Best Gifts for Baby's First Christmas

Apartment Therapy Gift Guide 2012

We asked and you answered: what are the best gifts for babies? After all, babies are cute, but they don't do all that much. They are as amused by their own hands as a toy. Many readers reported that they aren't giving their young babies much of anything for the holidays, but if you are an auntie, uncle, grandparent or friend to a young baby you may not want to forego a gift altogether. Here are ten parent-endorsed ideas:

1. Stacking Boxes (like the Petit Collage Nesting Boxes $24, Baby Bot): stack them up and you bet they'll knock them down. Over and over and over again. When they're a bit older they can do the stacking themselves (yay!)

2. Diapers (like the Honest Diapers Bundle, $79.95/month, The Honest Co.): parents know how expensive diapers are, but friends and family may not realize how this expense adds up, making diapers a very appreciated gift, even if they won't last long.

3. First Christmas Ornament (like this personalized ornament, $18, Brick Kiln): this was one of the most popular reader suggestions and makes a special keepsake, especially if it's personalized.

4. Rattle (like the Blabla Bird Rattle, $29, Moolka): rattles are a pretty basic toy which suits babies just fine. I'm a fan of soft ones, but anything that is easy to grip and makes noise will fit the bill.

5. A savings bond or a contribution to a college savings plan like a 529K plan: saving for college weighs on the minds of most parents from the very beginning of their child's life. A contribution, especially if it's an annual one, may not be the most fun gift to give, but it will be meaningful down the road.

6. Board Books (like Goodnight Moon, $8.99, Toys R Us): you really can't go wrong with books as a gift for a child. If it's your own child, perhaps start with the classics. If you're giving to a friend or family member's baby and you're unsure what's already in their library, consider a board book off the beaten path (or more board books off the beaten path).

7. Bath toys (like Skip Hop's Dunck, $9.99, Yoyo.com): babies spend early baths on their backs (or in the sink) and don't do much playing, but it won't be long until they are sitting up and splashing around.

8. An empty box filled with tissue paper: this was a popular suggestion and sure to entertain an infant. Best of all: it's nearly free.

9. Teether (like Sophie the Giraffe, $19.98, Kangarooboo): babies begin to teethe at different ages, but you may as well be prepared with something for them to chew on. Sophie is a teething classic and there are loads of other cute options.

10. A Class: the gift of a music or movement class is as much (or more) for the parent as for the baby. It's a chance to get out of the house together and interact with other parents and their babies which can be central to your sanity.

(Images: as linked except 5. Shutterstock and 10. Shutterstock)

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