21 Creative and Surprising Gift Ideas for Newborns

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Knowing what to buy for your newborn or your new grandchild, niece, or nephew can be a real struggle! Believe it or not, it’s common to be stumped by baby gift ideas, and we can help with that. By popularity, five great general gift ideas for newborn babies are:

  • Gift baskets
  • Bath items
  • Personalized keepsakes
  • Cute & Cozy gifts
  • Fun gifts

Gift Baskets

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Welcome Home Baby
Our first suggestion is a welcome home gift basket! You can’t go wrong with this basket full of books, toys, and a plush animal to welcome the baby home. Beyond toys to keep the baby happy and entertained, as a bonus, you could read the books aloud for some bonding time!

Dr. Seuss Books
Dr. Seuss is beloved by nearly all, so what could be better than a baby gift basket literally chock-full of his lovable stories? Dr. Seuss’s classics extend through generations with silly situations to keep your grandchild giggling! Give this gift to inspire a love of reading from early on.

Bath Items

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Ducky Bath Gift Set
Bath time is the best time! What could be better than relaxing in warm water, giggling in the bubbles? Within this gift set, you’ll find rubber ducks, shampoo, towels, washcloths, a few clothes, and a precious blanket with the phrase “Duckling Under the Covers”!

Seahorse Bath Set
This seahorse set is perfect for a splash in the tub with adorable oceanic designs on the hooded towel, starfish embroidered spa slippers and washcloths with starfish and shells. Who doesn’t love seahorses and seashells? We love tying in the ocean with bath time!


Wooden Photo Growth Chart

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Now, this is truly a unique gift and something we wish we had growing up! This growth ruler not only marks how tall your grandchild is but also is a photo frame for visual progress! What a fun way to save memories and look forward to the next milestone.

Birthday Countdown Candle

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Keepsakes make some of the best presents, and this is one of the best we’ve ever seen! Give your grandchild the gift of years to come with this countdown candle to their eighteenth birthday! Sections of the candle burn with each birthday, melting through the yearly checkmarks as they age.

Christmas Ornament

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“Baby’s First Christmas” is a significant ornament, so this gift capitalizes on that with an oval glass design with inscribed wording. No more paint chipping off through the years! Additionally, we think this ornament is even more memorable since it can be etched with three lines of custom text. When considering gifts for babies, this can be a touching choice.

Cute & Cozy Gifts

Stork Delivery Set
Is it even a baby shower without storks? This cuddly plush stork is charming, complete with a baby in a sling over its beak. The gift comes with a soft baby blanket, of which you can never have too many, and a keepsake photo frame! Though the stork steals the show, the sweet keepsake frame ties the ribbon on it.

Penguin Hooded Robe
Sweet babies melt our hearts when they are wrapped in a hooded towel after a fun bath time! Though towels themselves are fantastic, a hooded robe is even more unique and darling! Not only will the baby have an adorable hood, but also a tie to stay wrapped nice and toasty. This penguin design is sure to be a hit with both boys and girls!

Fun Gifts

Property of New Parents Bib

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For a sporty look, consider this bib! It’s creative with the quote, “Property of Proud New Parents” displayed on the front. The new parents will get a kick out of this, and we think it’s a refreshing addition to most bib collections, standing out with taste and humor.

Old McDonald Welcome Wagon

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This gift wagon is equal parts of fun and education! Give your grandchild a big smile with these lovable farm friends, books, and an authentic mini Radio Flyer wagon! Beyond animals, toys, and books, this gift set also includes baby bath items. For staying cozy after bath time, baby can also enjoy a fleece hat and bodysuit!

Gift Ideas for Newborn and Mom

Burt’s Bees Diaper Cake

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Any mom will appreciate diapers! It shows thoughtfulness and understanding. These diapers are wrapped to resemble a Burt’s Bees-themed cake, complete with a starter kit. Recent studies show that mother's constantly underestimate how much moisturizing they need. New moms will love the unique products such as apricot baby oil, buttermilk lotion, and more!

Gift Ideas for Newborn Boy

My First Year Hanging Frame

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Don’t you love photo frames with dates to follow a growing child? This one tracks the months of the child’s first year, catching all the rapid changes that occur within every thirty days. This would be not only fun and meaningful for the parents, but also unique for your newborn boy to look back on.

Owl Snuggle Sack with Cap
This snuggle sack has to be one of the cutest things ever! Owls are a timeless beloved animal, and they are even more adorable when designed for babies! With this sack also comes a cap with ear flaps to keep the baby nice and warm. To make it perfect, you can monogram the letter of their first name on the owl’s tummy!

Gift Ideas for Newborn Girl

Tooth and Curl Boxes

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Even if the parents haven’t mentioned it, first tooth and curl boxes are precious. This sort of present is very meaningful, as most parents want to save the first tooth and curl, considering they are the first big milestones in their child’s life. This set of boxes could be a nice choice with its fun fairy tale horse and carriage design on a secure base.

Pots of Luck
It’s the creativity that we love the most about this one! Sprouting from a real plant pot included in this gift are multiple helpful baby items such as washcloths, a burp cloth, and a pair of socks. Along with these “flowers” is a bib embroidered with the baby’s first name and an applique with the first letter of their name! If you’re going for something cute and helpful, this is the ticket!

Newborn Gift Ideas for Grandparents

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Snuggly Lamb Blanket
Every baby needs one of these blankets as they grow up! Not only is it soft, and trimmed in satin, but attached is a lamb for your grandbaby to hug and cuddle. These blankets are great for providing a security presence and a sense of comfort. Additionally, the baby’s name can be embroidered directly onto the blanket for a personal touch that will mean a lot as they grow up.

Gift Ideas for Newborn Twins

Two Peas in a Pod
It can be hard to think of baby gift ideas for twins when you want something unique, but this gift handles that! With soft, custom blankets, your grandchildren will be clothed in luxury as they snooze away. Two burp cloths keep things handy, and the two sleeping gowns and hats couldn’t be any more adorable for their bedtime routines!

Double the Blessings
Expecting twin grandchildren? Double the blessings mean that this gift comes with two of everything, including stuffed bears for cuddles, personalized bibs, hooded towels and more! We especially love that it comes with teethers to help when they start cutting teeth.

Gift Ideas for Newborn Niece

Sweet as Can Bee Set

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This adorable bumblebee will be the talk of the baby shower! Multiple gifts are hidden within this cleverly designed bee; for example, a cozy blanket to keep your niece nice and warm. There is a soft bee wrist rattle, which brilliantly keeps the toy available for play. We love that it also includes practical items, however, like an embroidered bib, a burp cloth, and a washcloth!

Gift Ideas for Newborn Nephew

Rocking Horse Set

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Ahh, the rocking horse--a classic among gift ideas for newborns! Not only does it make for the perfect nursery decor, but your new nephew will be able to play on it as they grow! The gift comes with many other helpful items as well, such as a knitted blanket, a burp cloth, washcloth, booties and a teddy bear!

The Decision
Even though it can be difficult to decide which is the best present for your grandchild, niece, or nephew, the options are fairly endless! Any of these gift ideas for newborns should work well, and we hope you find them helpful. What was your favorite gift on our list? Be sure to leave a comment if you can relate to this struggle. We’d love to hear from you!

About Matt 304 Articles
Matt Yheas has been a part of All About Gifts & Baskets for nearly 10 years. He travels the world looking for inspiration on gifts for babies, moms and corporations (seasons change!) Having studied art and design at the Art Institute of San Francisco, he's charged up to make sure you find a great balance between budget and gifts that are meaningful. Have a question? Matt is happy to help.

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