30 great gifts for babies and newborns

Lindsey Hunter Lopez
Best gifts for babies

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Babies may not realize the holiday season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t buy them gifts—if only because it’s adorable to watch a baby ripping open a wrapped present. (Pro tip: Put the bow on your baby’s head for a great photo op.) 

If your holiday joy comes from piling up a mountain of gifts for your little one, we’re here to help make the season bright with present recommendations. To that end, here’s Reviewed's comprehensive list of toys and products that babies might love as much as the packaging they come in. And they’re all parent-approved!

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1. For the one who enjoys tub time: BabyBibi bath books

Best gifts for babies: Colorful bath books

Make bathtime even more fun with a set of waterproof, squeaky books.This set of three non-toxic, BPA-free books is suitable for ages three months and up. The black-and-white graphics are eye-catching for little ones, and they love slapping these books around in the water just as much as they love looking at them.

Get BabyBibi bath books on Amazon for $16

2. For the one who loves peek-a-boo: Gund Baby Flappy the Elephant

Best gifts for babies: Flappy the elephant

Gund’s new Flappy the Elephant stuffie is super cute—plus he’s entertaining. The 12-inch plush pachyderm “plays” peek-a-boo when you squeeze his left foot. Squeeze Flappy’s right foot and hear "Do Your Ears Hang Low." Delightful for little ones. 

Get a Gund Baby Flappy the Elephant stuffed animal at Nordstrom for $40

3. For the one with a pacifier: Mushie Cleo pacifier clip

Best gifts for babies: A clip to keep their pacifier at hand

These adorable pacifier clips feature food-grade silicone beads for an added, chewy bonus. They’re handmade and tether your little one’s precious paci to their clothing. Available in subdued, stylish colors, these make great gifts or stocking stuffers.

Get a Mushie Cleo pacifier clip on Amazon for $14.99

4. For the one who's into tummy time: Tinkle Crinkle & Friends Activity Gym

Best gifts for babies: Tinkle Crinkle baby gym

Gund’s adorable new activity gym includes everything that babies want: crinkly sounds and textures, cute dangly animals, a fun mirror, and plenty of fabric textures for tactile play. The Tinkle Crinkle & Friends activity gym is perfect for tummy time or just lounging around.

Get a Tinkle Crinkle & Friends Activity Gym on Amazon for $80

5. For the one who likes to play outside: Easter Jungle Gym bucket swing 

Best gifts for babies: A classic bucket swing

Your baby won’t miss the park when you bring the playground action home; just install this bucket swing in your yard. The chains are covered for safety, and the high back makes Eastern Jungle Gym’s swing supportive for bigger babies and toddlers. Wheeeee!

Get an Easter Jungle Gym bucket swing on Amazon for $49.99

6. For the one with a chic nursery: A wooden stacking toy

Best gifts for babies: A wooden stacker

A perfect gift for the discerning baby, this classic stacking toy is oh-so-pretty. Babies enjoy layering rainbow-colored wood rings and popping the round red ball on top. This rainbow stacker will add just the right amount of color to any baby's beautiful nursery. 

Get the Pyramid Stacker at Maisonette for $30

7. For the one who loves reading Eric Carle: Wobble & Wiggle Bead Maze

Best gifts for babies: A Very Hungry Caterpillar bead maze

A bead maze is a baby must-have, and we love this new KidKraft version. The World of Eric Carle is incorporated throughout with The Very Hungry Caterpillar details like wooden food beads and caterpillar sections.

Get the KidKraft World of Eric Carle Wobble & Wiggle Bead Maze at Target for $29.99

8. For the one who loves to dance: Mr. Blue My Dancing and Singing Bird

Best gifts for babies: A dancing bird to make them laugh

Mr. Blue is an interactive blue bird that will dance and respond to baby’s sounds. He’s entertaining, snuggly, and made from BPA-free materials. What’s not to love?

Get a Mr. Blue My Dancing and Singing Bird on Amazon for $29.99

9. For the one who's teething: Itzy Ritzy Water Teether

Best gifts for babies: Cactus teethers to soothe their gums

The classic water teether gets a fun new spin with Itzy Ritzy’s three-pack of cool cactus shapes. Pop these bad boys in the fridge and dole them out to assuage teething pain. If your baby could talk, they would thank you. 

