Baby's first piggy bank, except this one is shaped like an elephant. A chic one at that. This money box has the makings of a family heirloom. Your child will use it, then their child may, and so on... as long as physical money continues to be a thing. If not, they can use it as decor, and a talking point about the olden days when people bought coffee with coins.
The first Christmas is sentimental and special, and this is definitely something to lean into when you’re choosing gifts (like a special Santa sack you’ll use year after year). It’s also a great opportunity to collect the essentials for you baby’s next stage of development (weaning starting soon? Maybe Santa can bring them a BabyCook Solo). When it comes to toys for the under one, you’re looking for something that will surprise and stimulate a growing mind. Their brains are developing a million neural connections a second after all. The more senses a toy can appeal to, the better! Ahead, gifts to give on their very first Christmas.
This French brand is simply gorgeous. Specialising in oversized stuffed toys with soulful eyes. These big, generous and cuddly creatures will bring joy and comfort to your kids, from baby to toddler to big kid to parent. A unique gift, these gargantuan and cuddly characters are ready for a lifelong bond starting from their very first Christmas.
Another gift with heirloom qualities. Kip&Co Santa Sacks are so well made, they could quite literally last generations. There's already something old-worldy about them. If Santa is coming to your house, this is easy to hide in the linen cupboard and whip out at 9pm to put under the tree for the morning. And, it could save you a lot of wrapping. Something the environment will thank you for.
This toy will be fun for you and for them. This hide and seek sensory activity toy will have your baby developing hand-eye coordination skills while having fun! Encased in the belly of the whale are three sweet tiny baby fish. Find them, count them and listen to their sounds. Each fish has its own unique hum: a bell, crinkle, or chime and will encourage your baby to crawl after them if rolled along the floor. There’s a little hidden mirror on Wally’s tail too. A fantastic toy that can keep your child company and occupied from six months to toddler.
As far as toys that stimulate the senses go, this musical table hits them all. Notes roll off the xylophone and the mushroom bell tops jingle as you hit them with your acorn stick. Bang the tree trunk drums, blow through the birdie whistle, clack the butterfly wings, sound an echo with the stirring wood chime. Rub the stick along the hedgehog back, what a hullabaloo of musical notes!. It's a baby band in one very sweet set up.
This play gym is a guaranteed good time. Designed by Montessori child development experts to deliver engaging activities, there are five different ways to play — lying, on tummy and sitting — so you can use it for the first 12 months and beyond. It’ has a huge 27 activities that encourage visual skills, self-recognition, grasping and coordination, fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, focus and concentration. It's also pretty stylish as far as activity gyms go. If you’re looking for a big ticket newborn Christmas gift, this is a standout choice.
A toy for the crawler/sitter or soon-to-be (about 5 months and up), this toy is a lot of fun. Babies love nothing more than to be allowed to make a lot of noise and this drum is perfectly sized for their little hands. Close it up and it becomes a crawl ball for them to chase around the playmat.
A beautiful little outfit for their first Christmas Day is an essential, even if they only have it on for five minutes. Go super cute, super sweet and maybe even a touch ridiculous — no babies don't need pockets but it is fun to say to them "what do you keep in your pockets, baby?" Make it something to keep in their special box and maybe one day their baby will wear it for their first Christmas.