Is there a new baby in your family and friends circle? It’s time for a celebration! A newborn baby is a big occasion and one that you definitely want to buy a present for. In the UK the average spend on a friend or family member’s new baby was found to be £179.74 across several gifts – coming into the world is certainly a big occasion! You might want to give a baby shower gift to celebrate the pregnancy, a newborn gift to celebrate the birth or perhaps a Christening or other religious ceremony gift as well. It’s a time of celebration for everyone, but you might be wondering exactly what makes a good present for a new baby?
We’ve collated some of the best new baby gifts that will be suitable for newborn boys or girls, whether it’s for a baby shower, birth or Christening. These gifts are designed to have a mix of memorable and practical and to suit all budgets, but all will be greatly appreciated by the recipient – well, by their parents anyway!
Best New Baby Gifts priced under £50
This adorable baby hamper by The Gift Basket Boutique comes in at £39.99 and offers excellent value for money. Designed to be gender neutral in whites and greys, this is ideal when you don’t know the gender of the new baby yet – perfect for baby showers. In a beautifully prepared gift basket you’ll find plush toys, a hanging plaque, a blanket, babygrow, bodysuit, bib, hat, booties, muslin squares, scratchmitts and washclothes. If you’re looking to give a more personal gift, you could put together a hamper like this yourself with hand picked items.
“An absolutely fabulous gift that I purchased for my sister-in-law’s baby shower. It arrived beautifully gift-wrapped. It contains two very cute cuddly toys, a baby-gro as well as mittens, very very cute bootees, blanket as well as other items. All presented in a lovely basket/hamper. Very good value for money.” – Review by Didi.
This First Year Photo Frame is such a simple and classic photo frame that will be a great gift for any family. It offers thirteen photo slots, one large and then twelve small, to track the progression of baby month by month. It’s a fantastic budget gift available at £16.95 that will be on display for all the family to see and offer many cherished memories. There’s also a separate insert with no words on to allow this to be converted to a photo frame that encompasses the whole family rather than just the first year – so one that will be used for a long time in the future.
“This frame is solid, good quality and a lovely keepsake. Ideal baby gift, we have two now and the option to change the frame title is a lovely extra.” – Review by Nicola.
This is one of the big sellers in the newborn baby department, selling over 950,000 worldwide! The fact is the one thing parents really want more than anything else is more sleep. Ewan the Sheep helps babies and toddlers get to sleep and stay asleep by producing soothing white noise, a heartbeat and voice. It even has a smart sensor which activates when it detects the baby stirring, ready to soothe them back to sleep, and has a night light which some children will find comforting. As baby grows up, Ewan will be cuddled and be a much loved toy. Currently selling at £39.99.
“My new baby has never been a good sleeper. On good nights I get about 3hours and that’s very rare!! We purchased Ewan and the baby instantly slept straight from 7pm-3am and then back to sleep until 7am. He even had his 8 week jabs yesterday and has slept so oh my god I didn’t get a chance to catch up on the love island final! The moon mode is fantastic and turns itself off if there isn’t a baby cry for four hours so the batteries don’t get used up if you forget to switch it off. It’s so easy to use and it’s definitely a good idea to make the sheep washable. Thank you Ewan. I love you!!!” – Review by Georgiana.
This is an adorable Peter Rabbit gift set that offers something practical and something fun. Three muslin squares – perfect for swaddling, lightweight blankets, towelling and loads loads more have beautiful blue and green Peter Rabbit designs on. It’s accompanied by a lovely soft toy that will become the favourite comforter for any child. What a special little present, it won’t break the bank at £25 and could be coupled with many other Peter Rabbit themed gifts, including commemorative gifts as well as books, movies, toys and even a children’s dinner set.
This super soft fleece dressing gown or children’s bath robe by Hoolaroo is bound to be a hit. It’s personalised on both front and back with baby names and has cute little bear ears guaranteed to make anyone smile. It’s available in various sizes from 0-6months up to 18-24 months. Available in blue, white or pink and priced between £15.95 and £19.95.
