The 30 Best Baby Boy Gifts of 2021

Thoughtful presents for the little one in your life

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Welcoming a baby boy is a joyous occasion. To celebrate his arrival, an adorable gift is always welcome. When it comes to presents, keep the parents, their lifestyle, and family needs in mind. 

Some may prefer a practical gift that’s usable for years to come while others would appreciate a fun gift that’ll keep baby’s attention. And if you’re at a loss, a keepsake or customizable item will always stand out.

Here are the best gifts for the baby boy in your life.

Our Top Picks
A commemorative gift that lasts, it requires little effort from parents and allows for an imprint of baby's hand and foot.
Complete with interactive spinners and roller-balls, it bounces with baby’s movements, encouraging muscle and balance development.
Featuring a mirror and various colors, the rattle will keep baby engaged and stimulated with its multi-functional use.
These bandana-style bibs protect baby's neck from drool and dampness, with its double-layered outer that absorbs mishaps.
As baby learns to stand and walk, these socks are specifically designed with anti-slip, non-skid technology for extra grip.
The wearable blanket erases the need for tangled blankets or chilly bottoms, keeping baby warm with plenty of legroom for kicking.
Its 48 pages can be filled with everything from ultrasound pics and monthly milestones to baby's first footprints.
With four sides and a tabletop packed with movable beads, spinning mazes, and shape sorters, there are endless play possibilities.
The versatile swaddle can be used as a nursing cover, baby blanket, stroller cover, burp cloth, or anything else.
Busy boys will love the lights, sounds and interactive play with this dump truck, which aids in the development of motor skills.
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Bubzi Co Baby Handprint and Footprint Makers Kit

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This keepsake kit is fun, easy, adorable, and virtually mess-free. It’s a heartwarming gift that allows parents to make an imprint of baby’s hand and foot in clay. The kit comes with detailed instructions, the clay, and an 11 x 8-inch frame with space for two sweet photos and the completed molds. With minimal time and effort required from sleepy parents — the casting is dry in 10 to 15 minutes — this sweet set is a gift that’ll last forever. 

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Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Keep baby engaged with this best-selling Jumperoo. There’s no shortage of colorful, interactive spinners, roller-balls, and light-up whatchamacallits. This play center will bounce with baby’s movements, encouraging muscle and balance development. Brain-building play helps develop baby’s motor control and hand-eye coordination while giving parents a much-needed, hands-free break.

Parents will love that this play station is both safe and comfortable for their little guy. The Jumperoo comes with a soft padded seat that swivels with baby’s movements. As baby grows, so too can the Jumperoo, with three different height settings to accommodate babies up to 25 lbs. and 32”. One of our favorite features is how easily this can be tucked away when not in use. The base easily converts to a nested position making this ideal for parents tight on space or for transporting to grandma’s house.

What Our Testers Say

"The Fisher-Price Jumperoo kept my son busy for semi-long stretches while I had my hands free to tidy up the room around him. The interactive activities, lights, and toys are stimulating and engaging while encouraging cognitive development. It’s a great choice for a baby shower gift, too!" — Theresa Holland, Verywell writer and product tester

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SmartNoggin NogginStik Developmental Light-Up Rattle

This textured, easy-grasp baby toy is quickly gaining popularity among new parents as a top-rated interactive toy. The happy Noggin Stik face lights up with a soft red, blue or green light alternating colors with movement. The black and white base is a rattle with a mirror fitted in the bottom for reflective fun. The design of this toy will keep baby engaged and stimulated with its multi-functional use.

What Our Testers Say

"The SmartNoggin NogginStik provides hours of entertainment and sensory stimulation. With a compact design, it’s small enough to tote along pretty much anywhere you take your child. Retailing at about $25, it’s more expensive than most baby rattles. However, the interactive features and engaging design are the perfect combination for a curious, growing baby." — Theresa Holland, Verywell writer and product tester

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Parker Baby Bandana Drool Bibs 8 Pack Baby Bibs for Boys

Who says essentials like bibs can’t be on-trend? These adorable bandana-style bibs not only catch all of the mess, but they’re a fashion statement. Spit happens—constant drool and dampness around the baby’s neck can be irritating and damaging to those adorable baby duds and could even cause a drool rash.