Get an Itzy Ritzy Water Teether three-pack at Target for $6.49

10. For the one who needs help sleeping: HoMedics SoundSpa Lullaby

Best gifts for babies: A soothing sound machine

A sound machine can be ever so helpful when it comes to baby’s slumber. Everyone in the house will appreciate better sleep. The SoundSpa Lullaby plays soothing sounds like ocean, rain, and heartbeat as well as lullabies. There’s a handy timer function so the machine doesn’t run all night, and the projector shows baby-friendly images like ocean life for an added bonus. 

Get a HoMedics SoundSpa Lullaby at Target for $24.99

11. For the one who is a future rockstar: My First Guitar

Best gifts for babies: Their first guitar

Gund’s new My First Guitar is a sweet 14-inch stuffie, and it also actually plays music. Babies can activate five LED light and sound sequences by tapping the star in the center. It's perfect for the budding musician. Add the My First Soft Drum for complete band gift.

12. For the active one: PortaPlay Activity Center

Best gifts for babies: An activity table that lasts

Talk about a functional gift: Oribel’s activity center will keep babies busy and contained in its chair, and it’s also portable. The legs fold up for easy storage, and the chair comes out and toys pop off so the activity center converts to a table. You’ll get years of play out of this gift. 

Get a PortaPlay Activity Center Wonderland Adventures on Amazon for $119.00

13. For the one who needs toys in the bath: Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy

Best gifts for babies: Bath toys with surprises inside

Babies love investigating these bath balls—they have sea creatures inside. The floating bubbles spin, bob, and rattle, adding a splash of fun to bath time. The set includes four balls for babies ages four months and up.

Get Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy at Walmart for $9.18

14. For the one who needs some calming energy: Fisher-Price Soothe & Glow Seahorse

Best gifts for babies: A singing seahorse to help them sleep

Available in pink or blue, this sweet seahorse emits a gentle glow for nighttime snuggles. Give it a little squeeze and it plays eight different songs. Parents will love that the tunes and lights fade after five minutes.

Get a Fisher-Price Soothe & Glow Seahorse at Walmart for $12.97

15. For the one who likes to veg out: DockATot Deluxe+ Dock

Best gifts for babies: A DockATot for safe slumber

If you haven’t heard of DockATot, it’s a portable, padded place to put your babe. The latest version for babies up to eight months, the Deluxe+ Dock provides a nurturing nest for sleeping, tummy time, or just hanging out. Made from OEKO-TEX-certified fabrics that do not harbor heat, the DockATot is designed to be both cozy and safe, and there are loops on the sides for the toy arch (sold separately).

Get a DockATot Deluxe+ Dock on DockATot for $195

16. For the one who's being swaddled: Kumquat parrot blanket 

Best gifts for babies: A super soft blanket

Kumquat’s quality fabrics and cool prints make their receiving blankets a gift any parent (or baby) would enjoy. Ideal for newborns and little babies, this 100% cotton blanket can be used for swaddling, snuggling, shielding, or just as a soft surface.

Get a parrot blanket at Kumquat for $18.00

17. For the one with sentimental parents: Customized wood block

Best gifts for babies: A charming keepsake wooden block

We love this beautiful wooden block for its keepsake qualities. (It also makes a great nursery accent.) Personalize the Pottery Barn Kids block with baby’s birth stats and name for a gift that’ll wow parents.

Get a customized wood block at Pottery Barn Kids for $42.50

18. For the future aviator: HABA aircraft swing

Best toys for babies: An airplane bouncer

Baby can take to the skies—OK, the living room—in this cushy airplane swing. Best for 10 months and up, this padded swing will provide plenty of action, which parents will appreciate in a pandemic.

Get a HABA aircraft swing on Amazon for $161.49

19. For the animal-lover: Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Magical Lights Fishbowl 

Best gifts for babies: A magical talking fishbowl

Babies can fish for fun in this new toy from Fisher-Price. The Magical Lights Fishbowl includes ocean friends that pile into the light-up bowl. Buttons teach letters, numbers, and shapes. 

Get a Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Magical Lights Fishbowl at Target for $19.99

20. For the one who loves Disney: Green Toys Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Stacker

Best gifts for babies: An eco-friendly stacker

Green Toys—the beloved eco-friendly brand—has partnered with Disney Baby on this Amazon exclusive. It’s a classic stacker in pinks and purple with a Minnie Mouse twist. The stacker is made from 100% recycled plastic, and it’s even dishwasher safe. 

