The 23 Best Newborn Baby Gifts of 2021

Thoughtful and useful presents for the newest family addition.

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Our Top Picks

Wooden Name Puzzle at etsy.com

"As the baby grows, the custom puzzle helps encourage logic abilities and letter and color recognition."

Chamois Baby Blanket at potterybarnkids.com

"The ultra-soft blanket will keep baby warm and cozy and can be personalized with baby's name or initials."

Lovevery Play Gym at Amazon

"Made with five developmental zones, this 2-in-1 toy is both a play mat and a gym that features removable accessories."

Love to Dream Gray Swaddle at Amazon

"The unique design allows new babies to sleep in an arms-up position and allows for enough movement so they can self-soothe."

Boppy Elephant Love Newborn Lounger at Amazon

"Baby can lounge and bond with family from this little nest, easily toted from room to room or for travel."

Baby’s First Year Memory Book at Amazon

"A simple, gender-neutral book that helps parents document the precious and memorable moments of baby’s first year."

Etsy Custom Baby Portrait at etsy.com

"Capture an unforgettable moment in a new baby's life, all you have to do is upload a favorite photo."

No!: My First Book of Protest at Amazon

"Get a head start on introducing baby to iconic figures of past movements with this historic read."

Parachute Baby Bath Bundle at Parachute Home

"Bath time's a breeze with this year-round set that's complete with breathable, cotton cloths and towels."

Elepho Baby Trio at Amazon

"Parents who love to travel can rest easy with this three-pack of safety products that monitors water, car, and body temperatures."

Welcoming a new baby into the world is cause for celebration. Giving a gift is a wonderful way to share your joy, especially if you cannot see the new babe (or their parents) in person. From gifts that will last through the years as the baby grows up to presents that parents will be delighted to unwrap, there is something for everyone.

Pick a present that reflects your sentiments, style, and budget with this comprehensive list. 

Our Top Picks

Etsy Wooden Name Puzzle

Wooden Name Puzzle

Courtesy of Etsy

Instill self-esteem, encourage curiosity, and help with letter and name recognition, all with a personalized name puzzle. Little kids will love seeing their name in puzzle form and older kids can enjoy using the thoughtful gift as decorative art in their room. From the newborn stage, this sturdy wooden name puzzle can be a lifetime keepsake.

Pottery Barn Kids Chamois Baby Blanket

Chamois Baby Blanket

 Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Made of super-soft chamois fabric, a versatile stroller blanket is gentle on your baby’s sensitive skin and will keep them warm and cozy, wherever they are. With six colors to choose from, the blanket can be personalized with the new baby’s name for a custom gift. 

Lovevery Play Gym

Considered a must-have by many, this splurge-worthy play gym is made with five developmental zones and comes with a guide for age and stage appropriate activities. As the new baby grows, parents can change the gym’s features to promote brain and motor skills that are just right. The best part is that the mat is made of a unique polyester material that is designed to hold up when machine washed at home.

Love to Dream Gray Swaddle

A snug-fitting swaddle, this unique design allows new babies to sleep in an arms-up position. With enough room for slight movement, they can self-soothe while still keeping their little hands covered. Parents praise the innovative design and thoughtful two-way zipper which makes diaper changes a cinch.

Boppy Elephant Love Newborn Lounger

A hands-free moment during the baby's supervised awake time is a priceless gift. Made of soft, lightweight fabric, the Boppy Newborn Lounger is the perfect little nest. While reviewers note it’s best for babies until about four months old (or until they can roll over), it’s still considered one the best investments new parents can make.

Lucy Darling Little Animal Lover Memory Book

Baby’s First Year Memory Book

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

Help new parents remember each special moment in their child’s life with a beautifully crafted, gender-neutral memory book. The 48 pages have room for everything from ultrasound photos to all of the baby’s firsts. Reviewers praise the vivid images, lovely memory prompts, and classic design. 

Etsy Custom Baby Portrait

Etsy Custom Baby Portrait

 Courtesy of Etsy

Digitally drawn by hand, a custom portrait captures the unique characteristics and a moment in time in a new baby’s life. Simply upload a special photo, share any text, and the artist will create a digital proof and then final print for a thoughtful and unique gift. They can hang the photo in the nursery or around the house for everyone to enjoy.

No!: My First Book of Protest

Introduce a new baby to iconic figures in history through the lens of the abolitionist movement, civil rights, women’s rights, and more. Get their little library started off right with this beautifully illustrated and colorful board book that parents will enjoy reading to their little ones for years to come. Throughout the book, the word “No!” is a repeated refrain, which is always fun for toddlers and babies to yell.

Parachute Baby Bath Bundle

Parachute Baby Bath Bundle

 Courtesy of Parachute

Bath time just got cozier with this super soft set that includes two washcloths and a hooded baby towel. All pieces are made from soft, natural Turkish cotton in an absorbent looped terry design. Each piece in the set is free of dyes or toxins, which are perfect for the baby's delicate skin.

