7 A.M. Enfant

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)

Best gifts for babies: Hohner Kids Toddler Music Band makes a great Christmas present for 9 month old

Hohner Kids Toddler Music Band

These are fun little instruments to spark your future musician.

Best gifts for babies: walkers make great gifts for 10 month old babyVTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

This is a super popular walker that gets amazing ratings.

Best gifts for babies: Roll & Play Game is a great Christmas present for a 11 month old

Roll & 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.

Best gift for 1 year old baby

 Rockin’ Rider Legacy Grow-with-Me Pony

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

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


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.

Best gifts for babies: DUKTIG 9-piece fruit basket set – IKEA makes the best gift for a 9 month old baby girl

DUKTIG 9-piece fruit basket set – IKEA

IKEA has the most lovely play food.

Best gifts for babies: Skip Hop Activity Gym makes a great christmas present for babies

Skip Hop Camping Cubs Activity Gym

Who doesn’t love a camping theme?! Includes a light-up firefly, turtle mirror, bear rattle and musical raccoon with wooden teether that plays “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

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 that have tons of play value and don’t get filled with scuzz
Boon Pipes Water Pipes $12
Boon Marco Light-Up $12
Boon Water Bugs $8

Best gifts for babies: LeapFrog My Pal Scout is a great present for a 10 month old

LeapFrog My Pal Scout

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.


Best gifts for babies: Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table is a great gift even at Christmas

Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table

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.

Best gifts for babies: Playskool Busy Poppin’ Pals makes a good gift for babies

Playskool Busy Poppin’ Pals

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. It’s been around for a while and it’s a tried and true toy.

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.

Great gifts for babies: Hide N Squeak Eggs

Hide N Squeak Eggs

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.

Great Infant Christmas Presents: Fisher Price Puzzle

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Activity Puzzle

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

Gifts for 11 month old boy: Step2 Whisper Ride II, Blue

Step2 Whisper Ride II, Blue

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.

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.

Christmas gifts for 9 month baby: Fat Brain Toys Spin Again Toy Baby

Fat Brain Toys Spin Again Toy Baby

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.

Christmas ideas for newborns: Board Books

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!

Related: Best Books for Babies (that don’t always make top 10 lists)
Top gifts for babies: Radio Flyer Wagon

Radio Flyer Wagon

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

Infant gift ideas: Snuggin for babies


This sweet elephant can hold toys, pacifiers, and whatever else your kid can’t live without at the moment.

Great 6 month old christmas gifts: Spielstabil Nesting Stacker

Spielstabil Nesting Stacker

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

Xmas gifts for newborns: Bright Starts Lots of Links- Solid Colors

Bright Starts Lots of Links- Solid Colors

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

Gifts for a 9 month old: Leap Frog Piano

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table

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

Christmas gifts for 10 month old girl: Baby Stella Peach Doll

Baby Stella Peach Doll

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.

Gifts for 11 month old boy: Little Tikes Ball Drop and Roll

Little Tikes Ball, Drop and Roll

You can take it apart AND you can drop it like it’s hot. What more could you want?

Baby xmas gifts: toy basket

Jute Toy Bin

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

Baby Christmas present ideas: Boon Snug Silicone Sippy Lids

Boon Snug Silicone Sippy Lids

These guys convert any cup or glass into a sippy cup. It’s a handy thing to have on the go and it makes a great gift for a baby.

Top gifts for babies: EZPZ Mat

Ezpz Mat

These are easy to clean and hard to throw so mealtime stays fun for everyone.

Best gifts for babies: otteroo floatie

otteroo floatie

I fully recognize that this 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.

Top gifts for babies: Medium Colored Zip Top Tote Bag from Lands’ End

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.

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).

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.

Gift ideas for newborns: Pampers Swaddlers Diapers Size 2 Giant Pack 132 Count

Pampers Swaddlers Diapers Size 2 Giant Pack 132 Count

When in doubt give diapers. Try to shoot for the next size up.

