The 35 Best Baby Gifts of 2021

Keep those little ones busy and entertained with these gifts

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Welcoming a baby into the world is an exciting time for not only parents and caregivers, but family members and friends, too. Celebrating the joyous occasion is fun, however, it can be a bit difficult deciding on a gift for baby. Before you start shopping, keep in mind your budget, and if the gift is useful or versatile. 

Some parents and caregivers favor gifts they can use for many years to come while others would prefer gifts that keep baby busy if they need to get some housework done. No matter which gift you decide to go with, set a budget to help you stay on track while shopping. 

Here are some of the best baby gifts on the market to get you started.

Our Top Picks
A personalized tote bag with the baby's name is the best baby gift new parents didn't know they needed.
This thoughtful custom photo book allows gift-givers to create a personalized keepsake featuring up to 40 pages of personal photographs.
These newborn booties feature a two-snap enclosure that safely — and comfortably — secures the booties on even the tiniest feet.
This box set includes twelve sturdy board books featuring Eric Carle’s classic illustrations and serves as great teaching tool.
Inspired by vintage subway signs from the 1920s and 30s, these pillows can be customized.
Lined with soft cotton terry, the towel transforms an adorable baby human into an adorable baby kitten.
This night light and a sound machine has an app that allows parents to adjust remotely, and features a wakeup setting for older babies..
The Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy consists of a maze of soft, continuous tubes that are easy for tiny fists to grasp.
This cozy blanket comes in three colors, and can be personalized with a baby’s name in nine different types of fonts.
The book features gorgeous illustrations and a joyful text, and it is a classic that can be read time and time again before bed.

L.L. Bean Everyday Lightweight Tote

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A personalized tote bag with the baby's name is the best baby gift new parents didn't know they needed. They can use it for weekend trips to the grandparent's house or just as an organizing tool. Whatever the need they'll be sure to use this baby gift for years to come.

One of the most thoughtful gifts available for both babies and new parents is the Artifact Uprising Baby Board Book, which allows gift-givers to create a personalized keepsake using personal photographs.

Choose from three different themes—people, places, and thankful—to create the ultimate board book or a new baby’s bookshelf. Or, create your own custom narrative using a template provided by Artifact Uprising. The books can feature up to 40 pages of photographs.

Zutano Cozie Fleece Baby Booties

One of the secrets of parenting is that socks, no matter how adorable, do not stay on a newborn’s feet. The solution? Zutano Unisex-Baby Newborn Cozie Fleece Booties, which are made from 70% cotton and 30% polyester, and feature a two-strap enclosure with ankle elastic that safely—and comfortably—secures the booties on even the tiniest feet. The booties wash well in the washing machine and can be passed on to multiple children.

World of Eric Carle My First Library 12-Book Set

Even if you’re not a parent, chances are you are familiar with the work of the illustrator Eric Carle, who created classic children’s books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? This box set, which includes twelve sturdy board books covering topics ranging from numbers to animals in the zoo, features Carle’s classic illustrations and serves as a great teaching tool. A must-have for any baby’s library!

Lori Blum Birth Announcement Pillows

Birth announcement pillow

Inspired by vintage subway signs from the 1920s and 30s, the Birth Announcement Pillows by Lori Blum are 16-by-16-inches, and made from linen and cotton. They come in a variety of different colors and can be customized with a baby’s name, birthday, birth time, birth weight and length, birth location, and parents' names. 

Pottery Barn Kids Faux Fur Kitty Baby Hooded Towel

nursery blanket

Ratchet up the cuteness level of baby’s bath time with a Faux Fur KittyBaby Hooded Towel by Pottery Barn. Made from 100% polyester faux fur, and lined with soft cotton terry, the towel transforms an adorable baby human into an adorable baby kitten. The towel is 34-inches-wide by 23-inches-long, and is durable enough for daily use. The towel is also available in a range of different animal options to suit the baby's ever-growing personality and is recommended for 0-24 months and for heights up to 33 inches or up to 30 pounds.

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine

Sleep is an elusive unicorn for most new parents—let’s be honest, for all parents. The Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine is designed to make sleeping a little easier for the first few years of a child’s life.

