When it comes to buying baby gifts, it’s often the most thoughtful, personal or heartfelt presents that will be the most appreciated. Whether you’re on a budget or ready to splurge, we’ve curated a list of our best baby gifts and ideas for new parents and babies.
1. DIY Baby File
Give a new mother an organized and labeled accordion file for important pieces of paper, from birth certificates and doctor’s notes to nursing info and baby tips. In the sleep-deprived weeks managing a newborn, she’ll be sure to appreciate such a thoughtful gift.
“For someone like me who loves organization but isn’t very good at implementing or maintaining it even on my best days, this was a perfect gift,” says Meredith, creator of the Unoriginal Mom blog. “It was a wonderful way to ensure that all those pieces of paper had a home without even having to think about it. And in a small but significant way, it helped to bring my stress level down before and after our baby was born, knowing where to put and where to find all those very important pieces of paper (and there are so many!)”
So head to your local stationery supply shop and get colorful labels, a large accordion file holder, and decorative folders. Include doctor visits, vaccines, hospital papers, important documents, insurance information and more. If you have time, write up a list of tips and a note of encouragement for the new mom.
2. Personalized Ornaments
A personalized ornament is one of the more thoughtful and memorable gifts for a new baby. Lillian Vernon’s custom designs make timeless keepsakes that will stay in the family for years to come. Baby’s 1st Christmas Round Ornament (above) was designed just for us by Designer Beverly Hills Calligrapher Jillian Yee-Pham. It is hand-drawn and only sold HERE. Includes gold ribbon for hanging.
Shop HERE for our full collection of customized ornaments.
3. Monogrammed Infant Bath Towels
Anything monogrammed or personalized shows you have put extra love and care into your gift. Babies and moms will love our comfy Animal Hooded Wraps to dry off after bath, beach, or pool. Exclusive to Lillian Vernon, our 100% cotton towels are soft on their skin, and the animal hoods are not only fun, but they keep little heads warm, too! Perfect for infants. Choose from Blue Bear, Bunny and Puppy, $25.99 HERE.
4. Personalized Baby Books
Books are always at the top of the list for children. Make it special with a personalized story all about him/her! My Very Own® Name is a beautifully illustrated, personalized storybook that helps children learn to recognize letters and spell their names. In this hardcover, professionally bound book, animal characters bring letters one by one, until the child’s first and last names are spelled in rhyme. A jackal brings a J, an ostrich brings an O, and so on. At the end, the animals celebrate because they’ve created the perfect name—that of your child!
This award-winning book includes an illustrated encyclopedia of 61 animals. Made in the USA, written by Maia Haag and illustrated by Mark Mille, this 9″ x 11″ book contains approximately 35 pages, depending on length of child’s name. Recommended for boys and girls ages 0–12. $39.99 HERE.
Be sure to add a personal note and date on the inside cover! Shop HERE for all customized books.
5. Give the Gift of Experience: Personalized Totes Filled with Baby Essentials
If you have already had your own baby, you know what a new mom will need, as well as the items that are a waste of time or money. Why not give the gift of EXPERIENCE and fill one of our totes or market bags with your top baby essentials, from a favorite pregnancy book and nursing bras, to diapers, bibs, a thermometer, baby wipes, a swaddling blanket and more. The new parents will love you for being so thoughtful, and making their first few weeks of parenthood a little less stressful.
Fill up Your Personalized Bag with these gift ideas:
6. Personalized Keepsake Jewelry
Destined to become one of your favorite keepsakes, our Hand-Stamped Circle Pendants will keep your children close to your heart and conjure beautiful memories every time you wear them. Choose one to four stacking silver-plated antiqued discs that dangle from an 18″L sterling silver snake chain. $32.99-$72.99 HERE.
Celebrate a baby’s first steps with our Sterling Silver Baby Shoe Charms and Chain. Put the charms on an existing bracelet or necklace, or buy our dainty 24″ sterling silver chain with spring-ring clasp. Name is custom-engraved on the bottom of each charm. $34.99 for charms; $17.99 for chain HERE
Shoe charm choices are:
- Sterling Mary Jane
- Sterling Sneaker
- Pink enamel/sterling Mary Jane
- Blue enamel/sterling Sneaker
Click HERE for more baby gift ideas and inspiration!