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

TROFAST Storage combination with boxes – IKEA

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

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?

Gift ideas for newborn: aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket 4 Pack, Make Believe

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

Swaddles are a fail safe baby gift. They have a million uses and aden + anais are the favorties out there.

Infant gift ideas: Lucy Darling Closet Dividers

Lucy Darling Closet Dividers

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

Gift ideas for newborn: iPlay Swim Diaper

iPlay Swim Diaper

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

Gift ideas for baby girl: Baby Wisp

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 then buy them from the Baby Wisp website or on Amazon.

What do you get a baby for Christmas: Trumpette Baby Boys' Johnny Socks - 6 Pairs Assorted

Trumpette Baby Boys’ Johnny Socks – 6 Pairs Assorted

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

Christmas ideas for newborn: Robeez Classic Bootie

Robeez Classic Bootie

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.

Gift ideas for baby: Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit 6-9 months - Cream Cotton

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

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.

Christmas gifts for 10 month old girl: custom name beach towel

Custom Microfiber Beach Towel

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

Infant Christmas Presents: Columbia 'Lil Bear Fleece

Columbia ‘Lil Bear Fleece

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

Infant Christmas Presents: Night Night Baby Sleepers In Pure Organic Cotton | Baby Long Johns

Hanna Andersson Pajamas

These guys really do make gorgeous sleepers and pajamas.


Good gift for babies: Green Toys Wagon

Green Toys Wagon 

Lightweight, durable, and perfect for towing around their favorite toys.


Gift for small baby: Fat Brain Toys OombeeCube

Fat Brain Toys OombeeCube

Part-teether, part-puzzle, the OombeeCube is a durable, multi-textured 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 toy to bring to a restaurant without worrying about anything dropping on the floor.

Good gifts for babies: Tomy Bath dolphins

Tomy Bath Do Rae Mi Dolphins

There is no way to adequately express how much joy these little dolphins bring me. You pop ’em in the tub, bop them gently on the head, and they let out a joyful little whistle. Each one makes a different pitch, which adds to the magic.


Christmas ideas for infants: aden + anais swaddlers

aden + anais metallic swaddles

These are ridiculously beautiful in person. An absolute WOW gift if you’re looking to knock the compression socks off someone who appreciates a gorgeous pattern.


Best Gifts for Babies: Belle and Beanzer Big Love Blanket

big love blanket | belle&beanzer

belleandbeanzer.com $38.00

These blankets are so incredibly versatile — arm pockets for swaddling, nursing, strolling, etc. Plus, it looks like a heart when you lay it down. Sweet.


Great Baby Gift: 8 Piece Tegu Pocket Pouch Magnetic Wooden Block Set

Tegu Tints Pocket Pouch 8 Piece

Sometimes the simplest things are the best things. These smooth, little blocks are non-toxic with a water-based lacquer finish so your baby can go nuts with them.



Unique baby gifts: handmade newborn fabric ball Teething toy

Geometric Modern toy Teething by TIMOHANDMADE

Cool handmade teether. It’s like a little baby weapon! Since it’s Etsy, the style changes up, but the idea stays the same.


Unique books for a baby gift



Unique Baby Gifts: Wool Felt Crown

Wool Felt Crown


Personalized Baby Gifts: wooden blocks

Personalized wooden blocks alphabet letter by BannorToys


Melissa & Doug Wiggling Worm Grasping Toy

This simple little worm is surprisingly popular with babies. Plus, it’s almost impossible to break while twisting and forming it into new shapes.


Best Baby Gifts for a Newborn: Earth Mama Angel Baby a Little Something for Baby Kit

Earth Mama A Little Something For Baby

Earth Mama has some of the best stuff out there and this little gift pack contains shampoo, body wash, bottom balm, lotion and baby oil.


Newborn Baby Gift Ideas: aden + anais new beginnings gift set, liam the brave

aden+anais Newborn Baby Gift Set , For The Birds

You can never, ever go wrong with aden+anais and they just came out with this newborn gift set. It contains two swaddles, a burpy bib, a mate lovey, and a swaddling book.