Get a Green Toys Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Stacker on Amazon for $14.99

21. For the one who likes to rock: Giraffe plush nursery rocker

Best toys for babies: A beautiful rocker

Pottery Barn Kids makes the cutest plush nursery rockers. Little ones will love to ride on these big, soft animals, and parents will love the sweet nursery addition. Order a giraffe, lamb, elephant, and even a labradoodle. Add baby’s name for an extra special touch.

Get a giraffe plush nursery rocker at Pottery Barn Kids for $169

22. For the one who likes to play ball: Bright Starts Oball

Best gifts for babies: The classic Oball

The price is right on this tried-and-true baby toy—and you’ll get hours of play time. Bright colors and a fun, rubbery texture keep baby’s attention. Plus the flexible ball has plenty of finger holes for easy handling.

Get a Bright Starts Oball Classic Ball on Amazon for $5.99

23. For the one who enjoys a good snuggle: Cloud Island Security Blanket Sloth 

Best gifts for babies: A sloth that's also a blankie

This adorable stuffed sloth/blanket combo makes for a perfect “lovey,” a baby’s little security blanket. The soft blanket features a satin-y edge and babies will love the sloth’s sleepy smile.

Get a Cloud Island Security Blanket Sloth at Target for $9.99

24. For the night owl: Bubzi Co Soothing Sleep Owl

Best gifts for babies: An owl to help them sleep

A 20 minute auto shutoff and starlight projector make this cozy owl a great sleep soother. Parents will appreciate that it’s washable—just remove the mechanism from the center. The Soothing Sleep Owl features sounds like heartbeat, gentle bird noises, and relaxing lullabies. And it projects star lights for a dreamy sleep experience.

Get a Bubzi Co Soothing Sleep Owl on Amazon for $34.95

25. For the one who travels by stroller: Skip Hop Farmstand Avocado stroller toy

Best gifts for babies: An avocado to go

Every baby needs a good stroller toy, why not choose this on-trend avocado? From a rattle “pit” to velcro action to the cute little face, this adorable toy is the perfect pick. 

Get a Skip Hop Farmstand Avocado stroller toy at Buy Buy Baby for $9.99

26. For the one who is eager to learn: Baby University ABC's baby board book set

Best gifts for babies: Colorful scientific board books

It’s never too early for science! Gift your favorite baby a set of board books from Baby University and watch their brains expand. OK, your baby probably won’t learn science but they'll definitely enjoy looking at the colorful illustrations. 

Get Baby University ABC’s baby board book set on Amazon for $28.40

27. For the one who collects stuffed animals: Jellycat Bashful Fox

Best gifts for babies: A soft and cuddly fox

Jellycat’s stuffed animals often become beloved by their little owners. We recommend gifting this adorable fox from the U.K. company. The medium size Bashful Fox is 12 inches (yes, he also comes in small and large) and suitable for any age.

Get a Jellycat Bashful Fox on Amazon for $22.50

28. For the one learning shapes and colors: Skip Hop Explore & More Yeti Shape Sorter Toy

Best gifts for babies: A shape-sorting Yeti

This yeti learning toy is a best-seller, and it’s easy to see why. The interactive snow monster teaches shapes and colors through light-up pieces, games, and a shape sorter. Ready for a break from all that learning? Press the yeti’s hair for giggles. Best for ages nine months and up.

Get a Skip Hop Explore & More Yeti Shape Sorter Toy at Target for $29.99

29. For the one who needs new pjs: Festive footie pajamas 

Best gifts for babies: Burt's Bees pajamas

Doesn't every baby need a Holiday-themed pajama ensemble? We're fans of Burt's Bees Baby pajamas for every occasion, but their seasonal onesies are especially cute. Plus, they're super soft, comfy, and made from organic materials. 

Get Berry & Bright footed Holiday pajamas at Burt's Bees for $13.95

30. For the one who loves to read: A personalized baby book  

Best gifts for babies: A personalized book

Everyone loves to be the hero of their own story, and babies are no exception. Give the gift of a personalized storybook that's colorful and charming—and all about them! It's sure to become some of their most-requested bedtime reading material. 

Get a Hello, World personalized baby book at Maisonette for $34.99

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