Mommyish Gift Guide: Top 10 Gifts For That Baby Who Doesn’t Even Know It’s The Holidays

Pulling baby gifts come the holidays usually comes down to two categories: a gift actually for the parents or something lame that will be tossed around the crib for a few months only to be bagged up and sent to the Goodwill a year later. Don’t settle on mere teething rings this time around. You can do better!

While throwing together presents for the 18 months and younger set who don’t even know it’s the holidays can seem deceptively simple (onesie, check, booties, check, stuffed animal of some sort, check), you still want to at least aspire to aim higher. Not necessarily hundreds of dollars high, but quality high. You’re making memories here, after all. What you’re mindlessly tossing into your cart could very well be stored away for generations, be worn in memorable photographs, or even be baby’s most beloved treasure down the line — no pressure or anything.

For this gift guide, we have a couple of treats for mommy or daddy, but also some cut above the rest onesies and luxury items. If all else fails, just pick up a roll of $1.99 holiday wrapping paper and present with funny faces. Maybe next year they’ll be old enough for gift cards?

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  • Kate

    This may just be me, but I would never spend so much money on something the baby can only wear for maybe a few months max!

    • bumbler

      I do it regularly. I love expensive baby clothes. They have a good resale value, or better yet, many can become family heirlooms (and used for siblings, of course). We have a whole box of very fine antique baby clothing that has been passed down for generations in my family. I can’t tell you how sweet it is to see my baby in an outfit that I wore as an infant, or that a grandparent wore. It can be done with cheap clothing as well, but the designs tend to go out of style, the quality is much lower, and they might not be cared for as well.

    • chickadee

      Not just you. I bought some good-quality baby clothes, but I bought them on sale. Because of the outgrowing-before-outwearing issue. I still have the nicer clothes in a box, and I have a few dresses that my grandmother made for me when I was a baby, but that’s really for the adults — the baby doesn’t care so much. And who wants to dry-clean a cashmere baby blanket? Apparently there are (elaborate, time-consuming) ways to wash them, but my babies spit up on blankets on a regular basis.

  • DMH

    $228 for a blanket that will end up being puked on? smfh….

  • Katherine

    If you want socks that look like the kid’s wearing shoes, you can get them for a whole lot less than $48! But they are a terribly useful thing for when you want to dress up a baby who’s really too little to bother paying money for shoes.
    Honestly, if the kids are that little, and you REALLY feel like you must spend that much, why not get a little toy and make a contribution to an education fund? Or, as my parents have opted to do, pay for some of the parent/tot classes (swimming, gymnastics, music, etc.) that you think the family would enjoy? Probably a way better bang for your buck than a cashmere baby blanket…

  • Ioanna P.

    Thank you for this great list! Check MISI Handmade Gift Guide for New Babies too!