Both a nightlight and a sound machine, the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine has a connected app that allows parents to adjust the color, brightness, sound, and volume of the device remotely.

Use the sound machine and nightlife features during midnight feedings in the first few months of life, and the time-to-rise setting for older babies who need boundaries to know when to get up in the morning.

Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Toy

The winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award, the Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy consists of a maze of soft, continuous tubes that are easy for tiny fists to grasp. At the center of the Winkel is a cube that rattles. The toy, which has been sold for over 25 years, is a classic for any baby’s toy basket.

Pottery Barn Kids Sherpa Baby Blanket

Baby towel

Perfect both for cold weather and tummy time on the floor, the Pottery Barn Sherpa Baby Blanket comes in three colors and can be personalized with a baby’s name in nine different types of fonts.

Measuring at 30-inches-wide by 40-inches-long, the blanket is made of durable polyester that withstands many years of use. The Sherpa blanket is a perfect keepsake that a baby can one day pass down to his or her own babies.

On the Night You Were Born

One of the great pleasures of parenthood is reading to a child before bed. On the Night You Were Born by the author and illustrator Nancy Tillman is a great book to start the tradition. This New York Times Bestseller features gorgeous illustrations and a joyful text, is a classic that can be read time and time again.

Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball

Every parent is concerned with ensuring that they provide the best conditions for their children to grow and learn. The Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball has features that promote cognitive growth for babies from birth through three years.

Highlights include a variety of bright-colored and patterned fabrics, a rattle, and bumpy surfaces that are easy for tiny fingers to grasp and hold.

Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Baby Bibs

Made of 100% food-grade silicone, the Baby Bibs by Happy Healthy Parent are the only bibs parents will ever need to use when they are feeding their children. Easy to clean with warm, soapy water, the bibs have a deep pocket that catches dribble and food. Not only will the bibs save new parents money on laundry, but the company also offers lifetime money-back guarantee to anyone not happy with the product.

Letters to My Baby: Letters To My Baby: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever.

Mom brain is a real thing. Aid a mom in remembering all of her favorite moments with her newborn by gifting them both with “Letters to My Baby,” a set of 12 empty sheets of paper that come with specific writing prompts such as “Your first home was like this.” Each letter can be sealed with an included sticker, and kept in the booklet to be gifted when a baby starts to wonder about his or her early years.

Love To Dream Swaddle UP

Currently, the “it” sleep accessory for newborns, the Love to Dream Swaddle UP allows babies to sleep with their arms up by their heads to prevent startle reflex, as opposed to their arms by their sides or across their chest. It also leaves the hands free so that babies can naturally self-soothe with their own fists. Made of 93% cotton and 7% elastane, the swaddle comes in three different colors, and is a wonderful gift for new parents who really need a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.

KicKee Pants Print Footie with Zipper

There are regular pajamas, and then there are KicKee Pants Footie Pajamas, which somehow manage to be both softer and easier to put on than many other brands of sleepwear. Made of 95% bamboo viscose, and 5% spandex, the brand offers several different print options such as sharks or dinosaurs. 

Custom Catch Personalized Teddy Bear Baby Blanket

As opposed to a traditional lovey, which is generally the size of a washcloth, the personalized lovey by Custom Catch Teddy Bear is 40-inches-by-40-inches, making it large enough to be used as a blanket. Made of plush velboa with a satin trim, the lovey is suitable for both girls and boys and can be personalized with a name, and is also machine washable.

LL Bean Infants’ Ultralight 650 Down Bunting

baby bunting

A bunting is one of those big-ticket items that will score you major points with budget-conscious parents. Covered in 100% recycled mini-ripstop nylon, the LL Bean Infants’ Ultralight 650 Down Bunting is filled with water-repellent down that keeps a baby warm and dry even in stormy conditions. Other features include an insulated three piece hood and rollover mitten and foot warmers, along with two zipper openings for easy on-off.

