By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein
Holiday shopping for babies can be the best of times…and the worst of times. You awww your way through the baby departments, kvelling over all the tiny little clothes and adorable pastel colored gift packaging only to remember that the baby will hardly appreciate your generosity, let alone remember it. But you’ll shop for those precious little munchkins in your life anyway and we’re here to help you get started!
Baby Lotions and Potions
Let’s face it. Babies could care less if they’re covered in sweet potatoes or even their own spit up. Heck, they’ll even play with it if given the chance! But that’s just gross and parents need something to give their bundle of joy that baby softness and that new baby smell everyone keeps talking about.
Baby Silk Gift Box by MD Moms & Grandma Minnie Mom and Baby Care
The Gift Box from Baby Silk, by MD Moms, includes all the essentials mom needs to keep baby’s skin soft, cleansed and moisturized during dry winter months. There are four Memory Keepsake Box gift sets to choose from and each has a space to include baby’s photo on top as a personal touch. Visit http://www.mdmoms.com.
Who better to spoil baby than Grandma? Grandma Minnie that is – The products from VMV’s Grandma Minnie Mom and Baby Care line are the first to be rated VH-65 — the highest number of omitted allergens of any skin care products on the market. Indulge your little one with the Heavenly Piece(s) Set – a thoughtful gift for health-conscious, jet-setting parents, which includes Hypoallergenic Bonnet & Booties and convenient, travel-friendly sizes of the Grandma Minnie line. Visit http://www.vmvhypoallergenics.com.
Spoiled Baby’s First Milk Bath
The Spoiled Baby Collection from The Spoiled Mama, will have you ooing and ahh-ing this holiday season. Baby’s first milk bath (which comes in pretty pink or blue packaging) is a 100% organic blend which includes powdered milk, oats and herbs that sooth, moisturize, and can help with eczema, diaper rash and dry itchy skin. Visit http://www.thespoiledmama.com for the perfect gift set for the preggers, moms and babies in your life (The Breast Little Gift Box Ever is a personal favorite).
Ok, this might be one area where the baby might actually understand and appreciate the holiday season of gift giving. And being the bearer of your baby’s new favorite toy can be quite the satisfying accomplishment.
Vermont Country Store Gifts & Play Kitchen from Step2
For a bit of nostalgia, visit the Vermont Country Store for charming children’s books, wooden alphabet blocks in a wagon or a personalized fleece baby blanket to keep your little one warm on Christmas morning. http://www.vermontcountrystore.com.
Inspire your baby’s imagination with the Play Kitchens from Step2. A variety of styles and sizes to choose from (even your small Manhattan apartment can accommodate one), each kitchen is like 30 gifts in one. With toy food, cookware and utensils, and electronic sounds emanating from the microwave and stovetop, you’ll almost think your baby will have dinner waiting for you at the table! Visit http://www.step2.com.
Aurora stuffed animals and My Little Pony
Babies can never have enough stuffed toys and the ones from Aurora World Inc. are some of the cutest, cuddliest and most educational toys out there. Their new super-soft, interactive Learn with Me Teddy Bear helps kids learn how to dress as they tie a ribbon, fasten a snap, close a button and put items in a pocket. With sound effects, a rattle, and fruit inspired accessories, this is one fun bear Santa must have on board his sleigh! Visit http://www.auroragift.com.
Bring back memories of your own childhood with some favorites from Hasbro and Playskool. Watch your little girl (or boy) get her Sweet Surprise Strawberry Shortcake Doll all dolled up in fabulous hair and makeup. And remember My Little Pony? Well, she just got herself a whole new bunch of super-cool friends! How could they not be cool with names like Pinkie-Pie and Toola-Roola? Visit http://www.HasbroToyShop.com and major toy retailers nationwide.
Online Gift Boutiques
It won’t be long before your baby will demand to wear what everyone else is wearing. So, indulge yourself now with some of these precious and unique gifts from baby boutiques, which fortunately for us, have websites for your at-home shopping pleasure.
Hitch and Bundle’s baby bucket and Decaf Plush Romper from Saige Nicoles
Hitch and Bundle’s Personalized Baby Bucket is the perfect baby shower or newborn gift. Featuring an embroidered onesie with an adorable saying (i.e. “my parents still party” or “authentic NYC baby”), embroidered baby blanket and stuffed animal, this gift will make mommy, daddy AND baby very happy. Visit http://www.hitchandbundle.com.
Moms will stop you on the street to find out where this whimsical, colorful & modern owl appliqued baby romper comes from! You can find this outfit along with countless other unique clothing and gifts at Saige Nicoles. Visit http://www.SaigeNicoles.com.
Tote from The Elegant Setting and Toy from Pure & Little
Forget the registry! The holidays are all about being thoughtful and personal with your gift giving and The Elegant Setting will help you do just that with their beautiful embroidery. Their junior canvas tote features a monogram or child’s name along with an icon. You can also personalize stuffed animals, towels, blankets, purses and pillows. All products are of very high quality. Visit http://www.theelegantsetting.com.
This Organic 3 Ring Monkey Stacker by miYim, will have you and your baby cooing with delight while helping your baby improve hand-eye coordination. And just think – it’s one toy you will actually want to display in the nursery! Find this and other non-toxic organic toys, clothing and books at http://www.pureandlittle.com.
Love is the only thing a baby really needs this holiday season. But with precious gifts like these, you won’t mind if your shopping list is just a tad longer this year.