These double-layered, moisture-wicking bibs have literally got baby covered. The 100 percent cotton outer layer quickly absorbs mishaps while the polyester-fleece backing keeps moisture from the baby’s clothing and skin. Adjustable snap closure allows for the bib to be adjusted as the baby grows. And our favorite part, they come with a 100 percent 'Risk-Free Satisfaction Guarantee.'

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Kakalu 6 Pairs Assorted Non Skid Ankle Cotton Socks

As baby begins to cruise around the house they will need a little extra protection against slips. These socks are specially designed with anti-slip, non-skid technology to help baby’s little feet grip the ground when standing or walking. We love the neutral pack of gray, black and cream socks but they are also available in fun bright colors with the same anti-slip bottom.

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HALO Sleep Sack Plush Dot Velboa Wearable Blanket

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New parents can rest assured that when they zip their little one in for the night, they won’t have to worry about tangled blankets or chilly bottoms. The HALO Sleep Sack keeps baby snug and warm without adding unnecessary blankets in the crib. Soft plush dot velboa will keep baby warm with plenty of legroom for kicking and stretching.

The Sleep Sack is available in small (10-18 lbs.), medium (16-24 lbs.) and large (22-28 lbs.). One feature parents are sure to love is the reversible zipper on the bottom of the sleep sack. This allows for easy access without having to unzip baby out of the entire thing to do a middle of the night diaper change.

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Little Animal Lover Memory Book

This adorable book will help new parents track their baby’s milestones. With simple to use fill-in-the-blank pages to document everything from monthly milestones to baby’s favorite foods and first home.

This eco-friendly book comes with 48 pages to fill with things like ultrasound pics, baby’s first footprints, his birth announcement and hospital bracelet, a family tree and so much more. Parents can capture all of the special moments as their baby boy develops month-to-month in an easy-to-use 9x9 layout. This is sure to be a cherished keepsake.

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Hape Country Critters Wooden Activity Play Cube

This is one toy that will last a lifetime. Solid wood craftsmanship paired with brightly colored non-toxic play elements make this the perfect toy for busy hands.

With four sides and a tabletop packed with moveable beads, spinning mazes, shape sorters and more, there are endless play possibilities. Durable construction ensures that it won’t easily tip, making it ideal for little ones to hold onto while at play.

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aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets, Set of 4

For a new baby boy, the versatile Aden & Anais swaddles are a must-have. Swaddle baby boy in it, use it as a nursing cover, baby blanket, stroller cover, burp cloth, or anything else. The 47 x 47-inch muslin blankets come in sets of two or four, with tons of patterns to match any style. 

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VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck

Busy boys will love the lights, sounds and interactive play with this dump truck. Ideal for play that aids in the development of motor skills—big, brightly colored buttons teach simple phrases, color recognition, and melodies. For early walkers the pull-string allows baby to pull it around and explore their environment. Complete with three ‘boulders’ sized just right for little hands that can be popped into the cab of the truck to hear it count aloud.

Parents will appreciate the volume control: off, low, high for when they need a little quiet time. From the makers of award-winning learning toys, this dump truck is a perfect first toy. Suited for little ones ages 6 months to 3 years.

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Aveeno Baby Essential Daily Care Baby & Mommy Gift Set

Perfectly packaged in a reusable canvas storage box this set of daily essentials has a little of something for both momma and baby. Aveeno is known for their soothing colloidal oatmeal formula that is gentle enough to use on newborn skin.

Included in the gift set for baby is a full-sized bottle of Baby Wash & Shampoo, a Daily Moisture Lotion, and Baby Calming Comfort Bath and lotion for those fussy nights. And when mom needs to unwind, the set has a little something for her too. Included for mom is a full-sized bottle of Stress Relief Body Wash. 

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Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Toy

Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy

The easy-grip, BPA-free teether is a must-have toy for babies 0 to 24 months. The lightweight design is ideal for helping to develop hand-eye coordination and a two-handed grip.

Pliable, brightly colored loops intersect on a center cube that makes a soft rattling sound with movement. The loops are made of durable, yet soft, plastic that won’t break down. For added enjoyment, this toy can be popped into the freezer to soothe a teething baby’s sore gums.

