Best gifts for newborns and babies 2021

Ellie Davis
·10-min read
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It’s officially baby season is here and there’s no better way to celebrate a new arrival than with our edit of newborn-worthy presents. When it comes to gift giving, this is the cutest it’s going to get.

If your family, friend or loved one has just had a baby, you have come to the right place.

Giving the perfect gift for a little one can be a daunting process – adorable, yet daunting.

Finding that special something to take the new arrival from birth to beyond is no easy task but we’ve got you covered with a varied selection of presents, from practical staples, to items that they will treasure.

These special gifts combine fun and function to commemorate the new bundle of joy and ease the new parents into life with a newborn, while also being sure-fire crowd pleasers and ticking something off the ever-growing parental 'to-buy' list – but this does not mean having to spending a fortune.

See our favourite gifts that mums and dads will be sure to thank you for.

Hello Baby Gift Set

Housed in an adorable embroidered cotton bag, your giftee will receive an entire outfit with all the newborn essentials. With a stunning star print motif throughout, the ‘Hello’ drawstring contains scratch-proof mitts, an envelope-neck bodysuit, sumptuous soft leggings, a knotted hat and a jacket with popper fastenings that has been adorned with a little elephant.

£50 | The White Company

Personalised New Baby Essentials Gift Set

Noone can resist the charm of a personalised present and with My 1st Years, you can get just about any gift embroidered with the name of the newborn. We like this hamper as it contains three adorable but functional items - a fluffy bunny to become their night time companion, a cosy blanket and a hooded towel. You can choose the text colour, the font and the name. It is available in white, blue and pink.

£80 | My 1st Years

Rockit Baby Rocker

Ideal for on the go, this handy little device attaches onto any pram and does as it suggests by the name - keeps it rocking. It encourages the baby to be lulled and sleep for longer as it gently rocks and soothes so parents don’t have to, treating them to the extended nap time that they deserve. It can be used for babies of all ages, even from birth and is rainproof.

£39.99 | Amazon

Also available at Argos

Kit & Kin Gifts

This adorable baby brand specialises in natural products, whether that’s for newborns, growing tots or mothers. It extends to skincare as well as a whole host of sumptuously soft clothing, hats and blankets. You really can’t go wrong with any of the bundle gifts that have gender neutral designs and universal appeal.

From £35 | Kit & Kin

SnüzPouch Sleeping Bag

Talking of things they won’t be able to sleep without...sleeping bags are essential to keep the baby warm throughout the night where even as they toss and turn, it will stay firmly in place without interfering with their peaceful slumber. It has a soft skin-touch, a cotton construction and a padded design where you can choose between 0.5 to 2.5 tog.

£29.95 | Snuz

aden + anais musy squares 100% cotton muslin jungle jam 3-pack

Any new parent will tell you, you can never have enough muslins. The multifunctional items come in handy all the time and aden + anais have some of the most adorable designs on the market. They are also super absorbent and dry quickly thanks to the open weave construction.

£19.95 | Amazon

Personalised Bertie Bear

Adorn the newborn’s nursery with this personalised bear for a super cute finishing touch that will then become an extra special furry friend when they get older. The traditional style bear is complete with a knitted jumper that can be embroidered with the name and colour of your choosing.

£28 | Not on the High Street

Peter Rabbit soft plush comfort blanket 12cm

This comforter blanket puts a cuddly twist on the iconic Beatrix Potter character Peter Rabbit. Not only is it sumptuously soft and cosy but it will become their go-to toy - they won’t be able to sleep without it.

£17.99 | John Lewis

Little Aurelia Top To Toe Wash & Cream

When it comes to bathing the little one, you need something super soft and gentle on their skin. Baby’s skin is very delicate and Little Aurelia offers the perfect products to match - crafted entirely from BioOrganic ingredients that won’t irritate it. This duo is designed to soothe the little one’s during bathtime with a lathering gel wash and nourishing cream. It contains lavender and chamomile to help them drift off.

£44 | FeelUnique

VTech Swing & Sing Monkey

As the new parents start to head out and about with their little one, this monkey will be a godsend to keep them occupied and calm. It can be attached to their pram, travel cot or high chair and will promote sensory awareness with the bright colours and patterns. The soft toy lights up and even plays music. There is also a mirror to help with teething and self-discovery.

£15 | Amazon

Baby Print Short Sleeve Bodysuit (3-Pack)

As with muslins, you really can’t have too many bodysuits. With a new baby, no one has time for laundry so keeping a steady supply of these will come in handy. They have a cotton construction, sleeveless design and are adorned with assorted, stylish patterns with stripes, clouds and more.

£19.95 | Gap

Satin Edged Cellular Baby Blanket

There’s a reason why this blanket from The White Company is a best-seller. It is made from pure cotton with a cellular construction for breathability in summer but keeps the warm air in during winter. The fabrication is super soft and there’s even a satin trim that the baby will love. There are a range of colours and sizes on offer.

From £18 | The White Company

Personalised Wooden Train

This wooden name train is a traditional and enduring present that the baby will treasure throughout their life. As they grow up, this will remain a fixture in their bedroom and will stand the test of time. It comes with an engine and rear carriage and can be personalised with the letters of your choice to spell either the baby’s name or initials.

