When it comes to giving gifts for newborn babies, it can be tough to find the perfect present. After all, your littlest love can’t create their own wish list. Some of the best gifts for newborns, in fact, are actually gifts for parents of newborns—whether it’s a swoon-worthy sweater set they’d never have bought themselves or something to make life with a little one a smidge easier.

What are the best Christmas gifts for newborns? Well it depends.

Babies change so much over the first year. In the first few months, it seems as though they just eat, sleep, poop, repeat. But as they begin to gain their strength, tummy time is all the rage. Eye-catching toys, black-and-white cards and playmats make great gifts for babies under three months.

Related: Your guide to baby milestones

As they get a bit older and start to tune into the world around them, exploration and engagement is the name of the game. Look for musical toys and teethers with texture that delight all their senses. It’s also a fantastic time to start building their library of books you’ll read a eleventy billion times over the next few years. (So, um, choose wisely, ok?)

We’ve hand-selected some of our personal favorites along with tried-and-true gifts that babies have loved for ages. From the softest booties that are sure to become instant heirlooms to developmentally appropriate graphic flashcards they’ll play with for hours, these are the best holiday gifts for babies!

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of our holiday gift guides!

The best Christmas gifts for newborns

Quince Cashmere Hoodie and Jogger Bundle


1. Cashmere Hoodie and Jogger Bundle


Let’s start with a little dash of luxury! Quince, makers of the hype-worthy $50 cashmere sweater have recently launched a baby collection that is just as dreamy. The hoodie and jogger set is perfect for days filled with naps and snuggles and because well, they’re babies, it’s also totally machine washable.

Mudpuppy Andy Warhol Crinkle Fabric Stroller Book


2. Andy Warhol Crinkle Fabric Stroller Book


It’s never too early to instill a love of art in your little ones. The crinkly pages of this colorful stroller book feature some of Andy Warhol’s iconic artwork to keep them engaged on the go. (And let’s be honest–it makes you look pretty cool as well.)

KiwiCo Sensory Solar System Set


3. Sensory Solar System Set


Designed to engage their ever-growing sensory and motor skills (and maybe even foster a future passion for the stars!) the five-piece Sensory Solar System Set from KiwiCo has developmentally-appropriate playtime covered. There’s a sun lovey with high contrast planets and stars, a Saturn teether, galaxy rattle, spaceship wobbler and a board book to bring it all together.

Hanna Andersson Hanna Baby 8-Piece Gift Set

Hanna Andersson

4. Hanna Baby 8-Piece Gift Set


This adorable capsule collection from Hanna Andersson makes a great gift–not only because of its heirloom quality and next-level comfort. It’s also packaged up in a reusable gift-ready bag!

Sh*t That I Knit The Lil Beans Gift Set

Sh*t That I Knit

5. The Lil Beans Gift Set


Didn’t spend the last couple years honing your knitting skills? No problem. Leave it to the philanthropic pros at Sh*t That I Knit. Their oh-so-snuggly Lil Beans Gift Set includes a chunky knit Pima cotton blanket and matching baby beanie which are made by their female artisans in Peru. And it’s even already boxed up for gifting!

Mustela Musti Eau De Soin Spray Gift Set


6. Musti Eau De Soin Spray Gift Set


Yes, baby smell is delicious. (Mostly.) But until you can bottle it, the Musti Eau De Soin Spray from Mustela is a worthy alternative. The subtle citrus, rose, lilac and amber scented spray is made with all plant-based ingredients including chamomile and honey extracts to hydrate delicate skin and freshen baby linens as well.

Finn + Emma Macrame Swing

Finn + Emma

7. Macrame Swing


Go ahead and try to find a prettier baby swing. We’ll wait.

Made by artisans in India, this wood and organic cotton macrame swing is just about the most swoon-worthy hang out we can imagine. And unlike its plastic counterparts, it practically doubles as home decor. No room inside? No problem. It’s suitable for outdoor use as well.

GoodnightNewYorkCityBabySleeper 2048x Motherly

Smaller Things

8. City Sleepers


From NYC pride to California dreamin’, we just can’t get enough of the wanderlusty sleepers from new comers Smaller Things. Each of the location-inspired prints (NYC, LA, Texas, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago) are hand-illustrated with iconic sights and symbols on cozy organic cotton for sweet dreams that can take them anywhere.

Meri Meri Fox Bonnet and Booties Set

Meri Meri

9. Fox Bonnet and Booties Set


A so-cute-it-hurts duo that’s as functional as it is photogenic. This bonnet and booties set from Meri Meri is crafted from organic cotton and sure to become an instant heirloom.

Fisher-Price Classic Infant Trio Gift Set


10. Classic Infant Trio Gift Set


Classic for a reason, this trio of Fisher-Price toys have been loved for decades. The set includes their Rock-A-Stack, Baby’s First Blocks and Classic Xylophone in the ubiquitous rainbow color scheme to keep their attention as they work on those milestones.