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

Wee Gallery Art Cards for Baby , Garden Collection

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


Inexpensive baby gift: Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether, Orange

Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether , Orange

These are a great little gift for babies. They are made of medical grade silicone, are easy to garb and are great to gnaw on.


Best Baby Gifts for a 7 month old: Snuggle Baby

Manhattan Toy Snuggle Pod , Snuggle Bug

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.

Best Gifts for a Newborn: Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest Soft Book

Lamaze Cloth Book , Peek-a-Boo Forest

Amazon $14.39

Babies love little flip books and these cloth versions allow for some serious mangling ; )


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 herself) in the head with it. Babies love these things and they aren’t crazy expensive.

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.


 Best Gifts for a 9 month old girl

Corolle Calin Blue Sky 12″ Doll

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


 Best Gifts for a Newborn: Clemmy Blocks

Clemmy 20 Piece Soft Block Set

Somebody bought my son these as a gift and both the boys still play with them. They are nice and soft so they are good to just roll around until you can stack. They can just be put back in the bucket (the all go through that crazy put-it-in-something stage. Best of all they don’t hurt if you step on the (I’m looking at you Lego) or fall on them.




Unique Baby Gifts: Name Your Tune Personalized CDs

Name Your Tune Personalized Children’s CDs – Name Your Tune

These are fantastic. I got one for both of my sons and it really is something how they actually record your kid’s name into the song and it’s not all shit like with “If you’re ‘insert robotic name here’ and you know it”. It really does sound seamless. I think it’s especially great for kids that have unique names and aren’t going to find the preprinted mugs with their names on it anytime soon.


DIY Baby Gift: Sensory Board

Dudecraft / Aunty Cookie

Gifts don’t have to be bought and if you have someone who is really handy that is itchy to do something for your baby, I can’t tell you how well this thing would go over.



Unique Baby Gifts: The Dual Measures Growth Chart

The Dual Measures Growth Chart by KimsSister on Etsy

Growth chart that can stay up after they have outgrown fairies but haven’t outgrown *growing*.


Inexpensive Baby Gifts: Learning Resources Smart Splash Sail Away Shapes

Learning Resources Smart Splash Sail Away Shapes

I love these little boats for kids of all ages. And since they don’t have a hole in them you don’t have to worry about black mildew water being squirted in your face by a fun-loving toddler.



Music for a Newborn: Rockabye Baby! Good Day, Goodnight: The 5 Year Anniversary Compilation

Rockabye Baby! Good Day, Goodnight: The 5 Year Anniversary Compilation

This a cd you didn’t know you wanted. But you do. The Rockabye Baby collection is surprisingly great — I bet you had no idea Tool would so so great as a lullaby. If you don’t believe me, check out the Amazon reviews!


Best Baby Gift Ideas: Baby leg warmersBabyLegs Lil’ Rainbow Leg Warmers

All babies should have leg warmers. These are newborn sized, but BabyLegs makes them for preemies and bigger babies, as well. There are also a ton of other brands selling similar items.


Best Baby Gifts: Soft Pull back cars

Melissa & Doug K’s Kids Pull-Back Vehicle Set

You really can’t beat these for the price. Each set comes with four safe, soft, and washable cars. They roll surprisingly far, even on carpet.



Best Baby Gifts: Sensory Fish

Melissa & Doug Flip Fish Soft Baby Toy

This is a great exploratory toy for little ones. Each fish scale has a different texture and lifts up to show a drawing. It also has a teether corner and is plush, crinkly, and huggable.


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 gift. Obviously, the price range is pretty big between photographers but you can usually find something to fit everyone’s budget.

Baby Christmas present ideas: Apple iTunes Card

Apple iTunes Card

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.



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


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?!)

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

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.

Gifts for a 9 month old: Creative Classes for Kids

Creative Classes for Kids

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

10 month old baby christmas gifts: Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

Get ’em in the water and swimming early.


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