The Ultimate 2022 Baby & Toddler Gift GuidePublished on 11/29/2022 · 7 min readTake the stress out of holiday shopping for the little ones in your life with these 10 easy gift ideas from Baby and Toddler Expert Alex K.!
A baby’s first holiday season, whether Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or their own baby birthday party, can be a huge deal for friends and family members looking to make it perfect. The truth is, their child won’t remember it, but photos and videos will preserve the memories and gifts that were exchanged. While material gifts are just things, there can be a lot of pressure to find the best baby gift, especially for a baby who’s near and dear to you.
If you need help finding that special gift, read on! Here is a weighed-in ultimate holiday gift guide for little ones, with 10 ideas ranging from thoughtful stocking stuffers to more considerable items they’ll use for years.
Under $25 Gifts
1. Tomy Boon Pulp Silicone Feeder
A silicone feeder and baby teether all in one, the Boon Pulp Silicone Feeder makes a great multi-functional stocking stuffer for teething babies and those transitioning from a bottle (aged six months or older). It can hold a variety of foods and liquids, including fruits, vegetables, and frozen breast milk and formula, and be a baby’s first tool for self-feeding without making a huge mess (like mesh feeders tend to). The silicone is BPA- and PFC-free, and the handle is just the right size for little hands. These feeders come in a two-pack and are dishwasher safe, making them a breeze to clean.
2. Muslin Swaddle Blanket
There’s nothing like a cute and cozy blanket made of muslin, one of the lightest, most breathable, and best materials for swaddling a newborn. The fabric is loose, plain-weave cotton with a high thread count that’s soft to the touch and ideal for helping regulate a baby’s body temperature—not too hot, not too cold, just right!
These blankets can be used for swaddling (essentially wrapping infants zero to three months to promote safer sleep and make them feel as if they’re in the womb), nursing, playtime, and more. They are also easy to clean. Little Unicorn’s Cotton Muslin Swaddle Blankets measure 47 x 47in, become softer with each wash, and can be machine washed and dried (wash cold, tumble dry low)!
If you want to buy a baby or toddler something to play with but want to avoid plastic, PlanToys makes beautifully designed wooden child toys that parents appreciate! The toys are made of recycled rubber-wood sawdust, making them great for families that value eco-friendly baby products that last a very long time.
PlanToys are meant to inspire children sustainably and range from cute sound makers to sorting toys, blocks, puzzles, games, cars, and play sets for various ages. It can be hard to pick just one, which makes them great gifts for future occasions!
Under $50 Gifts
4. Fridababy Basics Kit
Save a brand-new or expecting parent some time and money by getting them a newborn baby kit that has tools they’ll actually use and might not know they need. Frida is a company that understands the needs of parents and creates products to help them through the not-so-pretty times.
The Basics Kit includes a zippered pouch containing a NoseFrida (aka snot sucker) and hygiene filters, Windi the GassPasser tubes (a natural way to help relieve infant gas and colic), and a SkinSoother head-to-toe bath brush (to help with eczema and cradle crap).
Like any dinnerware, a good set goes a long way, especially with kids. BabyBjörn’s Baby Dinner Set includes a sturdy plate with a trefoil design to help a child scoop food, a large bib with an adjustable neckband, an easy-to-grip spoon, and a stable cup that’s tough to tip for babies four months and older. The set is offered in various pastel colors and comes ready for gifting in an attractive gift box. All of the items are BPA- and PFC-free, easy to clean, and dishwasher-safe.
Under $100 Gifts
6. Hatch Rest+
Sleep is a beautiful thing, and parents hold the Hatch Rest+ smart sound machine in high esteem thanks to its multi-purpose and customizable uses. This all-in-one sleep machine includes sounds, a nightlight, and a “time to rise” setting for older children that can be controlled with a phone or hands-free with Alexa.
For parents who want to avoid changing batteries on a favorite sound-making stuffed animal in the middle of the night, the Hatch Rest+ can be set to run continuously or turn off and on when they want. It can be plugged into a wall outlet or operate on a single charge for eight hours. It comes with 11 sounds ranging from pink noise to lullabies, 10 light colors, and adjustable light intensity in the form of a dimmable clock that can be synced with feeding, waking, or napping patterns.
A sound machine built for kids ages three and older, the Toniebox is an interactive audio system that’s screen-free and tons of fun. Kids can pop in a “Tonie” of their choice (such as Paw Patrol, Cocomelon, and Disney), listen to music and stories, and control the volume by pressing the ears on top.
The starter set comes with a Creative Tonie, which is pre-loaded with one hour of songs and stories and lets you upload 90 minutes of your music and more. These boxes can be tossed around without worry. It conveniently includes a charging station and runs for seven hours on a single charge. The set is also a great reoccurring gift, as you can always get more Tonie characters!
Be the cool aunt, uncle, friend, or grandparent you always wanted to be by gifting a high-quality, safe, cool-looking scooter. Parents will love that you’re giving their child something healthy to do outside that will tire them out, too!
With three smooth-rolling wheels, Micro Kickboard Scooters are ideal first scooters for toddlers and young kids who can steer them using their body weight. They’re also lightweight and compact, making them a favorite of parents who want less clutter at home and an easier item to fit in a vehicle trunk.
Starting with the Mini (for ages two to five), these scooters help build confidence, balance, and coordination. After the Mini, the Maxi Deluxe Scooters are made for taller, elementary-aged kids (ages five to 12) with an adjustable handlebar that grows with the child and can carve turns.
Over $100 Gifts
While this booster might seem pricey at first glance, don’t be dissuaded—it’s worth every penny. This tiny, travel-friendly booster seat pops up to a sturdy 3D frame with a five-point harness, which converts to three-point or can be removed altogether. The Bombol Pop-Up folds down to the size of a book, so it fits perfectly in a pocketbook or diaper bag.
It’s designed for babies and toddlers six months or older, weighs just 2lbs, and can hold up to 165lbs! Bring it to dinner or keep it at your house for when the baby visits, and simply strap it to a sturdy chair when you’re ready to use it!
Over $200 Gifts
10. Doona Liki Trike
Ditch the stroller and make traveling with a baby much more fun for all involved with a foldable trike that can be used for years. The Doona Liki Trike is the most compact folding trike on the market—small enough to fit in an airplane overhead bin—and it grows with kids from 10 months to three years.
It can be used as a parent-controlled push trike (with a removable armrest, backrest, and canopy), a kid-operated tricycle, or an active toddler’s first bike. The trike weighs just under 15lbs and holds kids up to 37.5lbs.
Need More Ideas?
Finding the best gifts for babies and toddlers you adore is never a quick task. Rather, it takes thoughtful time. For more gift ideas and personalized recommendations, reach out to a Baby & Toddler Expert here on Curated, who will be happy to help, free of charge! We also offer Curated gift cards, which you can buy for a lucky parent to choose their gift and work with an expert to find what they want most!