£5 | Not on the High Street

My First Playmat

With a stylish and neutral colour palette, this will make an adorable addition to any bedroom, nursery or playroom to transform the floor into a cosy play area. There are animals complete with engaging details like crinkle ears, different textures and even mirrors to keep them entertained and stimulated for full sensory play.

£60 | The White Company

MORI Starter Set

This comprehensive gift set offers 12 essential clothing pieces crafted in super soft organic fabrics. The set includes the Swaddle Bag (or Sleeping Bag), bodysuits, sleepsuits, hats, towels, muslins, blankets and more. The brand also offer the Welcome to the World set (£67.20) and the Essentials Set (£82) at lesser price points.

£157.80 | Baby Mori

Cam Cam Copenhagen​ Muslin Cloth Mix 3 Pack​

On the practical end of the gifting spectrum, this pack of 100 per cent organic and GOTS-certified cotton muslins will be sure to go down a treat. You can also shop the unisex and Scandi-chic muslins at The Modern Nursery and Scandiborn.

€19 | Cam Cam Copenhagen

BabyBlooms Bertie Bear's Welcome Baby Hamper

Not only is this a very attractive gift hamper (available in shades of blue and pink) but on closer inspection you may notice that the blooms are actually comprised of the practical addition of socks and bibs. The bouquet is housed alongside the plush Bertie Bear as well as moisturising baby lotion and baby care cream. BabyBlooms also offer a speciality Sleepy Time Hamper to ensure the new arrival dozes through the night in the utmost comfort.

£60 | John Lewis

Also shop BabyBlooms at Not on the High Street or directly at BabyBlooms

Oh Mumma Subscription Service

The gift that keeps on giving, this subscription service will give the new family something to look forward to each month with a combination of goodies for both parent and baby. The boxes are made up of beauty and lifestyle items worth double the cost.

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From £22 | Oh Mumma

Skip Hop Silver Lining Activity Cloud Gym

The perfect present for newborns, this activity gym will serve the little one for the early years of their life. With soft plush additions such as the clouds shaped pillow and hanging toys, the gym also includes a light up star and a musical sheep singing ‘You Are My Sunshine’.

From £40 | Amazon

Baby Moccs

We love these podiatrist endorsed little luxuries, the super soft soles provide excellent traction without restricting the feet and the overall quality is obvious to the touch and sincerely well made.

There's a fairly wide range of styles, including these adorable fleece moccs and a bang on trend leopard print pair.

They even come sweetly wrapped in biodegradable packaging. Bravo.

From £12.99 | Aidie London

Mamaroo Classic Cradle – Grey

This ultra-cool invention replicates parents natural motions. The cradle bounces up and down and sways from side to side with five unique motions to imitate car rides and tree swings, as well as having five different speed settings. What’s more? It has four built-in sounds or you can connect it to any MP3 player. It's even Bluetooth enabled so you can control it from your smart phone – comes with a two-year warranty.

£269.99 | Mamas and Papas

Baby Hand And Foot Inkless Print Kit

The perfect gift for a new arrival. This set will allow the parents to record the tiny footprint of their newborn to treasure in a stylish silver frame and with no ink necessary.

£11 | Not on the High Street

Hydrocotton Baby Robe

This adorable towelling robe with teddy bear ear detail on the hood will make the perfect gift. 100% hydro cotton and great quality, the little one will look as cute as a button.

£28 | White Company

Man in the Moon Feeding Spoon

Tiffany & Co. offer an adorable range of sterling silver items for newborns. Our favourite? This moon and star detailed feeding spoon that will be sent out in the jewellery store’s signature blue box with a white satin ribbon tie.

£140 | Tiffany & Co.

Happy Hugs Teddy

This classic teddy bear is no ordinary bear. While its light brown fur is soft and cuddly, it can be personalised with clothes and accessories and you can record your very own voice message.

£14 | Build-A-Bear

Elephant Comforter

The elephant comforter makes the ideal companion for a newborn. It is super soft, cuddly and is machine washable.

£11 | JoJo Maman Bébé

Personalised Peter Rabbit's Little Guide To Life

You can give the gift of a Beatrix Potter book to the newborn in your life. But this isn’t any ordinary book, you can personalise it to include the little one’s name on the front cover and the header of each page. The book contains stories and advice from one of the best British children's writers. The satin-finish paper and silk-finish hard cover are housed in a cream box with silver embossing.

£23 | Next

Chad Valley Baby 10 Piece Gift Set

This set features four brightly coloured rattles with animal-inspired designs and all different textures. Designed to relieve sore gums, they will also strengthen hand-to-eye coordination.

£9 | Argos

Sophie la Girafe Sophisticated Teether Set

Pre-empt the baby's inevitable teething with the Sophie the Giraffe rings. The set is composed of the original Sophie and a teething ring. The Sophie the Giraffe has multiple textures to soothe painful gums as well as colourful details to keep the baby entertained. The ring is 100% rubber and is coloured with food-grade paint to ensure it is safe.

£25 | John Lewis

Cotton Wrap

With a range of designs available, from stripe and badgers, to meadow prints and more, this super stretchy muslin is ideal for swaddling. It is composed of 100% pure certified organic cotton and is also available in merino wool and muslin.

£18.20 | Nature Baby Store

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