Elepho Baby Trio

Safety-conscious new parents will appreciate the peace of mind from this three-pack of products. The eFloat safely monitors the bathwater temperature (while disguised as a cute stingray) for a satisfyingly warm splash. The eTherm is a high tech ear and forehead thermometer that makes temperature taking pain-free. Finally, the eClip monitors car temperatures and helps prevent a child from being left behind in a car.

Fisher Price Baby Take-Alongs Gift Set

Fisher Price Baby Take-Alongs Gift Set

 Courtesy of Amazon

New babies will love playing with the six cute miniatures of some retro classic toy. The set comes with six individual toys, ensuring there’s enough to keep one at home, in the car, the stroller, or anywhere else. They are also just so cute!

Puracy Keep Babies Clean Bundle

Puracy bundle

 Courtesy of Puracy

Keep your new baby (and your home) clean with a wonderful bundle of non-toxic products that work as good as they smell. Gentle and safe, this set includes baby shampoo and body wash, baby lotion, a natural bubble bath, and a three-pack of hand sanitizer. The best part is that the products are gentle and nourishing enough to be used on baby beyond the first year.

Kids Swag Super Me Baby Girl Onesie

Kids Swag Super Me Baby Girl Onesie

 Courtesy of Kids Swag

This Black-owned business loves to remind little girls that Black superheroes do exist. Little girls will look great in their very own superhero onesie featuring a character that looks like them. Sizes range from Newborn through 18 months, perfect for gifts at any time.

ECreamery New Baby Premium Ice Cream Collection

New Baby Premium Collection

 Courtesy of Ecreamery

Gift new parents the pleasure of their very own ice cream collection. ECreamery makes gourmet ice cream, hand-made with specialty ingredients. The classic four flavors like Chocolate Cake and Mint Cookie Crunch are sure to be a welcome addition to any freezer. 

Unlikely Florist “The Rennie” Flower Bouquet

Unlikely Florist “The Rennie” Flower Bouquet

 Courtesy of Unlikely Florist

Welcome a new baby with a locally-sourced, long-lasting flower bouquet. Seasonal flowers in a unique style are a thoughtful gift for new parents and nationwide shipping lets you send love from afar. You can gift them as just a bouquet or with a pretty vase.

Kibou Black Diaper Bag

Kibou Bag

 Courtesy of Kibou

Fanny pack meets diaper bag ensures there’s room for everything. With a built-in changing pad, waterproof wipes pocket, keyring, credit card holder, and more included, this mini bag packs a big punch. Made of lightweight vegan leather, new moms will appreciate having their hands, arms, and shoulders free. 

Etsy Personalized Ear Flap Hat

Etsy Personalized Ear Flap Hat

 Courtesy of Etsy

Gift fall or winter babies an adorable personalized earflap hat to keep them warm in style. With a huge assortment of colors and sizing (even up to adult sizing!), these cute hats are a cozy gift. While it is a splurge item, it's the perfect keepsake once the baby grows out of it.

Savor Vault Baby Keepsake Box

Organize and save a new baby’s heirloom treasures with this versatile and innovative gift. Two caddies, two drawers, and seven compartments will help safely organize everything from first shoes, first baby teeth, and important paperwork. The hand-illustrated labels give the box an extra layer of organization.

Aden + Anais Dream Blanket

Perfectly sized for playtime, tummy time, and bedtime, this blanket is sure to become a cozy favorite for years to come. Measuring 47 by 47 inches, the blanket is the perfect size for little ones. With over 30 styles and patterns, you can choose from gender-neutral, minimalist, and colorful designs.

UGG Bixbee Slippers

Forget lost baby socks! Little baby feet will stay warm in snuggly-soft booties. With a secure hook and loop closure, they’re easy to get on and off but hard for little babies to kick off. Choose from four colors and three sizes. 

Carter’s 8-Piece Baby Gift Box

Carter’s 8-Piece Baby Gift Box

 Courtesy of Carter's

Stock a new baby’s wardrobe in one click with five bodysuits, two pairs of pants, and a button-front jacket. Four sizes and three color options ensure the right style and fit for any baby. The set comes wrapped in a giftable box which makes this the perfect newborn baby present.

Mibote Baby Growth Chart

A great gift for years to come, this 79-inch growth chart has a rope at the top, so it’s easy to install, remove, or move from room to room. Cute as a backdrop for photos, parents can write on the canvas to mark when the baby grows. Crafted from waterproof and durable canvas, this growth chart will last through the years.

Pearhead Wooden Milestone Blocks

Create beautiful family photos while celebrating and marking milestones. The neutral grey blocks go with any decor and can track weeks, months, years, and grade level, so they’ll be useful for years to come. If the new parents plan to expand their family in the future, the expectant mom can use the blocks in pregnancy pictures too.

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Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year-old daughter. Her go-to newborn baby gifts are special treats for the (tired) new parents or a personalized baby gift.

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