Who’s this gift really for?
That’s a good question — and more than valid when it comes to selecting a gift for Baby.
If you’re a well-meaning auntie or family friend, you have the parents to please (hint — nothing resembling a weapon, no candy, no convulsing, giggling, furry red Elmo chairs).
If you’re the parent in question, you want nothing short of making your baby’s heart sing!
We have gifting suggestions for both scenarios and invite you to take them with a grain of salt. Keep in mind that the contents of your box may be thrown aside by Baby in favor of the box, which can easily become a toy on its own. (And keep in mind that the novelty of opening gifts might be lost on Baby completely.)
Delight Baby’s mom with:
- BirdRock Baby moccasins: These genuine leather baby shoes (pictured above) are developmentally appropriate for new crawlers and walkers. They’re cute, affordable ($20–$25), durable (lifetime guarantee) and come in a variety of styles and colors. Best part? The folks at BirdRock have partnered with the Minnesota-based charity Feed My Starving Children. For every item sold, they donate one day of food to one child in need.
- Minnesota Zoo membership: Our sprawling, conservation-friendly zoo is a happening place year round, boasting fun things for Baby to see through all four seasons. Favoring the gift of experience for the typical “too much stuff” American family? This gives Baby and her caregivers a year of outings at the zoo!
Delight Baby’s dad with:
- Game-day gear: Get Baby’s first team-spirit jersey from kidfanatics.com. Adorable, useful (they even have jammies) — and sure to become a weird superstition for Baby’s parents. THAT’S why the Vikes lost! You forgot the onesie! Fanatics carries offerings for all major sports leagues, NASCAR and even soccer!
- Rockabye Baby: Available on iTunes, CD and even vinyl, man, this extensive series presents lullaby versions of EVERYTHING! Radiohead, The Clash, The Beatles, The White Stripes, Lady Gaga, Sublime, even Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. Stay cool while you sign the loan for that minivan — and keep Baby mellow for the ride. If you’re looking to avoid choosing the actual artist, you can find a digital download card gift package ($13.98) at rockabyebabymusic.com, where you can see how every album features a teddy-bear spoof of the original cover art.
Delight Baby with:
- Jellycats: Attaching to a favorite blanket or lovey is a developmental milestone for older babies, and Jellycats are the cutest, sweetest, softest stuffed animals around. Jellycat unicorns, foxes, bunnies, octopi and sheep (and more) are well made and well loved. Some characters even come with matching board books. Bonus: Jellycat originated in London, but its headquarters are now in Minneapolis!
- Cloud B Twilight animals: More than your average nightlight, these little buddies display wonder-full, calming constellations on the walls and ceiling — perfect for soothing Baby or for a little indoor stargazing. This is a gift that can grow with Baby well into the toddler years.
Jen Wittes is a marketing director, writer, certified postpartum doula and mom of two living in St. Paul.