If you've recently welcomed a son, daughter, or grandchild, celebrate this holiday season by giving a truly memorable baby gift. I've put together a list of my favorites in this article.
Personalized Baby's First Christmas Bib
Christmas bibs featuring a holiday design along with baby's name are widely available on the internet. Choose from festive embroidery patterns such as gingerbread men, Santa Claus, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, and more. My tip is to give this gift to the child early so they can wear it for the entire month of December (consider it as a Thanksgiving gift for instance).
In addition, you can find non-personalized holiday-themed bibs at local retailers such as Target and Walmart.
Baby's 1st Christmas Keepsake Ornament
Honestly, this is my favorite baby's first Christmas holiday gift by far. In fact, in my family, I've made giving ornaments to each of my 10 nieces and nephews an annual event starting with the year they were born. They've all received a 'My First Christmas' ornament and then themed ornaments every year since. My oldest nephew now has a collection of every Snoopy series ornament for the last 13 years. The great thing about ornaments is that they virtually last forever so when my nieces move out and have their own families, they can decorate their own tree with all the ornaments they've collected over the years.
Personalized first Christmas ornaments are available in a wide range of materials and designs. For a truly elegant option, consider the Waterford crystal ornament. The design changes from year to year, but they are truly exquisite. Other options are ornaments with built-in photo frames, cradle-shaped silver ornaments etched with the child's name, and traditional holiday themed ornaments. No matter what you choose, this is one gift that they'll cherish more and more the older they get.
Baby's First Christmas Outfit
Dressing baby from head to toe in red, white and green on Christmas Day makes the holiday even more festive for baby's first Christmas. Many online companies sell holiday themed onesies that are personalized with baby's name, custom Christmas t-shirts, and full baby's first Christmas clothing ensembles complete with a red and white Santa's hat sized just for them.
Another idea for a Christmas 'outfit' is a new pair of pajamas that baby can wear to Christmas morning present opening. Some of our family members have started annual traditions of giving each of the children in their family a fun and festive pair of PJ's that they open on Christmas eve. They wear them while opening gifts on Christmas morning - Mom & Dad even wear new PJ's too!
Personalized Christmas Stocking
To this day, I still hang the personalized red stocking that my parent's gave me as a child on the fireplace mantle every year. We never really did the stocking stuffers that are part of some family traditions, but we always had stockings hanging as decorations.
Giving baby a stocking embroidered with his or her name is a great keepsake that they can cherish for years and years! If you are crafty, making a stocking for your newborn son or daughter or grandchild is fairly straightforward. Just check out this video for a tutorial:
Personalized Baby's First Christmas Photo Frame
Themed holiday frames are a great place to display a festive photo of your new baby all dressed up for Christmas. Whether sitting on Santa's lap or grandpa's, a cherished photograph of baby's first Christmas is an essential keepsake.
Find great holiday baby photo frames online or at local retailers such as Hallmark (they sell a lot more than Christmas cards these days!). Some companies even offer to hand-paint the child's name along with the year on the outside of the frame. Other companies selling silver plated frames will etch the baby's name on the edge of the frame.
Christmas Music or CD to Celebrate Baby's 1st Christmas
Check out Amazon.com and other online retailers to find a great selection of music CD's featuring lullabies and Christmas carols. Every house should have a little holiday music playing during the month of December so why not give a gift that does dual duty as a little something for baby as well as a gift that Mom & Dad can enjoy too!
Christmas Books For Kids
Many publishing companies and online retailers sell Christmas books that are perfect gifts for baby's first Christmas. Choose from fun board books with a wide range of activities for babies to holiday classics like Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.
Baby book gift baskets and books in general make a great gift for any child and best of all, it is a present that they can use long after the Christmas holiday has passed.