Shopping for the little ones on your list can be super tricky. Sure, picking out tiny outfits and toys is fun, but it’s hard to know just what a baby will love—especially if they’re too young to tell you. And in our opinion, the very best gifts for babies are the ones that the parents will also appreciate (or at least won’t find quite as bothersome when they’re strewn about the playroom floor). So instead of strolling the aisles at a big-box baby store, we’ve rounded up a selection of some of the most thoughtful, beautifully designed baby gifts around. From Etsy picks and fair trade finds to a book that every baby doesn’t already have, they’re the kind of gifts that kiddos will adore, and their mamas and daddies will cherish too…
1. The Little Market Baby Santa Beanie, $28
This soft, hand-knit beanie is great for keeping a kiddo’s head warm and festive. Plus, the purchase of this beanie helps women artisans in Peru support their families.
2. Alexander Girard Color, $14
Chances are the little ones in your life have already been gifted multiple copies of classics like Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But Alexander Girard Color is one of our favorite lesser-known children’s books. This beautiful board book is filled with bold, iconic, and colorful illustrations from midcentury textile designer Alexander Girard. It’s a great book for a baby who is just starting to recognize patterns or a toddler who is learning their colors.
3. Little Giraffe Dolce LOVE Blanket, $78
Little Giraffe’s baby blankets are as soft as a cloud and oh-so-chic too. They’re long lasting, luxury pieces that will take you from tummy time through the toddler years and beyond. Bonus: Little Giraffe is offering an exclusive 20% off discount to our lovely readers with the code LCGG14 (valid until 12/31/14).
4. Freshly Picked Moccasins in Golden Rod, $60
We couldn’t make it through a baby gift guide without including a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins, now could we? For birthdays, baby showers, and holidays, these sweet handmade booties are a favorite.
5. Poketo Donut Rattle, $10
Who can resist a rattle in the shape of a donut? The proceeds of this delicious knit toy (available in pink and white) help women rise out of poverty in rural Bangladesh.
6. J.Crew Baby Unbelievable One-Piece, $26.50
It’s unbelievable how cute this J.Crew onesie is. But it should come as no surprise that J.Crew’s new-ish collection of baby clothes is petite perfection. Expect the same fun colors and chic designs J.Crew is known for, but in mini.
7. Finkelstein’s Center Handmade Soft Toys, $46
But seriously… have you ever seen anything cuter than that swimming piggy? The stuffed animals from Etsy shop Finkelstein’s Center are some of the sweetest toys around. Each one is handmade in North Carolina and is sure to be well loved by the lucky babe who gets one.
8. Schoenhut My First Piano, $55
This toy piano is the perfect gift for the mini Mozart on your list. It’s available in bright red or white, and has a lovely chime-like sound.
9. Twig Creative Wooden Toy Camera, $40
This is the cutest gift for tiny shutterbugs in training. Each handcrafted, eco-friendly toy camera has moveable knobs, buttons, and a rotating viewfinder.
10. mamaRoo Plush Bouncer, $229
The mamaRoo is the most innovative bouncer out there. This seat will provide hours of entertainment for an infant with its five unique motions, built-in sounds, and mp3 player compatibility.
Which one of these gifts would you buy the little one in your life?
Let us know in the comments.
XO Team LC
P.S. For more adorable baby content and gift ideas, check out our editor and new mama Ilana’s Oh Baby series.