What Our Testers Say

"My favorite thing about this toy is that it not only occupies my baby now but will also keep her interest in other ways as she grows. If you’re filling out your baby shower registry, or are simply on the hunt for a toy that will keep your baby entertained without flashing lights or loud noises, the Manhattan Toy Winkel is the one for you. It’s a simple toy that will help your baby develop in so many ways, and it’s durable enough to make it through multiple milestones." — Ashley Ziegler, Verywell writer and product tester

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UGG Bixbee Bootie

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Babies are notorious for kicking off and losing little socks. UGG Bixbee Booties are as cozy and adorable as they are secure. Perfect for a fall or winter baby, these booties will keep baby’s little toes warm, snug, and stylish.

The velcro straps provide a strong closure and are easily adjustable at the same time, so there is room to grow. Parents rave about how they stay on and love how cute they look.

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Personalized L.L. Boat and Tote

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A personalized L.L. Bean tote bag is a truly timeless gift. L.L Bean offers many sizes and colors to choose from, but what really makes the tote special is the personalization.

Add baby’s name or initials for a custom gift. If you want to splurge or are going in on the gift with a few other folks, order the bag and then stuff it with diapers, wipes, cute onesies, toys, or a much-appreciated dinner for the new parents. 

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LOVEVERY Play Kits

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These kits are like Birchbox for the baby set. The toys are all made with sustainable and organic materials, so they're safe for baby’s little hands and mouth. For the parents, each kit comes with booklets on monthly milestones, how to track progress, and tips for enjoying the toys in the set.

If you live far from baby but want to be involved in his life and development, gifting the LOVEVERY play kit subscription is a perfect way to do that.

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Urban Baby Bonnets EcoCap in Organic Escher

Urban Baby Bonnets ecoCaps

Finally, a sun hat for baby boys that stays on! This stylish, boyish hat will keep the little guy in your life looking cute while keeping the harmful sun off his sweet baby face. Rated UPF 50+ these stylish caps have a chin strap that snaps and an elastic back-of-head design to truly stay put. With countless reversible designs and five infant sizes, these hats are useful and beautiful. 

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Inspire a love of reading by selecting some classic board books for the new baby boy in your life. Look for ones with beautiful pictures and a simple repetitive story that baby can listen to over and over again.

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Primary Organic Zip Footie Onesie

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Tired parents will appreciate the ease of a zipper onesie from Primary, the producer of simple baby clothes in tons of bright colors. The timeless, classic styles are long-lasting, but not expensive or too fragile.

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Jellycat Dog Soother Blanket

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Jellycat’s sweet stuffed animals are just as soft as they are adorable. This cuddly puppy is nestled in a small blanket, making it a perfect cuddly gift for the little guy. Don’t be surprised if this precious pup becomes a household favorite.

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Tiny Keepsakes Personalized Puzzle Step Stool

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With lots of colors and themes to choose from, these stools are a great gift. Early sitters can play with the puzzle pieces and learn to manipulate shapes and the letters of their name.

As baby grows, this step stool becomes a perfect way for little kids to reach a bit higher for books on their bookshelf or for brushing their teeth at the bathroom sink.

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Fridababy Baby Basics Kit

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New babies bring all kinds of adventures (and bodily fluids) to the table. This highly-rated baby set includes a silicone brush for sensitive baby skin, a nail clipper set, a gas/colic reliever, and a nasal aspirator with refills. Perfect for any first-time parents. 

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NFL Shop Baby Football Jersey

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Suit up your littlest fan with an adorable onesie from baby boy’s favorite NFL team. There are a variety of choices including onesie three-packs, onesies, bibs, booties, and much more. Baby boy will be all ready come game day to cheer on his favorite team. 

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Covered Goods 4-in-1 Multi-Use Cover

Covered Goods Multi-Use Cover

Be a new mom’s hero with this super stylish, well-named multi-use cover. Protect baby from germs and prying eyes, or use it to cover the car seat. It also works as a nursing cover-up, scarf, and shopping cart cover. The comfortable stretchy material folds up and is machine washable. 

