Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide For Babies!

When it comes to their first Christmas or at least before your little ones can walk, Christmas is a bit of a tricky time of the year, you know they won't unwrap anything or come running in your room jumping on the bed on Christmas morning, but you also don't want to not buy anything for them at all. It's easy to go overboard, all the adorable baby toys out there and you want one of each, which in turn very quickly results in your living room looking just like aisle 3 in Toys R Us. But you really don't need to stress!

For Abbie's first Christmas, we bought her a few cuddly toys and some keepsake items to keep when she's older! We knew grandparents and other family members would spoil her so we didn't need to go crazy! We were even handed down a few things from family, including a Baby walker, Jumper and a Bounce About, which not only saved them money, but us too! 

Maybe you've got a friend or two who have little ones and you have absolutely no idea what to get, i've made a little list below that might help you out!

Cuddly Toys
Probably one of the favourites for baby gifts, who doesn't love adorable fluffy teddies? Whether its a hand me down from the family, or buying one from a shop, the options are literally endless and with lots of personalised options too, you can create a one of a kind keepsake to hand down to any other children too! I remember a little dolly I had as a little girl, she was called Christina and apparently was my first gift from Santa, so lasted till I was about 9 before her head almost ripped completely off, but she was such a comfort to me growing up till that point, definitely more than just a 'toy'.

Books
When Abbie was first born, a friend of ours bought her a lovely little set of Peter Rabbit books, which were coincidentally the first books I ever had as a little girl too! Despite the fact your little one won't be able to read or understand it yet, it is amazing for their communication, they will pick up words the older they get as well as building their listening, memory and vocabulary skills too! Buying books with different textures, lift up flaps and even mirrors will get them getting involved and enjoying reading more!

Homemade Photo album
One of my favourite things to do with Abbie's baby photos was to print them off and fill up a photo album with them! I know everything is kept on our computers and phones nowadays but there is still something so lovely about a physical photobook! A friend of mine actually made an album for us, so it was one of a kind and really adds that special personalised touch! You can buy your crafty bits from Amazon or Etsy and design it however you wish, definitely something you can show them when they're older too!

Clothes
Babies ALWAYS need clothes and parents are always grateful for new sleep suits and outfits!   In the winter, Abbie was pretty much in vests, sleep suits and snuggly warm coats, as well as socks, mittens and anything else that'll keep them warm! You don't need to spend a fortune either, even visiting charity shops are amazing for baby clothes, grab your self some bargains and pick up some little toys whilst you're there too! Oh and blankets too, babies can never have too many blankets, they need them most of the time and can get pretty grubby pretty quickly, it's always nice to have spare ones around!

Saving's Account
Not a physical present but it's never too soon to get saving for your little ones, for all those people who pop some money into a Christmas card, collect it all together and pop it into a childs savings account! Not just for Christmas, this can be a life long account, where birthday money can also be added each year! Once they reach a certain age they can then access the money and use it for University, a Holiday, or anything they fancy! A great way to get them started off in the big wide world!

What are you getting your little ones for Christmas?

x


16 comments so far

  1. Fab ideas, I love the idea of the phonebook I never did enough when Vinny was younger.
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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    1. I have so many! But also have loads of photos still not in any kind of album, my new years resolution is to sort them all out! x

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  2. You've picked some great items. Sophie the Giraffe has been a lifesaver for us.

    It's a great idea about the savings account too, we always tell family that if they don't know what to get him to just pop some money into his account.

    This year Rowan is getting lots of wooden toys, including a wooden kitchen and lots of wooden pots and pans and accessories to go with it. He's also getting a wooden farm and animals. He's only 16 months old but he loves playing with toys that are older and more challenging for him to play with. They'll be toys he can grow into.

    Laura x

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    1. Definitely, it will be so useful for them in the future! Ahh love wooden toys, we are getting Abbie a few for Christmas too, she had some for her birthday and loved them! x

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  3. I love keepsakes. We bought a personalised book of nursery rhymes for my son's first christmas ads will probably do the same for my daughter.

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    1. Oh that sounds lovely, I didn't know it even existed! I agree though, keepsakes are amazing, I love looking at baby photos and my old things from being a baby! x

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  4. Great choices and ideas! We love Jellycat toys in our house :) xx

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    1. Jellycat is a firm favourite here too, Abbie has the little penguin in the photo, he's so soft and fluffy! x

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  5. Im still looking for a cuddly toy for my little girl. I was thinking of a first doll. It would be great if you could link your gift guide to my Xmas gift guide linky. :)

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  6. Love this gift guide, lots of lovely things for babies. With a new baby in the house I have been looking at ideas of what to get him for Christmas so this has been very helpful. Love the books and the sleepsuits in particular.

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  7. What a lovely collection, Sophie is a must have for all babies for sure xxx

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  8. i honestly love every single item on this list..shame i don't have a baby but i do have a sister with one! Bonus!

    Angela from daysinbed

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  9. I love those giraffe teethers, they're so cute! :) #xmasgiftguidelinky

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  10. Some lovely ideas sweetie. I have some of these items and love them x

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  11. Abbie's had most of these bits too! The little penguin was her best friend when she was littler! X

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