Best Thoughtful Holiday Gift Ideas for Newborns 2021
Gift Ideas Holidays New Baby

Best Thoughtful Holiday Gift Ideas for Newborns 2021

By Amy Morrison
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If you have a new baby on your gift list this year, here are some perfect gifts that will be put to good use AND don’t make noise. I tried to stick to recommendations that were thoughtful but also useful for new parents. Most of them are new this year and a couple are just cool so that they made the list.

Holiday Gifts for Newborns

mom holding newborn with “Lumberjack” burp cloth by Copper Pearl

Copper Pearl Premium Burp Cloths

I tried to stay away from baby gear that would be on a registry but fresh burp cloths are like fresh socks and underwear – a standard but so nice. If new moms and dads are going to walk around wearing one as an accessory, you should make it fashionable with these soft burp cloths from Copper Pearl. You can find them here on Amazon.

custom name pillow with a red truck as a unique gift for a newborn

Personalized Pillow

Minted makes these gorgeous custom pillows that do a beautiful job of weaving the baby's name into the design. They have florals, rainbows, animals and graphic designs to suit any nursery decor. (Use the code PC15 to get an extra 15% off.) You can find them all here.

Hatch Rest+ with smart phone app. Best Holiday Gifts for Newborns 2020

Hatch Rest+

This handy Rest+ serves as a night light, audio monitor, and white noise sound machine. You can adjust the colors, timing, and volume from your phone! (You can read my review here.) Then, as your kiddo grows, you can use it as a time-to-rise indicator, as well as part of your bedtime routine. You can shop them here.

Monica + Andy Coming Home Blankets

I had a hard time deciding what to feature from their site because they have such beautiful things including swaddles, sleepers, clothing, and full clothing bundles if you’re looking for a gift with a full “WOW” factor. These blankets are super soft, GOTS certified organic cotton, and make great newborn baby gifts. You can shop them here.

ezpz Mini Mat + Bapron Bundle

The bundle includes the food grade silicone ezpz Mini Mat (their top-selling mat) and the Bapron, a machine washable bib-apron hybrid that ties around the body rather than the neck for a safer and more comfortable fit. Find them on the ezpz site.

Christmas Wishes for Casim custom book. Best Holiday Gifts for Newborns 2020

Wonderbly Personalized Book

This site creates very beautiful, very well-written custom books. We have the Lost Your Name book and it will forever blow my mind how cool it is. Some custom book companies just plop a name in the book but these truly look like they are one of a kind. You can buy them on the site.

Lovevery Play Gym. Best Holiday Gifts for Newborns 2020

Lovevery Play Gym

Lovevery’s award-winning gym includes everything you need for a whole year of play. Designed by child development experts, this play mat has five development zones that reveal or conceal to prevent overstimulation and promote learning and tummy time. You can check it out on the site.

babylist pacifier box

Babylist Pacifier Box

When choosing a pacifier, know this—the best pacifier is the one your baby will take. The box comes with six top pacifiers so you and your baby can try them out to see which one they prefer. You can find the box here.

Wearable Blanket

Baby sleep sacks are a safer alternative to blankets for newborns and infants and are super popular in the parenting world. I like this one because it zippers from the top and the bottom for easy-to-access diaper changes. This one features a reindeer but if you prefer a giraffe or a butterfly, you should be covered as they have tons of designs. You can find them on the Burt's Bees site.

Winter Wobble Penguin

Skip Hop has just launched some new toys this season including this adorable penguin. This cute animal friend has a soft texture and sweet chime sounds. Just push him over and watch him waddle and wobble back up (then do it all over again)! You can find the Wobble Penguin and the other new releases here.

tubby todd winter bundle as a gift for newborn

Tubby Todd Winter Bundle

This stuff is the best. You know I’m a huge fan of the All Over Ointment – it’s not too greasy and it heals all that ails wee ones. (You can see my review here.) So, I was excited to see that they have included it in a Winter collection gift set that includes diaper cream, chest rub, and lip balm. You can shop it on the site.

Merry + Bright Blanket

Loulou Lollipop has a new Merry + Bright collection that includes blankets, bibs, towels, crib sheets and security blankets. It's a gorgeous pattern that isn't too over-the-top-jingle-bells but still has the holiday spirit. You can find the new collection here.

Baby’s First Year blanket

This photograph backdrop makes the monthly growth pictures a snap. It’s a soft 40 X 40  blanket that can be used for swaddling, nursing, or covering the baby. Each month, simply lay it out and add one of the pre-printed month props to keep track of how big your tiny baby is getting. You can shop them here.

baby swaddled between four cuddle and kind hand knit dolls

Cuddle + Kind Hand Knit Dolls

Not only will these hand knit dolls bring a little happiness into a baby’s world, purchasing any doll from Cuddle + Kind means 10 meals are provided to children in North America and around the world. You can check out all the cuteness on their site.

custom wooden name puzzle. Best Holiday Gifts for Newborns 2020

Personalized Name Puzzle

This custom puzzle makes a great gift for newborns – this keepsake will stick around for years. You can find them on Etsy.

Handmade Baby’s Tooth Box

This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does solve the question of, “what do I do with all these teeth!?” It feels weird to throw them away and weird to keep them. You can find it on Etsy.

custom print showing how planets are aligned on a special date

Planets in Time Print

These personalized prints use NASA algorithms to accurately plot the planets to your chosen date. I love that they aren’t too ‘babyish’ and would grow with a kid. You can find them on Etsy.

Fat Brain Toys Dimpl

Fat Brain Toys Dimpl

Push and pop them, poke and grab them; A perfect, portable sensory delight. I love this toy company and you really can’t go wrong with any of their baby toys. If you want the latest and greatest, check out the Lil Dimpl. You can find them here.

little feminist subscription month as a newborn gift idea

Little Feminist book club – 0-3-year-old

This amazing book club finds books that feature equality and empathy. Diversify your bookshelf with their BEST picks for 0-3-year-olds. Receive 2 board books or 1 picture book each month. Includes: bookmark with discussion questions and parent letter. You can check it out on the site.

toddler wearing holiday Hannukah pajamas

Little Sleepies PJs

If you want to start a holiday tradition of new pajamas for the family, definitely check out these cute options. There are holiday prints and year-round choices made from the softest eco-friendly bamboo fabric. They also make adult PJs, so the entire family can be adorably matchy (including the family pet).  Find them on the Little Sleepies website.

custom flash cards

Pinhole Press Custom Photo Flash Cards

Combining memories with education, these photo alphabet flashcards from Pinhole Press are customizable with photos of your choosing. Your family, pets, and toy xylophone are sure to make an appearance. You can customize them on the Pinhole Press website.

custom baby's first christmas ornament

Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

This simple, customized ornament is a lovely take on the timeless classic and makes a great gift for a newborn. (Obviously, they will customize the year as well.) From Etsy.

Christmas gift box with onesie, swaddle, board book, teether, santa doll

Honey Bug Gift Box

Honey Bug curates beautiful gift boxes that are great if you want to get a baby gift where someone else has done the heavy lifting of finding all the best stuff. They are also wonderful if you want to ship a gift directly to the recipient. You can shop them here.

Do you know of other great gifts for newborns?

I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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