Holiday shopping for babies can be tricky—they’re not old enough to make a wish list yet, and are infamous for playing with empty boxes and wrapping paper with as much enthusiasm as the present itself. If you’re stumped for great gift ideas for the littlest on your list, we’ve got you covered! From sweet stuffies to classic keepsakes, we’ve rounded up the hottest holiday toys and gifts that are perfect for Baby’s first Christmas, and beyond.
Teeny Tiny Santa, by Rachel Matson
What would a holiday gift list be without a book about Santa? With its simple rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations by Joey Chou, this holiday board book makes the perfect bedtime story.
Jenny & Andy Organic Crinkle Toy Airplane
Babies will be delighted to hear the gentle crinkle of this simple sensory toy from Canadian company Jenny & Andy. Made of organic cotton and available in three custom prints, it’s a great addition to your wee one’s stocking.
That’s Not My Polar Bear, by Fiona Watt
To mark the 20th anniversary of their popular That’s Not My series, Usborne Books is releasing a special edition of That’s Not My Polar Bear that features sparkly edges, textured patches, and eye-catching illustrations that budding readers will love.
$13 | Available at Indigo
Mary Meyer Taggies Rattle Molasses Sloth
Your little one will be on-trend with this sweet sloth rattle that’s perfect for entertainment on the go. With four tags for tiny fingers to explore and a silicone teether to help soothe sore gums, this portable pal is sure to be a hit.
$14 | Available at well.ca
Bella Tunno Wonder Bib
Go ahead and let your baby play with their food! This festive bib by Bella Tunno is perfect for wee ones who are starting solids. Made of food-grade silicone and available in a variety of playful designs, the Wonder Bib features an adjustable neck and built-in pouch for snacking on the go.
$17 | Available at Indigo
Fat Brain Toys Dimpl
With its bright colours and chunky design, this sensory toy couldn’t be more simple—or more fun! The squishy silicone bubbles will invite little fingers to push, pop and explore, giving your babe’s fine motor skills a workout in the process.
Philips Avent Soothie Snuggle
This plush toy with Soothie (the pacifier used by healthcare professionals to calm newborns) is soft, easy to find and hold and detachable for easy cleaning. It’s also pretty darn cute!
$20 | Available at Amazon
Farmblock, by Christopher Franceschelli
The latest addition to the Block Book series is all about changing seasons and exploring life on the farm. The simple text, die-cut pages and signature Peskimo artwork make this sweet read worthy of a spot on your baby’s bookshelf.
$22 | Available at Amazon.ca
Skip Hop Farmstand Rock-a-Mole Guitar
Your baby can channel their inner rock star with this cute musical toy that features light-up buttons, six songs, and six guitar riffs. The chunky design is great for little hands, and simple actions like pushing and spinning will help your babe develop their fine motor skills.
$23 | Available at Toys”R”Us
HBC 2019 Charity Bear
‘Tis the season for giving back! This year’s Heritage Charity Bear from Hudson’s Bay—a hoodie-clad cutie named Sam—will help support HEADFIRST mental health programming through the HBC Foundation.
$24 | Available at The Bay
Winter Sports Fur Blanket
Snowy days call for extra snuggles! Wrap your babe in this cozy cotton blanket featuring an oh-so-Canadian print that includes toques, snowshoes, sleds, skates, and other wintery delights.
$30 | Available at Indigo
Fisher-Price Grow-With-Me Tummy Time Llama
Tummy time will be tear-free thanks to this plush pal that’s designed to grow along with your babe. The llama-shaped wedge offers soft support during tummy time, and features 13 fun sensory features to keep your wee one engaged and entertained. (Bonus: it’s machine-washable, too!)
$30 | Available at Amazon.ca
Gund My Little Igloo Playset
With a fish that rattles, a flag that crinkles, a penguin that squeaks and a polar bear that plays sounds, this adorable playset gives babies plenty of ways to explore with their senses. When playtime is over, simply pack the figures up in their igloo carrying case until your baby’s next great arctic adventure.
$35 | Available at Indigo
Fisher-Price Linkimals Smooth Moves Sloth
Part of the new Linkimals line of learn-and-play toys from Fisher-Price, it’s no wonder that this sloth is one of the hottest baby toys of 2019. It has all the things that wee ones love: flashing lights, buttons to push, and parts that move in time with the music. The sloth’s songs and sayings will help introduce your baby to concepts like numbers, letters, colours and opposites. And as a bonus, if you have other toys from the Linkimals line, they’ll interact with each other for even more fun.
$40 | Available at Walmart
The Little Boy or Girl Who Lost Their Name
For a truly unique gift, surprise the littlest on your list with a personalized book from Wonderbly. Featuring beautiful illustrations and a customized personal message inside, this book will take little ones on an unforgettable adventure as they collect the letters of their name one by one. It’s the kind of keepsake that they’ll be able to treasure for many years to come.
Skip Hop Camping Cubs Activity Gym
If a splurge-worthy item is what you’re searching for, look no further than this camping-themed activity gym from Skip Hop. It features 17 different developmental activities that will engage all your baby’s senses, a tummy time pillow, and a cast of forest friends that your little one is sure to love.
$110 | Available at Babies”R”Us