The 8 Best Gifts for New Big Sisters of 2019

The perfect present for her

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Tickle & Main Big Sister Gift Set at Amazon

"Sure to make older siblings feel special."

Best Budget: Charm.L Grace Heart Necklace at Amazon

"Sweet and sparkly necklace that won't break the bank."

Best for Toddlers: AquaDoodle Draw N Doodle Classic Mat at Amazon

"Big sister can keep busy with this fun, mess-free doodle mat."

Best for First-Time Big Sisters: Pillowfort Play Tent at Target

"A place she can call her own when she needs a break."

Best Sentimental: Grandparent Gift Co. Frame at Amazon

"A gift she’s sure to cherish for years to come."

Best Interactive: The Big Sibling Book at Amazon

"Helps her capture special moments from her point of view."

Best Book: I'm a Big Sister by Joanna Cole at Amazon

"This book gives big sisters some reassurance about their new role."

Best Outfit: Scoots Little Girls' Big Sister Scrubs at Amazon

"Comes in several colors and in sizes from 18 months to 8 years."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Tickle & Main Big Sister Gift Set

This adorable three-piece gift set is sure to make older siblings feel special in the midst of all the preparations and excitement for the arrival of a newborn sibling. The set includes a book—fittingly titled I Hereby Crown You Big Sister—that details the responsibilities (and fun!) of becoming a big sister. Also included is a soft, 8-inch doll straight from the book's pages, plus a child-sized crown with pink jewels for your real-life big sister to wear with pride. It all comes in a pink box tied up with a bow.

Best Budget: Charm.L Grace Matching Necklaces Crystal Heart Necklace

For a big sister gift that won't break the bank, look no further than this sweet and sparkly necklace. Its heart-shaped pendant reads “Big Sis" over a bed of rhinestones, which come in pink, blue, red, or white. The necklace's chain is 17.72 inches, and the heart measures about 1 inch. Other versions—including “Little Sis,” “Middle Sis,” and “Mom"—are also available, so all the girls in the family can match.

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Best for Toddlers: AquaDoodle Draw N Doodle Classic Mat

While mom and dad are busy changing diapers, big sister can keep busy with this fun doodle mat. All you have to do is add water to the included pen and she can start drawing in four colors (red, green, purple and blue). Also, since there's no ink involved—and any trace of writing disappears as soon as it dries—this product is mess-free and requires no cleanup. Lastly, the pad itself is light and folds up easily, so it’s great to take on the go.

Best for First-Time Big Sisters: Pillowfort Unicorn Character Play Tent

Pillowfort

 Target

This tent from Pillowfort does double duty for first-time big sisters: its unicorn design will delight her, but it’s also a place she can call her own when she needs a break from time with her new sibling. It measures 51 x 51 x 44 inches, and it’s easy to set up and take down. It also comes with a zippered carrying case, so she can play in the park, at her grandparents' house, or anywhere else she wants a sweet escape. While some online reviewers noted problems with the stitching, most say it’s a fun, well-made tent that provides hours of entertainment.

Interested in more toys that work well outside? Check out our guide to the best family toys for active play.

Best Sentimental: The Grandparent Gift Co. Sweet Something Frame for Big Sister

This gift is picture-perfect for big sisters. On one side, there's a space for a picture of her and her new sibling; on the other, there's a sweet poem. The white double-hinged frame is compatible with 4 x 6-inch photos, and a pink and tan background highlights the text. This frame also comes in versions for big brothers, grandparents, and other family members, if you want to give multiple gifts. Some online reviewers have also used these frames to announce a new baby’s impending arrival, which is a lovely way to share the joy.

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Best Interactive: The Big Sibling Book

Getting ready for a new baby can take a lot of everyone’s time and energy, and this book gives big sister an important job to do, too: capturing those special moments from her point of view. There are spaces for interviews, activities, and more—plus, when it’s completed, it makes a great keepsake for the whole family. According to the manufacturer, this book is designed for kids ages 2-6 (provided they have some parental help), but some online reviewers said it’s also great for older kids who can do it on their own.

Best Book: I'm a Big Sister by Joanna Cole

There are so many unknowns about how life will change when a new baby arrives, but this book gives big sisters some insight and reassurance. Told from the point of view of a new big sister, the story centers on her discovery of just how important and wonderful her role can be. The accompanying illustrations are sweet, and the text is straightforward enough for younger kids to understand. Some online reviewers did note, however, that because of the simplicity of the language, it may not be as engaging for kids much older than 4.

Take a peek at our list of the best children's books available.

Best Outfit: Scoots Little Girls' Big Sister Scrubs

It simply doesn’t get any cuter than these adorable v-neck scrubs with the words “Big Sister” embroidered on them—a perfect outfit for a big sister who's meeting her newborn sibling for the first time. Made from 100 percent cotton with an elastic waist, they’re both comfortable and machine-washable. They also come in several colors and in sizes from 18 months to 8 years.

Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Read our article on the best baby blankets.

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the best big sister gifts on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered over 30 different gifts to buy overall, screened options from over 300 different brands and manufacturers, read over 150 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 1 of the gifts themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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