Baby’s first Christmas is often more exciting for the parents than it is for the baby since they will probably play longer with the wrapping than they will the actual presents. But that doesn’t mean you can’t choose a gift that’ll become a much loved toy or will have their parents thanking you for your great taste. And of course for Christmas day there are always the pudding, Santa and reindeer outfits (pictured above from Mamas & Papas, £20).
Here are our top picks for baby’s first Christmas:
1 . This magical music box by Gisela Graham, £11.99 from Coast and Country Interiors, will soon become a firm favourite, with its square wooden base and two busy spinning, stripey and rotund Pirates! The tune, as they dance around, is of course Row Row Row your boat !!
2. This crochet tiger, £25 from bouf.com, is a great little prop for teaching nursery rhymes to younger children and perfect role play for older kids. He’s also very huggable and is sure to be loved by lots of little girls and boys. He is very well made, a good sized toy, looks great and also fair trade too. He like to go on jungle adventures but would be willing to come to play at any garden/home, hours and years of fun to be had with this gorgeous toy.
3. These cute cowboy and cupcake babygrows, £18.50 from Oliver Bonas, not only look great but the poppers allow easy access as well. Available in sizes newborn to 12 months and are 100% cotton.
4. A baby’s wonderful introduction to the world of luxury of Johnstons Cashmere this little hat, £26 will spoil your little baby or will make an amazing gift to a special one and matching booties, £24 from Go British!
5. ABC is as easy as 123 with this stylish set of classic blocks by Uncle Goose. Multi-coloured, patterned and printed, these blocks, £50 from Alex and Alexa, are a chic way to teach your little one the basics of reading and counting. Build towers, spell words and do sums; the options are endless and the learning possibilities are great.
6. Squashy Noahs Ark by MintyHen, £29.95 from notonthhightstreet.com, teaches children about matching pairs. A colourful ark with stroage pockets and a handle – all ready to set sail with Noah and a pair of lions (male and female), giraffes, elephants, crocodiles, cows, ducks, hippos, rabbits and zebras. Fold-down the door on the side for the animals to go in two-by-two and place Noah in his cabin in the roof of the ark.
7. The Original Sophie the Giraffe Teether Toy , £11.88 from Amazon, is popular amongst celebrities such as Miranda Kerr. It’s bumpy head helps soothe sore, teething gum, it’s lightweight and easy to grasp for tiny hands and is made of natural rubber which is soft, safe & non-toxic for baby to teethe & chew.
8. This adorable Skip Hop Treetop Friends activity gym and mat activity gym, £67 from Amazon, features soft linen and patterned arches and includes a matching supportive Tummy Time pillow. Five hanging toys attach to 13 easy-to-hang loops offering irresistible multi-sensory play for baby at every stage of development. The gym provides over 17 developmental activities. A mirror and built-in sounds and textures on the mat add to the fun.