“The quality is great. The hood especially is extra thick and snuggly as the material is doubled over, so twice the thickness. The personalisation is spot on and a great size. I would definitely buy more. I wish they made these in adult sizes as they are super snuggly.” – Review by UK Reviewer.
Best New Baby Gifts priced £50 – £99
Ingenuity have created this stylish portable swing seat that will be popular with every new parent and baby out there. This will give mum and dad some blissful peace and quiet (which is definitely the number one wished for gift) as it soothes newborn babies with gentle vibrations, 8 melodies and 3 nature sounds, as well as an overhead toy bar to keep baby occupied and stimulated if they’re not sleeping. It folds flat meaning it’s easy to travel with, without compromising on features! The price ranges from £59.99 to £89.99 depending on which toys you go for.
“At first I was sceptical but hopeful that this would help ease our baby and keep him entertained. Having had this for over a month now I can now say this is worth its weight in gold.” – Review by Simon Daley.
Frugi is world renowned for providing high quality organic, ethical children’s clothes. Their range of newborn items called My First Frugi will delight any parent and new baby. Why not put together a present bundle of a few items such as babygrows, swaddles, socks, bibs and more? You are absolutely guaranteed to be able to put together a bundle that fits your needs, with prices starting from £6+
Spare bedding is a godsend when you have a newborn baby, but you want something good quality that guarantees the best night sleep, as well as attractive for the nursery. Consider this Silvercloud Counting Sheep bedding set as a lovely newborn baby present. It contains a lightweight quilt, cot bumper and a fleece blanket with soothing, neutrally coloured sleep sheep design. At £52 this is a good price for a complete set and there are many other matching items you could bundle together, including muslin squares, changing mat, comforter, mobile and more. See the whole range!
New Baby Gift Ideas for the £100+ budget
The Skip Hop Explore and More is the crème de la crème of baby activity centres with over 25 development activities encouraging baby to use their hands, body and even their feet. It grows with the baby, converting into a play table once they’re standing by themselves, so this is going to be something that’s well used over the first few years and contribute a lot to development. It comes in at £100 and we think that is good value for money for all the play and development it offers.
“Bought this for my 4 month old daughter who is quite an active little one and she absolutely loves it. It’s very well made and thought out, really nice to look at, not at all garish like some of these type of things can be. The toys are lovely and very securely fit to the table and it’s got 4 settings for the wobble board and on the highest my daughter can just about reach it but there’s plenty of room for growth. I’m absolutely delighted with it!” – Review by Cassgal
The BabyBjorn Bouncer Bliss is an innovative bouncer that folds completely flat for storage or travel, taking up almost no space, yet manages to create an ergonomic, comfortable and soothing bouncer that newborns will love. It’s one of the few bouncers on the market that is extendable past the infant stage – taking up to 13kg in weight, which should suit those up to 2 years old and the design is reversible to make a chair once the bouncing stage is over. The cover can be completely removed and is machine washable and toy bars are available to go over the secure safety harness at the front. This simple design is unique and extremely effective.
Read our hands on review of the BabyBjorn Bliss Bouncer after a full year of use at home! That’s some extensive testing.
Newborn Photography Session
This one requires a bit of research as to what’s available in your area, but is likely to be a very appreciated choice. Professional photography sessions can produce some amazing photographs which will be treasured for a lifetime. Photographers will offer packages that the parents can redeem at their leisure and if you really want to push the boat out, try to include one that has digital images. Photography packages often only come with one or two prints, if any, but if you have your digital images that you can download, then you can get them printed again and again, blown up into canvas or sent out in the Christmas cards. This one is the ultimate congratulations gift for the family! Package prices usually start from around £100-£150 and go up to £500 depending on the options chosen.
Don’t forget to have some relaxing you time as well whenever you can, even if it’s just 15 minutes in the bath with some wax melts in the burner.
We hope that this has given you some options and you’ve now got a good idea about what you want to buy that lucky family and their new baby!
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