Mustela Newborn Arrival Gift Set

Introduce the baby in your life to French beauty products by gifting him or her with the Newborn Arrival Gift Set, a complete set of all the skin products by Mustela, a French beauty brand. The kit includes foam shampoo, gentle cleansing gel for sponge baths, no-rinse cleansing water for in between baths, baby lotion, and diaper rash cream, all specifically formulated for newborns. As an added bonus, the products smell great.

MORI Zip Baby Pajamas

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Made from a signature bamboo fabric comprised of organic cotton and bamboo from viscose, the MORI Zip-Up Sleep and Play is the softest onesie you can buy a baby. Offered in a variety of gender-neutral prints, the MORI Sleepsuit also features a zipper as opposed to snaps, making for quick and easy changes—something every parent needs.

Woolino 4 Season Basic Baby Sleeping Bag

Made from hypoallergenic Australian merino wool, the Woolino 4 Season Basic Baby Sleeping Bag regulates body temperature by wicking moisture away from the body. Other highlights include a double zipper that allows caregivers to unzip the sack from the feet, as well as a 100% organic cotton exterior. By gifting the Woolino 4 Season Basic Baby Sleeping Bag, you’re giving a child the only blanket they’ll ever need for the first few years of life.

Baby Banana Yellow Banana Toothbrush

Both cute and functional, the Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush develops good oral hygiene by encouraging children to brush their teeth from a very young age. The toothbrush, which is shaped like a banana, and features gentle bristles, is made from soft silicone and is free of BPA, latex, and phthalates. The Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush can also be used to relieve teething pain. This purchase is a great add on to any baby shower gift.

WowWee Pinkfong Baby Shark Bath Squirt Toy

One of the only children’s songs ever to make the Billboard Top 100 list, Baby Shark by Pinkfong has inspired a lot of adorable merchandise. The WowWee Pinkfong Baby Shark Bath Squirt Toy is sure to delight any fan of the song, as well as provide dozens of hours of inspiration for imaginative play in the bathtub. Made of BPA-free plastic, the set comes with four figurines: Baby Shark, Daddy Shark, Mommy Shark and William the Fish. Watch out, William!

Vulli Natural Pacifier

Vulli Natural Pacifier

Increasingly, parents are nervous about what they put in their babies’ mouths, and for good reason. The Vulli Natural Pacifier will please even the most cautious parents. Made in Italy of natural rubber, the Vulli Natural Pacifier aids the natural physiological development of the jaw and mouth. It is composed of a single piece of food-safe plastic without joints, crevasses, or corners, preventing mold or bacteria from growing during washes.

Skip Hop Farmstand Avocado Baby Stroller Toy

Get the little one in your life addicted to all things avocado by gifting him or her the Skip Hop Farmstead Avocado Stroller Toy. Consisting of two halves that can be stuck together using Velcro, the Avocado Stroller Toy has a pit that consists of a rattle. A clear hook makes it easy to attach the toy to a stroller or a car seat.

Made of non-toxic medical grade silicone, the Chewbeads Baby Silicone Links come in a pack of five and can be linked together to create the perfect teething toy for a stroller or car seat. The links can also be used to secure a treasured toy when out and about.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Count & Rumble Piggy Bank

Another classic by Fisher-Price, the Laugh & Learn Count & Rumble Piggy Bank comes with ten colorful “coins,” and a piggy bank shaped like a pig. Songs, sounds, and educational phrases are activated by dropping coins in the slot in the bank, or by pressing the pig’s nose. The piggy bank is a wonderful distraction for young babies learning fine motor skills, and a great teaching tool for kids learning numbers.

Little Unicorn Cotton Bandana Bib

Little Unicorn Cotton Bandana Bibs

Made of 100% cotton muslin with adjustable snaps, the Little Unicorn Cotton Bandana Bibs consists of three layers of fabric and can last for hours around the neck of drooling babies. Even better, they come in a variety of different beautiful patterns to suit your baby's personality. They can be worn by baby to size 3T.

Sassy Developmental Look Book Photo Album

Consisting of six four-by-six-inch photo pockets, into which can be slotted prints of a baby’s favorite people and places, Sassy's "Who Loves Baby" Photo Album also features bold patterns and bright colors on each page to make the album engaging for inquisitive eyes. Gift the photo book already full of photographs to save new parents’ time. 

