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Top Gifts for Baby's First Year

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It can be challenging to find fun and fabulous gifts for babies — after all, at such a young age, it's difficult to know what your little one will find interesting.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

We will help you find the perfect toy to provide them with hours of fun while encouraging them to learn and improve their motor skills.

We have great gift guides for babies and for newborns. In this article, we are rounding-up some of the best products to help you celebrate all of baby’s first celebrations and holidays.

Baby's First Toys

Baby’s first toys are always their most cherished. Usually small and cuddly, they allow babies to hold them, strengthening the bond.

Plush toys are always a hit, and Jellycat products are a staple in most nurseries, with their soothers and bunnies leading the pack.

doll is another popular idea for newborns, and a gift such as the Rag Doll from ThreadBear Designs can be their best friend growing up.

With bathtime being a regular occurrence, you may want to invest in a few fun bath toys. The Hape Water Squirters are easy to hold and your baby will love shooting out water from these colourful sea creatures.

Wooden toys are great gifts for little ones as they are usually safe for babies. Check out the selection of items from Uncle Goose, they make adorable toys that babies can enjoy for years

ThreadBear Design

Rag Doll



Beach & Bath Boats



Water Squirter Toys


Get Baby Movin'

While babies are still a ways away from walking, they can still play with toys that encourage movement.

Vehicles such as the Wautomobiles from Plan Toys help them get familiar with holding and pushing a toy at the same time. Additionally, each car contains colored water–red, blue, or yellow–on the inside that flows around as you play!

Beach babies will have a lot of fun in the sun with an outdoor toy such as this set of Beach & Bath Boats from Hape. These boats are easy to hold and fill with water (P.S. it’s also great for bathtime!).

Few toys are better at developing your baby’s hand-eye coordination quite like a push-pull toy. The Hevea Stacker & Pull Toy is a cute, rubber wood stacker duckie that your child can take with them wherever they go.

Children are never too young to learn an instrument, so a musical toy might be one of the best gifts you can give them. This Tiny Tambourine from Baby Einstein is a multi-dimensional instrument that little ones will love rattling around.

Jellycat Little Animal Friends

Plush Toys

Elephant in duckie float plastic bath toy

Bath Toys

Vilac Wooden Alphabet Puzzle

Wooden Toys

Transport truck and cars


Sofie Giraffe Teething Toy

Teething Toys

Imaginative Play 

Sensory toys are designed for babies to discover their sense of touch, sight, and sound. The Skip Hop Bandana Buddy checks off all these boxes, as it features a rattle, crinkle, and teether.

An on-the-go toy is an excellent choice for busy families. Pick up something they can take with them, like the Play & Grow Toy or the Farmstand Avocado Stroller Toy, which keeps baby entertained with its plush, textured exterior and a beaded rattle “pit” in the centre.

Also, consider gifting an activity toy for baby’s first birthday or Christmas. An activity centre such as the Silver Lining Cloud Baby's View Activity Centre comes with a 360-degree rotating seat for babies to bounce in, while staying occupied with various features and toys.

Baby Einstein

Tiny Tambourine



Beach & Bath Boats



Stacker & Pull Toy


Learn and Grow

Helping your baby learn about their environment (and life in general) is what parenting is all about.

Educational toys are perfect for helping baby discover the world around them. The colourful Little Big Friends Educational Balls are easy to grasp, have printed numbers and animals, and even a bell to awaken their senses.

The Yookidoo Tumble Ball Stacker is an excellent building toy for babies to pile up the pieces and release a ball down its column, ending in a fun surprise at the bottom!

Puzzles are another cool gift idea that babies that can help babies learn. The My First Puzzle from Viga Toys is a raised chunky puzzle with smooth corners that’s safe for baby and comes in a cute bear or butterfly.

Additionally, babies can learn from their very first book. The Kids Preferred Soft Book and Teether combo is a top choice! With 7 different topics to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding a suitable story for your little one — they can even put it in their mouth when finished!

Plan Toys Baby Key Rattle Sensory Toy

Sensory Toys

Lamaze Play & Grow Toy

On The Go Toys

Wooden Activity Walker

Activity Toys

Kid's Compass

Educational Toys

Castle made of wooden blocks

Building & Construction Toys

Baby Gifts for Parents

While babies love toys, there's plenty of other gift ideas that are sure to be a hit (and put a smile on mom and dad's face).

Consider gifting the following items:

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Harmony


Pink Pacifier


Crocodile Silicone Teether


Baby Bouncer


Maxi-Cosi 2-in-1 Kori Rocker


Memorable Firsts

Just because baby won't remember their first year of life, doesn’t mean their first few gifts aren’t important. There are plenty of toys that can last for years and provide babies with multiple benefits, such as igniting a love for learning and music. Plus, watching baby discover the world around them is one of the greatest joys a parent can experience.

We hope you find this gift guide helpful! For more gift ideas, check out our gifts for newborns and gifts for baby.