When it comes to Christmas gifts for babies I honestly believe you don’t need to spend very much! You likely stocked up on all the necessary baby equipment before the birth and have already been showered with plenty of gifts in the months that followed.
Although babies don’t really need very much it is fun to buy for their first Christmas and believe me, it is possible to keep things simple. Here are a few cheap but cheerful ideas for those of you buying for babies, all drawn from experience with my little one who for last Christmas was only 7 months old.
1. Jellycat Toys
As mentioned in my 12 Toddler Gifts for Christmas post, I’m a big fan of Jellycat soft toys as they make really special keepsakes and comforters. The Super Softies and Pocket Pals collections are perfectly sized for small hands and prices start from £7.50. “Pippin” the donkey has been a big hit with my daughter since she was a newborn.
2. Soft Ball
Even now as a toddler my daughter still enjoys playing with this soft ball! It jingles delicately and as a young baby she just loved holding, squeezing and waving it around. As she got older she then started to push and crawl after it and now as a toddler she enjoys kicking and throwing it. Thankfully this is the sort of indoor ball that doesn’t cause damage!
3. Soft Blocks
Soft blocks like these are great for babies that are becoming more alert. Like the soft ball they are able to be held an squeezed by the younger baby and as they grow they will delight in knocking over towers. Soft blocks are easily found within local stores, these ones here are from the Blossom Farm collection by Early Learning Centre.
4. Rattle Snake
I adore the fairly traded knitted toys by Pebble, handmade by women in Bangladesh. This rattle snake is my favourite of theirs and makes for a beautiful gift. It comes in a selection of attractive colours, all available on Amazon for around £10.00. My daughter loved flinging her snake around to hear it jingle, it brought her many smiles and was a great incentive during tummy time.
5. Stacking Cups
A bit of BPA and PVC free plastic for you from Green Sprouts on Amazon. Even before baby is able to stack them, these cups are fun to hold and chew and will be enjoyed during bath time play for many years to come.
6. Activity Ball
Really love this bright activity ball from Bigjigs. It’s suitable from 3 months and rather mesmerising to the small baby who is beginning to explore with their hands. Available on Amazon for under £8.00.
7. Clutching Toy
Haba have a wide range of beautiful wooden clutching toys that double up perfectly as teethers for gummy babies. This one is available on Amazon and prices for their clutching toys start from around £5.00. You can also find Haba toys online at Babipur, a site that offers ethical shopping for kids.
8. Wiggly Worm
My daughter received this wiggly worm by Bigjigs in her boot on St Nicholas Day last year and it was a big hit! I found it to be a really handy toy to stash in my bag and pull out when she needed a bit of entertaining. I have seen these in a few stores locally on the island, but of course you can also get them on Amazon for around £5.00.
9. Rainbow Stacker
For the older baby who is sitting and beginning to explore more, a colourful stacking toy like this one from Bigjigs will prove popular. My daughter received one for Christmas when she was 7 months old and has played with it pretty much every day for almost a year now!
10. Hammer Bench
A hammer bench or pounding toy as they are sometimes called is great for the industrious type. They are made by so many trustworthy brands, the cheapest ones I can find are made by ELC and Melissa & Doug, available for only £8.00. My daughter started playing with her Bigjigs one (as pictured) when she was 9 months old and I was amazed at how quickly her hand-eye coordination developed through using it.
11. First Puzzle
A simple lift out puzzle is a great gift for the older baby over 9 months old. Although it will be a few months before they can put the shapes in place they will still enjoy pulling out, holding and looking at the pieces. I particularly like the bright ones by ELC, at only £7.00 they’re a real bargain.
12. Board Books
Board books should really be at the top of this list as babies really do love books! I won’t list any of our favourites here as that can wait for a post all of it’s own coming later this week! Honestly, if you only buy board books for your baby this Christmas, you’ll be making a wonderful investment.