Patagonia Furry Friends Fleece Hat

baby hat

If a baby wearing a bath towel with furry ears is the cutest thing ever, then a baby wearing a fuzzy hat with animal ears is a close second. The Patagonia Furry Friends Fleece Hat is made from 100% high pile, double-faced fleece that is Fair Trade Certified sewn, meaning it was made using ethical practices to help protect the environment. Who says you can’t be cute and save the world at the same time?

VORCOOL Kraft Paper Photo Frames

Vorcool Kraft Paper Photo Frames

Whether they'll be used for party decor or room decor, this photo set comes with 30 paper photo frames in three different colors. The frames fit four-by-six-inch photographs that hang on three hemp ropes and 30 mini clips. You can gift with photos added or without photos, or simply fill in a few photo frames and leave it up to baby's parents or caregivers to fill in the rest.

Tebaby Baby Monthly Milestone Blanket

Baby will look social media-ready with this adorable blanket meant to commemorate baby's growth until they reach their first birthday. Made with 100 percent flannel fleece, the blanket is soft and machine washable if there are any messes. It's even big enough for twins or if you want to add props to baby's different monthly pictures.

7 A.M. Enfant Polar Igloo Stroller & Car Seat Bunting

7 A.M. Enfant Polar Igloo Stroller and Car Seat Bunting

Keep your little one warm in the coldest weather with this thermal insulated stroller and car seat bunting. It has a water-resistant finish and fits most strollers and car seats. And, if any messes happen, just throw it in the washing machine and hang it to dry. Parents and caregivers will also appreciate the pockets for those much-needed items.

Olababy Silicone Soft-Tip Training Spoon

Watching your little one start solid foods is an exciting time between the small plates, cups, and now, training spoons! These spoons are made with 100 percent food-grade silicone to encourage baby to self-feed. The flexible material allows babies 6 months old and up to pick up food from any angle.

Slumberkins Snuggler & Board Book

The award-winning Slumberkins Snugglers were created by Callie and Kelly, a teacher and therapist, to help children handle anxiety and learn coping skills. Their goal is to promote early emotional learning in children so they created a business out of it. Pick from more than a dozen furry friends who all come with their own board book about different social and emotional situations for children.

WubbaNub Infant Pacifier

Designed with a medical-grade silicone pacifier, the WubbaNub is more than just your average pacifier. Each WubbaNub features a plush friend for babies up to 6 months old. While it's not recommended for babies who are teething, little ones who haven't reached that milestone yet will love holding onto their new friend.

If you're still stuck on where to start, the Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy (view at Amazon) is sure to be a hit. The toy, which has been sold for over 25 years, is a classic for any baby’s toy basket. There's also the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine (view at Amazon) if you have a higher budget to spend. Both a nightlight and a sound machine, the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine has a connected app that allows parents to adjust the color, brightness, sound, and volume of the device remotely. Still unsure? The Baby Board Book (view at Artifactuprising.com) is a thoughtful gift for both baby and their parents or caregivers. Choose from three different themes—people, places, and thankful—to create the ultimate board book or a new baby’s bookshelf.

What to Look for in a Baby Gift

Price

If money is no object, that’s one thing, but if you’re on a budget like most of us, then you definitely have to take a gift’s price tag into account. Fortunately, there are plenty of quality baby gifts out there in all price ranges. Once you determine how much you want to spend, you can narrow down your choices to find just the right gift for the baby on your list.

Usefulness

There are oodles of baby gadgets and gizmos out there that promise to help make raising a baby easier, make babies smarter, and do everything but change their diapers for you. The fact is, however, that many of them turn out to be more hassle than they're worth. The best gifts are those that other experienced parents say they found themselves reaching for over and over and can’t imagine living without.

Versatility

All that baby gear can stack up, so gifts that are versatile and can be used for multiple purposes are often most appreciated. Some are designed just for the newborn months, but many others are designed to grow with the baby and offer years of use. Those that lend themselves well to easy packing for travel and storage are often good choices, too.

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