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The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys

These stacking cups have thousands of five-star ratings for good reason. Help baby develop hand-eye coordination by banging, nesting, stacking, and rolling these cups around. They have holes in the bottom, so when they join the bathtime fun, water pours out at various rates.

What Our Editors Say

"For $5, you can't do better. My daughter loved these simple cups so much, we got a set for our house as well as her grandparents'. The set kept her occupied, whether she was making noise with the cups, stacking them...or just throwing them on the floor!" — Lauren Levinson, Editorial Director, Verywell Family 

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Artifact Personalized Baby Board Book

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Out of town friends or relatives can create a baby board book to introduce the new baby to important people, places, or things in his life. Simply upload photos and choose from three themes and a variety of layouts to make a thoughtful gift that baby, and his whole family, will cherish for a long, long time.

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Pottery Barn Gingham Baby Hooded Towel

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New babies take lots and lots of baths. Nothing will look cuter than a little guy all wrapped up in his personalized hooded towel. This gift grows with baby, so it will wrap up a tiny babe and still fit that slippery toddler when they go waddling out of the bathroom. Pick from four colors of gingham and lots of monogram options.

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Pottery Barn Kids Chamois Baby Blanket

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Made of 100 percent polyester chamois, this ultra-soft baby blanket will keep baby boy warm without irritating his sensitive skin. It's perfect for strollers, car seats, or for snuggling in mommy's arms. Plus, it's machine-washable, so tired parents can just throw it in the machine if baby spits up on it multiple times a day.

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L.L.Bean Lunch Bag

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This insulated, adult-sized lunch box is the perfect gift for both mom and baby. It'll be with baby for a long time, helping mom keep bottles cool, and later storing snacks and lunch when baby starts eating solids. The 11x 8.5 x 5-inch lunch box is BPA- and PVC-free and is made of a durable nylon shell sturdy enough to grow with baby.

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West Elm Felt Nursery Bear Rocker

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When he's big enough to ride it, baby boy won't be able to get enough of this sturdy bear rocker. The rocker is felted, so it's super comfy and will make baby want to give it a child-sized hug. With legs and runners made of solid wood, mom and dad can rest easy knowing their tot is in for a solid, stable (and fun) ride. The rocker is 15 x 25 x 19 inches and is suitable for kids ages 1 to 5, or up to 40 pounds.

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Petite Plume Classic Navy Flannel Robe

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Keep baby looking elegant without sacrificing his comfort with this kids bathrobe from Petite Plume. The company makes stylish sleepware for children that every new mom and dad would swoon over. Made with soft, breathable flannel, this mini bathrobe can be worn through the night without causing discomfort. It comes in navy and is available in sizes for 6 months up to 14 years.

Final Verdict

Celebrating a new addition doesn’t get more custom than the Baby Hand and Footprint Picture Frame Kit (view at Amazon). With little to no cleanup required, the gift commemorates baby’s hand or footprint and is designed to last throughout the years as a nostalgic keepsake. 

For a practical gift that’s sure to get a lot of use, the Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo (view at Amazon) features plenty of bells and whistles with its various colors and interactive details. Made to encourage baby’s motor skills, it also features adjustable height settings to grow with the little one.

What to Look for in a Gift for a Baby Boy

Usefulness

While there’s an array of adorable baby items to choose from, sometimes the most appreciated ones are those that are the most useful — the ones parents reach for over and over and wonder how they’d survive without them. If you opt for a more practical gift, rest assured it’ll be appreciated down the line.

Sentimentality

If you want a gift that’s going to be cherished for years to come, select something meaningful. Items that commemorate or capture a baby’s milestones in some way are often favorites for sentimental parents — and many can be personalized to make them even more special!

Fun

Toys make great baby gifts, and there are options aplenty. From rattles and fun teethers for infants to toys they’ll have fun with when they get a bit older, choose a gift that’ll keep them engaged. Just be sure to consider age recommendations and other safety warnings, too.

Why Trust Verywell Family?

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's a mom of a 9-year-old son, a 6-year-old son, and a 2-year-old daughter. All three kids still love their gifted personalized name step stools so much, she often wonders if they’ll bring them to college. She loves gifting newborns personalized tote bags filled with dinner for their tired new parents. 

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