Munchkin Baby First Bath Toy Gift Set


11. Baby First Bath Toy Gift Set


For bath time fun, just add water! This sweet gift set includes three Munchkin favorites: White Hot Bath Safety Ducky, Scuba Swimming Bath Toy, and Little Boat Train to make those first year splashes safe and fun.

Feltman Brothers Cable Knit Longall

Feltman Brothers

12. Cable Knit Longall


Does it get any more darling? This long-sleeved knit coverall is just the type of future heirloom piece to gift to a loved one with a new babe.

Lovevery The Looker Play Kit


13. The Play Kits


Not only are Lovevery toys developed with experts–they also take the stress out of playtime. The Lovevery toy kits are designed with baby milestones in mind and feature a selection of toys to keep playtime developmentally appropriate and engaging. Kits are delivered every two months and come complete with activity suggestions for parents as well.


Fisher Price Chill Vibes Walrus Toy

Fisher Price

14. Chill Vibes Walrus Soother


A lovey that vibrates *and* plays music? The Chill Vibes Walrus is sure to be your baby’s number one take-along buddy.

Elenest the nestling wearable handsfree towel


15. The Nestling Wearable Handsfree Towel


Hooded towel meets cozy babe-friendly robe with this luxe bath time must-have. The Nestling from Elenest is an absolutely ingenious design that not only makes it easier to take your wet baby out of the tub–it also keeps you from getting soaked in the process. The super soft terry is cozy and absorbent and those ears? Totally photo-ready.

LouLou Lollipop Bubble Silicone and Wood Teether

LouLou Lollipop

16. Bubble Silicone and Wood Teether


The combination of soft silicone beads and textured wooden rings makes for an ideal teether to help soothe sore gums. Even sweeter? The beechwood and silicone bead rattles are handmade locally by grandparents in Vancouver.😍

beiens high contrast flashcards for babies


17. High Contrast Baby Flashcards


High contrast, graphic images are captivating for newborns, and these fun flashcards can help make that time in between feeding and napping more engaging.

Copper Pearl Bandana Bibs, one of Motherly's favorite products for 3-month-olds

Copper Pearl

18. Rex Baby Bandana Bibs


You can’t have enough of these bandana bibs for sopping up dribbled milk and drool all in the name of keeping clothes dry (read: less laundry for tired parents).

Wee Gallery Cuddle Bunny

Wee Gallery

19. Cuddle Bunny


Littles will love snuggling up with this soft organic cotton lovey, and they’ll be able to work on their palmar grasp, too, thanks to the handy knot ties on the corners and sweet floppy ears.

Jan Brett's The Nutcracker

Jan Brett

20. Jan Brett's The Nutcracker


The timeless classic gets a gorgeous update thanks to the spellbinding illustrations of Jan Brett. Start a holiday tradition of reading this tale aloud to your infant on their first Christmas Eve—you’ll both cherish the ritual for years to come.

Gathre Mat Mini Colors


21. Mini – Colors


For everything from tummy time to impromptu park playdates to messes big and small, the Gathre mini mat is a game-changer. It packs up small, wipes clean and comes in an array of beautiful solid shades or muted yet graphic prints.

Nivas Baby Cashmere Booties


22. Matching Cashmere Sock Booties


Just one q: Do these come in adult sizes?

Grimm's small rainbow pastel christmas gift for newborns


23. Small Rainbow


A staple in Montessori and Waldorf classrooms, the Grimm’s rainbow stacker can become a tall tower to knock down, a place to hide small toys, or a colorful mountain landscape.

7AM Enfant Wrap Top Fuzzy

7AM Enfant

24. Wrap Top Fuzzy


We’ve always known and loved 7AM for their insanely cozy stroller buntings, so it’s no surprise we’ve fallen head over heels for their snuggly soft clothing as well. The adorable wrap top fuzzy is exactly the kind of sweater we personally want to live in all winter long.

Lalo First Bites Set


25. First Bites Starter Kit


A sweet and chic gift for baby’s first meal, parents will especially love the neutral color palette and the fact that the bowl features a suction cup underneath (hopefully fewer messes!)

Coyuchi Remi Organic Jersey Quilted Snuggle Sack


26. Organic Cotton Quilted Snuggle Sack


When little babes graduate from swaddles to a sleep sack, this organic cotton quilted version from Coyuchi is our pick for the sweetest (and softest) dreams.

Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales

Beatrix Potter

27. Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales


Regale that little love with tales of Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy and the rest of the gang with this collection of stories that’s sure to be treasured for ages. Perfect for read-aloud storytime.

A version of this story was published December 2, 2021. It has been updated.