We know shopping for a baby’s first Christmas gift can be a little overwhelming. You want it to be perfect. But we want to remind you — the baby will not remember it at all. Nope. Not even one iota. Sorry. That’s why we tend to favor more keepsake-y Christmas gifts for babies that can help create memories for you all, whether it’s an ornament hung on the tree or the perfect jammies for your Christmas morning photos. Of course there are cool ride-on toys and developmental toys in our guide that can be super fun to put under the tree too. But considering that right now, that little kiddo of yours will be more excited playing with the wrapping paper (if not just napping through it all), we hope you love these lovely gift ideas for your baby’s first Christmas.
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If this isn’t the sweetest little keepsake ornament…make it a tradition and get one for every child or every grandchild each year. ($35 at September House)
We are so blown away by the quality of this lovely handmade birch keepsake book, we had to share it even though it ships from the UK. Order soon! ($62.50, Clouds and Currents)
Liz owns her own set of stockings from this wonderful Etsy artist and she’s waited a whole year to be able to share them here! Not only is Anne Schneider a pleasure to work with, she’s popular; so pick your colors now and get your orders in by December 4. ($23, Good Wishes Quilts)
It kind of looks like they’re all Rudolph, but name them whatever you want. ($25, SwankyJEMS)
We think any books to help build a child’s library are welcome gifts, and we’re happy to discover this box set from the wonderful Richard Scarry. ($5.87 at Barnes and Noble)
You don’t need to spend $200 on a big brand’s sterling silver rattle to have a special keepsake; we think these, handcrafted in Portland by a husband-wife shop, might be even more special. ($39, Roma Rattles)
We adore these shop’s custom baby blocks which are handmade in Michigan, and now they’re available as keepsake ornaments too. ($27 at BLOCKSetc)
In sizes 6 mo to 16, you could get these for nearly any kid on your list. But we think they’re great for that first Christmas photo if you want something modern and simple. (No offense, glittery sequined Christmas sweaters.) ($49, Chasing Fireflies)
To go with the pjs, perhaps? Cuteness! ($15 on sale at Pottery Barn Kids)
Kerri Lee makes keepsakes of all kinds, but this music box is one that you’ll love pulling out to put on the coffee table or the mantle every December. ($64 at Tree by Kerri Lee)
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If you get it, we love you. And you will be awesome parents. The end. ($24 at The Oyster’s Pearl)